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Juicing | Day 10

For those of you just tuning in:
Jake and I are currently doing a 30 Day Juice Fast in order to cleanse or “reboot” our diet and health. We watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (found on Netflix and Hulu) and started our fast the next day. There’s a tab at the top labeled “Juicing” that will pull up each post we’ve written about juicing since Day 1.

To add to the challenge, we are in the midst of a move. We’re sorting and packing and preparing for a move across the country from Kodiak, Alaska to Clearwater, Florida. Day 30 is the day we leave our island.

Week One I lost 12 pounds and Jake lost 10.6. I have a crazy addiction to sugar and carbs and this blog is where I’m sharing my story as I try to overcome a lifetime of poor eating habits and yo-yo dieting. It’s honest and probably not so pretty. I’d love to hear from you. Your comments and messages make it easier.

9:33 am

I’m overwhelmed by how many people have similar issues as I do. Who knew?! Thank you for sharing with me! I am humbled and lifted by all of you!!

Jake and I took a walk this morning. It had just finished raining and the wind was blowing and it was freezing, but it was nice to get out together. I took my albuterol inhaler before we left the house. I don’t take it often, just when I know that I’m doing something that will trigger my asthma. Cold temperatures and exercise is a double whammy. I wonder what my asthma will be like in hot humid conditions.

Before I got bundled in my coats I had Jake take a picture of me. I figured you should know what I look like. I’ll take one of him today too.

I’m feeling better today. I guess a day of crying helps to purge a whole lot of emotion. And I think that the sun make actually peak through today.

I’ve had some questions about how much I’m actually drinking per day. I usually have a 16 ounce juice 4 times a day. So that’s about 64 ounces a day. According to my sister, the Green Smoothie Girl recommends that you drink 96 ounces (3 quarts) for meal replacement. Tonight Jake is working and I hope to get some time to do more research. I want to make sure that as long as I’m doing this, I’m healing my body and not harming it.

We watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead again last night to motivate us. I’ve heard a lot about Forks Over Knives and would like to watch that too.

The kids have been doing really great since we started. We’ve got a lot of fish in the freezer that they have been eating along with rice and vegetables. Their fruit and vegetable consumption has risen dramatically since we started. No longer do they eat chips, cookies, candy, and sugary drinks during the day. We used to eat that diet regularly.

A typical day at our house before the juice fast:
Breakfast: cold cereal with 1% milk. (We tried to avoid sugary cereal, but we did have it occasionally)
Lunch: Tuna sandwich with mayo and pickles on whole grain bread. Served with a side of chips and maybe grapes.
Snack: Yogurt, string cheese, chips, or cookies. Whatever was around and available.
Dinner: Tacos with corn tortillas, hamburger, lettuce, homemade salsa, corn, beans, cheese, sour cream, avocado (if we can find them).
Dessert: Ice cream sundaes.

We always had chips, cookies, candy, pop cycles, and ice cream around the house. The focus was never on fruits and vegetable or whole non processed foods. That has totally changed. Although last night they made french toast and bacon and the smell about drove Jake mad. Breakfast foods have always been his weakness. It’s a good thing they weren’t eating a bucket of Red Vines. That might have been my undoing. In fact candy in general is a HUGE weakness of mine. I always kept a stash around.

Well, time to get back to the grind. The moving container will be at our house in 10 days to get loaded and our ferry leaves in 20 days to carry us off the island. Bitter sweet countdown.

6:54 pm

My sister has been researching juicing and found this blog post from William Sonoma. It’s a great way to ease yourself into drinking full green monsters. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

Today I have been starving. S T A R V I N G. I want to eat everything in sight. Seriously. I keep telling myself 20 more days. 20 more days. 20 more days. Right now I want a BIG yummy salad!!

Ready to go to bed and be done with today.

Lisa Mooneyham - want some ice cream ? Freeze some bananas without their skins. and once frozen throw then in a food processor ! Just like banana ice cream ! YUMO
As for you asthma . Yes the humidity will make it worse so keep your inhalier with you. I was diagnosed in SC with it. Since being in AK 10 yrs it’s been pretty much under control.
Unless I’m having allergy issues or playing in the cold. Exercise does it to me too but I just use it before I workout.

YOUR DOING GREAT !

