Days 20-22 Raw food/juice challenge

What entry was I last on again?  Oh yeah…I remember now.  Sorry for the lack of a final post on my raw food/juice challenge.  I just wanted to say that I cheated on my second to last day (the 20th) so out of guilt I added in a day to make up for it; it was my boyfriend’s birthday and I just finished making a dinner spread (with dessert) that just caught my eye.  I did, however start the day healthily so it wasn’t all bad.

I have to note that there were a few comments on why these entries weren’t wap-friendly or mobile-friendly so I’ll look into that.  I have a super old laptop I’m using that doesn’t upgrade past IE8 and runs on Windows XP (I think it’s almost a decade old).  Anyway…

On day 20, I started out with some cinnamon oatmeal that I had mixed with soy milk for breakfast, and then rounded out my morning with a banana.  Then my mom made her black sticky rice with corn that she added coconut milk, coconut shavings and some sugar and salt.  I don’t remember what she said it’s called but apparently Vietnamese people will know. shrugs

For your pleasure I’ll even add in the recipe for pad thai that I used for his birthday. It’s not an authentic recipe and combines recipes from the internet, a recipe found on the back of some pad thai powder I found in the grocery store, and substitutions of ingredients to cater to things I already had in my pantry or the fridge.  The only things really bad (according to the raw food challenge) was the addition of peanut butter and peanuts since peanuts carry around a lot of fat.  I also made some Oreo brownies and bought some cookie dough ice cream to apply to his request of “I like cookies and cream ice cream, and sometimes also cookie dough ice cream” when I asked him what kind of cakes he liked most.  I didn’t want to go and shell out a lot of money for a cake that we would need to eat asap before it goes bad so I made some brownies, scooped some ice cream, and called it a day.

I felt a little sick after eating a little bit of the brownies and a half scoop of the ice cream since my body has been so accustomed to eating healthy.  I understand now why people say to start adding regular foods in slowly to your diet after doing a cleanse or detox because your body might become sick and reject those new foods.  Take my word for it, and my experience, to add in what you would normally eat (all the it’s-so-bad-for-you-but-tastes-so-good foods) slowly.

For day 21, I knew I had to use a lot of detox and cleansing juices to make up for the bad I had the day before so I started with Cherie’s Cleansing Cocktail, and then rounded my morning with a detox tea.  Then I made a “Cleanse (with the addition of spinach)” (see day 12 for recipe) for my lunch.  I made sure to make some Waldorf Salad juice prior to dinner and rounded out my night with Popeye’s Favorite (see day 3 for the recipe).  I had some snacks like organic crackers with flaxseed, water, and some tea throughout the day.

On the final day (day 22 to make up for my cheated day) I started out with some crackers and water, and then rounded out my morning with some Cucumber Carrot Coconut juice (see day 9 for the recipe).  I think it was a rather hot day so this felt most refreshing in the morning.  For lunch I had the Cleanse and spinach drink (the same I used the day before) and rounded out my afternoon with some Ginger Hopper juice.  I had some roasted seaweed sheets, organic crackers with flaxseed, water, and even had some Starbucks in my day.  Relax, I didn’t go all crazy and get some coffee…I instead got some Passion Tea Apple Juice.  Very refreshing as the apple juice is a healthier addition in comparison to lemonade, and there is some caffeine in passion tea (not enough to make me feel jittery).

For happy hour, I made myself a double serving of the Waldorf Salad as to conclude my challenge, and had a 3-egg white omelette for dinner; it’s less fat due to the missing egg yolks.

Over the 22 day period I have lost 7lbs, even due to the day I cheated.  It may not seem much to lose only a little but if you put in retrospect what a pound of fat visually looks like (it’s appalling, really), it is a good amount.

It’s been approximately 1.5 weeks since the end of my challenge and I’d have to say that I miss eating and juicing raw fruits and vegetables.  I really do.  I’m positive this has something to do with being on a regular schedule for at least three weeks to eating healthy and feeling good (in general and in shedding some weight), so I think I will do a week-long detox every other week from now on.

