Just around the bend

This is part 3 in a series, find part 2 here

The sec­ond half of this adven­ture has become increas­ing­ly dif­fi­cult. Every day it is a chore to choke down my healthy bev­er­ages. I am assum­ing it has been because this is the longest that I have ever stuck to a strict diet. In fact, the only oth­er diet that I have ever fol­lowed was the Atkins diet — but that’s far eas­i­er to adhere to.

I have had less­er suc­cess in the lat­ter days of this social exper­i­ment as far as weight loss. I believe that this was part­ly because of the hol­i­day sea­son and part­ly because I start­ed exer­cis­ing more. After all, mus­cle does weigh more than fat (high­er den­si­ty). I was also not as strict on my food intake because I was sur­round­ed by tasty treats on all sides, both at home and at work lead­ing up to X-mas.

With this set­back, I was back to the same weight I was at after 30 days. This being said, I still feel as though I am con­tin­u­ing to get health­i­er. I don’t have any sci­ence (BMI mea­sure­ments, etc.) to con­firm this sus­pi­cion, but I have a feel­ing.

Not only have I felt health­i­er, but I have been sick less this fall than in most recent years. This is fair­ly sur­pris­ing to me since I work at a doctor’s office and reg­u­lar­ly deal with about 30 dif­fer­ent patients a day. If that wasn’t enough, the doc I work for is an ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) so there are an abun­dance of cougher’s and con­t­a­m­i­na­tors that cross my path every day.

I believe that my health has been improved in com­par­i­son to some of my fam­i­ly mem­bers, who also work in the same office. On the aver­age, I get sick just as often as they all do. This is the first win­ter that I can recall not hav­ing been sick at all. Usu­al­ly, I get ‘the crud’ once a year and ton­sil­li­tis once a year or more. I am cor­re­lat­ing my increased over­all health to being affect­ed by my more micro-nutri­ent rich diet, which my oth­er fam­i­ly mem­bers lack. We all eat a fair­ly bal­anced diet, but mine is the only micro-nutri­ent sat­u­rat­ed diet.

It could, just as eas­i­ly, be a place­bo affect that I have noticed from my diet, but if it is – I have been fooled com­plete­ly. I’m cool with that. So, three-quar­ters thru the exper­i­ment and I am down 11 lbs. Not near­ly the extreme results of our friends from the doc­u­men­tary, but I only half-assed what they were capa­ble of. My goal may take longer to reach than our new friends, but I think that it is the right way for me.

When mak­ing healthy juices, be sure to anchor it with some sweet juices. I use a sta­ple of apples with pears or can­taloupe with hon­ey­dew for every juice. To spice it up a lit­tle, I add pineap­ple to the mix once a week. Some berries and soft­er fruits don’t con­tribute much juice, but ‘to each his/her own’. I wouldn’t rec­om­mend straw­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, or bananas for the juicer. They are bet­ter off in the blender. As far as veg­gies go, each per­son has to find what works for them. Keep it as green as you can han­dle, but be care­ful not to gross your­self out. It can and will hap­pen occa­sion­al­ly. Spinach was in every juice and usu­al­ly cel­ery was too. I had start­ed using a bunch of car­rots with my juices, but as time wore on the tex­ture from the car­rots was dif­fi­cult to palate. Some rec­om­mend­ed adding beets or gin­ger in my juices, but I find them both dis­gust­ing.

Best of luck in your micro-nutri­ent rich adven­tures!