this is me holding my last juice of the day:) happy it was dessert!
And let’s be clear: It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy. It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy
I love the way Michelle Obama stated that quote. Isn’t it true? We American’s loooove our quick fixes, we love vegging out in front of the television absorbing all the advertisements that we don’t even realize we are seeing. We are constantly consumed by an unhealthy lifestyle and we are consumed by the “easy way out”. I notice that when I talk about healthy eating in general on my blog, I get a few interactions but when I say “Juice Cleanse!!!” or “New Diet” or “Paleo Challenge”, “AdvoCare Challenge!” or anything else amongst all that, I get a whole heap load of chatter asking what I’m doing, how do I like it, did I see results, and people get really excited. I think this is because most people don’t want to change their lifestyles to just inheriting the idea of simple, clean eating. We want drastic change in a short period of time. So I love that quote because this is the reason I blog, I want to spread healthy change to anyone, even if it’s just one person. I want to be able to change someone’s life and help them live a long, full, healthy happy life and have this spread to others to initiate change.
Just know that I like to try everything to see if anything becomes something I want to adapt in my everyday life. If I find something worth sharing, I will write about it here. I did the whole Paleo thing for a long time and I’ve done a lot challenges…but this is who I am today:
- I eat bread maybe once a day or less. I see any kind of bread/starchy substance as LAST RESORT but I don’t want it to be part of my main diet.
- I eat a LOT of vegetables…lots of kale and arugula for almost every single meal.
- I start every morning with one organic egg, veggies, fruit and half an avocado.
- I have been meat free for 3 weeks now with a couple times testing if I wanted meat….then deeply regretted it and haven’t had it since.
- I don’t eat ice cream anymore:(
- I don’t eat cheese unless its goat cheese (only on occasion).
- And as of a yesterday, I’ve introduced Suja Juice into my life!
Okay I’m finally here, to the point of my blog title:) I know some of you have been wanting to know about my mini-juice cleanse so It’s a good thing I had a little daily diary going with times and everything!
Here’s a little “Cleanse Directions” straight from their website:
Before the Cleanse
A couple of days prior to beginning your cleanse, it is a good idea to start eliminating coffee, alcohol, dairy, red meat, sugar, and white flour and bread products. Maximizing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will make the transition into your cleanse much easier!
During the Cleanse
On the morning of your first day, alkalize your body with a warm glass of water with lemon and/or a tablespoon apple cider vinegar. A little while later, when your body feels the need for something more, begin with your juices for the day. They will be consumed as follows:
During the day, stay hydrated with water, teas, and even additional juices if you’d like.
What if I MUST eat something?!
For best results, it is recommended to stick to the juices. However, if you are active, pregnant, or just plain hungry, that’s ok! The safest foods to consume are raw fruits and veggies, half an avocado, a baked sweet potato, or broth-based soups.
After the Cleanse
Your body has been hard at work detoxifying and resting your digestive tract. You want to ease it back into its normal function by introducing gentle foods first. Your first meals should be smoothies, soups, salads, and veggies, or lighter proteins like beans or steamed fish. With each meal, gradually re-introduce heavier foods one at a time to give your body a chance to catch up. Be mindful and carry the way you feel after your cleanse into your everyday life by making wiser food choices going forward.
Here was my Suja Cleanse Story:
5:45am-Usually I have apple cider vinegar in my first 3-4 water bottles of the day and in this case, I woke up late, took the apple cider vinegar and chugged a shot before juice#1, which was ‘Glow’. This was my first mistake. I haven’t had a shot of ACV first thing in the morning…well ever…and my mistake was not having water involved. Whoops….so here we go, driving to work sipping on Glow. I became nauseas. All I could taste was burning ACV in my throat with each gulp haha. I got to work and wanted real food and held back. The taste of glow was a lot better then I thought.
7:30am-I want another juice, or food, or anything. I realized that I am a creature of habit…and obviously orally fixated to getting my normal solid food in the morning, my body is confused. I gave in and had a slice of avocado. Then I was fine:) (Avocado is on the safe list)
8:30am-time for ‘Fuel’ and my nausea went away THANK GOD! Let’s just point out how much I hate carrots. I hate everything about them, it is probably the only food I steer clear of and refuse to eat. Here I am, drinking Fuel, which has carrots as the main ingredient. It’s not bad, its actually really good and I drank it fast. I am not saying I will rush out to buy it again but it was not bad.
11:00am- time for ‘Purify’. Purify also has carrots but now added with beets and this was probably the only one I would not buy again. It was okay but I noticed something interesting by 11am…I am FULL OF ENERGY. I mean crazy amounts more than I’ve ever had from coffee or tea. I was practically bouncing off the walls probably from all the natural sugar. Either way, this cleanse did NOT make me crave caffeine.
2:30pm- time for ‘Fiji’ and completely content. At this point in the day I’m driving home from work and realize I am very content but also bloated I don’t know why….maybe my body is confused by all the alien-carrots digesting in my body. Fiji is tasty though; it is apples, celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, collard greens, lemon and ginger. Absolutely delish! I head to a movie with my best friend and face the smell of popcorn and hot dogs…oh my, that was hard staying away.
6:00pm- Time for ‘Green Supreme’ and my body is already craving it. I LOVE THIS ONE BEST. So good, who knew I would think a green smoothie was this delicious!? I drank it quick and have no cravings for solid food.
8:00pm- time for dessert and it’s the ‘Vanilla Cloud’ flavor. It tasted like dessert, filled with coconut, almonds, honey and deliciousness. I could drink this anytime. At this point in the day I realize I only drank about 3-4 cups of water:( It was hard to fit in because I felt like I was always drinking juice! Either way I feel fantastic.
post-cleanse grocery shopping:)
Today is the day after and here is what happened:
I woke up so excited for my normal egg and veggie breakfast, then for snack I had half a piece of rye toast with some honeydew, for lunch I had a huge arugula salad with cherry tomatoes and goat cheese and green beans and macron almonds, for snack I had a cappuccino Larabar. Now what did I want for dinner? Suja Juice! I had been craving it all day so after my workout I headed straight to Whole Foods and purchased a few of my favorites and had it for dinner. I want to try and replace at least one meal a day with juice whether its Suja or something I make at home. It gives you so much energy and I feel like my skin is GLOWING today. I also stocked up on some great veggies for the week and am excited for staying healthy. Sorry for the long rant of a blog entry this evening:)