“Junk Food Journals:” Entry 9

11 Aug

“Junk Food Journal:” Entry 9 is from three dedicated, motivational and overall ultimate thinspiration worthy fellas that have transformed their bodies into well built machines. Howbeit, at the being of their transformation, in the process or maintaining their new physiques these guys’ advice is best served hot & sweaty.

In the middle of summer we all our trying to keep fit until bathing suit season is completely frozen out, so here are more reasons to press, run and squat on! My favorite part about these journals is reading these men’s eating habit. Because as I’m reminded everyday, abs are made in the kitchen not the gym.

Thanks again gentlemen for sharing!

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Hi, my name is Jamal Hill (IG: @donetildeath). I am a 30 y/o fashion industry professional living in Brooklyn, NY. I was overweight for most of my life up until 5 years ago when I began to get serious about working out and eating (somewhat) right. Now, I am obsessed with the gym and try to make healthy eating choices consistently.

Workout Philosophy: Never skip leg day! Be consistent; stay focused on your goals. My goal: look better naked.

Breakfast: Protein Shake, egg white western omelet (without cheese).

Lunch: Grilled chicken over kale or mixed greens (with a light dressing).

Dinner: On a good night when there’s time… a meaty fish (or grilled chicken), green vegetables, and a fresh fruit shake.

Cheat Day: Chipotle fully loaded burrito bowl with guacamole, cheese and everything in between.

Diet Trick: There are no tricks that work for me. Staying consistent and keeping my cheat day to only one day is how I see results.

Problem Area: My lower back. As an endomorph (gain fat easily) my body stores fat there. I am working on becoming more consistent with my diet and increasing my focus on this area during back days.

Key to Discipline: Focus and consistency. I want to be the best version of me possible. I have goals and each day I step into the gym I have to keep them at the top of my mind to remain focused and hopefully achieve them.

Workout Routine: I hit the gym 5-6 times a week. I dedicate a day to each muscle group (i.e. chest, legs, back etc…). I hit my legs twice a week. By doing this I see better overall gains. My sessions tend to last 1.5-2 hours and include: 5 mins warm up on the treadmill, 10 mins stretching, 10-15 min abs/core (alternating days), 1 hour of lifting and I finish with 15-20 mins of cardio. I recently began to take 1 hour jogs in the park on the weekends. I would like to do this in addition to my workouts at least 3 days a week to see results.

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Hey everyone, I’m Leroy (IG: @timrek_yorel), a Bahamian native recently relocated to the US. The pursuit of being healthy and fit has always been a great challenge. YES, even for someone like me. C’mon now when you have names like Pizza Hut, Burger King and my ace in the hole Wendy, it gets hard to resist.

Workout Philosophy: People fail to realize that working out isn’t all about going hard as a mother everyday but thinking smart about how you do it. It’s kind of like dressing to step out. You should always know what look is it you wish to go for and target the muscles to help nail it.

Breakfast: I’m really not a breakfast person but if I do it’s normally gluten-free waffles/pancakes or fruits such as an apple or banana with water and orange juice.

Lunch: This is usually my biggest meal; a lot of meat, some starches (rice, macaroni, fries) with a few veggies.

Dinner: Chicken or fish with veggies.

Cheat Day: Sadly, I do this just about every day. BUT always condition my mind to know that I MUST burn it off in the gym!

Diet Trick: Eat smaller portions, drink lots of water and healthy snacks i.e. trail mixes and the likes.

Problem Area: Oblique hands down!

Key to Discipline: Surrounding yourself with fitness oriented crowds, it really helps. Picking a fitness idol helps as well, mines being Ulysses Williams Jr.

Workout Routine: 4/5 times a week! Never working the same muscle group(s) back to back; Abdominals being every other day!

My Workout:
Day One – Chest and Back.
Day Two – Strictly LEGS.
Day Three – Shoulders, Bi & Triceps.
Day Four – Legs.
Day Five – Cardio.

Remember fitness and results take a whole lot of patience. Most likely if you’re like me you may not see the results but others will!

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I’m Nathan Bailey (IG: @nboogs), just your average guy trying to figure out this fitness thing one day at a time…I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m just doing it!

