Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Juicing Chronicles, part IV

Day 15

Progress, progress, progress! I am so proud of the Mr. being strong through this change of diet. Drinking 2-3 meals a day is hard stuff!

We last left off at Day 10, where there wasn't a change from Day 5. As of this morning, the Mr. weighed in at....

192.8 lbs!!!

While very pleased with the current results, we aren't too shocked that this diet is working because it's simple really: cut back on calories, specifically carbs, dairy, and meat + increase vegetable and fruit intake = weight loss. But how can you convince yourself to not eat that tasty toasted turkey sandwich and instead eat, 2 carrots, 2 cups of spinach, 2 apples, 1/2 lime, 1 leaf of kale, 1 cup of pineapple, and a beet? Easy. You juice it all and it equals about 500 mL of liquid, or approximately a standard water bottle full. Most of time, the Mr. doesn't have a problem drinking a giant glass of juice, but if it's not the tastiest (remember the onion incident?), then a good nose pinch and deep breath will help guzzle the juice down. On top of the diet change, he also exercises lightly about three times a week. This includes a jog, several miles of brisk walking, and/or yoga. Woot woot!

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead boasts the importance of the micronutrients in juice, but since the Mr. doesn't want to juice only, we still incorportate the macronutrients found in the pulp.

The Mr. tried a few days of juicing all his meals, but in the end, the best way to stay on track of the diet was to continue juice breakfast and/or lunch and then have sensible snacks and dinner. Snacks are unlimited veggies or fruits, or if the temptation is too strong, he has eaten a few crunchy carbs, like whole wheat crackers with cheese, or a cookie here and there. Yesterday we had guests, so we splurged a little and had homemade pepperoni pizza! A typical dinner has been a green salad. Today we had chicken salad with a whole grain pita (he had a quarter pita and I ate his other quarter plus my half... I was hungry), sauteed yellow squash and asparagus, a fruit salad (pineapple, apples, and cantaloupe). Have you ever had apple slices with lime juice?! YUM. way better than lemon juice.

I'll try to post some recipes he's been making up and some that he's found. He is doing such a fantastic job! The goal is to hit 190 or below by the time babe #2 is born, which gives about 8 weeks to achieve this. I think he'll definitely reach his goal because he's amaaaaazing!

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Juicing Chronicles, part III

Well, it's day 10 and the final results..............

Still 196 lbs.

I'm pretty sure it's because I've made some tasty blog-worthy treats in the last five days. So the Mr. declared that today marked the start of the next phase of the diet, which will just be a continuation of the current diet, minus the treats. I'm working now anyway, so there's no time for baking treats every other night anymore.

Wish the Mr. luck! I know he can reach his goals!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Juicing Chronicles, part II

if you're not caught up on to this mini-series, read part I here.

The Mr.:

starting weight- 199 lbs

as of this morning- 196 lbs!

Not bad for 5 days of juicing for breakfast and lunch only! The Mr. has been doing excellent. It's been really easy so far and the experiments haven't been too horrendous (minus the kind attempt I made to make homemade V8 for him- let's just say a small morsel of raw onion goes a looooooooooooooooooong way. and I mean all those "o's" in long. LONG. my mouth just burns thinking about that juice.)

The routine everyday has looked like this:

1) Gather all the vegetables/fruits to be juiced in a big bowl and give them a scrub.

2) Cut the produce that's ginormous, such as the XXL granny smiths and golden delicious apples on sale right now (The Mr. also seeds them, though this is not necessary). If using something like an orange or pineapple, then the rind is removed.

3) Turn on the juicer and send the produce to their next life.

4) Admire the the color that is produced and then stick the entire container in the freezer to chill during clean up.

Taste the Rainbow.
5) Clean out the pulp, scrub the strainer, and put everything in the dish drain to dry.

Seriously, a rainbow.
 6) Pour chilled juice in a cup and chug down all 500-600 mL!

This whole process, step 1-6, seriously only takes 20 minutes at most.

The diet is pretty clear on what it does- cuts back on calories to the wazoo. I have confidence in his goal to finally jump the 195 lb. hurdle he's been trying to get past the last few years!