Sunday, April 14, 2013
I am still incorporating fresh veggie/fruit juice into my day. Some days, I seem to get a LOT more (40 ounces or so) and others, I just don't (maybe 12-20 ounces). In all honestly, it's not the magic elixir I was hoping for, but it certainly is not hurting anything. :)
My skin still looks better. I have had a couple of small breakouts, but nothing like I did even 3-4 weeks ago. I do honestly believe it gives me more energy and helps me sleep better. Normally, on stressful days, I have a hard time falling asleep and need to take a Melatonin, but I haven't had to do that for weeks now. My sugar cravings are much more manageable. Every now and again I crave like a brownie or ice cream, but it's not as intense as it was.
My weight loss is the only thing that's frustrating me. I go up to 265 one day and down to 258 the next. It's so frustrating. I honestly don't even know what my 'true' weight is. I weigh at the same time every day (in the morning, before the shower, before eating or drinking anything). I know getting healthy and eating actual nutrients versus processed junk is much better, but I would really like to see the scale represent those changes.
But... I'm not giving up. I have another very strong motivator - my 2 upcoming walking events. Next Saturday, the 20th, I am doing a 5.2 mile "walk" that is being put on by the parks department to raise money for new trails/maintenance. i use the term 'walking' lightly because I went out to see the trail we would be using last week and... I don't know if I am prepared. It will be climbing up a 10% + grade for most of the walk along a very steep and rocky canyon path. It's gorgeous, but I know it's going to kick my butt. I just hope I can do it.
On June 1st, I have a half-marathon coming up. I'm very exciting about that. It will be a huge accomplishment for me. :)
Saturday, April 06, 2013
I managed to do a solid 3-day juicing 'fast'. It was honestly incredibly empowering and a HUGE motivator. I really don't believe I have ever managed to follow any sort of fast or liquid diet for more than... like 12 hours (even then, probably not by choice). Each day, I drank anywhere from 40-60 ounces of veggie/fruit juice each day and TONS of water. Towards the end of the 3rd day, I began questioning myself, but I still managed. :)
Today, day 6 of juicing, I am still doing (I think) incredibly well. I feel very motivated, my diet has vastly improved and, in less than a week, I have noticed:
*My skin looks AMAZING. :) I have always had issues with breakouts and a lovely mixture of dryness, oil, and patches of unappealing color. A lot of (recent) scarring has cleared up, no breakouts, and my husband swears there's this different overall even tone and more color to my face.
*A nagging head/chest cold that has been dragging on for weeks is finally gone! (Maybe just a coincidence, but still, what a relief.)
*My sleep has greatly improved. I feel like I'm getting a much more restful night's sleep and I think I'm getting to sleep quicker.
*I have more energy and, honestly, I think I have a better overall outlook. Maybe that is just psychological from a sense of accomplishment, but whatever it is, I'm going to run with it for as long as possible. :)
*A small weight loss. I have lost about 3 lbs so far this week. Not huge, but I will take it. (It's so hard to tell an accurate number, I really do fluctuate a LOT, but it is consistently dropping. Slowly, but surely.)
*Sugar cravings have pretty much stopped. Carbs have always been my weakness. (If given the chance, I could easily live off of bread alone.) Perhaps a huge increase in fruit helped with that.
*Probably the most important and significant change is my appetite. My overall palette has changed. I really don't crave junk food. Fruit and veggies are sounding better and better every day. That is one long-term change I am excited about. I have never been able to eat veggies, even fruits are a struggle. But the juicing has really helped with that.
For the last 3 days, I have been making a morning blend (oranges, carrots (lots of carrots), grapefruit, lemon) and a lunch blend (greens, either broccoli or leafy greens, grapes, ginger, pears, and apples). And then in the evening I have been having a MUCH healthier meal than normal - usually an organic wrap (made from seeds, oils, and whole grain) with some leafy greens, white meat and almonds (yum!!). Perhaps some chips and salsa, nuts, or tomato soup as a snack.
I'm still very excited to see what will happen after 30 solid days of juicing. :)
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Here I am, into day 2 of my juice "feasting". [Personally, I like the term feasting better than fasting. I added it all up and I'm not significantly reducing calories by consuming only juice. I'm only eliminating solid foods from my diet temporarily. I'm not honestly sure how long I will be doing the juice 'fast', I will just listen to my body and if it gets very uncomfortable or I start feeling ill, I will stop. What I will be doing, is incorporating juice into my diet (at least 16 oz.) everyday for at LEAST the next 30 days.]
