Juicing Day 6 – The End of an Era

I really don’t have too much to say. I will be honest, there have been a few slip-ups. Food is just so good! It really makes me view food as a drug or addiction considering I’m still getting the calories, fats and nutrition from what I’m juicing but am fighting myself to not go buy a burger. And starting this entry on day 6, it really seems like it should be day 14 or 15. I’m going to stop blogging daily and go to weekly (or the end of my juicing phase next week).

Weight: 185

Mood: Good, sharper, still tired off and on (mostly because of the babe I think)

Tip: Find something to distract from food… For example, I told myself every time I think about slipping up and just eating something that I have to complete a chore around the apartment or do something equally productive. Needless to say, a lot has gotten done this week and my apartment is spotless.

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I juiced for 2 weeks and lost approximately a pound a day. I gained energy and definitely felt overall healthier and happier. However, after resuming solids again, it’s hard not to overeat and undo everything the juicing cleanse has done. I plan to juice again in May or June, but this time with the following revisions:

1. Continue incorporating juicing into my diet when I’m finished with the juicing cleanse.

2. Prepare juices ahead of time. Otherwise, the effort and time to do it at every meal and snack becomes tedious and harder to make yourself do.

3. Consider finding a way to get food commercials outlawed.

Juicing Day 5

I’m back after a Valentine’s/Family break. And really, really still want to eat some food. I feel extreme despise for two things:

1. I dislike all people who are eating food.

2. I dislike all skinny people.

I did find a great juicing (and even good food it seemed like) restaurant called the Filling Station in downtown Kansas City.

I’ve decided I probably won’t continue to add my recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. However, if anyone needs juicing recipes, just Google them or look in the direction booklet that comes with any Juicer to find good recipes.

Weight: Still 186

Mood: Average and tired

Juicing Day 4

Today was okay. I still felt sick and out of commission most of this morning and this afternoon, but luckily, this evening, I’m starting to feel better. I decided to start running this evening too. Began with 1 mile using the Nike+ Running app. Obviously, I’m getting energy back and feeling better than before I started if I actually feel like running. Before I started juicing, by the time Matt got home from work, I was too exhausted from running around all day and taking care of the babe to do anything. So, this is all a major plus.

Breakfast – 2 handfuls of blackberries, 2 oranges, 2 stocks of celery, 1/2 cucumber

Lunch – (leftover from yesterday) cup of parsley, 3 tomatoes, 1 1/2 carrots, small piece of onion warmed up

Dinner – cup of parsley, 1 ounce of ginger, 1 apple, 3 carrots

Late night snack – 1 avocado, 1 tomato, cup of cilantro, tiny bit of lime, garlic and onion (tastes just like guacamole & is my fav. so far, thanks to Matt for making it)

Weight: 186

Mood: 1st 1/2 day – sick and tired, 2nd 1/2 day – more energetic

Tip: If you want to go out or are just sick of making your juices, this is a good juice bar locator http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/find-a-juice-bar-in-your-area/

P.S. I won’t be blogging on Valentine’s Day (tomorrow), so day 5 will continue on Feb. 15!

Juicing Day 3

Well, today I’ve been super tired, but unfortunately I caught Matt’s cold and can add sore throat, headache, earache and runny nose to that. So, it’s hard to tell how much tiredness to attribute to my sickness and how much to attribute to my juicing.

I still feel like I’m getting filled up throughout the day but want to bite into some FOOD. I feel like I’m a recovering alcoholic or smoker. I’m legitimately addicted to unhealthy food. Although the food I was eating isn’t good for my body and I’m getting better nutrients than I have before, my body is so used to and addicted to the unhealthy food, so there’s cravings galore.

From the documentaries I’ve watched, a good explanation for how unhealthy food works with your body is that often food companies put preservatives and ingredients in their food that keep you from getting nutritious value from what you’re eating and therefore make you crave more. So, instead of having a plant-based diet with healthy calories, fat and nutrients, most other foods contain unhealthy calories and fat with close to no real nutrients causing your body to tell you you need to eat more in order to get more nutrition even though you’ve already taken in a huge amount of fat and calories. This is why I feel full while at the same time still feeling like I want to eat more. Unfortunately, that’s what my body has become use to.

