I am going to catch up on the weekend all in one post….
Today I was super excited because it marked the halfway point!
- Himalayan salt
- dash of hot sauce
This one was good! Very spicy and yummy like a blood mary. I really enjoyed it, and it was so different from the other ones. For the quantities of everything I just was throwing in what I had left of most of these ingredients, so I didn’t track it too carefully.
- 5 cucumber
- 1 handful of chopped watermelon
So completely delicious. Again! This is definitely one of my favorites.
- 6 apples
- 2 handfuls of pineapple
- 1 kiwi
I only used 1 kiwi because after getting into them, they were not very ripe so I wanted to wait longer. This one was delicious.
- 1/2 pineapple
- 1 lime
- 2 oranges
Nasty alert! I don’t know if it was the lime or what, but for some reason this got really funky tasting. I was not a fan at all and it was my first one that I really hated. Which led me into the next one….
- 2 cups strawberries
- 13 romaine leaves
I would have thought that this one was good, but it was quite gross. Not as gross as the Pineapple Citrus, but it blended strangely together.
My mood on day 5 was good! I felt like I had a bit of energy, and I had a productive day at work which always helps. Plus, it was Friday… Friday just has a way of making everything feel much better. I sat there while my friend ate a plate of nachos and had some dessert and really did not even feel bad about not having it.
I woke up and was excited to go shopping again. I was surprised that my groceries had lasted me for 6 days, but all that I had left was a couple of beets and some unripe kiwis, so I knew I needed to go shopping again.
My total came to $71.52. Combined with my pricing from the first 5 days thus far, my overall total is: $169 for the food. (I think since the juicer and the bottles are a one-time purchase I will not include them in my pricing, especially since I bought the juicer last year.) Based on what I have consumed in the first 6 days, I am confident that the supplies that I got will last me through to the end. This means I am averaging just under $17 a day, which isn’t terrible.
Once I got home from the store, I went into prep mode again. I washed, cut, chopped, and peeled everything that I had and put it in Ziplock baggies.
I don’t mind the prep terribly. I just kept reminding myself that if I was to have to wash and prepare everything before I made my juice I would not be faithful in juicing and would then be thrown off track. This worked pretty well!
All of the recipes below I made before going to the grocery store… so some of them were a bit odd in the name of using them up.
- 3 tomatoes
- 3 carrots
- dash of hot sauce
This one was okay, not as good as the Bloody Mary one from Day 5.
- 4 celery stalks
- handful of blackberries
- handful of pineapple
This one tasted good but in the future I will not juice blackberries. They just do not produce much juice and are still expensive, so it is not worth the trade off.
- 3 apples
- 3 tomatoes
This one sounds kind of weird, but the acidity of the tomato mixed with the sweetness from the apple was really quite pleasant!
I was perfectly normal all morning and afternoon as I prepped for my last 4 days of juicing.
And then the storm hit.
And by the storm, I mean, I cheated.
I had agreed to go with my friend to volunteer at the Irish Center for a fundraiser for a bookstore that works in conjunction with schools and community programs to promote children literacy. So it was a great cause and I was excited to help out.
Upon arriving, I found about 20 restaurants in the area had donated food of all varying delicious types and that there was beer on tap flowing freely as well. My job was to help dish out some of the food at one of the stations, and let me tell you–my tummy was growling from the second I stepped into that place!
As time went on all of the food kept staring at me. Pizza, wings, pulled pork tacos, pasta dishes of varying flavors, sliders, cupcakes galore… you name it–it was there and calling to me.
So I kept thinking about it and flipping it over in my mind until I decided that I was going to let myself have some. So I had an hour of weakness in which I ate one small piece of pizza, a pulled pork taco, and drank 2 beers.
I really didn’t and don’t feel poorly about it, though. I kept expecting my stomach to hurt me a lot from it, but it never really came. When I went to the bathroom the next day, not to be gross but it was different having actual food in my stomach than the previous 5 days. After that experience I decided to allow myself to eat some of the food raw before juicing it, just so that in this part of it I am working my stomach back into a digestion groove. I don’t want to all of the sudden be hit by a total gut bomb when I eat solids again!
Once I was home that night I drank juice again, so it was fine and all was not in vain. I did not eat and then know that I was not going to drink my juice again.
I slept really poorly and just felt pretty blah all day. It was kind of nice though, because it was raining anyway so my mood fit the day nicely. I ended up spending most of the day on the couch watching movies with the pup, which was really nice and something I haven’t let myself do in a long time.
- handful of watermelon
- 1″ ginger
- 3 handfuls of spinach
- 5 cucumbers
This one was pretty tasty as well! All of my other recipes for today were repeats of what I have already put on here, so I am not going to bother listing them.
My mood was fine all day. Tired, lazy, but fine. I ended up eating a couple of orange slices raw last night and then ate an avacado. It felt SO good to eat solid food that I knew was healthy for me, too! I am really excited for my juice to end and to continue making healthy choices but in a solid form.
On Saturday night when I was being a naughty girl, I ended up speaking with another volunteer who was going to school to be a dietician. We were talking about juicing, weight loss, counting calories, etc. and she recommended an app for me. I have been using My Fitness Pal calorie counter for over a year now, but she said that she liked this one called Lose It because it broke down the nutritional value of things as well, and showed you a weekly report on it all. I liked the idea of that, because in My Fitness Pal some days I would eat way under my caloric allowance knowing that the next day was a party or an event and that I would rather spend the calories there. With this app it allows you to track that, whereas My Fitness Pal just does it on a daily basis.
So I am excited to have that handy tool! Everything is so much easier with technology. I just love it.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible, into the visible.”