I woke up knowing that I was in no mood to juice a truckload of fruits and veggies. For several reasons I knew that I would be breaking my fast today, on Day 6.
- I just was no longer motivated to spend the time required each morning to juice.
- I was almost out of the fruits and veggies I needed to make a decent juice.
- But lastly and most importantly my stomach was not dealing well with all the roughage.
I’ve had stomach issues since high school, when I swore I had a stomach ulcer, but later found out it was gastrointestinal issues. Nevertheless, after a few years of suffering I finally got diagnosed and got educated about triggers and foods to avoid or minimize the intake.
Those foods include broccoli and excessive leafy greens. I don’t normally have issues eating salads or broccoli, but when I’ve consumed those foods on a consistent daily basis, it has never ended well. Luckily I’ve been successful at monitoring my diet to ensure I don’t have to take pills to help with symptoms etc.
Anyway, I say all of this to say that I think that juicing is good, but for me I’ll need to incorporate it into my diet in a more moderate way. One juice daily, vice all juice. One thing is for certain, you will definitely consume more veggies by juicing them, than it would be comfortable to eat normally.
Also, it takes time to find the right balance of tastiness while maintaining a healthy balance of fruit to vegetable ratio. The sugar consumption from the fruit for me, is likely part of the reason why I don’t think the pounds dropped as fast as I had anticipated. In addition, I’m not quite sure how many calories I consumed during the days that I juiced as compared to my normal diet. So that could also be a contributing factor.
Anyway, I ate an apple in the morning. In the afternoon after finishing some errands I was hungry but wanted to eat something not too heavy or greasy and still veggie-based. I decided on Thai food.
Since I found myself in Annapolis, Maryland. I decided to stop at Lemongrass (on West Street) and ordered the Green Curry with a bit more coconut milk to dial-down the heat/spice. It’s a green curry sauce with coconut milk, eggplant, which I love, bamboo shoots, basil and I ordered it with chicken. It comes with white rice. I felt fuller quicker, so I imagine my stomach shrunk a bit over the last week.
So that was how I broke my fast. Not sure if that was the best thing to eat to break my fast since my stomach still needed to adjust but that was my choice in that moment.
Lessons learned from juicing:
- Juice in moderation
- Vary the fruits and veggies
- Monitor the caloric intake if hoping to lose weight.
Ultimately, I lost no inches on my waist, but I did loose 4 pounds.
Were you on this journey with me? How has it gone for you? How have/will you break your fast? Share your thoughts with me below.
Finally, the last day of this diet. I can’t call it much of a cleanse because in my opinion when you cleanse you put cleaner foods in your body. Mostly fruits and veggies. Red meat is already harder for your body to digest so that just seems counterproductive to me.
Weighing in this morning I was down less than a half pound.
For breakfast I had an apple, and for lunch I had some more of the soup, I also had the last piece of flank steak. Later I had an orange and some pistachios with a decent amount of water.
You can probably tell, I’m no longer committed to this thing. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I was expecting larger weight loss and I know that following other plans would have likely resulted in the same or greater results but with slightly less food restriction.
If I were to do it again I would likely alter the plan to include fruit, veggies, soup and no meat for 3-5 days.
Overall, my total weight loss was 6.2 pounds and that was without working out or exercising. If I’m down more lbs. in the morning, I’ll edit this post to share.
Thanks for following me on this short journey.
I do love lists. I get great satisfaction and sense of accomplishment by checking things off a list I created.
What I miss most about Philadelphia:
The food overall, but specifically.
1. Lorenzo and Sons
Lorenzo and Sons Pizza. It’s my favorite. They’re located on South Street and they have gigantic slices and they only sell them without toppings. But don’t worry about their bottomline beacuse their following is cult-like. You know better than to ask for toppings on your slices, there is nowhere to sit and eat your pizza, and if you want a box for your slices, it’ll cost you. Lorenzo and Son’s suffered a tragic fire last year in the summer of 2012 and has remained closed while undergoing repairs etc. It is set to re-open soon, which is exciting. Maybe they’ll have more space for seating, and ventilation/air conditioning.
