Posts Tagged ‘juicing’

Reboot Day 5–I did it!

Yesterday was the last day of my 5-day reboot and I am happy to report, I dropped a total of 5.5 pounds. More importantly, I feel really great.

Again, I didn’t follow the juice plan exactly, but–like yesterday–followed the plan’s intent. I had four juices along with chicken broth.

Sure, I was a little jealous when I had to watch others in my family eat real food, but it really wasn’t that bad. I wasn’t hungry, I had energy, and I will definitely do it again.  Glad to blog about it, too, because it really did help motivate me to stay on track.

What I craved today when I work up? A mango and some peanut butter on a graham cracker. Today’s breakfast seemed so indulgent! Now, I feel as though I’m back on track to following a nutritious, healthy diet. “Reboot” is a great name for this effort.

 

Calcium-Rich Cucumber (I drank this on days three and four and really liked it)

1/2 pineapple

8 celery stalks

2 large cucumbers

2 limes

 

Micro-nutrient Madness (I didn’t try this one)

2 oranges

4 carrots

2 orange bell peppers

4 celery stalks

1 cucumber

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Reboot Day 4 Report

I must admit, I’m not exactly following the plan. Instead of the two juices I was supposed to have, I started getting creative, based on what produce I still have left. Let’s be honest–I’m too lazy to go to the store and buy more pears and apples.

Still, I’m following the intent of the plan–drinking two green juices and two “other” juices each day, and also making sure I am drinking regular water and coconut water. Tonight I allowed myself to have some plain yogurt with blueberries after my yoga class. I really needed some protein, I think. In fact, for people going on longer juice fasts, I think it’s recommended that they include protein powder in their juices, which makes sense to me–particularly for people who work out regularly.

As far as my workouts go, I haven’t been running these past four days, but I have gone to two Bikram yoga classes. I went Sunday and today and felt pretty strong. I wouldn’t at all say I’m feeling lethargic or experiencing any other symptoms some people report such as headaches or dry mouth. I feel good! (And, according to the scale, I’ve dropped five pounds–nice).

Plan recipes:

Chard Rock Cafe (I didn’t make this one)

6 carrots

2 cucumbers

1 lemon

4 large chard leaves

4 stems and leaves fresh oregano (optional)

 

Anti-Aging Beet Carrot Grape (I drank this one on day 5–liked it)

2 cups red grapes

4 celery stalks

4 beets (I used two)

4 large carrots

 

Reboot Day 3 Report

I woke up yesterday morning feeling VERY hungry so I was especially happy that I had a green juice already prepared in the fridge and I didn’t have to spend the 30+ minutes needed to make juice.

After I downed that, I headed in to work–but only after stopping at Vive Juicery.

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Sweet Mint & Local Love

Conveniently, Vive is located only a couple of blocks from where I work and they offer a wide variety of juices. Instead of following the day three plan on the 2016 Juice Challenge Website, I decided to take the easy way out and buy today’s juices.

My juice choices for today? Vive’s Local Love (beet, carrot, apple, swiss chard, lemon and ginger) and Sweet Mint (spinach, pear, cucumber, green apple, and mint). Click here for a link to their complete menu.

If I were following Joe’s Reboot, here’s what would be on the menu:

Pear Power

4 pears

2 lemons

8 celery stalks

2 cucumbers

handful of basil (may substitute other greens)

 

Carrot Apple Ginger

6 carrots

4 apples

2 inches ginger

 

I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of beet juice. I’ll have to remember to keep that in mind in the future. Too bad, because it has the lovely color of a Cabernet or Pinot noir. I can pretend, right? I also will share that I felt as though I had too much juice to drink. At 6:00 p.m. I still had two more juices to force down. Again, not hungry at all due to the quantity of juice.

 

Reboot Day 1 Report

I started my 5-day juicing reboot yesterday and decided to follow a plan shared by the Reboot with Joe website. (See yesterday’s post for details).

