30 Day Juice Cleanse - Not Photography but much asked for. Sorry if this doesn’t interest you but everyone is asking on FB so I’m putting it here.
Why? yes to lose weight and get my cholesterol under control (219) I thought Thats it, my beautiful Nana had a stroke when she was 42 it was the year I was born and the year I am now. She lost the use of her right side her speech and had to learn how to walk again talk again and never regained her right hand so she had to learn to write with her left hand. I adored her. She was disabled with this stroke until the day she died at 83. Lovingly at peace in my arms. When I turned 42 I went to the Doctor and got a full medical. She said Sue Bryce you are in good health except you are still in the Overweight range and you have a cholesterol of 219 screeeech BAD. I have been on a weight loss mission since October 2012 after Jill in Paris. Jill made me realise here was this beautiful young woman with a body parts getting cut away fighting for life and here I was with a perfectly healthy body I was not treating very well. I cannot give Jill my body parts and I cannot give her the one thing she wants in all the world and that is a baby. But I can honour her every day by looking after what I’ve got.
After Paris I cut out Wheat and all processed substitutes meaning no gluten free bread just NO bread no processed food at all and I was half vegetarian meaning white meat only Fish and Chicken. Over the first year I lost 34 pounds / 15 kilos its was slow around one kilo per month but it was consistent. Then it STOPPED so I knew I either had to up the exercise or change the diet more. Jamie Stephenson is one of my dearest friends she was in the crew that took Jill to Paris and this month she is opening Las Vegas’s first cold pressed juice bar. She has studied and studied like no one I have seen before her passion for juicing and changing people lives is extraordinary. You can check out Jamie’s new business here The Juice Standard like them on FACEBOOK till there website is full and live. She was the reason I agreed to do this I believe in her 100 %.
I called her and I said I’m ready. Mentally I had to do the prep work no 7 day Juice Cleanse for me I had to smash my cholesterol and I was prepared to give up eating to do it. Jamie made me watch Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead you can watch it free it will change the way you see juicing. You will watch really over weight sick guys change their lives get off medication for cholesterol, blood pressure and skin disorders and drop phenomenal amounts of weight. Another great source of inspiration and education I found was Eat, Fast and Live Longer by Michael Mosley I really enjoyed watching this too its a perfect reminder that food is medicine and we simply eat to much.
My Before November 22nd & After photos December 24th, lost 13.5 lbs (6 kilos) in 30 days not glamourous but really telling. That Belly fat just melts off. I have been off my cleanse for 6 weeks and now have lost another 4 lbs (Total weight loss in 19 months is 51.5 pounds / 23.4 kilos) I am maintaining by eating vegan and working out and I’m still losing weight I am following Dr. Fuhrman Eat to Live (is the Doctor on Fat, Sick and nearly Dead) and has a video that you must watch on youtube if you are interested in his Eat to live plan its a great way to come off the cleanse Dr. Joel Fuhrman
The best news is My cholesterol is under 150!
You have two choices buy or Juice. I don’t cook I would prefer to not walk into the kitchen I’m not going to lie I suck at cooking and don’t enjoy it. When I cook I think about work. So I would rather work and buy my juice so this is what Jamie did for me and her recipes are just unbelievable. However most people opt to invest in the juicer so you can get all of that info at fat Sick and nearly Dead. This is what a day on a juice program looks like.
Am I really a Vegan YES never in a million years was I going to give up Diary. Since my cleanse I haven’t craved it in fact I’ve been eating again for 6 weeks and I juice every morning still.
Did I cheat. Yes Thanksgiving a glass of red wine and squash soup while everyone was chowing down on good ole American Thanksgiving I struggled with the wine and carried on as normal the next day. In fact in week two I even hosted a dinner party and cooked for everyone. When did I struggle: Oh boy yes I hit a wall. Day one was hard but I was prepared I took the day off a whole lot of movies to watch and I thought yeah I can cope. Week one I was a little uptight I definitely didn’t want to be near anyone eating! Nikki and Katie came to work every day and didn’t bring lunch they fully supported me and no social life was the go, so I stayed at home. Week two I had completely normal energy so I started going for walks and going to the gym hosting dinner parties etc I thought this is a breeze. Week THREE I struggled during week 3 for starters I felt house bound work live sleep same place. Everyone was going to pre holiday December parties but not me (BTW there is no good time of the year) and it dawned on my I don’t have many joyous activities that don’t involve food so I made a pact to find more and I have.
Best tips: My biggest lesson was during week three it was freezing and I was just so sick of cold juice then everything stopped (if you know what I mean) including my weight loss I went 6 days with nothing passing through and no weight loss so I called Jamie and she said are you still drinking your water and the answer was no I had become dehydrated. If you are not going to the toilet you are not losing weight and you are not detoxing. Keep it moving keep drinking water. Another tip is If you buy your juice make sure its Pressed never heated you can ask the experts why I just do as I’m told.
I had so much support because I asked for it and my friends were amazing they really prepared and so did I and Oh and the icing on the cake (excuse the pun) The Cashew nut dessert the Creme of all cremes Jamies incredible recipe which by the way when you are juicing is equivalent to eating a decadent icecream but its not and that along with the support got me through this. But finally I have to say the mind is so powerful. I believe when you WANT something you WILL achieve it. I would repeat multiple mantra’s like
I WANT THE RESULT MORE THAN I WANT TO EAT - I WANT THE RESULT MORE THAN I WANT TO EAT – I WANT THE RESULT MORE THAN I WANT TO EAT and My Kungfu is strong which is a funny reference to the years I trained in martial arts. I was never hungry not once I know you think you will be but you are not. Mind hungry yes but never physically hungry because I was getting as much micronutrients as possible. I made a decision I believed in the result I believed in my self I loved Jamie’s Juice.
The best news is My cholesterol is under 150! I’m the slimmest I’ve been in 15 years. I don’t want to talk about my body or my weight. I want to talk about why I put on 100 pounds all those years ago and why I held on to them for so long. Weight loss it seems is a pretty basic science. Eat this much – lose this much. So why why do we find our identity in being unhealthy or overweight or not good enough. I don’t want to try to preach to you about juicing this is just something I needed to do. This was for you Nan because I know you wouldn’t want me to be hurting with a stroke like you were at my age. There is a different diet out there for every person. Different needs different life style different taste buds. Just love being you and look after what you’ve got the best you can you are worth feeling good looking good and sleeping good. A vowed after meeting Jill I would live a fuller, richer, braver life. I just needed to let go of some emotional baggage.