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Goal: Lose 20 pounds by April 1, 2015… Let the juice-ing begin…

By February 10, 2015January 21st, 2022Michael's Operatory

So Benjamin Kong (DMC LLP law clerk) and I have challenged ourselves to seeing who can lose 20 lbs by April 1, 2015. The stakes are high and the pressure is on. So let the juice-ing begin. And no, I’m not referring to steroids. I’m referring to doing a re-boot, courtesy of the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” (the original and sequel). Juice-ing is all about drinking fresh fruits and vegetables and not eating anything much of anything else. No bread, no rice, no pasta, no potatoes. And no meat either! Just a vegetarian diet.

So I started this diet yesterday.

Step 1: go to the grocery store and spend a lot of money on fresh produce. FUN!

Step 2: get some recipes and start juice-ing. The green drink below tastes pretty darn good! I think my wife, Paris, put too much ginger in the second drink (carrots, etc.) so it was not as good. But I could drink that green one all day long. FYI, the green drink has 1 cucumber, 4 celery stalks, 2 apples, 6-8 leaves of kale, 1/2 lemon, and 1 tbsp ginger. Wash / peel everything, juice it up and enjoy!

Step 3: get support from others to resist those cravings and stay true to your diet.

Step 4: remind yourself that it’s all temporary and it’s all for your health!

Here are some pics:

health_shakes

So after 24 hours, here’s what I can tell you. This is hard stuff. Your body doesn’t really absorb all of these complex carbs. So you feel like you’re still hungry. You keep thinking about food. You might (as I did) start to get ‘hangry’ (a combination of hungry + angry). You might feel tired, drained, or even develop a headache. This is, apparently, all normal. And apparently, after a few days of this vegetarian liquid diet, your body is supposed to react by giving you more energy, converting fat/muscle into energy, and enhancing your physical senses (e.g. sight, smell, etc.) and mental focus.

I can’t stress enough that you should only consider juice-ing after speaking with a physician. It’s not for the faint of heart!

I’m going to try this diet for the next 10 days. It won’t be easy. And I’ll keep you posted.