For the past month or so my wife and I have been on a health kick. It was spurred primarily by our need to shed some weight and to get back in shape for work. Since we had our second baby girl just over six months ago, our health has taken a backseat. Probably further back than the backseat… The trunk? Well however far back we are we’re definitely paying for it now.
When you’re vigilant, keeping yourself healthy isn’t that hard to do. 30 minutes of exercise a day, with a diet consisting of mostly fruits and vegetables and you’re all set. Instead we chose to exercise a little less frequently, and eat from a more delicious food group: ice cream. Neither of us are obese by any means, we’re just not where we want to be.
Recently we watched a couple of health documentaries. The first was “Hungry for Change” which made us feel bad about pretty much everything that we normally consumed. The second was “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and that was the icing on the cake (unfortunately I don’t mean this literally).
We’re going to be attempting a 10-day juice cleanse/detox. If you’re unfamiliar with juice diets, it means that we aren’t going to be eating any solid foods whatsoever for the next 10 days. Anything we do eat, which will consist of 99% produce, will go through our sweet new juicer.
What are we looking to achieve over our 10-days of
- Weight Loss — Removing fatty foods and added sugars from your diet, that would otherwise turn into stored fat, makes your body’s digestive system work so much cleaner. Plus, there’s nothing solid going into you.
- Detoxification — “Normal” foods are loaded with toxins and chemicals that tend to sit idly in your blood. They remove themselves naturally (eventually), but at our rate of consumption we’ll never actually be toxin-free.
- Improved Mood — We are generally pretty happy people, but the removal of toxins/chemicals/nastiness out of our systems should have a significant positive value on our moods as well.
- Clearer skin — The nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants work their magic by cleansing from the inside out. The crap you buy to cover or clean your skin isn’t helping the root problem, which is the nasty crap under the surface caused by poor diet.
- Increased energy — After the headaches subside, and the feeling of not wanting to get out of bed wears off, juicing is supposed to have a dramatic effect on your energy. Once your insides have begun to wash themselves out, for the first time ever, you will feel more energetic.
We just drank our first juice about an hour ago to see what this is going to be like. It was one of the fruity ones so I figured it would taste good. It consisted of 2 grapefruits, 1 lemon, 1 lime and a tablespoon of olive oil. All I have to say is : Holy shit I’m in trouble…
And now for the personal finance portion of this post: The juicer I bought is a Breville JE98XL. I got it from Amazon for $140.86. I used my Amazon Chase Rewards credit card so we get 3% of that cashback making the total cost: $136.63.
I didn’t just fall for Amazon’s list price of $149.95 though, so give me some credit there. I checked out the New & Used section instead (which they’ve conveniently made harder to locate, but it’s still there!). Amazon was selling this particular model from their warehouse at a discounted price because the box was a little bit messed up. The juicer in the box, however, was in perfect condition.
The first round of groceries was pretty rough on the wallet. We bought enough fruits and veggies to make each of us 6 juices. The total came to $77. For TWO DAYS of this diet.. I know I talk a lot of shit about how good we are with money, so please give me a break with this.
We are going to a local farm this weekend to see what the prices are like there. All of their produce is organic and locally grown. Even if it ends up costing $77 for every two days, I would rather have the farmers get our money directly than give it to Safeway.
Overall with the purchase of the blender, and assuming a cost of $77 every two days, the juice fast will cost us: $521.63 over the 10-day period. That’s about as much as the average American family would spend in an equal time frame on groceries and eating out. We don’t spend too many weeks of the year having budgets like the average American family, so this will be a change!
We know the health risks associated with this diet. We will drop the diet on the spot if any negative or irregular side-effects occur. We will be consuming at least a gallon of water per day. We also won’t force each other to continue through the 10-day mark if one of us should chose to not complete it.