As I’ve watched my weight creep higher and higher since this past summer, I finally decided to do something about it after the holidays. My biggest problem seems to be that I’m always hungry, whether I’m hungry or not. If there is food in the house, I will find it, and since I’m the one who buys the groceries and puts them away, food is not hard to find.
In order to break the cycle of eating all day long, I decided to drink a glass of Trader Joe’s low-sodium vegetable juice whenever I thought about stuffing my mouth at times other than breakfast, lunch and dinner. I make healthy meals, so proper meal times are not the problem. Drinking the juice would fill me up and stave off my food craving.
I weighed myself before I started the TJVJD so I would have a baseline. The first day was a little rocky, but I was determined. I did add just a little protein with the juice because I know an all-juice diet is unhealthy and protein is important. I’m not an idiot. The tortilla chips were, of course, whole grain, and the refried black beans with melted cheese provided complementary protein. Do you realize how healthy nachos really are? And the jalapeños added even more vegetables on top of TJ’s juice.
Making it through the first day is always hard. The next day was easier. No nachos this time, but do you realize how good salami and cheese is with Trader Joe’s vegetable juice? That mid-morning snack got me through until lunch time. Trail mix and TJ’s juice got me through until dinner.
Day three was even easier, though I have to say that drinking all that vegetable juice can be a little hard on the stomach. No worries, though. Trader Joe’s has these delicious ginger cookies. Ginger is excellent for digestion. And the fact that these little gems are covered in dark chocolate adds another layer of healthfulness because dark chocolate is full of antioxidants.
I’m really enjoying this diet, but apparently I need to work a little harder at it. I got on the scale this morning, and I was shocked. Who knew you could gain so much weight by drinking vegetable juice? Amazing!