Two days ago for the start of San Diego’s Restaurant Week I had a filet mignon from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, along with some seared ahi tuna, creamed spinach, and key lime cheesecake which all felt SO GOOD because I missed eating the meat and the creams.  Yesterday I had a feeling in the back of my head that I knew all of this missing out on regular/fatty foods would be temporary and the weight would come back on.  I knew I had to step it into gear again to keep the weight off.

My weekly regiment is to work out at least twice a week at the gym (it’s a requirement in my health lab class that we do at least an hour every Mon/Wed to do weights and cardio exercise) and hopefully add in another day at the 24 hour fitness gym where I normally go in order to tone my body.  Since, I have gone up 1-2lbs due to the bad eating, but today I weighed myself and I have kept off gaining back the fat.  I still have a long way to go to get to the body and weight I want (hopefully I’m able to reach them by the end of the year if not the middle of next year).

Oh!  I almost forgot to mention that because of the detox I was able to ingest foods that contained regular milk in them or creams without my lactose intolerance kicking into gear.  I had some pasta with alfredo sauce one day and usually it’s like “oh crap I think I have to use the bathroom in an hour because of the creams” but that didn’t even happen…not even for a full day.  Now I’m not going to test out on other foods that I am allergic to to see if the detox did wonders (I’m not about to risk anaphylactic shock again) but am happy to know the detox/cleanse healed my body a lot.

Stay tuned for some of the recipes, or a recipe, mentioned from days 20-22.  If you’re attempting or currently in a detox/cleansing challenge, I urge you to not cheat for a day.  It may feel like you wholeheartedly want to eat something you’re not supposed to, but fight that cry and carry on with your healthy regiment.  You will feel a whole lot better in the long run.

Days 18-19 Raw food/juice challenge

We’re coming down to the wire!! Just a few more days and I’m finished with the 21-day challenge.  First off, I’d like to say that although I am only doing 21 days, I will continue to do a 7-day cleanse every once in a while (maybe every month or every other month) to detox my body.  I do miss eating other foods, and as a foodie, not being able to eat the things you love most (or even to try out new things because of foods with butter, cream, or meat for that matter) kills me inside a little.  I don’t preach that I’m vegan or vegetarian, although I will still eat foods that are diet specific like those I just mentioned.  My mom is a practicing Buddhist vegetarian and my dad is an omnivore with a less fat/less salty diet.  I’m the combination of the two beings.

Well enough of my blabbing, here are the snippets of these two days. 🙂

On day 18, which was Labor Day, I made myself a Calcium- Rich Cocktail for my mid-morning, and Cherie’s Cleansing Cocktail for lunch.  Those two drinks have been made before so please look at the recipes from earlier dates for more info.  Then I snacked on some blueberry pretzels, organic crackers, and sipped on water.  For my happy hour I made the Bluemint Fizz and didn’t enjoy the taste of sparkling water; I’ve never really liked sparkling water before.  I think I will have to add less of that into any future drinks.  For dinner, I allowed myself a 3-egg white omelette and a side mixed greens salad with raspberry vinaigrette.

On day 19 which was yesterday, I made myself a Purple Booster for lunch.  Oh, I LOVED that one.  I ran out of blueberries midway and added 2 carrots in the drink.  It was still purple once I mixed the drink, despite adding in carrots which tend to color the drink heavily, because of the huge beet I had added.  I say huge because the last time I went to the store to buy some beets, they ran out of the smaller handheld ones, and I got stuck with the jicama-sized beets.  They’re HUGE!!

For my mid-afternoon I made a Digestive Special with a little added ginger for some spice.  I snacked on some roasted seaweed sheets, blueberry pretzels, and constantly drank water.  For dinner I made a Garden burger with soy smoked provolone cheese, mixed greens, hoison sauce, and 2 scrambled egg whites hugged by two multigrain sandwich thins.

