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SamCyn’s Juicing Adventure: Day Five

07/27/2011 1 comment

Day five has been by far the best day, thus far!

I got out of bed at around 5:45am (I was awake much earlier) to kiss my honey goodbye, then I checked my tongue and I’m happy to report, there was no white fuzz (AWESOME). Since I had to go to work, I started to prepare juice #6 for breakfast and lunch.

Because it was my first day back at work since I started this adventure, I was feeling a tad bit nervous.  It’s so weird, even though I’ve been juicing during the day for the past few days, I felt apprehensive about not packing any lunch and only bringing juice.  It’s like I felt “naked”.  So, I brought along some blueberries and strawberries as back-up.

I managed to get through the day, without eating any of the fruit.  I drank the remainder of my juice at around noon and then I went to Whole Foods Market and got myself a shot of wheatgrass.  Though not reliably substantiated, It has been argued that wheatgrass helps blood flow, digestion and general detoxification of the body.  For more information on wheatgrass, please see here.

OMG! All I drank was a 1 oz. serving and as soon as it hit my system…

POW!

It was as if I drank an 8 oz. cup of espresso.  I was wired (in a good way), I was ready for action and most of all, I felt no hunger.

That lasted for close to two hours and by the time it was quiting time, all I could think of was the veggie stir-fry we had planned for dinner.  I tell you, I couldn’t get home fast enough.

I basically tossed in a bunch of veggies into a large pan (I don’t own a Wok) along with some sesame oil and low-sodium tamari sauce.

YUM!! It was delicious! Sam loved it and said we should definitely have it at least once a week.  Mind you, there was no rice or noodles and yet it satisfied us both.  How can you go wrong when you have such a beautiful array of colors and textures from such guilt-free ingredients in every bite? As an end to our lovely meal we ate the blueberries and strawberries.

Well ladies and gentlemen, this post concludes my minimum of five days of juicing/eating only fruits and vegetables commitment and adventure.  It’s been a wonderful, eye-opening experience and I thank you for letting me share and I thank God for allowing me to survive it without any issues.

While I (and Sam, of course) do plan to continue this path of primarily eating fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains (minimum of 80% of the time) and exercising 4-5 days a week (like I used to), I will not be posting daily.

Instead, I will update you once or twice weekly and share any notable changes that may occur (like my return to my pre-wedding weight).  I will also share healthier and delicious dishes.  Although…I am likely to include some naughtiness…like dessert ;-).

Oh, and another thing…I truly feel really, really great!

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”  – modified from : Edward Stanley (1826-1893) from The Conduct of Life

Juice #6

Yields about 2 quarts

4 granny smith apples

1 beet

5-6 celery stalks

4 medium carrots

ginger (approx. thumb size portion)

To prepare:

Wash all veggies, cut apples in half, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Veggie Stir-fry

Yields approximately 4 servings

1 stir-fry veggies package (broccoli, snowpeas, etc)

3 garlic cloves

1 small onion

2 small yellow squash

1/2 red pepper

1 package of snow peas

1 zucchini

1 package of mushrooms

1 1/2 tablespoons of sesame oil

1 1/2 tablespoons of low-sodium tamari sauce

To prepare:

Wash, dry and cut up all veggies.  Toss into pre-heated (very hot) pan with sesame oil and tamari sauce.  Stir all ingredients around for just a few minutes, serve and enjoy.

As mentioned in previous posts, I journaled and shared the past five days of this experience to make myself accountable.  I am not a doctor, or a professional in the field of nutrition.  Therefore, I DO NOT, I REPEAT, I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO FOLLOW WHAT I’VE DONE.  If you’re interested in fasting, detoxing, juicing, etc., please consult your doctor.

Thank you and God Bless!

SamCyn’s Juicing Adventure: Day Three

07/25/2011 1 comment

When I woke up on day three, I was feeling pretty good.  I had energy, despite not eating for over two days (60 hours as of 8:00am) and just like the morning before, my tongue had the white fuzz, which proves the process is working.

I did have a slight headache, so for breakfast (and lunch) I made juice #5.  I gotta say, I’m liking this juice the best.

This blend of fruits and veggies makes a great combination and the little kick you get from the ginger is a perfect eye-opener.

After breakfast, Sam and I went for a walk on the beach, and let me tell you, it was glorious.

(This is an old photo of us, but on the same beach)

We walked along the shore and let the waves crash on our feet, as our leg muscles got a workout.  The best part was when it started to drizzle on us…what a great feeling it was to have the raindrops cool us off, as they fell on our skin.  Each time we do this (which is not often enough) it reminds us why and how lucky we are to live near the beach.

Another thing that I’m reminded of on this journey, is how grateful I am for what we have.  The fact that I can say I haven’t eaten in over two days, all because of a choice and not because I have no other alternative, is truly a blessing.

As of the night before, Sam has asked when would I be eating something.  Despite the fact that I’m not passing out, or having any major issues (thank God), it would make him feel a lot more comfortable if I ate.   Therefore, I promised him I would eat a salad when we went over to my mother’s.

As soon as we walked in, the smell of garlic and spices from the chicken and beans wafted all throughout my mom’s place.

MMMMMMMMMM! Can you say T-O-R-T-U-R-E?

