Dieting, Nutrition, Weight Loss

Following the Juice Diet – Part 1

Wow – it’s great to be able to start another day and to know I have kept to this diet! Very satisfying.

And what I’m most pleased about is that I had to wear a different pair of jeans since my old ones were starting to flap in the breeze. The abs is definitely flatter and the waist is losing the spare tire.  Thank goodness!

Last night’s “dinner” consisted of:

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

For tomorrow I will answer a question that perhaps many have had:

“How do I stick to a 60 day juice diet?”

I understand that 40 days can feel like an eternity at times, especially when hunger sneaks in. But fear not!  Tomorrow I will let you in on a great recipe which is sure to give you some comfort!  Stay tuned!

Day 22/Feb 27 – Wt 137.4, Lost 15.2 lbs/6.9 kg

Ahh, it finally got to me.  The dreaded weight gain during a diet!

Well, actually it isn’t that much of a surprise to me because I had more sodium in my juice diet yesterday. Sodium, you ask?  Yes, as I mentioned yesterday, one way to break the monotony of the juice diet is to have a raw soup. If you do not boil your vegetable soup and instead only warm it to no more than 110 F degrees it is still considered raw because the enzymes are preserved. You’ll know you didn’t overheat it if you can put your finger in the soup for 3 seconds.

Try the following juice diet soup made in a Vitamix, Blendtec or other blender able to heat the soup:

  • 1 C water or vegetable broth
  • 1 med carrot
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 green onion
  • the pulp of 3 tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste

Let the ingredients blend for about 4 minutes to get to the desired temperature. I tried this and one other kale vegetable soup recipe, both with added salt.  What a welcome relief to have something WARM!

After 3 weeks of no salt is it any wonder that the body would use it to cling to extra water weight? Nope. No doubt the weight will drop off again within a day or two.  I have no concerns whatsoever.

And watch out, Miss Daisy Dukes! There will soon be a new pair of jeans in town!!

Day 23/Feb 28 – Wt 136.6, Lost 16.0 lbs/7.2 kg

Right back to where I was on Day 21.  Although the weight gain from yesterday is off you still might wonder why the weight isn’t down even further.

Simple answer:  lactic acid

I decided to exercise for 45 minutes yesterday which included a lot of overhead arm movements.  I can feel the lactic acid soreness around my deltoids this morning.  Sore muscles are a form of inflammation and all inflammation causes some degree of swelling.  So again, this little extra weight will also drop within 48 hours.

Exercise prompted another question:

“I often can’t walk due to weather or family obligations.  Any other suggestions?”

I happen to be a big fan of home workout DVDs.  Pop a DVD in any time and it doesn’t matter what you wear, no one to impress, you never embarrass yourself and you can always go at your own pace. Perfect!

Day 24/Feb 29 – Wt 136.2, Lost 16.4 lbs/7.4 kg

Back on track although I do feel as if I fell behind a few days.  I just need to remember that’s the psychological downfall of doing daily weights.  It’s one of the reasons why it is often suggested to weigh yourself only weekly.

Really enjoyed the following juice:

  • 2 lrg navel oranges
  • 1 C pineapple
  • 1 C strawberries
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 of a large cucumber
  • 1 C spinach

If you have decided to join me in this juice diet you have probably already thought:

“This creates a lot of pulp!  It seems like such a waste to throw it away.  What else can I do with it?”

There’s no reason to let all that great, nutritious pulp go to waste!  Here are a few ideas:

  • Place in a compost pile/container
  • Add some flour, oats and peanut butter to make dog biscuits
  • Use a food dehydrator to dry pulp for fruit rolls
  • Add fruit pulp to jello for a delicious dessert
  • Use a food dehydrator to dry pulp, then add rolled oats, almonds, honey, etc to make your own energy bars!

For the dog biscuits it’s best to use the vegetable pulp and for the energy bars save just the fruit pulp. You’re healthy, dog healthy, and garden healthy…a triple win!

We are in the process of compiling different recipes from the juice diet, both juices and treats, so stay tuned for that!

Day 25/Mar 1 – Wt 135.8, Lost 16.8 lbs/7.6 kg

Almost at the lower half of the 130s – that feels good.

As I slowly approach the half way mark of this 40 day juice diet I gave some thought as to how I feel, and any perceived changes both mentally and physically.

As to noted improvements in the last two weeks I can list:

  • Few, if any, headaches. I used to have at least two per week.
  • No episodes of fast heart rates (SVTs or supra-ventricular tachycardia). I would normally have at least one per week.
  • More mental clarity; easier to multi-task.
  • My skin seems less oily
  • No sleep disturbances due to being hot or too cold.
  • No joint aches
  • Of course, my clothes fit me much better!

Drawbacks of the juice diet:

  • I still get hungry on most days
  • Feel a little bored with just juice despite changing ingredients
  • My mouth gets more dry even if I chug down another 10 oz
  • Limited long term energy. Anything beyond 3 flights of stairs gets me tired. I know that’s just a calorie/carb issue
  • People don’t ask me out to lunch as much.

At times I’ll hear “Hey, juice girl, want to join me for lunch and watch me eat?” Ha, ha. Very funny.

I just scheduled my next physical and cholesterol check for April 4th.  Will be curious to know what the numbers are!

Day 26/Mar 2 – Wt 135.0, Lost 17.6 lbs/8.0 kg

I like those numbers!

To all the people who have said “Eeww, a juice diet?! Oh, I could never do that!” I can only say, “Wouldn’t you like to lose nearly 18 lbs. in 26 days?” You and I both know the answer to that!

Okay, guys, it’s Friday so we have to keep this a little more lighthearted. I was recently asked for a super easy juice that could be used as a snack when you just want a break from kale and other power vegetables.

Try this one:

  • 4 cups watermelon
  • 1/2 of lrg cucumber

Easy enough?  It has a touch of sweetness since cucumber has a delicious way of mellowing out all flavors and is alkaline in nature. Those are the reasons you will notice cucumber in most juice diet recipes. Drink up!

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