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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 am soooo jealous Mark! I started two dwarf orange trees in my yard. One Valencia and one Trovita. One will ripen in Spring time. Hey Mark what do you do in So Cal? I got your message about the bike...thanks.
cool
AD, on that link to the breville juicer:
I've had THREE of those juicers, and they all BROKE! This thing looks cool, but it falls apart fast! The hand press non electric juicer from hamilton beach is best! I've tried probably a dozen juicers and like it the most, super simple easy, plus you can use it for pomegranates too!
This is what I use: http://compare.ebay.com/future/290418918221?var=svip&ltyp=AllFi...

Works great and is economical and environmentally sound.
Check out this beauty!

LOL,
Yea, been seriously considering to buy one of those! They are on ebay for $1200. - that is a serious OJ commitment!
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Commercial-Orange-Juicer-Citrus-Squeezer-Ma...
Thanks for the link. Keep up the good work and COUNT ME IN!
no way, they have 1 of those at my local green grocer!
great tips on sharing our experiences! I think I'll post this in the main body of the discussion - ok with you?

Yea, I'm eating EVERYTHING in the house now, so when I start I only have the OJ and Cucumbers to choose from!
depending on what type of cucumbers you are eating, I like to take the big seeds out, and the skin is usually a bit bitter. BUT there are some fancy cucumbers (usually small ones) that have very small seeds and a skin that is very thin - I don't peal or seed those. But usually I'm getting the big monster size cucumbers and the seeds are really big and the skin is too tough so I peal and deseed.
keep the seeds and stick them in the ground to grow your own :-)))
My motivation is:
mental focus
body fat loss
physical athletic ability gains
experience something new that is challenging, and hence rewarding when I achieve my goal

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