WELCOME BACK TO WORD PRESS!

Hello Everyone. This will be a short post, just wanted to welcome you to a new version of one of my old blogs. This is the blog I started when I did a juice fast. I was revisiting this versus my blogspot and WordPress just looks and feels 100x better. I am going to migrate all of this content onto my new website. Samueldavidhatch.com which is also hosted by wordpress! If you’re interested in the juice journey I took in 2013, search for the category JUICE BLOG, and it has my 8 (soon to be 9) posts on it.

I’m also going to be making some Youtube videos and posting often about my process and journey and doing some promoting of different products. I won’t be promoting anything that I don’t think is worth looking into. Also I’ll mainly be writing about my observations and muses, so don’t think I’m just out here pushing for you to buy random things. I would love to have this blog be more interactive, so please feel free to comment on these posts with ideas or questions you might have. I look forward to getting to know my audience, and I hope you enjoy reading my ramblings.

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Quick update

Hey everyone! I have a quick break between shifts, so I thought I’d update y’all on progress.

I am thrilled and amazed to tell you that I stepped on the scale this morning and saw a 178.3 staring back at me. This is the lightest I’ve been since middle school.

Also, I’m not gonna lie, I’m getting pretty burnt out on juice, but since there is only 3 days left, I am definitely going to hang in there.

I am craving healthy foods. We are pondering trying the paleo diet. We’ve pondered this for a long time, but Dana rented this book, practical paleo from the library, and it has a bunch of really amazing recipes an meal plans. We’ll see.

Speaking of things that have been pondered… I have been considering going back to/finishing school for nutrition or dietetics (instead of philosophy) I was thinking about how interesting health and nutrition is to me now, and pair that with my purpose in life which is to help people… Sounds like a fit. That’s a whole other ball wax.

I’ve decided that on Friday I’m going to eat an apple in the morning, do a green smoothie instead of a green juice (hello avocoda!) and maybe some brown rice for dinner. I will continue to write on this blog, and I’m open to suggestions as to what I should write about… I’m thinking something along the lines of healthy eating or dietting, (which my phone autocorrected to duetting, i suppose I could write about that as well)

If you have any insight on getting back to real foods or experiences with the Paleo diet, please leave me a comment.

187 (not a post about NWA)

I weigh 187 lb. BOOYAH! I’m feeling great. the rate at which I’m losing weight has slowed, so Dana and I will more than likely be joining a gym next week.  I look forward to that, I might even attempt to do yoga!

The other day, Dana asked me how often I feel hungry. I said “all the time” and she said no way, and so then I said “i’m not hungry when I’m asleep” which apparently isn’t true because she told me that I am chomping my teeth at night, so I must be dreaming about eating… That being said, I don’t really understand how it’s possible for me to be hungry all the time and still function, but i totally am! I think that since I have so much more energy, I just get busy doing whatever is in front of me, whether it’s work, writing, or juicing, and I don’t think about my hunger.

Another side effect that is AWESOME is that my mind is so clear. I was thinking about how awesome the last 25 days have been. Here’s a recap:

  • losing weight like crazy
  • booked a trip to Europe
  • went to Port Townsend
  • Got a promotion at work
  • The Memphis Grizzlies spanked the LA Clippers last night
  • our apartment is as clean as it’s ever been.
  • We had our friends over for breakfast

That’s just a few things, but yeah alot of that stuff is possible because I am sharper than ever.

cateringBefore I give you guys some recipes, I’m gonna talk about temptations again. One thing that I’m very grateful for is that through this fast I’ve had a chance to work on conquering my desires, because alot of the time my desires are either selfish, wrong, or short-sighted.  I worked a catering gig at work and we right between the Ethiopian food place and the Mexican food place.  It smelt amazing.  It was almost torture, but I survived it.  There was a TON of food left over from all the vendors, so we loaded up a big ole tray for the staff back at the restaurant and I packed Dana and my boss their own plates.  I was glad that my friends got to eat the leftover food.  I am definitely going to get some ethiopian food when I’m back on solid food.  

