Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ten Days Without Beer: Day 9

If you read my post last week you already know I'm undergoing what seems like self imposed torture: I replaced all my meals with freshly made fruit and vegetable juice. I gave up beer, coffee, and bowel movements. Much like Joe Cross in "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" I set a goal of 10 days (he did 30) of juice fasting to lose a little weight and maybe get rid of my Nexium dependence. Since this is non-beer related I'll try and keep it short.

Starting with the good news, this diet works. Not only does it work, it works spectacularly. After day 4 my body adapted to the juice. My headaches were gone, I had more energy, and my mood improved. On top of all that, I lost a pound a day. It's day 9 and I'm 9 lbs. lighter. I even resumed my normal gym schedule and routine.

The juice definitely fills you up. I haven't had any excessive hunger or discomfort, in fact I've had noticeably less.

So what's the bad news? I went almost 36 hours without taking Nexium, but eventually my acid re-flux caught up with me. It doesn't seem like this diet could cure my GIRD in 10 days. Also, it's very hard to give up eating socially or emotionally. I have such an attachment to eating solid food that it's on my mind all the time. I miss beer, I miss apples, I miss coffee. I'm looking forward to having a nice juicy granny smith once I break my fast tomorrow evening then having a good old BM the next morning. Sometimes it's the little things that make you happy.

I don't plan on resuming my old diet once this is over since I feel so great now; the trick is going to be incorporating a lot more fruit and vegetables into my diet than I normally would. Meat shouldn't be consumed at every meal (or every day for that matter.) I'm going to try and replace my lunch with apples, peanut butter, celery, and whatever else catches my fancy. I saw my friend Sasha do this about a year ago, and now I understand.

On a beer related side note:

A long time ago I was asked about my beer epiphany (the moment I realized that beer could be more than just bud light.) I mentioned how my friends and I went out on a limb and bought a bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12. Since then I've had more than my fair share of bottles of Abt 12, but I've never had that same "first sip" experience. Since I haven't had a drop in 10 days, I'm hoping that my next sip of beer will bring me back to that revelation. I've got a bottle waiting in the fridge for me I couldn't be more exited about it. It's like Christmas... for Santa.

Anybody else try something like this? Need to shave a little off the ol' beer belly and want some advice? Drop me a line in the comments below!


  1. I like this. I don't need to lose weight but just to stay fit, so I bought a bike and ride a few miles whenever I can.

    Sounds like you're heading in a good direction.

    It's been awhile since I've had a beer, but I can imagine what it's like for you waiting to pop that cold one.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement! Ten days seems like a long time when I need to post beer reviews once a week ;)

  3. I'm glad you're still alive!!

  4. Nice posts! I just started one of these this morning and was wondering if I could have a beer. My wife has done it before and is preparing the juices for me, so I hadn't really read up on it so much. Unfortunately for me, no beer tonight or for the next nine days I guess.