Mechelle Bradbury - Hi there! Okay, hope I don’t drive you crazy with all my “gluten” talk, but when you get a chance, google “gluten and asthma” and see what comes up. I think you’ll be surprised– there are a lot of studies showing there is a strong link between the two. Just something I remember coming across when I was doing research for myself. Okay… I won’t mention the “g” word any more, lol! :)

Lookin’ great, Amy!!! :)

Emily - So I bought a juicer today!!! (between you and that friend of mine that fasted in jan for 30 days, i feel like I’ve just got to see what it’s all about!)
I just got a 100 dollar jack lalanne from freddy’s. And Eden, Wells, and I had a nice juice mine for lunch, theirs for snack this afternoon. I think I will try a juice 2 meals a day/eat dinner combo. One question, what’s your ratio of veg to fruit like most of the time? is the point to use mostly veggies with just a little fruit for sweetness? and what veggies do you use? I’m kind of overwhelmed wondering what to buy that isn’t totally weird and gross…i got cucumber, kale, spinach, sugar snap peas and carrots–what should I add to that list that’s yummy and packs a nutrient punch? And do you juice and use right away or do a bunch at once and use it throughout the day? cleaning that juicer a few times a day doesn’t sound enjoyable! thisissofun ;0) k bye

Mechelle Bradbury - Okay, I lied about mentioning the “g” word again! I totally forgot to mention this earlier, but when I was withdrawing from gluten back in Feb, I remember that on about Day 4 I was totally emotional. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING made my cry! The news made me cry, video clips on Facebook made me, quotes on Pinterest made me cry! It was awful, and I had absolutely no control over it, I just couldn’t help myself. David was looking at me sideways all day and finally he was like, “Um, would you just eat a piece of bread already?!?” He was joking, and I survived that day, but it was so interesting to feel like that out of the blue!! Don’t know if that helps at all, but wanted to share that! :)

Kimberly - I love you guys. Your videos remind me of CJane and Chup:) I’m feeling great and I can’t believe tomorrow is day 5.

Sarah - LOVE reading and hearing about your juicing…..now as for me….It does the opposite…I want to eat all of the things you can’t because I am not on your diet!!!! go figure!!!! so I am gaining all of those pounds you are losing…..just don’t tell anyone…..

love you!!!

Amy - Oh thanks Sarah!! I’m glad to hear you chime in! I have a bag of Swedish Fish on my desk. The kids bought it yesterday when they went to the exchange. I just keep staring at it. I’m not tempted to eat it and it’s kind of nice knowing I have that control.

Amy - That’s too funny! CJane and Chup eh? Love it! I’m glad you are doing so well!

Amy - YAY!! I’m so excited for you! Try out the link I posted for the William Sonoma blog. It has some great juice recipes to work up to all vegetables. We started with mostly fruit and just some veggies and have worked ourselves up to more veggies than fruit at this point. But it’s been a process. Don’t go all out to begin with or you might not want to continue. I really like cucumber, kale, spinach, carrots, apples, lemons, and strawberries. We’ve also added Red Chard, Turnip Greens (yuck!), pineapple, raspberries, plums, blackberries, mango, sugar snap peas. The Sugar snap peas had a real earthy taste to them. Oh and we’ve used bell pepper which is strong but yummy. And tomato. Heck, I think we’ve tried a lot of different flavors. We’ve stored our juice up to 24 hours in the fridge.

Amy - I LOVE hearing your story! It is so inspiring. Please continue to share all these tidbits. Really it helps!! I definitely know how you feel right now about all the emotions. My body is on emotion overload. I think rather than battle with hunger, I’m battling with emotions. Interesting… OH! And thanks for the info about Asthma. I’m worried about what it’s going to be like when we move. Hopefully it’s not awful and this diet is helping.

Amy - YUM! That sounds way yummy. I do the same thing when I workout (take my inhaler before). I’m hoping that my diet and losing weight will help my asthma too. I’m excited you’ve started making yummy smoothies!

amy - Go Jake & Am! I am on day 11 of a different diet. No juice, but no processed foods and some other things. I am loosing weight a little slower than you but reading and watching your posts to keep me motivated on my diet. Thanks for that! Keep it up. I mostly find that I when I am frustrated it is more about wanting convenience and my brain thinks that making a soup or salad is not convenient. I am lazy and need something faster. Kind of interesting. Usually I have fallen off the wagon and eaten half a pan of brownies or something because I could not take the pressure. Not feeling that way this time.

Audrey - You are looking so GOOD!

Amy - Amy that is awesome!! How is everything going? It’s interesting when our body is full of good nutrients, how our cravings diminish isn’t it? But a whole pan of brownies sounds really yummy about now. ;)

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