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Also the specials we have going on at work right now are AMAZING.  We have my second favorite pizza special right now, The pizza has extra virgin olive oil, fresh mozz, washington asparagus, ham, carmelized onions and grana padano.  It’s pretty tasty.  The wine special is a Gargenega.  I had never had that grape before, but I tried it (tasted and spit out) and this wine is amazing! I’m not normally a fan of white wine, but this one is mostly Gargenega, and it has some Sauv. Blanc, and some Chardonnay.  very very nice.  The cocktail special is also fantastic.  It has Averna, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Aperol, Bitters, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, and a splash of soda.  It tastes like a mildly sweetened tea.  I can’t wait to be done with the fast so that I can actually have one of each of these specials!!

Alright time for some recipes…. Here we go:

The weirdest one I’ve done lately is this:

  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 grapefruit

This juice was perfect for dinner time, because it wasn’t to sweet, and not to savory.  The fennel and the grapefruit balance each other really well and the bell pepper serves as a good backdrop for the other 2 ingredients.  I don’t know where I came up with mixing fennel and grapefruit, but it turned out alright (unlike the red onion… blah)

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  • 2 Apples (cored w/ a bunch of mint shoved where the core was)
  • 6 Strawberries
  • 2 Oranges

This one is really sweet, so whenever I make this juice I make sure and do a super duper green juice at some point in the day.  Here’s the super duper green I made for dana and myself today:

  • 1 Broccoli stalk and florets
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 4 Big Kale leaves
  • handful of spinach
  • handful of asparagus
  • handful of parsley
  • 1 head of romaine
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple

I wouldn’t have done the orange, but Dana likes her green juice a little sweeter than I do, so I threw that in for her.  She is trying out some intermittent fasting.  There are a bunch of different ways to do that, so we are playing it by ear and seeing what works for her.   

I gotta get to work, so as always, please leave me comments, questions, whatevers.  Hope all are well.  Stay thirsty

Over half-way there!

Since I’m only doing 40 days now, that means as of Saturday (4/20) I’m halfway there. I gotta say, this last week has breezed by! I can’t remember where I heard this, but somebody somewhere said that, it takes the average human 14 consecutive days to develop a habit. That might explain why the last week has been pretty easy as far as cravings and whatnot. Speaking of halfway, I am 2 pounds short of halfway to goal weight (164). Weighed in a 191 this morning. Woohoo!!!

Today we had some of our friends and their kids over for breakfast. Dana did an amazing job of cleaning the whole apartment, so I decided that I would do all the cooking. We had breakfast potatoes, eggs, and pancakes. I was amazed with myself to be honest! I made enough breakfast for 5 adults and 2 kiddos with some left-overs and not once was I considering taking a bite. Of course I forgot to take pictures of this breakfast, but trust me (and Dana could attest this as well) it looked delicious!

The real fun part was that I had the kids (5 and 7) help me make my juice. We made everyone fresh orange juice (the kids said it was kinda ‘fuzzy’ which I think refers to the frothiness). Then I had them help me with a big glass of carrot juice for my breakfast. The 5 year old really liked it, and I don’t blame her! Carrot juice has just the right amount of sweetness. They wanted to make more so we did a pitcher of apple, pear, and cinnamon. It was SUPER sweet, and tastes sort of like cider, so they really loved that one.

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One thing that’s haven’t mentioned on this blog is that I drink a TON of water. I don’t go anywhere without my trusty Nalgene bottle. Anybody that is considering a juice fast should do the same. Actually anybody breathing should do the same. Drink water people. Drinks that contain water don’t count (i.e.-“diet coke, gatorade, tea, whiskey etc. has water in it”). I forget to keep track of how much I drink a day, but If I had to guess, it’d be somewhere north of a buttload.

