Fit in 40 juice fast

Juice Fast:: Day 28

Scale Says:: -20lb

Body Says:: Water, water, everywhere

Breakfast:: Cleopatra Smoothie* (recipe below)

Lunch:: Luscious salad full of juicy veggies

Dinner:: Not sure yet, we’ll be out this evening

It is SO hot and humid here in Massachusetts this week.  In fact, it’s officially a heatwave.  It has been really hard to stay hydrated.  And dehydration actually leads to inflammation for me.  Awful.  So yesterday, in addition to lots and lots of water, I made a lovely tea (recipe below).  Today, I’m starting my day with what I call a Cleopatra Smoothie (recipe also below).  It is believed that Cleopatra had Psoriatic Arthritis (the same disease that I have), and that she sought the healing environment of the Dead Sea.  I wonder if she knew about the health benefits of certain foods for inflammation?  This smoothie contains cantaloupe and strawberries – both rich in antioxidants and wonderful for keeping your largest organ looking and working beautifully.  It also contains a generous portion of tahini which is rich in copper (and lots of other important nutrients).  Copper is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is especially useful to folks with autoimmune arthritis (RA, PsA)

 

Fit in 40™ | Cleopatra Smoothie

Cleopatra Smoothie

Cleopatra Smoothie

  • 1 cantaloupe, scooped, peeled, and juiced
  • 1 pt. strawberries, topped
  • 1/4 c. organic tahini
  • 1 c. plain yoghurt (you could use vanilla if you prefer)

Whiz everything together and serve in a tall glass.  Makes a tall smoothie each for two adults.

 

Raspberry Ginger Mint Iced Tea

  • 8 bags Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger tea
  • 8 bags Wissotzky Raspberry tea
  • 8 bags Wissotzky Nana tea

Steep bags in 2 quarts boiling water for about 15 minutes.  Top up with cold water, sweeten to taste.  Add fresh lime juice, if desired.  Makes one gallon.  **To sweeten, I heat 2 c. water and add up to 1c. honey or agave nectar… or even fruit juice concentrate like white grape or apple.

 

Juice Fast:: Day 27

Scale Says:: -20 lb.

Body Says:: I like the digital scale better (see below)

Breakfast:: Yoghurt and fresh fruit

Lunch:: A wrap filled to brimming with dressed veggies and a bit of cheese

Dinner:: Salad with sesame-ginger marinated chicken strips

{Holy Moly, no juice!   I can assure you that most of the space in my tummy is probably going to be taken up with water and herbal tea in this heat}

 

Well, well, well…  At the beginning of my fast, I bought a new (supposedly better, more accurate) scale.  It hasn’t moved much in the last week or so.  This morning I had to use my digital scale because the bathroom was occupied at the time I do my morning weight.  Um…  I’m down 26 lb by that scale.  That middle digit on the scale spurs me on for the home stretch.  I haven’t been that weight in years.  The way my clothes are fitting seems to bear out the lower weight.  While my other scale is weighing me the same (or nearly) day after day, my clothes and shoes are significantly more comfortable, even loose.

I’m not really sure what to think about all of that.  Maybe it’s a good thing to feel good about a possibly false lower weight if it encourages me to keep going.  Lest’s be honest, plateaus are discouraging.  If it weren’t so hot, I’d be out walking for miles today.  Just because it feels SO good to imagine myself lighter than I thought I was.

It’s good to take into account how you feel physically, and how your clothing is fitting you.  It is important to understand that your body’s weight can fluctuate from day to day by as much as 5 lb.  Take the number on the scale with a grain of salt.

How is your fasting going?

Juice Fast:: Days 25 & 26

Scale Says:: – 19 lb

Body Says:: Feeling Bloated

Breakfast:: Apple, Carrot, Ginger

Lunch:: Bone broth with lentils, yellow split peas and veggies

Dinner:: Catch as catch can

I’m getting lazy.  That’s twice in a row I’ve done the two-fer post.  I’m sorry.

I am retaining water.  But I am NOT drinking enough water.  I’m not flushing out  very well these last few days.  I’m adjusting to a new schedule.  Brian is commuting two hours a day, and is gone for 12 hours.  We are down by one vehicle, and that one is needed by our oldest son who drives the 40 minutes each way to see to farm chores.  And that adjustment is a little stressful, which doesn’t help with metabolism, or rest.

I have also been organizing and deep-cleaning our little house.  And I am highly allergic to dust and mold.  I have found copious quantities of both.  And they are making my throat and nose swell and burn; giving me sneezes, and coughs, and necessitating the use of my inhaler.

All of that equates to bloat.  And to letting the fast slip some.

Pasta is a no-go.  Pizza is a no-go.  I can live without pizza.  But pasta is going to be tricky.  But it may not be that at all.  It may be the jarred sauce, which has been a known issue for me since last time I did this.  Nightshades are typically to be avoided by folks with inflammatory diseases.  But I find that when I prepare meals with onions (I meant to type eggplant… sheesh) , peppers, and tomatoes, I’m absolutely fine.  Spaghetti sauce from a jar, store bought pizza sauce, those kill me.  I wish I understood why.

