Saturday, October 29, 2011

Juice Fast: Days 3 and 4

I woke up very weak on the third day of my Juice Fast, so, given I'm still dealing with Bronchitis, I figured that I needed to adjust my plan. I ate food.

I cooked up a delicious dish: sauteed onion & celery with extra firm tofu, topped with a bit of Jamaican Jerk sauce. It was a tad hotter than expected, so I followed it up with frosted mini-wheat cereal and soy milk.

After that, well, I had another bowl of cereal and soy milk, then 4 biscuits. Somehow, I managed to find room for dinner. I cooked up the last of our ground beef with onion, then cut up some lettuce, cilantro, & tomato. We lined each burrito with cream cheese, me with Tofuti brand imitation cream cheese, then topped them off with salsa. I had 1 1/2 burritos, and I was soooo full.

Then James decided to make Chocolate Pudding from scratch... omg... I had a small bowl, but I still don't know how I found room.

That night, I decided what was a more reasonable plan: do juice for breakfast, then possibly for lunch too. Shoot for one reasonable vegetable-heavy meal each day, and maybe one snack. Although, this is more of a caloric restrictive diet than a true "fast". But, sometimes plans need to change.

Today, I did pretty good. I made my juice, and then proceeded to make homemade chicken noodle soup with loads of veggies and a lean broth. It was sooo goood. I did eat 3 bowls, but that was my only meal, besides juice. I'm still very full. Oh, and for desert, I ate two "fun sized" snickers bars, the little ones you give out on Halloween.

Reasonable goals that lead to building healthy habits. This is the way to go.

I do have to say, though, the juice does good things to my "belly". I feel better for doing it. My problem is that, well, I'm still not well. This stupid Bronchitis is hard to beat. So, adequate calories, protein, and nutrient-dense juice seems a smart choice. Once I feel strong enough, I may revisit the "fasting". Till then, I'm just calling it a "juice diet".

Thursday, October 27, 2011

2nd Day of Juice Fast

Today is day 2 of my juice fast. My recipe today was the traditional Mean Green plus a carrot. Last night my legs were cramping something  fierce. I guess I need to research how much potassium is in this juice, maybe all the nutrients per recipe.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

First Juice Batch is "Burly"

So I played with the Mean Green recipe and made my first batch. Here's what I put in it:

- 1 bunch of Kale
- 2-3 Mustard Green leaves
- 1/2 head of Leaf Lettuce
- 1 large Carrot
- 1 whole Lemon
- 2 thumb-sized pieces of Ginger
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Granny Smith Apple (small)
- 1 Yellow Delicious Apple (small)
- 5 stalks of Celery
- 1 handful of Baby Carrots and a couple florets of Broccoli (leftovers in the fridge)

It ended up making around 50oz of juice. It could have used more apple for sweetness. I guess the extra bite from the Mustard Greens kinda overshadowed the apples. But, I've drank about 16oz so far, and will drink the rest tonight.

James the roommate tried it, and said "Whew! This is burly." He advised at least 2 more apples next time.

Juice Fast: Shopping

After shopping at Aldi and Kroger this afternoon, I purchased the following for $31.69:
- 23 small apples (12 granny smiths, 11 yellow delicious on the green side)
- 2 large heads of Celery
- 1 large bag of Carrots
- 7 bunches of Kale
- 4 bags of Spinach leaf
- 1 head Red Leaf Lettuce
- 1 bunch Mustard Greens
- 1 bunch Collard Greens
- 1 bunch Cilantro (I've parsley in my back yard)
- 6 lemons
- quite a bit of Ginger
- 7 cucumbers

My goal is to try a variety of juices, experiment with what tastes good and has the most goodness in it. This should last me a few days. If I ate out 1-2 meals a day for 3 days I'd easily spend $30 or more. The juicing is cheaper. Now factor in that, with the right conditions this winter, I could grow Kale, Collards, Mustard Greens and Spinach at home or at the Huntington Community Gardens. Then it would be lots cheaper. This spring I'll be able to also grow cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, and cilantro. The only time my ingredients list will be expensive is the heat of summer and the dead of winter. So, I will look to do some dedicated "reboot" juice fasting from March through June, then September through December. The other times I can have some juice added to a Fruit and Veg dominated diet. I'm uncertain about how much meat I will incorporate back into my regimen. We shall see what the tummy tells me, after at least 8 days of fasting, then after at least 2 months of Juice+Fruit&Veg. I will also need to figure out how to incorporate proteins into this diet. Do I throw nuts into the juicer? Maybe do soymilk & almondmilk fruit smoothies? All I know is that my stomach is upset all the time and I need to find a good combination that heals and tastes good enough for me to keep doing.

