Friday, September 20, 2013

Four is my new favorite number!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

And so I've been juicing for a week.  Not 24/7 juicing, just for breakfast, and I've lost four pounds.

FOUR POUNDS!  I've never lost four pounds in one week in my life, and for the most part, I haven't been too hungry. Remember Oprah brought out a cart of meat when she lost 68 lbs?  Well, when I think of a pound--I think of butter.  So I've lost 16 sticks of butter in a week.  : )

I found that spinach is a lot more palatable than (mature) kale, and that carrots can make the mixed juice quite nice.  I posted my juicing journey on Facebook and have gotten a few suggestions for juice (baby kale, for one).

One of the hardest parts for me with juicing is ... finding enough room in the fridge for all the veggies.  And I need a plan.  I've watched a number of videos and they suggest you clean and prepare (cut) enough of your veggies to juice for a week.  (I make juice every other day--enough for two days at a time.  It's supposed to have a fridge shelf life of three days.) 

I'm surprised at how negative some people can be about the whole juicing thing, but I'm going to continue with it for a while to see what happens. Except for the work involved, I can see this as something I could do for the foreseeable future.  Will I plateau like with a conventional diet?  Probably--it seems like one always does.  But I went in this more for staying healthy rather than just as a weight-loss gimmick.

So far, so good!
P.S.  Dark Waters is now available for pre-sale for Nook.  Release date is October 1st.


Katreader said...

Good for you. After your first post about juicing I decided to get a juicer myself. I'm not doing any special green juices, although I need to lose weight, but I got it as another way to use the fruits from my garden, and to be a bit more healthy.

AJ Blythe said...

Just be careful with the number of carrots you juice/consume. Too many and your skin will get a lovely orange tone!

I used to juice all the time, but since having kids I've found I just don't have the time anymore! Now I get the machine out only when our lemonade tree is full of fruit :)

Book Dragon said...

Congrats on the 4 pounds! Hey, if juicing works for you keep it up. I'd like to try it, have a juicer and everything but after a hospital stay I have to watch my vitamin K intake or it messes up my medication. No more than what I was already eating, Kale, spinach, broccoli, cucumber (the peel), celery. . . you know, the stuff that smoothies and juicing use as a base.

Still, congrats on the weight loss, I'm a little green ;-) with envy but I too have gone down. Very slow but still going down.

Anonymous said...

Good for you!

Anonymous said...

I've only been tossing one carrot in each juice -- simply because they're very sweet. (Although I was bad this morning and drank a peach, carrot, and celery juice. Yum!) Back to green tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you could do some fruit juices. They're lovely, but a BIG load of "sugar" in one go. There are lots of other juices. Try this website:

Aurian said...

I am very happy for you Lorraine! I really can't see myself doing that, perhaps only after a big medical scare. I just don't like fruits and vegetables and am proud of myself when I order a smoothie somewhere instead of, for instance, hot chocolate.