Juice Diet: Day 5

Today is Day 5 of my juice diet! I am feeling energized and excited. Since Monday, I have lost 6 pounds!! I have also incorporated some great workout routines to my diet — thanks to Pinterest! I have also been using the My Fitness Pal app on my iPhone. Through the My Fitness Pal app you can create recipes, which is where I have been tracking about how many calories (and other nutrition info.) each juice contains. The My Fitness Pal app also helps you lose weight or maintain your current weight by keeping track of your weight, how many pounds you want to lose per week, and it gives you a goal for how many calories you can have per day. You can also scan food items for the exact nutrition info. They also have restaurant nutritional information. You can also put in your exercise information daily so that you can subtract calories.

For those of you who have not juiced before, it can be fairly expensive. The juicer itself can be expensive, I believe that I found a great juicer for a great price. Click here for the blog post where I have the link for my juicer and a lot of information for beginners who want to start juicing. Not only can a juicer be expensive, but buying all of the fruits and vegetables that you will need for your juices can be expensive too. I go grocery shopping every Sunday and I bought about 5 of each fruit and a few of each vegetable. I’m already running low on my ingredients and some of them I have used up completely.

Juicing definitely involves a lot of planning. This week, I created my juice recipes off of the top of my head the moment I wanted to make them. However, I already had an idea of what fruits and vegetables I like to use in my juices. If you’re new to juicing, research juice recipes (or my blog!) to see what kind of recipes you might like, what kind of fruit and vegetables you want to buy, and notice how much produce is used per juice. There’s a lot of produce used per juice!

However, despite the fairly expensive cost, juicing is very good for you. I am planning on doing a blog post soon that lists all of the benefits of juicing, and what else you can do with your juicer. So stay tuned!

BREAKFAST:

"Fruit Punch Juice"

“Fruit Punch Juice”

“Fruit Punch Juice” Recipe:

  • 1 peach
  • 1 lemon
  • Half of a Granny Smith apple
  • Watermelon (*Note: watermelon is usually already cut up and in a container in our fridge, because I love it so much, so I’m not sure exactly how much watermelon I put in this juice. Therefore, put all of your other ingredients in first and then fill the rest of your glass with juiced watermelon until your glass is full!)

LUNCH:

Day 5: Lunch

Day 5: Lunch

Recipe:

  • 2 Gala apples
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 4 medium carrots

I also had half of my chicken stuffed avocado recipe.

Stay tuned!

xoxo, Megan

Juice Diet: Day 3

Today I woke up a little late, it’s pouring here in San Antonio and when it’s pouring outside there’s no use in getting me out of bed. However I eventually woke up to the sound of repeated scratching on my bedroom door because my dogs are scared of the storm.

I started off my morning with a delicious juice that’s inspired by the juice I had at the farmer’s market here in San Antonio at the Pearl. This juice is perfectly refreshing. I adore watermelon and who doesn’t love lemonade? I’m also reading The Skimm this morning, which you can learn more about here or sign up to receive your Skimm subscription here.

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.45.04 AMBREAKFAST:

“Watermelon Lemonade Juice” Recipe:

  • 2 lemons (peeled and cut to fit in your juicer)
  • Watermelon — I already had pre-cut watermelon in a container in my refrigerator. I would say that I used about 2 1/2 cups of watermelon (seeds and all, they won’t end up in your juice I promise). But I would put the two lemons in first and add watermelon until your glass is full!

LUNCH:

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Day 3 Lunch

Cosmic Orange Juice (before stirred)

“Cosmic Orange Juice” Recipe:

  • Half of a cucumber
  • 1 peach
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 Gala apple
  • 2 small tomatoes (or 1 whole tomato)

With my lunch, I had a few turkey and provolone roll-ups with mustard.

SNACK:

For my snack I had Chobani Strawberry & Banana Greek Yogurt (the single cups).

DINNER:

For dinner I had a grilled chicken salad with sliced carrots, sliced tomatoes, and light ranch dressing.

xoxo, Megan

Juicing: My Experience

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I first became obsessed with the idea of juicing after watching the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead on Netflix. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film about the 60-day journey of an Australian named Joe Cross. Cross decided to travel across the United States while maintaining a strict juice fast. He educates many Americans about the benefits of juicing, and even helps some people start their juice fast! I would highly recommend watching this interesting documentary!

Naturally, after I finished watching the documentary, I was enthused about the amount of weight Joe Cross was losing due to these fruit and veggie juices. So I decided to purchase my first juicer. At first, my mom thought I was nuts and insisted that I wouldn’t like it — I’m not a huge fan of vegetables, but am obsessed with fruit — but I ignored her doubt and decided to purchase a juicer.

Juicers can be very expensive. I did my research and searched various websites to find the best juicer at the best price. I finally stumbled upon the Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor from Amazon. Once I received my juicer I was thrilled! For such a low (great) price, I was worried that it might not be up to par with other expensive juicers, but I think it works just as great!

When I first began juicing, I did not have any intentions to do an all-out 60 day cleanse like Joe Cross did. Honestly, I just wanted to see if I could do it for a couple of days, maybe three. However, unlike Joe Cross who strictly only drank juice and did not eat food, I decided to make up my own rules for my cleanse.

My Experience:

I decided that since I was jumping into this whole cleanse trend, I wanted to have a little something to eat every day — I figured I might starve if I didn’t. I made my breakfast and lunch juices the night before and made my dinner juice during the day. I planned on eating half of a ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mustard sandwich with my lunch juice so that I would have some energy throughout the day and my stomach would not be turning or growling. Some days, I replaced my half sandwich with a snack like fruit or vegetables. This was probably the strictest diet I had ever been on. But I learned a lot while I was on my juice diet.

My juice diet lasted two weeks, then I started becoming very busy and my diet sort of went out the window as diets usually do. I enjoyed my juice diet and truly never felt starved, in fact, I had a lot of energy! It was fun trying new juice recipes and trying different vegetables that I had never tried before, like beets!

My Favorite Recipes:

My Helpful Tips:

  • Make sure you have a healthy ratio of vegetables and fruits (not too many fruits than vegetables, and vise versa).
  • When pressing your fruit/vegetable into your juicer, press very very slowly this way you get the most juice as possible from your fruit/vegetable!
  • Once you’re finished making your juice, put it in the fridge for a while, I personally think juices taste better when they’re cold!
  • Put a plastic bag (example: a grocery bag) in the bin where the pulp comes out. After you finish making your juice, all you have to do is throw the plastic bag away (the plastic bag will catch all of the pulp). This makes cleaning your juicer a LOT easier!
  • Keep the scrubber that comes with the Hamilton Beach juicer (if you decide to get this juicer) it is fantastic for the cleaning process!
  • Read the instruction pamphlet that comes with your juicer!! It truly is the most helpful part!
  • Try out several different recipes until you find what you love the most! I personally love fruit juices with a few vegetables thrown in.
  • Research what else you can make with your juicer! There is more than what meets the eye!

My Favorite Fruits/Vegetables to Use:

  • Peaches
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Carrots

Try a juice yourself, challenge yourself and become a better, healthier you!

xoxo, Megan