Just in case…

It’s been years.

I graduated and am a school counselor. I still juice. I am struggling to regain my health after month-long treatment in a residential facility for women with eating disorders.

I know a friend who created a Go Fund Me account to help her out during tough times. I created one but am not sure if I’m ready to post it on Facebook and send it via email to people… I feel ashamed.

I’m posting it here though. Just for practice; just to see how I feel about it.

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Detox Wrap Up & New Challenge

On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 meaning totally failed and 10 meaning didn’t mess up once), I rate this detox at a 5.5. I did well about half the time but still have lots of room for improvement. I feel like I’m getting back  in the groove of a more healthy way of eating after vacation, which was the goal in the first place. I dropped a few pounds but also had more cheat meals and snacks than I’d like. My headaches got a little better after the first few days, but I never felt a difference in energy level like I did the first time I did a detox. Probably because I didn’t detox as successfully as I did the first time…

However, in 2 weeks from today, I am the maid of honor in one of my best friend’s wedding and have a little black dress to fit into. At the start of the summer (June), I was in my cousin’s wedding and bought my bridesmaid’s dress at David’s Bridal. This next bridesmaid’s dress for the August 17th wedding was also purchased at David’s Bridal in one size smaller than the June dress. It currently fits but would fit even better if I could drop about 5 pounds. 2 weeks, 5 pounds? Challenge accepted!

 

I'm on the far left. Ignore the dorky facial expressions...this was a silly shot.

This was my cousin’s June wedding. I’m on the far left. Ignore the dorky facial expressions…this was obviously a silly shot.

Detox Day 5

Ok. The detox is going alright so far. I’m feeling mostly successful and still have a few days to go. I’m down another pound but am still having daily headaches. I’m not sure if I’m getting sick or if this is still a result of detox…I guess I’ll figure it out either way soon enough.

I just made my morning pitcher of juice:

  • 1 grapefruit, 1 green apple, 1 pear, 1 cucumber, handful of asparagus, 1 head romaine lettuce, 1 cup kale

I need to pick up a few things at the grocery store this afternoon and will grab fresh oranges, ginger, beets, red cabbage, mangos, and spinach. I’m getting a little bored with my current juices and need something different in order to keep being successful.

This is a boring post, I apologize. I just wanted to give a quick update but am back to cleaning, reading, and finishing up projects for my summer class…

Shopping List

I thought I’d post my current shopping list for the week in order to provide an example of what I buy for juicing (spoiler alert: it’s A LOT OF STUFF). I get most things at Costco but also supplement items I don’t need in bulk at other grocery stores.

Costco:

  • 2 packs romaine (6 heads of lettuce per pack)
  • lemons (12)
  • green apples (12)
  • 4 packs cucumbers (3 per pack)
  • kale
  • oranges (10)
  • pears (10)
  • grapefruit (8)
  • pineapple (1)
  • watermelon (1)
  • asparagus (2 packs)
  • strawberries (5 lb tub)

Grocery:

  • a few knobs of ginger root
  • mangos (3-4)
  • greens (whatever looks good, usually mustard and turnip greens)
  • beets (Helpful hint: Because buying whole beets then peeling, slicing, etc. is super messy and high maintenance, I cut corners and buy pre sliced beets from the salad bar.)
  • spinach
  • red cabbage

Day 3 Detox

Day 3 is going moderately well so far. I’m down 1 pound from yesterday but have been fighting a headache all day long. This is to be expected during detox, especially in the first few days.

I am not doing as well as I’d hoped so far. Instead of adhering to a juice-only diet, I have been allowing myself more food than I should. Ideally, I’d like to juice about 4-6 times a day and only snack on fruits, vegetables, trail mix, rice cakes, hard boiled eggs…healthy things. For the next few days I want to avoid eating heavy meals, unhealthy snacks, or alcohol. The point of a juice detox is not to starve. When juicing consistently throughout the day, I actually feel full as well as healthy. Joe Cross, a juicing guru of sorts behind the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and creator of the blog Reboot With Joe, describes the benefits of a juicing detox:

“The goal is to help you break a cycle of an unhealthy lifestyle and simply enhance the quality of your diet by increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables.

The results? Excess weight starts to pour off, your belly starts to flatten, your skin glows, you start to think more clearly, you start controlling a disease naturally rather than depending on medication, and overall you are a happier, healthier person. When you consume only juice, your system is flooded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help your body stay strong and vibrant.”

Sounds great, right? For me, problems arise when I don’t plan a few days at a time and don’t have enough ingredients on hand to carry out a successful detox. This is what is happening now. I usually write out a tentative juicing plan for the length of the detox then use that list to compile exactly what fruits and vegetables I need to have on hand to be successful. I need to organize, make a comprehensive list, and get to Costco to stock up tomorrow.

In the meantime, I need to make this evening and tomorrow morning successful. Today’s plan:

  • 1 mango, 1 grapefruit, 1 apple, handful of asparagus, 2 cucumbers, 2 heads romaine lettuce (made and stored in a pitcher, which lasted all morning and into early afternoon)
  • 1 apple, 1 lemon, ginger, asparagus, 2 cucumbers, 1 head romaine
  • strawberries, blueberries, 1 peach, 1 cucumber, 1 head romaine

In addition, I have had coffee, hot green tea, and a few snacks that I’m not proud of. Instead of beating myself up any more, I will focus on making better choices for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Juicing Basics: The Machine

Since I’ve been posting about my daily juicing plans, I figure I should provide other basic information. Let’s start with machinery and a back story, shall we?

I bought a Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer  in May of this year when I should have been studying for final exams. Instead, I was watching documentaries touting the health benefits of juicing and healthy eating (a la Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead) and procrastinating. After reading customer reviews on Amazon, I clicked ‘purchase’ and got back to studying like the good graduate student that I am. Luckily, the impulse-purchase was a success. The HBBMJ has been great for the price (retails for about $60) and continues to work well for the amount of juice I make each day.

HBBMJ

However, given the lower cost of this model compared to others, I’m not sure how long it will last. If I was juicing for more than one person each day, I would consider spending more money for a machine conducive to a higher daily yield. I usually make anywhere from 3-6 juices each day. Sometimes I prep the entire day’s worth of juice at a time, run all of it through the machine in the morning, and store the juice in the fridge in pitchers. Other times I juice sporadically throughout the day. Again, the HBBMJ has worked very well for this amount of use. I’m sure others will disagree and say it is necessary to spend more money to get the best quality, but for me, this machine has been great for a beginner. If you’re curious about juicing and don’t want to invest too much money up front, I’d recommend trying this machine.

 

Day 2 Detox: Midday Update

So far day 2 is going much better than day 1…

  • Juice 1 – 1 grapefruit, 1 apple, asparagus, cucumber, romaine
  • Juice 2 – 1/3 cup blueberries, 6 strawberries, 1 peach, cucumber, romaine
  • Juice 3 – 1 pear, 1 lemon, asparagus, cucumber, romaine
  • Juice 4 –  1 mango, 1 orange, cucumber, romaine

I need to go to the store tomorrow so I can get kale and turnip greens and other things besides romaine to use as the leafy green base. Red cabbage and beets also make excellent juice and provides varied health benefits. In addition to juicing, I had 2 salt free rice cakes with strawberry jam topped with chia seeds as a snack. I’m currently drinking green tea and had some coffee this morning. Like I said, so far so good. I am planning on seeing The Conjuring around dinner time this evening so the chicken liver meal adventure will wait until tomorrow.

I still feel bloated from the vacation feasting but am down about 2 pounds from yesterday (mostly just water weight I’d guess but still). Healthy choices for the rest of today will result in a better tomorrow.