Sunday, November 18, 2012

juicing: Day 3

Today was another interesting day.  Dane and I drove up to my parent's house last night in order to spend time with family who have come in town this week for Thanksgiving.  We got there just in time to put Lynlee to bed.  Which meant we had a nice evening to spend with my sister, her family and my parents. They were all (in there own way) interested in my juicing and since church was at 9:00 am this morning, I decided to do all my juicing for today, last night.

It was really nice to just have everything ready for the day so I didn't have to worry.  Also, it was nice to have a chilled juice for breakfast.  And I found my new favorite way to store my juices:

I know you are all totally in love with my super awesome counter tops from the 70's, huh?

A shaker bottle.  Really I would maybe say a must have.  After not too long in the fridge, all of my juices have separated and need to be stirred or shaken before drinking.  I made 3 juices for today.  Two of the ones from yesterday, Rise & Shine and Lean & Green.  Accept I didn't have anymore romaine lettuce, so I added another one to the menu to make up for the lost volume.  And I have to say it was my favorite on so far:

Candied Carrot (makes about 2 C)--I doubled this

5 carrots
2 apples
1 orange

Now, I know that I couldn't/shouldn't drink this juice all day for this kind of cleanse because it is pretty much all sugar...which is obviously why it tastes so amazing.  But it was really nice to have lots of variety today.  And because both the Candied Carrot and Rise and Shine make a lot less juice, they were easily stored in blender shaker bottles in the fringe.  (Many thanks to my mother for having a bunch of those bottles for me to borrow!)  Anyway, I LOVED this juice.  It truly was a treat.  I sampled a little of it last night after I had made it and decided to save it for my last juice of tonight.

And I am glad I did.  A ton of my family were at my mom's tonight for a prime-rib dinner complete with Costco's American Chocolate Cake for desert.  Seriously, it smelled so amazing!  But when I thought about eating it, it wasn't even a temptation, and to be honest, my Candied Carrot juice waiting for me in the fridge sounded devine when compared to the cake.  I consider that progress.  It was tough though, I will admit.  The food all looked, smelled and sounded soooo good.  I think I really do miss food.  Mostly as an emotional gratification thing.  And also chewing.  Chewing sounds really nice.

As far as hunger and energy today, I felt petty good.  I usually started getting hungry about 2 hours after drinking a 16 oz glass of juice.  But I feel like that is a good sign that was telling me that my body was absorbing it quickly.

So, I do have some bad news.  Today was pretty much my last day of juicing.  Not because I can't handle it anymore or because I don't think I could go for my full 5 days that I talked about, but because I am out of produce.  I made one big trip to the market before I started and got what I thought would be enough for my full 3 days and then 2 more half days.  I know that I could go get more, but I really had planned to just go until I had finished what I bought.  Well, I had just enough produce left tonight to make one more juice, that of course I sampled (and it is maybe my favorite one so far!), and then put in the fridge for tomorrow's breakfast.  And then it is literally all gone.

I can't believe how quickly it all went either!  As I was shoving it all into whatever space I could find in my fridge a few days ago, I couldn't even begin to imagine how I was going to eat all of this by myself.

Here is the Juice I made for tomorrow:

For the Love of Kale (makes about 3 C)

5 carrots
2 small red apples
6 kale leafs
 (I also added 1 orange, one more apple and 3 more carrots, just to finish everything off.)

I actually am really looking forward to tomorrow's breakfast juice.  (And I would be lying if I didn't say that I am really looking forward to tomorrow's lunch and dinner too.)  I plan to take it pretty easy as I get back into real food.  Like have soup for lunch and dinner and still stay away from lots of refined sugars and such.  I don't want to shock my system and I really don't want to blote back up--I didn't really think about this as a way to lose weight when I started, but all in all I lost about 4-5 lbs.  Now whether that stays off or goes right back on, I am not too concerned about but I do like the way that I feel right now and that's what I hope stays.  I like feeling empty at the end of the day.  I like feeling hunger before meals.  And I like not feeling like I ate too much at the end.

I am glad that I had a few days to give my insides a rest from digestion and a super boost of nutrients   I am glad I had a chance to get used to juicing, and I think that I would like to start juicing often.  Thanks for following me on this!


Katey said...

You ran out?! Bummer dude! Do you mind me asking how much you spent on your big trip for produce? Like would this be a cool/feasible thing to do often?

Melissa DeLeon said...

Did I miss you post about what you are going to do for turkey-day?

I love juice (and fruit smoothies,etc) but they are never enough to keep me satisfied the same as chewable food. But, liquified fruits and veggies sure feels good on the body (lighter and "cleaner"). Hope you are already feeling those benefits!

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