Dear Hotels,

Dear Hotels,

Black people want wash cloths for their hotel rooms. No not a hand towel… no…not a body towel.  A WASH CLOTH!

washclothsWashcloths are little square sized cloths about 5 inches by 5 inches.  We typically like two per person. One for our face and one for the rest of our body.

We use them in conjunction with the soap or body wash. We don’t apply the soap directly on the skin, because someone else may be sharing that same bar of soap. (And that is nasty!)  So we suds the cloth with soap and water and use the cloth to wash.

Also, the cloth acts as a light exfoliant, which is probably why you always compliment us on the smoothness of our skin.  Now you’ve been informed why #blackdontcrack.

I’ve never been to another black persons home where they did not offer me a wash cloth and a full body towel. It is just how we roll. So please do not come back with every kind of towel BUT a wash cloth the next time we ask. I know you have them in your inventory. Because Susan gave me one two days ago.  Now why the housekeeper took it and didn’t replace it with another washcloth, is a whole other post.

-Sincerely annoyed hotel guest

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I Broke My Fast on Day 6 of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Reboot

I woke up knowing that I was in no mood to juice a truckload of fruits and veggies.  For several reasons I knew that I would be breaking my fast today, on Day 6.

  • I just was no longer motivated to spend the time required each morning to juice.
  • I was almost out of the fruits and veggies I needed to make a decent juice.
  • But lastly and most importantly my stomach was not dealing well with all the roughage.

I’ve had stomach issues since high school, when I swore I had a stomach ulcer, but later found out it was gastrointestinal issues.  Nevertheless, after a few years of suffering I finally got diagnosed and got educated about triggers and foods to avoid or minimize the intake.

Those foods include broccoli and excessive leafy greens.  I don’t normally have issues eating salads or broccoli, but when I’ve consumed those foods on a consistent daily basis, it has never ended well. Luckily I’ve been successful at monitoring my diet to ensure I don’t have to take pills to help with symptoms etc.

Anyway, I say all of this to say that I think that juicing is good, but for me I’ll need to incorporate it into my diet in a more moderate way.  One juice daily, vice all juice. One thing is for certain, you will definitely consume more veggies by juicing them, than it would be comfortable to eat normally.

Also, it takes time to find the right balance of tastiness while maintaining a healthy balance of fruit to vegetable ratio.  The sugar consumption from the fruit for me, is likely part of the reason why I don’t think the pounds dropped as fast as I had anticipated.  In addition, I’m not quite sure how many calories I consumed during the days that I juiced as compared to my normal diet. So that could also be a contributing factor.

Anyway, I ate an apple in the morning. In the afternoon after finishing some errands I was hungry but wanted to eat something not too heavy or greasy and still veggie-based. I decided on Thai food.

Since I found myself in Annapolis, Maryland. I decided to stop at Lemongrass (on West Street) and ordered the Green Curry with a bit more coconut milk to dial-down the heat/spice.  It’s a green curry sauce with coconut milk, eggplant, which I love, bamboo shoots, basil and I ordered it with chicken. It comes with white rice. I felt fuller quicker, so I imagine my stomach shrunk a bit over the last week.

Green curry

So that was how I broke my fast. Not sure if that was the best thing to eat to break my fast since my stomach still needed to adjust but that was my choice in that moment.

Lessons learned from juicing:

  • Juice in moderation
  • Vary the fruits and veggies
  • Monitor the caloric intake if hoping to lose weight.

Ultimately, I lost no inches on my waist, but I did loose 4 pounds.

Were you on this journey with me? How has it gone for you? How have/will you break your fast? Share your thoughts with me below.

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Day 5 of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Reboot

Sorry for the delay.

I had 3 juices on day 5. I had some of the green detox soup and an apple in the afternoon.

I went to a friend’s birthday party and was hungry, so I ordered the only pseudo healthy thing on the menu…Glazed carrots.
I’m not sure what it was glazed with but it looked and tasted like grease. So I limited my intake of those carrots.

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Day 4 of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Reboot

 

Day 4 was… Bananas!!

I started my day with a whole banana. Not necessarily on the meal plan, but I didn’t think it could hurt.

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For a bit of a change, I found a few new recipes on this website and tried those today.  I altered some of the recipes based on the ingredients I had and my taste buds.

 

 

 

My first juice of the day was my take on the Pineapple Cloud:

  • 1/2 a pineapple
  • 1 head of romaine
  • 1 zucchini

I liked this juice, it was a slight twist from the Mean Green Juice.

My second juice of the day was the Funky Monkey:

  • 2 pears
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 inch of ginger

This juice wasn’t too bad, but I definitely could taste the cabbage and that ‘dirt’ taste, but it wasn’t overwhelming so I was able to finish it.

