Thursday, March 28, 2013

2.4 - working from home has downfalls

I worked from home today. The temptations are absolutely ridiculous. So what did I do? I worked upstairs in my bedroom all day and only walked downstairs to let the pooches out. I grabbed my breakfast juice and went upstairs.

I think this must be a problem for more than just me. Doesn't your fridge call you?  At least I just let it call me for juice today.  Bad news is I only got the breakfast juice in me today...and I'm getting hungry. Really Hungry.  I made another juice for lunch but it contains a big clove of garlic and I have dance class tonight (Swing/Foxtrot). Nothing says bad dance partner like garlic breath!

Here's the breakfast:
      
Apple Pear Asian Pear whole Lime Orange
 In all this is a great juice. The zest from the lime gave it a bit of something extra. I did this because the fruit was going to be too sweet on their own. Drinking stuff too sweet is not good for me, as history has shown.  Therefore I have also added an Acidophilus pro-biotic to my regimen as well. This will help balance my system to avoid the dreaded thrush.

How am I dealing with hunger? With hiding at the moment. We have dance tonight and I know afterwards we usually go to the diner for dinner. That has been the thing to do for the past year. Tip: Make new habits. So tonight we will come home and I will down that garlicky goodness while The Hubs finds something to eat.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2.3 - The challenge of everyone else eating around you

Day 3 has been better than I could have expected. Last night I broke and had a cup of Thai coconut tomato soup - totally not juice, totally processed, totally upsetting, but totally delicious.

For me to break so soon was disappointing. I chose to have the soup and not another juice because I needed something to make the headache go away. The instant I was done with the small cup, my head started to feel better. It probably was psychosomatic and as I recollect the night, the smell of my husband's spicy chicken homney soup was KILLING my will. My sister's killer salad was driving me nuts.

In all, it was my own mind that was doing the obsessing, and I should have removed myself from the situation and taken a walk. I should have stopped to think more about why I was juicing and what my goals are for this 60 day period. I broke for a moment and the less than 5 minutes for 8oz of warm soup has left me with hours of remorse. Totally not worth the self-grief.

Why I was morning my willpower, I made today's juices:
L-R: Grapefruit Orange Apple Lime, Tomato Fennel Garlic Cucumber Apple Cilantro, Spinach Romaine Carrot Lime

The breakfast citrus blast was AMAZING! I loved it. I used the most sickly looking citrus in my fridge - the kind I would not think is good enough for snacking (I like my citrus firm like softballs).  I will do this again. Two oranges, one red grapefruit, two apples and one lime made 2 pints of juice! YOU REMOVE THE RINDS. In case any crazy person thinks the pith is delicious (I used to eat it instead of the fruit when I was a kid), it makes a bitter juice. Not a bad thing every once in a while, but in general, the rind (or most of it) should not be on the fruit when you send it down the chute.

The lunch juice tastes like cold pizza to me - then again you are talking to a woman who lived off juice for 2 months straight and enjoys this stuff. It is the garlic. This mix is 2 big tomatoes, a quarter Anise (Fennel) bulb and greens, half a cucumber, an apple, a bunch of sad-looking cilantro and a clove of garlic. Some people hate it, I love it.  I added a pinch of black pepper and some sea salt and it is freaking good. I may smell like garlic for days.

I didn't sample the green juice yet, but it smells fairly strong of green (if that is a thing). A whole bag of spinach and head of Romaine lettuce barely made a pint in my Breville!  I added 2 carrots and a small lime, then cut the mix with some coconut water to make two pints for my sister and self.

To answer a question I got via email, I have added Udo's oil to a few green juices to get my Omega's and DHA. I shed like a Labrador last fast, so I am adding the oil and a few supplements to try to avoid that. I have just started Bee Caps (a Bee Pollen, Bee Propolis, Royal Jelly, Raw Honey mix). For drinks other than juice: Green tea, once a day, Lemon tea in the evenings and mornings, and Lemon water during the night.

Any tips? Any supplement I should check out?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Reboot 2.2 - Boy this is tough.

Boy, the headache is annoying.  I have had it since yesterday morning and it left me for the 4 hours the Advil was in my system last night so I could teach my class. I don't want to take drugs - this is a detox after all, but the light and sound was getting to me to the point where I considered canceling class to avoid hearing myself talk.

