WELCOME TO Haute Curvy Woman For Plussized Women and Teens

Welcome to my Site, HauteCurvyWoman, for PlusSized Women and Teens

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I began this site as a resource to myself for great plus sized clothing. I moved into a small city and couldn’t find what I needed.

I then decided to make this information available in my blog.

I welcome all opinions and would love to hear about your favorites, your questions and your reviews.

So…pull up a chair, get some coffee and browse through our blog, beauty reviews, lifestyle and much more.

Thank you so much to all who have been following me and Haute Curvy Woman since October, 2011 and to all my new followers.

Tovah

REVIEW: Melt Cosmetics Brings You That Absolutely Perfect Spring/Summer Lipstick

I have found the absolute perfect spring/summer lipstick from Melt Cosmetics.

My review is of the color ‘Summer’.

The colors of Melt Cosmetics are described as Ultra Matte. Bold. Radioactive. They are also in some of the most unique colors you may have ever seen.

MELT COSMETICS IN ‘SUMMER’ LIPSTICK

pale coral lipstick

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure you’re noticing the horrible photoshop I used on myself below. I started trying to cover my freckles and then my face got too pale and then I thought if I just did photoshop all over the face, it would even out the whole face. Anyway, long story short, it looks pretty bad and I have no more time to spend on this. My face just looks like it takes up 1/3 of my body and kinda looks like Mr. Potato Head.

However, I did nothing  with the lips. No liner or primer or photoshop was used. It is really just a beautiful peachy pink color.

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You can make it as thick or thin as you like.

I love this lipstick;  however, I really like matte lipsticks, which a lot of people don’t care for.

There is a definite pull to it and you have to be very careful or it would be easy to pull the lipstick out of the container.

I used to use the color ‘Vegas’ from Cargo Cosmetics for years and I had scooped up as much as I could when I heard it was becoming discontinued. I have finally gone through all of my stash. I’d even picked some up on ebay. Alas,  It’s gone to the great lipstick in the sky.

 

I was on the journey for that perfect coral/pink lipstick for years.  THIS IS IT!

I really like to use it, also, as a primer when I add my brighter lipsticks.

You can definitely make it more glossy with lip balm or lip gloss.

Melt has 18 different lipstick colors and the cost is $19.00. 

Some are already sold out. (However are being restocked).

They also have a Nood Collection of 4 nude colors together for $64.00 that look sooo gorgeous!

As soon as I tried out ‘Summer’, I immediately ordered another one, as I was sure that they would run out very quickly.

These colors are going to blow you away.

Extra points to Melt Cosmetics for being cruelty free.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tovah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Skechers D’Lites Walking Style Clog

The Skechers  D’Lites Walking Style clog is the most comfortable shoe in the world.

I know that sounds like an exaggeration, however, I’ve bought the Skechers D’Lites over and over.  The only place I’ve been able to find them is at Famous Footwear. They weren’t even in stock at the Skechers store.

Admittedly, their comfort is due to the fact that their heel is a bit higher and their memory foam works so well for those with a high arch.Skechers most comfortable shoes

 

 

DescriptionKeep a sunny disposition in the D’Lites Bright Sky Memory Foam Clog from Skechers.

Smooth leather upper in an athleisure walking clog sneaker style

  • Stitching accents and synthetic overlays
  • Contrast colored edging trim
  • Side S logo details
  • Metal stud trim
  • Slip-on entry with lowered back
  • Padded tongue and collar
  • Soft fabric lining, Air Cooled Memory Foam cushioning insole
  • Lightweight shock absorbing midsole
  • Flexible rubber traction outsole, 1 and 1/4 inch built-in heel
  • Available in Wide Widths

Another reason that I love these is that they’re easy to just kick off and be barefoot. My feet are so bad that I can’t stand to have a shoe that’s got a backing to it for long.

I don’t need my orthodics because of the Skechers D’Lites’  high arch and great cushioning insole.

You can get them in Wide Sizes: Women’s D’Lites Bright Sky Memory Foam Wide Clog in sizes 5.0 X-Wide to 7.0 X-Wide and 9.0 X-Wide. They sell for $54.99.

