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.
I’m Juicing! Yup I’m attempting to do the 14/15 day Reboot program made popular by Joe Cross from the docu-film, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. In the film Joe and others dove into juicing head first by only consuming fresh homemade juices for up to 60-days.
Joe embarked on his juice reboot due to health issues and at the end of his 60 days and with the supervision of a doctor he was able to be taken completely off his medications. And he lost a ton of weight and got healthy.
I’ve done a raw food 30-day fast/diet/journey in previous years for the month of January (okay 31 days). My cousin annually leads a Facebook group of friends and family where people can share photos of the foods and recipes they’ve consumed each day. It’s a great support system on days when you just want a steak instead of a salad or smoothie. And can get encouragement from others going thru the same journey.
Although I had seen Joe’s film several months ago I decided to try this Juice Reboot now, in January. In the beginning I had thought I would do just juicing for all 15 days. But as you’ll see, that plan was slightly altered. By publishing this journey of mine online, I hope that it will keep me accountable and on track. My goal is to cleanse, reboot, and lose some pounds.
Cheers! Here’s to the new year!
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.
Milk and Bananas?
Ok let’s give this a try. So I decided to make a smoothie. I used about 4 bananas in addition to vanilla-flavored Almond milk and 1% milk. I like bananas but I don’t typically like anything banana flavored. (So don’t give me a strawberry banana smoothie) The banana smoothie was tolerable but definitely nothing I would revisit again if I didn’t have to.
Oh wait, you probably want to know if I lost more weight. Well I did, but still nothing to call home about. Only 1.2 pounds. I’m not sure all this sacrifice is worth the progress I’m seeing. If you’re keeping track up to this point. I’m down a total of 5.2 pounds in four days.
Back to the food…
I had a banana about 2 hours into my day. And snacked on the smoothie, literally all day. On my way home I stopped at the grocery store to get the Lipton Onion soup mix and a can of corn for the soup.
As I was cutting up the veggies for the soup , I had about 2 cups of the almond and regular mix. It was pretty tasty. I think the vanilla flavor helped me drink two glasses. I’ve never been one to drink milk without the accompaniment of a chocolate chip cookie or a cupcake :-).
The GM soup…
- 12 cups of water
- 4 packets of the soup mix
- 1 extra large onion
- 1 extra large tomato
- 1 medium tomato
- 6-8 red potatoes
- 1 cabbage head
- 3 garlic cloves
- baby carrots
- sweet canned corn
I was surprised at how good the soup was and had a nice size bowl of it. My water intake was low today. About 30 ounces, I have no choice but to do better tomorrow.
Waking up this morning I was a bit hungry and since I had a physical scheduled I had to wait almost until lunch to eat anything. I emptied my bladder and weighed myself.
Not that it really counts for anything but I weighed myself before bed last night, and I was down two pounds after weighing myself this morning. I have a slight obsession with weighing myself daily. Mainly because my weight fluctuates a lot from day to day. I can loose pounds quickly. 3-5 in a day sometimes, but I digress.
I snacked on about 24 ounces of watermelon and 3/4 of a cantaloupe for most of my work day. The cantaloupe was delicious. I didn’t really drink as much water as I needed to, but I still have about 6 hours before bed so hopefully I can get another 48 ounces in.
At this point my schedule during the week is a bit hectic to try and add consistent exercise, but I hope to get a few daily walks in if nothing more.
Tomorrow’s post will show the lbs. gone from today’s fruit regimen.
EDITED to UPDATE:
I got in about 72 ounces of water for the day. And I made a pretty awesome smoothie for dinner. The smoothie was made with mostly frozen fruit including:
- Cantaloupe for Weight-Loss: 5 Reasons it’s the Best Breakfast (healthyvegasvegan.com)
- GM Diet Cleanse (khimelman.wordpress.com)
- Day One of the GM Cleanse (khimelman.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)