TFal Juicer and Juice Fasting as a Hypoglycemic

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I had a $75 gift certificate in my Amazon account that I had been trying to decide what to do with.  Save it for Christmas?  Buy something I need/want? What do I do.

My friend had posted about her quest with juicing and she has lost a ton of weight and looks amazing.  Those of you who know me, know that I have been struggling with my weight for the past 2 years.  My doctor put me on 3 rounds of prednisone trying to fix my shoulder and I gained 60 lbs while I was on it (in 3 months). When I realized what was going on, I started doing a 1200 calorie diet and working out 5 days a week.  I did 30 minutes cardio + 1 hour lifting every other day and on the opposite days I would do an hour of cardio.

I gained another 20 pounds.

My doctor changed my antidepressant and I’ve now maintained/not gained more but I’m still not losing.

Frustration level extremely high.

I listened to her story, watched the video she posted, and thought, I’m going to try this.

I used my gift certificate to buy the TFal juicer. (Note Mr(s) FTC (wo)Man, I said I bought it.  No one is asking me to do this review, doing it all on my own TYVM.)


T-fal Balanced Living 550-Watt Juice Extractor

First, I’ve used that for 2 days now many times and I LOVE it.  It works great.  So much so, it scared the crap out of me the first time I used it. I thought it would be similar to my food processor. No, it is much much different.  A little more violent to my fruits and veggies. I think the people in the reviews who are having trouble taking it apart aren’t taking the stainless steel basket out of it (it snaps in place, needs to be snapped out) first before trying to remove the green part that holds it in place and has the spout attached to it. Much easier to take it out when you can maneuver that spout around. :)

I decided I was going to start a 3 days juice fast first, I wanted to shock my metabolism into working finally.

I looked it up and I did see warnings for diabetics but I didn’t notice any for hypoglycemics.  Stupid me should have actually looked that up to see if there were any warnings, extra precautions to take.

There’s a difference between diabetes and hypoglycemia.  Diabetics can go to high or to low.  I just have problems with my blood sugar going to low.

It started out really good.  I was only going to have water and the juice.  I felt great in the morning.  I was making sure to add plenty of veggies with protein (spinach and kale were the two I used yesterday) thinking that would keep my blood sugar level sustained longer than the sugars in the juice.

At about 1 my blood sugar started crashing. I ate a little protein but I was a bit too far gone for just a touch of peanut butter.  I was dizzy and the migraine that accompanied it was like a extended brain freeze. 

I started modifying what I was doing at the point.

I added a little protein from solid food at supper time and my brain freeze feeling left finally but I was laid up with a nasty headache all night long.  Pato had to keep bringing me bags of ice for my head and neck all night long (I had gone through our few ice packs rather quickly).

I was rather confused though.  My bad eating habits have me skipping breakfast and lunch and eating a normal supper most of the time (I know, that’s 3/4 of my problem with losing weight). But, I don’t usually have horrible problems with my blood sugar, especially since I completely cut out diet pop. (Diet pops and the like actually make your body crave sugars.) I was bouncing things off my cousin last night and figured out that even when I don’t eat a lot, I am keeping a constant source of sugar going through my body.  I start off with coffee each morning, and though I use stevia in it, my creamer has sugar in it.  I hate water so I drink tea, milk, and flavored waters all day, every once in awhile I’ll have a pop. (After quitting my addiction to diet pop, I don’t like the taste of regular pop at all.) There is a constant source of a little sugar going through my body all day long.  Yesterday I was only drinking juice, so when the juice quickly went through the system, I had nothing left to sustain my blood sugar.  I’m assuming that is what was happening.

This person said that if you’re hypoglycemic and you’re juice fasting that you should be fine because you’re juicing every hour.  I wasn’t.  Probably every 3 hours.  I’m not willing to suffer another bout of horrible dizziness and a migraine from hell, I think that was the worst I have ever had and I had had a lot of migraines (not nearly as many since I gave up diet pop) to find out.

Today I’m going to keep going, but with modifying it.  Lots of fresh juice, a little bit of protein.  Peanut butter on a whole grain cracker, maybe a small piece of chicken for supper, anything that will help sustain a good level of blood sugar for me.

Now for someone who isn’t hypoglycemic, this is working great.  My 14 year old son Jordan is doing it along with me because he struggles with his weight too. He’s not having any problems and I honestly think this is better than what he normally does.  He takes ADHD medicine and I have trouble getting him to eat period.  The school calls me all the time because this teacher or that teacher noticed he hasn’t been eating lunch.  I know.  Once he takes his pills he won’t eat.  He’s not hungry.  That is not healthy at all.  He’ll drink the juice though.  This way he is getting nutrients in his body that he normally wouldn’t get steadily all day long.  He did ask if he could eat something last night when his medicine wore off and I told him yes.  He found something small to eat and he was fine.  He’s only 14, I’m not going to force him to go all day long without food.  I had told him from the beginning, if you get hungry, you need to eat something.

All that being said, here’s the recipes I’ve thrown together so far.  When it comes to the spinach and kale, I used a lot of each because like I said, I was worried about my protein levels and you couldn’t taste them behind the fruit.  (FYI: I hate vegetables and this is the first time I have ever willingly put spinach and kale into my body. :) My body is probably in shock.)

  • watermelon, cantaloupe, lemon, kale
  • pineapple, papaya, strawberries, and spinach
  • bananas, blueberries, apples, lime, and kale
  • Spinach, watermelon, strawberries, and lemon

    I did use a little natural honey in each of them to sweeten them because I wanted to make sure Jordan would drink them.

  • They were all really really yummy. The one with the lime tasted like sour banana/apple juice.  It was kind of awesome.

    Wish me luck.  I don’t even care so much about the fast.  I just want to a- be healthier b- jumpstart my metabolism again.

    Have a wonderful day!

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    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com Alex @ Searching for Happy

      I’ve never been a fasting fan, but it might be a self-discipline issue for me more than anything. I’m glad you’ve figured out the issues you’ve had and continue to get the benefit of your juicer. Good luck!

      • heathermanning

        agh. Alex, I switched comment systems and didn’t get notifications on any comments. I can’t remember if I commented back or not. Frustrated with Google + comments, do not use. :)