Workout Philosophy: Be open to changes, switch up your workout routine and eat clean.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with 2 scoops of peanut butter, a banana & strawberries…..5 egg whites and whole wheat toast w/ glass of milk.

Lunch: Tuna, avocado with a glass of milk.

Dinner: Grilled chicken with steamed veggies.

Cheat Day: Cheese burger with poutine (its Canadian).

Diet Trick: There is no trick. Make it a lifestyle change.

Problem Area: Abs.

Key to Discipline: Be Determined, Be Motivated, Be Consistent.

Workout Routine: Monday- 2 mile run & 20 min ab workout. Tuesday- Arms/Shoulders & 15 min Ab workout. Wednesday- Chest/Back & 15 min Ab workout. Thursday- 2 mile run & 20 min ab workout. Friday- Legs & 15 mins Ab workout.

Thinspiration: Concision, Precision, Decision.

7 Aug

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That awkward moment when you want to change your career but haven’t the wardrobe to support your workforce change. Now don’t get me wrong I have a lot of clothing.. a lot of clothing, but it seems more difficult than ever getting dressed for interviews that I’ve been wearing the same thing every week.

I’m always trying to reinvent myself physically, mentally, emotionally and style wise, even the space around me is up for constant change. Although, sometimes it’s hard to find that motivation to get up and go after the change you seek. Howbeit, the level of superficiality it may be we all need a little push.

That’s why “thinspiration” is so important to me. It’s not just about being skinny (which it really is) but it also consist of observing and collecting things that will help propel me into the universe that I feel best to elevate my quality of life.

I don’t need much but we all need a bit of motivation. Like with my wardrobe, of all the type of shopping I enjoy doing suit shopping is the most difficult. I don’t think I look my best in a suit. As well as, I’m not as convinced to wear one in the current horrific temperatures. This is why I count on Skinny-Jesus (my Google Now cards) and it’s daily devotionals. If you don’t know what Google Now is, it’s an intelligent personal assistant available on Android and iOS operating systems that basically keeps the most up-to-date information on your recent search history and send you card of related content. Here recently I’m enjoying the benefits of this app because I don’t have to search for thinspiration, it’s delivered right to me.

Prime example, this spread from Glass magazine was in my Google now cards this a.m. of two of my savored males models the even skinned beauty Corey Baptiste and the hard working beanstalk Tidiou M’Baye. Photographer by Mark Shearwood & styled by David Nolan in “Concision, Precision, Decision- Spring Colours & Cuts Men.” Inspired by french poet Victor Hugo this quote is simply perfect to what I dealing with right now. The use of this season’s premier men’s suiting helped to inspired me to do some rearranging of my closest to take stock of the things I have, don’t need and should get to create the look for the job I want.

Life & style is all about developing and maintaining beauty. No matter how you define beauty we all are inspired by something or someone in many ways. Let the things around you help inspire you to create the presence you desire. In turn you just may become someone else’s thinspiration.

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Taste Coach: Curtis Bryant

5 Aug

Having “taste” or being stylish isn’t just about a killer wardrobe but all inclusive of cultivating a lifestyle that is well representative of your life; inside and out. Style doesn’t stop at your shoes, even skin or perfect waist or expensive accoutrements. In order to cultivate a chic lifestyle or create any kind of taste level you have to be open to and well versed in all types of “thinspiration” i.e. food, fashion, film, fitness and music. Many ways we learn about these incredibly creative elements of taste is through photography.

Art is a major ingredient in inspiring the happenings and beautiful creations of the various forms of thinspiration aforementioned. From what we wear, purchase, watch and listen to it’s all documented through photography. Even myself scroll hours upon hours of different photo sharing sites to awake my imagination in the hope to elevate my surroundings. In the age of everyone with an iPhone being a photographer and capturing beautiful moments of their life to share with the world I am always in awe when I find someone who possess the ability to capture life happenings and turn it into art.

Pictures is a driving force to getting into the minds of people, take Curtis Bryant for example. He is a genius photography I found on Instagram (FUCKYEAHCURTISBRYANT) about a year. He has the uncanny ability to seize an everyday moment with his phone and then pick up his camera and create breathtaking pieces of art with his lens.

