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Round 4 begins

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In two hours we bought groceries ($55 for two people for about five days), created 15 juices, prepped for ninja smoothies for tomorrow, cleaned, and made a last supper of veggie quesadillas.  The menu these first few days is

Beetlejuice

Beets, ginger, cucumber, lemon, apples, spinach

Warrior

Beets, orange, carrot, sweet potato, ginger, spinach, kale, pineapple, lime

Sea Breeze

Pineapple, cucumber, apple, kiwi

Sublime

Spinach, kale, mandarin sunshine, agave, lime

No excuses y’all.  Let’s do this.

 

Ciao

 

Sk

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Let’s get started

I will again say that I really have no idea how to teach anyone to juice the way I do mostly because I wing it almost every time.  So what I’m going to do is give you some basic guidelines to what I would recommend you do and what I have done in the past.

Take pictures of yourself, weigh yourself, take your blood pressure, and measure your tummy, hips, wrists, chest, neck, and forearms.

Create 6 to 8 juices per day and consume 1 to 1 water.

If you don’t have small containers get a box of ball’s mason jars, they work great.

I would make at least two days worth of juice at a time but not more than 3 (maybe 4).  You need to make sure you have enough available to prevent you from cheating.

These first couple of days consume more on a planned schedule than waiting to see how you feel.  The first fast we had juice at 8/9/10/12/2/4/6/8…I could never consume them all but it kept me full and prevented cheating.

Pineapple, cucumber, and almond milk are your friends.  If you make a juice and it tastes yucky for the most part pineapple or cucumber will fix it.  Use almond milk as one of your juices to save time and to give yourself a little treat.

Use a little protein and make a protein smoothie in the morning.  They are thick and filling and kick start you for your day.

If you are making six juices I would recommend:

1)Protein (I just buy whey protein powder and put it in almond milk)

2)Fruit (I like to start the day with something sweet)

3)Root (carrot/sweet potato/beets…something from the ground)

4)Green (high octane, you need-need to get a green one down)

5)Fruit (always nice to have something fun to sip on)

6)Green (you’ll need the energy)

This rotation is different if you are doing green smoothies or if you are using an extractor, but it is a good balance to make sure you don’t have the same drink every time and you don’t overload with too much sweet stuff.

Here’s the basis of my grocery list for today.  I’ll catalog and journal what I’m making and post it here and on instagram.

Spinach (and lots of it)

Kale (big bag)

Carrots

Cucumber

Beets

Sweet Potato

Pineapple

Frozen fruits

Almond milk

Protein Powder

Ginger

Kiwi

Apples/Oranges

Lemon/Lime

Banana

Grapes

Romaine

Parsley

Mint

I’ll hang out in produce for a while looking for things on sale or things that might be interesting to juice.   I don’t really make a menu anymore and prefer to just start with making one juice and let it rip from there.

Good luck to everyone trying some version of this and I can’t wait to hear the results.

 

Ciao

 

SK

 

What do I do now?

Where are your recipes?

What program are you using?

How did you do it?

Did the weight stay off?

Where do you get your protein?

I fired up a FAQ before my last juicing adventure and it addressed a lot of these questions, but they keep coming from people who do not follow me on here.  I’ve gotten questions on Facebook, on text, and in person.  The in person questions are the best because then I start talking juice and voila here comes a million new questions.

From the beginning I wasn’t juicing for the weight loss or health reasons and I don’t talk about juicing because I’m trying to convert people.  Juicing has totally changed the way I think and relate to food and when I’m fasting it strengthens my faith and spirit.  This journey has been outstanding and now, maybe, it is time to really share what it has done for me and maybe help somebody else.

So I’m going into the lab.  I really don’t know what I’m doing or what’s coming next but what I do know is that I’ve always looked for that one thing that I’m passionate about and that I could really help people.  Could I have struck gold with this one?  Buckle up kids…the plane is taking off shortly.

Ciao

SK

3.0 FAQ’s

Tomorrow I will embark on my third 10-day juice fast.  The first one was on a dare and the second one I experimented.  I am totally excited beyond belief for this one.  So on the eve of this fast I figured I’d answer the most asked questions from the first two.  These are simply my opinions and observations from my experiences, your mileage may vary.

Don’t you get hungry?

This was my biggest fear going into the first one.  I was probably knocking back 3000 calories a day with regularity and now I was going to go down to only about 1000 calories and none of them are food.  The first fast we did 8 sixteen ounce juices a day for the first three days.  We wanted to make sure that we had enough coming in so we were “full”.  128 ounces of fruit and vegetable juices combined with at least 128 ounces of water on top of it, kept me more than full.  The hungry side of it was really all in my head and after the second day I never experienced feeling hungry.  The second fast I only had 4 to 6 twelve ounce juices per day.  The residual effects from the first fast was my tummy contracting and my brain getting on board with my body.

