You know, I haven’t given much thought or energy to keeping up with this blog and I’m sorry. I’ve been hooked on Facebook, Instagram, and, more importantly, spending time with my relatives. Yup; I’ve succumbed to being a homebody. Recently I got bored of the foods that I was eating because it was all processed foods or they just had too much of fat/sugar/salt in them; frankly my palate was tired of what it was given. I knew I had to do something about it to change that perspective on food so that I could go back to appreciating being a foodie.
I thought…hey…I should do that detoxing thing so many people are doing nowadays…maybe that will work. I did some research on what the diet/program entailed as well as remembered watching the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Netflix. You know? I could do that too! Sure I don’t have butt loads of medication to take like the two guys in the documentary or more than half of me to lose, but I think I could take on the challenge to make myself better and healthier. I looked up tons of books at Barnes and Nobles and ended up grabbing two (a recipe book with colored pictures–honestly big colored pictures and cookbooks totally go together–and another detailing different juicing programs as well as which juices/vitamins combat certain sicknesses or even complexion. I was hooked.
I began by buying some organic vegetables at a natural/organic/vegan/gluten-free friendly market called Jimbo. Like most organic food items, they come at a pretty penny but totally well worth it in the long run. Also, there were lots of items there, and an actual deli/juice bar, that you just couldn’t find at a Trader Joes or Sprouts (I’ve looked…) at least around my town. A few days after on a Wednesday (because if you have ever shopped at Sprouts you know that Wednesdays are double-ad Wednesdays and that means more sales for you) I grabbed most of my items from there as well as some capsules for herb milk thistle. What does milk thistle do for you and why is it so important? It helps keep the liver functioning at a healthy level and allows for better digestion. It’s also great alongside detoxing.
So day 1 (Aug 17, 2012) began and I woke up bright and early (well early enough for me) around 9am, and was fully awake about an hour later. It’s my summer and I usually just sleep in. Ha! I got down and started to look at the recipes I chose the night before so that I could clean and prep the fruits and vegetables for the mid-morning/lunch juice. Also I was using one of the recipes for my mom’s juice too.
I got down to choosing what my book called “Cleansing Cocktail” which I added beets, apples, carrots, and ginger. I added kale to get that extra goodness as well. For my mom, I chose a liver cleansing juice called “Green Machine Cleanse” which consisted of pineapples, kale, broccoli, and then I added extra beets. We both ended the juices with a capsule of milk thistle and our daily vitamins.
They were both delicious and honestly I thought I had this all in the bag…piece of cake.. until I got to the lunch/mid-afternoon portion. I was wrong….so, so wrong. Ordinarily I don’t like the original V8 juice because it’s not sweet (duh it’s like a bloody mary without the alcohol), so I was hesitant of making my “Garden Soup Cocktail”. It tasted like a liquid/watered down version of marinara sauce with extra garlic. I’m so glad that 8 oz of the juices are needed because I was only able to stomach just that. It had tomatoes, a garlic clove, kale, spinach, carrots, and parsley. The worst part was the garlic….the raw garlic I had to juice. Vile I tell you.
The Happy Hour part of my day was making a delicious juice version of a Waldorf Salad. Essentially it’s a green apple with celery. Yum. I was SO excited to drink that after my juiced lunch.
For dinner I made myself a “Veggie Tonic Cleanser” which I added parsley, spinach, carrots, celery, a pear for sweetness, and some ginger for the spicy kick at the end. This one…not too bad either.
Each time I had my main meals/juices I would feel so starved after I had finished drinking because my body was still detoxifying itself and my brain was thinking “hey you! by now we usually have SOME sort of food other than a liquid…care to feed me with those?” I wish…because I want a nice cut of steak right about now. 😛 My snacks of the day were some crackers that had flax, coconut oil, and basically all the good stuff you could add in a cracker (having a total mind fart right now), and a small package of roasted seaweed sheets. Also a lot of water and non-caffeinated tea was taken in as well as the juices.
I’m nearing the “end” of my day 1 right now as I start feeling sleepy from my mint + chamomile tea, with a little bit of honey. I’ll post up recipes of the juices as per the books I used in day 2 after a good night’s rest. Until then, happy eatings to you and have a good day/night!