Sunday, February 12, 2012

Juice Journals: DAY 5 & 6

After 4.5 days of juice fasting I have lost 8 lbs. I am down to 229.6lbs. A whoohoo! I am barely under 230 but I don't care. I haven't been under that since spring 2010. It feels good. Tanner has lost 13 lbs. (pish, guys, I swear. They just think about losing weight and they do.) After much deliberation we have decided that while we will continue to juice everyday, we are done with the fast. Don't be disappointed in me. Last night, I had a salad. Well, it was like half a salad. I think my stomach shrank. Unfortunately, it did result in a little tummy ache. The tummy ache could have been a result of the anxiety of eating and feeling like everyone was looking at me knowing I should be juicing. I kept waiting for someone to stand up and point their finger at me yelling "CHEATER!" or even worse "QUITTER!". I am what I am.

We probably could have carried on and lost a bunch more weight but we just didn't want to. Lets be honest, 5 days without eating is a pretty big feat for this chubbie girl. I was just tired of feeling so tired. Not that I am feeling any more energetic today but at least I am not fretting over eating or not eating for that matter. I am being very sensible and I am attempting to eliminate a lot of animal product from my diet. I am now an almond milk advocate. I was really skeptical but it is actually really yummy. I bought the vanilla kind and it makes the plain whole wheat cereal I had this morning delicious.

SO the diet continues. This week, I am beginning a new full time job, so meal planning should be a snap. I am hoping to juice my lunch and bring healthful snacks. I will keep you posted.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Juice Journals: DAY FOUR

My 10 day juice fast journal...DAY 4

This is my husband, Tanner, sucking down some green before work. We call this the "How fast can we drink our juice?" stance.

Physically:
I was really hungry this afternoon. I came home from a meeting and Gavin was eating lunch. Daddy let him have some Chex Mix. The scent of Chex Mix permeated the entire room. Ugh. My belly growled and my mouth watered. I went and drank my green juice and had two glasses of water. Which I think is pretty good since I sat next to this person at my meeting that had just finished something with barbecue sauce on it. The empty container was sitting inches from me. I smelled nothing but that sauce for a hour. I almost asked them to throw it away. I almost stole it and licked it. I think my nose is on overdrive. I am still a little achy and tired. I have been sleeping like a rock. I plan on turning in early tonight too. Energy level is on the mid/low level. No headaches today. Neither of us feel like we have lost any weight but haven't officially checked onto it. I didn't get my walk in today either. The weather turned sleety and then snowy. No thanks.

Emotionally:
I am decently perky today despite severe food cravings. I am beginning to worry more about that first day off of the fast. When you come off of a fast you have to do it slow so you don't freak out your system and make yourself sick. I hope I can continue to make healthful choices and not lose my head. Though all I can think about at the moment is a breakfast at IHOP. I am pretty excited for tomorrow to be over! It is the halfway mark, thank goodness. I am tempted to weigh in but I might wait until the 10 days is up. Maybe a weigh in would be encouraging. I really need some of that right now.

What we juiced today:
I made a grapefruit, orange, apple, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, and celery. It was a good mix and I used up the last of all the berries. Then a carrot, kale, sweet potato, lemon, celery, & apple. It is pretty lemony which is fine by me. Tanner made his own to take to work. He used romaine, kale, celery, kiwi, and apple. We are getting low on groceries! We will have to make a trip to the grocery store tomorrow. For those curious: we hit up Aldi first. They have way better prices on produce. Whatever we can't get there we get at the dreaded Walmart.

I am really looking forward to tomorrow. It is definitely a milestone I am happy to hit. Tanner seems to be in better spirits today. Killing me still, by talking about food all the time.

Thanks!
B

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Juice Journals: DAY THREE

My 10 day juice fast journal...DAY 3


I want to chew this.

Physically:
Today I am exhausted. I was good this morning and then about 3pm I started to wilt like a flower. I am feeling a little achy too. I am still constantly cold. I just can't get warm. The only relief from that is a hot shower. I did get hungry about 2:30p and need to make a juice but I wasn't able to get to making one until about 3:30p. Want some gross body info? I haven't had a proper BM since day one, I have a weird white coating on my tongue, and began my monthly cycle yesterday. That may be what is causing the tired and achy stuff. I pee about 30 times a day. The cravings are still there. I made Gavin some clam chowder for dinner. Something we both love. It was rough. I made him describe it to me like I had never ate it before. Funny coming from a 5 year old. Took the dog for a nice long walk despite wanting to take a nap instead. No head ache today. Yay.

