Juicing Day 5

I survived my first juice fast! I have to be honest though… I ate on my last day. I was running late between work and a networking event so I didn’t have time to juice.  At the event they had appetizers so I helped myself to a plate of fruit… and cheese and crackers! Oh the shame! It felt so good to eat again though. Since I had ended my fast, I felt more inclined to eat for dinner, so I went out with friends for some Mongolian BBQ.  I feel pretty satisfied with myself for lasting most of the fast. And I’ve still been having one juice per day!

Results:

I was feeling pretty good on it once I got my schedule down and wasn’t allowing myself to get hungry. My lowest weight was 124 lbs. That was awesome to lose 4.5 pounds in 5 days! However, now that I’m back to eating solids again, my weight is back up to 126.5 lbs. I haven’t been eating that great since getting off of the fast. I’ve had some salads and stir fry, but Daniel and I made that pizza I spoke of the other night for our Friday night feast!

We each made our own personal pizza. We bought the crust to save on time and added our favorite toppings.

Mine has pineapple, orange bell pepper, black olives, and spinach on it.

home made pizza

I put my toppings on the sauce first and then clumps of cheese so that I ended up putting less cheese on.

Daniel on the other hand, cover his pizza in cheese and then put pepperoni, spinach, orange bell pepper, and black olives on his.

homemade pizza

Excuse the minced olives. We bought chopped olives thinking they’d be chunks but they look more like caviar. Still tasty though! We each ate half our pizzas and then had the rest for saturday’s lunch.

For dessert, we made that revered Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip… but with a twist! We bought thin pizza crust, baked it in the oven for some crispiness, then topped it with the bean dip!

Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip Pizza

It was good but I actually think it would have been better if we had baked the bean dip on top of the crust. Either way, I still prefer salty tortilla chips with it. Nothing beats the combination of salty and sweet!

Ok, back to the topic of juice.

Advice for juicing:

Juice doesn’t last long after you make it because the nutrients start to oxidize immediately.  It’s better to drink it fresh, but that’s not always possible to make every two-ish hours. I started making my breakfast juice at night and putting it in an airtight container filled to the brim with little room for air to be in there and placing it in the fridge over night. That saved a lot of time.  My dad has recently started juicing and he makes most of his juice for the day the night before.  For those limited on time throughout the day, I would recommend that. Nothing is worse than being hungry and not having time to juice. You’re more likely to break your fast if you get too hungry.

I think juicing would also be a lot easier if you prepared for it. They recommend starting to introduce juice into your diet and start eating more fruits and veggies a few days before the fast. Getting your body acclimated with less processed foods in your diet will make the switch to juicing easier. I went in without any preparation except a couple juices the day before. It was definitely a hard transition.

Here’s a video of Joe talking about starting a reboot and what steps to take to prepare for it.

On a side note, Daniel and I never got around to carving our pumpkins. After making our pizzas we settled down for a night of movies: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Cloud Atlas. Daniel hasn’t seen many HP movies, or even read the books! So I’m educating him. Cloud Atlas was really good but really confusing! I need to read the book! I love movies like that where actors play several characters. Austin Powers anyone? haha.

We plan to carve our pumpkins today and we’re going with a Disney theme! The masterpieces will be revealed tomorrow!

Questions:

Do you like pineapple on your pizza? Some people hate it but I love the sweetness of it with cheese and sauce.

Are you carving pumpkins or dressing up for Halloween this year?

Juicing Day 3 & 4

I’m finally getting the hang of this juicing thing. The hardest part was incorporating enough time into my schedule. I’ve found it easiest to make my breakfast juice the night before, place it in an airtight container up to the brim to reduce exposure to oxygen and put it in the fridge. My favorite are my breakfast juices because I always make them extra sweet with lots of fruit. You shouldn’t have too many fruits later in the day because the sugar in them will make you crash later.

My typical morning smoothie has consisted of peaches, apples, pears, oranges, strawberries, one carrot, and spinach. I try to get a little veg in by adding the carrot and spinach, but I don’t want to taste them! Adding one carrot and a few handfuls of spinach creates a perfect balance with the other fruit flavors shining through.

Now that I’m not allowing myself to go hungry anymore, this diet could actually be fairly sustainable. Not sure how easy it’d be to keep up with travels but otherwise, it’s perfectly feasible to do! I admit though, I am very excited to be on my last day! I can’t wait for those delicious dinner plans Daniel and I have that I mentioned last time.

Here’s one of the green smoothies I’ve made off the rebootwithjoe.com suggestions. It’s called the Green Lemonade:

  • 6-8 kale leaves
  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 lemon

It’s actually pretty tasty!

green lemonade

This one was also really good made with 4 carrots, 2 apples, and  1 lemon — also from rebootwithjoe.

