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Going Paleo for 30 Days

I completed the 28 Fast Metabolism Diet and did not cheat at all. It was not the most pleasant experience, dieting never is. But I walked away from it 10 lbs. lighter. So to me, it was worth it.

Oh No, Not Again
I then attempted the maintenance stage. However, the scale started tipping in the wrong direction almost immediately. Grrrr.... What is a woman who still has 30 lbs. to go supposed to do? I can tell you for sure it isn't staying on the FMD long term. I did mention it wasn't the best experience for me, right?

Now What?
So I decided to do some self reflection and think about what has helped me with weight loss in the past. Trust me, I am an experienced dieter. And therein lies the problem. I desperately need to get off the diet train. I have no problem losing weight. I also have no problem gaining it all back, plus some.

But one lifestyle change did help me significantly before and didn't feel like a diet - eating Paleo. I pondered that for a few days, switched to 99% …

Juice Fasting on a Budget - My First Attempt

The only way that I will be able to fast all month is if I find a way to juice frugally. Our family has a set budget for food so I need to figure out how to juice on as few dollars a week as possible. I have never juiced before so I have no idea how much I will consume a day drinking a 16 oz. glass of juice for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

My First Grocery Store Attempt
So, my first juicing grocery trip was just my best guess. I bought what I hope will be enough fruits and vegetables for me to juice for 5 days. Take a look.
This is what I have:
  • 3 lbs granny smith apples - $3.98
  • 10 lbs grapefruit - $1.94 ( 5 lb. bags at $0.97 each)
  • 1 stalk celery - $1.18
  • 5 lbs of carrots - $3.98
  • 1 pear - leftover from a previous shopping trip
  • 1/2 red bell pepper - brought over by a dinner guest a few nights ago
  • 1/2 green bell pepper - brought over by the same dinner guest
  • 2 sweet potatoes - $0.88, not pictured (added this on 1/5 after discovering the forgotten potatoes in my pantry)
So, that is a grand total of $9.90 $10.78 with the sweet potatoes. I have no idea if this will last 5 days or not. But when everything was cleaned and put away it looked like a lot of produce in the bottom of my refrigerator. Hopefully that's a good sign.

This morning I made my first juice and it was delicious! Here's the recipe.

Apple Carrot Juice
4 small Granny Smith apples
2 carrots
And that's it. It was simple and tasted great.

No Waste Muffins
The pulp from both the apples and the carrots was very dry. I scraped as much of it as I could out of the pulp bin and from the top part of the juicer (don't remember what it's called). And then I used it in the muffins for the children. This is not a recipe to share yet because the muffins came out the consistency of bread pudding. So, I told the children that they were having muffin pudding for breakfast. They thought it was delicious and even had seconds. Hey, I have to keep it creative around here.

But my book Total Juicing: Over 125 Healthful and Delicious Ways to Use Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juices and Pulpis coming today. So, hopefully I'll have a more suitable recipe next time.

Easy Peasy
Also, I didn't find cleaning the juicer very difficult at all. I followed the tips in the instruction manual plus some tips that I found on Amazon when I was reading reviews on various juicers.

So, so far so good.

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