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Trying making bread again. This time with a bread machine. It’s still not rising as much as I’d like, but it tastes great!

Saw this article a few minutes ago:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44013462/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/

Seemed like a pretty ignorant article! It assumes that in order to meet the recommended dietary recommendations, you’d have to add money for each deficient nutrient! In the real world, ‘healthy’ foods(whole foods) replace the processed crap that comprises the average American diet. It doesn’t take into account the savings in cutting out sodas, excessive amounts of meat, etc. It doesn’t take into account the cost savings available by growing at least a little of your own food, purchasing in season local food from farmers market, and/or incorporating fresh/frozen food into your diet.

Yes, eating healthy can be more expensive, but it shouldn’t be excessively more expensive if a little creativity and common sense is used!

What do you think?

Lunch yesterday! Was planning on making burritos, and had everything prepared only to find that I didn’t have any tortilla shells. That turned it into a salad! It was a little bland, but I couldn’t figure out what I was missing. At least it looked great! :) Ingredients: Spinach, black beans, homemade guacamole, and tomato.

Lunch yesterday! Was planning on making burritos, and had everything prepared only to find that I didn’t have any tortilla shells. That turned it into a salad! It was a little bland, but I couldn’t figure out what I was missing. At least it looked great! :) Ingredients: Spinach, black beans, homemade guacamole, and tomato.

So was it worth it?

Was the juice fast worth the it? Definitely! I’ve noticed the last couple of days that my joints aren’t hurting! Considering that they’ve been hurting constantly for the past several years, that’s huge!

Even though I spent a while working outside yesterday, and then pounded the pavement for several hours today, I still didn’t experience the excruciating pain that a little overexertion normally brings. I could get used to this!

So far I’m sticking to a whole food, plant-based diet and loving it. 

Step 2

Was going to post last night, but Tumblr was down, again.

After about 5 days of not eating, I decided to finish the juice fast last night. I’m pretty glad that I went that long, and am feeling a little bit better. For now, I’m going to stick with a vegetarian diet, and still do a lot of juicing.

I think I could’ve stuck it out a little longer, but I just haven’t found a good mix for greens that I could drink every day. Fruit juices, tomato, and carrot are all good, but celery, kale, and some of the herbs I’ve added are just toxic(to me! :). Experimentation needed! Now a fresh peach and mango juice(thick enough to be a smoothie really!) that I made the other day is destined to become a regular! Wow!

Day 3

Well, it’s been 3 days since I decided to go on the juice fast, and so far so good! It’s not been nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I’ve barely been hungry, and even though it’s recommended to drink 4-6 16oz glasses of juice a day(and an equivalent amount of water!), I’ve not been able to get more than three in a day so far. That should change in the next day or so I think, as I get in the swing of things. I have been trying to alternate one glass of juice with one glass of water, just to keep it easy to remember how much I’ve had so far.

I’m starting to figure out which fruit/vegetable combinations that I like best, and which ones to avoid like the plague! I’ve still got plenty of vegetables left, but I went and got some more tonight to replenish a few items, and get a little more variety in. Tonight’s additions were cucumbers, celery, sweet peppers, mint, cilantro, basil, oranges, more spinach, and more apples! That only brought the total cost up to about $60, and seems like it should last me until next Tuesday(for a full week!). 

Enjoy a few pics and descriptions of today’s concoctions.

Breakfast! Kept it simple with 3 peaches. Was great! I am a huge fan of fresh peaches, so this was a no-brainer!


Lunch! I was a little hesitant about this one, because the ‘green’ mixes I’ve made before turned out a little ‘off’(read: disgusting!) This contained(if memory serves): Kale, spinach, green apples, ginger, and some key lime juice. Not to bad, although I might experiment with leaving out the ginger, and adding more lime juice. I think tomorrow’s green experiment will use the mint though, and see how that works.


Supper! This is practically raw spaghetti sauce! Not that it really tasted anything like it :) It’s tomato, peppers, onion, and basil. Wasn’t bad, but I’ll definitely cut down on the amount of onion next time. I also learned that when you juice an onion, it’s equivalent to launching a couple of tear gas bombs in a small space! Ouch!

Juicing

Watched the documentary: ‘Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead’ last week, and really enjoyed it. I thought about it, and studied on it for awhile, and decided to give it a shot! While I’m not big on diet schemes, or quick weight loss stuff, I do see the advantages of kickstarting a healthy lifestyle change with a juice fast. I was also drawn to it because it adheres to my philosphy that healthy food choices are not highly processed, low calories foods, but plant-based whole food diets. That’s really the only type of ‘diet’ that consistently works long-term. A juice fast just seems like a good way to reset what your body craves, and basically stuff it with nutrients to allow it to begin repairing the damage that poor nutrition and bad habits have caused.

I bought a juicer this morning, and a ton of veggies! Tomatoes, spinach, kale, carrots, ginger, apples, and peaches! I’m trying to keep track of how much it costs also, as some places estimate as much as $30/day in vegetables. I’m hoping to keep it much lower by not sticking to organic vegetables, but rather just cleaning regular stuff from the store.

Now is a great time of year to do it as well, because practically everything is in season, and dirt cheap locally at roadside stands and farmers markets!

The juicer: GE Juice Extractor from Walmart for about $50

The documentary is available on Netflix at: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. You can find other ways to watch it by going to the movie’s website at fatsickandnearlydead.com. Definitely worth watching.