The last juice I made was my take on the Sweet Spice Cider:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/4 a head of red cabbage
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 inch of ginger

 

I don’t know if it made a difference that I didn’t start drinking this juice until after 3pm, but it was not as tasty as it had been when I sipped it in the morning as I bottled it.  It tasted like baby food.  The sweet potato taste was so thick.  I drank maybe a 3rd of this, before gagging and throwing it out.

We had a going away lunch for a few co-workers today at Mission BBQ and I had to attend since one of the guys, works for me.  But I was strong, and just drank my Funky Monkey and suffered in silence while pulled pork and bbq trays floated around me.

Since I didn’t finish the last juice I was a little hungry by the time I got home from work.  I ate two bananas.  Shortly after eating the second banana, I could literally feel the banana digesting.  And about an hour later decided to make the Green Detox Soup. I followed the recipe below minus the broccoli.

Green Detox Soup
Ingredients:
2 garlic cloves
1 leek
small head of broccoli
6 kale leaves (Tuscan cabbage)
1 zucchini
2 celery sticks
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cups (1 liter/32 oz) vegetable stock
handful of parsley, chopped
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:
1. Chop the garlic and all the veggies.
2. Warm the oil on low heat, then add the leek and garlic and cook slowly for 3–5 minutes.
3. Add the stock and the remaining vegetables and bring slowly to a boil. Cook for just
a few minutes, until the zucchini is soft. The less you cook the vegetables, the better.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste, then blend or process the soup to the desired
consistency, from smooth to chunky.
5. Serve the soup in bowls and sprinkle with parsley.
Note: You can make your own veggie stock using leftover pulp from your juicer.
Visit the soup recipe section of our website (rebootwithjoe.com) to find instructions.

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Day 3 of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Reboot

I tried a new recipe today, it is called Fog Cutter:

Apples – 2 medium

Cabbage (red) – 1/4 head, small

Carrots – 4 medium

Ginger Root – 1/2 thumb

Lemon – 1 fruit

Spinach – 4 handful

I really loved the Fog Cutter recipe.

It was hard today, coworkers brought in donuts.  But luckily I resisted all day. And I had a strong craving for chocolate…Still I rose above the temptation.

This morning I weighed myself and I’m only down 3.2 pounds.

Dinner I ate another salad, kale, spinach, avocado, lemon, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, and red onions.

No headaches.

Stay tuned for day 4, it’s a bit more interesting…

Additional Information:

  • https://juicerecipes.com/
  • http://eatdrinkandbeskinny.com/30-day-juicing-challenge/
  • http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/05/juicing-mistakes/
  • http://thejuicenut.com/sweet_potato_juice__the_juice_nut.aspx
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Day 2 of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Reboot

I woke up quite early, not feeling groggy, but still not ready to get out of bed quite yet, so I tried to sleep for another few hours.  I finally got up and weighed myself, only down one full pound.  A little disappointed in that number since I tend to loose weight quickly when trying. But I started making my juices for the day.  I made 2- 16oz (mason jars) of the “orange juice” and 1 -16oz of the Mean Green Juice (MGJ). I also added a scoop of flavorless organic whey protein.

I also measured my stomach.

I had a few ounces of the Lemon/Ginger hot water and upon arriving at work I had my first ‘Orange” juice.

I drank about 25 ounces of water throughout the work day and had my second juice, the MGJ for lunch.

I felt my headache from yesterday just waiting to return.

I also had a another repeat salad for dinner.

 

 

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Day 1 of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Reboot

Day 1 (January 5) of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead program was not too bad, except that I had a really bad headache by the time I got home from work.

I weighed myself and after I woke up and then had a half cup of the ginger/lemon hot water.

I made my juices for the work day.

Upon my arrival at work I had my first juice, the Mean Green Juice (MGJ):

Joe’s Mean Green (Green Juice)
Makes 2 servings
Nutrition per serving: 251 kCal; 1049 kJ; 6 g protein; 54 g carbohydrates;
1 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 2 g fiber; 30 g sugar; 128 mg salt
Ingredients:
16 kale leaves (Tuscan cabbage)
2 cucumbers
8 celery sticks
4 apples
1 lemon
2 in (5 cm) piece of fresh root ginger

Throughout the day I sipped my water probably only consuming 40 ounces for the day.

I had my next morning snack of my take on the Berry-Apple-Cinnamon Bake, which was basically just blueberries and raisins.  I saved the uncooked apples for my afternoon snack.

In the afternoon I had my second MGJ and later ate the whole sliced apple.