Yesterday and today, I got up a little early, juiced enough for 2 'meals' - about 20 ounces of a "breakfast blend" [with carrots, oranges, and pears] and about 20 ounces of a "lunch blend"
[broccoli, spinach, pears, kiwi, apples, and grapes]. I tried to keep the ration about 1/2 veggies and 1/2 fruit. After I got home for the evening, I tried a different concoction of just a bunch of miscellaneous stuff to see what juices I liked and the ones I would probably need to 'cover up' with different flavors. I found out that I do NOT like celery or cucumber. It is so overpowering and the smell just... makes me sick. I did find that I like... pretty much every fruit, carrots (LOVE the carrot juice), spinach and ginger (a little goes a long way, but it certainly adds a bit of a kick!).
It's really fun! I feel like a mad scientist... or a super-healthy bar tender. :) For some reason, it's really exciting to mix different combinations together and see how it turns out. Most of the time, it's really good, but I have made a few concoctions that ... are not so tasty. It's usually when I just start throwing EVERYTHING in there that it becomes a problem. [Note to self: radishes, parsley, spinach, broccoli, apples, pears, oranges, carrots, ginger, mango, cucumber... just too many ingredients. It's just a train wreck with all of the flavors competing against one another. Just stop at like 4 ingredients for crying out loud!] Sometimes I get a bit carried away. ;)
I honestly feel really good and have for the last 2 1/2 days. I'm not entirely sure if it's psychological, physical or a combination of the two. Yesterday, I had a really long day with work and class, but I felt great. I have been reading horror stories while searching for 'what to expect on a juice fast' and to be honest, I got a little scared! Some people report headaches, tiredness, horrible skin reactions, bloating, diarrhea, and a laundry list of ailments from simply consuming juice. I have not had any of that. In fact, I feel kind of euphoric. I'm not sure if it's the nice weather, the actual juice itself and what it's giving my body, or the sense of empowerment from making it this long. But whatever it is, I want to bottle it up and save it for later!
My only difficult time yesterday was towards the evening - 7-8pm. I was sitting in class and it seemed like everyone around me was munching on chips, crackers, fruit, or candy bars. I wasn't even that hungry, but I REALLY wanted something crunchy. And then, I started thinking about Taco Bell (mmmm....) and I spiraled for a few minutes. But, I just filled my water bottle a few times and the cravings quickly went away.
I have not been weighing myself at the same time everyday, so it could be a little off (I will change that!), but I believe I am about 2 lbs down. I'm sure mostly water weight, but still. My body-fat reader should come in the mail today and I think that will be slightly more accurate. So I will certainly keep you updated!
Here we go, here is yesterday - day 1 of my experiment. We will see how it goes!! (Hopefully, I will be able to tell a difference, even with the bad angle, cruddy light source and the fact that it's not a full body shot.)
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Ok. I broke down and bought a juicer last night. I have been watching documentaries, videos, reading articles and have been weighing all of the pro's and con's.
From what I have read/watched and understand about juicing:
- it is a great way to get in fruits/veggies that you don't normally eat (a biggie for me!)
- a way to incorporate a wide variety of nutrients into your diet
- it is much easier to drink 5-10 servings of produce a day than to actually eat them
- it is easier for your body to get some of the nutrients in juice form (especially the leafy green veggies)
- (not only from juice alone) but getting the adequate number of servings of fruits/veggies for your body will make HUGE changes, if you aren't doing it already. (i.e., weight loss, skin clears up, more energy, boosted immunity, healing from chronic diseases, and the list goes on)
- by juicing, you are removing some of the fiber and do NOT get the full nutritional value of the entire fruit/veggie
- drinking too much FRUIT juice can be dangerous. like any other sugar-y substance, it can spike your blood sugars and cause problems with diabetics
- it is better to eat the food in its natural form
While I do believe that it is probably better to simply eat food in it's natural form, I'm obviously not doing that. Getting in enough veggies (and fruit) has always been a challenge for me. When I do break down and force myself, I see amazing results in weight loss and overall health. However, I simply cannot make myself eat certain foods (like radishes, cucumber, pears, parsley, etc.). With juicing, I can 'sneak' a variety of produce in and combine it with other flavors I enjoy.
So, today, DAY 2 of including juice in my diet will be the start of my journey/experiment. With juicing, in the next 30 days, I would like to see the following:
-weight loss (hopefully about 5-10 pounds)
-better skin (less acne, dryness and patchiness)
-more energy (not hitting that 3:00pm slump where I normally reach for more coffee)
I will keep you all updated and I might even post some progress pictures. :D
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