See no Juice, Hear no juice

After a long morning. I pretty much stayed in bed until about 10. By the time I got ready it was 11.45am. No time for breakfast or brunch. I moved straight onto lunch.

It took a while oreparing myself this morning.  The recovery is not just slow at the moment, but painful. So I had to really take my time today.

Anyways,  juicing!! I have plenty of vegetables in the fridge thanks to my mum. She really helped us outby picking them up on her way over. So tomorrow will be another morning and afternoon juice. I can see a visible difference. And I also feel a lot better inside.

So with any luck. I may up the ante on this and go all out for three juices in a day. I’ll see how it goes tomorrow. I do however think I can move back to all three juices. Seeing as I am not allowed to exercise. I have to keep mt weight under control.

A strict diet, and an extremely simple exercise plan should help me keep on top of of any fat trying to attach itself to me. But also gef me fit (to a degree). The doctor has specifically told.me that I should not be attempting any part of P90X for up to 6 weeks. Looking ainto alternatives right now.

Please do let.me know if you can think of any…

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Juicing Log – Star Date 66901.7

Sorry about the Star Trek reference. I am a big fan though. Just thought… why not. Btw that is the star date for when I wrote this post 🙂

Right, so yesterday I made a juice and left it in the fridge. This morning, I drank said juice and remembered my wife would be joining me on my lunch juice.

Without a care in the world. I took a stroll, limped most of the way there. But made it! I picked up some celery and came home. Nice enough walk, but painful too. Had to skip the Boots visit.

Now the ingredients. I had to make enough for two and so I had to improvise. My wife had used all but one tomato and I ran out of spinach. Kale is extemely had to find here. I remember the farmers market in Philly always had Kale, nice size too! Right so here is what I used for today:

  • 4 large celery sticks
  • 5 carrots
  • 1 tomato 😦
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 1.5 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 bag of mixed leaves (lettuce, rocket)
  • 4 green apples (granny smith)
  • 1/4 lemon (skin removed)

After juicing all of that I had 1.3 litres of juice. Which is perfect. So my wife had a glass of 550ml and I had 650ml. Kinda great! The following photo shows how awesome it looks…

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This is the best kind of beer! Its all natural and has an awesome head to it! Wife is really enjoying the taste.

Juicing – Lunch (still on the test day)

So I managed to make another juice.  I believe I am supposed to be having 3 juices a day. But not just the juice, I’ll be having 6 – 8 glasses of water as well. This is the detox the body needs. After all the junk I have been putting in here (my body), it’s about time it got some good stuff…  Well, here is it. The only difference from this morning one is the addition of some lemon. Tastes about the same. I can see this is going to be tough, even if I done it before.

  • 2 toms
  • 2 sticks of celery (large)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 green apples
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • handful of spinach
  • 1/3 lemon
  • – Came up to 660ml

Apologies for not having a photo.  It looked the same as this mornings one, so I didn’t see the point. Well, I am still feeling pretty good, nothing wrong here.  But it’s not like I’ve had to move much. I am supposed to be resting 🙂

I just hope this really helps.  After reading through the links I posted this morning, I see more and more the benefits of juicing. The things vegetables are used to cure, certain ailments can be cured with this. Not that I have any, I just want to make sure I am healthy and fit.  Well, the juicing scratches off healthy. I just need to get back to the P90X routine. I have been instructed, so serious training, so now just waiting….

Join The Reboot – Recipes

Below you will find a list of all the juices I will be using for the rest of the fast.  I’ll add pictures to the posts as I update this site. Please feel free to try them out yourselves and let me know which ones you enjoyed! If I haven’t tried them I’ll make sure I put them on the list. Have a great one!

ABCs

2 Asian pears 2 Apples (Choose any variety!) 2 Beets 2 Carrots 1 cup Cabbage (choose any variety!) 6 handfuls Chard 3 cups

