Dieting, Weight Loss

Following the Juice Diet – Part 2

Day 27/Mar 3 – Wt 134.2, Lost 18.4 lbs/8.3 kg

For Christmas I had received a really great pair of cargo pants only to find out that they were much too tight on me.  I just tried them on again and now they are too loose!  What a waste – I never got to wear them! However, I would rather complain about that than my high cholesterol, joint aches, heart palpitations, and feeling down about the extra weight.  I have plenty of reasons to be happy!!

Today’s juice diet question is:

“How do you prep your produce? What about seeds and peels?” Thanks for the question because I probably should have written about this earlier. Of course, all produce should be washed, but in addition to that here are a few guidelines:

  • Apples & pears: leave peel on, remove seeds and stems
  • Cherries: remove pits
  • Watermelons, cantaloupe: remove rind (can make your juice more bitter), seeds are OK to go through juice extractor
  • Oranges & lemons: remove rind, seeds are OK to go through extractor
  • Cucumber: removing peel is optional (I remove it to reduce bitterness)
  • Beets: juice them whole, beet greens and all
  • Kale and other leafy greens: bunch the up in a ball before pushing then down the shoot, especially if your juice is of the centrifugal type (due to their light weight they tend to get spun out too quickly)
  • Carrots: I cut off greens as that’s where they tend to collect mold
  • Celery: juice the entire stalk, leaves and all
  • Pineapple: cut a 3/4 inch slice off a fresh pineapple and then cut off the rind
  • Berries: buy organic and bunch up before putting through shoot
  • Strawberries: leave their green caps on. Lots of nutrients are located there!
  • Papaya: remove skin and seeds
  • Mango: remove skin and pit
  • Grapes: choose seedless

Depending on the diameter of your juice’s feeder you may have to cut everyhting into small pieces.  The Breville has a larger feeder than the Hurom and requires less slicing & dicing.

Can I lose 0.8 lbs for a third day in a row while on the juice diet?  Check back in tomorrow.

Day 28/Mar 4 – Wt 134.2, Lost 18.4 lbs/8.3 kg

I’m actually relieved that the weight is the same as yesterday rather than showing a weight gain from salt.

I am currently on the road traveling.  Although I packed all my produce and juice extractor with me I ended up in a restaurant situation unprepared.  Not having time to prepare a juice I was faced with something off the menu or having nothing but tea.

The lesser of two evils was to choose off the menu, or so I thought.  However, I can’t believe I made such a stupid mistake by selecting, of all things:  Red Bean and Turkey Chili.  What was I thinking!!  I ate only about 3/4 C of it but that was a completely bad choice! Why?  Because after about 4 days on a juice diet, the bowels naturally start to shut down.  This is normal since juice is so easily digested. Within 4 hours after my meal I noticed discomfort in the mid-abdominal area.  By 1 a.m. I was in PAIN!

Obviously there is a proper method to reintroducing solid foods at the completion of a juice diet and having a small bowl of chili is NOT it!!  And definitely not from a restaurant where a ton a sodium is added to foods. One generally ends a juice diet by adding seeds, nuts, and some fruit with a high water content such as grapefruit.  But more about that as we reach Day 50.

Lesson learned: Stay liquid.

NOTE:  By 7 a.m. the next morning I was fine.  I could hear my abdomen gurgling away as it tried to process the chili.

Day 29/Mar 5 – Wt 134.6, Lost 18.0 lbs/8.2 kg

This will be a tough week.  The last two days were spent driving for 13 hours and the remainder of the week I’ll be living out of a hotel room. Once again I got caught in a restaurant situation but only ordered a tiny cup of tortilla soup.  The salt always gets to me as I’m sure it’s reflected in today’s weight.

To maintain the juice diet I have tried to be as prepared as possible:

In a large box I packed my juice extractor, scale, camera and tripod; in a large cooler I packed all the produce.  I can only hope that when the hotel staff sees me dragging all these containers in they don’t think I’m trying to set up a meth lab. Good lord!

I’ll kick off the day with:

  • 2 navel oranges
  • 1 C pineapple
  • 1/2 C raspberries
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 C spinach

I have also included 3 walking DVDs which I can do in the hotel room in addition to the use of the fitness center.  I really should have no excuses to maintain my juice diet. Best news this week:  I bought 2 new pair of jeans because most of my others no longer fit!

Okay, guys, thanks for hangin” in there with me.  Just one more day to go before new photos get posted!

Day 30/Mar 6 – Wt 134.2, Lost 18.4 lbs/8.3 kg

Boy oh boy, it’s been a couple of slow days.  Funny how sitting for hours on end with little exercise (actually make that no exercise) can really slow down your weight loss.  But the good news is that today is Day 30!  Woo-hoo! Tomorrow will be another photo update so be sure to check in for that.

I’m still out of town on travel.  In fact, I’m actually spending a lot of time in a hospital this week – more sitting around.  My intention is to gey at least 30 minutes of exercise in when I get to my hotel this evening so discipline will be key.

I made the following juice the night before:

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

It’s a little more apple and a little less celery.  Definitely a lighter taste for a morning juice diet breakfast.  I will still have one day this week requiring sitting in a car for 12 hours but other than that I plan on maintaining the juice diet with full enthusiasm.

Although my weight didn’t drop too significantly these last 10 days, I can notice a huge difference in how my clothes fit me.  And no headaches! So far I have no major complaints regarding the juice diet.  Weight loss has been good and I certainly feel better!

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