These are also available in Medium sizes HERE. I decided to go with a Medium because last time I ordered these in a Medium, they fit perfectly even though I almost always need a Wide size.

These Skechers sell for $54.99 and I got them for $46.74.  I don’t know if I had a promo code or if they were on sale and spent $55.83 total. They are worth every penny.

Customer Rating: 23/23 give it a 5 star rating.

I really think most people would really love these!

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tovah!

 

 

 

 

CAITLYN JENNER. JUST STOP. PLEASE.

My Open Letter to Caitlyn Jenner: Please Stop with Trying to Help the LBTQ Community.

Dear Caitlyn:

I know that you’ve been hailed for the last year or so as being so brave with your public transition and we were all looking forward to seeing how you would promote the positive messages you’d be sending to the LBTQ (Lesbian, Bi Transgender, Questioning) Community.

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You come from a place of privilege. While you have the resources to be able to get facial and body surgeries, what about those that can barely afford the clothes on their backs? How do they tell their parents that they’re transgender? Or Bisexual? Or Questioning without fearing that they will be thrown out of their home on to the street?

YOU put yourself in the position of being a role model in the way you came ‘out’. You were very public with it; even having a reality show named after you; ‘I AM CAIT’.

Maybe we put too much pressure on  you too soon?

Yet, I feel that you had more than enough time to study the issues and yet it’s not just that your comments make no sense. It’s that you seem to come up with self-absorbed answers to very important questions.

I understand that you came from that vapid family, ‘The Kardashions’, and I’m sure that affected you a lot. I think we just all saw you as ‘different’ – as a person with depth and understanding.

Would you have really voted for Ted Cruz for President? That just flies in the face of logic. Are you so delusional that you think he would have been someone accepting of gay marriage or transgender rights?

Here are his feelings:

Ted Cruz continues to remind LGBT voters why his extreme edge of the Republican Party have nothing to offer them. In a conference call for conservative activsists, Cruz blamed gay people for lowering military morale, promised to end same-sex marriages, criticized President Obama for supporting transgender soldiers, and invoked a familiar religious rhetoric as justification for being such an awful human being.

On the Ellen De Generes Show, you said that you “were not for gay marriage’ although you later said that you had changed  your views

Are  you really against gay marriage?  You had your chances with marriage. Would you really deny anyone to have that wonderful ceremony and life? My wedding day was the happiest day of my life. Why isn’t everyone allowed this?

So now you choose to be nude on yet another magazine cover with a flag wrapped around you and showing your Olympic medal. (I’m not even going to say how insulting it is to use an American flag as an outfit.)

Seriously, Caitlyn, take some time and understand the issues;  learn what’s needed to help children and adults navigate through the complex world of LGBTQ.

There is just so much good you could do and need to do. 

Then,maybe, go on the big shopping trip.

I’m asking (no…begging) you to please learn the issues and help those you claimed to want to help.

Tovah

 

Great Style for the PlusSize Junior Teen

I’ve seen so many cute PlusSize Junior fashions. Check them out below.

 

TORRID.COM

GEO PRINT HI/LOW Maxi Dress

a plus sized maxi dress

This maxi comes in sizes 0-6 and costs $51.37.

Knit Cross Tank Top

plus size jr . clothingDescription: A wintry knit embraces the endless summer (about time). The speckled white and mint green weave has the coziness you’d want in a knit, while the crisscrossing front and back paired with a sharkbite hem have endless summery style possibilities.

This comes in sizes 00-6 (out of size 1) and costs $29.17.

Torrid Insider Leather strappy Heels (in Wide Width)

wide width strappy shoes

Black heels don’t have to be basic; these open toe sandals prove just that. The black leather outer sports a manageable heel that can easily go all night long, while crisscrossing elastic straps along the front are sexy meets comfortable.

  • 3.5″ heel
  • Leather
  • Imported

These come in sizes 7-13 and cost $52.12.

ALIGHT.COM

Orange Embroidered Peasant Top

plus size teen peasant top

Description: Generously cut top has beautiful embroidery at the bust, sleeves, and notched neckline. A skinny tassel tie finishes the neckline. Slightly sheer. Back is solid.
Material: 100% cotton.
Fit Guide: Size 1x measures: 50″ bust.
Length: 29 inches.
Cleaning: Machine Wash.