Calories: 430 Protein: 11 g Fiber: 2 g

Apple-Beet-Carrot Juice

1 Apple 2 Beets 3 Large Carrots 1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized) 4 cups Spinach/Kale

Calories: 280 Protein: 8 g Fiber: 2 g

Apple-Cantaloupe-Honeydew-Kale- Swiss Chard

2 Apples 1/2 Cantaloupe 1/2 Honeydew 6-8 leaves Kale 6-8 leaves Swiss Chard

Calories: 320 Protein: 10 g Fiber: 4 g

Apple-Carrot-Beet

2 Apples 4 Carrots 2 Beets 6 leaves swiss chard – 1.5 cup 1” ginger root (1 tablespoon)

Calories: 300 Protein: 9 g Fiber: 2.5 g

Apple-Cabbage-Carrot-Swiss Chard- Ginger-Lemon

2 Apples 1 wedge Red Cabbage 2 Large Carrots 1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized) 6 leaves Swiss Chard 1/4 lemon

Calories: 321 Protein: 10 g Fiber: 2 g

Beet, Celeriac, Carrot Juice

4 Carrots, stems removed 1/2-1 Apple, seeded 1/2 Celeriac root 1 Beet 1/4 inch slice Ginger root (optional)

Calories: 285 Protein: 7 g Fiber: 1 g

Blackberry Kiwi

1/4 large Pineapple, core removed and roughly cubed 1 cup Blackberries 1 Kiwi Fruit 1/4 Comice Pear 1/4 cup Coconut Water 30 Mint leaves

Calories: 230 Protein: 5 g Fiber: 2 g

Carrot-Kale Combo

1 Green Apple 3 handfuls Spinach 6-8 Kale leaves 4 large Carrots 1 piece Ginger (thumb size)

Calories: 280 Protein: 9 g Fiber: 1 g

Gazpacho Juice

4 Plum Tomatoes 1 large Cucumber 2 stalks Celery 1 Red Bell Pepper 1/4 small Red Onion 2 cups Parsley, leaves and stems, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup 1 Lime

Calories: 250 Protein: 12 g Fiber: 2 g

Great Green Fruity Mix

2 cups Beet Greens, Red Swiss Chard, Kale, Spinach or a combination, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup 1 Golden Delicious Apple 1/2 Comice Pear 10 Strawberries, green tops cut off 1 cup Coconut Water

Calories: 255 Protein: 6 g Fiber: 3 g

Great Greens Juice

2 Green Apples 2-3 cups Spinach 6-8 leaves Swiss Chard 1 Cucumber 4 stalks Celery 1/2 Fennel Bulb 1 bunch Basil

Calories: 329 kcal Protein: 16 g Fiber: 2 g

Green Juice

6 leaves Kale 2 cups Spinach 1/2 Cucumber 4 stalks Celery 2 Apples 1” Ginger root

Calories: 180 Protein: 12 g Fiber: 1 g

Green Lemonade

1 Green Apple 3 handfuls Spinach, 1.5 cup 6-8 Kale leaves, 2 cups 1/2 Cucumber 4 Celery Stalks 1/2 Lemon

Calories: 210 Protein: 10 g Fiber: 1 g

Lemon Lime

1 Lemon 1 Lime 2 Asian Pears 2 Green Apples 2 Carrots 1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized) 2 cups Purple Cabbage

Calories: 410 Protein 7 g Fiber 1 g

Mexican-Style Jugo

2 large Cucumbers 4 cups Cilantro, leaves and stems, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup 1 Lime 1 Poblano Pepper, ribs and seeds removed 1 Golden Delicious Apple

Calories: 200 Protein: 8 g Fiber: 2 g

Minty-Fresh Berry

2 cups Blueberries 2 Kiwi Fruit 16 Strawberries 2 cups Mint leaves, packed into the measuring cup

Calories: 319 Protein: 5 g Fiber: 4 g

Purple Power Juice

6 cups Concord Grapes 1 Golden Delicious Apple 2 2 x 2” pieces Ginger 1/2 cup Blackberries

Calories: 480 Protein: 4 g Fiber: 1.5 g

Refreshing Fennel-Pear

2 Comice Pears 2 medium Fennel Bulbs

Calories: 306 Protein: 7 g Fiber: 3 g

Spinach-Fennel-Cucumber

1 Fennel Bulb 1 Cucumber 3 Celery Stalks 3 cups Spinach

Calories: 170 Protein: 10 g Fiber: 1 g

Sunset Blend Juice

1 large Sweet Potato 1 medium Carrot 1 Red Bell Pepper 2 large Red Beets 2 Golden Delicious Apples 1 Orange, optional

Calories: 436 Protein: 9 g Fiber: 2 g

Sweet N Tart Citrus

3 cups Cranberries 2 2 x 2” pieces Ginger 3 Oranges 2 small Ruby Red Grapefruit 2 Limes

Calories: 500 Protein: 7 g Fiber: 9 g

V28

3 large Red Beets 2 medium Carrots 2 stalks Celery 4 Plum Tomatoes 4 cups Parsley, leaves and stems, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup 1 Jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed 12 Red Radishes

Calories: 340 Protein: 17 g Fiber: 2 g

How much did I drink?

