Miss M, who is a registered Dietitian, and a Massage Therapist, convinced me to give the Green Juice Fast a try for 3 days.
I won't lie; the first day was Horrible! Everything I made tasted horrible. I like vegetables, but there are alot out there that I don't like.... I got a headache, and I wanted to quit! But I thought "anybody can do just 3 days", so I decided to keep at it.
So I went back to the market and got more things that I like, and more fruit to make it taste better. And I looked up some recipes on line, and found things I hadn't even thought about using.
So they started tasting good! And I started to enjoy them. By the third day, I had lost 4 pounds, and I called her to find out what kind of solid food I was going to have now that I've completed the 3 days. I was looking forward to real food again.
She convinced me to try to go for 7 days. So I now have 4 behind me, and I'm really looking forward to the next 3.
I have learned to like celery and avocado. The jury is still out on cucumbers, but I've only added a little to my recipes. I do add fruit to give it a better taste, because sometimes this can be bitter, and have used lime juice to help cut the bitterness too.
I have used romaine and spinach, in addition to carrots, tomatoes,green peppers, anything you would throw in a good garden salad, added a little fruit, berries,and lime juice, and "wal-la" I have increased my fruit and vegetable intake tremendously.
I am down 4 1/2 pounds this morning.
Miss M said this will help me to retrain my taste buds, and by going the 7 days, I should start to crave this kind of food.
In the meantime, I've had to continue to prepare the meals for my husband. This is for me, I did not even suggest to him to consider doing it. But as I've made his meals, something has changed in my brain. I made his turkey wrap for lunch, and I added avocado, along with the romaine and tomato. Then I asked him if he would like some celery sticks with that, and he said yes. I was cutting up my apples to juice, and I asked him if he would like a half of one. And again he said yes. So it's helped me to think about adding more fruits and veggies to a regular diet.
There are a few reasons, other than weight loss, as to why I wanted to do this. I suffer from constipation issues. If I can get myself regular just by eating more raw fruits and vegetables, won't that be wonderful. That's a biggie for me! I know this Juicing fast is extreme, but I wanted to see if I could do it. I have tried many times to give up splenda, and I do OK for a few months, and then I just can't stomach my coffee without it. So with this, I'm giving up coffee altogether. I really don't like the taste of black coffee, it's just the cream and splenda that keep me coming back for more. I've had hot water with lemon every morning now, and I haven't had any of the withdrawal symptoms that I've have in the past when I've tried to give up the splenda. She says this is because I'm giving my body what it needs, and what it craves.
So I'm going into day 5, feeling good, and looking forward to fruits and vegetables.
She had me watch another dvd called "Reversing the Irreversible", and that too was just a inspiring as the "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" one. Maybe more, because these people had more issues that I could relate to, and weren't really overweight to begin with. Loosing weight was a side issue.
On Saturday, which as Day 2, I had a huge obstacle to overcome. When we get done with golf, we come back to the clubhouse and have chips, dips, meat, cheese, crackers....you get the idea, and pop or beer. (All of my favorites!) And I had to help set it up, and get it all out and ready. Miss M's husband, who I had mentioned before, went home, so he didn't have to look at it! ( She has him trained really well.--but he is alive because of it) I did struggle, but I didn't touch it! It was only day 2, and coming off hard day of not liking anything I made, I thought I did well, and was proud of myself.
Another place, I've really had to pay attention to is when I'm cooking. I'm one who tastes everything while it's cooking! There's no telling how many extra calories I've been taking in just from doing that. I've had to watch myself very closely with this habit, as I've made my husband's meals. But I've managed it.
So I'm looking forward to my tasty little green drink this morning. Miss M tells me that I've gotten through the hardest part. I know that I will be going back to solid food in a few days, and she is helping me to plan that as well. This juicing is not my diet, but is only a reboot to try to retrain me and my brain.
I'm at my lowest weight since January today, and I expect to be out of the 150's when this is done. If I can get my constipation healed, just by eating raw fruits and veggies, I can do it!
I really haven't craved McDonald's at all. You know, I really hadn't let myself have McDonald's and crap, til January of this year, and then suddenly I've wanted it all the time. We'll come home hot and sweaty from golf on Saturdays, and after we've had those snacks, I'll say...Do you want McDonald's, and of course, I'll go get it. There's been other stuff going on in my life, but I'm feeling much better and much more in control of myself all around.
We are going to be going on our trip to Oregon in a couple of weeks, and I was really worried about how I was going to eat on this trip. I could just see us fast fooding it up on this vacation, and I told Miss M that, in fact, that's how this got started. So she's been helping me with menus to order while we're gone. I'll have to keep some snacks on hand in the car, but I'll take a cooler. In fact, she says, she thinks I'll even be down some when we get back.
Doing much better on all fronts!