What makes a brilliant photographer to me isn’t just someone who gets a lucky shot, rely on a pretty face or half think through concepts. A brilliant photo is someone who invest in their craft mentally and physically so much that no matter the subject or subject matter you know their work. A brilliant photographer is imaginative, knowledgeable and innovative. A brilliant photographer’s eye see things that the normal eye can’t. It’s a brilliant photographer that is able to create a whole moment in that little benign spark. As I’m attempting to dabble in the world of photography (read as: I’m redecorating my apartment) I had to pick Bryant’s brain for this issue of “Taste Coach.”

Sometimes I catch myself salivating over his work. His approach, full view and diversity in his work is wonderful; going through his Tumblr alone is like a candy store. After reading his interview stop by his site and indulge in his many confections. Don’t fret, it’s impossible to get fat.

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The youngest of 3 kids, it was fully apparent that I was the “creative” one of the family. Everyone knows it’s not the easiest thing to be the creative one in the family or in the Bronx for that matter. Growing up I had to come into my own skin and prove that I was comfortable with myself, until everyone got use to it.

What got you into photography?

CB- I got into photography by accident. My degree is in Communication Design (basically graphic design) from Parsons. My mom brought me a camera one Christmas and I was the friend who took pictures of his other friends when we were out at the club. One day, someone wrote me and asked how much I charge for photos. The rest is history.

What is Fake Socialite NYC about?

CB- ‘Fake Socialite’ is a term that a good friend of mine and I came up with a few years back, when we first entered what’s known in New York as “The Scene”.
In our generation it’s easy to be considered famous or popular in a short amount of time and even though it’s a great feeling to be loved and admired, but it’s also very clear when someone hasn’t taken their humility pills. I’m now using the term Fake Socialite, not as a negative term but more as a reminder to people to remain humble and use their voice for good. (www.fsnyc.bigcartel.com )
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Favorite aspect of photography.

CB- My favorite aspect of photography is the power and energy it holds. Photos mean so much to people and to the world. We use them to recall memories and feelings. Being able to contribute to that is wild.

How do you get out of a creative rut?

CB- If I’m in a creative rut I usually listen to music or just ignore being a creative for a little bit and just live my life. Within an hour I’m usually thinking about art again.

What would you say your specialty is?

CB- My anti-photoshop style also plays a major role in my work. People fall in love with my work and when they find out that it hasn’t been photoshopped, I think they appreciate it more. What you see is what you get with my art and me.
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What factors most influences your shooting style?

CB- I’m all about energy. If I don’t feel some type of way about something then it’s not worth shooting.

Where do you find inspiration?

CB- I’m influenced by everything honestly. I like to mix the influences in my head so people always feel the need to ask me why I did something.

Image you go back to the most for reference.

CB- I look at Kehinde Wiley’s work a lot. He’s a painter who really captures my 3 favorite things, which are black people, energy and environment.

Who are some photographers, artists or designers that have inspired you the most?

CB- He isn’t a crowd favorite but I love Terry Richardson. I Really appreciate him for having fun while making lots of money. He doesn’t take himself seriously but knows he can deliver. As can I.

Three words to describe your personal style.

CB- If were talking fashion wise then…. Hood, Sex, Art. If were talking about my artwork then Clean, Striking and Important

Do you prefer to cast your own model or work for hire?

CB- I like to cast my own models. The works for hire models get enough life buy so many photographers. Why not give someone just as interesting looking without a contract a chance?

What criteria go into capturing an image or bring a concept to life?

CB- That’s something that’s different for every artist but for me personally I like to imagine how different types of people will perceive my concept. The best art is the kind that gets people talking and sharing their views.

What does “taste” mean to you?

CB- Taste to me is something that makes you feel good. This too is something that is different for each person.

Most savored image you’ve captured.

CB- One of my favorite photos that I’ve ever captured is one of my recent ones with my friend Akeema Zane. The shoot took no more than an hour but the photos came out exactly how we wanted. The responses to the image have been amazing as well. Words like “Classic” and “Timeless” were used to describe it. That made me really happy.

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Most distasteful thing you’ve captured.

CB- Recently I did a shoot with my friend Davi and I mixed in my talent of body painting. I had never captured photos that just oozed sex before. When editing I erased so many pictures because they made me uncomfortable. My favorites can be found on my website though. (www.Curtisbryantphotography.tumblr.com)

Ideal time of day to shoot outside.