Carrot apple lemon

I should have stuck with the recipes more because adding too much variety to each juice starts making all the juices taste the same — and that gets old fast. Don’t worry about fitting all of your veggies into your juice every time. Mix it up and have some in one juice and some in another.  A suicide of all the flavors is no bueno.

Ashley Update

She is down to 210 lbs! That’s about 10 lbs lost since she started her new weight loss regime almost 3 weeks ago. I’m so proud of her! She was busier this last week and only worked out once a day instead of her previous twice a day routine, but it seems to be working for her.  She’s also been keeping up with her healthy eating. Way to go, Ashley!

Have a lovely Thursday night!

Juicing Day 1 & 2

I owe all of you an update on my juicing experiences. I’ve decided to shorten it to just a 5 day juice fast, which means I’m almost halfway done (I ended up starting on Sunday instead of Saturday). It is much hard than I expected. I feel tempted all the time to just go eat something, but it is getting easier. Daniel was doing the juice fast with me but I allowed him to eat since he needs significantly more calories than I do, and he wasn’t getting enough from the juice. However, he is keeping me motivated! Definitely have a juice buddy to help you stay on track!

Here’s a little Q & A of how it is going so far:

What kind of juicer do you use?
I use the Breville Juice Fountain Plus. I bought it off Amazon.  It’s really easy to use! And the clean up isn’t so bad. A plastic bag to catch the pulp makes it faster. And the brush provided does a great job of getting things clean.

How hard is it?
Juicing simplifies things in a sense because you don’t have to worry about making a meal, you know exactly what you’re going to have.  And once you get the hang of it, it doesn’t take that long to make. Just prep everything and send it through the juicer. It’s actually kind of fun to make different concoctions. My favorite are the sweeter ones, obviously =)

What recipes do you use?
I first followed Joe’s reboot recipes at rebootwithjoe.com but now I mix it up. Daniel and I even made pumpkin juice! Warning: nothing like pumpkin pie. I was a little disappointed. We added an orange and apple and I believe some ginger to it. I can’t really remember. But man that pumpkin flavor is strong!

My favorite recipe was with an orange, pear, peach, strawberries, carrot, and a handful or two of spinach. Reminded me of a smoothie!

fruity juice

Here’s what our cart looked like when we first bought groceries for it. It is the most produce I’ve ever bought at once.

produce galore

What’s in the cart:

  • Pineapples
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Ginger root
  • Mint leaves
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Blueberries
  • Romaine
  • Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers

Whew! I think that’s everything!

How do you feel?
The first day I felt EXTREMELY tired. It was so hard to do anything. I was also starving because I allowed too much time between juicing. DON’T DO THAT. Never let yourself get hungry. If you do, you’ll be more tempted to cheat and eat something. I’ve been having a juice every 2-3 hours. Sometimes more often than that. Listening to your body is key.

I’ve also learned to drink A TON of water. Not literally a ton, but several glasses. At first I wasn’t drinking much water at all because I just didn’t even think about it. After you drink something you don’t immediately go for water, right? Well think of it like a meal, you take a few bites, then you have a sip of water. So whenever I have juice, I also have a glass of water. It has helped me to stay fuller longer. The downside is going to the bathroom every hour. But hey, it’s all the name of hydration.

Any weight loss?
I have actually dropped some weight these past couple days. Sunday when I started, I was 128.5 lb. This morning I weighed 125.0 lb.  That’s 3.5 lbs in 2.5 days! However, I ate quite a bit Saturday night which probably contributed to my weight Sunday morning. It was the Chili Crawl in Manhattan which is the anniversary of me and my friend, Corey, discovering THE SANDWICH! The Chili Crawl is an event each year put on by Aggieville Optimist to benefit youth programs. I actually didn’t get a ticket this year (they sold out!), but luckily our friend, Sam, bought one and was generous enough to share bites of her chili samples! What it is is some bars and restaurants in Aggieville (bar district in Manhattan) make their versions of chili for you to sample and then you vote on your favorite. Once again, my favorite was Wahoo’s. It’s always so good! After the Crawl, we stopped at Taco Lucha for dinner (they’re in Aggieville but weren’t participating in the Chili Crawl).

I had this:

tacos

A buffalo chicken taco on the right and a pork carnita taco on the left. For an appetizer we also had the Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo, but if you want to make your own at home, try this recipe! Honestly, I like our home version better than the original! They didn’t add enough chipotle raspberry sauce!

