Day 5 Juicing/Smoothie Diet

Glowing Green Ingredients

It was difficult to get up this morning and my legs were extremely tired. However, I’d already committed to running with my friend, Jill, so up I got at 5:00 am. We again did the Body for Life workout I talked about here.
This was tough, I was pretty physically tired, but I still managed to make it through the workout.

Last night I made the smoothies for today and really changed it up. I found 2 recipes online that I wanted to try in order to get some more protein and more fat as well as some more greens. Here are the recipes along with the changes I made:

Today’s Recipes:

Favorite Green blender
From the Minimalistbaker.com which she titles:
Favorite Green Smoothie
1 medium banana, previously peeled, frozen and quartered – (I didn’t have any frozen so I just used a room temperature banana)
1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (I didn’t have any on hand so I left this out)
1 heaping Tbsp natural, salted peanut butter
½ -3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I only had vanilla flavored so that’s what I used)
2 cups fresh spinach

From krystaslifeinfood.com
Glowing Green Smoothie
2 servings

3/4 cucumber, diced (I used ½ a cucumber b/c I already had one cut up)
2 stalks celery, diced
1 huge handful flat-leaf parsley (about 3/4 cup)
4 1/2 cups spinach
juice from 1 1/2 lemons, (if lemons are very juicy, you may only need one)
1 avocado
1 scant tablespoon sea salt (himalayan pink salt, or Celtic, preferably) (As this seemed like WAY too much, I used less than a teaspoon and still think it was way too much – not sure why you’d want this much sea salt)
2 scallions or green onion, roughly chopped (I didn’t have any so I left these out)
2 cups water
7 ice cubes (ended up adding more because I was trying to cut down the salty taste)
– I also added in ¾ cup of mixed berries and then a mango b/c the salt was still too much

Glowing green blender
For breakfast I drank the Glowing Green Smoothie. I found it while searching for a smoothie with an avocado in the recipe and thought it sounded really good will all the greens although I was a little nervous about adding the salt. I have no idea why it calls for a little less than a tablespoon of sea salt because I used less than a teaspoon and still thought it was way too much. If I make this again, I’d probably leave it out completely and then maybe add a little in if I felt like it was needed. The fruit I added helped, but I’m still not very happy with this recipe. I was able to drink it an the flavor was fine besides the saltyness.

At lunch I drank the Favorite Green Smoothie which was awesome! There were 3 items in here that I haven’t had so far in my smoothies: peanut butter, banana, and almond milk and they were so good! I’m hoping the extra calories, fat and protein will help me have a little more energy for my workouts.

Jif PBI used Jif Natural Peanut Butter because that’s what we had. I realize it’s not that natural, but I figure it’s better than the regular kind and my husband likes it so this way we don’t have to buy 2 different kinds of peanut butter. My preferred peanut butter is the Trader Joes salted version – once you mix it up, you don’t normally have to do it again. However, about ¾ of the way through the jar, I feel like it is too dry. To remedy this, I take it out of the fridge and leave it on the counter for a few hours so it will separate out a little and then I mix it up again and it seems more like it did when I first purchased the product. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it.

Peach Pie Ingredients

I made the peach pie delight from the Reboot plan but without the sweet potato because I hadn’t baked any yet.  This time I remembered to add a dash of cinnamon which added a nice touch.  Just remember that you don’t need much.   The recipe made about 1 1/2 servings so I shared the 1/2 portion with my Matt.

Peach Pie glassToday was a little more difficult as I was craving some solid food and thinking about what I want to eat next Wednesday.  However, knowing I’m halfway through has helped.  Again, I’m not hungry so all is well.  I can’t believe it’s been 5 days – 50% COMPLETE!

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Day 4 Juice/Smoothie Diet

5:30 am – wake up and think to myself, maybe I set the alarm for 3:30 instead of 5:30 because I’m way too tired for it to be 5:30 am already.  As I’m sure you guessed, it was in fact 5:30 am and time to get up.

6 am – Barre class which was considerably harder today.  I felt drained and I attribute it mostly to the diet, but partially to working out twice yesterday and having done barre class less than 12 hours earlier.

