It’s been just over a week since I ended my 10 day juice fast, and so far, so good. I’m enjoying eating with the family again, hell, I’m enjoying eating again, a lot! Lol… But you know, it’s what I’m eating this time around (post fast) that I am enjoying the most…
MORE Greens, greens and more greens:
- Bok Choy – my 1st time trying Bok Choy, it’s good!
I feel like I’m eating more greens now that my juice fast is over, but that just couldn’t be possible… The inside of my refrigerator looks like I do. I like it though, I like it much.
Vegetables of all kinds with lots of onions, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes…
Berries and Beans (about a cups worth a day of either or)
A variety of fruits (about 2 servings a day)
Nuts and Seeds (so good on salads)
Some lean protein such as fish, turkey or chicken breast usually with dinner, except Mondays. It’s meatless on Mondays you know.
I’ve been eating very little bread, pasta, and such. Well, to be honest, I’ve had almost none since I ended the juice fast. I did finally have a few pretzel chips that I was whining for while juice fasting…they didn’t live up to my hype though. That made me pretty happy.
Amazingly, I’ve eaten almost NO dairy since my juice fast – my Veggie Queen neighbor next door swears that she feels great consuming almost no dairy, and it isn’t as hard as it seems to avoid. She was right. Now, that’s saying something from a Wisconsin raised girl… Truly, I don’t really miss it much. I even made a whole grain super veggie pizza without cheese! I’ll be honest; it was ok but not to die for, lol… OH and I tried almond milk too (thanks again to the Veggie Queen). Almond milk was quite good!
And as far as fats and oils go, I’ve used just smidgens of olive oil here or there while cooking…
It’s not been anything fancy, my menu this past week. I have not counted any calories or portions. I’ve just been eating all the above to satisfy the rumbly in my tumbly. Interestingly enough, I’ve lost another half-pound and have only had 1 work out thus yet.
I’ve heard that many people gain a few pounds back almost immediately following a juice fast. I did after I ended my first fast. It seems odd that I’m continuing to lose weight while eating more food than I did before I began my juice fast… Well, I guess looking at what I’ve been eating, maybe it isn’t so odd…interesting is more like it, interesting and appealing…
I mentioned in my previous juice fast posts that I’d been reading Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I’m still reading it actually…kids and life keeps my allowed reading time to a minimum for now. Anyway, I’ve been following his advice on what’s good to feed our bodies and using his food pyramid to base my meals. It hasn’t been that hard and has thus far been a pretty good route for me, even Randy too. It compliments his plan for natural weight loss nicely.
Dr. Fuhrman has come up with an equation for good overall health. It’s the key in Eat to Live:
health = nutrients / calories.
“H = N/C is a concept I call the nutrient density of your diet. Food supplies us with both nutrients and calories (energy). All calories come from only three elements: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Nutrients are derived from noncaloric food factors – including vitamins, minerals, fibers, and phytochemicals. These noncaloric nutrients are vitally important for health. Your key to permanent weight loss is to eat predominately those foods that have a high proportion of nutrients (noncaloric food factors) to calories (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins). In physics a key formula is Einstein’s E = mc squared. In nutrition the key formula is H = N/C. – Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Eat to Live, page 7.
Dr. Fuhrman asserts that by following this equation and learning what foods have high nutrient density compared to calories, we will find the path to “life-long weight control and improved health.” That right there is exactly what I’d like to achieve post juice fast, to maintain my healthy weight and improved health…maybe even better health! I could be super Nana! Lol… Well, maybe I could.
Consequently, this past week’s menu has been filled with all kinds of nutrient rich foods. For example, my breakfasts have been, surprisingly, salads, and not boring rabbit food salads as some folks I know are thinking, lol… I’ve enjoyed flavorful, filling salads made with a variety of greens, fruits, nuts and berries. Most salads I don’t even need to add dressing to, because the fruit is juicy enough. Weird? Salads for breakfast?
I have had a tall fresh fruit juice with a tablespoon of organic goji powder mixed in – that was very good too. But, I like the salads better. Funny, I haven’t wanted much for cereals, toast, or even oatmeal. Oatmeal I like and will work in here and there. For now, though, I’m going to keep trying new salad mixes with fruit.
In my morning salad yesterday, I had finely sliced greens of kale and bok choy with shredded carrot and purple cabbage (leftovers from the night before – I keep a bowl of greens sliced and ready). Then I topped it all with 1 sliced pear and an ounce of chopped walnuts…blueberries on the side to share with the baby. I love that our little guy prefers Mommy’s food to his own. He eats almost everything with exception to some of the greens – he has a bit of trouble chewing them.
For lunch, generally I eat what leftovers we have from the night before, or I make a different salad. Yesterday, I wanted to use up the rest of my kale and bok choy, so I topped it with mixed beans: pinto, kidney, and black beans. I added some diced tomato and a squeeze of lime, a little drizzle of yogurt based ranch dressing and voila, a good hearty lunch is served. Yes, I cheated and had a V-8 vs. juicing fresh juice, lol… It happens. That sounds bizarre, saying I cheated with a V-8… Right, onto dinner…
Dinner has been good, really good. My first dinner post juice fast was made of baked fish and greens. I baked some mushrooms and onion on the side too. We had sauteed chicken with bok choy the next night– this recipe I enjoyed very, very much. Randy said it needed a little salt and pepper, maybe a little something else, but still very good. I baked our low-fat chicken tenders one night, but instead of mashed potatoes served beans alongside some steamed broccoli and carrots. You already know about my cheese-less attempt at pizza, lol, and last night we had tacos: whole grain shells, stuffed with seasoned, lean ground turkey and topped with all kinds of things like broccoli, onion, romaine, arugula, tomatoes, peppers, etc… It’s not like we don’t have an abundance of veggies in the fridge. And what’s funny, I completely forgot to put cheese on my taco! Lol… Oh who cares right?
Anyway, it’s been kind of cool and not so strange to my taste buds to follow a more plant based diet. I will admit, I am fuller for longer and am really not craving any sweets or chips, crackers and such… It’s only been a bit more than a week since my juice fast, so maybe my lack of cravings haven’t had enough time to kick in yet. We’ll see. It is impressive, though, that I could be this full without much heavy fats or breads or potatoes etc… Maybe my body is just better nourished?
Time will tell all. Until then, I’m going to keep reading, learning, and trying new things. I’m excited to write about a few new foods I’ve been into like raw bee pollen, chia, and hemp! Lol… Randy’s eyebrows raised when he saw the bag of hemp seeds on the counter… LOL… Ahh the old and crazier dayzzz.
Peace out for now juice fast peeps,
Amy –Fully juiced, happy and healthy
PS. If your looking for healthy, more plant based recipes do check out www.whfoods.org. I’ve had a lot of luck finding good eats here and they provide a wealth of health information about each recipe = extremely helpful.