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Liquid Day 5: Soup Monster

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Found this on the internet when I Googled “Soup Monster” … I thought it was really cute xD

… xD As the title might suggest, I actually have not gone through an epic battle with a monster born from my carton of cooked and pureed vegetables.  And whether that would be hilarious or terrifying is anyone’s call really.  But anway; not why we’re here.  We are here today because I once again woke up late. Though this time it was entirely my fault because I blatantly ignored all of my alarms, and I knew I was doing it at the time; I just didn’t really recognize the consequences at the time.  Basically it was like, meh, 5 more minutes … 10 more minutes … It’ll be fine … I’m still tired …

08425324054lAll the way from 4:30 to 7, because I had no idea what time it was.

Once again, the alarm clock in the other room is what what me up …

As such, I did in fact not have time to make juice … So instead, I brought soup with me to work again.  And, if you to the right you can see the soup that I brought with me.  It was pretty good; it needed some salt and pepper, but it as slightly sweet, and a little spicy, and I could taste some bell peppers I think … Or something like that.  I dunno, but it was pretty good.  Not as delicious as I imagined … And it didn’t look as delicious as the packaging suggests it should.  Not that anything ever does, but look at my comparison pictures.  Can you guess which one is the advertisement, and which I took with my phone? xD  I know it’s hard to figure out, but do your best; I’m sure you can figure it out …

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However, despite it’s look, and the sad thinness of the soup as a whole (it was nowhere near as thick and creamy as it looked on the packaging) it wasn’t bad, and I ate half of it for breakfast, and half of it for lunch or so.  There’s a little left I’m bringing home, possibly for dinner, but for the most part I ate the majority of it and it was pretty good.

I also, for breakfast, got on the train with a water bottle full of 100% pomegranate juice.  Sort of citrus-y, and I think it has antioxidants in it (or at least that’s what the package said) so, it’s good for you and it was pretty delicious.  Also it took away my immediate food cravings upon leaving my house, so that was cool too.

Not much else to report today; TapouT will have to wait until tonight, and I have to get home fast because I have another raid … But I’m sure it will be fine ^^;;  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update, and Sunday’s video! ^-^

Sorry for the short post, but not a whole lot to report today since I’m lacking in the freshly juiced department … Tomorrow hopefully I’ll get to the bottom of how to juice a grapefruit without that terribly bitter taste …

Until next time, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice!

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Juice Day 4: The Bitters

0109140717So … It’s day 4, and as you can see, this is what went into my juicer this morning.  A bag of carrots, a cucumber, 2 apples (one Fuji and one Red Delicious, though the second option was an accident – I must have picked it up when I was picking out apples at Whole Foods accidentally), 3 stalks of celery, about 2″ of peeled ginger root, about a 1/3 of that bunch of Dandelion Greens, and 1 grapefruit.

0109140728And I’m going to tell you right now – do not just peel your grapefruit, remove most of the pith, and putting it in your juicer, like unsuspecting, little old me did.  Because you will have the most bitter, stomach churning liquid you have ever tasted.  And the sad part was that it smelled so good … I love grapefruit, and it tastes fine … Until you get to that horribly bitter aftertaste D:  At first I thought maybe it was the dandelion greens, since I have never had them before … But then I was thinking about it while I was riding the train, and even if they were bitter – it’s like Kale; Kale doesn’t taste good raw – but if I juice it, it’s really not that bad a all, and most other flavors will override it … So I thought some more and remembered that pith is very bitter; it’s the white stuff on an orange or grapefruit or other citrus fruit.

Don’t.  Eat.  It.

Seriously – the only way I could drink this juice was to stop breathing through my nose so I couldn’t taste it.  And I could still feel the bitter on my pallet as I was drinking … … ^^;; It was pretty bad.  It’s noon and I’ve only finished half of my juice.  But I’m going to finish it – only because it’s not making me feel sick.  If this was upsetting my stomach or something, I wouldn’t be finishing it.  But it just tastes bad after a sip; otherwise it’s fine.

0109140730However, another  fun thing I tried today was straining my juice a bit, which you can see to the right just above this paragraph.  I actually ended up losing about 1/3 of the juice, but I also got a much smoother drink today – which makes a lot of sense if you could see primordial ooze that I  took out of my juice bottle ^^;; I mean, it was a good deal of the fiber I should be getting going down the drain but … it made for a better drinking experience (taste of the juice aside) so I am willing to lose it.  And, to combat this fiber loss, I just added some Flax Seed oil.  Adds the fiber back that I can’t stomach by swallowing a weird textured liquid sludge.

