My downfall started this past winter in Mexico. I ate bread every morning for breakfast…..with jam and margarine naturally. Then came a snack most nights of Craisins, nuts, and chocolate chips and then I had to make Austrian dumplings filled with apricots, and so on. Thus all of last years work was undone. Two weeks ago, after I saw the pictures Lynne and Tessa took of me I went into a pretty bad funk. And the only way out of it was to make a big change. To get a fast jump start and boost my morale I decided to juice for a while. At this point I don’t know for how long. I try to think of just today and my weigh in reward tomorrow morning.
This is day five of juicing and like Tessa, I had some off and on headaches for a few days, was not liking the juice and wanted to eat. But today I feel good! My weight loss is 6.3 pounds thus far which I know will slow down somewhat but what the heck…….I have lots of time and hopefully getting into shape once and for all will give me added quality time on earth.
For me, the juice has to meet three criteria to make the experience pleasant: 1) Be tasty 2) Be healthy 3) Be pretty. And it is hard to meet all three at once. Sometimes my juice tastes good but is so very ugly due to combining green and red produce. .
Occasionally I look at juice recipes to give me ideas but I never use them – instead I just go with what I have on hand, trying to strike a balance of more vegetables than fruit. I doubt that I’m hitting the recommended 80% vegetables and 20% fruit but this is better than doing nothing, right?
This mornings pitcher of juice made about 30 ounces and included 3 small pears, 1 green apple, 1 small stick pineapple, 1/2” of fresh ginger, 1 medium cucumber, 1 head of romaine lettuce heart, and 3 stalks of celery.
Delicious and pretty too! Even Steve, who doesn’t know how anyone could juice for more than one meal, thought this tasted fantastic. Next time though I will reduce the quantity of fruit and perhaps add more cucumber/lettuce because the juice is just a tad sweet.