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  • eebz2000

    10 months ago


    So! Plans have changed :)



    Spending a good few hours at hospital yesterday, ending up with a good ear-syringing session, and a new strain of anti-inflammatories. I have been advised to keep off my leg for a little while longer to give these new pills a chance to act on the inflammation. This has taken so long to heal (pun intended), and I think that the real issue is that I'm so overweight that, in it's current state, even the small amount of walking I've been doing, is stopping the last part of the healing. It's like I'm re-injuring it every time I walk.



    It's been good that I have not gained weight back, but being so inactive (as ordered to let the leg heal), means I can't count on caloric expenditure to help me shave weight off. All I can hope for is maintenance.



    So, I'm going to try to juice again. The goal is to drop a large lump of weight in a short time, so that I am putting less strain on my ankles, heal, feet etc. Despite my weight, before the injury, I was always fine with walking pretty long distances. My lower body was quite able to propel my 125kg mass on 10km walks, and so I'm thinking that with less weight on the same structure the injured area will be less aggravated with each step. Dropping 20kgs will likely make a huge difference. Given that I've already knocked 7kilos off that number, I don't think it's too much of a stretch.



    The weightloss, along with my current alignment/stretching routines (These are helping me spread the weight through my body, and not letting all the weight be supported by my feet), should make a huge difference.



    So. That's where I'm at.

  • Soose

    10 months ago


    [ @ all of you (refraining at the mo from saying "ya'll" which gives away my origins, roflol)... I am just going to post at top and put an @ for attention. It's very easy to lose track of replies here as they're not marked as new. ]



    @eebz, "are you juicing full time". Answer. We haven't been juice-only fasting since earlier in the Summer. We are eating WFPB /Vegan as well.



    But we are still drinking a good amount of juice. More than once daily for my husband and myself. So I must keep us supplied with juice!! One of my "basics" not to miss. This morning we subbed with a bought Suja and smoothie.



    Salad for lunch. This is a Vegan list so I can put a photo of the type salad I mean... two diff recent ones. (That's a raw vegan zucchini hummus. I'm allergic to garbanzo's. Helps make the heavy cruciferous salad wet and go down. Along with avocado. Or raw tomato/cuke/lime salsa's. )



    We're also cooking the occasional rice, quinoa, beans, lentils, sweet potato or russets, and a veg or lentil soup; sometimes a pilaf with barley. But we don't eat a whole lot of it... well, my son eats that daily as well as the salad and is drinking less juice.



    My husband has requested a chili; have to cook the beans first so it's several days building towards that but it's on my list. For some reason lately he's wanting it and my son isn't interested because he made it too frequently in the past and is burned out on it.



    We drink juice for b'fast. Eat salad and sometimes soup at lunch or supper. Many times we have juice for supper instead or something light. No heavy dinners; very unusual related to guests. It's what we've gotten used to and we usually only eat in the evening if we sense hunger. Many times the salad is later in the mid-afternoon, too.



    That's our eating for now. Hope to get back to a juice-only fast but at the moment it's not on the immediate list, especially as long as everyone is progressing with weight loss without it. I do not have a date set for myself or anyone.







  • Onewiththeforce

    10 months ago

    Soose did you notice I said ya'll somewhere I can't remember where

  • eebz2000

    10 months ago
    @Soose: Those salads look really mouth-watering. I used to be able to really get into really big all-in salads. However, I'm currently sharing a flat with 3 others. I don't have the kitchen/fridge space to do that anymore. It might be different if the atmosphere were more conducive, but I'm so desperate to move into my own space to be able to spread my wings once again. Your plan seems really sustainable. Like you, I prefer not to eat in the evenings. I sleep much better on an empty stomach.
  • Leslie

    10 months ago

    Those salads do look wonderful Soose!

  • eebz2000

    10 months ago


    Back on this, all-in, from tomorrow. Just here to stick my sword in the dirt.



    It seems that since my mini juice-fast I have not been able to enjoy eating anything except for fruit. Even favourite vegan meals and treats have become a chore, and I just seem to be going through the motions. Everything just seems bland (even the normally tasty veg curries), and leaves me feeling dehydrated, bloated, and with the feeling that it wasn't worth the effort. On the contrary, however, my fruit meals (esp. my current love of blended watermelon) leave me feeling satisfied, hydrated, light and energised.



    I'm pretty sure that this illness is largely responsible for my lack of enjoyment when eating, even though it seems to be allowing me to enjoy eating the stuff that I should be eating. Of course, it would have made sense to just go with what I was enjoying. However, being ill made me seek some comfort in food; Comfort, which I didn't find.



    Fortunately, the appetite loss has kept my weight in check, and I am actually lighter than when I finished the fast, 2 weeks ago.



    While I am mostly recovered, there are some persistent symptoms (ear still a little swollen, and persistent cough). I am pretty sure that when the illness has completely disappeared that my appetite will come back with a vengeance. So, it's probably a good time to strike, while I have zero cravings to actually resist.

  • Soose

    10 months ago

    As I started reading your post, eebz, I was thinking "I bet it's the illness after effects... " and maybe the antibiotics? This too shall pass, hopefully.

    So are you going raw vegan or started a juice fast tomorrow? (With your "good time to strike" opportunity?)

  • Onewiththeforce

    10 months ago

    Strange I felt that things tasted bland and I didn't have enjoyment either after the juice only fast for me but it went away after a few days. And I think Soose is right too.