By the time I got home I was so hungry.  I couldn’t even wait to make another juice for dinner. Instead I had a salad pictured below, made with Kale, Spinach, broccoli, grape tomatoes, avocado, and some cilantro. My dressing was the juice from half a lemon and a little virgin coconut oil.

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I followed the salad with a few ounces of the “orange juice”:

Carrot-Apple-Lemon (Orange Juice)
Makes 2 servings
Nutrition per serving: 188 kCal; 786 kJ; 2 g protein; 44 g carbohydrates;
1 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 3 g fiber; 29 g sugar; 58 mg salt
Ingredients:
4 apples
4 carrots
2 lemons

I only used a half of a lemon.  And I only made a few ounces to taste it and confirm that I liked the recipe so that I use that recipe in the next mornings’ juice.

My headache didn’t seem to go away and in addition that evening I felt super nauseated.  So I went to bed a little earlier than normal.

Are you juicing, or doing a raw food regimen?  I’d like to hear your thoughts, and recommendations below.

 

See Related Articles:

  • Fitcrazed: https://fitcrazed.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/juicing-shopping/
  • The Banded Vegan: https://bandedvegan.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/5-days-of-juicing/
  • Diary of Little Foodie: https://littlefoodiediaries.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/mean-green-juice-and-the-pre-wedding-tone-up/
  • Two Girls Blog:http://twogirlsblog.com/2015/01/12/my-juice-fast-a-full-report/
  • The Tilly Vanilly:http://thetillyvanilly.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/juice-as-i-expected/
  • The Tartan Doe: http://thetartandoe.com/2015/01/05/3-day-cleanse/
  • Coltons Juice Journey: https://coltonsjuicejourney.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/day-one/

 

 

 

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I’m Juicing For January!

I’m Juicing! Yup I’m attempting to do the 14/15 day Reboot program made popular by Joe Cross from the docu-film, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead.  In the film Joe and others dove into juicing head first by only consuming fresh homemade juices for up to 60-days.

Joe embarked on his juice reboot due to health issues and at the end of his 60 days and with the supervision of a doctor he was able to be taken completely off his medications.  And he lost a ton of weight and got healthy.

I’ve done a raw food 30-day fast/diet/journey in previous years for the month of January (okay 31 days).  My cousin annually leads a Facebook group of friends and family where people can share photos of the foods and recipes they’ve consumed each day. It’s a great support system on days when you just want a steak instead of a salad or smoothie. And can get encouragement from others going thru the same journey.

Although I had seen Joe’s film several months ago I decided to try this Juice Reboot now, in January.  In the beginning I had thought I would do just juicing for all 15 days. But as you’ll see, that plan was slightly altered. By publishing this journey of mine online, I hope that it will keep me accountable and on track.  My goal is to cleanse, reboot, and lose some pounds.

Cheers! Here’s to the new year!

Related Articles:

  • http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/
  • http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/rebooting/plans/
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Recipes: Spinach Quiche

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My co-worker made Quiche and had it for lunch recently. That inspired me to make my own. I found a recipe for the crust but I guess I was supposed to bake the crust by itself for a bit before adding the filling. Anyway, the crust didn’t quite come out as expected but it was only a thin layer on the bottom so it didn’t affect the taste.  I used a bunt cake pan so that I could lift the Quiche out of the pan. I was concerned that it might stick to the sides of the pan but it didn’t. I actually used a 9-inch cake pan with the bunt cake center. So it might look like a large quantity but it’s not.

 

 

In this recipe I used:

3 oz. of Feta Cheese

4 oz of a cheese blend (mozzarella, sharp etc.)

5 eggs

1 cup milk (estimated)

fresh spinach

1/2 onion

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil to saute the onions and spinach

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Pre-baking:

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Here’s my attempt at making the crust from scratch. Flour, butter, salt, milk and water.

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Day 7 of the 7-Day Diet

Finally, the last day of this diet. I can’t call it much of a cleanse because in my opinion when you cleanse you put cleaner foods in your body. Mostly fruits and veggies. Red meat is already harder for your body to digest so that just seems counterproductive to me.

Weighing in this morning I was down less than a half pound.

For breakfast I had an apple, and for lunch I had some more of the soup, I also had the last piece of flank steak. Later I had an orange and some pistachios with a decent amount of water.

You can probably tell, I’m no longer committed to this thing. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I was expecting larger weight loss and I know that following other plans would have likely resulted in the same or greater results but with slightly less food restriction.

If I were to do it again I would likely alter the plan to include fruit, veggies, soup and no meat for 3-5 days.

Overall, my total weight loss was 6.2 pounds and that was without working out or exercising. If I’m down more lbs. in the morning, I’ll edit this post to share.

Thanks for following me on this short journey.

 

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