Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

I condensed a bunch of my blog into some FAQ's! Hope this helps

Frequently asked Questions

What are you doing that you have lost 20 lbs?
Well, it is really simple actually. I have been doing 15 day increments of eating only fruits and vegetables and juicing. No meals to buy, points to count, programs to pay for…just fruits and veggies. I have been eating fruits and veggies and juicing for 5 days, then 5 days juicing only, then another 5 days of fruits and veggies and juicing.  That is it!

Where did you hear about this idea?
 I first watched Fat sick & Nearly Dead on Netflix, which is a documentary about a man who goes on a juicing fast for 60 days and sheds a ton of weight and reduces his medicines drastically. It actually saved his life. He inspired another man in the movie who ended up having the same success as he did. You can check out the website and see all kinds of details about various plans. They have one for everyone: 3-day, 5-day, 10-day, etc. and even one that calls for juicing all day and eating only fruits and veggies and then having a wholesome meal for dinner. I initially had planned on juicing for 30 days but the 15 day plan really seemed like something I would like to do. You can find all kinds of recipes, success videos and meal plans on the site. It was pretty slow for me and I didn’t end up using the meal plans, but I DID buy the Reboot Start Guide that was hardly worth the 12 something after shipping.

What resources do you use when eating or juicing?
I started at and I bought their starter guide that had about 7 recipes and then I bought The Juicing Bible, 2nd edition by Pat Crocker. To be honest, I like to make my own recipes up now, using whatever veggies and fruits I have at the house or were on sale! You can also look on pinterest or just google juicing recipes and not have to purchase a thing. I even purchased a 99 cent IPAD app for juicing and it was just silly.

Do you need to buy anything to do this?
All you need is a juicer and resources to buy fresh fruits and veggies!

Where did you get your juicer and how do you know which to choose?
When I decided to go on this reboot I read about 263 juicer reviews on various sites. I originally wanted the Breville that was used on Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, but when I went to order it on Amazon it was back ordered for 2-3 months. I am hearing that everyone is getting theirs from Bed Bath and Beyond online or in store and using that 20% off coupon that is always out there. I came across a 300 watt Kuvings one on and the reviews were awesome. One of the reviews even said it rivaled the Breville that I wanted! After shipping it was $144.

I LOVE IT! And I mean LOOOOVVVVEEE it! It is easy to use, easy to clean and not too loud. (Well, in comparison to my blender that is) It wasn't until I ordered it that I realized it was only 350 watts. The recommended Breville is 850 watts. Perhaps you might not need something that powerful? And dishwasher safe even, wahooo! I have heard from over a handful of people that the $99 Jack Lallane from Costco is not a good choice, but I have no first hand experience. Check the reviews out for yourself though.

How much do you eat per day?
Well, this is something that you totally need to gauge yourself and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. I have found myself drinking about 3-4  8 oz. juices a day and when I am on the first and third phases I eat fruits and veggies when I am hungry. I find myself just snacking all day long rather than eating a big salad or something like that.  Even when I am not juicing only, I find juices to be so much more fulfilling than eating in general.  I figured out that I am eating/drinking about 1200 calories per day depending on what I am juicing. And that is 1200 calories of PURE NUTRIENTS! Obviously the more fruit in your juices, the more calories.

How do you count calories when you juice?
Well, I personally don’t think you even need to calculate calories when your juicing, but I found myself counting once when I got annoyed at people saying I was starving myself and counted them all just to show I WASN’T!
Every gram of fiber has 4 calories. When you juice, you are not getting any of the regular fiber of the fruit or vegetable so you must subtract the fiber calories to get an accurate count. So, take an apple for example.

One large apple has 130 calories and 5 grams of fiber
Multiply 5g of fiber x 4 = 20
Subtract 20 from the total 130 calories = 110
So if you juice an apple you would be drinking 110 calories
Make sense?

Ok, so with that in mind let's look at my favorite drink:

Suzi's Apple Green Lemonade ( the reboot recipe but I added an apple, less celery and more kale)
1 green apple 110 cals
1 Braeburn apple 110 cals

3 handfuls of spinach 70 cals
3 handfuls of kale 75 cals
1/2 cucumber 10 cals
3 celery stalks 5 cals
1/2 lemon 5 cals

I rounded and approximated but my favorite drink would be about 385 calories!

