Dieting, Weight Loss

The 40-Day Juice Diet – Part 3

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Now just keep the chocolates away from me today!

Yesterday was a little tough between 2 and 6 p.m.; felt hungry and tired.  After taking an hour nap and having the evening juice I felt much better.

And what was that juice?  Here it is:

  • 5 leaves of kale
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 3 green apples
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1/2 lemon

As I washed my carrots a question came to mind:

“Do I need to buy organic produce while on a juice diet?”

Organic food is defined as having been produced without the use of artificial pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Although it sounds like that would be the best choice for all your produce, it may not make much difference with certain types of fruit.

Generally, the thicker the peel or rind, the safer the fruit.  A thick peel is less likely to absorb pesticides deep enough to reach the fruit.

Good examples would be oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapefruit, pineapples, and watermelons.

Organic selections are better reserved for produce with thin peels or no peel at all.

This would include apples, nectarines, grapes, celery, peaches, pears, raspberries, spinach and strawberries.

Produce that grows as a root such as carrots and beets is also better organic.  Since these absorb nutrients and chemicals directly from the soil they could also contain heavy metals.

Since you are absorbing nutrients more efficiently while on a juice diet it is best to eliminate chemicals as much as possible.

If organic produce is not available to you then you have another option:

You can remove wax and pesticides by soaking produce in a sink of cold water with 1 tablespoon of 35%, food grade hydrogen peroxide (or 1 teaspoon of Clorox bleach).  Soak for 5 to 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with fresh water.

I took a 30 minute walk yesterday. My goal is to get another 30 minutes in today while increasing the intensity just slightly.

Juice diet a.m. elixir:

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 C pineapple
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 C spinach

That’s a good one and a keeper.  Now off to the store because I’m running out of apples & cucumbers.

Day 10/Feb 15 – Wt 142.2, Lost 10.4 lbs/4.7 kg

We are in our double digit day count and double digit weight loss.


Although you should try to have about 40-60 oz of juice every day, yesterday I could only manage about 35 oz.  There really are no strict guidelines; the best advice is to listen to your body and give it what it needs.

I made a 28 oz juice last evening but only drank about 10 oz.  I saved the rest and will have it as breakfast.

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

Valentine’s Day brought up an issue that a lot of dieters face:

How to deal with diet derailers.

Sometimes they are well-intentioned loved ones and others are simply diet saboteurs.

Either way, they are “food pushers” who want to see you eat more.

Yesterday I was asked to go to a very nice (which means fattening) restaurant.  When I declined

I received an offer for another restaurant.

Now, you tell me, what part of juice diet i.e liquids do you think this person doesn’t understand?

I’m sure the intentions were good since the person asked if I could stop the juicing for “just one evening.”

One of my favorite ways to deal with the food pushers is to simply say:

“I would love to but I made a commitment to get healthier.  Thanks for understanding and, of course, I would do the same for you.”

Ahh, the concept of reciprocity!  The belief that “I now owe you one” is pretty well ingrained in our culture and is well respected.  It works well in any situation, not just while managing your food intake.  Try it!

Here’s another one I’ve heard:

“Why do you have to go to such extremes!  Can’t you just eat in moderation?”

Reply:  “My juice diet is only for 40 days – not forever!  Just think, Christmas was 53 days ago.  Had I started my juice diet then I would be done by now!  If you wanted to try it I would support you, too.”

So how was the restaurant issue resolved while on the juice diet?  We decided on a non-eating activity….going to a comedy club!

Since I will have juice left over from last night, the following juice will be for lunch time:

  • 3 oranges
  • 1 C pineapple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 C spinach

Want to Start Your Own Juice Diet?

Do you want to try a juice diet but don’t know where to start?  Or have you tried it and have some great recipes to share?  Success stories?  All questions & comments welcome.

We’d love to hear from you!

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