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AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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10/6/12 10:30 P

I can understand why you would choose to juice.

You have dealt with giving up addictions to substances by cutting them out completely.

In my overeater's anonymous meetings we say "but food is different..." You can't abstain. You have to deal with it on a daily basis.

full recovery (from my eating disorder) is learning to eat all food in moderation. I have been working on that goal for the past 3 years and I still can't get it right!

I hate food and eating too! I can't just do what you are attempting to do. (I think that would be too easy.)

Instead, I try to practice self-control before, during, and after each bite.

Edited by: AILEBBELIA at: 10/7/2012 (10:19)
BRITOMART Posts: 8,160
10/6/12 9:53 P

Juices get digested just like any other food, in terms of process.

I think it would be better to learn to accept your physical processes, eat healthy, enjoy juice as an adjunct to a more rounded diet.

There's nothing inherently gross about digestion: it's part of what makes us human, alive, and able to do all the things we love doing. CELEBRATE your guts, don't deny their value! they are really amazing bits of bio-machinery.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,578
10/6/12 1:46 P

The previous posters have given you some great advice. I just wanted to add that the people who are successful at losing weight and keeping it off long term are those who find a style of eating that they can live with forever. Like the previous poster said, when you eat like this you might lose weight, but a lot (if not all) of it is likely to come back when you start eating normally again.

My suggestion would be to stick with a healthy diet and regular exercise as the way to take weight off and keep it off for good. Just my 2-cents :)

Coach Jen

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10/6/12 12:31 P

I don't agree with fasting or drinking just juice to lose weight. First of all, what do you think happens once you stop and go back to eating? Likely, any weight you have lost, you'll just gain again.

A better plan is to eat healthy and balanced while creating a slight calorie deficit in addition to an exercise plan. Eat how you plan to eat for the rest of your life. This will be much easier on your body, healthier and a lifestyle change rather than a crash diet. Not to mention, you'll likely experience the same results and *lasting* results. Depriving yourself of dietary fiber and other nutrients that you will likely be missing will cause hunger, headaches, faintness and nausea.

I've eaten at my BMR my entire time losing weight and have just kept my meals balanced with healthy fats, complex carbs and lean protein in addition to burning 2000 cals/week through cardio and ST. I've been losing anywhere from 1-3 lbs/week steadily and have lost a total of 25 lbs in 3 months. I am never hungry, never low on my nutrients (incl. vitamins and minerals), have tons of energy and am toning up like mad because my body is still getting all the things it requires.

I know it's tempting to want to lose the weight as quick as possible but these methods never last nor is it healthy and usually just leave the person loathing dieting or putting the weight back on as soon as they go back to eating normally.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 10/6/2012 (12:33)
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10/6/12 12:28 P

Thanks for the response. I appreciate the concern, but I do think I will be fine. I've always hated the process of eating. When I eat, I visualize the digestion process and it just grosses me out. My excessive weight stems from a hormone issue. Six years ago I weighed 298 pounds, began a female-hormone rich birth control and dropped to 140 pounds in about seven months, no changing anything in my life but beginning birth control. Unfortunately my life became more sedentary and I'm back to fluctuating between 200 and 220 pounds, My eating has always been fairly healthy, eating lots of beans, nuts, fruits and veggies. But, I love my steak and Sun Drop (which is a soda here in North Carolina). And salt as well. It goes on all of my fruits and veggies, everything. I'd probably eat it straight if it wasn't in granules. So, I need to do something to get all of that out of my diet, and I think this is the perfect route.

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10/6/12 12:16 P

congrats on all you accomplished! Great Job! However, I am not supportive of juice fasts...Only because at some point in your life you need to learn how to eat. Why not start now by making small changes in your diet, tracking your food and making improvements on a day to day basis. 30 days of not eating anything but juice sounds like hell to me. If I went 30 days not chewing then I would probably go over board after the 30 days, thus leading me to weight gain and having to learn to how to eat in moderation any way... So I wouldn't put myself through that.

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10/6/12 11:52 A

I will be picking up my juicer in the next few days and will then begin my very first juice fast. Ultimately I'd like to do a thirty-day fast. I've already spoke to my doctor who has given the go-ahead. I will be mostly drinking the green juices that are most popular amongst fasters. I've already sampled the juice, and feel that I will be able to handle it. I also am willing to commit to an entire lifestyle change. Being more active and a mostly raw diet are what I am working to accomplish. Have any of you completed a fast? If so, for how long? What were the results?

Today is day 41 cigarette free. I'll be 24 in two weeks, been a smoker since age 11. I've also kicked a particularly horrible drug habit, almost five years clean. This fast shouldn't be a problem for me having accomplished what I have so far. I am choosing to do this fast, not only for the weight loss (about eighty pounds I need to lose), but to help with my sleep and mood. I've suffered depression for awhile, as well as issues with sleep. I can go days without sleeping, or I can sleep in for days. It takes about two to four hours, more on really rough nights, to even fall asleep. My mood suffers, as I get very irritable and angry as well as sad. I have a strong addiction to salt, I put it on everything. I would like to be able to cut the salt out of my life, raise my energy level and be more motivated for exercise, and hopefully fix my mood instability as well. After the rough days of the fast, I will be joining my boyfriend in Taekwondo classes. I've been to a handful with him, but can't bring myself to be a constant member. Hopefully that will change with my lifestyle.

I guess I'm just asking for support, and information on your fast. Any suggestions or advice for anything? Thanks!!

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