This past thursday, I had to close at work for the first time in a few months, and I was kinda nervous about my energy level. I was tired by the end of the night but ultimately was a breeze. I came home and to my surprise, Dana had made me juices for the next day. Have I mentioned that she is the best? Anyways, why I mention this, other than to dote on my wife, is to share another exciting potential side effect of my fast.

Can’t remember if I’d said it on here before, but I have had some food ‘sensitivities’ (which I just recently found out are different than allergies) for the majority of my life. Melons (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, etc.) bananas, kiwis, and cucumbers. To varying degrees these foods make my mouth itch and throat swell a bit. So I try to avoid them as much as possible. I love the smell and flavor of cucumbers, and to those who are already juicing out there, you know what a great ingredient cucumber is in alot of juices, so it has been a bummer to have to omit cucumbers from recipes. I tried to substitute zucchini, but it’s not the same. Well Dana put a half of a cucumber in the juices she made me, not trying to poison me or anything, but just to see if some how by a nutritional miracle my body can handle these foods without any major discomfort. I drank that one first and sure enough, NO ISSUES!! Hurray! I’m going to take it easy on them at first, but I’m excited to add cukes to my green juices.

That’s all for today, more pictures next time I promise.  Also Stay tuned- I’m going to start running again…. stay thirsty!

Day 15 Going Strong!!!

Sorry for the late update, lots of stuff going on. So I’ll start off by saying that I weighed 194 this morning which means I’m almost halfway to my goal weight! I know the next 30 lbs. will more than likely be harder than the first 20 were, but I’m ready for it. Image

I also have some news as far as my fast overall goes.. Dana found an AMAZING Groupon for a trip to Paris and Rome, we leave for a couple weeks in Europe on May 22nd. This means that I’ll cutting the fast short. I’m going to slowly move back to solids on May 10th, which makes a 40 day fast, which is a nice, round, biblical number. I wanted to give myself sufficient time to get back to whole foods so that we can really enjoy all the deliciousness that these 2 great cities have to offer.

This has gotten me looking up some stuff about what the best strategy is as far as getting back onto solids. I’m thinking about doing smoothies for the first few days so my body can readjust to processing fiber, and then easing back into real solids with just vegetables, and maybe some fish. Dana and I’s plan for our diet will be juice for breakfast, salads for lunch, and a well portioned meal with maybe some meat (maybe not) for dinner. We talked about if we add meat, that it’s more of a side dish instead of the main part of the meal. We have a pretty loose criteria right now, and that’s so we can play it by ear and make adjustments. The good news is that in just these 15 days my nutritional knowledge has grown exponentially, and I really have a desire to be healthy. I’ve fought myself over my own laziness all my life, and by doing this juice fast, I’ve been kicking my laziness in the FACE!!

So let’s get into some more nitty gritty stuff:

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

  • a bunch of strawberries
  • 1/3 of a pineapple
  • 1/2 a grapefruit
  • some coconut water

Most of the time I just browse juice recipes, I don’t really follow any of them to a T,

My favorite green juice looks like this- Image

  • 2-3 big Kale leaves
  • 3-4 celery stalks
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 Zucchini
  • a little Parsley
  • a stalk of Broccoli
  • A few stalks of aspargus
  • Lemon
  • Ginger

You could pretty much throw lemon and ginger in any juice and it would be totally fine, and evenmore healthy. Lemons and ginger go together super well, and they are both really healthy for you!

Another logistical thing that I’ve been doing is I make 4 juices at night (3 for me, 1 for Dana) and I put them in the mason jars (seen above) and they keep really well for the next day. I am thinking about switching to getting up a bit earlier and juicing in the morning (the fresher the better i hear), but we’ll see.

ImageI am crazy about my wife by the way; She’s the best! She took us to Choco Canyon in the U-district here in Seattle the other day. I had never been (or ever heard of it), but I will definitely be back soon. I could go on and on about this place, but I’ll just tell you what we had. She had this delicious looking quinoa dish with peanut sauce and cabbage and spinach. That little shot there is called “Inner Fire” I will probably make one of this every morning! Lemon, Ginger, and Garlic and a dust of cayenne. It was amazing. The other drink was called “Pure Bliss” I can’t remember what all was in it, but it was equally as delicious. There is another location in West Seattle, and if you are ever in the U-District or West Seattle, I would HIGHLY recommend stopping in.

