I carry my juice to work and I drink 12-16 oz for breakfast. When I start to feel a little hungry, I’ll sip at my juice or drink water. I drink 12-16 oz for lunch and if there’s any left, I finish the rest as an afternoon snack. In the middle of the day, usually after lunch, I drink a mug of hot green tea. In between, I’m drinking water. Lots of water.
Some tips for those who want to do this: ALWAYS have a bottle of water with you at all times. If you know you’ll be away from home for a while and you don’t know of any juice bars near by, (I don’t think Hawaii has ANY fresh juice bars) try to have some juice packed for your outing.
My husband is trying to live healthier and maybe do a reboot also. Last night he had things to do after work and then he picked me up to head to the store to get more produce for my reboot. While we were shopping, he said HURRY UP I WANNA GO HOME AND GET A JUICE IM STARVING!!
Well, while in the store, he went straight to the poke place and picked up poke and kim chee tofu. Now, Poke overall is healthy. It’s fish. But the SALT! The kim chee…the SALT! I walked away and waited by the registers. He caved. I didn’t. It was at that point that I understood that hunger is ALL IN THE MIND.
To eat, masticate, chew, and swallow solid foods is a conditioned behavior. Think about this, as infants, we’re on liquid diets. When we get OLD, and we can no longer chew our food, we will have liquified food. When we get hungry, our body “craves” chewing and swallowing food. I am training my body to understand that hunger can be tamed by drinking a juice, water, or hot tea.
When I got home from work yesterday, I went straight into the kitchen and juiced up fruits and veggies into a pint glass for dinner. It filled me up and I was all good. I drank water. I drank hot tea. I was fine.
I finally got to bed at 11 pm and it was at that point that my tummy started to grumble. I felt a hunger pang. I ignored it. I drank more water and went to sleep. It’s all in your mind. Just as Joe Cross said in his movie, “those falafels I ate two months ago, they’re still here.” So, all the food I ate already, my body has yet to burn off.
Today, I did pack my workout pants and top. I will be spending my lunch hour in the gym for another walk. And at least this time, I’ll be more comfortable.
Another thing I am also doing that I don’t remember sharing with you is I’m logging my intake and fitness on livestrong.com. If you are on livestrong, add me. Harleylady808 and we can track and support each other along the way.
A small piece of fresh ginger (about the size of the tip of my thumb)
A handful of kale
A handful of spinach
4 small “trees” of broccoli (not a whole crown)
2 celery stalks
2 small fuji apples
1 navel orange
The flavor is much nicer and lighter with the cucumber juice. Although you might have a super mighty motor in your juicer, be kind to it so it will last longer. Don’t force the food into the juicer. You do have to put a little pressure but don’t jam it in there. You risk burning out the motor and busting your machine.
My suggestion is to try to cut your produce us smaller. For broccoli, I cut each tree in half and trim the stems and juice all of it. The stems are pretty tough and thick go easy. The apples, I core them and juice the rest of it, even the stem if its still attached. Use fresh ginger sparingly and add more if you want more punch. That small piece I used gave a nice kick to my 32 ounces of "Maria's Mean Green"
In the two pint glasses above, are my hubby and daughters breakfast smoothies.
My overnight oat mixture. Soak the following in the fridge overnight:
1/3 cup of non fat plain yogurt
1/3 cup of non/low fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup of almond milk
1/3 cup of oats
Add that to blender with:
a handful of kale
a handful of spinach
1/2 cup of strawberries (frozen)
1/3 cup of raspberries
1/2 cup of mango (frozen)
Blend till smooth. That recipe yields two full pint glasses.
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