7am – So glad that I made the smoothies last night!  It made my morning so much easier.  Here are the smoothies for today:

Fruit Salad Smoothie

Vitamix Fruit Salad Smoothie: (for breakfast and afternoon snack)

½ cup green grapes

1 orange, peeled, halved, seeded

½ inch thick slice pineapple, core included, halved (I used some canned pineapple)

½ cup peeled and chopped cucumber (I just used half a peeled cucumber)

1 medium carrot, halved

¼ medium apple, seeded (I used half a small apple)

2 cups ice cubes

Garden Green 

Vitamix Garden Green Smoothie: (for lunch and dinner)

¼ cup water

1 orange, peeled, halved, seeded (I used 2 oranges)

1 celery stalk, halved

1 small carrot, halved

1 green apple, cored, quartered

½ medium zucchini, cut into large chunks (I used a cucumber because I didn’t have a zucchini)

1 cup romaine lettuce

1 cup kale, spine removed

½ cup parsley leaves

2 cups ice cubes

For both recipes, these are the instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients into the VItamix container in the order listed and secure lid
  2. Select Smoothie program
  3. Switch machine to Start and allow machine to complete programmed cycle, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blade

I ran both mixtures through 2 Smoothie cycles to get it a little more liquefied.

The Fruit Salad Smoothie was really good and tasted more like my all fruit smoothies which isn’t a surprise since it’s mostly made up of fruit.

CocoZona Front

10:45am – CocoZona Coconut Water – I don’t know if there’s much of a different taste between this one and the Vita Coconut Water, but I do feel like the aluminum can gives off a slight flavor – not bad, but I think it’s noticeable.  According to the packaging, they say the benefits of coconut water are the following:

More Potassium than a whole banana

Nature’s perfect sports drink with 5 essential electrolytes: potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus

No fat, cholesterol, and no added sugar

Supports rapid hydration – faster than water

I hear that coconut water is good for hangovers because of helping against dehydration.  I wish I would have known about this in my 20’s.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had a hangover so I can’t say whether or not it works.  It does make me feel more awake after drinking it, that’s all I can tell you.  In my opinion it’s probably an acquired taste, but I actually really like it now.  I feel like I enjoy it more after the first or second sip for some reason.

CocoZona Back

12:15 pm – Vitamix Garden Green Smoothie time.  It’s pretty good, I’m glad I added the extra orange because I feel like any of these green smoothies are a little hard to pallet without some sweetness added.  Maybe I’ll adjust, but I’d rather add a little extra fruit then force myself to gulp down a nasty tasting smoothie.  I also find that it’s harder to get the greens to be liquefied so I think next time after I use the Smoothie setting I’ll switch it over to the Puree setting to get a more liquid form of it.

3:00 pm – As my co-workers were bringing out the cupcakes and cake for an office birthday I decided it was time for my afternoon smoothie.  To be honest, it wasn’t hard to turn down the cupcakes as I’m not really hungry.  I feel like my energy level is really good and they drinks taste good so it has been much easier than I thought to stick to this diet.  I haven’t decided what I’ll do after the 10 days.  Part of me wants to go crazy with a big, fatty meal and part of me wants to continue on longer.  I think no matter what, after this is over, I’ll continue to have a smoothie for at least 1 if not 2 meals a day until I’m at my ideal body weight and maybe even longer.  I like getting the extra fruits and vegetables into my diet and how it’s making me feel.

I’ve been wondering if I’m not feeling hungry because I’m not taking in all that processed sugar you find in our everyday items like bread.  I think all the fiber I’m in taking is also helping reduce hunger urges.  I’ll need to make sure I increase my calcium and iron consumption over the next few days, because I don’t think I’ve had enough recently.  More greens it is!

My Hunger is different than cravings.  I’ve noticed that although I’m not hungry, I’m craving some food.  Walking through the cafeteria at work and smelling all the food has me wanting something solid to eat and for some reason I’m craving some rice and beans as well as pizza.  However, the craving isn’t so strong that it’s making me think about it all the time, it just passes by almost as quickly as it came.

7:30 pm – Drink the other half of my Garden Green Smoothie.  Craving peanuts, but I’m relatively satisfied with the smoothie.  I think I might add an avocado to my smoothies tomorrow to get some extra fat/calories.  We’ll see what I come up with tonight while looking over recipes.

8:30 pm – Drink the rest of the Peach Pie Delight smoothie and start preparing my smoothies for tomorrow.

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Day 3 Juice Diet

Spring green Smoothie

5am – Wake up to go meet a friend for a run.  Got on the scale and I’m down 2 pounds from Sunday which I realize is probably mostly water weight, but at least it’s down and not up.

