Diary Of A Happy Doc

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Is “juicing” a trendy way of saying “starving”???

I. Am. So. Hungry.

I feel foggy and dizzy and exhausted.  Not exhilarated like I did earlier!! Shaun just called me a Scorpion Woman 🙂

But I fully expected this.  It’s either starvation or withdrawal at this point. Either way its horrible.  But i’m going to make it through this. Day 1 is almost finished, and supposedly it’s the hardest. At least I think so, or my stomach lining is going to completely digest itself tomorrow.

I told you guys I’d put it all… good, bad, and ugly.  But there’s gotta be something to do when you feel this way the first few days of juicing… other than the obvious… to EAT.  And I am going in search of the answer to this question now. Otherwise how would anyone be able to do it?? There’s a light at the end of the tunnel- There is a reason I am doing this!! Even if it is not as obvious now as it was 12 hours ago.

Writing about this is surprisingly therapeutic!!  My grumpiness is subsiding.  I can do this. Every day should be a little better… hopefully 🙂

… and I pour myself another glass of juice…




Wellness Experiment #1!! A Juicing Fast!

So after months and months of WANTING to do this, but never having the courage to do it- today starts my first ever Juicing Fast.  I have heard wonderful AND horrific things about this.  I am extremely excited, but also terrified at the same time.

Where did I get this idea? The other day I watched the movie “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”- not the most flattering title, although I unashamedly will admit that I can at times relate to those feelings! This movie was incredibly inspiring- Joe Cross is just an amazing human being.  So real, so funny, so honest. I highly recommend watching this.

Excited to be doing this to myself you say? Why yes! I am! I am so tired of feeling TIRED all the time… drained, with headaches, breakouts, bla bla bla… AND from all the reading I’ve been doing, there is just nothing good about processed foods. We get the most “bang for your buck” out of foods that are consumed in their most natural states.  For example- raw foods- best.  Hands down. Although its gotta be really difficult I would think to commit to that kind of a lifestyle. Especially if you dont live in a cave by yourself.  If you live with other humans in the United States of America- trying to get everyone (and im talking about my husband and my 2 young children under the age of 4) to eat all things raw- not going to happen, at least easily.  Although Im going to try my hardest to get them to adopt SOME of this.  Hopefully at the end of the 10 days I will feel energized, invigorated, healthy, and full of LIFE! And most importantly I can pass down these healthy eating habits to the people I love the most in this world.

Petrified? Yes, absolutely. I dont want the headaches, the withdrawal, the near death experience that i’ve read about from people doing these juice fasts. However I have committed myself to this and Im going to do it.  I apologize in advance to everyone that I will be in contact with for at least the next 3 days.

For those of you who know me, I am a Diet Pepsi fanatic.  I know it is hands down a horrible substance to be willingly putting into my body.  Gross processed FAKE sugars, bla bla bla… look at the ingredients on the side- nothing in any kind of a natural form. HOWEVER i am so addicted. So addicted. There will be no diet pepsi for me in the next 10 days. And if I make it out alive, I hope to not be drinking soda at all anymore after.

Coffee… sigh.  This is where I would face a problem.  This is a WELLNESS experiment. I am a physician working ridiculous kinds of hours, days and nights.  AND I don’t want to kill my husband in the next 10 days.  So I am ALLOWING myself one 12 ounce cup of coffee q 24 hours. 🙂 Coffee is kind of like juicing a coffee bean, right?  Whatever. The TextBook Juicing gods can look down on me with disgust… this is MY experiment.

So here goes y’all! Day 1!

What I did to make this feasible for me with 2 small kids at home and a really busy life is make enough juice for the entire day in the AM.  I have found a new obsession with Fairway Markets because its so close but I will also be frequenting Trader Joes for my produce.

My Day 1 Kickoff juicing recipe for enough juice for a day is this delicious concoction:

2 cucumbers

4 apples

2 large handfuls of spinach

2 nectarines

3 plums

2 carrots

1 inch of ginger

A handful of Pomegranate seeds

A handful of raspberries

A handful of blackberries

Put all of these things in a juicer- juice it up! and enjoy.

This IS a lot of ingredients for a juice- but I was feeling creative today and needed something I think would taste interesting since I am giving up all the foods I love in life for 10 days.  There are tons of juicing recipes online… if you’re doing this you can try any of them OR just play with it and find stuff you think will work together.

Yes I had coffee this morning, and it was amazing.

I will keep you all updated with how this is progressing… should be an interesting ride 🙂

juicing fast day 1


Hiiiii… and welcome :)

Hi guys- if you’re reading this, you either know me, have heard about this through someone who knows me, or are just in general interested in wellness or wondering what the heck a person with this blog title is all about!  Regardless… welcome to my thoughts, and I hope you enjoy what you read, learn and see.

So here we go!  My name is Julie- I’m an Emergency Medicine Physician working in Paterson, NJ- did a fellowship in EMS and during all of my training became a little crazy and obsessed with “wellness”.. which is what sparked my blog.  My plan is to become a Certified Wellness Coach. Last year I became the Director of Physician Wellness at my hospital and I really want to do a lot with this… It is SOOOOO insanely important to find balance and peace in our lives. How else do we get through this craziness we call a career!!??

This blog initially was intended to get info out there to my colleagues about what we can do to be happy, healthy, and have long successful careers, namely because Emergency Medicine is such an insane and stressful specialty some times.  There is no doubt that our burnout rate is among the highest of all docs.  We need to change this, change the way we do things, change the way we live so that we are able to enjoy our lives, find healthy ways of dealing with this stress, and get through this with a smile on our faces at the end of the day.

As I talk to more and more people who are interested in me doing this, I’ve decided to open up this blog to everyone with the intention that we can share ideas, inspiration, and fabulousness with eachother.

Blogs specific to things going on with my “St. Joe’s Peeps” will have that in the title 🙂

Suggestions, topics, ideas and positivity are always welcome 🙂




for St. Joe’s Peeps!! Fall Activities

Updates on the activities we’ve got in the works for my fabulous colleagues:

Apple picking!  Why not? Its the quintessential fall activity.  And then you can juice em 😉 or add something to that juice… whatever you prefer.  Will try to make this happen sometime after ACOEP/ACEP.

Currently trying to arrange a gym where we can get a day of each week for those who are interested in getting together for some sports.  You can’t beat eachother down in the hospital, however you can on the court!  Get those frustrations out!!! Will post updates on this.

Hiking was delayed from August because it was a thousand degrees outside.  Will try and set something up before it gets too cold, and then again in early spring.



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