Ok so this post is my amateur opinion and sort of experiences if you will with “clean eating” and everything that has sort of changed in my habits over the last 7months ish. I need to apologize now that this is an iPhone post so if spelling and grammar are off (which most of my posts are anyways) it is because it is hard to write longer posts and such from a phone and not computer… But I left my key to the business center in my roommates car and she took her laptop to work. So my phone will suffice.
Juicing: I am all for it. I love my juicer and I love knowing that I can pack a bunch of nutrients into a drink. It is easier (I think) on my digestive system and I noticed that while juicing my skin cleared up. What I don’t like is that it has yet to fill me up. I never quite got past the part where you stop craving “normal” foods and usually cheated daily. It is normal for me to be nauseous so I told myself “this handful of goldfish won’t make a difference.” I also found that a juicing diet is expensive. Fruits and veggies are not too bad if you shop right, but you have to buy a lot more when juicing them. One cucumber can go into 3-4 salads but only one juice. If you plan on getting into a juicing diet, be prepared to spend more… I’m already nervous because I have to make 7 dollars last for the next 4 days and my juicer arrives tomorrow. Ill probably finish off my box of cereal and my cream of rice and frozen fruits/veggies before going back to juicing. Yay college/disney budget! I honestly do recommend juicing to anyone though. The benefits are real and my life can attest to that. I am still alive when doctors said I shouldn’t be.
Organic diet: this one is hard for me. I did not notice a difference in my health eating organic/non organic products. I hated spending 4 dollars on fruit that was available for 69cents if purchased non organically. I looked at my friends and people who were older than me who lived happy and healthy lives eating non organically. I watched all of the documentaries on organic eating and such and did cut corn out and some of the major problems like red meat… But when it came to carrots and cucumbers and other things I simply wash them and skin what I can. No, I don’t buy organic carrots simply because when juicing them I can’t afford the tiny organic apples that give me nothing. I cut off the ends and skin them and still feel the same benefits of juicing. I’m not saying I don’t put forth the organic effort, I’m just saying that sometimes I don’t quite feel, personally, the difference between organic and non organic, unless we are talking about my wallet size. Do what works for you, be smart when shopping, but don’t walk into a supermarket like I did feeling overwhelmed and wondering if every single product will give you cancer. And don’t leave with only one bag full of groceries that cost almost 100 dollars… Unless your buying clothes jk even then I’m a goodwill lover.
Weight loss: I never changed my diet because of weight. I did it because as most of you know, I got sick. There are many theories about why I got sick and you can read about those in earlier posts but none are proven. But I do have a question. Who decides what is obese or not? I understand that if you have a big belly and chubby cheeks and such, yeah there are obvious problems and health risks… But I’m about to get personal for a second. Last week my work offered a free health screening. They did a simple blood test, height, and weight check and than handed you a brochure about the results. I understand it was general and free so it was not too quality but according to it my BMI (body mass index) was 24% that was one point away from “overweight” talk about a mood killer. Here is where I’m going to say, I am 5foot and about 1.5-2inches tall, about 120-4 pounds depending on the time of day, a size 4 in jeans, and a size small-medium in tops depending on the brand. My bra size is 34A or a 32B unless you ask Victoria’s Secret who bump it up… I’m not a big person. Last year at this time my doctors were begging me to gain weight and right now I feel “normal.” Of course there are always improvements to be made and my goal is to be 115 pounds (where I was just after graduating) but who is to say that by wearing a size small in 99% of my favorite clothing stores like forever 21 is one point away from “overweight?” I also do not agree that you can tell someone’s BMI by a scale. A very small person could end up weighing more than another same size person who is actually fat because muscle weighs more than fat. If someone wants to look at my stats and tell me that I am actually boarder line by all means I will listen. Remember, I am no nutritionist and I only know what I do because of having a paralyzed stomach, but how can being a size small be boarder line overweight? So ladies and gentleman alike, don’t freak out because of where you stand on the “normal range” do what feels comfortable to you. Always ask a doctor and don’t just go by Pinterest or tabloids. They will suck you into depression. If anything choose a better lifestyle for the energy or skin benefits. Not necessarily weight. Counting calories is more frustrating than noticing less pimples or being able to run just one step farther than you did the day before. Find a routine that you enjoy. The first few months is always hard (shoot I’m not even past that yet) but don’t rely on crash diets or even slow pace diets that tell you to only juice or only eat organic. You’ll be broke and miserable (unless you have done that and love every second in which please, teach me)
Since moving to Disney I have basically slacked completely when it comes to my health. I eat pizza and such because right now while my juicer is en route from my parents house and not really understanding completely how to budget on my own without parents helping but fresh veggies and such I don’t have many options. I feel it. I have already gotten sick. My acne has gotten worse. And I have gained weight in my short month of being here. Yup. I can’t believe it either it has already almost been a month! But I know that it has come with poor choices to any standard. I am planning on detoxing this week because I know I need to boost my body. But also know that my body is very different from most and if you want to detox with me (which I also encourage because its motivation for the both of us) ask a doctor, or message me on Facebook. I’m not sure how it will go because I do only have 7 bucks to last me until Thursday when I get paid but we will see what happens.
Anyways there was my opinion. Remember I am no professional and I do indeed mess up a lot. I bet someone out there can prove me wrong in everything I have said and by all means, prove me wrong I am always open to new opinions or facts or even advice when it comes to nutrition and health and organic eating, etc… But if you think I can help you in any way please don’t hesitate to ask. I hope you can all reach your optimal health goals and live happy!