Rob and I wanted to give you a follow-up to our 5-day Juice Fast.
So, one week later we are both having 2 2-cup servings of fresh juice each day. Our regular diet has us eating 5 times per day: the main three meals and two snacks. So we’ve made these Juices our 2 daily snacks (One late morning and the other late afternoon). Each one is roughly 300 calories. We’ve taken the opportunity to learn a lot about our diets in the past two weeks – one thing that we found was that we were eating far too much Protein. Wait you say, protein is good for you, it’s what builds big muscles, right? Well, in actuality, the body can only use so much in a day (depending on your activity level) and at the end of the day, what’s still in your system gets stored as FAT for use at another time. For us there really was no ‘another time’, because we just kept eating more. So, we’ve cut way back on the amount of protein we eat per day. (Steve learned this from a course he is taking from The American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) to become a Fitness Nutrition Specialist)
We also turned to an on-line tool named, ‘Myfitnesspal.com’. This site provides you an opportunity to log in with some simple questions and a goal, then you simply keep track of everything you eat each day and any exercise or cardio you do each day. Depending on your goals, the website determines how many calories you should consume for the day. As you log in your meals and snacks, the program automatically records the calories, fats, carbohydrates, sodium and sugar content of each item. It then keeps a running total for the day. The most simple way to lose weight is to expound more calories each day than you consume. This web site is an easy and great tool!
So, after a week of watching what we eat, keeping two fresh juices each day and laying low on alcohol (only 2 beers on Friday and 2 more on Saturday) we weighed in this morning – Monday, May 12……
Beginning weight May 1 Weight on the 6th Day Weight 1 week after Fast
Steve 173.5 163.5 166
Rob 170.5 160.5 162
The Fast was a great jumping off step for both of us. Along with the greater clarity, better sleep and clearer eyes, it really made us look at what we were putting into our bodies. As we now see it, our diet turned out to be just a little off. And by making a few changes, we feel that we have come to a very doable eating plan. And NOW looking forward to summer swimsuit weather. 🙂
Please let us know if you have any questions. We are both very excited about this and happy to share!
Steve & Rob
PS: We will soon be offering a healthy food class in our home. If you are interested please let us know. It will be limited to 6 to 8 people. It will be hands on and we will eat what we prepare. More details to come.
PSS: Our Healthy Living Retreat is coming up August 7- 10 in Key West Florida. It would be a great kick start to learn more ways to bring positive change to your own life– with support.