I spoke with a friend yesterday who is experiencing some of these things on her juice fast, too.  While I was brainstorming possible causes of this plateau/regain, swelling, etc., I was also helping myself to see that I hadn’t been as careful as I should be.  It also occurred to me that I ought to be keeping a list somewhere of those things I absolutely can not have.

Top priorities today:: 3 qt water, a LARGE chilled ginger tea, no starch, and take jarred sauces permanently off the shopping list.  I’m going to work on experimenting with homemade sauces to see if I handle those better.

Juice Fast:: Days 24 & 25

Scale Says:: -23lb

Body Says:: I feel light and limber

Breakfast:: Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie*

Lunch:: Veggie and Bean soup

Dinner:: Salad with tip steak (again, but it is SO nice)

Sorry I missed you all yesterday.  And I know you’re there because readership has more than doubled since I started my juice fast posts.  (Thank you!)  Don’t be shy, just say hello!  And if you’re fasting along, let me know how you’re doing.

We had a lovely Father’s Day luncheon for Brian in the front garden of our little house.  I did indeed partake of festal food.  And felt FINE afterward.  Yay!  Bread and all.

Overall, I’m feeling very light despite having pretty well plateaued weight wise.  A good deal of my feeling of heaviness, is joint stiffness.  And I haven’t had any.  It is amazing to feel normal.  I haven’t had an injection now in weeks.  Thank goodness.  I’ve got to go back through the juicing I’ve been doing to see if I have holes nutrient-wise.  I want to make sure I’ve got everything I should have.

A couple of recipes for you to try –

Emerald City (breakfast yesterday)

  • 5 oz. spinach
  • 4 Granny Smith Apples
  • 4 pears
  • 1 ” ginger
  • water

This is delicious, but it wasn’t very filling.  You might want to plan to have a dish of yoghurt along with this… or some nuts, or a piece (hunk) of lovely cheese.

Fit in 40™ | Juice Fast | Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie

Good morning sunshine!

Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie

  • 5 nectarines, pitted and juiced
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pt. strawberries, topped
  • 1 c. vanilla yoghurt

Juice those nectarines.  Whiz everything together in the blender on liquefy.  SUCH a pretty smoothie.  And it tastes fantastic.  What a nice way to start the day.

If you’re trying any of my recipes, please leave me a comment about how you like them!

Juice Fast:: Day 23

Scale says:: -25lb

Body Says:: What’s this breakout about?

Breakfast:: Blue Banana Smoothie *

Lunch:: Caprese Smoothie*

Dinner:: Herbs and greens salad topped with marinated steak tips (delish!)

 

So it’s time to start adding in some consistent exercise.  My joints are feeling great – and seem pretty stable.  I’ve been out and about, doing more work around the house that requires bending and turning…  This seems like an OK time to walk regularly.  I’ll be increasing daily calories slightly to prevent nasty low blood sugar, but I’ll let the stored stuff around my middle and elsewhere fuel the increase in caloric consumption.

When you’re exercising, it is important to ensure that you are getting enough water.  Same old saw, but it is critical to give your body enough juice to operate properly, and allow your body to flush toxins.  You also want to make sure you’re getting enough B vitamins, iron, and protein.  All of those are needed to repair and build your cells back.  It is especially important if you’re not used to exercising because you are likely to have more injuries (those aches and pains afterward!) that need to heal so that you can continue.

Also, although your body is pretty alkaline on a juice fast because of all of the veggies, you might also want to consider something a little bit stronger, like ginger tea.  Make a great big quart of it by grating 1T. into a jar and covering with boiling water.  Let it steep for 15 minutes, strain and chill.  You can add something sweet to it if you want – how about some apple juice from your juicer?  You can also add mint leaves to the brew.  Tastes yummy!  Take that tea after exercising.

Blue Banana Smoothie::

  • 1 banana
  • 1 pt blueberries
  • 1 cantaloupe, peeled and juiced
  • 1 c. plain yoghurt

Whiz everything together in your blender and enjoy.  Makes enough for two grown-ups.  NOTE: this does solidify as it stands.  You could eat it with a spoon after about 10 minutes, if you want!

Caprese Smoothie::

  • 6 -8 roma or paste tomatoes
  • 1/4 – 1/2 bunch basil leaves
  • 1 english cucumber
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 c. plain yoghurt (Greek is perfect)
  • drizzle of EVOO

Put the veggies through the juicer.  Transfer juice to your blender and add yoghurt and EVOO.  Peppery and delish!

Green Dragonfly::

  • 5 oz spinach
  • 1 c. whole kumquats
  • 1 pt. strawberries
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1″ piece ginger, peeled
  • Water

Put everything through the juicer, beginning with the spinach.  Leave those kumquat skins on, that’s actually where the sweetness is!  Makes enough for 2 grown ups.


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