Fruit Juice diet
by Ericka Sóuter May 14 at 2:55 PM
I try to lead a healthy lifestyle. "Try" being the operative word. I exercise. I eat right ... well, most of the time. I just can't seem to resist pizza day at work or the occasional burger from Shake Shack (arguably the best burger joint in New York City). Problem is, all those indulgences have left me feeling run down, bloated, and have wreaked havoc on my high blood pressure (a lingering vestige of preeclampsia during pregnancy).
So what's a busy mom to do? Oh, I know, deny myself any and all food. But not in the model-munching-on-tissue-paper-to-stay-skinny-for-the-catwalk kind of way (yes, they do that!). I opted for a juice cleanse. I wanted to detox. Rid my system of all those impurities and preservatives caked in every delicious morsel of yummy treats like microwave popcorn (my daily 4 p.m. snack). So I signed up for a four-day fast from American Yogini, which provided me six juices per day. Here is my detox diet survival story.
Thursday, May 9
8:45 a.m.: Crack open first juice. A delicious concoction with beets, celery, apple, lime, ginger. I am giddily excited as I drop my son off at pre-school. Just think, in four days, I will be a totally new, healthier person! Wait, is that Starbucks I smell.
10:45: Still nursing juice, already thinking about food. Obsessively thinking about food. Getting more agitated with every sip.
11:30: I'm already planning to cheat. Go to American Yogini website and look for "Cheat Foods" section. Yes!!! I can have lettuce, tomatoes, and half an avocado.
1:30 p.m.: After wolfing down said salad, I try not to feel guilty for barely lasting four hours. It's the first day after all.
3:30: Ugh. Caffeine withdrawal headache. Super tired as I sit through meeting. Feel like taking a nap under the table. Maybe no one will notice. Hunger is making time go SO SLOW!
4:00: Going head to head with pregnant coworker for most bathroom trips in a day!
7:00: Get home and can't wait to indulge in another cheat food -- quinoa. A quarter cup tastes better than filet mignon at this point. Has it really only been one day 12 hours on this fast? It's official -- I would never survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
11:30: Nurse one last juice and brush teeth, swallow toothpaste on purpose, and boy, Crest never tasted so good.
Friday, May 10
8:00 a.m.: No work today, which is a good thing since I can barely get out of bed. SOOOOO tired but MUST. DO. SCHOOL. DROP-OFF.
9:00: Feel wine-sleepy, like I've been downing chardonnay. Get back into bed.
11:30: Nanny says she's glad it's the weekend because she didn’t want be around when I turned into a crazed, cranky, hungry woman ... Too late.
12:00 p.m.: Co-chairing my son's school auction that night, so must leave to prep venue. I won't be back home until late so I pack my juices and a little quinoa along with a change of clothes for the event.
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Two big reasons...2008-11-13 08:17:40 by chinacat
The first is perception - when we're under stress, we tend to be harsher judges of ourselves and our situation.
the second is, well, stress - which is a very physical thing, whether or not we recognize it as such. it messes with our sleep, disrupts our beauty routine, our diet, how and when we exercise, and plays merry hob with our digestion, very often.
it sounds like maybe you're worn down, need fruit juice when you're drinking coffee, need more sleep that isn't coming easy...and you're feeling bad, which always makes us hate what we see in the mirror, doesn't it?
I would2005-12-05 12:20:56 by -suggest-
Breakfast, skip out on the toast + butter, the hunk of cheese, and have some nonfat milk instead of juice. Juice has a lot of sugar and milk has more nutrients. You could also skip the yogurt and save it for a snack between breakfast and lunch.
Lunch, skip the merlot. It's a lot of calories, slows you down. Have water. If must drink a flavored beverage have a diet soda.
Have a snack between lunch and dinner. An apple or orange or carrots or celery. Very light, fruit or veg.
Dinner, skip the cheese, go easy on the bread, have a salad with light dressing in addition to the SMALL bowl of soup
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