Emotionally:
I probably could have easily been persuaded to end it today. Feeling tired and achy makes me want to curl up into a ball on the couch AND EAT SOMETHING COMFORTING! I had a day dream about meatloaf with mashed potatoes and peas. One of my favorite meals. My mouth watered while watching a cartoon eat french fries. I might be a touch depressed over missing cooking. I love to cook. Juicing isn't the same. I am also feeling a little disappointed in my naivete. I thought this wasn't going to be a lot easier. I even thought I might be able to carry this on for 30 days. Ha. Nope. No way. And a completely different nonjuice side note, I begin a new job on Monday. So I am dealing with some sadness over not being a a stay at home mom anymore.

What we juiced today:
For breakfast we had a grapefruit, strawberry, carrot, blueberry, raspberry treat. Then a cabbage (uck, used too much), apple, kale, kiwi, celery, carrot, & cucumber. After the cabbage fiasco I had to have something sweeter. I made orange, kiwi, blueberry, carrot, kale, and sweet potato. Not to shabby.

Water goals:
Doing great on the water. I had a green tea this afternoon and might have another one tonight.

Tanner's low point, I think, was last night. He was irritable and impatient. Other than also being tired today he seems perky. Hoping for my turning point soon. Waiting for that "great energized feeling" I have heard so much about. From what I can find in researching, I am still in the clean out phase. Ugh. I also heard it does it best when I am sleeping. I may go to bed at 8p tonight. Don't wake me up.

Good night!
B

Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue: Be Plant Strong


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Now that the juice fast is under way, I have been beginning to think about how I am going to utilize this healthy jump start. I found the Engine 2 Diet with Rip Esselstyn. It is a whole foods plant based diet. I actually think it is more appropriate to can this a lifestyle than a diet. Rip Esselstyn was introduced on the Forks Over Knives documentary that I watched a while back. He is a professional triathlete turned full time firefighter. If I remember correctly, he and his firefighting buddies made a bet about who had the lowest cholesterol. They all went and got tested and found that one of them was actually really sick. So, the entire fire station adopted a plant based diet. Getting them all healthy!


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In his short documentary, "Forks Over Knives Presents The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue", Rip makes a visit to two homes to show them the light. He goes through their cabinets and refrigerators and explains why the food they buy is bad for you. Basically, you can't believe anything on the front of a package. Everything that you buy should be flipped over, reading the nutritional panel and the ingredients. One woman claimed that she was already a vegetarian but a lot of the claimed "vegan" store bought items in her refrigerator were high in fat and cholesterol. His diet is anti anything that came from an animal: cheese, milk, meat, it all has to go. He also gets rid of anything with high sugar content and sodium. All while teaching them what the safe levels are.

After they clean it all out he takes them shopping to Whole Foods. Color me green because I am jealous. The closest Whole Foods grocery store to us is 127 miles away in St. Louis. I used the store locator on their website. They do the majority of their shopping in the produce section. Surprise, surprise. He says that frozen fruits and veggies are acceptable so are beans and whole grains. If it doesn't say "whole" in front of it you don't want it. There is talk of some other things to add in some sort of yeast and other things that I worry I will never find here. *sigh* Maybe a once a month trip to Whole Foods is in order.

They bring home their groceries and he teaches them how to cook and replace the meat, cheese and milk. One family does a burger and fries, lasagna, and a salad that uses only a squished up avocado for dressing. The other family makes cereal, a panini, pizza and ice cream using only frozen bananas and some vanilla. It was interesting and they all looked like things I would eat. So, I am truly tempted. I would like to get his book and read it cover to cover. There is a website that I browsed this morning, engine2diet.com. There are recipes on there and some guidelines for a 28 day challenge that looks tempting. I figure after drinking only juice for 10 days chewing just about anything with be good. As much as I am tempted to go nuts when I am finished with this juice fast, I know I can't. I have to move into healthy eating. I am trying to get together a game plan. I think this is a good place to start!

