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.
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.
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.
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.
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