So our trip to Port Townsend, WA was awesome! However it would have been way better if I was eating and drinking. It was really great to get out of Seattle for a little bit and just relax with my wife, but man my cravings were out of control. I wanted to cheat so bad, but I realized that I would be cheating myself. It didn’t make it any better when I weighed myself when we got home and I was at 207. I realize that a lot of my weight loss so far has been water weight, which fluxiates, but after behaving myself all weekend it was such a bummer to have gained 5 lbs. water or not.
I felt like a junkie. The hotel we stayed in had a tv and we watched shawshank redemption because if that movie is on it’s near impossible for me to not watch it. Anyways, there were commercials for TGI Friday’s, Outback Steakhouse and Dairy Queen. I can’t even remember the last time I was in any of those establishments, but man did my mouth water when I saw the image of chicken strips, blooming onions, and sub-par burgers. When we got home, Dana had to go to work, and I was all by my lonesome. I went to the grocery store and begrudgingly bought more produce to juice.
I mention corn dogs in the name of my blog, but I don’t necessarily eat them all the time. Hardly ever really, but they use to be a staple in my “eat whatever is front of you” diet. I was so delusional last night that I was going to drive to Ballard market just to get one of their juicy, freshly fried corn dogs….
However, by the grace of God, I was able to stand strong. I looked up more stuff about juice fasting, and found this helpful. It was from doctoryourself.com he talks about a 21 day cycle fast. The first 8 days are only juice and he explained that for the first 2 days, your body is processing the foods you at the day before you started fasting. The the next 3-4 days your body is processing the food stored in your liver, so your really only start actual fasting 5-6 days in, which partially explains why I was losing my mind this weekend. Also Joe Cross talks about using food as a drug, and how people become addicted to the “high” that processed foods give you, before you crash, So having this new knowledge helped a lot, but I was still hungry and feeling lame, so I went to bed.
I woke up this morning feeling good, well rested, and weighed in at 202 again, so that was sigh of relief. I’m getting some pushback from the kitchen manager at work. He worked at detox center in Israel. He said he’s seen bad stuff from just juicing for extended periods of time. He’s a pretty knowledgable guy and I trust his opinion. So I did some more research and found some negative symptoms that I wasn’t aware of before like feeling cold all the time, metabolism slows (which I really don’t need, my metabolism is pretty slow as it is.) also if you eat too much of vegetables with betacarotine in them you skin can turn orange temporarily, which i have actually already experienced once in my life (as a baby, I was jaundice at birth and then once on baby food apparently I loved yams and carrots, I’ve been all types of colors!) So all in all, I’m not really to worried, but since I didn’t consult a doctor before doing this thing (which is recommended btw) If anything weird comes up, then I’m going to stop the fast, not with a hamburger, but with smoothies. We’ll see. The whole purpose behind doing a 60 day jucie fast for me isn’t just to lose weight, but it’s to reset my body and to spend some significant time to plan how I can make healthy choices in my diet, and my life in general. So however long I make it (hopefully 60 days), I hope and pray that would be the outcome.
If you do have any knowledge on any of the negative side effects from juicing, please let me know, I am doing some research on my own, but the more the merrier. I’m going to go try and clean up our basement storage unit, and hopefully it will keep my mind off greasy fried deliciousness.
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