Tuesday, September 16, 2008
So…the news you are all here for…my second week’s update. First of all, I feel amazing! I am full of strength, joy, and confidence. I am sleeping really, really well and I wake up feeling completely rested and ready for the day. I battled at the first part of the week with some hunger pains, but they only lasted about 24 hours. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know what they were at first – I mean, I’ve never had a hunger pain in my life…not even close! I miss food – I miss cooking it just as much as eating it and even more, I miss sharing it. I love to spend time with all my friends and usually lure them to my house by home cooked meals 2 to 3 times a week – it’s awfully quiet around the house with just me and the animals – tick, tock, tick, tock goes the fasting clock.
I have to say, though I miss mealtime at my house, this fast has given me some clarity into some compulsions that I have that I never even noticed I had – ones that could definitely add up and sabotage my struggle out of this bondage that is my body. Such as, when I let my dogs out, I stand by the back door and automatically open the fridge and cabinet to check out what’s going on in there. If something catches my eye, I munch on it for a minute. When the dogs come back inside, I give them each one of what I’m snacking on and then give myself one more for good measure. I didn’t notice myself peering into the fridge every time I went by the kitchen on Saturday until the third time that I did it – the third time people! Although, this time, I wasn’t eating, I noticed I have a serious grazing problem! I grounded myself to my room the rest of the afternoon to read and clear my mind and refocus. Any given Saturday, I could let my dogs out 4-5 times, think of all that unnecessary empty calorie snacking when I wasn’t even hungry – just biding my time; the very definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and over and expecting different results and that’s what I have been doing.
Something that’s definitely worth mentioning this week is that I have not had to brave this journey alone. My sweet sister and roommate, Jenna, has sacrificially joined me in this forty day quest to freedom. We are working like a team: we shop together, we juice together, and we “eat” together when schedules allow. I have to compliment her on her ability to “chug” – that girl can chug down a 24 oz glass of green Superfood mix in about 30 seconds w/o stopping – hat’s off, Jen! At last week’s weigh in, I got her permission to share her story along with mine and she lost 11.7 lbs. This week, she is down 2.0 lbs, making her total 13.7 lbs. Something she shared with me is that through this fast, she’s realized that she needs to eat to live, she doesn’t need to live to eat. Also, eating gives us satisfaction only until the next time that we are hungry – where should we really be looking for satisfaction – where should we be looking to be made full? To get more on our thoughts about this particular subject, feel free to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I weighed in this morning, and as predicted, the weight loss has slowed down – I’m down another 1.4 lbs, so that’s 13.8 lbs total. It’s normal to lose 8-10 lbs the first week (which I surpassed) and then about an average of 3-5 lbs a week after that. Now, this is just an average, but I’m sticking pretty close to it. The biggest physical difference I’ve noticed this week is my skin and my complexion. I have literally had people tell me every single day (at least 20 people total) that my face is glowing – just the thing every girl wants to hear! I’ve missed my glow in recent months, so, it’s nice to get your bulb changed and even nicer for people to notice. My first week, I had some break outs as the toxins were exiting but my face is free and clear and smooth and shiny now. My skin everywhere else is super silky and soft too – something both Jenna and I can both attest to.
So…how did I get this glowing complexion you ask? Did you know you can keep your skin looking silky and “glowy” from the inside out? Your body has the ability to naturally boost and perfect your complexion when it’s fed the right ingredients. A diet rich in Vitamins A, C, & E, is your new secret weapon to a flawless complexion! What better way to flood your body with these vitamins than by putting them directly into your bloodstream through juicing!
What minerals do I need to look for and what do they do for my skin?
Vitamin A: Maintains and repairs skin cells, helps prevent the skin from premature aging, has an anti-inflammatory nature, and has antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals.
Vitamin C: Helps fight off skin damage and wrinkles, a great skin restorer, helps produce collagen which keeps the skin plump and smooth, and is important to building strong cartilage, joints and blood vessels.
Vitamin E: Important in eliminating pollutants from the body, helps the body form antibodies, builds natural antihistamines, contributes to a healthy circulatory system, aids in proper blood clotting, improves wound healing, and some studies have shown that vitamin E decreases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and certain types of breast disease.
What do I need to juice to get clear, healthy skin? Let’s take a look at the top five foods to incorporate into your juicing to get back that youthful glow and maintain your skin’s vitality:
Berries are naturally sweet, which is what makes them so perfect for juicing – YUMMY! Berries pack a tremendous punch in the vitamin department. They are super rich in Vitamins A, C, & E. Berries are also an excellent source of folic acid which helps protect against colon cancer, lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Folic acid also prevents some birth defects. When eaten whole, berries are high in fiber; fiber protects against colon cancer, lowers your risk of heart disease, and helps regulate blood sugars.
