It’s not steroids. Swear.
It’s commonly said that the only way to prepare, in physical terms anyway, for hiking over 2,100 miles is to hike over 2,100 miles. That said, it can’t hurt to be at least semi-healthy at the start of the thing right?
That’s why I’ve decided to maintain a strictly-Frappuccino diet until the trail. Nothing better than some High Fructose Corn Syrup in the morning.
Not going to happen. What is going to happen, though, is something Kristin and I have been looking into called Juicing. This involves sticking a whole bunch of raw fruits and veggies (more than you could eat) into a massive super-blender and blending the crap out of them. Then you drink the juice that comes out of it.
Some of you are definitely cringing. I happen to like fruits and vegetables raw and I also like those weird green smoothies you can get in the stores, so I think I’ll be fine. Even if you don’t like vegetables though, this might be a great option for you. Think, instead of eating a plate of gross, you only have to drink a little cup of gross. And that cup of gross has WAY more veggies in it than that plate of gross. So really its a better way to do it. Even if it looks weird.
Doing this adds a lot of nutrients to your diet. The comparison of how many vegetables you’d have to eat to get one glass of this juice is crazy. It was like a full platter of vegetables. Then, on top of this, you can “juice fast”.
We were turned onto the idea from the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” (it’s good, watch it even if you don’t like fruit, vegetables, or juice). A “juice fast” is basically cutting out food from your diet and replacing all of it with juice. Super juice (no Kool-Aid). The idea is that you get all of your necessary nutrients from the juice since each cup is a massive amount in terms of whole food.
So the mission, which we’ve already chosen to accept, is to start with a juice fast. Probably a seven day juice fast, since the two months from the movie is more of a total body overhaul that we don’t need. Once that is done, we’ll be adding at least one cup of the juice to our daily food intake. This’ll help us keep up with nutrients and lend to overall awesomeness.
Great things have been said by the people that have given it a try. It helps you lose weight, can help with digestion problems, and is pretty badass. That’s reason enough alone. You know I’m right.
If you want more information on juicing, juice fasts, and juicers, you can check out Joe Cross’ website (the fat, sick, and nearly dead guy) here http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com.