Tuesday, July 23, 2013

JUICE FAST FAIL

Hi friends, so I wanted to check in and let you all know how the 10 day juice fast went.

Actually, this post is more like "How the 10 day juice fast didn't go" - needless to say, the fast did not go as planned.

Sure it started excellent. On the morning of day 5, I weighted in 10. 5 lbs down from my starting weight. Great right?! Surely it only get's better from here, I'm half way done, and after all, with a looooong fast under my belt, 5 days more are NOTHING.

Wrong. I didn't make it past day 5.

My original excuse was to say that I wasn't well prepared and ran out of juice and produce to make more (which was true). But then mom offered to buy more produce and even help me with the prep work - an offer that I declined.

Great, now I had no excuse.

I had originally planned to get back on it on Saturday, but I didn't - then on Sunday, but again I didn't. Instead I ate a lot of re-fried beans and corn chips.

Yesterday I thought "Okay, for sure today I will start again!" Then less than 10 minutes later I was chewing on dates. Which was later followed by a case of shameless fries consumption at Wild Water Kingdom, our local water park right outside Toronto.



Yup ... that's your girl - and yup those are fries... and yeah....  that's guilt written all over my face haha (Why I'm showing you this, oh gosh I don't know - maybe I'm a glutton (maybe pun intended) for public disapproval & humiliation.) 

Jokes aside, I want to show this because I promised that I would share with you the good and the bad. I am not here to show you how perfect I am and how disciplined and healthy I am.

Also because writing this makes me ask myself what happened? How did I "fall off the wagon" so bad?

When I start being all introspective I ask myself a bunch of questions, one being, "Well why did I start this juice fast in the first place?"

In the answer to that question laid the answer to my big question "Why did I fall short of my goal?"

The answer is: I made weight loss my goal - something I already knew was tricky territory for me because of my history with eating disorders. A risk I thought I was okay to take now that I was "clean", but looking now in retrospect, not such a hot idea.

When I did my 60 day juice fast I promised myself that the goal was not weight loss, and although I was tempted at the beginning to make it about the weight, (I had to hide my scale after on day 20) I had to make sure that my health was my first priority and reason. As a result  the juice fast was a success and an amazing experience.

This time around I tried making it about the weight again, and it didn't go so well.

Lesson learned : Doing a juice fast for weight loss ONLY reasons, is likely to blow up in your face. Just look at that picture above...

SO there you have it friends - I hope my juice fast for weight loss "fail", helps some of you out there somehow.

Today I am reminding myself that juice fasting is not a fad diet, a weight loss quick fix, super slimming gimmick - it is a beautiful and delicate process of cleansing, detoxifying, nourishing, healing and self-love.  

So for all of you my dear friends reading this who want to do a juice fast just for the weight loss... don't do it.

You may be stronger than me and finish it, but the weight is just going to come back on.

Let's make a commitment to loose weight the right and healthy way. A way that is based on a lifestyle change. One that incorporates clean meals and exercise!

I'd love to hear from you, so let me know what you think of this whole thing of "juicing for weight loss" (I know it's the fad nowadays.) What has been your experience? Let me know!



Monday, July 15, 2013

10 DAY JUICE FAST WITH A FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS

One of the questions I get asked most about juice fasting is "how much weight can I loose during a juice fast?" To which I reply "well, I lost 41 pounds in 60 days" - many are amazed (as was I), and want to jump right, do a juice fast and loose some weight!

Let me remind y'all that the 60 day juice fast was driven by a true need to become healthier and relieve a lot of physical pain, and while the weight loss was an awesome bonus, it was not the goal.

So now, fast forward 82 days later and you find me here, starting a 10 day juice fast - this time the goal being weight loss...

You might ask why, what happened?  Well good question, a few things happened...
  1. I had a pretty crappy transition back into cooked foods -  I didn't take my time, rushed like a fool, gave into cravings, ate a whole lot of salty food and put a bunch of water weight back on.
  2. Since the fast, I've switched to a dairy, meat & gluten-free diet - this has been a big learning experience, and to "make up" for all the things I now don't eat, I had plenty(okay, a WHOLE FREAKING LOT) of fruits, dates (mmmmmm dates), and excess fat from nuts & seeds. While these foods in themselves are actually super healthy and good for you, excess consumption will pack on the pounds. (bummer)
  3. I got lazy for a couple of months and didn't work out - this is the biggest culprit, and I probably could have gotten away with the two first things if I had kept my butt moving. But I didn't. And the weight came back on.... *sigh
Self admittedly, after realizing that I had put back the majority of the weight back on (32 lbs out of 41lbs lost), I sat down feeling pretty sorry for myself, wallowing in self pity (while stuffing my mouth with dates and bananas... don't judge me...) 

