Wednesday, December 25, 2013
In case anybody starts wondering where I am... I have some friends that use another site and they have encouraged me to try it out with them. I figured I'd give it a try. I actually logged in all of my calories today and have been chatting with these friends of mine from my childhood days. It seems to be the push that I needed and I am getting very involved already and finding people just like me. After all, this journey is about what works for me and right now a change is what I need.
Monday, December 23, 2013
So now I am figuring out what kind of juices that my husband needs for his health issues. Given that I am going to be juicing at least double what I thought, I'm going to have to pare down my recipes. I plan to make a base juice and then add to each the particular things that we want/need. He is not doing a total juice fast but will be having the juices before meals- about 3 servings of juice per day. I probably will just do 2 different juices. One will be a morning one that is more fruity and has carrots. The second will be the green juice.
I am starting to feel a bit stressed with this. It shouldn't be stressful. I'm also having serious doubts that it will work for me- that I'll fail and eat all the things that I shouldn't. Its just been one of those doubtful days. Yet, I'm so lethargic from the foods that I've been eating. This is from a lack of finances, so fruits and veggies are not in the house. Haven't been in a week. It sucks and I'm feeling the dwindling health from it. Its just one of those days and I know that tomorrow I'll feel better about things. Tonight's meal was nice. Maybe not perfectly healthy, but nice. My best friend is in labor and we have their kids. Her husband called to say that there was leftover corn chowder and steak in the fridge and could we please eat it up so that it doesn't go to waste. It was a nice change of pace to have a meal that didn't involve bread or pasta. There were starchy potatoes in the chowder, but not an insane amount. I'm sure it had heavy cream and butter in it. It was very good. I just had a small bowl and about a 3 oz serving of steak.
Tomorrow I'm going to pull out everything in the fridge and see what there is. I just remembered that there is a half of a sweet potato and some cranberry sauce (homemade- still has sugar but not much). I'm going to work harder at doing the best I can with what is in the house till January. I'm sure there must be something healthy that i just overlooked. We've been getting soooo much junk that people have been bringing over from food banks and such. I don't know why they think poor people need snack cakes. The kids like them, but my husband and I just end up getting into them. Next time I'm just giving the kids some right then and there and throwing out the rest. I haven't been tracking. I'm just so stressed out with the quality of food. I wind up extremely hungry then stressed out when I go 300 calories over my budget. How do you tell yourself no when there is nothing but white bread and pasta as carbs? It is not easy, I'll tell you that. This is why poor people are so overweight! Its sad that the foods that are cheap are unhealthy. But, as so many say, eating right saves you money in the long run on medical expenses. So true! I guess I need to research eating right on a budget and start stocking up on non perishable foods that won't wreak havoc on my body- that way when the lean times come again, I can persevere.
I went through all of my clothes today- the stuff that is too small. The things that are just inches away from fitting I stored under my bed. Maybe it'll help me remember that this journey is not hopeless. I think that my mood is just a sign of my unhealthy diet. There's fruits and veggies to help fight "the blue's" right? Well, I bet that certain junk foods are predisposed to setting us off with these moods. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had a bad day.
This is the base juice that I am going to do for the AM
carrots, celery, apples, oranges, kale, spinach, cranberries, strawberries (we will get these frozen and unthaw as needed.), ginger, beets, celery, lemon, cucumber, parsley. I will add blueberries (also frozen but will unthaw) and red cabbage to mine. I'm not sure exactly the amounts yet. I'm going to aim for about 2 1/2 quarts for me, so will figure that out as I go. My old standby recipe- 5 carrots, 5 celery, 2 apples, 1 orange, and lots of ginger yielded about 20 oz. This will have to be 6 times that amount to bring it up to what I need. I'll make my husband the same amount and he can decide whether he wants to stretch it out over the 3 days or drink it all in one day that is up to him. He works at chick fil a. I can't force him to not eat there, but at least I can provide plenty of juice, send him with a banana and nuts that way at least he's gotten in plenty of healthy foods. I know that he is tempted lately by the holiday fare that is usually around work places. I'm fortunate that I don't have that issue anymore.
The second batch will be the green drink that I outlined in the last blog. The only difference is that he doesn't like garlic in his and probably won't try cabbage (although he should as he has had stomach ulcers before and probably still does). He may also be wary of broccoli. I don't really like it either, but drink it for the health benefits. He likes a lot more fruit than I do. I don't like it super sweet. Again, I won't really know the amounts till I am in the middle of juicing. I'm going for 2 1/2 quarts each.
I may or may not do the V-8 juice. That just depends on how I feel at the moment. If I do decide to do the V-8 I'll do 2 quarts each of the other two and 1 quart of the V-8.
I will also be pushing the water on myself (he does really well in that department especially at work.) I'll try and do 1/2 my body weight in oz so 120 oz. Some of this I will have warm with lemon juice- a tip from thinfitrawkind.
Well, I feel my mood elevated a bit. I had forgotten that I had taken 10 oz of juice out of the freezer to thaw the other day. It was still a bit icy too:) I'm sure the vitamins weren't as strong as they should have been but it sure tasted good!