2. Philly Cheesesteaks
Philly Cheesesteaks. You can argue for weeks on who has the best Philly cheesesteaks in the city. If you ask any non-Philiadelphian they’ll probably say Pats or Geno’s but most who live outside of South Philadlephia will agree that Pats and Geno’s are tourists attractions.
I have my favorite spots to get an authentic Philly cheesesteak, but honestly you can go to practically any neigbor”hood” in Philly and get a decent one. I find that people tend to measure or judge the quality and taste of Philly cheesesteaks based on their local neighborhood spots. But I’ve done my own unofficial taste testing of several popular spots around town and the popular places in my humble opinion, aren’t always the better tasting. If I get a chance I would love to do a more in-depth review of the top 10-20 places and find my absolute favorite. I know that sounds really fat right! I don’t even eat a lot of red meat to begin with but I’d make an exception for this awesome cause. FYI, I love my cheesesteak with extra mayo, extra ketchup, fried onions, and sometimes a little mustard.
3. South Street
South Street is a popular strip in South Philadelphia. It’s where I used to go to shop, eat, people watch, be seen, and just hang out with friends. It used to be a great place to meet people, and an even awesome(er) place to see the sights. And by sights I mean the crazy people, with outrageous hair, crazy clothes, over affectionate lovers and more.
As I’ve gotten older, I tend to go to South Street to get what I need and keep it moving. Maybe I’m just over it, but I still miss what it represents and for me it’s always worth a trip down the slow moving stretch to get my beloved Lorenzo pizza.
4. Food Convenience
Another thing is the conveince of obtaining food. Maybe it’s because I lived in the city but I can’t think of too many locations in the Philadelphia area that don’t have the same conveince of a vareiety of nearby food options. I don’t just mean McDonald’s or Chinese Stores but corner stores. Corner stores, bodegas, chinese stores, Pizza/Hoagie/Cheesesteak shops, in Philadelphia you could find one or several of the above within 2-walking blocks from your house.
Man, as a kid Mister Softee would come around twice a day. Once in the afternoon and again in the evening. Mister Softee is a chain of Ice Cream Trucks famous mostly in Northeast America. Hearing Mister Softee’s tune play blocks away was a signal to most kids to find enough cash to get your favorite Mister Softee product in enough time that you could catch him before he was off to the next block. Or even better go find him, by following the tune. It’s all so nostalgic and in the DMV, Mister Softee is non-exisistant. I feel bad for the children here, that they won’t get to have the same child memories of ice cream, sticky hands, friends and fun. Thats what I think of when I think of Mister Softee. I sure wish a franchise would come this way. If I didn’t love my career I would seriously consider opening a Mister Softee Franchise here.
I started to add the “Greek Picnic” but I think I’ll do a separate post about it.
- Best Cheesesteaks in the Philadelphia Area (apartmentguide.com)
- Philly Chesesteaks (weeklydessert.wordpress.com)
- Why Philadelphia really is a big cheese (telegraph.co.uk)
- Cheese Steaks at The Philly Way (metromilwaukeeguide.com)
- What’s Up in Pizza: Lawsuits, Fires, and Peeps! (slice.seriouseats.com)
Today wasn’t a great day for the diet. I woke up starving and without enough time to prepare something according to the plan. So I had a very small bowl of Special K cereal with an Almond and 1% milk mixture. But not before I weighed myself. I’m down about a half a pound. I got in 80 ounces of water yesterday and not the 112 recommended. Could be the culprit but I guess I’ll never know.
I had to work Children’s Church and knew I’d be there for about 5 hours, so I stuffed a bunch a grapes in my bag, filled my water bottle and called it a day.
Luckily, I refrained from snacking on the juice boxes and graham crackers we give to the kids.
But by 2:30 PM I needed some food. I stopped at Chipotle and got a salad. It had beef and chicken, veggies, medium salsa, corn salsa, and guacamole. I only ate about 5-6 spoonfuls before I was full. But I’ll probably eat a little more for dinner. It’s still way too much left to eat in one setting.
Guess I’ll find out in the morning how harmful this was to the diet.