CB- I usually schedule my shoots for 2PM. I feel like that’s when the sun is at her best. Also, 5-5:30PM right before the sunsets is great too. The sky has shades of pinks and purple’s in it.

Preferred lens to shoot with.

CB- Whatever I can get my hands on honestly.

Which environment do you like to shoot in, natural light or studio?

CB- I prefer to shoot in natural lighting but in the past few months thanks to my friend Charley Sanchez I have become more and more in love with what you can do in a studio.

Photo faux pas beginning photographers do.

CB- 1. TOO MUCH DAMN PHOTOSHOP 2. TOO MUCH DAMN NUDITY 3. NOT ENOUGH CREATIVITY 4. ALL OF THE ABOVE

Share one shooting trick or tip.

CB- One tip that I can give to any photographer is to shoot whatever you find beautiful. Photography is about opening others eyes to the small things they overlook.

Where do you wish to take (elevate) your work?

CB- I pray more work continues to reach many people and also inspires them. My photography style has changed in recent months so I’m excited to see myself how my work elevates and grows.

À la carte

4 Aug

Every menswear guru are offering their mode advice on how to wear a suit in the summer heat. From going shirtless underneath your blazer, opting for lightweight & light colored fabrics to cuffing your slacks and pairing them sandals. Well copy and paste this because I have the most efficient way to beat heat and look great in suit…jump in a river of water! It’s worth the cleaning bill.

After Sunday’s service I was feeling a bit chic/dapper/dandy in my JF J. Ferrar suit from Shopstyle.com but the 98 degree boiling sun couldn’t care less about my amamzing on trend look. I mean I had everything working for me, the hair, color, florals and my cool retro velcro sandals from Camper. Still not enough to keep my clothing from sticking to me as my body heat fulminated from under the top button of my shirt. Being the new found king of cool, I made it work.

This is my favorite place in the city to escape that happens to be right across the street from my apartment. It’s like own remote island that I’ve gotten stranded on and made myself the king of summer. These shots taken by Theodolph Mason (Instagram: Thecreateo) where inspired by the Ophelia painting by British artist Sir John Everett Millais and Minoan fresco Prince of the Lilies or the Lily prince.

Fashion is all about owning your garment choices, getting lost in the creativity and art of dressing up.
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Suit: JF J. Ferrar Shopstyle.com $180
Shirt: Ralph Lauren Dillard’s $49
Match Velcro Sandals: Camper $80
Accessories: (leather strap bracelet BCBG, nail cuff Giles & Brother, leather wrap Hollister, bead bracelet Lucky brand and belt Lacoste)

Cut It Out.

3 Aug

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It’s Sunday, for me it’s grooming day. Time to manscape, clip, buff and nair away all that itchy scruff of the end of last week. Now, if you’re a lazy slob and didn’t make it to the barber Saturday and don’t know your way around a pair of clippers like me then you’re destined to continue to be ugly until Tuesday.

I know women have it rough in this game of beauty but with men gaining more interest in fashion and grooming we now have a peek into their mantic styling process. For most dudes Saturday morning is the day of the week where us guys set aside time to freshen up with a fresh shave, crisps haircut and shiny mani/pedi.

Sunday has become my preservation day. Every week I set aside an allocated block of time to give myself a facial, manicure, pedicure and shave my chest, stomach and bikini area. Along with any other things I consider will make me more presentable for the upcoming week i.e. teeth whitening, intense workout and sometimes tanning. This weekly ritual starts about two hours before Church, as controlling and neurotic I can be it’s rather relaxing that I can lock myself in my bathroom and cultivate my image and take a little “me time.”

Grooming is less about looking good for attraction purposes but more so for producing my brand. Yes, I know the word ‘brand’ is thrown around haphazardly a lot these days however, it’s true in this digital social exposure age where we have to be more aware about how we showcase ourselves to the world more than ever. Just as many stylists or HR reps would tell you “dress for the job you want” doesn’t stops at a good suit. It’s all about the whole packages.

The wardrobe may be the main course but your beard game and line up is the garnishment as well your physique is the fine China it’s being served on. So next time when you’re thinking about skipping the barber because the line too long, foregoing shave because you’re too busy or not going to the nail technician because it’s not your thing bookmark these images by photographer Mehdi Lacoste. In the latest edition of WAD France Lactose captures the grooming habits of men in “Wave Room” story featuring models Khari Oriogun, Pedro Lo, Jack Templeman and Jerome Brown. Styling is courtesy of Troy Fearn.

