|Starting to grow on me. source|
After the first three days I was to the point where I’d rather drink water and eat nothing than lift another glass of pulverized vegetable leavin’s to my lips.
Thankfully, Day Four proved to be much different. As crazy as it sounds, hubby ba-dubby has already lost 4 pounds since Monday, and I’m down a good 9 pounds. We both feel oddly invigorated and keep looking at each other like, “Wow! You’re looking slimmer!”
Of course, it’s no wonder when you’re ingesting less than 600-1,000 calories a day with no fat whatsoever.
So, that mystery resolved, let’s talk lack of hunger. As with ketosis, my body has begun to cannibalize its own fat stores for fuel, and I’m just not hungry until later evening, when I sip water and hot, herbal tea to remedy the situation. This begs the question: Could I actually be in ketosis?
|Quick tip: To make your stix go farther, cut them in half, lengthwise|
The answer: Yes.
How do I know this? I have the same Ketostix I’ve used for Atkins-ing, and, having tested this morning, and in the absence of dietary fat ingestion (which can provide a false positive effect), found that I am experiencing trace amounts of ketosis, the same state of non-hunger and euphoria that leads many low carbers to weight loss.
That begs the question: How can a raw diet of juicing produce ketosis, when the fiber is left behind, and all that’s left, arguably, is the insulin-spiking ‘sugar’ of the vegetables?
You tell me.
In the mean time, I have no plans to stop in the near future. I’m going, minimally, for the next 6 days, to complete the 10 day experiment. Who knows? If the ketosis and weight loss continue, I might just keep going. Apparently, there’s something to this juicing thing… and right now, it appears to be ketosis.
Yesterday, juicing consisted of:
Breakfast: A veggie juice
Lunch: A veggie juice
Dinner: A veggie juice dense with greens like parsley, kale and spinach
Drinks: A lot of ice water
When I want a simple juice I just make this:
The Triple Dipple
Makes 24 ounces
4 stalks celery
4 carrots, ends trimmed
Juice and serve immediately
Extrapolations: I definitely drank more water, but I am working to keep a bottle of water (non-BPA plastic hoootie hoo) with me, even when I’m also sipping juice. Sipping juices, instead of guzzling, allows me to enjoy the process more, with less hunger.
Quote of the day: Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. ~Dale Carnegie
Are you journeying along with a juicing diet? Trying something different? How are you doing? Leave comments below and share your struggles and successes.