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Salt and protein levels

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Posted by centurion on 5 years ago

Today is my day 5 on the reboot. I decided to go for it after watching Joe's movie the 2nd time in a year. I've lost 5.1 pounds so far. I started without much planning - went to the supermarket and bought a juicer, and bunch of fresh fruits and veggies and started juicing them about 3-4 times a day. I am having about 4-5 16 oz juice portions each day.

The most I miss is salt. Is that normal? Is there a chance of a deficiency?

Also, how about the protein? Are there specific plants to juice to make sure that my protein levels are ok?

I plan to continue this till end of the year (12 days) for sure. After that, is it okay to continue for more days? Any specific precautions to take?

Thanks.

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Replies To Salt and protein levels

  • Danmcn61

    5 years ago

    congratulations on getting this far. You have made such a big change in your life already and there is nothing but good sailing ahead for you. You don't need a ton of "planning" to do a reboot, just buy a juicer and lots of fresh produce and let nature take its course. The more fresh juice you take, the better. Four pints per day is great and keep on doing it.

    Your sodium intake on a reboot is just fine, most people get way too much as it is anyway. Minerals should be taken in a balanced manner, so look into supplements. Take Terramin or Clark's Mineral Formula (I do).

    Protein intake during a reboot is OK, because a reboot is only temporary anyway. After a reboot is completed you can take protein from whey supplements or better from grassfed beef or wild caught salmon. Eggs from farm raised chickens are also great for you. For vegetarian sources of protein, look closely at beans, spirulina, and nuts & seeds.

  • centurion

    5 years ago

    Thanks for your reply and encouragement Danmcn61. I am on Day 8 today and have shed 7.3 pounds as of this morning.

    Good to know that missing salt is normal. I think we are so used to salt that it is hard to not miss it! I feel no discomfort, just "miss" it. But as the days are passing by, I am noticing it less. I didn't know that coconut water was ok to take - but I read on the community pages somewhere that it's fine to take coconut water - so I did that and that helped a lot with the salt craving. I noticed that even natural coconut water has quite some sugar, so am careful not to drink more than 8 oz at at time.

    I'll read more on the supplements you recommended (Terramin & Clark's Mineral Formula). One fear I have always had in taking any kind of extra supplements/vitamins is getting dependent upon it. If you have any views on this, please let me know.

    I'll also check out the Spirulina powder available in Sprouts. I am assuming that adding a spoonful to every juice should take care of the protein intake. Please let me know if this is not the way to do this.

    I am not facing any issues with hunger. But it's that void you feel with not having food - like something big is missing in your life and you are missing out on all the food varieties out there - that is the biggest internal battle. I hope it'll get easier as I develop more of a taste for natural fruits and veggies.

    I also feel an empty and strange breath getting up in the morning. Hope that is normal.

    Again, thanks.

  • TeelaHerman.com

    5 years ago

    what do you mean, you have an "empty" and strange breath?

    I know for some, juicing tends to cause a bit of bad breath and sometimes a "film" in your mouth....and that's all perfectly normal. I tend to find myself brushing my tongue and teeth a bit more when on a reboot.

  • TeelaHerman.com

    5 years ago

    I'm not a nutritionist, so I am not sure about huge salt deficiency question, but I know that it is completely normal to crave salt. Question: do you like to juice celery? It personally has a bit of a salty taste to it, so maybe that will help curb the craving?

    As for the protein, that was the only real concern my physician had when I initially started my 40 day reboot. He was fine with it once I explained to him that I wasn't going to live on nothing but juice indefinitely and that I did have an end date. There are plants that have some protein, spinach being one that has the most. Again, I'm not a medical professional but I doubt that going 30-60 days on a small amount of protein is going to hurt you and as long as you are feeling fine, there should be no problem with you continuing on for more than 12 days.

    If you ever get your juice and blend it with a banana or avocado, you could add chia seeds to the juice. I've done that before when I was really craving food. I also use chia seeds in my smoothies. They give me added energy from their protein without dragging me down and making me feel heavy, like consuming meat based proteins would.....not that meat based proteins are bad, but if you are trying to stick with a juice fast and you are really concerned about protein, chia seeds are a good option.

    Great job so far!!! You're doing phenomenal. Keep up the awesome work.

    Teela

  • centurion

    5 years ago

    Hello 'Thejuiceathomemom' - You described perfectly the "empty & strange breath" I was referring to. It's kind of little bad and mouth feels sticky at times (when waking up in the morning). I'll just brush a little more.

    I like celery, and so I'll take your advice and add it with every juice.

    Great to know that protein consumption should not cause any issue with fasting for more than 12 days. I do juice spinach intermittently. Also, as 'Danmcn61' suggested, I bought powdered Spirulina from Sprouts. Am mixing a spoonful with every juice. It's a little bitter, but hope that my taste buds start accepting it within a few days.

    Good to know about the chia seeds. I'll read more on them, and maybe get them the next time I visit the store.

    I'm now getting more full with 16-20 oz juice than before. I wonder if that is because (i) my body has now got used to the juice, OR (ii) my stomach has shrinked! But I am hoping that this is a good thing.

    At night, I sometimes feel very empty. But I am trying to watch some videos, and soothe myself into sleep. That's working so far. Hope the night feeling gets better soon.

    I wonder if my abdomen will become firmer automatically with losing weight, or if I should be explicitly doing specific exercises. It'll be good to get some advice around this. Pulling the abdomen area in is one of my goals.

    It's my 9th day and 8.2 pounds shed as of this morning. Thanks!

  • TeelaHerman.com

    5 years ago

    hey Centurion

    Your stomach is shrinking, for sure! It's going to be pretty amazing when you actually do start chewing foods again. You will get full on a fraction of the amount you were eating before.

    You should be losing inches in your stomach, making it slimmer, but to get the firmness you are going to have to work on building the muscle. There are a lot of really great home work-out videos out there I could recommend if you are interested. Walking, running, planks, and crunches/sit-ups should help, too.

    Great job making it this far! Keep up the awesome work and keep checking in.

  • exconn

    5 years ago
    Hello Everyone, I have a question about the empty feeling. I completed a 3-day reboot in November and now I am starting a 5-day reboot. I have experienced the empty feelings during some juicing days and wondered if eating peanuts is OK to get rid of empty feeling during a juicing period?
  • TeelaHerman.com

    5 years ago

    Can you explain what you mean by "empty" feeling?

    Do you mean physically? Emotionally?

    centurion was talking about kind of a dry mouth/film feeling in the mouth. Is that what you are also talking about?

  • centurion

    5 years ago

    Hello 'Thejuiceathomemom' - Thanks for your inputs and encouragement. It'll be helpful to get your recommendations on the home workout videos. Walking is one thing that I can do (and am doing), but coupling it with some abdomen exercises will be good.

    Thanks!

  • centurion

    5 years ago

    Just a check-in for Day 10. Things are going well. Shed 8.6 lbs as of this morning.

  • TeelaHerman.com

    5 years ago

    Awesome job! Keep up the great work! I just started my own today. :)

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