These images are here to keep you aware of your visual presence. Are you being consistent in cultivating your image?

Remember the gym is apart of the grooming process too.

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Anorexic Chef

2 Aug

Thai Rice Noodle Soup

I cook about three times a week. This good habit guarantee clean eating, a small waist and saving money. The only reason for me not to cook is that I’m usually the only one eating. Being the amazing host I am it’s rather nice when I don’t have to cook. The guy I’m seeing is less of a cook and more of a dine out kind of guy. I’ve been complaining to him that every since we’ve started dating I’ve gained weight, last night I challenged him to cook a meal.

I gave him the recipe and we went shopping for the ingredients and this what he came up with- Thai Peanut Rice Noodle Soup. This very spicy and light meal was packed full of flavor and surprisingly hardy. I’m always making fun of his failed attempts in the kitchen, for him to master this I thought I should share with other new and old vegetarians looking for new dishes to make.

Directions.
1. Add mushroom, vegetable stock and curry paste in a saucepan at medium heat for 20 minutes.
2. In another pan stir-fry the corn, scallions, garlic and leaves in peanut oil for 3 minutes.
3. Combine stir-fry mixture to the mushroom & veggie stock saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add noodles and soy sauce to pan and let boil until noodles are done then serve and eat up.

Bon Appetit!

The Truth About Juicing.

1 Aug

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It being a new month and Friday I know many of you are setting new fitness goals as well as I. Recently I completed a 3 day smoothie fast that went pretty well but still had it pitfalls. Now that it’s over I’ve can now effectively start a new one to better results and the ability to help others tempted to give their body goals a jumpstart.

A few fatties/ weight-loss junkies go on a juice or smoothie fast in the delusional quick fix hopes that it will dissolve their weight and health problems. Juicing is new diet trend that is often misunderstood and can be costly to no noticeable physical results. Labeling marketing tricks such as “lose 5 pounds in 5 days!” and “get glowing skin!” are usually used for these detox and fasting programs, leading you to jump too quickly into a fast without prior preparation. This is not a good idea to not have sufficient knowledge and managed expectations to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and beneficial fasting experience. Quite frankly, if you’re a cheapo like me you know fruits & veggies are too expensive to make it a one-time event only to crap it up when you don’t see the changes you were promised.

Instead, I am here to usher you properly along your skinny journey into the thin lifestyle. There are a few things you need to keep in mind if you want to reap the benefits of embarking on a juice or smoothie fast. For starts, it’s best to think of juicing as a jump to better health and eating clean rather a weight-loss program.

I know for a fact that a fast of any kind all by itself is a bit of a challenge and when used intelligently and carefully, juice/smoothie fasting for 2-3 days can be a beautiful, nourishing tool to improve your health, energy, clarity and sense of connection to self.

How to properly juice/smoothie fast? Well before you try juice fasting, you need to understand how it works, when to use it and what not to do.
Start with breaking down the overall components that go into preparation for a fast.

•Goal.
•Budget.
•Start & End Date.
•What to Juice.
•Recipes.
•Shopping List.
•Scheduling.
•After the Fast.

Things to remember about juicing/smoothie fasting can include headaches, hypoglycemia, and bad breath. Oh, and remaining husky. Also, you can use a juicer, food processor or blender. I prefer a food processor because I get to use the entire veggie or fruit.

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Goal: When starting juice/smoothies fast you need to already have a realistic manageable and achievable goal. For example, it could be simply to detox, kick off a new workout and eating routine or to clear your mind to find peace and clarity. Though, losing a few lbs may be stellar that shouldn’t be the goal because you will only be setting yourself up for failure if that doesn’t happen. In turn you go back to eating horribly, leading you back to end of the shopping racks. Your goal should be your reminder and motivation to continue when you come across those delicious calories laden temptations. Even the amount of days you plan on doing it should be a part of your goal.

Budget: As I mention earlier, this crap is expensive! If you’re going to do this you don’t want to waste your money on cheating, not using things you’ve bought or quitting. It’s best to come up with an amount of money you want to spend based on the usage and days on the fast. This will allow you to only purchase things you will consume and not over spend or buy too much of something. Remember the less money you spend on things you don’t need you can spend on other important things, like shoes.

