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Day 30 - The Rancho Commons — LiveJournal
Note to self: no whining, no slacking
Day 30
Currently at 250.5, low of 249.5 a few days ago. Usually I hang around a weight for a few days, gain back a couple and lose them, etc. Then, one morning I get up and I'm 2 or 3 pounds below my lowest previous. So, I still count the 249.5 because I'm not taking in enough calories to gain an actual pound of weight back. In the last month I've gone from 273 to 249.5 = 23.5 pounds. If I reproduce that in the 2nd 30 days of this experiment, or do even better, I'll be down in the 220s or less.

The problem, as always, is food. I miss it, I love it, and I'm starting to feel stasis with juicing. Meaning, I'm "bored" with it and want to eat so I'm allowing foods to slip in more. I know from experience how quickly that can slippy slope from a bit of fruit now and then to all eating/no juicing. I have to reinstate vigilance or I'll slack right out of this and that is NOT going to happen. Don't get me wrong, I'm not eating meals and I'm not taking in thousands, or even hundreds, of calories in solid foods every day. But, on a few days, I've gotten into the hundreds of calories. Every bite of solid food is counterproductive to the 60 days of juicing plan, because it adds calories that slow my weight loss and the whole point is to maximize weight loss during the 60 day period. In other words, I'm shooting myself in the foot when I eat.

I have only occasional, mild hunger feelings so I don't have that as an excuse. Today, I am halfway. Tomorrow will be day 31 and I will be on the downward side of a goal I thought might actually be impossible for me. Juice for 60 days. I still doubt if I've had 5000 calories of solid food, though even if I have, it's been nearly all raw fruits and vegetables. I feel good, I'm looking better, and I am on the homeward track.

I still haven't covered all the health reasons for me to do this, and there are many. To summarize them, I'll close with this for now and I'll fill out this list with details in the next 30 days. My "co-morbidities" prior to this juice: hypertension (hgih blood pressure), high cholesterol, Type II diabetes (oral meds AND insulin injections before meals) and morbid obesity (the medical term). My family history includes cancer, heart disease, and vascular disease. In 6 days, I will turn 50. I am staring down the health care equivalent of death row. But, I can fix this. It's not too late. My goal is to get off of ALL of my meds for the above diseases and that is certainly still within the realm of possibility.

"Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." --Hippocrates.

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mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: June 17th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why not a bag of steamfresh vegetables, or perhaps a salad with non-fat dressing?
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: June 17th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that is the plan after the juicing. See, every bit of food I eat in this 60 days is calories that slow my weight loss and the whole idea to a 60 day juice is to lose as much weight as quickly as possible.

Also, the healthiest foods are fresh, local (as much as possible), raw plant foods. The longer a fruit or vegetable is off the plant, the more nutrients it loses. Most of our "fresh" plant food comes from Florida, California, Mexico... and even further away than that. You know those tasteless pale tomatoes you get at the store? They are picked completely green and ripen in crates. The tasty and healthy sugars that develop on the vine during the ripening process never reach the fruit. That's why they look and taste like crap. That's why tomatoes at the farmer's market picked yesterday when fully ripened on the vine taste SO good.

Our food system isn't designed to provide us with nutrients. It is designed for profit. The pharmaceutical companies that provide all these medicines for fat guys like me? For profit. Do any of the people in those industries care if I'm getting good nutrition? Having said that, that bag of steamed veggies you referred to is maybe convenient, but not very nutritious.

Michael, I turn 50 tomorrow, and I'm just now learning things about proper nutrition I thought I had known for 25 years. I was wrong, I was wrongly educated, I was misinformed, I was ignorant. I would greatly encourage you, if you have questions, to watch (on Netflix and I think on Amazon video) Food Matters (That's the 3 minute trailer for it). As I've mentioned before, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is what inspired me to juice.
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