Mean Green & Sunny Citrus

Mean Green & Sunny Citrus

Because I’ve done this before, I knew to expect to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. All the prep work and clean up is pretty time consuming. I also know how hard it is to follow any sort of strict diet with a teenager in the house. As I dutifully followed my fruit and vegetable liquid diet, my 17-year-old son enjoyed a BLT sandwich, pot stickers, and more. I also woke up to see a can of Pringles on the kitchen counter–evidence that he had made a late night snack run.

Oh, to have that youthful metabolism again.

Day 1 was easy; I knew it would be. I think the juices taste pretty good, and I also know how great this process will make me feel–that’s the best motivation. I know also, from previous experience, that days 3-5 will be the hardest.

And, can I say? The Pear Pie juice is REALLY yummy. This was my first time trying it and I’m a huge fan.

Mean Green Juice (2 servings)

2 cucumbers

8 celery stalks

4 apples

16 leaves kale (I substituted handfuls of spinach)

1 lemon (I used half)

2 inches of ginger (I used about half)

 

Sunny Citrus Juice (2 servings)

4 beets

1 grapefruit

2 lemons (I used 1)

4 carrots

1 knob of tumeric (I used ginger)

Pear Pie with raspberries

Pear Pie with raspberries

 

Peach or Pear Pie (the recipe suggests this makes one serving, but I found that it made enough for two–maybe my sweet potato was too large)

1 sweet potato (may substitute yam, jicama, or squash)

2 pears (may substitute peaches or nectarines)

1 apple

1 1/3 cups of blueberries (I used raspberries; blackberries would also work)

Dash of ground cinnamon

 

Note: These three juices were not all I consumed. The plan calls for 5 juices and coconut water or vegetable broth along with making sure to drink lots of water throughout the day. When I juice, I do not feel hungry at all.

Day 7 of 7. This juice fast is over.

Today’s Theme: I recommend the experience.

Today wraps up my week-long juice fast. Am I glad it’s over? Yep. Would I do it again? Oh, yeah.

First of all, I feel strong and healthy. I avoided almost all of the potential side effects I read about, and I think that’s probably due to the fact that my normal diet wasn’t horrible to begin with. A juice fast would be much more difficult for someone who was really overweight, sedentary, and used to eating highly processed, fatty foods. Believe me, I certainly know how to enjoy junk food but I don’t allow myself to do so on a daily basis.

I lost weight. No surprise there. Living for an entire week on only liquefied fruits and vegetables is bound to have that effect. I’m just surprised at how much I lost and how easy it was. There were a few times when various solid foods sounded good, but I was never hungry. This is an easy diet for anyone who doesn’t like counting calories or points. I ate (drank) whenever I wanted and didn’t keep track. Sum total of my loss? 9.5 pounds.

As I wrote about earlier in the week, losing weight wasn’t the reason I wanted to try a juice fast, but I will admit that I liked discovering that I can now wear several pairs of pants that I had stored away because they no longer fit. They now fit again and I am now more ready for that Hawaii vacation in less than two weeks. (Unless I decide to re-gain everything back before then!)

More importantly, I have a renewed appreciation for the abundance of

from Google images

from Google images

our food choices. In this country, most of us do not have to worry about being fed and we often take our plentiful and easily accessible food choices for granted. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to have a wide selection of groceries and complete meals prepared for us 24-hours a day. The rest of the world doesn’t have this abundance and we often forget how grateful we should be.

I have a renewed appreciation for the variety of textures, tastes, and smells of food. Food is a wonderful gift–especially if we take the time to prepare it and savor it. I look forward to taking more time enjoying my meals.

I have a new mindfulness in terms of thinking about people who cannot eat certain foods. Several friends and acquaintances of mine have food allergies and cannot eat particular foods EVER. This week I found myself thinking of them a lot. I also thought of friends of mine who, when undergoing various medical procedures, were unable to eat solid foods for much longer than one week. They, too, were on my mind a lot. Very often, giving up certain foods is not a temporary choice, but a long-term necessity. I now have a small understanding of what that might be like.

