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!