Monday, March 17, 2014

The end is near!

The Mango and the Cantaloupe make ALL the difference, the cucumber probably helps too, the last few juices have been really good! There is still an icky aftertaste but I can taste the fruity notes more than i can the veggie bite.

I still have not lost any weight but I was being honest when I said that wasn't the point of this fast, I DO see a change in my body shape, my problem areas are starting to smooth a bit, and I am more motivated to work out.

My craft room will be rearranged to make room for a workout space- and the juicing will continue (on a part time basis for the foreseeable future)

We do have a few days left so I'll keep updating you.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Day 4 and Day 5

Day 4- Both juices were so gross I chocked them down as fast as I can- they were filled with whatever we had left (we were running low).
I did eat an apple and a banana this day too- to attempt to push along the natural process that comes with a juice fast (or the one that's supposed too anyways).

Day 5- My 31st birthday AND cheat day (declared by my husband!!!)
I had a cupcake and half a can of spegettio's, some Butterfingers chocolate eggs, 1/4 can of original pringles, for birthday dinner I had Salmon and mash potatoes and 3 mozzarella sticks!

I did get a bit sick (run to the bathroom kind) - probably just a shock to my system but all is well now. It's Saturday now, we went to the grocery store and spent another 50$ to finish out the juice fast.
We bought- 
6 red apples
3 cucumbers
4 bananas (for eating not juicing)
5 bags of carrots
5 grapefruits (for griffins juices ONLY)
6 oranges
2 mangos
.5lb of ginger
2 pears
a bundle of beets
1 cantaloupe (for my juice only)

v8 juice
prune juice

It was supposed to be a 10 day fast but we skipped a day (day 5) and Griffin says we will stop when we run out of fruit and veggies, even if it isn't as long as we wanted it to be. He has lost 10lbs already, I didn't weight myself but I do see subtle differences in my body shape and the clarity of my skin (the dryness and redness).

We took the frozen mulch and put it outside, tomorrow (if the weather holds out) we'll till up some ground for our soon to be garden and put the mulch in the ground there- maybe we can grow enough to keep your fruit and veggie bill low! 

Tomorrows Juices- 
juice 1- 4 orenges, 6 small carrots, and some ginger
juice 2- 1 beets, 5 small carrots, 2 apples, 2 apples, and ginger

and griffins juice (he's doing 3 a day) 
2 grapefruits, 1 pear, and a bunch of kale

I'll give you reviews tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day three-

Torture! why did i choose to do a juice fast again??? lol. We are running out of the good stuff (apples and oranges) and the juices are getting even yuckier!!!!

But my husband decided that we are going to declare Friday (day 5 AND my 31st birthday)- so i'm trying to look ahead to that. I admit I did cheat just a bit- Yogurt- everyone said I would be spending alot of time in the bathroom with all the fruit I'm digesting but it turns out that I've got the opposite problem and Yogurt is the best way I know how to get things back on track, AND I'm buying some bananas tomorrow, but I AM still drinking all the juice so I don't really see it as cheating, I'm still denying myself all the yummy stuff I want super bad. Turns out that a long work day is a great thing when you are on a juice fast, especially since I don't work at a place that sells food!

We've kinda veered away from recipes, We kinda learned what combo's work and what one's dont and what we like and what we don't. We are gonna shop for the second half of the fast on Friday after dinner, we are gonna get cucumbers and beets and a few other things we couldn't find the first time around!!!

My visit home FEB 2014

I started writing this just after I got home and then I forgot to finish it, only remembering when I started blogging about the juice fast. I want to take the time now to tell you about my visit home last month. We didn't get to do Christmas together this year so we all planned to come together in Feb- my sister flew in from Idaho, I came from Arkansas and Kyle and Megan were gonna drive in from Mcminville, But the snow got in the way a bit!!! A 10 hour flight day turned into a 24 hour flight day with two missed flights, two more that were canceled and two that were late and a overnight stay in the lovely Seattle airport.
After a long trip I landed in Oregon, Met up with my parents and sister and made our journey home, a LOT of snow was waiting for us... 10 plus inches.
My little Niece Joelle spent every minuet of my visit with me, which I didn't mind, and we spent alot of time with her family too (my sister and her hubby and little Jaren) Due to the snow I didn't get to see too many of my friends, I did get to see my Bestie Jennifer and her husband Matt.
The visit went by WAY to fast, not enough Joelle dates, not enough family dinners and not enough game nights and not enough Jambas!!! My birthday wish (i turn 31 two days from now) Is that my visits home will be more frequent and last longer!!!! I love you guys and miss you!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day two -

Juice #3 was this mornings breakfast (turns out 3 juices a day is too much for me) so - here is the review... It was my fav of the juices so far.

