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Weekend Juice Cleanse

Disclaimer: This post jumps around. A lot. I am not a very concise person when it comes to something I am passionate or excited about (lord only knows how I have a Bachelors degree). Most of the time I have too much information trying to mash its way out of my brain and I go in 50 million different directions. If you have ever heard me speak you know that entire thoughts can come out as one strung-together-with-vowels-and-guttural-sounds word. It’s strange, but I did inherit this way of speaking from my mother (Ceph-a-lone, anyone?) and thankfully Steve has learned how to decode this type of language I have. He has often said that if he did not know me he wouldn’t talk to me because I do not make sense, I pronounce words wrong, and generally say one thing and mean another. And not in like a 2 faced way, its in like a Broca’s Apashia, brain damaged kind of way. (And no I do not have brain damage, my brain just moves to quickly sometimes.) Anyway – to the juicing!

Ah, the Juice Cleanse. This time was way better that when Steve and I tried to do a liquid fast back in June. This time I did some research on different types of juice cleanses that you can purchase and have shipped to your house, but man, are they expensive! About $75.00/day! I own a juicer, a Breville Juice Fountain Compact, and I love it. The juice cup has the foam separator on it and its wonderful (I hate juice foam, yuck!).  So I can’t really justify $75.00/day. So I found some recipes* and decided to hit the grocery store and to make 1 day worth of juice on Thursday night to start what I wanted to be a 3 day cleanse on Friday. And repeat the process every night until I finished the cleanse on Sunday evening.

Preparing all of the juice for Friday took 2, yes TWO, entire hours. And that did not include the planning and grocery shopping. But it was well worth it. On Friday morning, I woke up and drank a glass of hot lemon water/cayenne pepper. That was kind of gross but I managed it down. Then with the first juice in hand I put 4 juices in my little cooler and packed it with ice and on my way I went. (the 6th “juice” was nut milk and I had unsweetened, unflavored almond milk in the fridge so I cheated a bit here and “made” the nut milk that evening when I was ready to drink it.)

Work was a breeze. My bosses are vegetarians so there was no appetizing food in the office all day although we do share a wall with a pizza joint, but honestly, I was not hungry at all. I took about an hour to drink each juice and then waited about 1.5 hours to start the next one. In between each juice I chugged water and drank mint herbal tea. Mint is an appetite suppressant and was a wonderful pick me up during the afternoon. All of the juice tasted wonderful, but a disclaimer, I have been juicing for a year and even then when I started juicing I had an extremely open mind to what fresh juice would taste like. And I’m not talking about fresh apple juice here. I am talking about a 3:1 ratio of veggies to fruits (if you are thinking of diving into juicing pick up Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet – this book has changed my life and its what got me into juicing in the first place and what pushed me over the vegetarian edge). I have tried a bunch of weird greens (collards? mustard greens, anyone?) and at this point  I am most comfortable with this combination; 1-2 cucumbers, a big handful of kale, a big handful of spinach, a big handful of romaine, a few parsley nibs, an inch of ginger, and 1 granny smith apple. This is a pretty tasty juice that I have taken about a year to perfect. I started with pears as my fruit, and they were okay but I have found, for me at least, apples make a good fruit to add to juices because it can mask the really gross earthy taste of a lot of the veggies. And the granny’s have enough bitterness to mix well with the ginger.

As I said, work was a breeze, and really that evening wasn’t bad at all. Steve did not partake in this cleanse, and he even got delicious fast food that night and it didn’t bother me at. It was really nice to not feel hungry at all and to know that I was still taking in about 1000 calories and about 15lbs of veggies, so I was still being careful with my body during this cleanse. After we got home from the fast food run and the grocery store for a few more veggies, I prepped my juice for Saturday (took 1.5 hours this time as I did not have to vinegar soak anything and I had to mass juicing down to a science at this point) then I did about a half hour of intense yoga that night and headed off to bed.