I haven’t been running much lately, but I really enjoy it and I love the social aspect of it.  My friend, Jill, and I enjoy our early morning runs when we can make it work.  She started a Body For Life program which has you running intervals.  It’s a great workout and you’re able to increase your speed without taking up a lot of time on the track.  I think this was her first time doing the intervals outside instead of on a treadmill and the hills in Charlotte definitely make it more difficult.  I believe one of the key goals in the Body For Life is to get your heart rate up and then let it come back down, then do it again, so even if our “sprints” weren’t as fast as they should have been, the hills sure got our heart rates up!  Here’s what we did:

Warm-up: 2 min SLOW jog

Workout:

1 min. slow jog/walk

1 min. a little faster,

1 min. a little faster,

1 min. sprinting

Repeat 3 more times for a total of 4

Cool-down: 2 min slow job

Then we walked the rest of the way back home for a total workout time of about 35 minutes or so.

Although it was only 20 minutes, it was pretty tough, especially since I haven’t been running much.  My legs were a little sore from FlyBarre class yesterday where they introduced a new glute move called Figure 8.  I’m definitely feeling it in my legs today between the barre class and the run so much so that going up the stairs tired out my legs.  It’s a good feeling though, I enjoy it.

Smoothies:

Joe’s Mean Green: added some pineapple (probably ½ cup from a can) to this just to make it a little more appetizing.

Vitamix Spring Green Smoothie: ½ cup green grapes, 1 orange, ½ lemon, ½ cucumber, ½ green apple, 1 cup kale, 1 cup romaine lettuce, 1 cup parsley leaves, 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks (I just used canned pineapple), and 2 cups ice

Spring green

I drank the Mean Green smoothie while getting ready and also on my way to work simply because I couldn’t drink it fast enough to have finished it before leaving for work.

I didn’t find myself to be extra tired or hungry or anything during the morning which was encouraging.

I had a small cup of Earl Grey Tea around 10am mostly because I was cold, and then drank the coconut water (this time it was not carbonated) around 11:45am.  Still surprised that my energy level seems about the same as usual and that I’m not hungry.

12:45pm – I’m still not that hungry, but due to the timing of my afternoon meeting I decide it’s best to go ahead and have my lunch smoothie.  This is my first time trying the Vitamix Spring Green Smoothie which was pretty good.  I’m a little cautious of the all the fruit intake, but I’m hopeful that the vegetables are evening it out.

2pm – Realized that I haven’t had any plain water today.  I’m definitely not risky any hydration with al the ice in the smoothies, but I know they recommend drinking a lot of water.  Therefore, my really lame goal is to drink the 12 oz of water in the cup on my desk by the end of the work day.  Lame goal, right?

4pm – Felt like I needed a nap, and I partially regretted having signed up for a barre class tonight as I was thinking how nice it would be to just go home and be lazy.  However, I reminded myself that once I actually got to barre class I would be glad I was there and then hopefully after class I can come home and just go to bed.  Yep, that’s right, I’m craving a 9pm bedtime right around now.

4:30pm – Afternoon drink.  I’m not even 100% sure which concoction this is.  I think it’s the Vitamix recipe from yesterday, but I’m not 100% sure.  It’s pretty good and seems to be waking me up so no complaints.

5:30pm – I realize I haven’t finished my water so I gulp it down before I get ready to leave work

7:15pm – Barre Class – still had plenty of energy for a second workout today.

8:30pm – Prepare all my Smoothies for tomorrow.  I went ahead and blended all of them so tomorrow morning will be easier.  I still haven’t taken very many photos, but I promise to be better about this in the future.

10:00pm – ready for bed, I’ll probably read a little and then go to bed so I can be up at 5:30am for Barre class.

Day 3 Down so 30% of the way there!

 

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Day 2 Juicing Diet

Here’s how day 2 went.

5:30 – wake up and get ready for FlyBarre class

6am – Start Flybarre class half asleep, but wide awake 2 minutes into class.  Drink about 20 oz of water during class.  I didn’t feel any different doing the class than normal so that’s a good start.