Here is a picture of our juicer. But we use a bowl instead of a cup and we put a grocery bag in the side compartment (where the pulp goes) and we freeze it, (planning to use it in our garden!!!) It's a pretty simple machine, it is VERY LOUD sounds like a motorcycle, and it moves around alot, but it is simple to clean (dishwasher safe but we just hand wash it after we are done using it)
 I'll post a link to the item on amazon at the bottom of this post!

so- how do I feel on day two? I feel hungry, I feel full, I feel confused!!!! I feel full for hours after I drink a juice but my stomach is growling all the time, and I miss the ritual of eating, sitting down with a bowl or plate, and biting, chewing, and just like during an actual fast (with NO food) EVERYTHING sounds good!!! I think tomorrow when I go out I may get some bananas, It might be a bit of a cheat, but that way I'll have something I can physically eat!!!! and IS a fruit after all!!!

and here is another who is missing ME eating - cause when i do eat he gets my scaps... lol

My goals and reasons for doing the juice fast are 1- to sleep better. 2- help my skin clear. 3- give me the energy and kickstart that I need to start working out again. 4- develop a taste for veggies (right now the only kind of veggies I eat are green beans, pinto/kidney/navy beans, olives and potatoes). And if you were wondering where I got the idea to do a juice fast I'll tell you, I watched a few documentaries on Netflix. 

1- hungry for change
2- fat, sick and nearly dead
3- vegucated

I learned a bit more about how the body can heal itself of ALOT of things if you put the right foods in and how the key to it is a plant based diet. I am married to someone who loves meat WAY to much to ever give it away to being a vegan isn't gonna happen, so adding juices to my diet (starting with a juice fast) is the way to do it!!! I will be exploring alternative cheeses too when i get back to normal food- I probably eat cheese more than ANY other food so cutting back would prob be a plus, we already use almond milk instead of cows milk. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

my first Juice Fast!!!!

I'll turn 31 in 4 days and I want to start this year fresh and clean- so my way of doing that is starting a 10-day juice fast. My awesome husband is doing the fast with me too. Here are some details.

First of all I went online and found a bunch of juicing recipes, and we each picked our favorite 6, and then went grocery shopping! We spend 40 on fruits and veggies and we hope it'll last us 5 days but I'm thinking it'll be more like 3.

We bought a juicer on Amazon, I'll look at the box and post the exact model soon. We decided we'll make the 6 juices for the day (3 or him and 3 for me) each night for the next day.
Our Breakfast Juice is called Morning Glory- found it on a blog- the drink includes 6-10 Strawberries, 1 grapefruit, 1/2 a lemon, 3 carrots, 1/2inch piece of ginger (doubled for 2) . 

This juice is VERY citrus, a bit sour and a bit bitter- lots of good stuff in it but Not sip worthy so I've been chugging it. I tried doing shots of it but it was going to slowly.

Lunch Juice- Kale+ (also found on a blog) - 6 pieces of Kale, 2 handfuls of spinach (we couldn't find any at our grocery store so we used lettuce) 1 lemon, 1 pear, 1 carrot and 1 inch piece of Ginger. (again doubled for 2)

I will admit, this was a juice I was worried about, it's dark, green and orenge-ish and it smelled VERY earthy, but I took a drink and it actually wasn't bad, it has a refreshing blend. I could taste the lemon and pair and ginger enough to overpower most of the veggies which can sometimes take over the flavor.

Dinner Juice- (another blog find) called "After the rush" - includes 4 Carrots, 3 apples, half a lemon and a 1 inch piece of ginger (doubled for 2)

review coming soon