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Day 3-The End!

They say that if your kid hates a certain food you should just keep serving it until the kid acquires a taste for it. I think there are even grown up foods like coffee, sushi, wine that you need to try several times until you get accustomed to the taste and then you can’t live without it.

I think that this held true for me with both the green juice and spicy lemonade.

The morning of day 3 I woke another 1/2 pound lighter making it a total of 3 lbs lost in 3 days. You can argue that it’s water weight but who cares…my Jeans fit better so it’s real to me. I now understand why celebs and those who have an event coming up do these crazy diets. They work…the question is how long will it last?

I remember a friend of mine who was always bone thin had a few pounds to lose after her baby. She got a stomach virus and off came her last 5 lbs in one week. A few months later I saw her and she looked amazing. I asked her if she ever gained those 5 lbs back after her virus and she said no. Every time one of our kids have a stomach bug we joke about coming over to catch it.

So my conclusion about Juicing is that it’s an excellent, albeit extreme way to
A) Kick start a diet
B) Lose a few pounds for a simcha or beach vacation
C) Rid yourself of cravings for bad things like sugar, bread, white flour, fried food etc.

After 3 days of eating only Juice and the occasional broccoli, string beans I now only have a craving for a big salad with grilled chicken. Not to say the next time I’m faced with a Nutella whipped cream banana pizza (which they serve at Upper Crust) I won’t be dying!  I guess keeping weight off  (in your 30’s) really comes down to being hyper aware of what you put in your mouth all the time.

Now, summary of my last day….

Slept great! No hunger at all. The Chunky Monkey really filled me up.
7am: Woke up with so much energy
I almost felt manic….I was talking faster, moving faster…felt like I chugged an energy drink but all I had was a bit of coffee and my green drink.
I actually didn’t mind the green drink. I’ve grown used to the taste and it kept me going till….

10am: I had done my bootcamp. I felt just as strong (or weak) as usual during bootcamp. It was time for my (ugh) lemonade which I discovered if you chug it down fast, like vodka, you barely taste the cayenne and it’s actually good.

I needed to chew on something so I had a bowl of roasted broccoli with pepper and garlic powder and lemon. It was Heaven. Right now broccoli is just as satisfying as a bowl of pasta. This is what it has come to…but that’s a good thing.

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12pm: Had my green drink (the 2nd to last one I’m probably ever having unless I decide to  Juice again) and it kept me full till

The smell of the challah baking in my oven nearly did me in.
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but I survived till my 3pm drink which was my least fave because I hate beets. But if you like beets and pineapples…you would probably enjoy this.
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Now I had made plans before I decided to Juice to see Evita and stay overnight in the city with my husband. We also had plans to go out for dinner at a fancy restaurant but I nixed that one.  Instead we quickly stopped by Mr. Broadway to grab a quick bite before the show.  And being that I am allowed egg whites and broccoli I gave myself permission to order that. (told waiter to hold the salt and oil)
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It tasted bland.

My final green drink was a new twist..spinach and pineapple juice.
I couldn’t finish it since I was full from the eggs.
I couldn’t even finish the last almond date drink.

Evita was fun!
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And that was the end of my 3 day juicing! 3 lbs lighter. Not missing bread, sugar or junkfood even a little…

The next morning I could have anything I please! I stopped by a coffe shop on my way back home from the hotel and whaddaya know…instead of the mocha frappacino with a nice yummy muffin I was craving for….

I got myself another juice.
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Jan 11, 2013 / Musings

Day 2 Juicing-Almost there!

Okay, last night was hard.

After drinking my 9pm almond date mixture I went to sleep full only to feel that aching gnawing hunger pain at 3am.
But when I woke 2.5 lbs lighter (I know, I know, it’s water weight) I was very pleased.
In fact I felt quite energetic.
8am-Had coffee and my Green Juice. I can see myself getting sick of this juice.
I made it to Bootcamp (late as usual) and afterwards Warren Levi, our instructor, went around asking everyone what they plan on eating today.
When it was my turn I said “I’m Juicing” and he made me do 10 pushups. I didn’t get why he punished me for Juicing until I realized he thought I was talking about steroids. Oh well!
At 10am I was STARVING! Like in it’s yom kippur and there’s 1 hour left till I can break the fast starving. So I went to Gourmet and got the foods I am allowed on this diet. Broccoli, green beans, lemon and celery.
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I ran home and quickly microwaved the string beans, threw on some garlic powder and pepper and they seriously tasted like heaven. It’s funny when you deprive yourself of crap the good stuff tastes amazing! I enjoyed every bite and had some of the nasty lemon drink with cayenne that I’m supposed to have with it.
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12pm: Lunch. Same ole’ green drink. Yawn! But it kept me full till…

3pm: Starting to feel hungry again. Thank G-d for the Acai drink. Heading towards the hardest time of the day when the kids are home and they need to eat….