Here is a video from his sight about the 28 Day Challenge. Isn't he a cutie?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Juice Journals: DAY 2

My 10 day juice fast journal...DAY 2

I have one day crossed off on the calendar countdown!

Physically:
I feel good. I am not overly tired or hungry. If I get hungry I drink a juice and some water. It lasts about 3-4 hours between juices. I am still craving. Pinterest is the devil with its beautiful pictures of recipes I want to try. I am still freezing cold. I had a touch of a headache the same time today. I felt better after a juice and some water. I went to for my daily walk with Jackson and felt good. Last night, I was suddenly so tired I couldn't keep my eyes open. I usually wait up for Tanner when he closes but I just couldn't last night. I usually toss and turn for 45 minutes before I fall asleep. Last night, I laid down and was out.

Emotionally:
Afternoon and late evening is the hardest time today. Tonight was the worst. I want to snack. Today I am craving Double Stuffed Oreos with a big glass of milk. I can't even remember the last time I had those but I want them now. Or some milk chocolate pudding. Mmm chocolate. Otherwise I feel good. No weeping in the shower or yelling at the kids. :) Or kicking the dog. I had a professor in college, that would give us these great life pep talks. About how you have to make a life doing what you love. Making yourself happy so you don't "go home and kick the dog". I think it was a metaphor for being miserable. Anyhoo, emotionally, I am good.

What we juiced today:
I actually did half the days juicing before bed last night so Tanner would have juice to take to work in to morning. I made our super fruity breakfast juice. It was REALLY good. It had strawberries, raspberries, green apple and pineapple in it. Yum. Then I think I messed up one of the green juice of the day by adding too much ginger. It had red leaf lettuce, carrot, celery, cucumber, and about 1" of ginger. The ginger overpowered the whole thing. Then I made my go to from the meal replacement last week. It has cucumber, carrot, celery, kale, kiwi and a green apple. This one is good.

Water Goals:
Met and then some again. I am really glad I can have decaf green tea or I would really be missing my coffee. Well, more than I already am.

Over all today was BETTER than yesterday. I know Tanner is having some serious issues with being around food constantly and that darn caffeine withdrawal. He was pretty crabby getting up this morning. He said he couldn't concentrate on his work last night. So I hope he starts feeling better or it is going to be a rough 10 days for me and his employees!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Juice Journals: DAY 1

My 10 day juice fast journal...DAY 1


We juiced this morning for the whole day. *Not pictured is the fruity morning juice.

Physically:
Today, I have been freezing cold. I cannot get warm. I don't think that has anything really to do with the juice fasting but for the sake of journaling: I AM COLD! So far today, I have had three juices. I haven't been really hungry. Not like empty tummy growling hungry yet. I had a little of a headache about noon. I am guessing that might be a little caffeine withdrawal. It wasn't awful though. It went away after I had my second juice and some water. Energy level has been good. I am a little tired now but we stayed up pretty late last night. As suspected, I miss chewing. I had to resist popping a strawberry in my mouth. I am craving something salty or savory. I can't stop thinking about french fries, popcorn, a big Reuben sandwich with horseradish or my beloved Chex Mix. I even thought about putting one little Chex in my mouth, tasting it and spitting it out. Then, on second thought, that sounded like shear torture.

Emotionally:
I hit a weak spot this afternoon. I was craving and had to distract myself from thinking about how far away 10 days is. Feeling a little frustrated with myself for feeling weak but I am not weak! I yell at myself in my head. :D I have not let in to my temptation. I might have licked the soup from my finger when I tested the temperature in Gavin's dinner though. When people talk about food my mouth waters. For some reason, Tanner's way of coping with the craving is talking about food. I could smack him. Just the mention today of a Jimmy John's sub made me sad. I love food. I love making it. I love eating it. I love the feeling of comfort from warm tasty food. So it makes me sad to not be able to do any of that right now.

