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    Quote Originally Posted by Leez View Post
    Grammy's inflammation smoothie as described would have you mix vegetables, so in that respect it is not P2 friendly.
    However, it will work at some level if you eliminate one of the veggies. I would replace the celery with cilantro as it is a diuretic and cleansing herb and can be used with your vegetable choice.

    No need to peel the cucumber. I use an english cucumber for this as the skin is very tender. You can also replace the lime with your allowed juice of one lemon for the day, since lime is also not mentioned in the menu options.

    Its not included in the article mention because it would not be completely on protocol because of the above two points. With the proper substitutions, you could use it as one of your meals, but not in the sense of a steak day. You would still eat the rest of your items through out the day.
    Thanks, Leez!

    Wondering:

    1.) So are your tips (above) for P2 eating?

    2.) Would the inflammation smoothie be fine the way it is constructed (with celery, etc.) for P3?

    3.) Can I have more than one "inflammation smoothie" per day in P3? And if not, what is my limit on how many of these smoothies I can have in one day on P3...?

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    Yes, tips are for using the inflammation smoothie in P2.

    In P3, there is no ingredient limitations. It works best if taken alone either in the morning, or right before bed on an empty stomach. Since your goal in P3 is to eat well to keep your metabolism going, think of it as a helping potion. I would not use it as meal replacement more than once a day. Not that it would hurt you, but because it is very low calorie and could crowd out other food fuel you are needing. If it doen't cause your calories to drop, you can drink it all day if you want.

    Curious why you would want to drink more than one. They are really not all that yummy. ^_^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leez View Post
    Yes, tips are for using the inflammation smoothie in P2.

    In P3, there is no ingredient limitations. It works best if taken alone either in the morning, or right before bed on an empty stomach. Since your goal in P3 is to eat well to keep your metabolism going, think of it as a helping potion. I would not use it as meal replacement more than once a day. Not that it would hurt you, but because it is very low calorie and could crowd out other food fuel you are needing. If it doen't cause your calories to drop, you can drink it all day if you want.

    Curious why you would want to drink more than one. They are really not all that yummy. ^_^
    Thanks, Leez!

    So I am dedicated to getting this inflammation weight off me....for sure, omg it is NOT yummy, lol....

    I did the "drink it alone in the morning" strategy.

    I dropped down yesterday back to now be within 2 lbs from LIW. So yesterday: 130.4; today, 129.0 -- lost 1.4 lbs.....LIW is 127.4, so I'm now at 1.6 lbs within LIW.

    What I did: I took massive amounts of aspirin and er....a laxative. NOT FUN hahhaa...but effective.

    But ofc I wanted the loss to go further (and to "stick").........so I did the inflammation smoothie for today, and waited for your response to my questions, to see if I could have more of it on this correction day....and fwiw I never want to have another Inflammation Smoothie ever again, LOL. But really, I don't have any hunger, so I'm wondering if I'll even need to eat again before tomorrow.

    So, wondering now:

    1.) I haven't had any hunger all day since drinking it for breakfast....is that odd???

    2.) It's about dinner time now; do I need to force-feed myself something?

    3.) Can I have plain coffee on an "Inflammation Smoothie Day"...?

    4.) This feels like a "fast" day -- for the small amount of food we're using, I suppose it sort of qualifies as one....I mean, it doesn't even amount to 100 calories for a shake....yet, people do this all the time like this, right? One shake and that's all they eat all day??


    If I were hungry at all, I'd be alarmed. But I'm stunned I have no desire to eat. The oddest Correction Day ever!

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    Coco does the inflammation smoothie instead of the steak day menu, I think. If you are doing it as a correction day, you don't need to worry about low calories. But you don't want to do that multiple days in a row.

    But you shouldn't be doing any kind of correction day if you are in your window. Just hang in and eat well.

    Are you really not hungry? I suppose that is possible if you are feeling bloated, but it sounds odd. Usually once you start eating more in P3, hunger kicks in pretty strongly.

    Forcefeeding is never a good idea. Just try to think of something yummy that is appealing to you. You'll probably notice you really were hungry once you start eating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leez View Post
    Coco does the inflammation smoothie instead of the steak day menu, I think. If you are doing it as a correction day, you don't need to worry about low calories. But you don't want to do that multiple days in a row.