This comes in sizes 1X-3X and costs $29.99.

RIPPED READY JEANS

plus sized jeans for juniors

Description: Distressed skinny jeans have a button fly closure, 5 open pockets, and belt loops at the waist. Colorful patches are on the front only. Back pockets have decorative stitching. A touch of spandex lends stretch.
Material: 59% cotton, 30% polyester, 10% rayon, 1% spandex.
Fit Guide: Size 14 measures: 36″ waist, 40 ” hips.
Length:
Inseam: 30 inches.

These jeans come in sizes 14-24 and costs $39.99.

Alex Evenings 466488 Dress

the perfect junior plus size evening dressDescription: Long, sleeveless ruched gown has encrusted straps with off the shoulder caps sleeves and fit and flare skirt. Back zipper closure. Lined.
Material: 52% polyester, 43% nylon, 4% spandex.
Length: 60 inches.
Cleaning: Hand Wash.
Origin: Made in China.

This comes in sizes 14  and 18 – 24 and costs $149.99.

MODCLOTH.COM

Join now and get 20% off $100.00

So Field With Joy Romper in Floral

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Details: The way your frolics take flight in this floral romper is enough to make anyone grin! So easy and breezy with its decorative tab sleeves, flexible waistline, and scarlet, pink, sky, and green print, this deep purple onesie – part of our ModCloth namesake label – beams with brilliance to mimic your mood.

  • 100% Rayon.
  • Fabric does not provide stretch. Elasticized waist.
  • Machine wash.
  • Front pockets. Front button closure. Decorative tab sleeve.

This comes in sizes XS – 4X and costs $59.99.

 

Plussize Juniors

 

Details: Your sunny disposition calls for an equally lively dress, and this printed A-line – part of our ModCloth namesake label – certainly catches the eye. Bold-colored strokes pop atop the flowy, white chiffon fabric of this pocketed, cap-sleeved frock, giving it a vibrancy to match your own!

  • 100% Polyester.
  • Shell fabric does not provide stretch. Lining fabric provides stretch.
  • Machine wash.
  • Side pockets. Fully lined except sleeves. Back zipper with hook and eye closure.

This dress comes in sizes XS – 4X and costs $99.99.

I have an affiliation with Modcloth.com. I have ordered from them myself and have found them to be flawless. I receive a small commission on items sold on my site.

Just click on Mother’s Day below.

Mother’s Day

 

Julep Has Wonderful Gifts for Mother’s Day

Julep is known for their quality Nail Polishes and Beauty Products and Now You Can Get These Great Gifts for Mother’s Day or Just for Yourself At a Great Price.

www.hautecurvywoman.comThis great set includes:

When Pencil Met Gel Long-Lasting Gel Eyeliner – Rich Brown: This easy-to-use eye pencil delivers the creamy formula & intense color payoff of a gel eyeliner.

  • Rayma (Classic with a Twist): Italian plum crème
  • Linnea (Classic with a Twist): Vintage mauve shimmer
  • Light on Your Lips Full-Coverage Crème Lipstick – Twirl: Full-coverage carnation pink crème
  • Metallic Wristlet 

This is on sale for $62.00!

Just click on the link below:

Timeless Beauty Gift

 

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tovah

**Julep is an affiliate of mine and I receive a small commission on items sold from my site to help defray some of the costs of my blog.

 

My April Ipsy GlamBag

I Love My April Ipsy Glambag with its 5 Great Products

Ipsy Beauty Bag
Ipsy.com/glambag

I received my five items for April  in this bright pink envelope.

These Items are deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products.

My favorite item, actually, is the makeup bag, which looks like an artist palette. Sooo pretty!

The 5 items I received are:

  1.  Moroccanoil Treatment for all hair types
  2. An eyeshadow brush
  3. Tarte Lip Cream
  4. Ofra Cosmetic Bohemian Eyeshadow
  5. Ren Clean Skincare in Evercalm

They’re all fairly larged sized for the price.

I’m really impressed with the quality of the products.

If you’re interested in joining, you just simply go to their webpage: https://www.ipsy.com/glambag/ and join.