What we juiced today:
First juice was an all fruit juice with pineapple, strawberry, peach, kiwi, and apple. It was pretty good. This afternoon and evening juices were a little less yum and more don't think about it just drink it. Tanner concocted these two one with kale, romaine, carrot, celery, cucumber, lemon, and apple. The other romaine, cilantro, sweet pepper, cucumber, lemon and carrot. Um. Yeah. I wasn't big on them. I think it is the romaine that doesn't do it for me. There is a bitter flavor to the juice. It might be the lemon. It needs tweaking to say the least. I am contemplating a fourth juice before bed. I need to make Tanner's juice for work tomorrow because he won't have time in the morning. I want to just eat a pepper. Crunch it in my teeth.

Water Goals for the Day:
Met and then some. I drank 16 oz before and after juice. I also had an additional glass of water and a decaf green tea, extra hot, this evening.

Sigh. My prediction is that tomorrow will be worse. Other than some cravings and some ho hum juice it hasn't been so bad. Right? I think I am going to watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead one more time to motivate me.

Later gator.
B

Taking the juice fast challenge!

Last week, I started my juicing trials, replacing one meal a day with a 16 oz. juice. I must say I enjoyed the juice. I usually did it at lunch and feel like I have lost a little weight. (I haven't weighed myself yet.) I felt better and more energized most days.

I have decided to set a goal for a 10 day juice fast! The hubby has decide to go along too. We are beginning today. We went to the grocery store last night,spending $100 on produce (and a few things to feed our son with.) We had our last meals. I said good bye to chewing with two large California rolls (sushi) and Tanner made himself a steak. We also had a couple drinkies. Cheers to a better, healthier us!

Now the first couple of days are supposed to be rough. I am trying to prepare myself for that. I have been trying to bring myself down slowly off of caffeine but Tanner hasn't. He has a Mountain Dew addiction. I think he is going to have a hard time with that. From what I have researched, it takes a few days for the body to adjust to only getting fast absorbing nutrient rich juice. There are people that don't even get out of bed for a couple days. I do not have that luxury with a little one to parent and poor Tanner will be at his job (a large restaurant chain, poor guy) trying not to kill people. Hopefully, I won't feel that awful. I will come back at the end of the day to tell you how we are both feeling.

The Grocery List:
carrots, 2 bags
celery, 3 bags
cucumbers, 8
kale, 2 bunches
sweet peppers, one large bag
parsley, on bunch
sweet potato, 2
red leaf lettuce, 2 bunches
broccoli, 6 heads
cabbage, 1
ginger, 1
apples, granny smith, 1 bag
kiwi, 10
strawberries, frozen, 1 bag
blueberries, frozen, 1 bag
raspberries, frozen, 1 bag
pineapple, 1
lemon, 4
limes, 6

Left over from last week:
oranges
cilantro
apples

*Despite the fact you are supposed to not use any supplements while doing a juice fast I did purchase a fish oil supplement.

The Plan:
- Fast will go from Tuesday 02/07/2012 - Thursday 02/16/2012, unless I decide to continue on longer

- Focus mostly on green leafy veggies
- We will be using our borrowed Jack LaLanne juicier
- Most juices will be a 3:1 ratio of non-sweet veg to sweet fruit and root veg
- Will be rotating the veggies used to achieve a balance of vitamins & minerals
- Water goal: 64 oz per day (*some decaf green tea counts)
- Will be drinking 4-6 juices a day.
- I will journal each day how I am feeling, what I am doing, how great or awful that may be

We are hoping that this will jump start a change in our bodies preparing them for a healthier lifestyle. For me, I want to learn how to listen to my body instead of my cravings. I want to feel hungry to eat and not desire the sweet or the salty like I do. I want to scale back on meat in my diet. That is going to be the most difficult life change for me. I was raised that a meal isn't complete unless there is a large portion of meat involved. Eventually, I would like to be okay with having meat a couple small servings a week. I also want to get my weight down to a healthier level to eventually come off of my medications for high blood pressure, eliminate my Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome symptoms, and eventually have a healthy second pregnancy. I cannot be on blood pressure medication and get pregnant.

Right now I am taking 25 mg Hydrochlorothiazide and 10 mg of Lisinopril. I took my blood pressure yesterday and it was 130/84 with a pulse rate of 84 on my meds. It is has slowly been creeping back up the last 8 months. My body is getting accustomed to the meds that I am on.

So here we go!
Love,
Brooke