If my computer feel so much as to oblige me, I've decided to take advantage of livejournal to log my experience with our most recent venture in weight-loss/healthy living. It's been an ongoing discussion between Pat and I. One week it's the gym, the next it's weight watchers, then we'll just eat in moderation and get more exercise. All talk. So much talk.
Though I've always been smart about my "dieting", avoiding fad diets that tend to deprive the body of the exact nutrients that it needs, this time I'm afraid that is exactly what we've gone with. Though I have some faith that this one has the potential not only to knock off those pesky pounds, but also to benefit our health all around. That is if we are committed, and willing to do it right. Juicing.
Juicing. Brings to mind steroids. But it is the 21st century and slang just isn't what it used to be. I'm not going to take the to explain the entire concept and why this plan has the potential to be incredibly beneficial to our health becasue there are thousands of websites out there that do exactly that. And if anyone other than myself reads this and wants to know, watch "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." The film drags on a bit, but you get the idea. And after lots of research, and very little negative feedback (though I wasn't necessarily seeking it out) we decided to give it a try. A fairly expensive try, that is. Quality juicers aren't cheap. And even though I didn't want to invest a lot of money into something that might only last a day or two, I didn't want to get a cheap-o that would make the entire process more difficult than it has to be. I just happened to have a winning lottery ticket for $100, a gift card to Macy's for $20, and thirty dollars later we had are brand new, very shiny, highly recommended Breville Juicer.
The first night we brought it home, I was pumped, eager to try 'er out. I scavenged my cabinets for what little produce we had and starting juicing and sampling. First, grapes. Delicious. Absolutely wonderfully delicious. Something I could drink all day. Better than eating a grape because that slight bitterness doesn't come through in the juice. Better than grape juice you can get at the store, most like because this is pure.
- On to cucumbers. Not to bad. Reminded me of a cucumber salad, but the best way I can think of to describe it would be cucumber-flavored water. Logical, I guess. Not something I would down more than one glass of, but acceptable. Pat was not a fan.
- Carrots, very disappointing. I had read nothing but great reviews of carrot juice, so I was sorely disappointed. I am attributing some of this to the fact that these carrots were over a week old, though. We will try to carrots again, possibly tonight.
- Apples - Do I have to say anything? Fresh made apple juice. Yum.
- Orange,Red, and Yellow Bell Peppers - Bleh. Again, the peppers weren't as fresh as I would have liked. But I don't think this is something I'm going to try again. Pat, however, said he enjoyed this more than the cucumber.
All in all, after the first night of samplers I was still pretty pumped about the whole thing. The next day we went to the grocery store and overloaded the cart with fresh fruits and vegetables. This is not a cheap date, but for as much as we got, it wasn't completely unreasonable. Couldn't be any more expensive than eating out at Red Lobster twice a month, and making roasts at least once a week, right?
We decided to stick to fruits during the day for now, since they are easier to get down, and work with vegetable at night. We made up a concoction of Orange/Pineapple for breakfast and Orange/Apple/Watermelon for lunch the next day. Looking back, I wish we had made up another juice as a morning/afternoon snack.
Breakfast(8:00ish) was pretty easy going down and I felt good all morning. By 11:00 I felt myself getting hungry so I sipped on my lunch drink from then on. I stayed full until about 4:00 when I was out of juice and found out I had to stay late. I started to get a sever headache, and just didn't feel good at all. By the time I got home I was exhausted, my head was pounding, and my stomache was upset. Rather than trying so hard to strictly follow the plan, if I had just eaten a chicken breast or something reasonable for lunch, I probably would have been fine. But I'm silly like that.
I mixed up some Mean Green Juice when I got home, but couldn't get much of it down. Instead, I sauted some green peppers in a little bit of olive oil. My mistake. Less than five minutes after getting the peppers down, they were all coming back up, along with the rest of nothing that was in my stomach. Finally, I was fat, sick, and feeling nearly dead.
I munched on what I could of the produce we had to settle my stomach and went to bed early. I felt much better this morning, Headache-free! Pat made strawberry juice for breakfast, and we had decided to eat light for lunch as to avoid any vomitting, etc. So far, so good. We'll see how our vegetable juice dinner works out. I have a feeling I'll just be sitting here chewing on carrots most of the night.