It’s been a very long time since I posted about starting the raw green juice deal, so here’s a recap:
My wife and I bought a nice Breville juicer after watching ‘Fat, Sick, and Almost Dead’, and started the raw green juice thing at the beginning of August. I managed to drop an amazing 28 pounds in just over 3 weeks of trying in a half-assed manner.
I had my suspicions about the green juice and raw foods diet, but they are now all gone. Reflecting back on those few weeks, the first few days were horrible; me craving bread and sugary foods ‘n all. After about 3 or 4 days, I felt great. I had energy, I was sleeping better than ever. I had no allergy symptoms at all. I felt healthy, and by the end of it I didn’t even have a desire to eat meat… ME of all people!
End of August and into September I went on vacation (Ocean City MD) with the family, and resumed the ‘eating-like-a-pig’ lifestyle. It was hard at first, eating greasy foods was the worst. I almost threw up after eating a bit of Garden Fresh Papa Johns Pizza which is my favorite. It took me a few days of really trying to put down a philly cheese steak. I managed.
Thanksgiving came and went, as did Christmas and finally New Years. I am now at 300 pounds, 10 pounds shy of my starting point. I was amazed that it took this long to put the bulk of the weight back on. The whole while, my body craved the nutrients that I have been depriving myself of. I would make a juice at least 4 or 5 times a week.
People were telling me about the dangers of only eating fruits and vegetables, lack of protein and what not. Deciding to take a more scientific approach this net go around, I downloaded a free App called MyFitnessPal which allows me to enter my ingredients (has a barcode scanner) and track my caloric intake, exercise (not there yet) and tracks my weight. The cool thing is that it will break down the nutritional contents of the foods you eat. In addition to the vitamins and minerals that I am taking in, I am also getting enough proteins and fats on a daily basis. If needed, I add a teaspoon of olive oil. In my opinion it’s better to supplement a healthy diet than a poor one.
The juice that is now my favorite (and the only one I really make for myself anymore) consists of the following:
- 2 Collard Green leaves – or – 2 Kale leaves – or a tight handful of Spinach (depends on the sale)
- 2 Carrots
- 2 Stalks of Celery
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Green Bell Pepper
- 2 Apples (for flavor)
- 1/2 cup of Cranberries (or Pomegranate)
If I use Collard greens and drink this juice 3 times a day, I am getting roughly 1500 calories and 34 grams of protein. If I want to increase that to 60, all i have to do is add a cucumber and another green leaf. I was suprised to find that they contained so much protein.
Going into the new year I am back on the raw juice. As an added benefit, I usually pick up all of the ingredients on a bi-weekly basis, but spend an average of $45 dollars a week saving me a shit load of money to boot! Eating out for lunch alone was costing me $50 a week.
I will most likely strictly consume juice for the next 2 weeks, then drop to breakfast and lunch juice with a regular dinner. Wish me luck, or rather discipline.
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