I am all for it xD

Btw, a picture of some of the sludge is to the left.  in the strainer, and in the glass bowl that is behind it – the orange bottle on the left of the picture is the juice that is already strained and clean.

0109140734Unfortunately, this process took a long time, and honestly I probably lost more juice than I needed to.  This is because I am impatient, and I filled the strainer with the raw juice every time I went to use it … Problem was, after about half of it drained, it got gunked up, and so the rest of juice that wasn’t fibrous and gross didn’t make it through – however, instead of straining this separately, since I was in a hurry, I just dumped it into the bowl, rinsed the strainer, and started again.  But, if you had a lot more time, you could strain it a second time, or if you had two strainers, you could strain the liquid left in the strainer before dumping it, or even go more slowly and strain a smaller amount at a time.

But yeah; so I ended up with about 900mL of juice, which you can see to the right – and I dunno if you can tell but there’s a lot less pond-scum looking foam on the top, and it is clearer, even though I started with enough liquid that it wouldn’t all fit in my bottle today. I knew I would lose some volume, so I purposely made a little more than I would need.  To the right you can see what I ended up with when I was done straining 5 minutes later.  Aaaaaaand … Because I was not juicing any more vegetables, I added about a cup, maybe a little less, of my Strawberry Guava juice both to sweeten it up a little and meet my 32oz quota.  You can see it below.

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Now it’s time to … you guessed it; Count Calories!

Produce Amount Caloric Value
1 Fuji Apple 80 Calories
1 Red Delicious Apple 72 Calories
2″ Ginger Root 30 Calories
1 Cucumber 46 Calories
1 Grapefruit 82 Calories
Dandelion Greens 65 Calories
3 Stalks Celery 18 Calories
Baby Carrots 175 Calories
Strawberry Guava Nectar 150 Calories
Chlorophyll 15 Calories
Total: 733 Calories

Again, without those added calories of the red grapes, still about 100 calories short of Monday’s juice.  And like I say, this juice would have been MUCH better if I had taken the time to fully remove the pith of the grapefruit … Or at least I think it would.  I will try again on Saturday when I have more time to clean my produce before I juice it, since I don’t have to work – and I’ll let you know the results :3

And finally, at the bottom you’ll see …  You guessed it, more Chlorphyll (which I’m still pretty sure adds like, no taste or anything to these concoctions) but this is in today’s strained juice.  It looks a bit different from the last time I showed you, doesn’t it?  … In case you couldn’t tell, I added the earlier picture as well ^^;; The picture on the left is the original, and the picture on the right is today’s.  Besides being less full, you can see it’s missing that trademark pond scum it normally has …

Yaaaay.

Anyway; until next time remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

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Vegetable-Juice

So … Juice day 3.  Spoiler Alert: Hasn’t gone well so far.

Not for lack of trying just for … well, lack of sleeping, actually ^^;;

I was out late last night, (and, confession – I ate pasta and sauce, but a friend invited me over for dinner and her father is a chef, so I wasn’t turning that down for any reason … ^^; ) and I didn’t get home until late, so I didn’t go to bed until stupidly late … And suffice to say that my cell phone, that was right next to my head, didn’t wake me up.  I didn’t wake up at the 4:30 alarm, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, or 5:30 … The alarm that did wake me up is the alarm clock I set for 7:00 as a warning to get out of the shower and get dressed  so I can make breakfast and go to work.

Yeah.

2841188803Needless to say that TapouT, a Shower, and Breakfast?  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I didn’t do any of those things – I didn’t eat breakfast until I got to work and ate the soup that I was supposed to eat for lunch 2 days ago.  (Don’t freak out – it was still packaged and everything.  It’s just in a waxed cardboard-type box package that you buy at the store; look to the right and you’ll see what’s been sitting on my desk).  And, word to the wise, though this one wasn’t my fault, even though the soup on the package looks like complete liquid, there actually were discernible chunks of red pepper in it.  At least I’m pretty sure it was red pepper; it didn’t seem like the same consistency as cooked tomatoes.

But either way, this wasn’t TOTALLY liquid … So you basically have to pick around the lumps, which there weren’t many, if you really want to … I didn’t, I just ate them mostly because I was nearly falling asleep in said soup, and I didn’t have the motivation to do much about it.

