bainsyasmin asked: Hi Kabir! Sona (Nilay's sister) forwarded me your blog - congratulations on your accomplishment, this blog has been very motivating for a novice juicer like myself! Do you have any tips for a newbie? I've been juicing mostly greens and I mix it up with fruits for breakfast. I think the hardest thing right now for me is to resist all the foods my husband and family eats around me, ha! Keep up the great work!
Hi, thanks for the note.
The hardest part is making the determination and creating the right environment for success. This is something that you cannot do alone - so you need to have a conversation with those around you.
It is very important to discuss with your husband why this is important to you, and why it is hard. There are small ways that he can support you in this mission - eating foods that do not have strong smells, joining you for one juice meal in solidarity and being considerate in making plans with others to eat out. If all of that fails, remove yourself from the environment when it comes to mealtime - step away from the table and go for a walk. If you can push past those first few minutes of temptation, you will be good to carry through the rest of the day.
Sunday I begin a new 30 day juice fast. Look out for daily posts on tumblr and facebook, and if you are interested in joining me, email me.
In the summer of 2011, my life changed.
On June 25th, I looked like this.
There are thirteen of us in this photo – myself, my wife, my son and under my shirt about 10 bowling balls. And then I read a statistic that changed everything - if you are obese, the likelihood of your children being obese increases by 50%. Let me say that again: if you are obese, the likelihood of your children being obese increases by 50%.
I had a realization. Something had to change and it had to change soon. For as long as I could remember, losing weight was my New Year’s resolution. Each year was the year I would change my eating, start exercising and be the person that I knew I could be – but nothing changed. But this year was different, because this decision was no longer just about me; it was about my negative influence on my son. I was sad, I was disappointed and most of all I was scared. I now knew why I had to take action, but I still needed to find my “how.”
Two months later, I found my “how.” I watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, the story of a regular guy, Joe Cross, who made the decision to take responsibility for his health by starting a 60 day juice fast. I watched him struggle with his weight, his dependency on medication and push to transform his life. I struggled with my weight my entire life, and I was filled with hope and optimism. It was clear that it wasn’t about the juice, it was about the journey, and I was ready.
Two days after that, I started a seven day vegetable juice fast – my big new habit.
Those seven days were the hardest seven days of my life. Day 1 – I flew through it. I had a rush of energy and excitement – adrenaline was flowing and I was pumped up. By Day 2, the excitement started to wane – I was getting hungry and tired; all I wanted to do was curl up and sleep. By Day 4, I was ready to call it quits. I was mentally exhausted and struggling to stay focused. But quitting was not an option. After the longest week of my life, I had made it to day 7.
Then everything changed.
I began to truly understand that it’s not at about the juice, it’s about the journey. This was a journey to transform my life, through big and small habits. I went from struggling to juice every morning, to jumping out of bed every morning. This was a journey to create a better life and to live strongly. I like to call it a moment of clarity – my doctor called it processing ketones. Whatever it was, I knew that my life would never be the same – in the choices I make and the decisions I take.
Each day after that, it became easier — juicing moved from being a nurtured habit to a natural habit. It shifted from an obstacle in my life, to a part of my life. By week two, I was on autopilot - seven days became 14, which became 21, which became 30, which became 45 and before I knew it, I had completed 63 days of a pure juice fast. In 63 days, I juiced over 500 pounds of fruits and vegetables, and drank 189 glasses of juice.
My life changed positively in many ways. In the 15 months that followed, I have lost and kept off nearly 100 pounds through juice fasts, exercise and a series of lifestyle changes. I have begun to bike regularly, and prepaid a two year membership to a local gym – which I use three times a week. But this is just the beginning. I have had lapses since I started but what got me back on track was personal accountability, responsibility to the people I love and better odds for my son.
I can’t tell you how my story ends; I can only tell you how it began. But I do know that no matter what happens, from here on out, I will actively take responsibility for my health and my life. I encourage you to take action today – you don’t need to wait one single minute to find meaningful ways to improve your life and the lives of those around you.
And remember, it’s not about the juice, it’s about the journey.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.
Completion. Today marks 30 full days of juicing. Here is what I learned, the zen of juicing. The word Zen is from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word Dzyen, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit dhyana, which can be approximately translated as absorption or “meditative state”. Zen emphasizes the personal expression of experiential wisdom in the attainment of enlightenment. (Wikipedia)
Yesterday I completed a full 30 days of juicing. For thirty days, I drank juice four times per day and pushed myself to the limit. Along the way I met supporters and skeptics, those who were inspired, and those who inspired me. And through it all, I was asked one question - why?
When I started, it was to lose weight and to become healthier. I lost 20 pounds in 30 days in this juice fast for a total of 65 pounds so far. While I was juicing, it became about achieving the goal - do I have the sheer willpower to pull this off? Yes, 30 days, done. But as the 30 days has come to an end, I must answer for myself what is this really about?
Undoubtedly, it is about self-transformation and true self-determination.
Nothing stops us from being who we want to be. Nothing stops us from achieving what we want to achieve.The greatest barriers that exist in our lives are self-created and self-enforced. That meditative state led to an understand that the choices we make today determine the life we live tomorrow.
The Dhyana, the Dzyen, the Zen is an understanding that as time is limited for all of us, we must learn by doing. That is not to say we don’t analyze, we don’t think, and we act without thought. But we reflect, we meditate and we translate that into action. We dig deep to understand why, to understand how and to understand what. We must translate thought into action, we must live the changes and we must, in full authenticity, create our future selves today.
I have decided today to continue juicing for another 30 days. I have also decided to add physical activity each day to my routine, a necessary lifestyle change. Today, I decided to transform my physical self, a byproduct of transforming my mental self. Today I go forward and live strongly, each day, each week and each month.