Day 666 - Bronchitis and Mean Green Juice

Ok, so it's been a bit of a battle, and I've had to fall back, regroup, and try again several times. The key is to keep trying, even though I'm well past day 365. I want to reach a healthy 140lbs, but it is going to take me far longer than I hoped.

Since loosing the 50 lbs last year, along with us finally buying a car that September, I've gained back roughly 13-15 lbs, and I am having real trouble loosing weight again. After a series of illnesses, and an increase in Asthma and Fibromyalgia symptoms, I've been weaker, both physically and mentally. I sit and watch tv, hulu and netflix more often, I barely walk anywhere. Even when pet sitting for a friend just 5 blocks away, I still drive. I'm battling Bronchitis at this moment, and have been ill for over two weeks. My stomach is always upset, even on the good days in between. But with this last cold/flu, it still hasn't settled down.

I'm very concerned about the health of my digestive system. My Rheumatologist has had me on a 50,000 unit vitamin D supplement once a week for 6 months, as I'm still below normal. I'm taking a hair/skin/nail supplement due to hairloss. And I can't seem to get enough potassium, C, or B complexes. My worry is that my digestive system is not doing it's job because it's swollen and irritated all the time. This does not bode well for either my ability to ever get healthy, or for my longevity.

So, last night I watched a movie titled "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." This guy Joe Cross, a wealthy overweight Australian business man with a pile of medicines and serious chronic illness, made a documentary about his 60 day juice fast and the following months of maintenance. He managed to loose 90 lbs in 6 months, I think 50+ of which was in the first 60 days. Joe was not the amazing part of the film. After traveling across America, Joe managed to bump into a truck driver by the name of Phil Staples, who had the same exact diseases, and weighed 435 lbs. Joe asked Phil to call if he ever decided to try the juice. A few months later, after Joe had completed his 60 days and returned with vigor to managing his many businesses in Australia, Phil called Joe for help, taking him up on the offer. Joe dropped what he was doing, flew out and walked Phil through what he'd need to do to start a 10-day fast, then left Phil to do it. Phil did great. He lost 30 lbs in 10 days, then decided to go for another 20, then another 30, and after a very successful 60 day fast then decided to keep going till he'd lost all the weight, over 230 lbs by the end of the film. He may have lost more by now, but his filmed transformation was trilling to see. Phil went from "a cheeseburger away from dead", slow, sad, and waiting for the inevitable, to energetic, happy, and running every day, sharing his success with everyone, inspiring hundreds in his community.

Anyway, Joe's idea was to heal himself from the inside by drinking and eating only micro-nutrient dense foods, and to get off all his medicines. Both Joe and Phil accomplished this and are in complete remission of their illnesses.

So you can see why I'm intrigued.

James has a juicer here in the house, and I'm real hungry. I think I might go out and buy some veg and fruit to make some Mean Green Juice. Here are some other recipes from the film:

If today is day 1 for me, then the dinner I'm to attend on Nov 5th will be interesting. Maybe I'll let myself eat veg and fruit that day, instead of just drinking juice, but I'm totally missing out on the Fried Chicken. Maybe I'll let myself eat veg and fruit once a day. I've not quite made up my mind, but I'm determined to try adding the juice to my regimen. What am I saying... I'm planning on Building a New Regimen, as I've totally stopped all my healthy ones from last year. Sweetie has been quite displeased with the lack of "walkies".

I need to do this for myself, so that I can be there for my family and my community. The Huntington Community Gardens, the Cabell County Master Gardeners, and Create Huntington are all groups I'm active in, but my chronic illnesses have lost me my job in June and kept me from participating the way I'd like to in the healing of our city. My house is a wreck, my yard is a wreck, I'm a wreck. So, I must focus on healing myself first, then my family, then my home, then my friends, then my community.

Time to be a bit selfish, in the best way possible.