Sunday, January 20, 2013

I love juice don't you?

The universe has combined to drive me toward a juice fast.  I signed up for RAGNAR. Yes I am a masochist! As a result I have started monitoring my food intake, and exercising (swimming, cycling and yes running). I have also been devouring as much data as I can about how to train, and run endurance races. I am actually having lots of fun with this. Now you are asking yourself, what does this have to do with a juice fast?

Thursday my friends at Audible had a sale on 100 audio books, and in the list I found Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. In it I was impressed by his Vegan diet transformation. I was inspired by a 40 year old man who transformed himself in 2 years into an ultra marathoner, an Iron man and one of two to complete the first Epic 5 Challenge ( I actually started listening to the book after eating at Tucanos. Afterword I did not feel great, and a vegan diet sounded pretty good. So I started considering trying a vegan diet for a while.

Then I bought Scott Jurek's book Eat and Run about him becoming an unlikely ultra marathon powerhouse on a vegan diet.  Haven't finished the book yet but I will write a review in the next week or so.  Vegan push number 2...

Then I got on Face Book last night and read that my cousin Heidi is on day 12 of a Juice Fast after watching the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I jumped online and thought I would add it to my Netflix queue...but it was already there. Apparently my beautiful wife added it to our queue because her friend and fellow wonder woman is trying the juice fast. Today we watched the movie and I was impressed, first by Joe Cross and his story, but even more with Phillip's story (you'll just have to watch it to find out).  Here was push number 3 for a vegan diet...

So, although I will be baking bread still for the kids, and Heidi (at least for a week or so before I convince her to join me). I am going to embark on the juice fast, no solid food, only juice and water for the next two weeks as a cleansing fast. I expect the first several days to be tough. Then I will evaluate if I want to continue to 30 days. If I make it to 30 days, then I will evaluate if I should continue the 60 days like Joe does in the documentary.  Tuesday morning I am meeting with the Doctor (again, I met with him before I started the first of December...), and will have my blood work done and hopefully a few more tests.

Will I be vegan the rest of my life? Probably not, but I will be for the next few weeks, and possibly a stint after that. I will let you know how it goes. Wish me well!!!!