Woke up this morning feeling great and not tired. This of course happens on the weekend but never during the week when I just beg for morning to come later rather than sooner and usually wake up exhausted.
I gained weight!
I weighed myself and almost screamed in frustration. I’m actually up almost a 1/4 of a pound. Seriously?!?! I gained weight!
This is discouraging to know that restricting my normal diet resulted in adding weight. Maybe it was the potatoes in the soup I don’t know but I’ll be eating around the potatoes now.
For breakfast I cooked two of the three beef products I had purchased from Whole Foods for this diet/cleanse. I seasoned it well and added a lil Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the pan to avoid sticking.
Let me just say that the Beef Loin Tenderloin Steak was superb. It was so tender and I could tell that before I even cooked it.
I’m not very knowledgeable about cuts of beef in general, but from what I heard on the news recently the names of the beef and pork cuts will be changing to make it more consumer friendly.
I ended up only eating one of the steaks it was so tasty but I a used half a teaspoon of A1 Steak sauce because I just love that stuff. And I made one egg to go along with it. So I cheated a little but at this point I’m not sure it’ll make much difference in the program. I also had a little soup and a tomato while I was cooking the steaks.
For dinner I had more beef and a bowl of soup. I won’t have the 6 whole tomatoes recommended on the plan but the soup contains several tomatoes so hopefully I’ll have had enough.
Water intake should increase from 80 ounces to 112. I’ll try my best to get as close to 112 as possible. But it’s not looking good.
I woke up at about 4AM this morning, probably because I was hot. I weighed myself and went back to sleep. (Told you have a slight obsession with that damn scale). I don’t remember what the scale said because I went back to sleep and weighed myself before I showered and again after I showered and it was difference of about 1 pound less. I will only count the scale’s reading prior to the shower to be consistent. But I was down 1.8 pounds. Still not what I had hoped for or expected. Any diet I’ve done I’ve been able to see the best results in the first week. But this is a bit different.
In January 2012 I did a raw food diet for the whole 30 days (Well really 28, something happened those last 2 days of the month). But I think I had lost 11 pounds that first week. BTW, I don’t recommend doing a raw food diet in the dead of winter. Fruit salads are fun and cool in the beginning but after awhile you realize it’s too cold to be eating frozen smoothies and cold foods. Wintertime means hot hearty meals.
Today’s regimen called for a mixture of fruits and vegetables. I started the day with a smoothie made with pineapples, mangos, and strawberries. For lunch I had more of the smoothie and some black grapes. By lunch my lips were burning, like I had little cups all throughout my lips, probably due to the citrus in the pineapples. About 4PM I had a bit of a fruit salad I made with Cantaloupe, Honey Dew, and Pineapples. About 2 hours later I had an apple.
Dinner time was difficult for me. I was ready to give up, I really want something with some more sustenance. I haven’t been creative enough to whip anything up. So it was a struggle to eat more fruit and veggies.
Ultimately, I had 2 tomatoes with a little salt and pepper, a can of string beans and and a can of corn. I also had an orange.
I wasn’t as diligent with drinking my water as I still have 5 hours left until bedtime and I’ve only consumed about 30 ounces.
- Raw or Guffaw? (findingnutrition.wordpress.com)
- In Honor of Women’s History Month, The 7 Day Raw Foods Cleanse is Focusing on Women to Lose Weight on a Raw Foods Diet (prweb.com)
- Raw Food: what are they? (drsusansolutions.wordpress.com)
Whenever I decide to eat a mostly fruit or veggie diet, I always visit my local Whole Foods Store. I’m not really sure why because they’re almost always priced higher than most normal grocery stores and that’s for non-organic products. Anywhoo, I spent about $108 in Whole Food preparing for the next 7 days and of course I forgot something…the cabbage, but since I don’t need that until Thursday, I have time.
I plan to share my experience with this diet/cleanse including my weight loss. The plan consists of a strict regimen of fruits, vegetables, lean beef, and lots of water and estimates a 10-17 pounds weight loss. I won’t go into the detail of the plan here because the full story is linked and I’ll give the details how I followed it, on each days post.
…Wish me luck
- The GM Diet (General Motors Diet): Does It Work? (mommyofamonster.com)