4pm: I am greeted by the smell of fresh baked cookies that my amazing housekeeper whipped up.  It smells heavenly but I did not stray. Nope. Not even a bite.
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But it did make me kinda cranky. My poor kids can attest.

6pm: Ahhhh…green drink again. This time I didn’t make it into soup.

8:45pm: Finally I get to taste the famous “Chunky Monkey” made with Peanut butter and bananas. Surprisingly only 1 gram of fat…I do not know how they do it.
It tastes…like Peanut butter and bananas. It’s like a thick smoothie. It’s actually really good and I can see myself drinking it even after I stop Juicing.
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Now, aside from my 2.5 weight loss in one day…which real or not, feels great, I found I was much sharper today. It’s like my concentration is better. I’m more focused. I don’t know if I can attribute it to Juicing…but I definitely feel different in a good way.

Just need to get through tomorrow and I can cross Juicing off my bucket list.

Oh yeah, 6 more people (that I know of) were inspired and are going to Juice too. Pretty cool!.

Jan 10, 2013 / Musings

Day One Juicing-I survived

So after a month long binge fest at some of the finest Kosher establishments in NY, I needed to detox.
Juicing is all the rage so naturally I turned to facebook to ask for guidance which led me to this brooklyn local called “The Jus Bar” (coming soon to the Five Towns) where they specialize in just that. They are not my client (not yet at least) and I am not getting paid to do this. I simply want to share my experience for any of you interested.

For $150…not a small price…you get 3 days worth of Juicing plus the cell phone of the owner, Julie Maleh, who is ready to help you through this 3 day challenge.
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So myself and 2 other brave friends decided to do it and here’s how my day went.

7am- I wake and weigh myself. A true lady will never reveal her weight so let’s just say I would love to go down 3-4 lbs by Day 3.
8am- Breakfast! It’s called the Morning Glow and it is made with Romaine, Spinach, Celery, Kale, Apple, Pear, banana, berries and filtered water. It also is surprisingly good. It’s kinda sweet. Thick but not too thick. Kinda refreshing. And I actually skipped my coffee and still had energy after I drank this. However I’m not a big coffee addict so I assume most will still need their morning drug. Which is allowed on this diet with a natural sweetener. I made it to Bootcamp and felt no better or worst.
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10am- Time for the Spicy Lemonade. Honestly, I didn’t love this. It was too spicy for my taste. I nursed it for an hour and gave up when I was 2/3rd done. Supposedly the cayenne in it boosts your metabolism causing you to burn calories faster. My two Juicing buddies actually loved this drink.
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12pm- My first challenge of the day. I had a birthday lunch for a friend at local restaurant filled with temptations…but no way would I cancel or break my Juicing diet. I brought my lunch with me, which was the same Morning Glory drink I had at 8am.  Tried to sneak it under my scarf but got caught anyway…Kudos to the Mashkiach.  So I ordered a plate of steamed broccoli ..which is allowed on this diet.  Let’s just say as I sat eating my broccoli while my friends had real food, I felt quite the caricature of a Five Towns Lady. But at least I can laugh at myself.  On another note shame on this restaurant for charging me $9.95 for a plate of broccoli! After lunch I was able to have the rest of my green juice.
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3pm: I’m starting to feel hungry, as in I need something sweet now!!!! Thank G-d my 3pm juice was the Acai blend. It’s super sweet and tastes like a really good fresh smoothie. It kept me going until…..

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5pm: My house is filled with the smells of fried fish, mac and cheese and homemade blintzes. I’m starving! I wish I had a cold where I couldn’t smell because I just discovered that the sense of smell is what is responsible for most sabotaged diets. But I held strong…did not give in. But as I write this I’m still dreaming of that fried fish….
What I did discover is that there should be a warning label not to do anything that requires patience while juicing. Case in point, homework….it was not fun.

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6pm: So I’m bored of the green drink already but that’s my din din…so I decide to be creative and heat it up. Why not feel like I’m having soup. Bad idea…it tastes like I’m drinking a watery juice from a bowl. I ended up not even finishing it.
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8:30:  So there’s one more drink to go…I’m going to have it at 9pm. It’s called Almond Breeze and it’s made with almonds and dates. This one sounds yum…maybe I’ll have it in bed while I watch The Carrie Diaries…(I just took a taste so I can share it with you…it’s as yum as it sounds…kinda grainy, sweet as anything, milky tasting. I love this one!)

Summary: So Day 1 was a real challenge. Not yet sure if I’ll wake up tomorrow ravenous, weaker, lighter….
They say Juicing helps clean out your system and kickstart a healthier lifestyle. We shall see…..

Jan 9, 2013 / Musings