To date, I have lost about 6lbs since the start of the raw food/juice challenge and a few inches off of my waist, butt, and thighs.  My face is thinner and feels more clear (with the occasional pimple due to rigorous exercise and humidity), and I have bountiful energy to use during the day.  I also have woken up either before or upon my alarm in the morning and feel sleepy by midnight, something that was amiss prior to the challenge.  I used to sleep in until 11am and slept around 2 or 3am.  I would have bouts of insomnia and fatigue throughout my day and inhaled a lot of junk food and fatty foods to sustain my energy.  Granted, I would have a few meals here and there that were Buddhist vegetarian, but that would not be primary.  By the end of this year I aim to have lost about 30lbs or more, total, but I think it’s a stretch since there is less than 3 months left and I’m not doing a raw food/juice diet every day until the end of the year.  I think I’d go crazy.  Oh, to make things more clear, I didn’t lose the weight purely on eating/drinking in the challenge but also did at least 3 times of workout (1hr each) during the week to keep up my metabolism and tone my body.

I hope what I’m attempting is helping another person out there into eating better and being more conscious about what they’re putting into their bodies.  I’m not even counting calories or going onto the weighing scales everyday, and some do that.  I’m listening to what my body likes or does not like and go from there.  I hope in the end that I inspire at least one person to take on this raw food/juice challenge for at least 10 days (I’ll start small) to detox their body and really feel good about changes in their bodies and outlook.  3 days is far too little and sometimes those are the worst first days in this challenge (headaches, feeling hungry because your brain misses out on a lot of food, and being sleepy from not eating other things including sugary foods/drinks).

Days 13-17 Juices

Beauty Spa Express

– small handful parsley
– handful spinach
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed
– 1/2 apple, seeded

Sweet Potassium Shake

– 1/4 cantaloupe
– 1 banana

Juice cantaloupe and put juice in blender with banana.  Blend until smooth.  OR  Blend cantaloupe with banana.  You can add ice if you want a thicker and colder “smoothie”.  Serve.

Cherie’s Famous Lemonade

– 3-4 apples, seeded
– 1/4 lemon

Ginger Fizz

– 1/4 inch ginger
– 1 apple, seeded
– sparkling water

Juice and pour into an ice-filled glass.  Fill glass to the top with sparkling water, and serve.

Berry Cantaloupe Shake

– 1/2 cantaloupe, with skin
– 5-6 strawberries

Juice or blend (I had frozen strawberries), and serve.

Zippy Spring Tonic

– handful dandelion greens, unsprayed
– 3 pineapple rings, with skin
– 3 radishes (I used 2-3 celery stalks instead)

Vegetable Express

– 2 lettuce leaves
– 1 small wedge cabbage
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed
– 3 broccoli florets
– 1/2 apple, seeded

Christmas Cocktail

– 2 apples, seeded
– 1 large bunch grapes
– 1 lemon wedge

Breakfast Booster

– 5.5 oz cantaloupe, peeled
– 1 small lemon, peeled
– 1 handful parsley
– 1/2 mango, peeled, pitted & chopped
– 1.5 tbsp vanilla whey protein powder
– 1 tsp ground flaxseed (I opted out because I don’t have this)

Juice melon, lemon, and parsley.  Add juice into a blender and add remaining ingredients.  Blend until smooth.

Citrus Combo

– 1 pink grapefruit, peeled
– 1 small lemon, peeled
– 1 orange, peeled
– 2 carrots

Parsley Pleaser

– 1 large handful flat-leaf parsley
– 5.5oz spinach
– 1/2 cucumber
– 2 apples, seeded
– ice cubes, to serve

Gingerberry Hopper (my own mix of Bluemint Fizz and Ginger Hopper minus a few ingredients)

– 1/4 inch ginger
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed
– 1/2 apple, seeded
– 1 qt blueberries
– 1 bunch green grapes

Apple Pie Delight

– 1 scoop vanilla whey powder
– 1 peeled and cored apple, cut into pieces
– 1.5 cups soy milk
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 5 ice cubes

Juice apples and then add to blender with rest of the ingredients and blend until well incorporated.