Ozeri ScaleAnyway; so now, I haven’t had any juice, and I haven’t done TapouT … So what now?  Pretty short blog post, huh?  Well, I did get another awesome thing today, which is exciting.  You will see it to the left.  It is an Ozeri Touch 440 lb Digital Bath Scale.  Which I am definitely stoked about, because previous to this, I did in fact not have a scale … And, this one is all fancy and calculates BMI and Hydration and … Well, whatever, it was on sale when I bought it and it does all sorts of fun things that I can play with.

So right;  I’ll keep you posted about that, because I’m sure it’ll at least be fun to play with, and the video for all of this is still up and coming due to my late night yesterday … But it’ll be here soon!  I promise! ^^;;  Probably tonight – keep an eye on my channel, http://www.YouTube.com/TwiceBoiledCabbage

In the meantime, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

So … I didn’t get around to TapouT yesterday night (Monday), so I actually did the first day this morning.  And funny story; I haven’t done TapouT in almost a full year, but when I was working out … strangely – I needed the next resistance band up from the standard one that came with the original TapouT.  If you saw my video on TapouT (and if you didn’t you should definitely check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcIpBzrfm68) then you know that I bought some resistance bands for $5 from Five Below when I first started doing TapouT.  They were a lot cheaper than the official ones, and if they served their purpose great, and if they didn’t, well it was less than $20 into a wasted experiment.

Mmm ... 36 Drops of Chlorophyll ...

Mmm … 36 Drops of Chlorophyll …

Well, interestingly, because they were cheaper, they are shorter than the TapOut band – and they are made of stiffer, less bendable rubber.  Which means they are not as good quality – but it also means that as an accidental effect, they actually give more resistance … Like, a lot more resistance than the TapouT band I have.  Which is awesome for my purposes … So, in short, I started off with the red band that I purchased from Five Below because with the red TapouT band I literally felt like I was using nothing.

So, for that I felt cool.

Now; for things that are less cool.

We’ll start with my apartment.  And the fact that there really is no good open space to do this workout.  I was constantly rolling back and forth and kicking my plant and my coffee table, as well as hitting my face and shins on various desk legs and TV trays … So there was that.  I have to figure out better placement of thing, which is going to mean moving my desk around I think and getting rid of said TV tray and maybe … ick I dunno, but it’ll take some thought.  Another problem I realized?  Well, my heat is included in my rent.  Which is just dandy because my landlord keeps the temperature at a hellish level (literally there are times I feel like I am boiling in oil while sitting on my couch).  And that’s awesome in the winter when it’s 3 degrees outside, which it currently is some such ludicrous temperature, but … When you’re working out, not so awesome.  Went through 2 bottles of water this morning while working out and that was just taking breaks and stuff.  I chugged like, a lot of my juice when I first made it too.

Which brings me to another not so cool thing.  My juice concoction for today.  Because I learned a valuable lesson today – either have a SUPER high powered juicer than can handle broccoli, or strain it after you make it, because there are little tiny broccoli bud pieces all over this juice … To the point that I couldn’t finish it for today; I had to pour out the last few ounces or so. : /  If you look to the right, you will see what I put in today – and this is all of it xD  No last minute additions here.

0107140735Today we have:

– Half a head of Kale
– 1 Fuji Apple
– 1 Bosc Pear
– 1-1/2″ Ginger Root
– 1/2 Lemon
– 1 Cucumber
– 1 Broccoli Crown
– 1 bag of baby carrots
– 36 drops Chlorophyl
– 1/2c or so of water

And it actually tasted pretty good … But the texture was so frothy and bumpy that I couldn’t do it.  I’m not usually all about texture – I can stomach a lot of things, but … this was asking a little too much today.  I drank most of it – probably like 28-30 of the 32oz I had to drink, but … Ick.  So, lesson learned – if you are juicing broccoli, make sure you have a high powered juicer that will grind it up really fine, or else head over to your utensils drawer, get a strainer and go to town.  Maybe some cheesecloth if you are really fancy or well prepared in the kitchen area.  I’m not, but maybe you are. ^^;;

0107140745And again, there were pretty colors; this time they layered when I juiced them which was kind of cool.  Yesterday they just sort of mixed up together, and that was that.  This was just the fruit and carrots at this point, the kale and cucumber and stuff was afterwards but .. yeah – weird stripe-age.  Anyways.  So, what have I learned so far for juicing for a day?

