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Juice Feast Day#7

Monday, May 24, 2010

So much for daily blogging! I never have been much of a journal writer.

Truthfully, my partner's surgery week went by in a blur of activity. Everything has gone as well as can be hoped for: the surgery was a success, the medical professionals involved were all competent and kind, she came home one day early, her energy is good and recovery is going well.

As the primary support for someone recovering from major surgery, I tried to anticipate, but have been surprised anyway, by all of the little details that go into helping someone through that process. I realize that my biggest challenge is not to take care of the logistics, but to stay present and not totally "numb out." My tendency is definitely to go far away emotionally, but I feel proud of the steps I'm taking to not use this old coping mechanism.

I have stayed active and made it to a yoga class and 3 dance classes last week, which is one of the best things I can do to feel like me. I also took a bath on Friday and listened to a meditation tape, which helped.

Food-wise, I stuck to juicing plan. I had fun with all the possibilities of juicing and smoothie making. I also made some awesome bran muffins using the carrot pulp from the juicer.

Some challenges of juice feasting:
Though juicing takes it "back to the basics," it feels labor intensive (though it probably doesn't take longer than cooking a meal). Also, no matter how much juice I drank, I did reduce my calorie range from 1800-2200 to 1200-1400 and the result of a juice feast is that your system is "clean" - both of those things means that I got hungry at certain points in the day. The hunger and the intentionality that it takes to juice feast gave me feelings that resonated uncomfortably like my teenage dieting years, when I was obsessed with losing weight.

Some benefits of juice feasting:
I didn't have to decide what I was going to eat during such a stressful week. I got a lot of comfort knowing that I was absorbing massive amounts of vitamins and minerals. I felt proud that I wasn't compulsively eating my way through the emotional ups and downs. I had fun experimenting with the juices.

I also weighed myself this morning and I lost 6.5 lbs since last Monday. I have been taking my weight loss journey very slowly (average 12 lbs/year for 7 years). I was a little scared by the big loss, but truth to be told I am READY to reach my goal, which is now only 8 pounds away. If juicing can help me get there soon, so that I can settle into maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of my life, bring it on!
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    I'm glad the surgery went well and you are doing so well!
    2918 days ago
    Thanks Mare and Mikki for the encouragement!

    Mikki, The juice "feast" gurus say yes, fresh juice only, including more vegetable than fruit juice. Some of them also drink homemade vegetable broth.

    That much juicing doesn't work for my lifestyle, so I have settled into doing a big juice in the morning (~4 cups), half of which I drink in the morning and half in the afternoon. I also have smoothies (frozen fruit, soy milk and protein powder blended in the Magic Bullet). I have also had juice pulp bran muffins and some salads and nuts. I've also had some store bought Odwallas and Acai juices when I was out and about.

    The juice gurus say that if you don't have solid food you are less hungry, but I simply couldn't get enough calories that way and I got grumpy!

    2919 days ago
    Oooooh, you did GOOD! Good on you for focusing on your own health at this stressful time. Woot, woot!

    2919 days ago
    So are you only having juice and no solid food? What a great loss, but I don't know if I could only drink juice for a week. Also, I used to make juices a few years ago and it is much more time consuming than you'd think. I'd don't know, I might have to pull the old juicer back out again. Maybe do a cup a day or something like that!
    2920 days ago
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