Berries are flowing with phytochemicals. What is exactly is a “phytochemical,” you ask? Well, they are a natural powerful antioxidant that berries get their distinctive color from. Studies have shown phytochemicals to be a leader in the fight against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer’s, memory loss, and high blood pressure; they even curb the aging process.
Many grocers have berries that were actually picked before they were ripe and allowed to ripen on their journey to your kitchen. While these still contain many health benefits, they have significantly less vitamins and phytochemicals. The berries with the most benefits are of course fresh berries that you would pick from your garden or from the local farmer’s market and, as always, are organically grown.
BERRY BONANZA: Juice a handful each of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries and add that to ½ Cup of Bolthouse Farms Berry Blast and ½ Cup of Odewalla Pomegrande pomegranate juice for an antioxidant punch. I have this as a snack every day and I wholeheartedly attribute it to my new complexion.
Spinach / Kale / Chard / Watercress
Popeye the Sailorman didn’t just have bulging biceps – he also had a flawless complexion – ever notice? Spinach - and other leafy greens like cabbage, kale, chard, and watercress are also a great source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and the mineral iron. Iron is very important in keeping your blood healthy which keeps your skin looking bright and “glowing.” They're also rich in B vitamins, so they have the added benefit of boosting your energy, which naturally increases your activity levels, keeping your body fit and your skin conditioned. All greens are rich in chlorophyll, which purifies the blood of the toxins that cause skin eruptions. If you are juicing, try adding a handful of any leafy green spinach or chard or one large kale leaf to any live juice recipe – it will turn your drink green, but not your tummy – you won’t even notice! Try adding rocket, watercress, baby spinach, or cabbage to your regular salads and in sandwiches – you won’t know it’s there but your skin will thank you.
Mangoes contain more than 80% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin A and has fewer than 70 calories per serving, making it a perfect fruit for your figure, not just your face. Beta-carotene is dominant mineral found in mango; it is converted by your body into Vitamin A. Beta-carotene is so important to skin vitality, that it’s often prescribed as a topical ointment for acne. It is the mineral that is responsible for the vivid orange color found in mangos, pumpkins, carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes, peaches, and, of course, oranges and that is accredited for improving eye sight and helping the body protect itself against sun damage. Don’t just look for it in the orange foods though, plenty of beta-carotene can be found in dark green foods as well: spinach, broccoli, romaine lettuce, and green peppers.
“A”- 1 Juice: ½ peeled orange, ½ peach, 1 apricot, 1 Handful Spinach, and ½ a Mango – mix with 1 Cup Bolthouse Farms Mango Madness – so yummy!
Your average cherry doesn’t supply a significant amount of vitamin C, but this is no ordinary cherry! One single Acerola cherry supplies 100% of the daily recommendation for vitamin C, which is great news for your skin. Acerola cherry is one of the top ingredients found in Bolthouse Farms’ C-Boost.
“C” the Way - live juice 1 orange (peeled), 2 small Gala Apples and 2 Carrots and add that to 1 cup of C-Boost and you have a vitamin rich, face friendly smoothie to start your day off right. (www.lifescript.com)
SUPERFOOD: Wheat Germ, Spriulina, & Blue-green Algea
Don’t let the “germ” scare you – it’s actually just the embryo within a grain of wheat, and it’s very nutritious. Wheat germ is a good source of biotin, a B vitamin that is crucial to skin health. Biotin is so important to healthy skin that a mild deficiency can actually cause dermatitis, a skin condition characterized by itchy, scaly skin. Spirulina and blue-green algae have cooling, detoxifying natures which keep the skin cool and the body flushed of any skin damaging free radicals. (www.lifescript.com)
SUPER SUPERFOOD: To get in these vitamin rich foods, twice a day, I drink 1cup of Odewalla Superfood mixed with 1 Cup Naked Superfood and mix that with a live juice combo: ¼ cantaloupe (with rind), 2 carrots, and a handful of spinach – I mix in my fiber & protein and I have a tasty, nutritious lunch and dinner that I know is nourishing, cleansing, and protecting my body.
Weekly Mask-erade – a weekly look at organic, homemade facial masks…
Fishing around for information this week, I found a really great facial mask that I definitely cannot keep to myself too – it feels great and leaves your skin feeling cool, moist, and refreshed. (www.glam.com/blogs)
1. Mash one whole organic avocado
2. Add 1 tsp organic flaxseed oil and 1 tsp organic local honey
3. Add ½ tsp organic mint extract
4. Mix together until smooth and creamy
5. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes
6. Rinse clean with warm water