Days 5-8 Juice recipes

“Lemon Green Cleanser”

– 2 stalks celery
– 3 handfuls of kale leaves
– 2 apples, seeded
– 1 lemon, peeled
– 1 tsp green superfood powder (optional)

“Liver Mover”

– 1 small beet
– 2-3 apples, seeded

Year-Round Cleansing Cocktail”

– 2 parsley sprigs
– small handful wheatgrass (or 1 tsp green superfood powder)
– 4-6 carrots, greens removed
– 2 stalks celery
– 1 apple, seeded
– 1/2 beet

“Green Tea Cocktail”

– 3 apples, seeded
– 1 lemon, peeled
– 1/2 inch ginger
– scant 2/3 cup brewed green tea, warm or cooled

Juice apples, lemon, and ginger.  Stir juice into green tea.  May be served warm or cold. (Note: do not brew green tea for too long unless you like the juice to be very bitter…that was my mistake.)

“Vegetable Broth” – hot soup form

– 2-3 cups chopped green beans
– 2-3 cups chopped zucchini
– 2-3 stalks celery, chopped
– 1 tsbp unsalted butter
– 1-3 tbsp chopped parsley
– seasoning to taste (cayenne pepper, ginger, pepper, herbs) –some salt is okay but should not be used as much because sodium intake should be low

Steam green beans, zucchini, and celery in water until soft but still green.  Put veggies in a blender and puree until smooth.  “Broth” should be fairly thick.  Add unsalted butter and chopped parsley.  Season to taste.

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Day 6 recipes:

“Energy Shake”

– handful parsley
– 4-6 carrots, greens removed
– parsley sprig for garnish

“Body Cleanser”

– 1/2 cucumber
– 1 beet
– 1/2 apple, seeded
– 4 carrots, greens removed

“Summertime Punch”

– 1 large bunch of green grapes
– 1/2 lime
– 2 stalks celery
– water

Juice and then add an equal amount of water to the juice.  Serve with or without ice.

“High Calcium Drink”

– 3 kale leaves
– small handful parsley
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed

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Day 7 recipes:

“Green Surprise”

– 1 large kale leaf
– 2-3 green apples, seeded
– lime twist for garnish

“Applemint Fizz”

– 4-6 sprigs fresh mint
– 2 green apples, seeded
– 1 small lemon wedge
– sparkling water
– mint sprig for garnish

Juice the mint, apples and lemon wedge.  Fill to top of cup with some sparkling water.  Garnish.

“Fresh Complexion Express”

– 2 slices pineapple, with skin
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1/2 apple, seeded

Day 8 recipe:

“Ginger Hopper + Maureen’s Spicy Tonic” combo

– 1/4 inch ginger
– 1/4 inch pineapple, with stem
– 1/2 apple, seeded
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed

Day 3 and 4 Juices

All recipes are meant to be juiced unless otherwise noted.

“Hot Soother” especially good for those with a sore throat or maladies:

– 1/2 lemon
– 1 tsp honey (not for kids under 1 year old–choking hazard)
– hot water
(I added 2 shakes of cayenne pepper)

Sip slowly.

Cantaloupe Shake“: good for those with allergies or have high blood pressure/cholesterol

– 1/2 cantaloupe, with skin

“Popeye’s Favorite” full of iron and great for anemic individuals

– small handful spinach
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed
– 1/2 apple, seeded

“Ginger Pear Cooler” – Happy Hour

– 1/2 lemon
– 1 inch ginger
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1 pear

Juice and serve with ice.

“Cleansing Tonic”:

– 1/2 inch wedge green cabbage
– 2 green apples, seeded
– 6 carrots, greens removed

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Day 4:

Super-Eight Stress Reliever“: suggested for those who are overweight/obese

– 1 kale leaf
– 1 collard leaf
– small handful parsley
– 1 stalk celery
– 1 carrot
– 1/2 red bell pepper
– 1 tomato
– 1 broccoli floweret
(optional: 1 celery stalk for garnish)

“Healing Smoothie”

– 1 firm kiwi, peeled (skin is incredibly tough and inedible)
– 1/4 cantaloupe, with skin
– 1 ripe banana

Juice kiwi and cantaloupe.  Add juice with banana in the blender and blend until smooth.  Serve.

“Hawaiian Fizz”: Happy Hour

– 3 pineapple rings, with skin/
– 1/4 in ginger
– 1/2 pear
– sparkling water
(optional: 1 pineapple spear for garnish)

Juice, add to a drinking container, and then fill it up with sparkling water.  Serve.

