Dieting, Weight Loss

The 40-Day Juice Diet – Part 1

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I have always had a strong interest in health, fitness, and slowing the aging process as much as possible.  After all, what good is it to live to 90 if half your life is lived tired, without full mobility, or worse!  Juggling a constantly changing schedule has created eating habits that have become way out of wack!

I have certainly enjoyed more than my share of cookies, snacks, and a big love for chocolate!

Chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered raisins, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate volcano cake, chocolate fudge…you get the idea.

It just doesn’t seem to love me back, except as “love handles”.

The juice diet idea was inspired by the Joe Cross movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead which was released in the spring of 2011.  It chronicles Joe’s and another man’s journey through their weight loss and their journey to create a healthy lifestyle.

By going on a 60 day juice diet, drinking only the juice of fruits and vegetables, both men achieved their goals!

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If you haven’t seen the movie it is available for free on HULU, or available as a download from iTunes, and it may also be purchased online from Amazon and other retailers.

The basic premise of a juice diet (some call it a detox diet) is that we eat far too many processed foods and not enough fruits and vegetables.  Most people simply find it too difficult to get 4-10 servings of fruits & vegetables per day.

However, by juicing fruits and vegetables you can super-charge your diet with all the healthy phytonutrients, but without all the bulk.

Well, so that all sounds great but can an average 48 year old woman do this?  Without sponsors, no pay cheque, no product endorsements?

Let’s put it to the test!

The juice extractor that I will be using is the Breville Juice Fountain, a similar model as used in the movie.  I’m not endorsing it.  It did, however, get some good reviews and the price was $99 on Amazon.

My journey started with a wakeup call when:

1)  I saw recent photos of myself (yikes!)

2)  Had a lipid profile blood draw which reported a cholesterol level of 252 and LDL at 166.

At 5’6″ (168 cm) I now weigh in at 152.6 lbs (69.4 Kg)

Waist = 92 cm (measured at the belly-button)

Hips = 104.5 cm

Thigh = 60 cm

So, needless to say, besides the weight loss I am hoping to improve my cardiovascular health.

Today’s juice consisted of:

Morning

  • 1 C spinach
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 1/2 C strawberries

Evening

  • 3 kale leaves
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1/2 lemon

Day 2/Feb 7  – Weight 150.0 lbs, Lost 2.6 lbs

What a pleasant surprise to see the scale down 2.6 pounds (more than a kilo)!

I had a slight headache yesterday evening as well as this morning but I am told that this is normal the first 3-4 days.  Knowing that I did not take any headache medication and decided to let my body adjust on its own.

The morning juice consisted of:

  • 1 C pineapple
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 C spinach
  • 2 carrots

I must say this was a very tasty concoction!  Of course, the high fruit content is what creates a nice sweet flavor. However, as the diet progresses and one adjusts to the taste, you should really place more emphasis on a higher vegetable content.

Your aim should be at least 60% of your juice diet coming from vegetables.  I’m working on it.

Right now I am not exercising.

It is recommended not to start a rigorous exercise plan while on an extended juice diet (more than 5 days).  The best exercise is to start with walking and progress as tolerated while keeping it in a light/moderate range.

Day 3/Feb 8 – Weight 147.8, Lost 4.8 lbs

Wasn’t expecting THAT!!  Wow, now those numbers really provide motivation!

I know weight loss is always higher at the start of a diet due to water loss but this juice diet has surpassed others I have tried.  Definitely curious to continue!

Last evening I was able to increase the kale content of my juice:

  • 4 kale leaves
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1/2 lemon

This isn’t my favorite juice by far.  The taste that comes to mind is one of grassy lemonade.  But I also realize it has a ton of nutrients so down the hatch it goes!

This morning I whipped up another very yummy fruit juice (makes about 17 oz or 500ml):

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 C pineapple
  • 1 C strawberries
  • 1 C raspberries
  • 1 C spinach

Again, I went a little heavy on the fruit instead of vegetables but I did notice a little weakness this morning and thought a few extra carbs from the fruit sugars would do me good.

A note about the Breville Juice Fountain:

Works very efficiently and clean-up is also fairly quick.  The shoot is large enough so the cucumbers go in whole and apples get quartered.  You don’t have to spend too much time having to cut your produce into small pieces to fit through the shoot.

I was, however, I bit disappointed with it this morning.  I noticed the pulp was wetter than yesterday.  I believe it’s the raspberries – perhaps they are too soft?

Anyway, I was concerned that a lot of juice went to waste and berries are just too expensive in the winter time!

Day 4/Feb 9 – Weight 146.4, Lost 6.2 lbs

Very, very happy with the progress of this juice diet so far!

Have I ever been hungry, you ask?  Of course!!

But it’s surprising how filling even just 8 oz (240ml) of juice can be during a juice diet.  Because your bowels no longer have to work so hard to digest whole foods and the insoluble fiber, all the nutrients of your juice are immediately available for your body to absorb.

Last evenings juice was made with:

  • 4 leaves of kale
  • 3 green apples
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 lemon

Just wasn’t in the mood to add celery since it has a bit of an overpowering taste.  Substituted carrot for the celery even though carrots have a higher sugar content.

Another good morning juice created today (made 16 oz/480ml):

  • 2 oranges
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 C strawberries
  • 1 C pineapple
  • 1/2 C blackberries
  • 1 C spinach

Still not exercising but I am making plans to add walking soon.  I have a treadmill available which does help during the winter months.

Yesterday we received an inch of snow which has now iced over so I will be planning mostly indoor exercise options.

Oh, and by the way, the headaches are gone and feeling pretty good!

Day 5/Feb 10 – Weight 145.8, Lost 6.8 lbs

The weight loss is starting to settle down which is actually a good thing!

If tomorrow is another day with the weight loss between 0.2 – 0.8 pounds then I have the green signal to start exercising.

Why?

Because this tells me that the initial detox and water loss is completed and my hydration level is stabilizing.  You don’t want to start exercising during your juice diet when you’re in the process of pulling water from your body.

Yesterday my evening concoction was made with:

  • 4 leaves of kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pear
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 lemon

I normally use 2 apples but I substituted one apple for a pear.  They both rank about 45 on the glycemic index so they are fairly interchangeable in terms of sugar content.

NOTE:  Apples and pears have a glycemic index (GI) score of 38 when eaten as a whole fruit.  If you juice them and remove the insoluble fiber it usually adds 5 to 10 points to their GI score.

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