According to Ipsy:

We customize all Glam Bags using a personalization tool called ipsyMatch. This sophisticated system pulls the results from your beauty profile and product reviews to help us create a Glam Bag filled with the best products for you.

You’ll create your beauty profile when you sign up. You can update your profile anytime, either by clicking into the “Glam Bag” tab (just scroll down and you’ll see a box next to the featured products that says “Retake the Quiz”), or by visiting your profile via “My Account” (from the “Your Profile” tab, just click on the “Update My Style” button).* 

For only $10.00 a month (You are becoming a subscriber) you will receive:

5 Beauty Products

Free Shipping

Just as an aside, I had to ask a few questions from  their Customer Service Department and they were so sweet and nice.

Happy Shopping!

Tovah

 

 

 

Women’s Spring/Summer Clothing in Extended Plus Sizes Up To an 8X

Here are Some great Fashions for Spring/Summer Clothing in Extended Plus Sizes (Over a Size 3X)

You are going to love these Extended plus size fashions and will find so much more when you get to these sites.

These just happen to be some of my faves right now!

ON THE PLUS SIZE (Previously Known as Making It Big)

MARIAN PATCHWORK TUNIC

extended sizes in boho chic

NEW!
Coordinating prints and solids craft a gorgeous medley in our Marian Patchwork Tunic!

Available in Almond (pictured), Beets, Dark Teal, Lilac, Seafoam, Supertunia, Shakespeare (pictured) and Tangerine!

 

This comes in sizes 2X  – 8X and costs $119.00.

 

 

 

 

LINEN CROP PANTS

Linen crop pants for women in extended sizes

NEW!
The Linen Crop Pants are a lightweight, wrinkle resistant basic in your favorite seasonal length!

 

  • Available in Black, Navy, Tan and White (pictured)

These come in sizes 1X – 8X and costs $69.00 – $79.00.

 

 

DENIM SKIRT

extended size demim skirt and a lot of extended sized clothingPencil me in! Our Denim Skirt offers stretch, dark denim cut to flatter your curves!

 

  • Pull on styling
  • Modest back slit for ease of movement
  • 65% cotton / 33% polyester / 2% spandex

This comes in sizes 1X-6X and costs $69.00

 

 

 

Ashley Stewart

Online only! 

30% off everything

Mother’s Day Dash

 

Colorblock Hanky Hem Dress

a lovely colorblock dress in extended sizesFemme and flattering, this plus size dress features a skater silhouette and colorblock hem. Pair it with your favorite pumps and shrug for a classic look.

  • Check out the texture. Scoop neck. Tank sleeves. Removable patent belt.

95% polyester 5% spandex. Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Line dry. Cool iron if needed. Made in the U.S.A.

This dress is available in sizes 12 – 30/32 and costs $38.15.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Accordion Pleat Hi-Lo Dress

an orange dress in extended sizes

Bold and colorful make a fierce statement in this pleated plus size hi-lo dress. A versatile chameleon, rock this dress with flat sandals and a denim jacket during the day, then amp it up at night with stacked bangles and sexy high heels. Yep. This one is a total win!

 

This dress comes in sizes 12 – 30/32 and costs $41.65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher & Banks

Deals: Friends and Family 40-50% off Everything (Excludes Diane Gilman collection & Ultimate Values)

FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $75

Diamond Pointelle Cardigan

extended plus size pointelle sweaterA perfect outer layer on chillier days, this pretty sweater features a diamond-knit pattern that creates trendy visual texture. Its no-closure design is ideal for easy layering.

  • Solid cardigan sweater
  • Diamond-knit accents

This comes in sizes 28/30 4X and 32W 5X and costs $44.95

 

 

 

 

 

DG Long Sleeve Embroidered Stripe Shirt

extended size long sleeve blouseThis long-sleeved shirt comes in the color ‘Serenity Blue’.

It comes in sizes 1X – 4X and costs $59.95.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with all the Plus Size (especially Extended), these fashions go quickly.

You’re going to want to act soon because right now everything seems available, even in the HOT sizes!

