Juice Fast Day Six- A Personal Tragedy

by Daniel Hayes

Today I hit a major obstacle in my juice fast. This probably won’t impact you as much as it impacted me but…I guess I’ll just come right out and say it…my local grocery stores ALL stop carrying fresh cranberries every year on 1 January!  How messed up is that? Apparently, grocery stores are on a cycle for Holiday fruits and vegetables just like they are for those snow-white sugar cookies with crack in them, smothered in frosting (orange for Halloween and Thanksgiving, pink, green or red for Christmas, etc).  Yep, I asked the produce guy after wandering around for 20 minutes looking like a lost child, searching in vain for my beloved bags of little red tart berries.  He’s the one who filled me in on the secret:  they stock cranberries for exactly 3 months and pull them off the shelf on New Year’s Day.  So now you know.

Alright, I’ll stop my whining and learn to embrace the taste of green a little more than I have.

Day 6 Morning Stats

This morning I was 183.6 lbs, according to my Withings WiFi Body Scale, down one pound since yesterday.  I’ll take it!   Here’s the screenshot:

Today’s Juices

I started this morning with some green tea to try to get “get things moving” internally.  Didn’t work.  I know, probably TMI for most people but let’s face it, juice fasting does tend to cause a few bodily changes!  Then, Vanessa and I tried a new “off the cuff” recipe that included apple, carrot, kale, bok choy, broccoli, my beloved (but now no longer available) cranberries, and persimmon.  Never heard of persimmon before but they are a sweet, but slightly tangy fruit and look like a tomato. It was a really good mix and we enjoyed it.   So here’s a snapshot of our ingredients:

Today’s Challenges

I don’t think I drank enough water or juice today.  Usually, I’m pretty good about that but today I was at meetings with my business partner and the team and, no excuses, I just didn’t drink enough water.  We met at Starbucks and I picked up a Tazo Green Tea (Passionfruit) and then we moved over to EZ’s Restaurant.  Everyone ate at EZ’s but I just sipped my tea and should have ordered a water, too, but I didn’t.  Lesson learned.

Good Stuff for New Juicers

I mentioned yesterday that I’ve been doing some exploring over at Dr. Fuhrman’s site.  If you’ve seen Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead you’ll recall that he’s the doc who supervised Joe’s fast.  There is a ton of great info there; specifically, more info on the food pyramid and chart he discusses in the movie and food density and micronutrient scores.   If you’re familiar with Whole Foods stores, you may know that they adopted Dr. Fuhrman’s food density scores to develop the ANDI, short for Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, which he expanded from his earlier chart. You can find out more about the ANDI Chart here.

Final Thoughts

Both Vanessa and I really are realizing, and trying to understand, the power that food has over each of us.  Good and bad. I think I’ve been pretty candid about my irresponsible eating habits in my previous posts and I’m learning so much as I go through this process. I’m feeling changes in my body already and know that all the fresh nutrients and live enzymes are working hard to repair years of damage I’ve caused.  That’s good.  But we’re also seeing the negative effects that eating habits have on us through this fast. For example, our daughter came over with a little baggie of Cheez-Its to sit on Vanessa’s lap. Vanessa told me she “just wanted just one of those Cheez-Its to sit on her tongue so she could savor the salty flavor and then crunching on it.  She cooked pork loin for the kids and was tempted by that, too!  And she’s vegetarian! I, on the other hand, almost put a Triscuit in my mouth as I closed up the box for our daughter.  Not out of temptation or hunger (I wasn’t even hungry), but out of habit.  Those are things we’re becoming more and more aware of.

Finally, as I’m no longer going to be able to indulge in my tart little berries, I’m open to suggestions.  I was so used to those cute little round red bastards cutting into the flavor of the kale and spinach, leaving me with a little tart-induced smile on my tongue.  They say it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. We’ll see…


Withings WiFi Body Scale 
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Dr, Fuhrman’s Website
Nutritarian Food Pyramid
ANDI Chart
Food Density and Scores

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen Berg January 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

I haven’t tried either of these with kale, but I can sneak a lot of spinach into my morning non-dairy, all fruit/ice smoothie and not make a noticeable impact. I like Acai or mixed berries to cut the flavor of the greens. Sounds like a great challenge!


Daniel Hayes January 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

It is a great challenge. Loving it so far! Great to hear from you, Ellen. Going to WDS this year?


Josh January 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

Since you can’t get your fresh cranberries – have you thought about getting them frozen? They are available year round – at least around here. I’ve found them at my local grocery store, Publix and I’ve seen them at places like Trader Joes as well. Surely your local grocery will have them available frozen. I don’t know what brands you have where you are – but, Ocean Spray is the brand I see around here most of the time.


Daniel Hayes January 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

You know, Josh I was tempted to pick up some frozen ones but two things stopped me. One, the price was a dollar more per bag ($3.47 versus $2.47 for fresh), and two, the frozen ones don’t have the live enzymes that the fresh ones do. My wife picked up some sour green grapes for me at $2.88 per pound and they were an acceptable substitute. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not through with my morning period, but I’m getting there! Thanks for posting, Josh!


Lin January 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Hey buddy, check out the Cap Cod Cranberry Growers they ship fresh. It’s really horrible how the market is controlled buy the holiday and not demand.


Daniel Hayes January 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Thanks, Lin! Vanessa just found some on sale at Central Market for $1.50 a bag! The exact same ones you mention. Back in the saddle!


Lin January 5, 2012 at 6:22 am

Spot on brother. Keep on task.


Sarah June 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

Wow, thats just bizarre, is that pretty standard practice in the states? The not stocking cranberries thing? I’m glad they don’t do that here in Australia, I squeeze absolutely every berry I can out of my local supermarket and have been known to pay $8 for a punnet of raspberries when they are only getting a handful of them in at the end of summer, but when that day arrives that they are simply no more, my life becomes as meaningless as yours does without cranberries lol….Oh the humanity.


Daniel Hayes June 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

Yeah, crazy, huh? I had no idea about the vegetable/fruit rotation season as meatatarian! I guess because cows, chickens, and pigs are always “in season!” Now that I’m eating juicing fruits and veggies I’ve found out a lot about their seasons, growing regions, and most of all the price changes for produce from season to season. Regarding my beloved cranberries, lots of folks have pointed me in the direction of frozen cranberries and their availability year round. Well, I’m opting to stay true to juicing for the the live enzymes it introduces into my body as I think that’s where the real benefit lies. So, until September I will long for my cranberries and add an extra lemon satisfy my tart-loving taste buds.


Bhanu October 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I started juicing this morning with the hope that I will do at least six days or a month if all is well. I am looking for ideas. Thank you for sharing the veggies and fruits you are using. I hope by next week my husband will join for I should have everything organized by then.
I just finished reading Dr Fuhrman’s bok and saw the documentary last night. I had no idea that the film my daughter selected on Netflix would deal with this subject.

Good Luck to all and to me too on this journey.


g fabis November 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

try freezing the cranberries when in season


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