7am – prepare smoothies for the day:

Vitamix

Vitamix

Ginger, Apple and Carrot (let’s call it GAC for short)  – I don’t think I made it clear about what exactly I did and didn’t eat yesterday.  I made the GAC yesterday and could only drink about half of it,  I saved the extra 1.5 servings for later, but never got around to drinking anymore.  Therefore I still had them leftover today.  I put the concoction into the Vitamix and added 2 more apples.  This definitely helped, but the ginger and carrots are still really strong and it’s still a little thick for my liking.  I can’t say that I want to gag when I drink it, but I also can’t say that I actually enjoy it.  I’ll have to research some different smoothies that still get me carrots and apples.

Vitamix smoothie Green Pick Me Up: I used ½ orange, ½ green apple, 30 grapes (I had red on hand and used those even though it calls for green grapes), and 3 red chard leaves as well as a lot of ice.  It actually took me multiple tries to get the consistency right, but the taste was really good.  I ended up using smoothie setting a few times and then finally the puree setting to get my desired consistency.  I had prepared all the ingredients last night (washed, cut up, etc.) and then place it in a ziplock in the fridge so all I had to do was dump it all into the blender.  This definitely helped cut down on time.  I may end up blending everything at night so I’m not rushing around in the morning.  I’ll let you know if that’s what I decide to do.

7:20 – in the shower (later than I hoped)

10am – Feeling really tired so I decide to get some tea, then think, no, let’s try the coconut water.  Turns out I bought a carbonated version so I decide not to indulge and instead go for warm herbal tea with no sweeteners.  Luckily I only bought 2 of this kind and not 10, so I’ll make sure to grab one of the non-carbonated versions for tomorrow.

I’ve only consume about 10 oz of water since being at work, not including the 6 oz of tea or the 20oz I drank during my workout.  I’m not that thirsty, but they recommend drinking a lot of water.  The dilemma is that with drinking all these smoothies, you’re putting a lot of liquid into your system already so by adding water, I feel like I’ll have to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes.  However, I’ll try to drink more water.

12:15 – Drank the Vitamix recipe which turns out really good.

3:30 – Okay, I’ve now consumed about 16oz of just water since being at work – not much, I know, but I’m trying.  I’m starting to drink my Ginger, Apple and Carrot smoothie – man I am still feeling the pain of too much ginger in the mix from yesterday.  Oh, and I forgot to tell you about last night’s smoothie!  I wasn’t surprised that it was so good considering the ingredients: pint of blueberries, 45 grapes, and some mint which made 2 full glasses (I think the glasses are probably 10-12 oz).  The recipe only calls for 30 grapes and it says a handful of mint.  However, my husband, Matt, wanted some as well so I added the extra grapes and cut back on the mint, afraid that it could very quickly overpower the mix.  I was right to cut back on the mint as the amount I put in seemed to be a perfect touch to give it just that little extra punch without overpowering.  I think Matt would have preferred even less mint, but he thought it was a great drink.  Maybe I’ll see if there’s a way to add some greens to a similar mixture of grapes and blueberries.

Purple Passion

Purple Passion

4:15pm  – Still have about half of my GAC left to consume.  I think I’m realizing a benefit of juicing over blending.  Once you’ve blended everything the fiber wants to separate out from the juice and the juice settles on the bottom.  Therefore, I’m constantly having to shake up the drink in order to get it out.  Plus there’s a not so appetizing amount of fibrous leftovers all over the sides of the glass.  Oh, and it’s also time for another trip to the bathroom. At least it was 2 hours in between this time.

7:45pm – I got home from work and made the same smoothie from last night, but cut the mint down just a little for Matt.  Still love it!

9pm – prep the food for tomorrow.

I’m surprised I’m not hungry.  Matt made an omelet and chicken sausage for dinner tonight which smelled so good, but since I wasn’t hungry it wasn’t too bad to watch him eat it.  Day 2 down, 20% of the way there!

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Day 1 Juice Diet

Of all days to choose for my first day of no solid foods, I chose a day where we went to a 1 year old’s birthday party.  I originally thought that starting on Sunday would be good b/c it would allow me the time to test out the Vitamix, try the recipes, etc.  I was correct in thinking this, but watching everyone comment on how good the cake was and how wonderful the homemade ice cream tasted wasn’t so fun.  I have to say, it wasn’t as hard as i thought, probably because it’s only day 1.

I had already purchased all my groceries yesterday and spent about $150 total.  However, this included other items not part of the juicing.  My guess is that I spent about $100 on juicing supplies.  I wasn’t able to go to our farmer’s market, but I’ll make sure to do that next week.