Saturday morning I woke up and weighed myself, I lost 3.5lbs. Fantastic. But that was not the goal of the cleanse. Yes I had stress ate everything in sight from the middle of June to about now and yes I had put on about 5-7lbs, but really, I just felt like crap. I needed a big change and for me cleansing is really the kick in the butt I need to get back to eating better/doing yoga/taking better care of myself in general. After that I took down the hot lemon water/cayenne and then started on my biggest juice of the day, 24oz of green juice. It really was hard to get that down while everyone in the house was drinking coffee and eating yummy breakfast foods. But I pleaded with myself in my mind to keep plugging on, and so I did. I started in on my second juice as Steve and I headed out to what I thought would be 2-3 hours of errands. I did not bring any juice with me, although I knew I should have, I just…didn’t for some reason. This was the biggest mistake I made all weekend. We ended up being out for 5 hours! We had some really big, important errands to run that took way longer than we thought. So needless to say, by the time we got in the car to finally head home I had a blazing headache. Which yes, that is a detox symptom during a cleanse, but this was definitely a caloric deficiency headache, as we are no strangers this headache and I. I decided that it was probably in my best interest to break my fast with something that is easy for me to process. I made some whole wheat toast and enjoyed getting some food into my deprived body. This is not the way it is recommended to break a cleanse! This is what I have found is easiest on my body. Soup is usually what is recommended but it has not worked out well for me in the past. Again I am not a stranger to cleansing, this is not my first rodeo.

I was kind of upset that I had to break my cleanse, especially with all of that fresh juice sitting in the fridge, prepared, and ready to drink. But for me, after a mentally taxing day, it was what was best for me. I did not continue on the juice cleanse on Sunday because if you follow me on instagram, you will know that we had an ice cream party for 20 children at our house that day and since my fast was already broken I decided that maybe it was best to call it quits on this cleanse. Even though I did not complete what I had set out to do, I now know that the 3 day cleanse can be done, and that it doesn’t have to be painful as long as the juice schedule is maintained. I think the next time I try this (September!?) I will actually do a 5 day cleanse during the work week. It seems to be much easier for me to stick to the cleanse if I am at work, strange as it seems, but there are fewer temptations and no meat eaters there and that is where I spend most of my time during the week anyway.

So to sum it up – in 1 day i lost 3.5lbs (I am 5’7″ to begin with I weighed 167.5lbs and on the second morning I weighed 164.0lbs. Both weights were taken upon waking and after using the restroom). For what would have been 3 days worth of juice it cost me about $55-$60. I did not keep precise track as I had to go back to the store to get some things I ran out of on the first night. I also shopped at Kroger and bought what I could there (meaning most of it was not organic). I bought my kale/spinach/romaine in bags ready to use to cut down on prep time and their fresh greens were pretty raggedy that night anyway. That drove the cost up a bit, but I was willing to sacrifice the few dollars for the prep time.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment! :) And as always, thanks for stopping by!

*I followed some hacked Blue Print Cleanse recipes. And no I am not going to print the recipes here because they really are a wonderful company and if you can afford the juice from them/live in NY or CA/don’t have a juicer and the blend/paint bag method sounds scary, then you should really look them up. And if you have a juicer/want to try the blender/paint bag method, then some googling can yield the desired recipes.

List(less) Wednesday

The best little pup ever.

1. So much came together in terms of planning for the next 6-8 months over the weekend, I cannot believe it. Its been a rush and I have been super busy scouring ebay and cussing people out for out bidding me at literally the last second. I even pulled off the highway after work today to bid on an item (responsibility, first people!) and my silly Iphone refused to update and I lost FOUR items in a 5 minute period. Sheesh.

2. I am playing around with a business model at the moment. I am looking into opening a shop, with a wide range of items. But its in the primary stages (aka in my mind) I’m still rolling it around my brain deciding if it would be a worth it endeavor. Stay tuned for details!