Where do you buy your fruits and veggies?
I like to go to Costco for certain things and the rest I go to Gateway Produce in Vancouver. I tried to go to the Farmers Market in downtown Vancouver, but I didn’t really find much of what I wanted or needed there. I will keep trying as it gets more vendors in. I was also thinking about checking out some local farms and coops, but for now this is just fine.

Do you buy organic veggies and fruits?
I try to when I can justify the cost. At Costco you can get a 3 lb bag of organic spinach for the same price as a 5 lb bag of regular spinach. When I am trying to be extra budget conscious then I obviously go for the regular. But there are some things I noticed have hardly a price difference. And of course if money wasn’t an issue then I would buy ALL organic. There are certain foods that are recommended to buy only organic due to the amount of pesticide residue on them. You can find a list here:

How much are you spending?
Well, it all depends on how much organic you buy. I do a mix of both and I pay about $55 for 5 days. It will obviously depend on where you live and where you shop.

Can you plan ahead?
I like to juice the night or day before. I make one big pitcher of Green Lemonade that will last me at least 2 days (the 3rd day it starts to taste sour) and then I make one or two other smaller batches of another kind, like Beet, Apple, Carrot or Carrot Orange. I also like to wash all my fruits and veggies ahead of time so that when I need to grab something quick, at least it is washed.

What do you keep your juice in?
I find the easiest way for me is to put my juice in mason jars that seal right up. That way I can grab and go if I need to. When I make a big batch I like to use my Pampered Chef pitcher. It has a handle that you can stir with which is a must because of all the pulp settling, even just after 5 minutes of sitting, so you can imagine 3 days of sitting. I also find jars are the easiest to clean and of course dishwasher safe!

What is the difference between juicing and blending?
I have to refer you to this article to answer. It is so informative and I would just be plagiarizing if I tried to summarize it!

What do you do after the 15 days?
Well, I am not quite ready to stop rebooting. It is not something that you should do the rest of your life. Ultimately I will add in lentils, nuts, grains, etc. I will add things that my body needs to thrive. When I get to my desired weight I plan to do the 15 day plan once a quarter. I am thinking that will keep my system clean. When I get to my desired weight I also plan to try eating 80% good whole foods at least, but leaving 20% room for a treat. I have read that many places and I think I will start there. This is still all so new, so I can only assume what will work and what won’t. I am on my second reboot now and I took off 5 days in between reboots. It took me two days back on the plan to lose all the weight I gained back. Which to me was worth it. I will probably do the same, 5 days off and then start again until I reach my desired weight.

How much are you losing a day?
This will vary on how much you have to lose. Now I am losing on average a lb a day. The first reboot I was 15 lbs in 15 days. Now I am on day 9 of my second reboot and I have lost about the same. But again, EVERYONE is different!

How do you feel?
I feel AMAZING! The documentary made it seem like the first 5 days were utterly miserable, but then again that was just juicing only. I didn’t really have a hard time until day 6 which was my first day of juicing. It was totally mental too. I had a minor headache off and on the first couple days, but noting extreme. I was really tired at night the first few days also. I slept very well, except getting up to pee a lot! I can’t even explain how AMAZING I feel!

Do you see a difference in your experience between the 1st reboot and the 2nd?
YES! The 2nd reboot has been sooo much easier. I think it is because I took those 5 days off and ate everything in site and felt sooo awful. The weight seems to be coming off just as fast. No headaches, no extreme tiredness except maybe the first day.

How did you feel when you started eating other food again?
Well, I wouldn’t call it real food, but everything I ate made me sick. I had permanent heart burn and felt awful. At first I didn’t gain any weight back, but I just felt so nasty.

What are the pros and cons?
Headaches in the beginning
Have to be near a bathroom all the time
A little tired in the beginning
Can’t really eat from the pantry because everything has to be fresh
Harder to go out to eat
No chocolate

(warning: maybe a little TMI in this part)
Tons of energy
LOSING weight!!!
Feeling so clean and healthy
The knowledge that you are feeding your body FRESH REAL FOOD
200% increase in my libido (sorry, but it is a huge plus, hehe)
Not feeling bloated or crampy during that time of the month
Skin feels and looks amazing
Great bowel movements
Fit into clothes I hadn’t in years
Learning to eat when I need to and not just because I want to
Almost a euphoria feeling
Eating veggies you wouldn’t normally eat
My doctor cut my thyroid meds in half!

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