Day Sixty-two (R, 110303) — Interview with Pareto Nutrition; Kombucha and Yerba Mate

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So yesterday I interviewed with Pareto Nutrition, makers of a great PAGG supplement pack. I answered five questions about my experience with the 4 Hour Body program:

  1. What goals are you working towards on the 4HB program?
  2. How is your progress so far, what have you found easy, and what has been your biggest challenge?
  3. What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just starting the program?
  4. What is your favorite cheat day food?
  5. Who is another 4HB blogger you think our readers should know about?

Check out the interview for my full answers; they are mostly adaptations of some of the things I’ve put on this blog.


I usually start the day with a cup or two of black coffee (perhaps with a packet of Truvia in it).  Today I stopped by Central Market and bought some kombucha and yerba mate.

The only options I had were G.T.’s Kombucha and Guayaki yerba mate.  So I bought a box of the Guayaki tea bags and four bottles of G.T.’s: two Cosmic Cranberry, one Gingerade, and one Multi-Green.

Having just taken my first taste of the cranberry kombucha, let me tell you: this is NOT tea, NOT juice, NOT like most any other beverage I’ve had.  The closest parallel I can come up with is that it is sort of like unflavored beer.

Kombucha is fermented so it is carbonated and has a slightly yeasty scent and flavor which takes a bit of getting used to.  The flavor and scent work together to create a tough-to-describe experience.  It is slightly tangy and even has a hint of vinegar to it.

Since there are no added sugars in this version, it is definitely not a sweet drink in any sense of the word.  The cranberry is understated.

Overall, I might find myself liking but it is too darned expensive to make it a habit: 2 bottles for $6.  Depending on how this one turns out, and the flavors of the others, this may become an occasional treat but not a daily thing.


I may have made a mistake.  The bottles of kombucha I bought are 16 ounces.  This post recommends that you start with 4 oz. and work your way up to 8 oz., twice a day.

Having just finished a whole bottle, and having previously read a warning that too much kombucha can lead to, um, let’s just call it a “gastrointestinal reaction” . . . I’m a bit anxious to see what happens the rest of the day.

Plans for tasting a second bottle today are right out.


UPDATE: Nope. No GI problems. 😉


Breakfast: three scrambled eggs, refried beans, mixed veggies, two sausages, ice water, Monster

Lunch: grilled chicken breasts, mixed veggies, refried beans, diet Snapple

Lunch 110303

Standard fare but darn tasty

Dinner: Taco salad,

Other items through the day: black coffee, diet Coke, popcorn, Atkins bar

I was bad. I went to the movies and had some popcorn. I took my Cissus. Drank some grapefruit juice. Did some exercises. Let’s hope it minimizes the damage.


5 responses to “Day Sixty-two (R, 110303) — Interview with Pareto Nutrition; Kombucha and Yerba Mate

  1. Great answers. I particularly liked the part about weighing in once a week and focusing on the long term goals. I’ve already seen too many people (even bloggers) give up after 3 weeks. Too many people are focused on today and become discouraged with the short term fluctuations.

    • Yeah. The weekly weighing and justification for it are something I picked up from Weight Watchers and have continued ever since.

      I understand that I can weight myself before bed, not eat, drink, or excrete all night, and still end up with a scale showing a different weight in the morning.

      Short-term fluctuation are distracting and impossible to control. Only the long-term trend counts.

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