3. Holy migraines this week! I finally cut out ALL meat and got back to my healthy vegetarian diet, not my chips and soda vegetarian diet. I was still sneaking pepperoni (I know the worst meat ever) on my pizza, but this week that ended. I am detoxing all over the place. In the morning I make Steve and I our super packed shake (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, kale, amazing grass ORAC super foods powder, EFA omega 3,6,9, Spirulina, and local honey. Phew!) and then I take an almond butter sammy and green juice (cucumber, kale, spinach, romaine, 1 apple) to work and then I let myself have whatever we have for dinner, although this week I have been trying to stick to healthier options. My boss even gave me $10 to Starbucks and I have yet to touch it :)

4. I have been a (mostly) vegetarian, vegetarian for a year. I wish I could say I was rail thin and just loving life but I’ve honestly gained more weight because it was so easy to eat Pizza and Mac and Cheese than to truly commit to a true healthy life style. Eating healthy is getting easier now that I am making time for it (getting up earlier!) but it is still a work in progress.

5. I starting my “4th” year of memory keeping. This will be the first year that I am going to be keeping the memories as we make them and this is such a good year to start! I am caught up to date (I made traditional scrapbooks for the first 2 years that Steve and I were together and then I started project life with year 3 but I started this past March so I had to work backwards from March to the previous August and to be honest I hate that part of my PL album. Its not weekly and I was not all that wonderful about taking pictures all the time and we live a pretty boring, hot, sweaty life here in Texas. So there wasn’t much to fill that part but the album is still some how THICK. It was a perfect time to start year 4 because year 3 is busting out of the seems!

Project Life Update – June 10th-16th

I told you the pictures would get better! This is back from June, back when Steve and I did our juice fast – which seems like ages ago! You can read about the whole process here. Pretty simple, pictures + bits put into pockets, some embellishments – into the book this week went. Enjoy!

2 Day Liquid Fasting Experiment

Steve decided to join the dark side a couple of weekends ago.

Steve tasting green juice for the first time.

For our anniversary last August he bought me Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr and I have tried to eat a (mostly) vegetarian diet ever since. The book is hilarious and inspiring. Kris had a no holds bar way of writing that makes all the reasons to eat a healthier diet really make sense. A couple days after I finished the juicing chapter we took the long drive to the only Crate and Barrel in the DFW Metroplex and I bought a Breville Compact Juice Fountain. Juicing is a lot of work but the benefits are wonderful. If I drink green juice everyday my skin is clearer, my focus is sharper, and I have energy for days. But Steve, his parents, and my coworkers all cringe when they see me sucking my green goodness through a straw.

Kale!

But Steve and I have recently been stuck in kind of a rut. We are both officially in our mid-twenties and staying in shape isn’t as easy as it once was. Enter the juice cleanse. On a Thursday Steve suggested that we try a 3 day cleanse to give our bodies the reset that they needed and to get a jump start on our summer plans to get in shape for our wedding. I can’t tell you the last time that I unrolled my yoga mat and running wasn’t giving Steve what he wanted either. So I jumped at the opportunity to put my $100 juicer to good use and to get Steve on the green goodness band wagon.

Saturday morning we woke up and I got to work. I made my signature juice with 2 cucumbers, a handful of kale, handful of spinach, and pears (2 for Steve). And into our adventure we went. The first couple of hours were pretty easy once we had our first round of juice in us.

We had to juice/blend in the bathroom on our side of the house most of the time as Steve’s mom was busy in the kitchen and the juicer is LOUD. Like a wood chipper in your house.

I then made our lunch shakes (we decided to do a liquid fast instead of just a plan juice fast for health reasons) into the shake went a banana, 2 strawberries, a handful of blueberries, a cup of chocolate soy milk, Complete EFA (Omega 3,6,9), a scoop of Amazing Grass Antioxidant powder, and Spirulina.Berries and Bananas patiently waiting to be prepped into baggies for freezing for shakes.

So yummy. I drink this every morning that I am on time for work.