“Green Goddess”: dinner

– handful spinach
– 3 collard leaves
– 4 carrots, greens removed
– 2 stalks celery
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1 apple, seeded
(I added 1/2 green bell pepper, substituted collard leaves for red kale, and substituted spinach for dino kale because I ran out of some ingredients)

Juice.  This yielded about 28-30oz (depending on how large or small carrots, apples, and cucumber are).

Day 3 and 4 of Diet/Challenge

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.

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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. 🙂

Day 2 Juices

Mid-morning: “Maureen’s Spicy Tonic

– 1/4 pineapple, with skin
– 1/2 apple, seeded
– 1/4 in ginger root

Juice and serve.

Lunch: “Ginger Hopper

– 1/4 in ginger root (can add more if want it spicier)
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed
– 1/2 apple, seeded

Juice and serve on ice if you like.

Dinner: “Harvest Soup

– 2-3 garlic cloves
– 1 kale leaf
– 1 large tomato
– 2 stalks celery
– 1 collard leaf, chopped (can substitute for spinach)
– 1 tbsp croutons
(note: I added in a handful of spinach)

Roll garlic in kale and push with tomato and celery.  (Here’s the part where I added in the handful of spinach).  Place juice in a saucepan, add chopped collards (in my case spinach) and gently heat.  Garnish with croutons.

Day 2 of my Raw Foods/Juice Adventure

Let me just say that it’s rumored the first three days are the toughest in any diet, especially this one.  9am my alarm clock rang and I just did not want to wake up.  Three hours later I found myself groaning as I got up from bed because I really wanted to just sleep the entire day; I was feeling so tired.  Honestly I think I would have slept more had I not had something to do at 3pm yesterday, and juicing for an entire day in one time takes a good while.

So, it was a little after noon and I had to drag myself out of bed looking the crappiest I’d ever looked in the mirror (even worse than having done two all-nighters in a row…).  I went to brush my teeth and put my hair up so that I could start picking out what I wanted to juice that day and what things I could pack for the party at 3pm.

For mid-morning, I had a wake-her-upper called “Maureen’s Spicy Tonic” which also aided in helping my throat out… Day 1 I was completely 100% lost my voice. Yesterday I was back up to 50% near the end of the day… The drink had pineapple, apples, and ginger, and I drank this after I had my morning “tea” (hot water, some lemon, and a little honey) to soothe my throat and ready myself for the day.

After as a snack, I prepared myself with a Waldorf Salad drink as I did the day before and I think I found my most loveable drink.  Haha!  For lunch, I made myself a “Ginger Hopper” to combat any kind of sickness and help my throat get better (ginger, carrots, and half of an apple).  I waited about an hour in between to drink each drink so that I could detox my body better.

For my mid-afternoon juicing, I made the Potassium Broth like the day before.  Before I had to go prepare myself to leave, I pre-made my dinner to bring to the party.  It was called “Harvest Soup” (I added a few other things to my liking and due to not having collard greens) and consisted of garlic cloves, kale, tomatoes, celery, a lot of spinach, and about 5 roasted garlic croutons.  It’s meant for being heated up as a soup with collard greens, or in my case a handful of spinach, added in while cooking, and then garnished with a tablespoon of croutons.

At the party, the hosts (my boyfriend’s cousins) had made some healthy entrees only one of which I would be able to munch on.  They had some green enchiladas with chicken, honey chipotle chicken kebobs, and separate dishes for guacamole and chips (or dress up the entrees however we liked).  I made raw veggie burritos out of the romaine lettuce, guacamole, black olives, and diced tomatoes.  Throughout the day I also munched on some roasted seaweed sheets and had some green tea.

I noticed the hunger pangs were far less than day 1 but still noticeable, and yet I was still tired.

I decided also to write down in a journal what juices and foods I had eaten for the day (for the rest of the diet) so I could be more organized in what I needed to get from the fridge or which drinks I would want the next day.  In an additional post I will relay some of the juices I haven’t put out a recipe for yet, for any of my readers.

My raw foods/juice cleansing adventure

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!

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