Right, so I thought it would be kind of fun to see how much I had drunk the last time around when I completed the two weeks juicing fast… I know I know, so I did not actually complete the total of two weeks. I had a few salads instead of juices… I am not ashamed.  It was my first time juicing and after the first week I was very much done with juicing.  But this break helped me continue and finish.

If you are considering the juicing fast, I commend you on completing all the days with no breaks (unlike myself), but it took my sister to convince me and realize that healthy eating can also be just as good as juicing. Thanks Usha.

So in total I drank 487 ounces which is around 13 837 ml.  This does not include the 6 cups of water I had per day for the 2 weeks.  But even then almost 14l of fresh vegetable/fruit juice is not a bad deal. The one thing that made it great, was that after completing it I could have milk again.  OK, so it’s not quite how it was before. Where I could drink a pint without an issue. But I can now have a glass and eat cheese (in small quantities). Fingers crossed another round of this and I might be able to improve on that.

Juicing – Breakfast (just a test day)

20130606_091745Hi all!  Welcome back to all 3 readers! 😉

After a recent hospital visit, I decided I needed to reboot my system.  So I am beginning today with a breakfast.  I am not sure I’ll be continuing this for two weeks. I’ll see how things go today. So for breakfast, let’s take a look at what we have:

  • 2 toms
  • 2 sticks of celery (large)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 green apples
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • handful of spinach

After a quick meltdown in the juicer, I have one cup of juice. This produces a nice tall glass of healthy juice. About 650ml. I’ll need to have two more of these, and very little ingredients.  I think a trip to the grocery store will be required. The picture to the right is the bowl of vegetables I used to make my delicious juice.

So here’s the next photo, the picture below shows the juice before and after stirring. It’s not a great photo. Sorry if it seems a little out of place.  But I have to admit this is already feeling like the original day 1. My brain is aching and not from thinking I can tell you!

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So the last time I did this, I remember thinking I needed to make sure I knew what was coming into the body.  You know like vitamins and nutrients, etc. So the links I have provided below are for the juice which has made it in.  This is not to be taken as a point of fact, each link was found through a web search.  But there is nothing I can find which provides specific information on the nutrients and vitamins, etc which come from exactly what I am adding to the juice…  So I apologise fo r that, but please do have a look at the links. It will give you a rough idea at the very lease…

Carrot Juice: http://www.juicingbook.com/vegetables/carrot

Spinach Juice: http://www.juicingbook.com/vegetables/spinach

Tomato Juice: http://www.juicingbook.com/vegetables/tomato

Celery Juice: http://www.juicingbook.com/vegetables/celery

Cucumber Juice: http://www.juicingbook.com/vegetables/cucumber

Apple Juice:http://www.juicingbook.com/fruits/apple

After reading through the links above, I was amazed! Well, I am sure you’ll find it shocking.  I am a fruit lover, and am always eating fruit. Bananas, apple and oranges.  I really don’t eat much in the way of snacks. Some people could do with having more fruit. Just drop the packet of crisps and have a banana instead. Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this.

Juicing again

So I started talking to Bimal, he is having issues with shifting some weight. Now although he’s got his exercise routine setup, his diet is the issue. Well actually I take that back. He’s improved it a lot. He makes most of his own food, and he even cooks for his wife.

I know the last sentence will ruin the day for most husbands, but thats not my worry. Anyways, so good news… after speaking with Bimal, I spoke with his wife. We didn’t speak for great length but I asked her if Bimal had completed his day of juicing. She said he hadn’t, which then turned into a conversation about why its so good. A short conversation later and she said she would do it.

She’d make sure her and Bimal have at least one juice a day, this replaces one meal. So that’s my good deed for the day.

I hope they follow through.

Also my wife and I are going to start it off again. I am going to try for the full three meal replacement for a week, this should prove effective for my recovery. My wife will only replace the one meal.