Friday, September 7, 2012

Juice Journey

My name is Desirae. I am 21, married, and a mother to a beautiful little boy who turns one very soon! I just wanted to share my journey so far, and my experience with juicing. 

My goal weight is 135, and my current weight is 152.2 (as of this morning, eeeep!) I had my baby September 29th 2011. I think I weighed about 190 right before I had him. I gained 50lbs of baby weight. I ate my entire first  trimester instead of having morning sickness. That was the pregnancy Gods giving me payback. "No easy pregnancy for you, gain weight!" 

So I started my weight loss journey after I had him. I breastfed for the first two months, which caused me to gain weight instead of lose weight. I was basically still hanging out around the weight I was when I was pregnant. I was not happy with my body AT ALL. I knew I had just had a baby, but I was ready to be hot again. I weighed about 140 before I found out I was pregnant, which was still a little high for me. I weighed 135 when I met my husband.  Living with him obviously made me gain weight. Frozen pizzas, frozen burritos, and mac and cheese.  Living the young married life, ha. 
After baby:
At the beginning of this year, I watched a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (FS&ND). My mom was in town and we watched it together. After watching Joe Cross travel the states and introduce people to juicing, I thought, Wow, that would be an awesome challenge. So while my mom was in town she surprised me with a Breville Juicer. So I got this bad boy...
I was SO very excited to get juicing, following recipes and making my own. 

The first juice reboot (this is what they call the cleanse on FS&ND) I did for 10 days, starting back in February, when I finally got my juicer in the mail. This was quite a challenge for me since I had never done anything like this before. Juicing takes A LOT of self control. I was always told the first few days are the worst. And boy, is that true! I wanted to eat anything and everything. I tried to keep my juice "meals" to 16-20 oz, and have three to four a day. So some days I can get up to 80 oz of juice! If I started my day with a 16oz juice, I would have a small "snack" of juice. Maybe a half cup to cup of juice or something. I created many combinations. I say combinations, because I didn't have specific recipes when I started out. I made the juice to taste. Which means some juices tasted wonderful, some tasted, well, not so great. But I chugged them anyways ;] At the end of the 10 days, I had lost a total of 10.4 pounds! That was insane. This definitely jump started my weight loss. 

Benefits of Juicing:
  • Improved focus and mental clarity
  • Improved heart and cardiovascular function
  • Anti-Aging
  • Improved bone & joint function
  • Stronger Immune System – infections and disease thrive in an acidic environment
  • Gives your digestive system a "break"
  • Healthier hair, skin and nails
  • Natural weight loss
I have done a few other juice reboots since then, but not for as long. I have done a couple of 3 day ones, losing a few pounds here and there, and I did one 7 day one where I lost 5 lbs. I will be honest, the part of juicing that appealed to me about juicing was the weight loss. But at the same time, juicing was so wonderful for my body. Once I completed the first few days of horrible hunger, and started getting used to it, my body loved it, I had energy! It just made me feel refreshed, like, wow I just did something awesome for my body. I cleared out all of the junk food I have put in it! 

My tips for juicing:
  • Don't just buy any juicer, do your research! I have a Breville, but Jack LeLanne is just as awesome. 
  • Add something green to every juice
  • Put as many veggies in your juice as you can! 
  • Drink your juice right away if you can, the longer it sits, the faster they lose nutrients AND can start tasting weird.
  • Any citrus-y fruit is a great add in to a juice with veggie juices you are not typically a fan of (beets, carrot juice, celery)
  • Use a glass container for your juice, some of the juices will stain plastic and make it yucky. 
  • If you feel the need to eat a snack, cut up an apple or a cucumber, eat that. At least you are sticking to fruits and veggies only.
  • Make sure to wash ALL of your produce very well. Organic is best to buy.
  • Avoid attempting to juice produce with low water content. Bananas do NOT have juice, people ;] 
  • Plan your juices BEFORE you go shopping. 
  • Drink LOTS of water while juicing. 
  • Consult a doctor before you begin if you have any kind of medical history
  • Its okay to start slow. Juice for one day and see how you feel. Feeling good? Keep going! 
  • You CAN add natural protein powders to your juice for extra protein, especially if you are working out during your fast.
  • Keep Calm, Juice On! 
I certainly am no professional juicer, I mean I have only done a few. I am sure there is plenty more I can learn about juicing. But if you ever have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact me at or at my personal blog,!


  1. Desirae, Thanks so much for your contribution! I wish everyone would watch FS&ND! It really gave me a kick in shorts and motivated me! Netflix people!!

    I love all your bullet points!! ~ Jen J.

  2. It really is an eye opener! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to post! It was nice to share all of my little tips ;]

  3. Great, informative post! I'd like to try it out some time.

  4. I'm so glad you posted this! I watched that documentary a couple times and LOVED it! We just bought a Breville about a month ago and have been juicing, but no juice fast yet. I don't have the nerve yet to do a fast!

  5. Even keeping juice in your diet is a great way to get your fruits and veggies in! That is still awesome, Amanda.


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