In closing I just want to thank everybody that’s been reading and especially those that have left comments, or have seen me out and about and asked me how it’s going. It means a lot and it would be a lot tougher if I didn’t have people surrounding me that are interested in my crazy step towards living a healthy life. Azurae (sp? sorry) made a GREAT point the other day when she told me that I should avoid counting down the days or thinking about what I’ve giving up, and look at it more as an investment into leading my family well by being healthy. Thanks you guys! Ya’ll are the best!

ROUGH WEEKEND!

sweet laurette'sSo our trip to Port Townsend, WA was awesome! However it would have been way better if I was eating and drinking. It was really great to get out of Seattle for a little bit and just relax with my wife, but man my cravings were out of control. I wanted to cheat so bad, but I realized that I would be cheating myself. It didn’t make it any better when I weighed myself when we got home and I was at 207. I realize that a lot of my weight loss so far has been water weight, which fluxiates, but after behaving myself all weekend it was such a bummer to have gained 5 lbs. water or not.

I felt like a junkie. The hotel we stayed in had a tv and we watched shawshank redemption because if that movie is on it’s near impossible for me to not watch it. Anyways, there were commercials for TGI Friday’s, Outback Steakhouse and Dairy Queen. I can’t even remember the last time I was in any of those establishments, but man did my mouth water when I saw the image of chicken strips, blooming onions, and sub-par burgers. When we got home, Dana had to go to work, and I was all by my lonesome. I went to the grocery store and begrudgingly bought more produce to juice. lunch

I mention corn dogs in the name of my blog, but I don’t necessarily eat them all the time. Hardly ever really, but they use to be a staple in my “eat whatever is front of you” diet. I was so delusional last night that I was going to drive to Ballard market just to get one of their juicy, freshly fried corn dogs….

However, by the grace of God, I was able to stand strong. I looked up more stuff about juice fasting, and found this helpful. It was from doctoryourself.com he talks about a 21 day cycle fast. The first 8 days are only juice and he explained that for the first 2 days, your body is processing the foods you at the day before you started fasting. The the next 3-4 days your body is processing the food stored in your liver, so your really only start actual fasting 5-6 days in, which partially explains why I was losing my mind this weekend. Also Joe Cross talks about using food as a drug, and how people become addicted to the “high” that processed foods give you, before you crash, So having this new knowledge helped a lot, but I was still hungry and feeling lame, so I went to bed.

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I woke up this morning feeling good, well rested, and weighed in at 202 again, so that was sigh of relief. I’m getting some pushback from the kitchen manager at work. He worked at detox center in Israel. He said he’s seen bad stuff from just juicing for extended periods of time. He’s a pretty knowledgable guy and I trust his opinion.  So I did some more research and found some negative symptoms that I wasn’t aware of before like feeling cold all the time, metabolism slows (which I really don’t need, my metabolism is pretty slow as it is.) also if you eat too much of vegetables with betacarotine in them you skin can turn orange temporarily, which i have actually already experienced once in my life (as a baby, I was jaundice at birth and then once on baby food apparently I loved yams and carrots, I’ve been all types of colors!)  So all in all, I’m not really to worried, but since I didn’t consult a doctor before doing this thing (which is recommended btw) If anything weird comes up, then I’m going to stop the fast, not with a hamburger, but with smoothies.  We’ll see.  The whole purpose behind doing a 60 day jucie fast for me isn’t just to lose weight, but it’s to reset my body and to spend some significant time to plan how I can make healthy choices in my diet, and my life in general.  So however long I make it (hopefully 60 days), I hope and pray that would be the outcome.  

