Friday, September 7, 2012

Juice Journey

My name is Desirae. I am 21, married, and a mother to a beautiful little boy who turns one very soon! I just wanted to share my journey so far, and my experience with juicing. 

My goal weight is 135, and my current weight is 152.2 (as of this morning, eeeep!) I had my baby September 29th 2011. I think I weighed about 190 right before I had him. I gained 50lbs of baby weight. I ate my entire first  trimester instead of having morning sickness. That was the pregnancy Gods giving me payback. "No easy pregnancy for you, gain weight!" 

So I started my weight loss journey after I had him. I breastfed for the first two months, which caused me to gain weight instead of lose weight. I was basically still hanging out around the weight I was when I was pregnant. I was not happy with my body AT ALL. I knew I had just had a baby, but I was ready to be hot again. I weighed about 140 before I found out I was pregnant, which was still a little high for me. I weighed 135 when I met my husband.  Living with him obviously made me gain weight. Frozen pizzas, frozen burritos, and mac and cheese.  Living the young married life, ha. 
Before:
After baby:
Currently.
At the beginning of this year, I watched a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (FS&ND). My mom was in town and we watched it together. After watching Joe Cross travel the states and introduce people to juicing, I thought, Wow, that would be an awesome challenge. So while my mom was in town she surprised me with a Breville Juicer. So I got this bad boy...
I was SO very excited to get juicing, following recipes and making my own. 

The first juice reboot (this is what they call the cleanse on FS&ND) I did for 10 days, starting back in February, when I finally got my juicer in the mail. This was quite a challenge for me since I had never done anything like this before. Juicing takes A LOT of self control. I was always told the first few days are the worst. And boy, is that true! I wanted to eat anything and everything. I tried to keep my juice "meals" to 16-20 oz, and have three to four a day. So some days I can get up to 80 oz of juice! If I started my day with a 16oz juice, I would have a small "snack" of juice. Maybe a half cup to cup of juice or something. I created many combinations. I say combinations, because I didn't have specific recipes when I started out. I made the juice to taste. Which means some juices tasted wonderful, some tasted, well, not so great. But I chugged them anyways ;] At the end of the 10 days, I had lost a total of 10.4 pounds! That was insane. This definitely jump started my weight loss. 

Benefits of Juicing:
  • Improved focus and mental clarity
  • Improved heart and cardiovascular function
  • Anti-Aging
  • Improved bone & joint function
  • Stronger Immune System – infections and disease thrive in an acidic environment
  • Gives your digestive system a "break"
  • Healthier hair, skin and nails
  • Natural weight loss
I have done a few other juice reboots since then, but not for as long. I have done a couple of 3 day ones, losing a few pounds here and there, and I did one 7 day one where I lost 5 lbs. I will be honest, the part of juicing that appealed to me about juicing was the weight loss. But at the same time, juicing was so wonderful for my body. Once I completed the first few days of horrible hunger, and started getting used to it, my body loved it, I had energy! It just made me feel refreshed, like, wow I just did something awesome for my body. I cleared out all of the junk food I have put in it! 

My tips for juicing:
  • Don't just buy any juicer, do your research! I have a Breville, but Jack LeLanne is just as awesome. 
  • Add something green to every juice
  • Put as many veggies in your juice as you can! 
  • Drink your juice right away if you can, the longer it sits, the faster they lose nutrients AND can start tasting weird.
  • Any citrus-y fruit is a great add in to a juice with veggie juices you are not typically a fan of (beets, carrot juice, celery)
  • Use a glass container for your juice, some of the juices will stain plastic and make it yucky. 
  • If you feel the need to eat a snack, cut up an apple or a cucumber, eat that. At least you are sticking to fruits and veggies only.
  • Make sure to wash ALL of your produce very well. Organic is best to buy.
  • Avoid attempting to juice produce with low water content. Bananas do NOT have juice, people ;] 
  • Plan your juices BEFORE you go shopping. 
  • Drink LOTS of water while juicing. 
  • Consult a doctor before you begin if you have any kind of medical history
  • Its okay to start slow. Juice for one day and see how you feel. Feeling good? Keep going! 
  • You CAN add natural protein powders to your juice for extra protein, especially if you are working out during your fast.
  • Keep Calm, Juice On! 
I certainly am no professional juicer, I mean I have only done a few. I am sure there is plenty more I can learn about juicing. But if you ever have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact me at desiraelastinger@gmail.com or at my personal blog, www.goingwiththelastingers.blogspot.com!

5 comments:

  1. Desirae, Thanks so much for your contribution! I wish everyone would watch FS&ND! It really gave me a kick in shorts and motivated me! Netflix people!!

    I love all your bullet points!! ~ Jen J.

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  2. It really is an eye opener! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to post! It was nice to share all of my little tips ;]

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  3. Great, informative post! I'd like to try it out some time.

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  4. I'm so glad you posted this! I watched that documentary a couple times and LOVED it! We just bought a Breville about a month ago and have been juicing, but no juice fast yet. I don't have the nerve yet to do a fast!

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  5. Even keeping juice in your diet is a great way to get your fruits and veggies in! That is still awesome, Amanda.

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