We then had to run some errands and this is where the side effects and the detox really started to happen. We ended our errands at Whole Foods so I could buy more of my probiotics and so that we could purchase more fruits and veggies for or juicing adventure. Have you ever been to a Whole Foods on a Saturday? It’s food aroma heaven. The moment we walked into the store we need we had made a mistake, everything smelled and looked so tasty. We stuck to our guns bought our veggies and high tailed it out of there.

Such a handsome helper ;)

As soon as we got home we had to start juicing again. The whole process from preparing the veggies to juicing to clean up takes about 45 minutes. We sped through this juicing so we could get something into our stomachs. We got a little crazy and added watercress, mint, and celery, also we substituted pears for apples. The juice wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. It tasted how freshly cut grass smells, with a hint of mint. There was a lot of chugging going on this round.

We then promptly had our dinner shakes (the same as above, minus the powders, plus spinach and kale). And then we had to fight the good fight. We had to fight the urge to break our cleanse and to eat pizza. Steve’s parents had ordered pizza for dinner while we were out running errands. And it was lurking in the fridge. There it was, a wonderful greasy cardboard box sitting on top of all of our veggies. And in it was the best looking Little Caesar’s I have ever seen. Cold pizza is probably my favorite snack, second only to hot pizza or parm/garlic cheese sticks. We love pizza. It’s our thing. We had to literally talk each other out of it multiple times that night. And finally we went to sleep. I slept like a baby. The first good night of sleep I had had in so long. And it was all because my body was so tired of detoxing that I just had to sleep. I slept for almost 12 hours straight.

Juicing in the music room, so what? Also these cucumber were organic and washed very very well. Any other fruits or veggies that are not organic should be washed properly and then pealed.

Steve had to work Sunday morning, so I dragged myself out of bed and made a quadruple batch of juice (same as above minus celery and mint) so that Steve could have his morning and afternoon juice while he was at work and I also made our shakes (same as above, with powders, kale, and spinach). It was tough to do all the work that goes into juicing and making shakes but in the end it was worth it. Steve went off to work jugs of liquid in hand and I got ready to have my ‘girly’ Sunday. My morning juice went down without a hitch and I even felt energized. It felt like all my cells we on fire, like they had just taken a breath of fresh air. I decided that it might be a good idea to help my body to clean out the toxins by doing a home enema (gross, I know, but seriously, it helps during a detoxing period).  My stomach hadn’t been flushing as well as I had hoped with the liquid fast and I was kind of worried, but it turns out my body was not in as dire straits as I had thought.

Homemade ashram

I took a long hot shower, did my Sunday pedicure, and then it happened. The detox symptoms hit me like a freight train. Migraine, swollen foot (I have a screw in my foot from where I broke it in 4 places in 2009 and whenever something is amiss in my body, my foot acts up), and extreme fatigue. I stayed in bed almost all day until it was absolutely necessary for me to get up and bathe Sid before Steve came home from work. It took everything I had to move, but I knew that it was good. I knew the detox was working. Once Steve got home we agreed that 48 hours was probably enough for our first cleanse/fast and that I especially needed to break it.

And we wanted pizza. So bad! But we also knew that overloading our bodies with animal products and bad fats was the worst thing that we could do. We literally had to google this last point to stop ourselves from devouring pizza. So it was whole wheat bread and tomato soup for me and scrambled eggs and toast for Steve. And that was it. We had endured our first cleanse.

Results:

Steve says that he would do it again, and I would definitely have to agree. The benefits are still hanging around a week after we finished. I lost 5 pounds (I don’t think water weight as I really ramped up the amount of water I was drinking during the cleanse) and I started doing morning and evening yoga again. We as a couple have made way better food choices. The cleanse really made us consider what we were putting into our bodies every evening when we had our first shared meal of the day. I can’t say that we won’t have pizza on Thursday night, but on all the other nights of the week we have definitely had healthier food.

Thanks for reading!