  • eebz2000

    10 months ago

    @Soose: I had not previously considered the antibiotics as a possibility because they are drops (local) as opposed to wider-spectrum antibiotics. But who knows what happens when it gets into the bloodstream. I think there's only another coupe of days worth of drops till I stop, I'll just be glad to not have my ear constantly blocked wth fluid

    And juicing is definitely part of the plan. I just feel better on whole fruits/smoothies. I also need far more calories than I could get from juice, both to fuel heavy activity, while ensuring I don't lose weight too quickly.

    @Onewiththeforce: I think juicing, rawfood etc attunes us to foods that are naturally tasty to us. With time, i believe it's easy to numb down those instincts by fooling the senses, and those natural tastes then become bland, by comparison. Though I might have made it seem like a negative, I am actually really happy that these other foods have no interest to me. While I'm not in the clear with regard to emotional eating i.e eating just to numb, the fact that it all just seems like cardboard is new to me makes the change a lot easier to swallow (pun intended).

  • Soose

    10 months ago

    Ah, @eebz, I was misinterpreting what you originally wrote. Definitely the other foods having no interest after a reboot is a positive! I think you are right. I was craving a green drink so strongly yesterday! And I really want some beets in my next batch of carrot juice. I have a super busy weekend list, but I'm so happy I'm going to fit in a run to Sprouts because we have to run by Home Depot next door anyway... hoping they have beets in this morning!

    How's the ear today? You've had it BAD!

  • eebz2000

    10 months ago

    @Soose: Beets, huh? That's still something I've yet to conquer :( Will try to add more of it to my juices to see if I can get used to it.

    As for my ear: All the pain has disappeared, thankfully. It's still a little blocked, and retains any liquid that enters (I haven't allowed anything other than drops inside the ear, as per doctor's orders). Will probably stop the drops after today.

    Raw has been going well, today. Have eaten a lot of grapes, a raw bar, and am now enjoying watermelon blended with fresh mint. I have decided that I will keep a pack of emergency potatoes on hand, for boiling. I won't eat them just for the sake of it. However, if I do start craving the numbing effects of heavier, cooked foods, then I can use the potatoes to nix the craving long before I end up face-down in a Chinese take-away :) or the moment, I am really enjoying the fruit, and I have some olives on hand if I need something to break up the sweetness.

    Enjoy the juice. Are you juicing full-time?

  • Leslie

    10 months ago

    eebz2000,

    It is common for people to fast when they are ill, and many who do this get better quicker. Fasting can be wonderful to fight autoimmune diseases. It is probably why you notice you feel so much better having your blended watermelon concoctions! Glad that you are feeling better!

  • Soose

    10 months ago


    Be sure and download the free gift of a pdf from the PlantFit Summit if you're eating WFPB! Posted it in the Plant Based Eating group and thought of ya'll, too. -- Soose





    The "free gift" at the end of the PlantFit Summit was a pdf of a challenge -- recipes and food plans for eating Vegan for $5 (US dollars I assume) a day for 10 days, per person... Stop and think -- five dollars times ten days is only $50/person! From the lady who works for Forks Over Knives. I've downloaded it. Lots of the recipes look good! And very simple. Of course, she was limited in what she could buy, but I think she met the challenge really well! I'm going to try the bean burger first - but I see it requires as an ingredient the potato salad made earlier. (That potato salad is sauceless far as I can tell.) (Of course, we will keep eating our bit ETL salad daily, and drinking our juices. I'm just harvesting recipes for new entrees out of this.)

  • eebz2000

    10 months ago


    Another night of ear-pain, so decided to go to the hospital to get it checked.



    The right ear is really inflamed, and very sore. The doctor reckons that the infection has not reached the ear0drum, and so has prescribed antibiotic drops. If they haven't cleared up the issue within the next seven days, I will have to take a course of full-blown antibiotics - Something I'd really like to avoid.

  • Onewiththeforce

    10 months ago


    Oh no!!! Hopefully the OJ will help

  • eebz2000

    10 months ago

    I'm sure it will :)

  • Soose

    10 months ago


    Sorry you're ill, eebz2000. :(

  • eebz2000

    10 months ago
    Thanks. :)
  • eebz2000

    10 months ago


    Oh, man! Not been this ill for a long time :(



    Throat swollen, and feels like swallowing glass. Right-ear is so inflamed that it's almost completely shut (ear-drops go in, but don't come out). Constant headaches, and shooting pain from right ear. And today the mucous has started flooding out of me.



    The good news is that I don't seem to have the feverish body aches, and not sweating so much. Also, not feeling so nauseous after eating fruit (have been many getting by on white rice with soy sauce, as it's the only thing that settle my stomach) Been pounding down the pain-pills, and anti-inflammatories; and a strange brew made from green-tea; fresh, grated ginger; turmeric powder; black-pepper; fresh lime juice, and fresh, crushed garlic. I'm trying to fight this on all fronts :)



    Have a ton of home-pressed OJ, and blended watermelon (with fresh mint), in the fridge, to bring me back to life.



    Just glad to get something like this out of the way while I'm not working.

  • eebz2000

    10 months ago


    So far, today:



    Big glass of home-pressed grape (red/white) juice, mixed with coconut water. Did not strain, so juice still contained a lot of fibre. Also, a giant Fuji apple, some cashews and some sultanas.



    I'm still really ill, and the sweetness from the fruit is making me really nauseous. So, for the moment, I'm still including some cooked vegan foods to help settle my stomach and offset the medication.



    How's everybody else doing?

  • Onewiththeforce

    10 months ago


    Hey eebz2000, how are you doing?

  • eebz2000

    10 months ago

    Feel like $h1*. Back in a couple of days, I reckon. Will start posting nice, colourful, fruity photos :)

    Cheers.

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