I’ve got to pat myself on the back, because as good as it smelled and yes, I was hungry.  I stuck to my juicing/fruits and veggies only commitment, and ate the awesome salad I made, while everyone else feasted on roasted chicken with rice and beans (and salad).

Normally, we would have had some type of dessert.  I certainly would have made something like this carrot-pineapple cake.

Instead, we talked about healthy eating (amongst other things), and the future cake that my mom’s friend would like me to bake for her (I was flattered).  Honestly, as delicious as it would have been to end the meal with a piece of cake.  I didn’t miss it.  My prayer and goal is to be able to resist these types of desserts on a daily basis and just enjoy them (a small portion) on occasion.

When we got home I unwinded with a cup of sleepytime tea, Sam had an apple and then we happily went to sleep.

Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would. – V.L. Allineare

Juice #5

Yields approximately 2 quarts

4 apples

5-6 medium carrots

ginger (approx. thumb size)

1/2 a papaya

To prepare:

Wash all fruits and veggies, peel skin from papaya and cut in pieces, cut up apples, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Day Three Salad

No measurements, I just tossed in the following into a large salad bowl:

arugula

1 cucumber

mixed greens

2 Haas avocados

1/4 red onion

spinach

2 tomatoes

I drizzled just a little bit of olive oil on my plate, did not add any salt or pepper and it was delicious.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am journaling and sharing this experience just to make myself accountable.  I am not a doctor, or a professional in the field of nutrition.  Therefore, I DO NOT, I REPEAT, I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO FOLLOW WHAT I’M DOING.  If you’re interested in fasting, detoxing, juicing, etc., please consult your doctor.

Thank you!

SamCyn’s Juicing Adventure: Day One

07/23/2011 3 comments

Yesterday was day one of my juicing adventure and so far I’m doing okay.

Have I been hungry?!?

That would be a big fat YES!

I started my day at around 7:00am with a glass of warm water with 1/2 a lemon.

Then at around 10:00am, I made juice #1 containing the ingredients you see below.

Can you say, YUMMY? 😉

Actually, it’s not bad at all…believe it or not, I’m actually into these type of things.  Sam on the other hand is not too keen on trying the veggie drinks.  However, he’s willing to try (what a guy).

I drank about half of the portion, drank some water and went out for about a two-mile walk.

At around 1:15pm I finished the remaining juice, and thought to myself, this is easy.

Then at around 4:15pm I’m feeling pretty darn hungry 😦

I had taken a cat nap and woke up feeling just a little “pissy” because I was hungry and remembered that I couldn’t eat.

Anyone that knows me, KNOWS that I am not a happy camper when I’m hungry.

Still…I had no intentions of giving up (not so soon!).

So I made myself juice #2 consisting of these lovely ingredients and it was really good.

Come to think of it, I could have had this for breakfast since it’s a lot fruitier than the first one.  The strawberries had a strong enough flavor, that I couldn’t even taste the spinach (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Then I finished up some housework as I waited for Sam to get home.  Usually on a Friday night we’ll either order pizza, drink wine, watch a movie and finish up with dessert or go out to eat.

Instead we caught up on each other’s day as I fixed myself juice #3 and Sam had a couple of bananas and cereal (this is his way of joining me and it’s okay).

Juice #3 was not as yummy…I don’t like beets and unfortunately, even though I only added one, it still overpowered the other ingredients.  Nonetheless, I drank my juice (s-l-o-w-l-y) and tried to ignore the headache I had developed and the slight nausea.

At this point (it was around 8:00pm), it had been 24 hours since my last meal and at least 36 hours since my last cup of coffee.  As you may or may not know, if you’re a regular coffee drinker, and you stop drinking coffee – the caffeine withdrawal can cause the blood vessels of the head to dilate, leading to an excess of blood in the head and causing headache and nausea.

I knew this wouldn’t be a walk in the park, but it’s part of the process of detoxing and riding my system of the toxins that come in the innocuous looking form of; a nice hot cup of coffee with sugar and powdered cream(so bad), a couple of glasses of wine, bacon, pizza, sausage, burger and fries, cookies, frosted cake, etc., etc.

I think you get the picture.

So what does one do when they’re not feeling too hot? you go to bed, to sleep it off and pray that tomorrow is a better day.  Though something tells me this is just the beginning ;-).

By the way, just thought you would want to know, drinking this much liquid will make you go to the bathroom A LOT!

p.s. I weighed myself and I’m at 161 lbs, which is about 13 lbs more than when I got married two years ago.  Gee, and I wondered WHY my clothes didn’t fit.

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.  ~Doug Larson

Juice # 1 (don’t have names for my juices, just yet)

Yields approximately 22 oz.

4 granny smith apples

6 medium carrots

3 celery stalks

ginger (thumb size portion)

Approx. 1/4 cup of watercress

To prepare:

Wash all veggies, cut apples in half, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Juice # 2

Yields approximately 16 oz.

3 handfuls of spinach

1/2 a papaya

10 strawberries

To prepare:

Wash all veggies, hull the strawberries and remove papaya skin, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Juice # 3

Yields approximately 12 oz.

2 granny smith apples

1 beet

4 medium carrots

ginger (thumb size portion)

3-4 handfuls of kale (next time I’ll use whole leaves, I think it’ll juice better)

To prepare:

Wash all veggies, cut apples in half, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!