Archive | May, 2014

Day 3 of SuperJuiceMe!

7 May

At the end of day 3, I feel just fine and normal. I had my 4 juices (plus my morning shot), plus two cups of coffee, about a pound of cooked asparagus, grilled endive, and some leftover yogurt of the kids.

We also ended the evening doing day 2 of Insanity. It was intense, and not my idea of fun, but I did it since I am the support person, plus I do want to be strong, not just skinny.

Now I am off to clean the kitchen.

Day 2 of SuperJuiceMe!

6 May

Today was a wonderful day! I was in love with life. Upon waking, I felt that I had slept better than I have in months, and possibly years. I’m not even exaggerating. This, paired with my knowing that I was on a modified juice plan, allowed me to face the day brightly.

Last night, I was so embittered by my day that I could not even bring myself to drink my 4th juice of the day. I felt like I was going to retch just thinking about ingesting it (and that juice wasn’t really that bad). However, the juice was made and was sitting in the fridge today. This morning, we had our “thick” juice (it has more substance to it like protein powder and avocado) to start the day, and it was delightful. I was quite nervous to even try it since it had a beet in it. I was so pleasantly surprised by the taste of the Pure Raw Energy Smoothie.

I rushed around and tried to get everyone together and out of the house for the day. The middle juices of the day were Chlorophyll Cleansers. Because our entire kitchen looked like the juicer threw up everywhere, I had no time to clean and make my mid morning “thin” juice. I grabbed the juice I didn’t drink from last night and went on my way to work. At work, I had one delicious cup of coffee and consumed my juice from the night before.

I skipped the third juice (somewhat accidentally) because I was at home, trying to prep dinner (a super clean broccoli and chicken casserole). I snacked on crushed tostadas and two slices of cheese and yogurt. I rushed off to work again, got home, popped the casserole in the oven, and set about making the evening juice. I drank that with my evening meal and felt great.

After dinner and “dinner,” we put the baby to bed and did day one of Insanity workout with our 3 year old shadowing us. I wasn’t planning on exercising, but since my hubby wants to do Insanity, I was being supportive. I might try some yoga tomorrow. After that, we made 2 of the 8 juices for tomorrow and prepped the other juices in gallon bags. I also made a small glass of carrot juice. Yum!

Now it is time to rest. Yesterday was a horrible day. Today was wonderful. I’m glad we get a fresh start each morning!

Day 1 of SuperJuiceMe! (Post juice)

5 May

I’m not going to sugar coat this. Today I felt horrible. The 100% diet of juice absolutely will not work for me. It is sad, but I know my body. The word to best describe how I felt the entire day would be incoherent. It might be because my dear baby woke up in the 5 o’clock hour. It might be because I slept horribly last night. It might be because I did not have coffee. It might be a combination of all of those things, but I felt like I was stumbling around in a hypoglycemic stupor all day long.

Since I did not consult a doctor before starting this program, I feel confident to do what I think is best for my body. Since I DO have hypoglycemia and have grown very in tune with my body the past 3 years, I can proceed with a modified plan. It is strange and difficult to understand how something so good (raw fruits and veggies) can possibly make me feel SO bad. But it did. And, hey, it’s okay. The actual juice, I am quite sure, will not hurt me, but just drinking pure juice might not be the right fit for my body chemistry.

Tomorrow I start again, and I will make some allowances. I will use the juice in addition to my normal diet. And if it prevents me from eating an amount of packaged food that I normally would eat, then I am better off.

Tomorrow I will have 1 cup of coffee to start the day. I’m not 100% convinced of this, though. I might have two. I figured I should slowly wean myself off. Even though I had 3 cups of green tea (and 1 cup of fruit tea), it did not do enough for me. In addition, just the flavor of coffee is my addiction. I would be happy drinking decaf, except supposedly it is more dangerous than regular coffee because of the chemicals used in the decaffeination process…?…Maybe?

Second, I might eat some eggs to start off with a good solid base of protein.

I will intersperse a cup of (homemade!) kefir, which is a probiotic, and a brew of juice in the morning.

I will most likely continue with the juices for the rest of the day and will plan to have a dinner of either cooked asparagus or corn and possibly a chicken and broccoli casserole. Now, how bad is all that? I think it still sounds pretty decent, as long as I don’t lace my food with chemicals. As I mentioned yesterday, my mission is to eat cleaner and to increase my intake of fruits and veggies. While I absolutely LOVE cooked veggies, I’m not sold on the juices, especially the Breath of Fresh Air juice, which was sooooo strong in the beet juice department. I drank two of those babies today, and the second one made me nauseated. I almost threw up, and I think I might be ruined for beets (which is quite sad, since I told my husband just yesterday how much I LOVE beets. I was salivating thinking of them. I enjoy them cooked and on a bed of greens with a bunch of other salad veggies.).

As far as my handsome hubby goes, I asked him how he felt and his answer was a cheery, “normal!” He didn’t feel bad. He didn’t feel great. He didn’t feel hungry. He just felt normal. And he enjoyed the juices. And he has no plan to eat solid food for the next 27 day. Wow!

SuperJuiceMe! 28 Day Challenge – Day 1 (Pre-juice)

5 May

About a week ago, a friend posted a link on Facebook for a free documentary called SuperJuiceMe! by Jason Vale. I thought that it sounded like an interesting documentary; it was the opposite of Supersize Me. A handful of people are chosen to go to a resort and live off nothing but fresh juices and then their health is evaluated at the end of that time period. The weight-loss was staggering, but I have seen people lose weight before. The increase in overall health was also quite amazing. Many were able to decrease medication or felt better than they did with medication. However, dropping pounds and getting off medication is not what impressed me. My jaw dropped when I saw their initial pallor change to glowing skin and shiny hair. This was such a strong image of health on the cellular level.

My husband and I threw around the idea of juicing. We mentioned it would be cool to start eating some more raw foods and making small changes to increase overall health. I have been on a mission for the past year to eat cleaner. Due to some health issues I started eating a gluten free diet a month ago. To help make the adjustment to gluten free (I love carbohydrates!) I found solace in smoothies this past month. Because of this, I feel like now is a great (and easier!) time for me to do a juicing challenge.

Yesterday morning, hubby mentioned how in a month he wanted to go all in and do the juicing program and exercise. I wasn’t 100% sure, but if he was, I would be 100% in as a support. Later in the afternoon we went out to do some shopping. We passed the appliance section and I figured we could check to see if the store had juicers. 20 minutes later we walked out of the store with a juicer and started formulating our plan!

To shorten the narrative, we decided to start immediately and we went shopping (again) for the supplies needed for week 1 of the plan.

We will be making some modifications to the strict plan. First, we won’t be doing 30 minutes of high intensity exercise twice each day. We plan on exercising, but since we are not obese, we are going to take it easy! I am not doing this plan to lose weight. I am doing this plan to see what living off living food does on a cellular level.

I lift my green juice to you. Cheers! Salud!