Well, here's to Monday! Hope everyone has a great start to their week!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
People...not machines that is. So call me crazy, but for my juice fast I really want to do a variety of juices. I've been juicing for awhile now- almost a year (although not always consistently)- so I know what I'm in for. I've also done a juice fast before. I did a 7 day juice only fast followed by three days juice/vegan. If I were planning on a longer fast I would want a little more continuity throughout my day. I've got a week to change my plan and I need all the help I can get. Comments welcome and pass it on if you have any other juicing bloggers who have good insite. I laughed a little to myself when I logged in, getting ready to blog. I decided I better read my comments from my previous blog. I saw that thinfitrawkind asked for my exact plan. Girl, you got it! You woulda had it even if I hadn't read it so that was the funny part. Now, I'm only going to list my plan for my 3 day fast and then once I have that nailed down I'll plan the four day one a bit better. (although I will say that it will involve soup from the GAPS diet. Just google GAPS if you're interested, otherwise I'll be blogging about it soon.)
For my research on the juice fasting I've been reading Cherie Calbom's books. One of them is Big Book of juices and Green Smoothies (I don't have a blender yet, but I am hoping to purchase one for my birthday so that starting the 10th I can incorporate smoothies into my plan) and the other I believe is Juice Fasting and Detoxing for Life. I stumbled onto juicerecipes.com and realized that I could input every single recipe I had into the recipe builder to see how many calories, fiber, etc I was consuming. I love SP nutrition tracker, but for homemade juices it misses the mark. So, I really got motivated to plan out my menu.
Being that I've juiced for awhile, I'm sick of the same old stuff. Our standby is carrots, celery, apple, orange, kale, cucumber, and ginger...lots of ginger. Although, lately we've been adding cranberry which is a real winner in my book. (Thinking of which, none of my plans include cranberry. Oops) Its not a bad combination, but still...
I am aware that many juice faster's will juice up one big batch for the entire day. I don't want to drink the same thing all day. Maybe if I were planning on doing this for a long time that would be ok. I have had awesome experience with freezing juice. We got some rubbermaid bottles that work wonderfully in the freezer. So be aware that each recipe I share will most likely be doubled or tripled and part will be frozen. This means that on Jan 2nd I will be doing some power juicing. This is something I am also familiar with. My best friend and I do this all the time. We'll get enough for the entire week and juice it all up in one batch. She puts hers in mason jars and stores in the fridge. I use my bpa free bottles (although I did use her mason jars sometimes when I lived with her) and freeze some. I need to get more bottles, but its wonderful that way, because they are frozen into individual serving sizes and the juice is super cold just the way I like it.
So, If push comes to shove, I may reduce my plan to less recipes but doubling the quantity. However, I'm going to go ahead and share my preliminary plan as it is.
First off, I've been keeping 2,000 as my calorie limit. I would like to maintain this amount in juicing. It seems to me that I am trying to fill my body with as many vitamins, minerals, and enzymes as possible. When I juice fasted last year I only drank about 3 juices per day and was starving- constantly starving (can't believe I actually made it 7 days!). Eventually, I learned how to figure out the calories in juice the long way ( multiplying the fiber by 4 and subtracting it from the calories or something- I can't remember...it was tedious). When I totaled up my daily amount I was barely breaking 1,000 calories. No wonder I was hungry all the time.
Secondly, once I figured out all my recipes for this juice fast I realized that my sugar counts are very high. I know that Cherie Calbom recommends doing more veggies than fruit. I didn't think I had all that much fruit in my plan, but alas it is what it is. For now, anyhow.
I worked very hard at getting my fiber count up there. I tried to choose more items that were high in fiber. I was surprised at how high I was able to get it given the fact that you lose a lot of the fiber to juicing. I would like to get it a bit higher- say to the 30 gram mark and also reduce the sugar. I'm not sure if I would like the juice as much with less fruit, but I am willing to try.
I will also say that I do not have any trouble with diabetes. I did have some trouble with hypoglycemia for awhile, but that was due to carb overloading this summer. I've never had that awful crash in blood sugar from fresh juice.
So, now for the plan:
5 med carrots, 3 large oranges, 3 chunks ginger, 4 stalks celery, 2 kale leaves, 1 bunch spinach, 1 lemon
330 calories/3.5 fiber/ 51 sugar/16.5 protein
Bruise Mender (I have major problems with this):
1 cucumber, 2 bunches parsley, 5 kale leaves, 1 c. blueberries, 1 c. strawberries, 2 med apples, 1 lemon
332 calories 2.8 fiber/48 sugar/15 protein
Spicy V-8: (not sure if I got the amounts right in this one)
6 med tomatoes, 2 bunches spinach, 1 jalapeņo, 1 green pepper, 1 cucumber, 3 celery, 4 large carrots
274 calories/4.2 fiber/35 sugar/24 protein
Late Afternoon-(for that typical afternoon slump if I need it)
Full of Life:
2 beets, 6 med carrots, 1 sweet potato
186 calories/ 1.8 fiber/ 23 sugar/ 5 protein
Green Drink (tried to include as much variety as possible and try some new things):
6 Kale leaves, 3 bunches spinach, 2 bunches parsley, 3 cucumbers, 6 celery stalks, 2 green peppers, 1 stalk broccoli, 2 bunch cilantro, 1/2 head green cabbage, 3 chunks ginger, 1 garlic clove, 2 med apples, 2 med pears, 2 kiwi, 2 cups grapes, 3 limes
857 calories/ 10.5 fiber/ 99.76 sugar/55.97 protein
For a grand total that's 1979 calories, 22.8 fiber, 257.74 sugar, and 116.47 protein. Again, I realize that I need to reduce the sugar and would like to increase the fiber. Any and all tips and ideas are welcome. Tomorrow I will begin working on all of that.
