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Orange and Cucumber 10 Day Challenge! A dynamic Duo!

I've read about the positive experiences that people have had eating only one type of fruit for an extended period of time.  I haven't ever tried it myself, and now feel I want to give it a shot. 

Over the last 5 weeks I've been running a lot less than usual.  I had to cut back on my running for a few reasons:

I came down with a bad virus after running 296 miles in 8 days and sleeping very little.  This side tracked me for almost 2 weeks. 

Then I got kinda lazy getting back into my regular running routine to be honest (yea, it can happen!) 

Hence I've put on about 4-5lbs of fat over my peak running weight.    I want to get back in top form to run a few more marathons and ultra marathons before the end of this year. So it's time to try this 'duo diet' for a while. 

I am a big fan of high water content fruits.  I've experience my best running and physical performances when I am eating primarily citrus (oranges mainly).  I never really get sick of oranges - especially the Valencia's that I am getting now.  So I figured my fruit of choice would be fantastic organic Valencia oranges. 

But I also want to have a 2ndary option for the times when I just can't eat another orange, which I'm sure will happen many times over a 10 day period. 

I thought about the option of celery, but I feel it's a bit harder to digest and too 'tough' if I was going to be eating a ton of it.  I also considered Asian pears, as they are extremely juicy and 'light'.  Watermelon was another thought.  But I've decided that pealed cucumbers and then taking out the seeds and just eating the crunchy part would be ideal in my mind. 

So I'm starting Friday October 22nd, and having the goal of 10 days, just eating oranges and cucumbers.  (The reason I'm starting October 22nd is because I have to eat all the other food in my house!)

I will continue to do my regular run training.  I have no plans of changing my lifestyle at all during this time.  I expect to eat at least a case of oranges and 10-15lbs of cucumbers per day.  I also expect to drop about 1/4 to 1/2 a lb a day of fat (I'm currently at about 124 and expect to get to 118 which is my ideal race weight).

I will not be counting calories and have no plans to focus on eating less, rather I plan to eat an insane amount of oranges as my primary calories.  Yet I know from experience that I will drop body fat for sure no matter how many citrus calories I take in.

Anyone interested in joining in?  We can keep each other motivated and see what it's like to try something new!

***If you plan on joining in on this 10 day adventure with me please post below. If you're not on board please refrain from commenting so we can keep the thread communications and experiences only for the people on board.  Yet, if you have done a challenge like this and want to offer some supportive comments/experience then please do post. 

Thank you.


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I'm in!!! My other will be grapes tho :) so good right now!
Consider something less intense/sweet as grapes. other's here might 'jones' for grapes if they hear you posting about them during this 10 day thing, so keep us updated on the OJ experience with us ;) 10 days is gonna be tough for a lot of us, hearing other people talk about other fruits will be rough to deal with by day 3! lol, hope you understand.
Understood :) ....can't wait!!!
love me my oranges and very tempted to join but it's the thought of all that peeling time that causes me to hesitate...
only peel if you want to. It really only takes half a minute with a sharp knife or peeler.
The best way I've figured out is to quarter the orange and peel.. I am usually fine just peeling as I eat them for a meal, but if I am going to be eating 3 meals a day of oranges, I am going to want to blend/juice and that's where the (feels like) hour of peeling each time can become a burden.. Still might do it though, especially if I can find a bulk organic purchase at the right price...

And what do you mean only peel if you want to? You don't peel your oranges?
OH! i thought you meant the cucumbers, my bad! lol!
just juice them todd - organic valencia oj is heaven. I did it in spring & summer and you have so much energy. it is liquid sunshine!
I started cantaloupe island the other day and I am loving them so much with no danger of getting tired of them anytime soon. They are so good right now especially since I've been doing Bikram yoga straight for about 2 weeks in addition to my workouts so I'm keeping super hydrated with the melons.

Where the heck are you guys finding the oranges - not literally but Valencia season is ending this month so I've found prices at my local mom & pop shop going up. I'm so sad to see them go out (Valencia season from April-Oct.) They are my favorite as they make great juice whereas the Navels are mostly for eating and not juicing. But here come the Persimmons, Dates and Navels.
Yes where are your getting these oranges from.  I live in orange country (Tucson, AZ) and at the farmers market today said at least another month.  So bummed.   We will be moving in less than a month to okinawa.  I am hoping for some nice fruit there though.  Enjoy your OJ.  I can't wait to hear how it goes.
Holy Catanloupe! um, that there are a lot of melons...oh yeah!
Hey Vicky, I'm just now polishing the last to off right now and had to buy two more to get me over to your hubby's Naranja challenge friday! cheers



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