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Day 6

Today was a lot better.  The cravings have gone down and I have enjoyed my juices, even the green ones.  I have felt good and I even had a few people ask what I was doing because I looked amazing.  They asked if I had lost weight.  That made me feel so good.  And yes I have lost weight – 5 lbs already to be exact.  I am excited to continue on with this journey.  But for right now, I am checking in and then going to bed.  I am tired and tomorrow is exercise day and so I will need to get up early.  Have a great day!!!!

Menu:
Pineapple Delight
Refreshing Greens
Morning Spice (with strawberries)
Pear Green Juice Delight

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A Handy Hint

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I saw a post where they put a bag into the pulp container.  I have lots of grocery bags and so I thought I would give it a try.  It is so nice!!!  The container is big enough for the pulp from 3-4 juicings.  So I just juice, clean up everything else and leave the pulp in there until it full and then I just dump the whole bag.  I have only had to clean out the container once because there was a hole in the bag.  It has made clean up so much faster and easier.  I was excited to find this little helpful hint, now I am sharing it with you!!!

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Pear Green Juice Delight

1 bunch of dark green, curly kale
1 head of romaine lettuce, quartered (I used spinach)
1 pear, quartered (Comice pears are delicious)
5 stalks of celery
1 apple (my addition)
1 lemon (my addition)

Recipe by: Green Lemonade

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 441
Total Carb: 115.4
Fiber: 28.3
Sugars: 64
Fat: 2.7
Protein: 11.3
Sodium: 246.2

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1 tomato
1/2 cucumber
3 celery ribs
1/4 head of cabbage
1/2 apple
1/2 lemon
handful of cilantro

Nutritional Summary: (this is for whole fruit – so take 95% of value and deduct fiber)
Per 10 ounces of juice ~ Makes 20 ounces.

Calories: 102
Total Fat: 1.0 g
Sodium: 88.6 mg
Potassium: 856.8 mg
Total Carbs: 26.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 8.4 g
Sugars: 5.5 g
Protein: 3.8 g
Vit A: 18.8%
Vit B-6: 16.2%
Vit C: 142.9%
Calcium: 12.3%

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1 medium carrot
1 stalk celery
1/2 cucumber
1 cup pineapple
1 apple (my addition)
1/4 medium beet
1 handful parsley
1 handful kale (I used spinach because I am out of kale)
3 small slices ginger root

Nutritional Information:

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C, as well as vitamins B1, B6, and minerals manganese, and copper. It is also a good source of Bromelain, which helps with digestion in the intestinal tract, decreases internal inflammation, decreases excessive coagulation of the blood, and lessens certain types of tumor growth.

Recipe by: JuicingPedia

Nutritional Summary: (this is for whole fruit – so take 95% of value and deduct fiber)
Per 10 ounces of juice ~ Makes 25 ounces of juice

Calories: 152.7
Total Fat: 1.0 g
Sodium: 127.4 mg
Potassium: 927.2 mgTotal Carb: 36.3
Fiber: 8.1 g
Sugars: 20.8 g
Protein: 3.5 g

Vit A: 252.5 %
Vit B-6: 17%
Vit C: 106.1%
Calcium: 11.6%

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Day 5

Wow – today is  Day 5 already!  Today was easier for the cravings, except when I needed to make lunch for the kids.  I caved and took a pinch of the ham and put it in my mouth and sucked on it so I could at least taste it.  It was so good and that was all it took to satisfy my wants.  I am really starting to get the hang of when and what to juice.  I am experimenting and learning what I like and don’t like.  I actually tried another beet recipe today and I could handle it.  The beet flavor wasn’t so overpowering.

I had some energy today, not lots but more then Monday.  I even went out and cleaned up the leaves, dirt and bark from the firewood off the patio.  That is an accomplishment for me!  I was quite irritable tonight though.  It didn’t take much to set me off with my moods.  I think hormones might be a contributing factor to that also.  I did drink my supper and as I was putting up the recipe onto the blog, I noticed that it said that it was good to help relieve stress.  So the combination of that and getting out of the house, made a big difference in how I feel.  I am more relaxed now.

I am still holding strong and still committed to this adventure!!!!

Menu:AM Sunrise Juice
AM Sunrise Juice again – this time I added a pear.  It was so good the first time, I had to have it again.
Gazpacho Juice – added kale and cilantro this time – mmmm!!!  The kale didn’t change the flavor at all, just gave me more to drink. 😀
Slimming Juice

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I have been asked several times, “How do you get your protein?”.  My response is always fruits and veggies have protein in it.  I just wanted to make sure I was saying the truth and so I looked it up online.  Here is a list of some of the fruits and vegetables that have protein and it’s amount.  Plus a little more helpful information about protein.  As I looked at the list I was excited to see how many fruits and veggies I had today that had protein in it – cucumber, oranges, tomato, kale, green pepper, onions.  If I just took the numbers below by each item (which I know is not accurate) – that would be 31 g of protein today, just from this list.  I guess I need to start inputting my food intake into my program I use to calculate the nutritional value of my juices.   Hope you enjoy and are enlightened!!!  (the following is a section of an article from livestrong.com)

Protein Requirements

Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 g/kg of body weight for adults, or about 56 g of protein for a 70-kg individual. Woman who are pregnant or lactating require up to 30 g/day in addition to their basal requirements. To support growth, children should consume 2 g/kg/day. People who exercise strenuously on a regular basis may benefit from extra protein to maintain muscle mass. A daily intake of about 1 g/kg has been recommended for athletes. This would be 70 g of protein for a 154-pound man, or less than 10 percent of a 3,000-calorie diet.

Fruits

The following is the protein content of some common fruits:

Apricots: 10%, or 2.5 g per 100 calories
Bananas: 4% (1 g)
Cherries: 6% (1.5 g)
Cucumbers: 11% (2.5 g)
Grapes, red: 4% (1 g)
Oranges, Valencia: 7% (2 g)
Peaches: 8% (2 g)
Strawberries: 7% (2 g)
Tomatoes, red: 12% (3 g)
Watermelon: 7% (2 g)

Vegetables

Generally, protein content in vegetables is highest in green vegetables. Here are a few examples:

Spinach: 49% protein, which is over 12 g per 100 calories.
Kale: 45% (11 g)
Broccoli: 45% (11 g)
Brussels sprouts: 44% (11 g)
Cauliflower: 40% (10 g)
Mushrooms: 38% (9.5 g)
Lettuce: 34% (8.5 g)
Green pepper: 22% (5.5 g)
Eggplant: 21% (5.25 g)
Onions: 16% (4 g)
Potatoes: 11% (2.75 g)
Sweet potatoes: 6% (1.5 g)

Protein Quality

High-quality proteins such as milk, egg and soy, contain amino acids in proportion to those found in humans. The proteins in fruits and vegetables are of lower quality. This is not to say that fruits and vegetables lack amino acids; rather, the ratios of individual amino acids differ from the ratios present in our body. It is believed that the body can derive sufficient quantities of all amino acids from a balanced diet, and that high-quality proteins are unnecessary. In other words, a diet strictly of fruits and vegetables easily meets your protein requirement.

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