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Jeff’s 30-Day Juicing Challenge: DAY 30 (with a smoothie recipe and progress pictures!)
I enjoyed this challenge. I learned a lot about my body during this time due to the extremities I pushed it through. I learn how to adapt my juice for my body, and what would be a reasonable amount for me going forward. I’m happy with my results (I lost 5 lbs and 1% BF), and I believe my results would’ve been better if I pushed myself to go to the gym! To be completely straightforward, I wasn’t perfect. I gave up couple times, I didn’t drink juice for a day here and there, and there were days I felt miserable. I think the important thing is that I kept pushing on. What did I get out of this? Well physically, my skin improved. Lots of people started to comment on how I “glowed” and my redness started to go away. This could’ve been a result of so many other things, but I’m going to run with it anyways. Also, I’m not eating as many fatty things. I hope it lasts, my mind is definitely on providing myself with healthier alternatives wherever I can. Going forward, I hope to combine 16oz. of juice throughout the day, with a healthy diet, and working out. I wish everybody luck on whatever their journey may be.
Green Kale Smoothie recipe: 1 kale leaf, a handful of spinach, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, 1-2 bananas, ice, 1 avocado, 1 cup of water
I chose this smoothie because it’s a great alternative to drink when you’re juicing and/or as a supplement to any diet. The greens will provide great levels of various minerals and is a good source of Vitamin A, C, and K! The banana has potassium for people who want to prevent cramps, the avocado provides great healthy fat, and the peanut butter gives that extra protein boost for muscle repair in people who work out.
The smoothie was very palpable due to the overwhelming taste of the peanut butter, which makes it seem like you’re cheating on your diet even though you’re not!
I give this smoothie a 4.5/5.
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I found this “Top 10” list on National Public Radio’s (NPR) website rather interesting. It’s titled, “Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus" and it can be found here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106268439. Basically, the article states that BMI is mathematical nonsense that was invented 200 years ago by a Belgian named. Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, who goes on to state that it should not be used to measure the level of fat in an individual.
I, myself, use a body fat analyzer to track my progress. The reason is that weight itself doesn’t give me a thorough idea of my current state. I must be losing fat, and try to hold on to as much lean body mass as I can. This was important when I was attempting to lift weights (but I haven’t ever since I tore my rotator cuff) to justify the extra weight I was gaining as lean muscles. I use the Omron Body Fat Analyzer HBF-306C (http://www.amazon.com/Omron-Monitor-model-HBF-306C-Black/dp/B000FYZMYK). Maybe not this exact model, because mine is a few generations old, but it’s the same concept. I try to do this every week at the same time (usually Saturday mornings when I’m not rushed) because I try to make sure that my body is in same state (No new food in body, no water, etc) Make sure that you’re properly hydrated or else the reading may be off because it uses electric currents that run throughout your body to get a reading.
Keeping physical proof of my progress is a great motivator and gives me up to date information on where I stand. I encourage everybody to try it out for themselves.
30-Day Juicing Challenge - Day 14
I think I should clarify by what I meant when I said detoxifying/cleanses are false. I wasn’t speaking in the verb sense, rather the noun.
Does our body cleanse itself? Absolutely! It’s a natural occurring process. I know this because my dad’s kidney’s are failing and he needs a dialysis machine to help him do what his kidney no longer can do: clean his blood. Also, alcohol and drugs are a fantastic indicator of detoxifying. Not ingesting it, but days later, as your body attempts to return to a level of norm.
Does drinking juice help the body detoxify? The simple answer is yes and no. It won’t physically push out any toxins (I also hate using the term toxins, because it’s so vague and people use it to describe anything that they believe ails them, but it’s easier for me to do so at the moment). I know this because there are no sure hangover cures. If there was, someone would be a billionaire, nay, trillionaire by now. All juice can do is make sure our body is running as optimally as it can. We can’t apply direct force to the negative things in our bodies, we can only assist our body in doing so. Otherwise, why would we need our organs? They’re not there for show. So, don’t get sucked up into the fads.