So I forgot to allot time to write about Day 3 yesterday so I will write about both days and their respective recipes to follow. 🙂
On Day 3 I noticed I had more energy than the day prior and I wasn’t feeling gross/blah like I had on Day 2. I still had hunger pangs (obviously the detoxing still) but they came less often than of the first two days in the challenge. I still had my dreaded dry coughs so I was prepared to add more ginger and lemon to most of the juices I was making to aid in my recovery process.
I started off in the morning with something called a “Hot Soother”, which consists of hot water, lemon, and honey. I also added a few shakes of cayenne pepper to help clear my sinuses; it’s not needed but I like that extra spicy kick in my drink. I then made myself a “Cantaloupe Shake” to combat any of my current allergies (cantaloupe with skin). For lunch I prepared “Popeye’s Favorite” to incorporate more iron into my system, which I thought I needed. I thought it would have more spinach than other ingredients but I was wrong. In this recipe it seemed carrots dominated. I didn’t mind because I love carrots but really Popeye? I figured you to be an all-spinach guy…
Anyway I had to be somewhere soon after so I skipped my mid-afternoon juice, which would have been the “Liver Mover” with beets and an apple, and went to happy hour with a “Ginger Pear Cooler”. The recipe calls for lemon but I ran out and used a full lime instead. A little sour since some of the pulp was whole and spicier than most drinks because there was more ginger called in the recipe. I still ate some of the organic crackers my dad bought for snacks, a package of the roasted seaweed sheets, and some chili crackers at my cousin’s house.
For dinner which I juiced prior to arriving at my cousin’s house, I made a different “Cleansing Tonic” which made a good 32oz of juice (also because apparently I didn’t measure right and used half of a green cabbage instead of a 1/2 inch wedge…). Sometimes I don’t know what I was thinking…haha. Even still, the large juice made me full, was tasty, and made me run to the bathroom every 10 minutes to pee.
Oh yeah…note: juicing makes you pee every 10-15 minutes or so. All in a body’s work to detox but can be inconvenient ESPECIALLY when stuck in traffic or driving a far destination.
People can be so cruel…my cousin is doing the Master Cleanse diet with lemons, organic maple syrup, and cayenne pepper (among laxative/nighttime teas and ones with sea salt) along with me doing the raw food/juicing challenge, and my aunt (her mom) decides to cook some mouthwatering, yummy-smelling fried rice in the kitchen nearest us. Both of us are in our first week of our diets and it’s killer to smell all the good foods without being able to enjoy eating them. Evil, evil people.
I got home that evening and didn’t drink any chamomile tea because I was just too tired and had school the next day.
On Day 4 which was yesterday, I woke up rather late and prepared late so I had to skip the breakfast and mid-morning juices (which I won’t skip next time) and went straight into lunch which I prepared a “Super-Eight Stress Reliever”, which I read is great for overweight/obese people. I would assume it’s because there are 8 really awesome vegetables being used to help organ function and boost health. I didn’t have collard greens so I substituted them for some red kale I had, and I also didn’t have any red bell peppers so I used a green bell pepper.
After making that I hastily gathered my supplies and ingredients to make my mid-afternoon juice because class was starting in an hour and I had to drink this right before leaving and bring the happy hour juice with me. For my mid-afternoon I made a “Healing Smoothie” because I wasn’t able to get nutrients from the morning, and the banana blended with the juices would help me through class, since I would usually drink a juice every 2-3 hours. For my happy hour drink, I made a “Hawaiian Fizz” because I wanted something different than the other juices I have done in the past few days. Sure I can just get the same nutrients everyday, but it’s good to try different things. I also made sure to pack some organic crackers in case I got hungry through class, but I didn’t really need it.
After a short trip to the grocery store for more carrots, green apples, some granola for snacks, and oatmeal for breakfast, I had to drive home. That was most uncomfortable for me because I needed to pee really bad AND I was stuck in traffic. Oh..my..goodness. And yes, if you’re wondering I went right before I left the store too! Once I got home, skipping the bathroom details, I went to juice my dinner. I made the “Green Goddess” using all of the green vegetables and fruits I had in my inventory. I had to substitute spinach for red kale because I ran out, and used dino kale to replace collard leaves. I also added some green bell pepper just to make it really “green” ha. I think from now on I should just plan on using a 32oz container to drink out of for my dinner juices because I end up having more than 24oz of juice in the end, whereas the other juices tend to end up between 6-12oz.
The next time I have my classes I am going to wake up earlier and plan my time wisely because juicing takes time, and cleaning up afterwards takes even longer. It’s the truth. Look for the recipes of Day 3 and 4 soon. 🙂