Sunday, July 27, 2008

Juicing for Life

I have been off and on some sort of weight loss diet for the last couple of years (actually for the last 15 years), but really more on, than off, the last couple of years. Anyways all diets do for me is cause depression. I will loose 10 pounds only to gain 5 pounds back the first time I eat something bad. Its the craziest, most aggravating and frustrating situation I can think of for myself. To work so hard, only to fail so quickly. Soooo what I have decided is that I never plan to do a weight loss diet ever again. NEVER!!! Shwwww just saying those words is uplifting. I feel a instant burden off of my shoulders. There is just way to many things in life to worry about, than some fad diet that only gives you a temporary high and usually cost a fortune. So with that said, I am going back to what our Grandmothers, mothers, and in my case Father, always told me when I was a kid and that is to "Eat your Vegetables" I have been thinking about this idea for a very, very long time. My Mother who is very tall and thin, who has always ate her fruits and veggies has tried to get me to think about this many times and all I would say to her is "Yuk" I am not drinking that nasty stuff. She bought a juicer years ago and one day when I was at her house, she juiced everything vegetable/fruit in her refrig. Nothing taste good. I frowned at it all. Her words, which have stuck in my mind every since, were "If it taste good, its not good for you" When are we ever going to start listening to our Mothers? Years later, I can finally agree with her. There are many things that I should be eating that taste bad and many things I should not be eating that taste good. I guess it takes becoming older to appreciate those things that taste bad. Either that or you just become desperate to feel young again. So after reading a article in one of my magazines, which then lead me to several hours of reading on the Internet and then talking with my Mom, I finally decided it sounded like something I needed to try. She really was glad to hear of my decision and of course loved being able to say "I told you this already" Yea, Yea I know, sorry it took so long for the light to click on in my head!!!
So first thing first, I needed a juicer in order to get started. Now there are many juicers in the world, and so I am sure you are asking me why I picked this particular one.

Well that's easy. Who is one of the most healthiest person on this planet that you can think of??? Think way back when we were kids, this man was on TV exercising and telling the world how important it was to eat healthy. He even at 60, wanted to prove how good of shape he was in by swimming from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf, shackled and towing a 1000 pound boat. I was very impressed when reading this info on his website. I wonder how many adults at the time took him serious. Well I do not have a clue about other adults, but my parents watched him on TV all the time and they must have listened, cause I can remember eating some really nasty vegtables as a kid. I can remember all the lectures at the dinner table about how important it was to eat vegtables. I can remeber hiding the spinich under my plate till my dad left the table. I was always the one who had to clear the table, so it worked great. Just slip it off ever so quickly when he was not looking. Anyways, back to my question, So who is he..... ok, I will tell you.... Jack LaLanne, thats who.

He is 94 years old and still to this day he is busy telling the world why he has lived to be 94 and still looks like he is 64. He is still as active today, as he was 30 years ago. His wife is the same way. His secret??? He eats/drinks his fruits and vegetables every day and he exercises. Simple as that. He has never done any type of Weight Loss diet. He has never had too. So naturally after reading his website and being totally impressed with his information, I decided to go with his juicer. The one I purchased is a little pricey, but I wanted stainless steel instead of plastic. He does have a variety of juicers and prices to choose from and the best part is that he will let you pay them out on your credit card. That's awesome!!! He also has a really great personal website with some of his favorite recipes, exercises and healthy tips. Great website to spend some time reading.

So now that I have ordered my juicer, I knew I needed to get educated quick. Today I went to Barns and Noble and found a book to help start me on the right track. I want to be completely ready when my Juicer is delivered to me.

This seems like a really good book, because it tells you what juice mix to make for most any aliment you have. There were tons of ailments that juicing helps relieve. I was amazed while reading. Guess what?? Obesity is one of those aliments. Oh how I hate those words. Just sounds horrible. But that is what they call over weight people now. UGGGG!!! So with juicing, continuing to eat the healthier foods like fiber and grains that I already eat, and walking 30 minutes a day, I should be able to repair my body in no time. Once I am repaired and have more energy and feel better, I should be able to drop some weight with no problem and keep up with my busy 9 year old. That's my goal. I want to feel better, so I can enjoy my life more. I want to be happy, healthy and worry free of any weight or age relate aliments. I want to be a good example of what I preach and my words be more than just words to my family and friends. I want to eat to live, rather than live to eat. I want to be forever young like Jack LaLanne.

This week while waiting for my juicer, I plan to start eating the vegetables and fruits whole and start walking on a regular basis. I actually started the walking several weeks ago, but not on a regular basis. So this week I will at least walk 3 times this week. Definitely Monday, Tuesday and probably Thursday. I am only doing 30 minutes. I am not going to worry about how far I walk, but focus on 30 minutes. That is all that is required to benefit my health and so in order not to over do it or get burned out like times before, I am just going to stick with 30 minutes. After a few weeks of juicing, I may add additional days and eventually work up walking every day for 30 minutes. I never plan to walk longer than that though. I may eventually add some floor exercising and stretching and maybe do some rebounding on my trampoline for some added aerobics. Then again, I may just walk. Time will tell. I will certainly keep you posted throughout my journey!!!

Oh and after forcing my husband and son to listen to me read my new book, they both plan to join me in this new journey. They have some reservations and of course limits to how much they will drink, but they too are looking to feel better by this fall when they plan to play softball. I am so excited that my husband will be playing softball again and that my son will be playing with him. Kind of one of those dreams he has always had. His son playing his most favorite sport with him. It will be fun to watch. I think once they see how good they will feel, they will drink more and eat less of the bad foods. HOW COOL IS THAT!!!

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