Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Trying To Live a Healthier Life

I have been seeing the popularity of juicing/blending rise within the more recent years due to some popular documentaries such as Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead, Hungry for Change, FoodMatters, and Forks Over Knives. If you have Netflix, I suggest you watch all of them!

Since April of this year, I have been really kicking my butt about losing weight and getting to a healthier me. I now have two children at my age of 28, and I have never felt so unhealthy in my life. 

According to BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight,

My Body Mass Index (BMI) is: 27.3

A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy for adults. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 and above is considered obese. People with BMIs of 18.5 or less are considered underweight.

I started to have more concern for my weight as I kept hearing comments like, "Uh oh, your gaining too much weight!" and "Are you pregnant?" when I am not! 
It isn't until I saw myself in pictures and I felt so unhappy about how I looked. Jeans that used to be my "fat jeans" have now become my "skinny jeans". I am embarrassed to wear shorts, skirts, & dresses. I also feel sluggish. I have no energy. I have insomnia. I have frequent headaches, and I feel cranky most of the time.

My cousins introduced me to juicing. It is a simple concept really. Juicing is actually a detoxing regiment in which you can incorporate into a weight loss program. It's as easy as drinking all these great enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Of course, we all know fruits and vegetables are good for you, yet most of us don't eat enough of them. By juicing or blending the vegetables into a delicious smoothie, you can enjoy the goodness of many more cups of greens that you could possibly eat in one sitting.

The health benefits of Juicing are:
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Weight loss
  • Helps balance hormones
  • Helps you sleep better
  •  Increases energy
  • Reduces allergy symptoms
  • Increases nail strength
  • Helps with chronic illness
  • Improves digestion
  • Balances skin conditions
  • Healthier hair
Joe's favorite - "Mean Green Juice" 
Ingredients:
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 apples
  • 6-8 kale leaves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 thumb of ginger

If you are blending , here are some tips: 
  • Heavy & Solid on Top, Light & Leafy on the bottom
  • Just be careful not to put too much spinach first into the blender as the heat from the motor could kill off the good enzymes.
  • Be sure to blend well!
You can start of slow, and drink one juice a day! If you are more courageous, you can drink this 5 times with one meal each day. Although, since you are consuming less calories, it is important that the one meal you do eat is full of protein and some fat. If you don't, your body might feel deprived and your metabolism may slow down.
It is also important to consume lots of water at least 64oz.
As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water.
Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours.

Tip: It is recommended to drink your water luke warm, not hot as it takes more energy to process ice cold water than the warm. Adding lemon juice is great as it helps to flush out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. The citric acid in lemons helps stimulate the liver and aids in detoxification.

If you really want to detox, do this for 10 days for starters. Nothing but juice! Make this something you can incorporate into your life. Also, use this time to do more research and find more recipes. There is lots of information you can find about juicing. Eventually do a fast for more than 21 days to really get some results.

Research shows that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. That’s 21 days of going to the gym every day or exercising in some way every day, 21 days to meditation, 21 days to eat healthily, 21 days of anything.

Try not to think about how many pounds you're losing, but focus more on feeling good and having more energy! Having the mindset that you are doing something good for your body. For me, handling the vegetables and making the drinks gives me motivation. Seeing that I'm putting these healthy things into my body makes me feel better about myself. 


Don't worry if you do not have a juicer! 

Some options to consider getting:
(used in the Movie Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead)
 
More information here: 

** I will be starting my 10 day detox today 06/11/13!!!**

I will be using my early wedding anniversary present! 

Wish us LUCK!!!

4 comments:

  1. Kudos to you for juicing. I myself would never be able to do it. I HATE smoothies and I'm not a big fan of any type of juice. What I did to lose all the weight I have was drink loads of water, cut out soda completely and any other sweet drink (except sweet tea.. but I'm from the south y'all), ate more fruits (still working on eating more vegetables), and ate more protein. I also started going to the gym AT LEAST 3 times a week. I agree with you Jennifer, it has to be a life style change which is why I don't ever call it a diet (unless I don't feel like explaining why I made the lifestyle change).

    Please keep us updated on your new journey. Though I don't juice, I'd love to see what all it does for your new healthy life.

    Good luck!

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  2. I'm glad to see that you are taking steps to improve yourself for you. I would love to hear about further progress in your journey as well. Have heard about Simple Green Smoothies? They have a 30 day challenge that's pretty amazing. I did the one in April and am currently signed up to do the next one in July. I didn't really lose any pounds during the challenge, but I can't tell if my BMI changed. I do know that I definitely feel better and that's the main thing.

    Jamie
    greyskysaturday.wordpress.com

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  3. I love juicing! I did a 30-day juice fast, which you can read about on my website TheJuicingLife.com - it was supposed to be a 90-day fast, as you'll see on my site, but I only made it through 30 day. I'm just about to get back into it and drink a healthy juice every morning for breakfast. I miss my juices! I read that you are not supposed to drink anything, even water, prior to drinking your morning juice as it will dilute it and your body won't absorb all the nutrients in the juice... then an hour after your juice, can can eat and drink normally. Good luck with your juicing and keep us posted. I have the Breville Juice Fountain, and we also have that nutribullet you have! I prefer the Breville for my juices and my husband swears by the bullet for his smoothies. :)

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  4. Hello Jennifer I am a new reader and I wonder how you have gone with this system? I would like to improve my health and these sounds great!

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