Weight at end of Feb. 2014: 263.8
Weight at April 26, 2014: 230.0
Today was a landmark day! My weight has melted away to this new low of 230 pounds. Still a long ways to go, for certain but progress is now substantial.
This past week I visited my doctor for a check up on how things look internally. When I saw her before Juicing began I had high blood pressure and was a freight train headed for a heart attack or stroke. Today my Doctor informed me that I now have normal blood pressure and she congratulated me whole heartedly.
But the road ahead is still long.
As stated many times in my blogs, my goal was never about weight loss. It has for certain about better health. I have begun running and with my juicing the results speak for them self.
Are you feeling hopeless? Have you tried all the diets you can handle? Failed at all? May I suggest the reason? In my mind and from what I have learned is that our intake (the food we eat) is balanced all wrong. North Americans typically consume 80% wheat products/oily cooked potatoes, meat and pasta, and the juice we get from the grocer is so processed we only get less than 10% of the goodness we are hoping for. Further to that, the 20% veggies we eat are steamed or sautéed (stir fried) and that process alone removes 80% of what should be good for us but is now depleted.
Junk Food, such as burgers, wings, deep fried everything, are not only void of any nutrients but actually deplete (rob) our existing nutrients and defence mechanisms. We are killing ourselves one combo meal at a time.
There is no need for strokes, no need or heart attack or memory loss, etc, etc. If we just replenish our bodies with the nutrients it needs and cut down (I say cut OUT) all the crap…wow, it's only logical that our bodies will begin to re invigorate. You don't have to starve yourself, on veggies you can devour as much as you like! If you add some fibre and protein to it (powder and or actual slices of fruits, etc) You WILL feel full and you WILL make it through your day successfully fixing all the wrong you've done to it all these years.
I speak from experience. There is hope for you. Give juicing three days and you will begin to understand how your life will feel so much better on this new road you have chosen.
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Is this an alien drink? Or a potent power packed life saver?
If you guessed the latter then you would be correct. On my continuing journey to better health I am discovering many new ways to juice the good stuff. My first week into it I was doing all the usual ugly stuff that had no really pleasant tastes, but as I move on down this road I am adding new things that amaze me!
This drink shown above is todays recipe.
one peeled sweet potato (raw, of course)
one full head of broccoli (stems removed)
One full bunch of spinach (Popeye was right!)
four celery sticks
and one cup of preprepared Chia Seeds
I did up the chia seeds last night by mixing two tsp of seeds into a cup of water in a mason jar. Then this morning when I juiced up my ingredients I then poured it all into a large jug as my portion for the day.
in short, I hate the taste of greens and I need to feel full all of the time, it's just the way i roll, so I added the pineapple and strawberries to give it some flavour and the chia seeds for the protein (full tummy feeling). Chia has a full tapioca texture and makes this drink, or any drink absolutely fun!
So what does all this have to do with Art? I am an artist, as artists go we typically have very bad habits. Many artists I know don't take care of themselves as their days priority leans heavily towards painting, eating quickly and then painting again, of course. But in that process fast food becomes the norm. I ask you, when is fast food NOT the norm these days? So artists are just like everyone else in that regard. I want to change. I don't want to make fast food my norm. So over a month ago I did just that. I embarked on a journey to better health, and why? So I can paint more, of course!
It is not lost on this artist how much fun can be had with the various colours of juicing. Green is very attractive, as is orange, turquoise, etc, etc. By mixing certain veggies and fruits I can come up with some pretty inspiring colour drinks, and that just sets my painting day off on a roll! :-)
I'm not on a weight loss program or have it as a goal. It is, rather, a side effect which is happening very rapidly. Approx a pound per day. Since I only weigh myself once per week and this post is happening on a Monday my latest scale result will not be known until Wednesday. Stay tuned.
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.