I better understand the reasoning behind religious fasts. It’s no wonder so many religions incorporate fasting into their practices. Fasting requires discipline and a letting go of the need for immediate self-gratification. Fasting allows someone to more easily think about other things outside of themselves and then come back to their abundance with a new sense of appreciation.

From here on out I plan to continue juicing as a way to supplement my regular diet but embarking on a juice fast is also a wonderful way to celebrate Lent or other type of religious fast.

Advice to anyone wanting to try it for themselves?

  • Plan to spend a lot of time preparing your juices–more so than regular cooking.
  • Expect to spend at least a couple-hundred dollars on a decent juicer.
  • Plan on spending an inordinate amount of time hand washing the multiple parts of said juicer.
  • Expect to stock up on more fruits and vegetables than you have ever had in your house before. If you have access to a food co-op, a backyard garden, or a warehouse membership, all the better.
  • Expect to really look forward to real food by about day four, but stick it out. It’s worth it.

Best wishes to anyone wanting to embark on their own juicing journey. I’d love to hear about your experience.

Day 6 of Juice Fast

Today’s Theme: The novelty is over.

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How people do this juicing thing for thirty or sixty days is beyond me. Even though I feel great physically, I am pining for real food.

But–this is the crazy part–instead of craving things like cheeseburgers, nachos, and fries, like I normally would while dieting, I feel like eating oatmeal with yogurt, a crunchy salad with ranch dressing, some nuts, and salmon or a turkey sandwich. I feel like eating real food, but healthy food! I’m also not craving sweets at all. The thought of eating candy or drinking a soda right now sounds disgusting.

Proponents of juicing promise that a juice fast will diminish unhealthy food cravings, and I’m experiencing that first-hand. It’s wonderful. I’m also surprised at how quickly that transition took place–just a few days.

I know this won’t last. Soon enough, I’ll find myself thinking that junk food sounds good and I’ll let myself  indulge. And that’s okay.

For now, though, I’ll enjoy the fact that I’m looking forward to ending my juice fast after tomorrow so I can wake up on Tuesday and make myself a real breakfast. Oatmeal? A piece of homemade bread with peanut butter? Or perhaps some scrambled eggs. I can’t wait. And, whatever I decide will probably be accompanied by a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

 

 

Day 5 of Juice Fast

Today’s Theme: Is it runners high or juicing high?

This morning I went for a six-mile run after chugging down yet another juice & vegetable mixture. I did an out-and-back at the base of Emigration Canyon. That meant three miles up the hill followed by three fast miles downhill.

Granted, I went at a much faster pace during the second half of the run than I normally do, but when I finished I was absolutely euphoric–and in a different-than-normal way. I was on that fabled runner’s high for a good three or four hours following my run. The whole rest of the day has been brighter and happier as well.

Of course, that could be due to our spring-like weather too.

In any case, and for whatever reason, today is a good day and I feel great. Being on a juice fast might not be the reason I feel so good but it certainly hasn’t made me grumpy or feel deprived, that’s for sure.

Here’s my version of a homemade orange Gatorade concoction I found online. I brought this with me during today’s run so maybe this has magic properties too.orange gatorade

6 oranges, juiced

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 C. coconut water

1/8 t. salt

This was really yummy and I”ll make it again. The next time I do, however, I will use fewer oranges and more coconut water. I usually take a half water/half coconut water mixture with me when I go on long runs so I think I’m used to that flavor more than a sweet flavor.

The original recipe suggests that some people might want to add sweetener. Trust me–it’s not needed at all. I also added the salt, thinking that would be better for exercising. I couldn’t taste the salt and who knows if it’s better for me or not. Your call if you decide to mix up something similar.

Here’s to the two remaining days of my juice fast. I’m in the homestretch now.