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tovah

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Is a Cabaret with Joel Grey and Alan Cumming

My Love Of The Movie, ‘Cabaret’, and especially the actor, Joel Grey, who Played the Part of the Emcee has Caused Me to Watch Youtube after Youtube of he and Liza Minnelli. As I was working My Way Around the YouTubes, I had come upon the wonderful  Alan Cumming in a Later Rendition of ‘Cabaret’ on Broadway and… How had I never heard of him?

I had been unable to leave My bed for quite a while due to a serious back injury and, as I hate daytime TV, I was watching YouTubes of’ Cabaret’ for hours on end on my Smart Phone.

I had read Joel Grey had “come out” as a gay man at 80 years old and that jostled my memory of him in the role of the Emcee of the Kit Kat Klub in the 1972 movie role of ‘CABARET’.

In the movie, it was quite obvious that they had to tread lightly on the subjects of abortion, bisexuality, and politics.

What had really gotten me, even when I was young when I first watched it, was how perfect Joel Grey was in the movie as the Emcee. Every movement and smile and leer was perfection. I thought nobody could ever even come close to him in talent.

Here is a brief synopsis of Cabaret by Anthony Hughes:

It is the city of Berlin in 1930, a time when political unrest racks the country, the economy has been destroyed, and millions of unemployed roam the streets. Enter into this chaos an American cabaret dancer, working at the downtown “Kit-Kat club” where anything goes on the stage. Into this young dancer’s life come several characters such as a rich German politician, a young Jewish man struggling with his identity, an Englishman teacher from London, and of course the all-knowing, all-seeing Master of Ceremonies.

Cabaret as a musical is based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Joel Grey’s performance (which earned him a well-deserved Oscar) was so perfect. Sort of a man-child that seemed to  know exactly what the people in the Kit Kat Club needed… a way to not think of their troubles. I believed that nobody could ever out do his part or that of Liza Minnelli (who also won an Oscar).

The movie was directed by Bob Fosse.

It is based on John Von Druten’s 1951 play I am a Camera., which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood.

So, I wanted to share the difference in Performances, first with Joel Grey as the Emcee and then Alan Cumming.

Joel Grey:

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming played the Emcee in the broadway revival in 1998, with Sam Mendes as the director, and won a Tony, and a Drama Desk Award and many others. There is no man on Broadway or TV that exudes that much raw sexuality. You watch it and become one with the audience of the Kit Kat Club. His debauchery is frightening, yet you  can not take your eyes off him. This is more closely in tune with the original story. You can see the bruises and needle marks which depicts the characters more realistically as part of the seedy, underbelly of Berlin they were meant to be in the book.

Alan Cumming’s character is like the bad boy in high school that you know will only lead you to trouble, yet, you cannot help but get involved with.

What a performance! 

I could not stop watching. I’ve seen so many reviews of men and women that have fallen in love with him in this performance.

I also saw YouTubes of otherCabaret Emcees and none of them could compete with Joel Grey and Alan Cumming

I do not watch The Good Wife, where he plays the part of  Eli Gold. Quite frankly, I had never heard of him before. He received a 2011 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor on a Drama Series for his work on the TV show.

Here are the two different Sally Bowles:

Liza Minnelli

Jane Horrocks:

Sally Bowles, in the book, was supposed to be a singer that really couldn’t quite keep a tune. Of course, Liza Minnelli couldn’t sing badly if she tried. I love Jane Horrock’s depiction.

I watched many videos with Alan Cumming and he, despite a horrific childhood, seems like the most gracious and funny man in interviews.

So…I’d like to thank both he and Joel Grey for giving me so many hours of enjoyment.

If you want to watch the whole Cumming redition of the play, it’s in 12 parts beginning HERE. I was unable to find the whole movie, however.

I really think you will enjoy watching Joel Grey again and Alan Cumming.

Life is a Cabaret!

Additional Resources:

 Both Joel Grey and Alan Cumming have written books:
 
Joel Grey:

Master of Ceremonies by Joel Grey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Cumming:

Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir

Not my father's son a memoir by Alan Cummings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tovah

Burt’s Bees Beauty Products: The Best and the Worst

Burt’s Bees Beauty Products: One of the Best and One of The Worst that I’ve Tried:

In my quest to live on a budget, I’ve been trying more and more drugstore brands, including the wonderful Burt’s Bees line.