Some out of the ordinary behaviors from today, 1. soaked in a bath late last night and this afternoon, 2. yelled at my dog for not going potty fast enough (poor Indie) and 3. went to bed right when Matt got home. Once again, don’t really know how much agitation and tiredness to contribute to the juicing versus the cold.

Weight: 187

Mood: Tired

Tip: Adding a fruit, especially lemon or apple, into each juice makes it taste better and sweeter than just using vegetables. Made that mistake today.

Breakfast: 1.2 cucumber, 2 carrots, cup of spinach, cup of parsley, 2 stocks of celery, 1/4 lime

Lunch: 1/2 cucumber, 1/4 lime, 2 handfuls of strawberries, 1 kiwi, 2 stocks of celery

Dinner: 3 Tomatoes, 1 1/2 carrots, small bit of onion, cup of parsley (warmed up as soup for my cold)

Only did 3 juices, even though I should be doing 4-6 a day, simply because I felt sick, tired and slept when I could today.

Juicing Day 2

This is the first full day of juicing, and it’s been interesting. Everything I’m making is filling me up, but I just want to bite into something solid. I’m sure watching “The Chew” and “The Taste” today didn’t help. I think it’ll be beneficial for me to stick to Hulu and Netflix considering at least 50% of commercials on regular television are about fast food or restaurants. I might also add I almost had a breakdown on Matt for a piece of his quesadilla, but we’re past that now.

I’m a little more tired than normal, but everything I’ve watched and read says that’s how it is the first few days before your body rejuvenates, has more energy and feels better.

I’m drinking 4-5 juices a day and trying to keep a ratio of 20% fruits and 80% veggies.

Breakfast – 1 1/2 red grapefruits, 2 oranges, 2 apples, 2 celery stocks and 2 handfuls of spinach

Lunch – 1 cucumber, 2 celery stocks, bit of ginger

Dinner – 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1 cup of spinach, 1 cup of parsley, 1/2 lemon

Evening Snack – 1 apple, 2 carrots, 1 celery stock, cup of spinach, cup of parsley, 1/2 lime

Weight: 189

Mood: Tired, meh

Tip: Ginger is prominent, and I made the mistake of adding way too much, which tastes horrible.

The Beginning of a Juicing Era

I’m beginning a 2-week juicing cleanse, and I’m sure the majority of the people I know are really confused as to why anyone would want to do that. So, here’s the expert reasoning followed by mine:

“[Juicing is] the perfect way to power up your system using plant-based energy to help you lose weight, get clear skin, increase your energy levels and think more clearly. When you consume only juice, your system is flooded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help your body stay strong and fight disease.”

In other words, I’m doing this to lose weight, be healthy, sharpen my mind, change the way I feel and to stop taking in foods and drinks I’m addicted to that aren’t doing anything for my body except hurting it.

Most people will never want or choose to understand why and how what they’re eating is so bad for them, and that’s fine. I use to be one of those people, but if you really want to put it in perspective and understand what’s actually going on in the food and health world, I’d suggest watching the documentaries listed below (in that order). It made me change my mind.

1. Forks Over Knives

2. Foodmatters

3. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Another question you probably have is “how can anyone feel full or possibly take in enough nutrients by drinking liquids all day?” The answer is simple. Imagine trying to eat a stock of celery, 2 apples, 1 lemon, 1 kiwi and an entire cucumber in one sitting, seems difficult. However, juicing gets all that food and nutrients into an easily drinkable glass 4-6 times a day. Probably more health in one glass than your body’s taken in in an entire week.

From what I can gather, it won’t be easy the first few days, but after the body cleanses and adjusts, it should only get better. I’ll let you know.

So, here I go!

Day 1:

Weight – 190 lbs

Mood – Normal

Dinner – 1 cucumber, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup parsley, 1 celery stock, 1/2 peeled lemon

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