What are the withdrawals?

I watched a lot of information and read a lot of information prior to fast 1.0.  The consensus is that the first three days are HORRIBLE.  Mine really weren’t that bad, but I also had weened myself off of caffeine and most sugar and bread prior to starting the fast.  The friends that I’ve had do it with me have had some headaches and lack of energy but mostly it has been mild.  I would seriously recommend easing into a fast by backing off of the bad stuff in your diet.  When I took myself off of caffeine my headaches were horrible and I didn’t sleep well at all for a week before the fog cleared.

Isn’t it expensive?

We budgeted $10/day/person on the first fast and we had three adults participating.  After the fast, when I started making my own juices, I was WAY OVER that amount when doing my first few supplemental juices.  I also had no idea how to buy produce, how long things lasted, and what things I liked together.  The second fast there were two adults participating and we spent about $8/day/person as well.  I anticipate this fast being even more frugal because we have continued juicing and have frozen supplies and fruits in bulk currently.  If you go to your local juice bar, a ten day fast will cost you hundreds of dollars.  If you buy all organic it will quickly increase your investment.  I’m actually tracking my recipes and will be making “how I do it” available for everyone following fast 3.0.

Don’t you stay in the bathroom?

Without going into the land of TMI, some folks do and some folks don’t.  Juicing 1.0 nothing changed aside from having to pee all the time.  Juicing 2.0 I had to take a laxative about halfway through to get things moving.  I’ve know and heard of some people that make large TP investments during a fast and some folks that have to constantly get things moving.  Your body is very efficient and you should listen to it and take care of it.  If you need to go, go…if you haven’t been going; get it moving.

Do you really just have juice?

Yes that is all the food I consume.  I do chew gum to satiate the need to chew something.  If you have to eat something, it should be raw and unprocessed.  Basically you could snack on the same stuff you’re putting in the juicer if you just have to eat something.  It is only ten days though, if I can do it…anyone can.

Why can’t you just eat the fruits and veggies?

When was the last time you ate half a pineapple, two apples, and a handful of grapes in one sitting…Go ahead, I’ll wait

Yeah, never.

Even if you love fruits and veggies, you can’t consume them in the volume and ease as you can when they are in a juiced form.  I don’t like fruits and veggies, so this is the ultimate in good-for-you fast food.

Do you lose a lot of weight?

The first fast I lost like 13 pounds and the second one I lost about 8.  For 2.0 I purposely didn’t exercise as much, I think that contributed to the slower loss.

I’m so happy that I tried the first fast.  Not only did I lose a lot of weight and really kickstart my working out and health journey that I’m on, but it changed my perspective and relationship with food.  The inbox is open, if you want to know anything else hit me with a comment or email me: stevieking@gmail.com.

Ciao

SK

That’s what friends are for

The fast is over and tomorrow I will reveal the results.  I’m seriously excited to see what the final tally will be and where I will go from there.  For today, let’s talk about your support system.

Accountability, authentic, and transparency are super-cool buzzwords that people like to throw around these days.  Ultimately it is about people being personally accountable for their actions and outcomes and not putting on a face for the world.

I AM HORRIBLE AT THIS

I really don’t think I know very many people who are good at this.  We all put on a show and let people in only on a surface level.  I don’t necessarily think that you need to tell everyone you see all of your business, but you do need people in your life that hold you accountable and push you to do more.

“I want the kind of friends that love me enough to meet me where I am but love me so much not to leave me there”

I don’t know where I hear this, but it is not my quote.  I believe we want, crave, and need these kind of relationships in our lives.  What in the world does this have to do with juicing (I told you the other day that this stuff is just like relationships)?

I don’t think there is any way that I could have done this fast without the help and support of my coworkers that undertook it with me.  The reason I know this is because I have always quit on these kind of life change/health events within the first third of the adventure.  And I have tried short, long, exercise, diet, and activity changes that were much, much easier than fasting yet I didn’t have near the success.

We went through all the mess together.
We texted each other when we struggled.
We celebrated each and every day with each other.
We could understand each other’s misery.

There was something magical about coming in each day and knowing that everyone I was looking at all day was in the same boat as I am.

I guess I need to formally thank my coworkers for doing this nonsense.  I couldn’t have made it through the third day without knowing that I would be put on the spot the next day about the waffle I consumed.  If you are even a little, itty-bitty, teensy bit interested in maybe juicing then I would say find someone who is going to do this with you.  Preferably someone who you interact with daily.  I’m sure there is someone at your office or your house or in your neighborhood that could lose a couple of LB’s and would team up with you.

Challenge extended–movement to be continued

Now for the real reason that I wrote this post:

 

Ciao

 

SK