Here are my reviews for what I’ve found to be the best and worst Burt’s Bees facial products:

THE WORST:

 

Burt's Bees makeup wipes for sensitive skin

According to the Burt’s Bees website:

We offer our best make-up remover wipes, made with FSC certified natural cloth and infused with natural ingredients, to keep your skin looking and feeling great. Whether on-the-go or at home, Burt’s Bees provides facial cleansing towelettes for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Our collection of natural face wipes allows you to remove make-up, cleanse and tone in one easy step, revealing a beautiful complexion.

It may just be that I chose the Sensitive type and there was less liquid in it,  however, there was just not enough moisture on the wipe. I found I had to add water to it in order to just  get it moist enough to get my makeup off.

I always made sure to keep the top closed and it just didn’t seem to make much of a difference.

Maybe, it was just a bad batch, but I won’t be buying these again.

These cost me about $6.00 at Walgreens.

THE BEST:

Brightening Even Skin Tone Moisturizing Cream

 

Burt's Bees brightening moisturizer is wonderful

According to the Burt’s Bees website:

Clinically proven to even skin tone and help diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration, 100% of women saw brighter skin after using Burt’s Bees Brightening Moisturizing Cream*. A combination of Summer Snowflake, Daisy Blossom, and other botanical extract provides rich moisture to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Use as a part of your daily regimen for a brighter and more even complexion, naturally.

This is THE moisturizer for me!

There’s this great dispenser at the top that gives you just the amount you need.

When you swatch it. you see this great brightening color (sort of pearly) about it and when you go to put it on, your skin just really glows. Not in a sparkly, 13-yr. old girl glow, but a beautiful moisturizer with just the right amount of brightness. Everything goes on better after it.  Your foundation just glides on.

I don’t like fragrance, however, this fragrance, while not strong, is soooo nice. It’s like an orange/grapefruit smell. Just very clean smelling.

As far as I’m concerned, I do not intend (except for review purchases) to buy another moisturizer. This is better than all the high-end moisturizers I’ve used over the years.

(My review is vastly different from the view of beautypedia which gives it 1 star claiming that This moisturizer is claimed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it contains fragrant plant ingredients that can actually damage skin and impair its ability to heal. Of major concern are the citrus extracts, which can be phototoxic, meaning they can cause a reaction on skin that’s exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

I paid about $20.00 for it at Walgreens.

So? What do you think?

Have you used either of these products? What has been your impression?

Extra Credit to Burt’s Bees for donating 10% of the purchase The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tovah

Summary of the First Two Weeks of my Juicing Diet

This is a summary of the first 2 weeks of my juicing fast and diet. For a day-by day account of how I am doing along the way, please go to My Juicing Journey.

BREVILLEJUICER

 

Disclaimer – I am not a doctor, nurse, health professional or dietician. I know nothing about how this juice diet is supposed to work except for what I’ve read from other sites and made up on my own. So..take that for what it is.  It is up to you to get the OK from your doctor before beginning a juice fast or diet and this is not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women.

This summary covers my Juicing Fast (diet) for the last 16 days from December 3 – December 19 2012.

The juicing fast rules say that you need to get your body ready for the diet for about a week (I think) so you get slowly used to it.

I took about 3 days with just 1 drink of juice a day and decided to try to go full boar before I lost my nerve and the juicer just became another thing in the back of the closet.

In those 3 days of having only 1 juice, I lost 1.5 pounds, which surprised me.
I took about 3 days with just 1 drink of juice a day and decided to try to go full boar before I lost my nerve and the juicer just became another thing in the back of the closet.

So, truly beginning serious juicing in earnest began 12/6/2012, I weighed in at 186.5

Here is a breakdown of my juicing experience for the past 2 weeks: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY of Juicing. (I am no longer going to call it the juice fast because my body just didn’t let me go with just juicing, plus I was worried about prior gastro problems that I didn’t want to aggravate.

THE GOOD

thegood

.  Counting the 3 days of getting ready for the juicing diet, I have lost 6.5 pounds in 16 Days!

