Friday, May 2, 2014

Got Hungry Today

Today I drank less juice and ate more food. I just got super hungry, all day long. In the morning after my first juice, I had a bit of a headache... a hunger headache, if you know what I mean. I made more juice and that got me through for a bit, but I was hungry again quite quickly. Most of the time while I've been juicing, I don't get very hungry until around dinnertime. But today I was just ravenous. I had my quarter of an avocado. I had half a banana. I drank some coconut water and ate a square of dark chocolate. But I was hungry again soon after. More juice... and more juice. And then I had a bit of cheese (first non-vegan morsel of today) and a slice of deli ham, because I was craving salt. A bowl of popcorn later and I decided to have a nice, hearty dinner. We ordered Indian food, and I put my Tandoori chicken and a bit of vegetable curry over a large bowl of homemade fresh, steamed butternut squash and spinach. Now THAT was amazing! Who needs rice? Now I am perfectly satisfied.

Juices for today contained the following:

Green Juice: 6 spears of asparagus, 1 apple, and 1 very large cucumber (very light and tasty!)
Orange Juice: just under a pint of yellow cherry tomatoes, 1 orange, 1 apple, and 4 large carrots (yummy)
Nutrition for the juices today: 442 calories, 106 g carbs, 11 g protein, 2 g fat

Nutrition stats for the whole day: 1726 calories, 206 g carbs, 55 g protein, 85 g fat

I am also getting between 4,000 and 5,000 mg of potassium per day, which is probably contributing to better blood pressure.

I think the juicing is going to start winding down soon. I still will juice my greens when I don't feel like eating them, and I do enjoy my juices. My main goals were to see if this would give me more energy (no), see if this would give me some extra nutrients that might be the key to ending my plantar fasciitis (no), see if this would help lower my blood pressure (yes), see if this would help redirect my cravings to produce instead of junk (yes), and just to try something I'd never tried before. I have plenty of produce left so will juice for another couple of days as I start adding more protein and whole vegetables back in for snacks and dinner. I will say that everything tastes *so much better* while I've been juicing. I had some scrambled eggs the other day and they tasted amazing! And today when I had a square of 88% dark chocolate, it had so much flavor and complexity and I enjoyed it even more than I usually do.

I am going to the doctor in about a week. I asked for another set of cortisone shots in my feet. We'll see what he says. I am tired of the nagging, limiting ache in my feet and although they have gotten a lot better, it is still hurting and I am really sick of it. I hope the shots will give me a two month reprieve from pain like they did last summer.

Scale still says 230.


JM said...

I am not sure how long some things take but it's hard to say if it would help if you did it longer? I could not live on juice but I know for me a month or 2 or more is how long things the to settle. It could eventually help your energy levels to have the juice as an dad to your diet. If u have not yet it might be worth it to have your adrenals tested, google adrenal fatigue.

JM said...

Also I am dealing w low energy and i am trying nettles. I do feel better, it also helps w allergies which for me make me tired all the time! I take it in a tincture... Just thoughts

Lyn said...


yeah, I have thought about that. It might help if I do it longer or if I could get into a juice only fasting state. I was at a point last night that I was SO hungry I was starting to have those irrational food thoughts and wanting to eat massive amounts of stuff. I ended up close to 1800 calories and still wanted to eat. So my concern is, if I keep juicing am I setting myself up to flip out and overeat due to the restriction? I am trying to keep a balance. Will see how I feel today and tomorrow as I keep juicing and then decide what to do.

Nettles tincture? I hadn't heard of that but will look it up. I think the health food store would have that. Thanks!

Lori said...

Here's hoping the shots do the trick for you again this summer.

Anonymous said...

I'm really surprised your weight hasn't shifted that much! I wonder why that is? Do you think it's because of the carb intake? I just can't see where you'd be going wrong if you're juicing 2 meals a day! And your snacks seem so miniscule...1/2 a banana, walnuts, avocado, etc, doesn't seem like much at all.
I'm honestly intrigued and would love to know your input.
Thanks, - Sarah

Lyn said...


it's frustrating. Last year I did Primal/Paleo for several months and what I found is I maintained on about 1350-1400 calories, lost slowly on 1100-1200, and gained on 1500+. I had hoped that over time and with different methods this might change, but so far it has proved true. I seem to be maintaining on 1300 calories juicing, and over the past 3 days I cut the juice back and increased my solid vegetables and protein and ate 1600-1800 calories a day and now the scale is up 2 pounds.

Ann's Neobux Blog said...

I came to your blog some time ago because of the low carb meatloaf recipe and really enjoyed it, so thank you for that.

I hear you about losing and keeping it off, it is a real battle and an effort!

I read your latest post back in May and I have to ask -- have you considered swimming for exercise or using a bike or circuit training (body weight or weights), etc. The common factor in all of these is that they are low to no impact on your feet.

Good luck