Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Juicing: Day Five - Cold Remedies

Today's weight: 208.8
Today is less about juicing, but more about using juice and other remedies to help a cold.  My wife had been sick for nearly two weeks with a cold.  Somehow I managed to avoid it...until last night.  I took NyQuil before bed, but still woke up with a sore throat and ears.  It feels like the cold is just sitting in my throat...which is the sure sign of a cold about to hit hard.  I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home again today so that I can focus on getting better.  I'm hoping to get in to the office tomorrow--we have a holiday lunch!--and I have a meeting that's much easier to have in person.

My game plan for fighting this cold:
  • Vitamin-C packed juice
  • DayQuil
  • Multi-vitamin (with lots of zinc)
  • Emergen-C Immune+ fizzy drink
  • Garlic (recommended by a friend)...to be mixed with an avocado for a mini guacamole (lunch)
  • lots of tea with honey and ginger root
  • Dried apricots and blackberries (zinc-packed) 
  • echinacea
  • a couple pieces of 73% dark chocolate (really helps after all the garlic!)

                                         Vitamin-C Packed juice:
  • orange
  • half a lemon
  • kiwi
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • canteloupe
  • blueberries
  • grapes
  • beet

Lunch: Mini guac
  • avocado
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • lime juice
  • tomato

Monday, December 9, 2013

Juicing: Day Four

Today's weight: 209.8.
I guess that eggnog really messed up my weight loss!

I'm definitely more tired and hungry today.  Yesterday's eggnog and lack of juicing or large doses of fruits and veggies has taken its toll.  Luckily, I'm able to work from home today, so I got to sleep a little later and juice.  Tomorrow, when I go back into the office, I'll bring a yogurt and have that and almonds for lunch.  I think that I need to ease into juicing a bit more, especially while I'm donating platelets every couple of weeks.  I take medication for bipolar disorder that does best if taken with food.  Though, I think that if I eat once a day and juice for the rest of the meals, I'll be fine.

This morning, I made a beet juice with some other fruits and veggies.  It was as yummy as it is pretty!

Warning about beet juice: It can cause diarrhea.  It's not a terrible thing and I guess it's supposed to pass in a few days, but it's something to be aware of.  If you're juicing and plan on driving long periods...well, you might want to hold off on juicing beets!  I looked it up and I guess the reason for the bathroom runs is that beets cleanse the liver and kidneys.  It pushes out the bad bile...which unfortunately comes out very, very quickly.  It doesn't make you feel sick at all, just pushes out the bad stuff.  Also, beet juice heavy decrease the metals in your body, as does cilantro.  Mix them together and you'll have a great metal-cleanse!

For lunch, I had salad with kale, lettuce, mushrooms, peapods, and cranberry walnut trader joe's dressing.  I also had hummus and pita bread with a little cheese.  Trying to get my calcium and iron back up so I can donate platelets again in two weeks.

Tonight, I made a pretty great juice.  I was scared that putting a whole lemon in would make the juice too sour, but it didn't at all!  I actually forgot I had put one in!

Tonight's juice:
  • 1/2 beet
  • whole lemon
  • 2 carrots
  • pineapple
  • handful of grapes
  • blueberries and blackberries
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • chia seeds

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Juicing: Day Three

No juice today.  Donated platelets and felt a little dizzy.  Took a nap and still felt dizzy so I ate salad and hummus and pita bread.  I ate almonds and drank lots of water before donating, but my wife did not.  She turned pale and they had to stop the platelet process early.  It took a lot out of her, so I made sure she ate!  We also ended up drinking egg nog (spiked).  That stuff is horrible for you!

