Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

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Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

Postby irminator2013 » Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:39 pm

I went to a presentation last Wednesday. The speaker was from The Mayo Clinic. His objection to juicing is not getting the pulp-He was referring to oranges and grapefruit. Juicing can be with kale, berries and such. So, I did not take his objection whole heartedly. He said to eat the fruit. His example was orange juice. You get too much.--Result: expensive urine. But I do believe he did not look at the whole picture. In my mind, his sources were a bit outdated. If you want to join me--great beginnings. May 1st is the starting day--Hope to hear from you and join me in this quest for good health. :D
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Re: Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

Postby mango » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:52 pm

Hi (and welcome!)

I'll be joining you. I'll give you all of the details of my plan later, but I'm starting on Wednesday.
Doctor's appointment on Tuesday to record all of my 'before' data.

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Re: Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

Postby Movingalong » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:02 pm

You could do juicing with the pulp also if you use a blender like the Vita-Mix. The pulp slows down digestion, leading to less sugar spikes as well.

Also, welcome to the forum, irminator2013.
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Re: Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

Postby mango » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:25 am

I started my REBOOT today. I will be back to add details.
I''m sleepy. LOL. No caffeine allowed.

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Re: Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

Postby mango » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:06 pm

Hi all,

Well, I made it through Day 1 of my REBOOT. A bit of an odd day. I slept for most of it. I have a headache. Now I can't tell which part of the headache is caffeine withdrawal, and which part is from oversleeping.

:bash:

According to the plan that I'm following (http://www.rebootwithjoe.com), you can have some smoothies during the first week. It's entirely juice after that, and then you end with a week that includes smoothies. His real plan for the first and last weeks involves a lot of cooking (all plant-based foods), which I decided not to do, so I tweaked the plan and I'm just doing the smoothies and juices. I'll start cooking when I'm finished. I haven't unpacked any of my kitchen stuff yet.

You start the day with a mug of hot water, fresh ginger slices, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

I only had three meals (should have had 6 plus snacks), but I honestly couldn't be bothered. LOL. I'm sure that will change once the headache goes away. I had a bottle of water at every meal. This morning, I had a green smoothie (cucumber, avocado, lemon juice, coconut water, banana, and romaine lettuce). This afternoon, I finally used the juicer (it's pretty COOL!), and made a carrot, apple, and ginger juice. It made enough for 2 servings, so I'm having the other one right now.

I'll be having herbal tea before I call it a night: peppermint, chamomile, or berry.

Everything is absolutely fresh. My refrigerator is full of produce, coconut water, and bottled water. I took everything else to the Food Bank yesterday, and tossed all left-overs, etc.

I followed the 'Dirty Dozen' guidelines when I shopped for produce: http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-214
These are the fruits and vegetables that you should always buy organic, if possible.

So, at my doctor's appointment yesterday, I got the following 'starting' points. I will have the blood work results soon, and I'll post those as well. I also got the okay to do the juice fast, a big THUMBS UP on the plant-based diet that I'll be following after the juice fast, and the okay to start exercising.

height: 5' 7"
weight: 212.8 lbs
blood pressure: 122/78
temperature: 97.2 F
resting heart rate: 56 bpm

There was a 5 lb weight difference from my scale at home, but I was wearing clothes, a jacket, and shoes at the doctor's office.

I got the okay to stop taking my thyroid medication until we get the blood work results back. So, current medications are clonazepam (1 mg, 2 in the morning, 1 at night), escitalopram (20 mg, 0.5 in the morning, 0.5 at night), omeprazole (20 mg, 1 in the morning). I have stopped taking all vitamins and supplements for the time being.

When the nurse was finished with the preliminaries, she asked me my age. I said 43, and she said, 'Oh my goodness, you don't look your age at all!' So, it was nice to get a compliment! My doctor told me that I looked wonderfully happy, bright, and relaxed. What a feel-good appointment!

I had to confess that I had quit my job, at that point. LOL. Then my doctor spent most of my appointment trying to talk me into opening an online pharmacy for dogs... WITH HIM. He's an internal medicine specialist - a New Yorker in his 60's, I would guess - with a great personality. I asked him why he would want to do such a thing, and he said, 'I WOULDN'T HAVE TO TALK TO PEOPLE ANYMORE.' I guess it's not just the veterinarians going crazy these days.