Start & End Date: Is important to your budget and goal, this should be decided based upon commitment level, daily schedule and start of new workout or eating program. At your start date you should be mentally prepared and rid your house & work space of any deterrence. Map out your feeding times, prepare/arrange your fruits and veggies and make time for rest. The end date is your driving force as well as will dictate how you reenter the world of solid foods. The last thing you want to do is to become savagely fixed on your last day that you celebrate by scoffing down a burger or candy. These dates are vital to your success.

What to Juice: You can juice or blend almost anything you can eat raw. Vegetables are best, especially carrots, cucumbers, beets, broccoli, wheat grass, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini squash, spinach, sprouts, celery and ginger, cabbage. Freshly made raw apple, grapes, citruses, pears, papayas avocados and mangos and melon juices may be juice or blend also. I definitely wouldn’t suggest to juice or blend potatoes, eggplant or Lima beans (if that’s your thing.) I would suggest buying organic but if that’s too pricey, it is wise to peel vegetables that have been sprayed or waxed, such as cucumbers. Being that commonly all the nutrients are in the peel you can give them a good scrubbing with a nylon-bristle vegetable brush while rinsing under tap water. Fresh juice contains a great amount of raw food enzymes and vitamins, many of which are easily lost as the juice sits. So don’t let it sit drink up, quick! A rule I stick to is 20% fruits and 80% veggies. If your goal is to lose weight you should stick to that rule. Fruits contain a lot of sugar, it’s best to keep those for your morning drinks for the energy boost. Many will say eat your fruit and juice your veggies because that’s where all the nutrients are.

Recipes & Shopping: This goes without saying but here goes… These two a synonymous with helping you maintaining your goal, stick to scheduling and keep you on budget. I used Pinterest to look up recipes for my fast. I first multiplied my amount of daily meals by the days on fast then found recipes for each meal then created my shopping list upon the recipes.

Another thing, in creating recipes you will learn what juices/smoothies are best for you.
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Food tips….
Carrot juice is very high in vitamin A. The vitamin A in carrots is actually “provitamin A” or carotene.
Celery juice is very tasty, but a bit high in sodium. Use small amounts of this juice to flavor the others.
Cucumber juice is remarkably tasty. It tastes rather different than a cucumber itself. Peel cucumbers before juicing.
Sprouts will make an especially nutritious juice with a taste that is well worth acquiring. This “green drink” is loaded with minerals and chlorophyll.
Zucchini & squash juiced up tastes better than you’d ever imagine. It also keeps the juicer from clogging on higher-fiber vegetables.
Beet juice is a blood-builder.
Cabbage has successfully been used for a variety of gastrointestinal illnesses. Colitis, spastic colon, indigestion, chronic constipation, certain forms of rectal bleeding and other conditions seem to respond well to the nutrients in cabbage juice.
Tomatoes red, ripened fruit is good for you.
Green apples add sweetness to any juice, and berries add a whole new indulgent flavor. Use lemons and limes in everything if you like! They are brilliant alkalizers and extremely low in sugar.

Scheduling: This came as shock to me since I thought since I wouldn’t be cooking it would take me less time to wait to eat. However, there were days I was deterred from blending because it took so much prep time. Now it takes me 10 minutes to prep, juice, drink, and clean my blend (well I have a single serve along with a huge processor). What helped me was taking some time to organize my fridge. Another time saver was pre prepping my meals. I suggest getting gallon size freezer bags and prepping your meals ahead of time and a huge bag of ice. That way all you have to do is grab the bag and everything in it is ready to process. Make a list or of time to blend that you can stick to regulate your digestive system and blood sugar and this will help keep you from being hungry.

After The Fast: Start back on solid food with oats, grains and salads, even stir-fry. I would even suggest continue juicing just but replace one juice a day with a well cooked clean solid meal. Following all this will drive your focus and clear your mind and body. Track your progress; reevaluate where you were mentally and physically before the fast and where you are after. I will also recommended you take up yoga during the fast, start a book or project as well as set aside 10-30 minutes a day to yourself to just zone out and mentally reorganize your life.

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