Today's weight: 208.8

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Jucing: Day Two

Fruits and veggies that don't need to be in our full-of-veggies fridge
Fruits and veggies that don't need to be in our full-of-veggies fridge

So today was a little bit of a fail.  My nephew's birthday party was today and I gave up resisting the grilled veggies and steak...and chips and ice cream.  Nonetheless, I still substituted the other meals of the day with juice.  The good news is, I woke up at 209 pounds.  We'll see what tomorrow's weight has in store!  I try to weigh myself as soon as I get up and before drinking lots of water.  Tomorrow is platelet donation day, so I'll be drinking extra water, too.

This morning's juice:
Mason jars make excellent juice holders
  • Pineapple
  • Orange
  • Kiwi
  • Lime
  • Cantaloupe
  • Ginger
  • Chia seeds, cilantro, and parsley (sprinkled on top)
Cilantro and parsley on top

Tonight's juice:

Pretty weird looking before mixing it together!
  • Kale (not much, very hard to juice)
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Mangoes
  • Grapes
  • Pears
All mixed up!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Juicing: Day One

Today is the first day of juicing.  I should mention that we're doing a modified juicing diet.  We're having Greek yogurt or a handful of almonds in the morning to get our protein, and drinking herbal tea throughout the day.   

So far today, I've had a Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt cup and some green tea.  For lunch, I'm going to have a smoothie: beets, tomatoes, carrots, frozen strawberries and blueberries, ginger root.  For dinner, I'll have true juice made with the Jack LaLanne juicer.  I'm waiting for my wife to use the juicer with me since we have to rinse it out and let it completely dry after each use.  Plus, I like to have a little fiber today instead of going full cold turkey. 

Yesterday, I finished some french onion dip we had in the fridge with a handful of fritos.  Within an hour, I had a migraine that lasted 10 hours and didn't respond to medication.  My wife has had a wicked cold for over a week now.  She's stuck to mostly juice...a lot of that is just her work situation; she doesn't have enough time to eat or drink during the day and works in a lab that doesn't allow anything, even water, in.  We're hoping she feels better soon...though she's not contagious, we want her to be in good health for when we donate platelets this weekend.  She tends to have a lower iron count, but I think the juicing will help raise that.

Today's starting weight: 212

What I want out of juicing:
  • Be healthier
  • Lose weight (ideally 20-30 pounds)
  • A full reboot so that the rest of the weight will come off easier
  • Less headaches
  • Less painful monthly friend
  • Improved health and immunity during cold and flu season
  • Increased energy
  • Possibility of helping bipolar disorder by eating all natural foods without chemicals or additives
  • New lifestyle to hopefully promote a healthy pregnancy in a couple of years
  • Role model for others who are unhealthy to make a change

Monday, December 2, 2013

New Approach: Juicing

It's been quite a while since I've posted.  For a few months, I fell off the wagon.  I was still eating better and walking, but I eventually ended up back where I began.  So now it's time for a new approach.

I've been watching a lot of food-related documentaries.  I knew there was a lot of crappy chemicals in the food we are sold and eat, but I had no idea just how toxic they were.  After watching Hungry for Change, my wife and I were ready to jump back into the swing of things.  We bought a Jack LaLanne juicer and then watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  Immediately, we were ready to jump into juicing.  However, we have a fridge full of food (mostly healthy food, as we have been dieting) that we need to eat before a true juice cleanse.  Our new plan is to finish what's in the fridge and start the cleanse on Friday.  We've heard that the first three days are the hardest and the best way to get through it is to sleep a lot.  It makes sense...the body is detoxing, and it's probably going through withdrawal.  After those three days, we should see improved energy and be feeling much better.

I'm going to use this blog to document the detox/reboot/cleansing process.

4 days and counting until the cleanse!  I think our biggest obstacle will be people's reactions.  Thinking that we're crazy and harming ourselves...when really, we are bettering ourselves.  The way most people eat is harmful to them.  We've been sticking to vegetables and whole grains, but after years of eating crap, it's best to start fresh with a cleanse.  We both seek health and weight loss, and doing this together will definitely help us achieve our goals.

That being said, if we get very hungry on our cleanse, we will have a healthy snack.