Anyway, just a few observations. I'll try to post again tomorrow.

I hope all are well. :D
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Re: Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

Postby mango » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:05 pm

Hi all,

Wicked headache today, and feeling a bit nauseous. Lots of water and ibuprofen today.

I've just had an apple as a snack. That's not on the plan, per se, but it's obviously not that precise for the first week.

It's also obvious that my kitchen isn't set up for all of this juicing yet, but I'll keep trying.
Preparing something new 6 times a day is a lot of work (and I have yet to even begin to accomplish it).

What that means is that I'm not 'eating' even close to all of the meals that I'm supposed to be eating. It's almost 4 pm, and all I've made today is a smoothie. But all of the preparation that went into that is mind boggling! I'll make a juice that makes two servings here in a little bit, so that I can have one now and one as my evening meal.

So, there is definitely an effect on energy during this plan (a negative effect, in the beginning, but this is what I'm like without caffeine and with a headache). This is supposed to be one of the worst days. My brain is foggy.

Still, all is well. :D
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Re: Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

Postby mango » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:10 pm

Okay, I just made some juice!

Carrot, apple, lemon juice. Delicious!
The second serving will be for later.

I store the juice in a glass jar in the refrigerator (Mason canning jars), because that's supposed to be the best way to store it.

This morning's smoothie was mango, banana, avocado, spinach, and coconut water.

Last night's herbal tea was 'raspberry zinger.' I'll probably have that again tonight.
And, as always (LOL - 2 days has now become 'always'), I started the day with hot water, fresh ginger, and fresh lemon.

Just took some more ibuprofen and I'm drinking some more water. My head is still aching. I'll probably have a nap in a little bit.
Thank God I don't have a job. Or a family. It would definitely be more difficult to do this.

I would say that anyone with a job or a family should start a juice fast on a Friday, or maybe even a long weekend.
Just a thought.
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Re: Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

Postby mango » Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:57 pm

Holy God.

I think my juice fast is about to end. :(

I have hypoglycemia (I've had it my whole life - my father has it too, which is odd).

I tried the South Beach diet once, and I couldn't get out of bed. I would faint if I tried to stand up. That happened starting on Day 2 of the eating plan. I can't imagine how much money I spent buying all of the ingredients for the recipes, etc.

Well, here I am on Day 2 of juicing, and I'm having the same problem - all the symptoms of hypoglycemia (which biochemically gives you a surge of adrenaline that feels like the mother of all panic attacks), the shakes, cold sweats, and 'hearing the ocean' (that's how I know I'm about to faint). I will definitely faint if I stand up. I just crawled to the bathroom.

LOL, but :? .

I tried eating whole fruits and vegetables, as well, but it didn't help. The only thing that stops hypoglycemia is protein, believe it or not. Glucose (sugar) makes it worse. Weird, isn't it?

So, I'm thinking about things tonight. I'm sick to my stomach, and I have a terrible headache, so it's not like I'm going to be able to sleep anyway.

I may go back to old-fashioned calorie counting and exercise, though I still intend to avoid processed foods, eat organically, cook, etc. I will be back to share my thoughts, and then probably transition over to the Health and Fitness challenge.

Good luck, Irma! I'm sure I'm an anomaly in this situation. I thought about the hypoglycemia, but I didn't think it would be a huge problem. Well, it is. Also, my blood pressure is usually on the low side (about 110/60), so it's even easier for me to faint. Bleh.
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Re: Juicing monthly challenge for May 2013

Postby mango » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:31 pm

Yup, I'm definitely done with the juice fast.

I went to the kitchen to get something for a migraine, and I fainted and hit my head on the kitchen counter. Not good.

:shock:

I'll come up with a way to incorporate juicing with the rest of a new, healthy lifestyle - but it has to be something that works for me in both the short- and long-term. I'm thinking it will be a lot of exercise coupled with a healthy diet that's sensible, organic, low-fat, home-cooked, non-processed, and mostly meat-free.

Good luck, Irma! I will be cheering you on!
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