I started my morning with what I thought would be a nasty cup of hot water.  Reboot  recommends starting the day with hot water, ginger, and lemon.  I was surprised that this actually tasted pretty good.  Now keep in mind, that I am one who likes sweets.  I put sweeteners in tea, coffee, etc. and don’t really like unsweetened drinks so I was happy to find out that this drink was actually good.

The first drink is called Carrot Apple Ginger Juice and since I wasn’t juicing it, but rather I was blending it, I thought I could maybe cut the recipe in half.  I cut the carrots and apples in half, but forgot to cut the ginger so my first taste was a bit of a sting with all that ginger.  To remedy this, I put the rest of the carrot and apple into the blender.  The Vitamix was amazing and did a great job of turning these items into a smoothie, but next time I would probably blend it one more time so it would be more of a liquid than smoothie consistency.  I would also cut back one carrot and definitely cut back on the ginger.  I’ll let you know how that goes.  Sorry, I don’t have pictures, I’ll try to get more of these up tomorrow.

Photo Aug 18, 1 25 26 PM

Sorry for the half full glass, but I realized that I hadn’t taken a photo of anything so I figured, better something than nothing.

The second drink is called Joe’s Mean Green and includes 6 kale leaves, 2 cucumbers, 2 celery sticks, 1 green apple, 1/2 lemon, and ginger.  After tasting it, I added an orange and a red apple which definitely helped the flavor.  I forgot to add the ginger, and this made about 3-4 servings vs. the 2 that it claims it would make if I were just juicing.  My husband, Matt, tried it and actually liked it.  In fact, he wanted some more later in the day.

While I was at the birthday party, I had a small headache, and was getting a little tired, but once I got home and drank a coconut water, I felt much better.  I didn’t work out today, but my energy level feels about the same as it normally would.  Tomorrow morning, I’m taking a Flybarre class with FlyWheel Sports so hopefully that isn’t harder than normal.

The hardest part of the day was around 5pm when I was a little hungry and wanted some solid food.  However, after another helping of Joe’s Mean Green juice, my hunger went away.  So far so good, but I can tell this is going to get tough.  As Matt and I always say, “Eye of the Tiger”.  This won’t be easy but nothing that’s worthwhile is easy.

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Juicing Diet Preparation

I’m entering the blogging world by starting a 10 day juice diet or as I like to call a Whole Foods – Fruit and Vegetable Diet. About 6 weeks ago I watched the movie, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I was really intrigued by what the people who tried it said about how they felt, and I loved the results of people who did the diet long term. Although I know it’s going to be really hard, I’ve decided to do it for the following reasons:

1. It seemed that the juicing helped skin conditions, and I have a minor case of Rosacea. I figured it was worth a try to see if juicing could help relieve some of the redness in my fact.
2. Weight loss – Who knows how much weight I’ll loose, and I’m nervous about gaining it back after the 10 days. However, you’re still eating around 1200-1400 calories a day so I feel like this isn’t quite as extreme as it may initially sound.
3. My 1 year anniversary is coming up in about 2 weeks, and we’ll be at the beach so I’d like to look as good as possible by then. This will be the kick-start to an on-going weight loss plan.

For the next 10 days, I’ll be loosely following this reboot plan. I’m not set on the exact recipes they give on the site, but I’ll be using them as a guide. I’ll most likely use some other recipes from online or from a that I have.

A couple things I should clarify up front:
1. I’m not juicing, but I’m blending. I purchased a Vitamix blender which allows you to still keep all the pulp and fiber from the fruits and veggies unlike juicing. Now to be clear, I’m not against juicers, it’s just not the option I wanted to take.
2. I won’t be eating anything other than fruits and vegetables for these 10 days. Although the “diet” doesn’t include any milk, nuts, animal protein, etc. I won’t be keeping myself so limited. If I feel like I need some protein, I’ll eat either a handful of nuts or add almond milk to the diet. However, I will refrain from any animal protein.
3. Although I’m calling this a juicing diet. I will most likely eat some whole fruits along the way. I figure there’s not much difference between blending a fruit and eating one. I’ll just make sure that any fruit I eat isn’t adding to the daily caloric intake.

Stocked fridge

The fridge after my first trip to the grocery store to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for my “juicing” diet.

Alright, stay tuned for a report on Day 1 which I’ll post tomorrow.

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