It is gorgeous outside, but I am not getting much sunshine myself today. I'm staying in with my daughter, who has a cold and is home from school. I'm doing laundry, cleaning, reading stories, baking pumpkin loaf, and marinating chicken thighs in yogurt and garam masala for dinner tonight (mine with broccoli and tomatoes, and the kids' with broccoli and rice). I love the way Indian spices make the house smell as they cook.
Today is just another 5 & 1 day on Medifast. I had some black coffee and Medifast cereal with almond milk for breakfast; a Medifast strawberry "shake cake" with green tea for a snack, a half ounce of almonds for another snack, and a Medifast shake made with decaf and ice for a late lunch. Looking forward to that yummy chicken and veggie dinner! Also looking forward to biking when my daughter goes to bed; usually I prefer to bike while she's at school, but will adapt for today. I did take the dogs out back to play a couple of times and also went out on the deck to sit in the sun and fresh air with my daughter, and the weather is so invigorating and refreshing! I do love springtime and only wish my feet were healed so I could walk a few miles every day. I will get back there. I have laid off ALL the physical therapy, doctor visits, and and medications and am just focusing on nutrition. I am increasing my D3 from 1500ui/day to 2400, religiously continuing the turmeric, fish oil, MSM, and have added Biosil (supposed to be good for joints and bones as well as preventing hair loss).
About the juicing... although I was mainly thinking about using it as a supplement in maintenance, I did get some answers from the Medifast dietitians. They say that it is okay to juice your vegetables during the weight loss phase, although it is better to eat them whole for the fiber and fullness they provide. Kind of nice to know, because when I have been sick in the past, it's been hard to get the veggies in. Knowing I can juice them *on occasion* when I feel too sick to eat them whole is helpful. Also, they said that a serving of Amazing Grass can count as an optional snack each day (it has 30 calories, 4 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein per serving and I can add it to a Medifast shake or drink it alone). I already have some Amazing Grass here as I've used it in the past, so I can start adding that for nutrition as well. Hopefully, my better nutrition will result in better health AND less pain.
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