    But you shouldn't be doing any kind of correction day if you are in your window. Just hang in and eat well.

    Are you really not hungry? I suppose that is possible if you are feeling bloated, but it sounds odd. Usually once you start eating more in P3, hunger kicks in pretty strongly.

    Forcefeeding is never a good idea. Just try to think of something yummy that is appealing to you. You'll probably notice you really were hungry once you start eating.
    Thanks, Leez!

    Yeah, it was the ODDEST thing!!!

    The only reason I can think of that I'd not be hungry is, like you mentioned -- "if you're feeling bloated." Lots of water retention, I assume. Must have had my gut/intestines thinking they were "full of food" and not sending hunger signals to the brain.


    //Interesting to note//

    After searching the forum, I found out that Coco apparently has 'no hunger' on those days too, so I suppose that makes me feel better!


    //Diuretic, anti-inflammatory mechanisms//

    Celery is a great diuretic; apparently that, along with the ginger really really helped. Because....the good news: I dropped down to 128.2 -- lower than where I'd been stabilizing the first week. LIW is 127.4, so this is great news.

    That was yesterday's weigh-in. And today...? Still at 128.2 (I held the loss!!!).

    I used a PCDS ('Post-Correction Day Strategy') yesterday, which was the first day after the Correction Day....

    The PCDS I use is, basically, a zero-carb day the next day after a successful Correction Day. Then, over the course of several days, I'll be easing back in carbs. So for the next week, that is what I'll be doing.


    //Learned from a bodybuilder//

    A bodybuilder I follow online who has done a lot of great things (and experimental things) in the world of competitive bodybuilding once said something that always stuck with me. See, competitive bodybuilders have to "dry out" before a weigh-in -- get rid of bloat. That helps their veins show and their muscles show through, a desirable result for them. Helps their skin tighten up, etc....and if you want to win a bodybuilding competition, this helps.

    So, he said this: "it's carb-o-HYDRATES, man! Look at that word!! HYDRATES, as in, 'puts water in'....you gotta cut out the carbs to dry out!"......

    And that is what many do, right before a competition. They "dry out"....cut out carbs. Of course this is, um....well, there are also other things they do along with it. But the lack of carbs does work, in the short-term, zero carbs....and then later, they ease them back in gradually. So that is what I do after a loss from a successful Correction Day -- even more important to do it if you are suffering from an inflammation ("bloat") gain and not merely a calorie overage....which is the majority of gains in P3 anyhow -- it's usually bloat and not too many calories.

    Another source of inspiration: baking.

    If you ever want to hydrate a cake, you want the cake to retain moisture that is -- to prevent it from drying out.

    Sugar is 'hygroscopic' -- it naturally pulls moisture out of the air. Sugar is, well...a carbohydrate. It loves water. This is also why you get "lumps" in your sugar; the sugar is clumped together in lumps because it's pulled moisture out of the air, and the moisture serves as a binder between sugar molecules. Not a strong one of course, but still...that's essentially how it holds together. Water that it pulled out of the surrounding air.

    Those two examples serve to remind me about how water and carbs are associated. And for someone like myself who deals with inflammation (which is essentially water-retention) these are good things to keep top-of-mind.

    So I'm easing in carbs again, throughout this week; should help.


    //Funny thing//

    I didn't do my "standard" Correction Day this time, because, well....NOTHING about this Round has been "standard" for me, lol! So trying the Inflammation Smoothie was sort of an experiment. Thank GOD it was a successful experiment, lol.

    If it happens again, tho, I'll likely do a Chicken Thigh Day (that's my standby). That's where you eat several chicken thighs, baked with the skin on. Coffee is okay, but hydrating is important. Aspirin is okay on a CTD too. I usually just use salt, as black pepper promotes inflammation in those of us with Histamine Intolerance (myself included). Ginger would probably be fine, tho I've never used it on a CTD, and tbh I don't feel like experimenting much, at least not beyond the limits that others have, for a correction day. The Inflammation Smoothie was as "revolutionary" for me on this Round as I'd like!! Lol...

    Fwiw, I didn't have any tea or coffee on my Inflammation Smoothie day, and I lost just fine. Really didn't miss it. My swollen gut thought it was full, apparently, so no need even for coffee presented itself.

    Thanks for the tip about forcefeeding, Leez! Glad it wasn't necessary.
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