Ok, here’s a picture of our version, just because it’s so tasty and needs to be seen and heard eaten!

chipotle raspberry black bean dip

Honestly, what is really getting me through this Juice Fast is our plans for Friday. Since my fast will be over by then, Daniel and I decided we would make a feast! And let me just say, we have a great, creative idea that incorporates the Chipotle Raspberry Black Bean Dip! I can’t wait to share it with you once we make it!

We also plan to carve our pumpkins Friday, so I’m pretty pumped for that! Not sure what design I will do, but I assure you it will be Spook-tacular! Haha.

Questions

Anybody else juicing lately or have tried it before? What did you think of it?

Liquid Gold

I did something I’m not proud of yesterday. I ate a Snickers candy bar.  In the midst of learning about the ideal diet of 80% vegetables and 20% fruits in the reboot system from the Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead saga of Joe Cross losing weight and regaining health through juicing, I decided I needed this artificial, poor excuse for snack. It was only satisfying for the first few bites and then it almost became too much sweetness overload. And that is crazy for me. Snickers have always been my favorite candy bar.

Other than Fiber One bars, I really don’t feel like I have sweets that often anymore. I don’t crave them as much either, I’ve notice.  But don’t get me wrong, I still have a ginormous sweet tooth. Hopefully it doesn’t lead me down a road of failure because….

I bought a juicer! And I’m soooo excited to start juicing.  It supposed to be delivered today! Now, I don’t plan to do any extreme juicing fast. My goal is for 10 days to drink nothing but juice starting this Saturday as my Day 1. I hope I can make it! I’ve heard a lot about juicing from various bloggers but it didn’t seem realistic for me because not only did I not have a juicer, but I felt like it would hinder my working out. I thought there wouldn’t be enough protein in the diet to sustain a workout plan as well. But after watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, I was inspired to finally take the leap and purchase a juicer. I visited their site, rebootingwithjoe.com which provides all the information and starter guides to get you on the path to juicing. That’s where I found out my assumptions about protein were severely wrong. Yes, you’re getting a juice packed with micro nutrients, but there’s plenty of protein in there to cover your daily intake and then some. A few veggies won’t provide much protein, but a diverse assortment with increased quantity intake is plenty! Afterall, you’ll be having juice 6 times a day.

My goal for this juicing fast is not necessarily to lose weight, although a few pounds off would be nice, but more to jump start healthier eating habits. I’ve been eating wayyyyyy too many processed foods. My meals lately (mainly out of laziness) have been pasta with store bought sauce. And you know, detoxing my body might be a plus. There’s so many added benefits of juicing: faster absorption of micro nutrients, stronger immune system, weight loss, and higher energy levels. It’s liquid gold, as Joe would say it!

After I complete my juicing fast, I plan to incorporate juice into my daily routine as breakfast or snack.

Workout Recap

P90x is going well. I’m definitely sore everyday! Unfortunately Daniel and I seem to always put off working out until 10pm which makes things tricky being on the third floor of our building. We don’t want to disturb our neighbors, so some of the movements like jumping exercises have to be modified.  Wednesday night, we ended up just doing the stretching video and it felt amazing! I haven’t stretched that good in a long time. If I had the time, I’d do that video every morning and night. It incorporated a little bit of yoga which I always enjoy. Last night we didn’t get around to working out because I was studying hardcore for my stats midterm today. I felt fairly good afterwards, not too many questions I couldn’t answer so I’m hoping for a good grade!

Ashley Update

She is officially 214.9 lbs! That week of eating healthy and working out really showed! She said her daily routine is walking for an hour in the morning and then using various elliptical machines for 45 minutes to an hour at night. She’s continuing that same routine this week and will hopefully get some more good results!

Here’s an idea of what she’s been eating from the groceries she got last week: Turkey pitas, veggies burgers with hummus, bananas for snacks, yogurt with fruit, spinach salads with fruit feta and raspberry vinaigrette.

Lots of tasty things to eat! Better than what I’ve been eating. I plan to go to the grocery today to stock up on fresh produce for my juicing adventures. I’ll show you my loot later.

Speaking of what I’ve been eating. Daniel and I went to a Mongolian BBQ restaurant the other night. I had three plates. This was the least unhealthy of them all:

monogolian bbq

My other plates consisted of wontons, crab rangoons, this cheesy pastry thing, a spring roll, and lots of Tso’s chicken with rice. And can’t forget that sweet and sour sauce!

I always had my last girlfriend discount from Daniel at Einstein’s so I went all out with a turkey sandwich topped with cucumber, tomato, avocado, cream cheese, bacon, and bbq sauce. So good!

On my juicing fast I probably won’t keep track of calories just because I’ll be consuming nothing but fruits and vegetables but I hope to reclaim that habit afterwards.

Have a fabulous Friday!

Question:
Have you ever juiced before?