2.  My hypoglycemia is virtually gone.

3,  I have no need for a sleeping pill at night anymore. That benefit started within the first few days.

4.  My skin is really clear and, even my husband, noticed it which is pretty amazing.

5.  I wake up in the morning refreshed.

6,  I definitely have more energy and I don’t feel that overwhelming need for a nap in the middle of the day.

7,  I’m much calmer

8.   I just feel really good and am considering trying to quit smoking again.

9. My mind seems clearer

10.  I have lost 2 inches off my waist.

11. Outside of maybe a little bit of chicken or a tiny amount of turkey, I have lost all taste for meat. (I used to eat steaks and burgers at least 4 times a week)

12.  Juicers tend to be the most wonderful people. They are ready to share their tip and tricks and their favorite recipes and I just love the juicing community.

13.  You do definitely learn how to shop to make the costs somewhat manageable. You look for sales and seasonal fruits and veggies.
14.  You will get used to the taste of the juices; even the bad ones.

15. There are tons of resources on the web and from the juicing community.

THE BAD

thebad

1. It’s pretty expensive in the beginning because you need to buy a strong, good juicer plus your first grocery trip will knock your socks off at how much fruits and vegetable in bulk cost.

2.  The Juicer.  You will get to hate the sight of the juicer. It’s got to be set up which isn’t too bad, but cleaning it is a pain in the ass. It’s all these parts and you have to soak the filter for 10 minutes in soapy water. It’s a big mess in the kitchen and your hands start to get really rough from touching all that acidic fruit and having your hands in water all the time, washing the fruits and vegetables.

3.  If you are feeding other members of your family, not only do you have to make their meal and watch them eat it, but you have to do the half hour of juicing and, before you know it, your dishes have piled up like you see on the show “Hoarders”.

4.  I didn’t take the proper amount of time of easing into juicing. Thus, I think I felt the bad effects more than someone who properly followed the rules.  (I was extremely hungry and irritable for more days than those who took the proper amount of time.)

5.  For me, at least, constipation was an issue. I try to get as much fiber in as possible.  I am using flax seeds and drinking my myralax at least once a day.
6.  I cannot, honestly, call this a juice fast. I am supplementing it with some yogurt, an occasional salad, a tablespoon of peanut butter.

7.  Some juice recipes are so disgusting, but because you paid so much for the produce, you drink it anyway.
8. After watching Joe Cross in his documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead), I’m a little dishearted at only losing 6.5 pounds, since he seemed to be losing that much a day. (Only a slight exaggeration.)

THE UGLY

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.  I know that I need to exercise while doing this and in 16 days, I would say I took a 15-minute walk only 3 times.  I think this is the #1 reason why I didn’t lose more weight!

2. I drink nowhere near the amount of water I should be drinking.

3. I am not on a total juice fast. I really don’t think that my body, which is really wonky in the gastro area culd handle it. I do, however, try to eat only something healthy in between juices.

4.  While I’ve easily gotten used to not eating meat, chocolate is my crack. It’s that time of the year where friends send you candy and cakes and that is what I cannot leave alone. I know that I cannot just leave it alone. I ate all my candy and when my husband fell asleep, I ate all his.

5.  Grocery shopping now takes forever. (Plus, I’ve got to open those stuck-together plastic bags that take forever to open.) I’m sure that’s not the case for organized juicers, but I just grab a bunch of stuff I think might go well together.
SUMMARY

Am I glad I started juicing? ABSOLUTELY!
Will I continue juicing?  ABSOLUTELY!

I don’t really understand the chemistry, but in 2 weeks I’ve gone from eating 1/2 a pizza with 2 chocolate bavarian cream donuts before going to sleep to juicing at least 2X a day,  with healthy treats in between.

I was skeptical when I saw the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. I thought there had to be  an exaggeration as to how people felt so much better in such a short time.
However, as a person who hates diets, craves sweets and carbs,
this really has been nothing short of a miracle.

To watch my progress, please follow me on My Juicing Journey.

Thank you to all those generous people who have e-mailed me or reached out to help!

I would love to hear from new or experienced juicers on what has worked for them, what hasn’t and any comments or recommendations!