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Monday, January 21, 2013

Juicing Update

After that long and drawn out post about why we're juicing, I'll make this one short and sweet for you! Here's the report of how we're doing:

Friday: We continue on our two-meal-replacement juicing. We had the Giggling Gorilla Smoothie for breakfast- 1/2 head of romaine, 2 peeled and frozen bananas,  2 peeled and seeded oranges, 1 mango, and 2 cups water. We added a little ice, too. I should have cut out some of the more "stemmy" parts of the romaine, and I should have peeled the mango (I was in a rush!)- that would have improved the texture a lot. The flavor wasn't bad. Zeke said it tasted "good, and then like a garden." We had our solid lunch, and then for supper we had Be A Man Juice- 1 bunch kale, 2 apples, 3 lemons, 4 celery stalks, and a thumb of ginger. I abbreviated the name of this juice on the menu board to "Man Juice"... which got an eyebrow raise from Hunky Husband. Wow. This juice was SOUR. Those lemons were the primary flavor, and they really took over the juice. That one'll grow hair on your chest!

Saturday: The last day of one solid meal before we launch into full-time juicing. We started out the day with Jet Pack Smoothie- 2 cups seedless grapes, 3 peeled kiwis, 1 peeled and seeded orange, 5 leaves red leaf lettuce, 2 cups water, and a little ice. I liked this one. It wasn't very sweet, but the flavors worked pretty well together. We ate at a Chinese buffet for lunch (Hunky Husband's "last meal" request), and then had Lemonade Zing Juice- 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch red grapes, 1 lemon, 1 pear- for supper. I added the pear onto the original recipe because our pears are really ripe and I wanted to use them up. This juice was a total hit. Both of us loved it. This recipe made a lot of juice, so we shared one batch, but it was so good that we each could have downed a whole batch ourselves. I noticed that I was still going strong at 10:00 pm- not sure if it was the juice, sleeping in this morning, or having a later supper after washing Zeke's truck. Either way, I'll take the extra energy anytime!

Sunday: This is the day we learned what beets taste like. Oh yeah. We had Three Root Juice for lunch- 1 beet, 3 carrots, 1/2 a sweet potato. Ew. Ew, ew, ew. If you like beets, more power to you, but we really (REALLY) don't like beets. They taste like dirt. Honestly. Dirt. This juice was another tough one to get down. Luckily, we had an AvoBanana Smoothie for breakfast to hold us over- 2 bananas, 1/2 avocado, 1 c spinach, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup ice. This has to be my favorite smoothie yet. Yum yum yum! This day was supposed to be our "no solids" day, but Zeke's family came into town... and so we had Dairy Queen with them. Whoops.
Beet juice does make really pretty colors... (Three Root Juice being blended with ice)

Monday: We started the day with a Mile High Smoothie-1 banana, 3 strawberries, 1 apple, 1/2 c yogurt, 1/2 c water, a handful of ice. This was another good one- really thick and filling. For lunch, we attempted to down some more beet with the Velvet Elvis- 4 carrots, 1/4 beet, 2 apples, 1 orange. This one was way better than the last. Beets in much smaller amounts are way more palatable. Supper was the Mean Green- 6 kale leaves, 1 cucumber, 4 celery stalks, 2 green apples, 1/2 lemon, 1 piece ginger. I noticed that today (due to the beets from yesterday) my poop was red. Oh yeah. Personal now.

Tuesday: Breakfast was a filling green smoothie to start the day off right- Green Smoothie No. 1- 2 bananas, 1 apple (or pear), 5 strawberries, a handful of spinach, 1 c water, handful ice. This one was pretty good, too. I think our taste buds might be adapting to a lower-sugar diet! Lunch was Sweet Potato Medley- 1 peeled sweet potato, 5 carrots, 1/2 pineapple. This one was very sweet, and we both liked it. Zeke's dad rolled into town at suppertime (surprise!) and we again killed our diet by going out to eat.

From this point on, we started repeating recipes that we liked (and NEVER AGAIN trying the ones we didn't!!). A couple of highlights for the rest of the week?

- We had noticeably more energy.
- We did cheat a little- if we got really hungry in the evening, Zeke and I would have a carrot or apple to tide us over. I think that helped with keeping enough fiber in our systems because...
- Poop was still present. I was worried that eliminating some of the fiber from our diets would be bad for our digestive... regularity. No issues there, I'd think because of the snacks and smoothies.

We planned to keep up with the all-juice regimen until Friday evening, and then reward ourselves with some "real" food when we went to run errands in the city. Friday evening rolled around, and...

We both lost weight! Zeke lost 15 pounds in just these two weeks, and I lost 3 pounds. Whoo hoo!

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