Oh, and I am aware that I will HAVE to drink lots of water. Last year I couldn't get enough water due to the detoxing. I would drink my juice and then chug water till the next. Part because I was hungry, but also because my tongue was irritatingly dry.
So, that is my plan. I'm willing to listen to all constructive criticism. Should I do that many juices? Should I reduce calories? Does anyone have experience with how cabbage tastes (I've done broccoli and garlic which is why I have kept them low)? Can anyone tell me just how spicy a jalapeno is in juice? I like it hot but not "I can't feel my tongue" hot. For salsa we usually get the hot variety. Should I just do a half jalapeno?
Oh, and one last thing. I was going to plan on allowing myself hot tea. My original plan was green tea but then I thought that maybe homemade ginger tea would be better. I felt like there might be a point where I feel like I may need a warm beverage since I am used to sipping on coffee a few times per day.
If you persevered through this ginormous blog, THANK YOU!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
I got a few new clothes today. Well, not new exactly, but new to me. Most of them were too small. I set them aside, because I liked them I know that I will get to that size soon. I put on my size 18 jeans last night and they were just a bit looser than they had been the time I had wore them before. I do feel a slightly bit smaller. They are slim fit, so I don't feel too badly that they are snug.
I'm really excited for January. The more I think about a juice fast the more excited I get. I know for sure that I am doing a 3 day fast. I would like to do a 10 day fast, maybe in February. My plan for the 3 day fast involves 6 juices daily (mainly green I think). I've been re-reading my juicing books and am planning on trying some new recipes. After the 3 day I plan to go for 4 more days with 3 juices, soup (homemade), fresh fruits and veggies, yogurt (hopefully homemade if I can purchase the things that I need for it), eggs, fermented veggies, and some cooked veggies such as squash and things like that. After that I'll do many of those same foods with a few others added in, but only one juice per day. I will start on Jan 2nd. My birthday is on the 9th. I still plan to eat healthy that day. I'm thinking that I would rather have pie than cake and maybe some almond dream instead of ice cream. I'm thinking that I want steak for dinner.
Finally, I wanted to share the picture that my husband took of me last night.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Right now I am oil pulling. Yeah, that's right. I am using oil as a mouth wash. I had been intending to do it for some time. Even bought some oil for it. Probably not the exact oil I should be using- grapeseed- but I did look it up yesterday and found that I can indeed use that kind, although its not the best. I couldn't remember what kind to get when I was at Walmart... I knew coconut oil but I knew that there were some others as well. Turns out grapeseed wasn't the ones I was thinking of. So, I had done it once when I bought it a couple months back, but kept forgetting. I decided to go ahead tonight. I put some fresh squeezed lemon into the tablespoon worth of oil. I probably shouldn't do that on a regular basis but I figured that it would help me get through it this time. The other time I only lasted a minute before I got grossed out and spit it out. Its easier than I thought this time around. Specially with the lemon.
Other than that, the only thing I wanted to mention is that I am formulating a plan for January. I know for sure that I am going to do a juice fast. Probably for 3 days. The other things that I want to do is my homemade soups and homemade yogurt. I plan to do dark chocolate as my dessert, almond milk and stevia as my coffee creamer. I want to get back into fermented foods.
Oh, and my birthday is in January. I want to go non-traditional route with that and choose a meal and a dessert that is healthy or healthier so to speak. Haven't exactly figured out what that will be yet.
I tried to take a picture of me pre oil pulling, but it didn't turn out well. However, while uploading that one that I won't share onto my computer, I ran into a few that I will share. Keep in mind that these are from last year.
The first is from Channukah 2012. At this time I was about 236 lbs- slightly less than I am now.
Next is Purim 2012 sometime in Feb I believe. This is how I look in a formal dress. I'm not sure of my weight but its somewhere in the low 230's.
Finally, here are some pictures that were taken just before starting a juice fast in February. I don't know why I never uploaded them before. I think that I was about what I am now- in the high 230's or low 240's.
I'm thinking of growing my hair back out, LOL. So, I posted these pictures because I seem to be pretty much back where I started. Its been a hard year. A year that I would erase if I could. But I can't. I'll try and get a decent photo of myself tomorrow and post that soon. I think I'll start taking them often to show the results both in the oil pulling and in the weight.
Oh- and I made it 14 min on the oil pulling.
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