After beating myself up a bit (not literally, just inside my head), I had to come up with a game plan to keep me from continuing to blow up like a balloon. The "plan" looks a little something like this:
  • I'm going to stop being so hard on myself - this is a learning curve, and I am going to be okay with making a few mistakes along the way. Increased health, energy and pain relief were the main purpose of the 1st juice fast, and I have in fact achieved them, so noting is lost. The weight, was never the goal in the first place.
  • I'm going to do a 10 day juice fast with mostly green juice to try to get rid of the pesky water weight that has me swollen up (I'll still have carb-overload weight to loose after, but hey, it's a start.) And this time around, I'm paying attention on  the numbers on the scale. I don't know how many or how fast, but I will keep you all posted.
  • To deal with my stagnant (and ever growing) behind, I've signed up to run a marathon next May (baby steps whaaat?!) hahaha - given my current physical shape (or lack of), to have any hope of finishing the marathon, I have to start getting into shape NOW. Today. Right now....going to do some push-ups after I'm done writing this .. ugh.. I strongly dislike push-ups...and squats... I think I'll do them both tonight... sigh
 SO there you have it folks, I'm once again putting myself out there, sharing with you my "bumps-on-the road". I've told you all since the beginning that just like you, I'm still trying to figure this whole healthy lifestyle thing out - I'm still far from having it all together, but I am definitely further along the journey than when I first started! 

Alright, so that's all for now - I started juicing today at 86.2kgs, let's see how these numbers change over the next 10 days!


UPDATE: If you want to find out what happened with this juice fast, and a very important lesson I learned throughout it, click HERE


Wednesday, July 03, 2013

RAW FOOD CHALLENGE UPDATE + SUPERFOOD TRUFFLES



Hi friends, I trust you're all keeping well, eating right, and getting your sweet behinds outdoors to catch some vitamin D. As for me, I've been keeping busy - mostly in my kitchen. If you follow the blog you know that mum and I decided to do a 7 Day Raw Food Challenge, however since mum has been feeling great (and she also has lost weight) she wants to continue on a raw food diet for an undefined period of time (yay!).

Since learning about the raw food movement I always thought I would want to give being a raw foodist a try but I never felt I could do it. I thought "I've already given up meat, dairy, eggs, and gluten - how much more could a POSSIBLY give up?!" 

Going into the 7 Day Raw Challenge I really thought I'd miss cooked food (my rice, hot cereal, quinoa, lentils, and my favorite Mexican food!), but I knew I could do it for at least 7 days. Having mum doing it with me also really motivated me to stay committed. Because she is not vegan, and is used to eating a standard diet, I knew that I needed to make this an awesome experience for her, and prepare meals that she would enjoy and feel really great eating. 

I wanted to show her that a plant based diet doesn't have to mean drab and boring meals. I also wanted to prove to myself that raw food can be varied, exciting and uncomplicated,  so I made it my mission to play around in the kitchen and experiment!

For the most part I was successful, I've made soups, "rice", salsas, dressings, pastas, and awesome smoothies & juices (although there is a mushroom, green pepper, strawberry soup that will never see the light of day in my dinning room table..) I am having so much fun and enjoying this whole process. - I don't know how much longer mom is going to want to stay on the raw food, but I can definitely see myself staying at really high levels of raw food long term. 

Now, let's talk about the truffles... The weekend before starting our challenge, I dished out a good amount of money at bulk barn on a sweet assortment of dried fruits and nuts. I love the bars that Vega sells, but they are a bit on the pricey side and I was almost sure that I could make my own version of them. The result were these babies, they are sweet-chewy-chocolatey-raw little punches of energy, antioxidants and protein (they are also gluten free)






Because these were an experiment, I totally don't have exact measurements of the ingredients, but I figured I'd still show you some pictures so that you can see just how pretty raw food can be!




This little superfood truffles are made of:
  • dates
  • dried figs
  • dried goji berries
  • dried goldenberries
  • dried mulberries
  • chi seeds
  • hemp hearts
  • gluten free oatmeal groats
  • raw almond butter
  • cacao powder
  • vanilla extract
  • spirulina
They are also respectively coated with either raw coconut flakes, or raw pulverized almonds. 

So there you have it, these little truffles sure pack a punch!




Finally, as you may notice I've been playing around with the blog, please let me know what you think! Also don't forget to like The Glowing Diaries on Facebook and follow me on Instagram - I post almost daily updates, so if you want to catch new kitchen discoveries, or just random peeks into the life of this crazy curly make sure to follow & like!



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