Well, the stories were true; SO MUCH CRAVING FOR SOLID FOOD.  I was heating up the tomato soup I had to make for dinner last night, and I was like, OMG I WANT CRACKERS.  OR BREAD.  OR SOMETHING WITH THIS. GAAAHHH.  It was terrible. ^^;; But, I did manage to persevere after much persevering, and managed to sit down in front of my computer and just do my WoW dailies quietly without solid food.  I also indulged in a Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai tea with soy, which while not hot and delicious like the version I get from Starbucks (which I refuse to purchase when in the city because holy crap that price), still delicious and gave me a little extra protein and a few more calories to cram in my gullet so that I at least made my 1200 calorie intake.  Actually I hit 1300 but who’s counting? xD  Speaking of which, let’s figure out the calories for today so far, shall we?  There will probably be less because I forewent the grapes, but you never know …

Produce Amount Caloric Value
1 Fuji Apple 80 Calories
1 Bosc Pear 100 Calories
1-1/2″ Ginger Root 20 Calories
1 Cucumber 46 Calories
1/2 Lemon 15 calories
Kale 70 Calories
Broccoli Crown 75 Calories
Baby Carrots 175 Calories
Chlorophyll 15 Calories
Total: 596 Calories

Aand … well, not too bad, but missing that punch that the red grapes gave it yesterday for sure xD It’s almost 300 calories less, but that’s ok – still in an acceptable range, especially because I had another one of those delicious Vanilla Chai tea drinks, and they’re like, 300 calories a pop or something so … We’re good for the moment. I’ve still got at least one meal to eat and 5 hours before bed, so I’m sure I’ll manage another 300 calories or so by then.

That’s all for this update.  I’ll be back tomorrow after more TapouT with a new juice experiment.  Without broccoli.  Or, if with broccoli, then I’ll let you know how straining the juice goes.

Until next time, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice. :]

5_liquid_diet_68715232_full_1356731723Alright; HAPPY 2014 EVERYONE ^-^

So, to kick-start this new year, I have decided to start up TapOut again.  I think I can do it if I don’t stop in the middle like I did before for a little thing like getting sick … But that won’t stop me this time.

And, I’m kicking off my work out regiment with an all liquid detox for 7 days.  Or at least, I hope it lasts for 7 days; I am finding out that produce really doesn’t, well … produce … much liquid … So we’ll see.  Anyway, in my research, I found out some interesting facts and tips about liquid diets, and I figured I’d share the top 10 things I discovered here, since it was helpful to me …

Alright; when starting an all liquid diet, things to keep in mind:

1. You should be drinking between 64oz and 96oz of juice per day.

2. Try to consume upwards of 1600 calories per day, and absolutely no fewer than 1200!

3. Be sure to count calories to make sure you are eating what you should be.

4. Don’t drink anything freezing cold; drink things at room temp or a little cooler than room temp.

5. Mild headaches and strong cravings are normal for the first few days.

6. Drink at least 16oz of water following each juice meal. (2-3quarts/day)

7. Practice a strictly liquid diet for 7 days for a full detox; new juicers might do better w/3-4 days.

8. Try to add as much citrus to your juices as possible; citrus is great for detoxing.

9. Looking for something sweet?  Try making a fruit juice blend as a ‘dessert’!

10. Listen to your body!  If something seems really wrong, stop the detox!

Let me tell you, I have frequent headaches, so I wasn’t as enthused when I saw that headaches are common on a detox … But then I thought about it, and that sort of makes sense, because you’re getting rid of all the crap you have going on inside yourself, and that probably isn’t too easy to go through, or else there wouldn’t be all this junk gunking up your system in the first place, right?  So, I decided to go through with it anyway.  Today is my first day, and let me tell you what it took to make 32oz of juice for breakfast.

Into my JuiceMan Juicer, I p0106140654ut:

1c Pomegranate Seeds
2 stalks of Celery
1 cored Granny Smith Apple
1/2 Lemon
1 Cucumber
1/2 head of Romaine Lettuce
1/2 head of Kale
2 large handfuls of Seedless Red Grapes
1 Mango
5 or 6 Baby Carrots

At first I was only adding the ingredients you see in the picture.  Which doesn’t include the grapes, mango, or carrots – but there wasn’t enough juice!  (Note: if I made this juice again, I would add pears or red apples; something sweet, because the citrus and romaine lettuce were really overpowering) I had to dig around and find other things to add.  Even then all of that didn’t quite do it – I had to add about half a cup of water and some ice cubes to fill up my 32oz Nalgene waterbottle.  Which you can see below:

0106140718However, I couldn’t really think of anything else to add – I mean, I have a couple of grape fruits, some red apples, and some pears, but … all of this produce was supposed to last me a week, and right now I’m not even sure it’s going to last me 5 days!  And I have to stretch this to 2 meals every day.  Yeah, this ought to be fun. However, to be fair, it did make some really pretty colors in the little juicer cup thing when I was making it.

