Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Cardboard Box Diet

Life got in the way of my juicing, but I've started up again! And this time, I'm ALL IN. No "solid" food/meals - all juice, all the time! I've been looking for a way to stay accountable - and I think I've found it! An awesome lady I follow on Twitter, Lauren from Texas, has come up with what she's calling "The Cardboard Box Diet." Basically, it is to get fit, healthy, and make use of all those awesome clothes we've got stashed in boxes and bags and closets that don't fit right now. She's going to post weekly and answer the following questions. I'm going to join her! 
  • Weigh-in: 25lbs to loose
  • Exercise/Physical Activity completed: Monday, Wednesday: 60 minute water exercise class, Wednesday: mowed the yard. Tuesday: swam 4 laps in the Olympic sized pool @ the YMCA. Thursday (today): organize basement, exercise video on Netflix.
  • Average Sleep per night: about 7 hours, very interrupted by a sunburn and itchy feet (what's up with that!?)
  • Splurge/Guilty Pleasure: a few raisins on Tuesday, store bought orange juice before exercising in the mornings (it is quick and easy!)
  • Success story: resisting the tempting meals I'm having to make for my family. I haven't given in and eaten one yet :)
  • Recipe(s): More of a tip this week. I haven't had time (or money) to buy fresh produce - but I can still have wonderful juices to drink! Because a few weeks ago, I DID have a bunch of produce and juice - so I FROZE it in ice cube trays, then dumped them into gallon baggies. Now I can mix and match my juice cubes into juices for the day. It isn't ideal but it saved me from wasting all that money/produce!
  • Photo: After fighting with my husband over our cups, I finally came up with a solution. I had this old rack in a closet, unused. We'd never found a way/place for it. Now, it holds our cups with their lids and straws! Easy access, no more lost pieces! Love it :)
My wonderful rack of cups. They rotate which means there's enough room. I wish it was about 6 inches wider.
You can see my whole station, including the juicer, food processor, ice cream maker, griddle, and mixer.


  1. We can do this!

    Question: I don't know anything about juicing, so this may sound dumb, but how do you make sure you're getting everything you need?

  2. I think if I just did juicing I would feel hungry all the time. I have actually never done it so I have no reason to believe that, just kind of a "preconceived notion" I have in my head. Good luck to you :)

  3. @Jill - I've noticed my downfall is boredom. When I'm bored, I begin to feel "hungry" even though I'm really not. I miss chewing and I am a stress/emotional eater. To combat this, I'm thinking of freezing some of my juices into popsicles. Then I can "eat" and not feel guilty.

    @Lauren - That is a good question and one I sometimes worry about since I have a strong preference for fruit juices (although I choke down veggie juices.) Basically though, if you drink a variety of colors you'll get the nutrients you need. And in great enough quantities, you'll get protein (this was news to me, I didn't think most plants had much protein.) I did a lot of research and watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." If you're interested, you can check out It is one of my main resources.

    Thanks for commenting!

  4. Popping over from Lauren's! Wow, good for you! I am the same when it comes to eating when bored/emotional. Learning the cues for ACTUAL hunger (my body needing fuel) versus needing to deal with other things has been key for me. Not to say I don't eat when I'm not hungry anymore, but at least now I call it what it is :)