If you do have any knowledge on any of the negative side effects from juicing, please let me know, I am doing some research on my own, but the more the merrier.  I’m going to go try and clean up our basement storage unit, and hopefully it will keep my mind off greasy fried deliciousness.

As always, please leave me some comments!

 

 

Day 5. first round of reflections

This morning I weighed in at 202. Which was a big sigh of relief, because it’s been a strange/tough week. Here are some things that I noticed right off the bat…

  • My sense of smell has become SOOO acute, i feel like supernatural almost. I could smell my wife’s whiskey drink on tuesday night from across the room (it wasn’t a huge glass of whiskey either). Seattle smells delicious and it just adds to my struggle.
  • I am hungry ALL THE FREAKING TIME!!! I haven’t felt really satiated yet, don’t really expect to either.
  • I realized how mindlessly I used to eat/snack. Working in the service industry, we are always on the go, so I am used to just scooping up food and shoveling it down my pie hole. It’s taken more effort than I thought it would to avoid doing this.
  • People talk about food ALOT. It doesn’t bother me anymore, but the first few days, I wanted to walk around with my fingers in my ears going LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA.
  • My brain HATED me on monday and tuesday because it didn’t have any coffee. Like POUNDING headache. it was awful.

So I think the most important lesson I’ve learned in the first 5 days is NEVER JUICE A RED ONION. I know, I know it sounds like a bad idea to begin with, but I found a recipe that called for onion, parsley, lemon, and garlic. I’ve been getting a little burnt out of sweet juices, so I’m trying to experiment with some savory ones. So we had half of a red onion from the stuff my wife cooked on monday. so I juiced that bad boy and right off the bat I knew I had chosen poorly. SO MUCH JUICE came out of that thing. I should have just stopped right there, poured most of the onion juice out, but did I do that…. of course not!! I tried to cover up the onion flavor with alot of other strong flavors like a whole lemon unpeeled, a fat piece of garlic, a beet. nothing worked, I threw half a bag of rainbow chard in there (i think rainbow chard tasted like dirt) as a last ditch effort. I ended up drinking about 3/4 of that jar the next day for breakfast and I swear I could taste red onion the entire day. So maybe I should have used a yellow onion, or a sweet onion….at this point no type of onion with go anywhere near my juicer. blah.

On the other hand, I did make an amazing liquid bruschetta. Tomato, Basil, lemon, garlic and a little arugula. This juice is super tasty. I highly recommend it. Here are some more of my favorite recipes so far.

  • Yams, Oranges, Carrots, and a Golden Beet (Dana calls this one Sam Julius)
  • Strawberries, Oranges, pear, and mint. (still waiting for name)
  • Asparagus, Parsley, broccoli, Zuccini, kale, lemon, ginger (Super Green)

I’ll leave you guys with some resources that have been helpful to me. I’ve found some recipes on www.Juicerecipes.com What I love about that website is that it breaks down the benefits from each ingredient in the juice which is really helpful for me, but that onion recipe was on there so I’m not sure anymore. I also watched the following documentaries:

  • Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
  • Food Matters
  • Hungry For Change

All of those are available on Netflix. I would recommend all of them not just for information about juice, but just about healthy eating, and how the man tries to hold us down!!! STICK IT TO THE MAN, WATCH THESE DOCUMENTARIES!

Overall I’m feeling pretty daggum good on day 5. I sleep like a rock now, which hasn’t really been the case outside of extreme exhaustion. I wake up pretty easy, and I have plenty of energy throughout the day. On wednesday my head felt really weird like my thoughts were moving through jello or something. It was kinda trippy, but now my mind is pretty clear.

This weekend Dana Jill and I are going to Port Townsend, WA just for fun (i’m pre-juicing like crazy). Apparently there is an amazing bakery there. Pray that I remain strong!! We are also going to check “the edge of the world” which I have no idea what to expect, but Dana said it’s pretty awesome. So 5 days in and I’m feeling good. Leave me some comment folks

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