Sunday, July 31, 2011

Getting Juiced! Day 2

I have to admit that my hunger center was working overtime last night as I headed to bed.  I dismissed these feelings, however, in hopes of waking up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Day 2

Today started off fantastic!  I awoke without the dreaded starvation feelings that I thought I would have.  I wasn't not hungry but definitely not salivating at the thought of eating anything available whether it was edible or inedible.  I count that as a small victory for my second day on the job.

Breakfast

Apple, Peach, and Grapefruit Juice
-  1 small apple
-  2 large peaches
-  2 grapefruits

The before picture...



















And after...




















This recipe made a lot of juice!  I was able to get 2 full glasses out of it which more than filled me up.  It was also one of my favorite juices so far.  Lots of sweetness to it with all the fruit and a touch of tartness due to the grapefruit.

I've noticed that my Breville juicer works at the speed of lightening which makes is nice becaues I can have juice made rather quickly, but that also means it doesn't get the most out of the fruits/veggies that it devours.  There's always a few small or medium size chunks of food left in the pulp bin and the pulp is very wet.  This seems to be a trade off for the faster speed.  It's also rather easy to clean for a juicer.  I have a friend who owns the Greenpower juicer which is much more efficient at extracting all the juice out of whatever you put into it but it's slower and very difficult to clean.

Lunch

Carrot, Beet, and Orange Juice
-  2 carrots
-  2 beets
-  3 oranges

The building blocks...




















The juice...




















I had some slight feelings of hunger come lunch time.  Not nearly as bad as day 1 though.  Although, the whole grain, low salt Triscuit crackers stored in my pantry were definitely calling me.  Again I held to my guns and stuck to the good stuff.

This red, red, red juice is full of antioxidants!  The main group of antioxidants responsible for the distinct red color is from the betalain antioxidant group found in the beets.  This drink was moderately easy to drink.  I didn't think it was nearly as strong as I presumed it would be but by the end of the glass I was happy to move on.  The oranges provided some unique sweetness that gave it a nice touch too.

Dinner

Spinach, Fennel, and Cucumber
-  1 fennel bulb
-  1 cucumber
-  2 stalks celery
-  3 handfuls spinach

The before pic...




















And after...




















This was definitely my least favorite of any juices so far.  Although probably the richest in antioxidants of all the drinks I've made so far it was difficult to get down.  But as they say no pain, no gain right :)

Overall day 2 was a little better than day 1.  I still had some pretty strong hunger cravings late afternoon but the first half of the day went pretty well.  I went for a 3.5 to 4 mile walk this morning and felt awesome afterwards!  I also noticed how mentally sharp I felt throughout the day.  All in all a good day!

Check out more updates below...

Day 1 - Getting Juiced!
Day 3 - Getting Juiced!
Day 4 - Getting Juiced!
Day 5 - Getting Juiced!
Day 6 - Getting Juiced!
Day 7 - Getting Juiced!








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