Bought a juicer – Heck Yeah!

So… I did it. I caved and bought a juicer. Given, I happened to strike GOLD and scored a commercial-grade (really nice) Breville Juicer in MINT condition for $60 from a local Swap ‘n Buy group just hours after Jeddy and I finished watching ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’ and ‘Hungry For Change’ (for the second/third time). It was fate.

I went on a rampage last night and bought an obscene amount of ingredients needed to make Joe’s Mean Green Juice for the next few days:

  • Kale
  • Apples
  • Ginger Root
  • Lemon
  • Cucumber

In addition to this, I also picked up spinach, pears and avocado to make a few variations of juice. This morning I made my first batch and it was surprisingly… amazing. The apple and ginger really shines and makes drinking 16 stalks of kale and 2 whole cucumbers totally tolerable. My only complaint would be the amount of cleanup involved – but most of it involves rinsing so it’s not all that bad.

Unfortunately I forgot to to take a pristine IG-worthy photo of my juice – so you get a progress shot of an almost finished glass. You’re welcome.

Joe Mean Green Juice

Obviously my first juicing experience was delicious. I forgot to take a photo.

In addition to beginning to juice, I have also been sticking with the 4 Hour Body eating plan (greens, beans and proteins – as described here). I absolutely love chicken and fish, so I have no problem being creative with these staples and making a variety of veggie-rich dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have officially only botched 1 meal (do NOT recommend red pepper seasoning on basa filets – ew)… and am continuing to impress myself day after day. Here’s a pic of last night’s dinner… two large chicken breasts baked on a bed of black beans, smothered in organic salsa, spinach and mushrooms affectionally dubbed ‘salsa fiesta pollo’ (which translates into ‘salsa party chicken’. I am so spanish.

My 'salsa fiesta pollo' dish.

My ‘salsa fiesta pollo’ dish.

Day Four. Discouraged.

It hasn’t even been a week and I’m feeling discouraged. How disappointing. I have NOT, however, given up or wavered from my path… I’m sticking to the eating plan, omitting sugar/dairy and drinking TONS of water (especially fresh squeezed lemon water).

I am discouraged because, in the time since I started this whole slow-carb/clean eats thing.. I’ve gained pounds (I try not to weigh myself, but I did.. so whatever), been super bloated, super irritable and I have woken up with a headache nearly every morning. Oh, and I’m also super tired and napping during the day (I get up at 6:30am).

Tell me, for those of you who have been in a journey like this… was it this tough in the beginning for you? And how long does this stage of misery last before things level out and start toward the up and up?.. I’m curious and need to know that I’m not the only one who puts proteins and veggies in my body and gains more weight/bloating than on fried foods and McD’s. Ugh fml.

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On a positive note: Check out the SUPER AWESOME LEMON SQUEEZER I picked up yesterday [pic above].. no more cutting and squeezing.. simply twist and enjoy!

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The 4 Hour Body. My beginning of mindful eating.

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With the start of a New Year, I join the majority of the population in vowing to eat better and look after myself. This begins with eating with intent, and not JUST because something tastes or looks good… ugh.

My husband, Jeddy, successfully lost 30 lbs following the ‘4 Hour Body’ eating plan. This consists primarily of a limited-ingredient and repetitive approach to foods… eating legumes (beans), fish, chicken and pork (and wild game) and greens. LOTS of GREENS. Pretty much everything else is off limits. Part of the idea is to create a routine for your body and limit the variety of ingredients you put into your gut on a daily basis… and eat frequently with TONS of fluids in between. I have no problem with drinking lots of water.. it’s quitting cream and sugar in my coffee that is going to be torture!

Since Jeddy has successfully done this before, we are following the foods and meal plans that he had the most success with. The best thing(s) about following the 4 Hour Body plan is…

1. You follow this plan only 6 days per week – you get 1 CHEAT DAY! You get to eat anything and everything you want all day… as long as you resume your strict diet immediately after. I’m already planning my Cheat Meals a week ahead of time… it’s like waiting for Christmas all over again.

2. The cooking is EASY. Literally steaming, roasting or eating raw. This I can manage.

3. You’re never hungry. You are allowed (encouraged, even) to eat as many greens as it takes you get you full. This meal plan isn’t about ‘portion control’… it’s about putting sustainable amounts of REAL FOOD in your body… and feeling fulfilled and satisfied as a result.

Today, our eating schedule looked like this – which is a typical day:

  • 7:00am – BREAKFAST
    (3) Poached Eggs
    (2) Tbsp Organic Salsa
    Half Avocado
    Handful Steamed Spinach
    All served on a bed of black beans
    Seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 9:00am – VEGGIE GREENS (Drink)
  • 11:00am – FIRST LUNCH
    (1) Oven baked Tilapia Filet
    (2) Tbsp Organic Salsa
    Half Cup Fried Black Beans
    Handful Steamed Spinach
    Seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 3:00pm – SECOND LUNCH
    (1) Cup Mung Bean ‘Fetuccini’
    Tilapia, Salsa and Black Bean Sauce
    6 Oven Roasted Asparagus Stalks (seasoned with balsamic vinegar)
  • 7:00pm – DINNER
    (1) Oven baked Chicken Breast w/ Salsa
    6 Oven Roasted Asparagus Stalks (leftover from lunch 2)
    Half Cup Fried Black Beans
    Handful Steamed Spinach
    Seasoned with salt and pepper
  • OPTIONAL Glass of Red Wine after dinner

The shopping list is pretty straightforward, just be prepared to buy a LOT of a few things. We go through about two cans of organic black beans DAILY, as well as 6-10 eggs, half a can of organic salsa (which we may start making ourselves with our Vitamix) and fish/chicken. Once you get the hang of the fundamental ingredients and eating times, then you can get creative with presentation… such as turning black beans, fish and salsa into a pasta sauce like I did. Voila!