It is more dull than anything else at the moment, and I guess exacerbated by forgetting my glasses at home, something I attribute to my fasting mind-cloud. If there is anything I learned from the 60 day fast I did is that the first 3-8 days are covered by a bit of a fog; when it clears -- boy is that amazing!  You just have to put up with the BS that is going on in your system as it tries to accept something other than processed solid food. Sometimes the fog is thick and dense, leaving you struggling to find your keys and words; other times it is like a cloudy day where you can find humor in the shape of the clouds -- look that one looks like an apple pie...damn you clouds.

Anyway, to the JUICE!

Last night:
Spinach Zucchini Celery Tomato Yellow Bell Pepper
It was very green, mild, and filling. I brought it to class as it happened to be my dinner time, and I was surprised that there were very few comments over the liquid green I was drinking.

Last night was another night of making juice for the next day. I find that putting it in these mason jars and filling it up to the brim so that when you add the cap it squishes out the side, is the best way of keeping as much air out as possible. The air is what ruins the juice.

The down fall is the interesting look of the containers in the morning:
Left-right: Lemon tea w/honey, Carrot Ginger Pear, Kale Cucumber Spinach Tomato Apple
I have taken to drinking hot lemon tea in the morning. It is holding place of the hot coffee I so love. The carrot juice is sweeter, so I have it in the morning, and it takes me the whole damn morning to drink. As I type this I have about a half-inch of it left before I switch to the big green mama.

All they need is a good shake:
Now that juice looks much better...
Much smoother, much prettier. This is the good stuff.

Hope you are having a great day. If you know any interesting combos, let me know in the comments.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Fast/Reboot 2.1 - It begins/What a Weekend!

All my good work preparing was for naught. On Friday I took the day off, planning to relax and watch crappy TV all day. I rolled over in bed and saw The Hubs still sleeping (he should have been at work for an hour at this point) and he says "Surprise! I took the day off. Get up and pack a bag, we're going away for the weekend."  What? Woot!

I was surprised and excited as we headed out to the Poconos for the weekend. We went antiquing, shopping, and touring. Really that translates to shopping, shopping, and driving to more shopping!  I didn't spend a lot, but he let me do whatever I wanted and did not complain at all for my endless walking and browsing.  We took a ride all the way from the Poconos to Lancaster. PA Amish country on Saturday. There we went to a brewery, Amish furniture place, and market. Back in the Poconos, we ate at at Hickory Valley Farm Restaurant two mornings in a row, their famous "Ham and Eggs Served In The Pan" was eggs and kielbasa for me:

I only ate one egg and one piece of kielbasa...and coffee! I broke down and totally had a cup each morning. I am too easy.

We went to our favorite restaurant in the Pocono area, The Chophouse, which changed hands and is now known as The Frogtown Chophouse. Petite Filet Mignon for me and a regular for Leo, with some grilled salad and baked sweet potato - it was devine and I was happy to celebrate my birthday in style:
In all, I had a great time. I got 3 new dresses, sizes lower than the clothes I brought with me. That was a freaking amazing thing. I actually need to get the above altered as I apparently do not have the heft up top to keep it from shifting off my shoulders!

That continues today with the start of my morning juice -

Pineapple Asian Pear Apple Lemon Coconut Water
http://challenge-myself.com
Golden Yum
For the first time in all my juicing history, I made this last night before bed. Actually, I made 3 of them because my sister and The Hubs wanted to try juicing in the morning.  It tastes like sunshine happiness. Totally too sweet to be an every day thing, but I needed to kick this thing off right.

Will update on the afternoon juice later, but it will be very green, I assure you.
 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pre-Fast is going well thus far

Now 4 days into my pre-fast prep, I am doing alright. I am not 100% vegetarian: I had some fish and some noodles yesterday and a spicy chicken hominy soup, though I gave my bits of chicken to my ever-thankful dogs and cats.  In short, it's got to be better than the meat-at-every meal from last week. No bacon or beef in sight folks.

The hardest part of this for me is giving up coffee. I have struggled with this in the past. My caffeine addiction is really bad. I cling to news that coffee is actually good for you like a downing man clings to a life-preserver. I love the taste, smell, and effect on my mood. It is a drug for sure.