0106140658 0106140710  The picture to the left is the first half of the ingredients, so the pomegranate seeds, the apple, the celery, lemon, cucumber, and apple, while the picture on the right is  the other half the ingredients (romaine lettuce, kale, grapes, mango, carrots).  The cup is only a 16oz cup, so I could only juice half of my produce at a time in order to make up the 32oz I was going for for breakfast.

0106140712Anyway, another thing I added to my juice this morning that I thought I would share with you:  Chlorophyll. Yeah.  The green stuff you find in plants.  Apparently you can purchase a concentrated version of it to add into smoothies and juices and all of that good stuff.  The bottle I bought is the one to the left – it’s from Whole Foods, which was a great adventure I went on this past weekend, and was $12 … But since there are 33 servings, I wasn’t too worried about it. ^^;;

According to the package, it boosts your red blood cell count, which is sort of what iron does, and helps get oxygen to all the parts of your body that need oxygen … And I actually have pretty poor circulation, so it’s something I could use a little help with.  I dunno if this will help or not, but I counted out 36 drops of the stuff this morning and added it to my juice.

Also, can I tell you … It takes a LONG time to drink 32oz of juice, and then chug at least 16oz of water afterwards?  I started drinking when I made it at about 7 this morning, and I didn’t finish until about noon or so … And I keep fluctuating between feeling hungry and feeling really uncomfortably full … I’m pretty sure I’ve confused the hell out of my body pretty badly ^^;; But I don’t feel sick, and no headaches worse than normal, so … So far so good.  I’m sitting here, trying to decide if I want to eat the soup I brought for lunch … I’m sure I need the calorie intake, but I am currently feeling uncomfortably full, so I don’t think I want to put anything in my mouth …

Hell, let’s figure out how many calories I’ve eaten so far today.  I’m willing to bet it’s not very many … ^^;;

Produce Quantity Caloric Value
1c Pomegranate Seeds 145 calories
2 Stalks Celery 12 calories
Granny Smith Apple 80 calories
1/2 Lemon 10 Calories
1 Cucumber 46 Calories
1/2 Head Romaine Lettuce 30 calories
Kale 70 Calories
Seedless Red Grapes 250 Calories
Mango 145 Calories
Baby Carrots 75 Calories
Chlorophyll 15 Calories
Total: 878 Calories

Actually … that is a lot more calories than I thought … If I drink another one of these for dinner with a similar caloric intake, I’ll actually make the 1600 calories no problem … Wow.  I’m really surprised.  Especially with how many calories are in grapes o.o;; I had no idea that like, 2 cups of grapes was 250 calories.  That is ridiculous.  Especially because I know they have crappy nutritional value; they’re basically sugar and water, but they’re so delicious.

I guess at the very least this explains why I am so uncomfortably full now …

0106140714Also, the last thing I wanted to mention; I know the machine is a juicer. I know it’s job is to extract juice from produce, as much as possible, and leave behind all of the other junk. But, when I went to clean it out when I was done using it this morning, I was like, totally amazed. The contents of the like, rind and skin catch are to the right, and that is a lot of minced up junk sure … But I was mostly impressed with how dry all that stuff was. Like, it was almost chalky – there was almost no fluid left in it. It wasn’t like sandpaper or anything, but it was definitely extremely lacking in the liquid department, much more than I thought it would be. The only part that you can see a bit of water in is the edge that didn’t really go through the strainer thing – that’s the mango.  Oh also, ProTip? Make sure you take the rind out of the mango before you try to juice it. Like, that hard section in the middle? That doesn’t juice well. Learned that lesson today …

… You thought I wasn’t going to talk about it, didn’t you?

No, I didn’t forget about the second part of the title of this post … … I just don’t want to talk about it.  Because I am so NOT excited for TapOut this time around that … Well, it’s Monday, and I was supposed to get up early to do TapOut this morning … Yeah that didn’t happen.  Hitting snooze and staying in my extremely overheated bed is what happened xD But, I do plan on doing it when I get home from work today … I just really, really don’t want to.

Gotta think positive though; gotta stop saying that … I’m excited for TapOut!  Yaaaaaay TapOut!

… … … Yeah pretty sure that didn’t work.

But I’m gonna do it!  I have a goal!  TapOut I and TapOut II finished by July!  That is my goal.

This is going to be a long 6 months. >_>

Until next time (probably tomorrow), remember:  There’s No Use Boiling your Cabbage Twice.