Wednesday I drank no coffee. I had a mild headache and was a bumbling fool as I tried to teach my class Wednesday night. I tripped over words like "prepositional" and "methodological" while reading aloud. That is seriously embarrassing for an English teacher. Not to mention I was asked by 2 students before the class started if I was alright since I looked like I was in a really bad mood.

This morning it is better, though I am still missing my Joe, Java, Juan Valdez...dreams of hot black liquid satisfaction. Again, coffee addict over here.

Today is an honeybell orange for breakfast, an apple as a snack - Mama Nature really makes good stuff!
 For lunch, as almost usual, I am having a salad.
It is a too-big combo of baby kale, spring mix, extra firm tofu, peppers, onion, edamame, and a black bean corn mix that was on the salad bar in my work cafeteria. I needed a little O/V + S/P for my base mix and this little something extra caught my eye.

You might see a little goat cheese in there too, I'm not gonna lie - I added a few crumbles because I feel bad that it is in my fridge and it won't last till after the fast portion; I hate wasting money.

What are you doing to get more healthy? Let me know.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Gearing up by Vegging Out

Hello World, It's me again. I can't believe how long it's been since my last blog entry!

Me, now...or at least a month ago when I colored my hair last.
In this past winter, I have done a lot of hunkering down with a blanket, a coffee, and a load of papers to grade.  Spring will be here in days (though Mother Nature is gracing us with snow today), and I am gearing up for my next fast/Reboot blast starting today.

What's the plan? 

Like my last 60 day fast, I will be doing a heck of a lot of juicing and blogging. Unlike my first fast, I am going to be vegging-out for 3-4 days every 10 days of juice (3 times total), with the last 20 days being a straight juice fast.  Vegging Out means salads and veggies, some fruits, keeping it raw and fresh, for a few days in the middle of consecutive juice blasts, for a period of 60 days total.  I've blocked out my calendar and have shifted plans to start March 25th - May 24.

How are you preparing?

Today, a week before the first 10 day juice faze, begins with veggies and more veggies. I am spending a week adding that bulk to my diet by way of close-to-nature goodness. The more fiber in now, the better my digestion will work later.  I am abstaining from meat and processed food starting today because the transition to juice is only made worse if you are also suffering from withdrawals from meat and junk. Now the coffee is taking a bit more time and I hope to be off it by Wednesday. Green Tea with lemon will be my go-to hot morning drink.

Wait, withdrawal from junk? Weren't you all cured and stuff from your last fast?

Um, no. After my last fast I slid far and fast. I went out to a nice Chinese restaurant about a month after the fast, woke with STABBING pain (I seriously thought I was having a heart attack), had emergency gall-bladder removal, and cursed the heck out of my clean body not dealing with the realities of going out to dinner with friends.  I made-up with all manner of foods I swore-off, and I gained back some of the weight I lost from the fast; it sucked.  Dude, I am human and I love drinks, traveling, and restaurants. It is the Cheetos and crap that I have no excuse for at all. I have been on and off the wagon of healthy eating for the past few years, but since last year, I have been trying to eat less and more green than ever before. The result? I am back at the weight I was when I finished the big fast. Woot! Now it is time to push through the plateau.

I think I want to join in for some/all of this with you...

By all means, yes.  Please do. Know I am not a health professional and do not know anything about Doctor's Orders, so I am not liable for anyone but me on this or any fast program.  That said, I also know that people don't have to listen to Dr Pharma when they are looking to increase their overall well-being by trying vegetarianism or juicing. Did I listen to the "Consult your Dr before begining this or any exercise program" when I tried the Insanity workout? Nope. Was I so sore that it hurt to breathe for nearly a week after my first failed two-class attempt? Yuppers. (This reminds me I need to try this program again, soon.)

Be Smart. If you have a history with eating disorders there are many things I think you need to work out with a professional before you start restricting like this, but also know that if you are over 18 and mentally "good", you shouldn't feel like this is so extreme that you will be cursed with a disorder. Try it if you like, and share your woes in the comments below. Link me to your blog so I can follow your own journey.

Let me hear back from you - do you have any plans for this Spring? Trying any new healthy thing?

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