Monthly Archives: May 2012

Getting Ready…

So, I’m gathering thoughts and scribbling down ideas, and mentally prepping myself for another round…. 🙂 I want to make each round better than the last!

And thank you again to everyone who participated in the last round. You guys really keep me going!

— Kate —

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The Juice Cleanse… AKA The Ridiculously Long Post!

When I heard Heather (HLB) was doing a juice cleanse, I was intrigued. When I heard how much it cost, I thought that sounded a bit excessive. But still intriguing. So… I decided to do my own version of it at the same time! I don’t have the super cool juicing abilities Natural Born Juicers does, so my drinks might have been a little lower on the nutrition side. Let me also just clarify that I eat pretty healthy a lot of the time, but I definitely eat fast food more than twice a year…. So here’s my (super long) story! Oh, and I copied HLB and added chia seeds to mine as well.

 Monday, Prep Day

Spent a couple of hours in the kitchen washing veggies, chopping veggies, and running them through the blender. Oh my gosh, that was a lot of work!

Tuesday, Day 1 

– I started the day feeling tired and my head hurt a little (sinus pressure), so admittedly, I wasn’t off to the best start!

 

Light Greens – 8:15 AM – Pretty “green” tasting. The parsley flavor is VERY strong. 
I can do this! I’m going to lose a bunch of weight! Yeah! This is the kick-off for a new me! Woo hoo!
  Green sludge is delicious! I’m going to eat it with a spoon!
9:00 AM – How much of a loser am I if I quit only a couple of hours into this?!?!
9:30 AM – Still tired, foggy, stomach feels pretty good 
I’m pretty tired, but I’m sure I’ll perk up soon. My stomach doesn’t feel overly full or empty. Cool.

10:00 AM – Green tea for caffeine! 
I need coffee. I need coffee. I need coffee. I saw HLB’s drink… It looks nothing like mine. Hm.
 Also, I think I’m going to die.

 
11:00 AM – Grapefruit, Lemon, Apple: Pretty good, head hurts, still no energy
12:00 PM – Ibuprofen for headache 
I can’t do this. I need some protein. I want to quit. 

12:20 PM – Starting to feel hungry.

 
1:30 PM – Ultimate Greens – The ginger has bite! 
Yuck. This is gross. I want food. But, think of how cool the blog post will be! Hey, this stuff looks like something you’d find at the bottom of an aquarium. That’s not really a good sign.

2:00 PM – Feeling a little better, head not as bad
2:45 PM – Really want something munchy. Headache coming back? 
I just want to sleep. HLB’s sticking with it. I can, too.

3:00 PM – Stomach growling

 
3:30 PM – Spicy Lemonade: Spicy at end! How do people doing the lemon/maple syrup diet stick with it? Yuck! Seriously, I might just quit. Maybe I’ll have a chicken breast for dinner. There is no way I can stick with this for three days! Am I okay to drive home?

  
6:00 PM – Sweet Beet at dinnertime. Yuck. Tastes like dirt. Super tired. I really just want a little of the ham and beans I made for my husband and kids. And cornbread. Just a little. (I didn’t, but I was so tempted!)

 
7:00 PM – Almond Milk – Yum! Had about half of one after making it…. Felt a little more energetic. I could get used to this. This is like a treat! 
9:30 PM – Almond Milk – Yum! Felt a little better after drinking. Maybe I just need more protein.

9:50 PM – Passed out in bed. This never happens. I am a night owl, but I was completely depleted by the end of the day.

Prep Work: I decided to try to improve the texture of my drinks by re-blending them. This took a lot of time, but really didn’t do anything. I did find that chopping them in the Cuisinart and then blending them helps, but it’s still pretty pulpy. But, it did add another couple of hours to the time I spent on this.

Wednesday, Day 2

Down 2.6 pounds
– Slept about 7 hours, which is highly unusual for me.
– Woke up feeling a little more alert mentally, very low energy physically
8:30 AM– I just don’t want to drink it! My arms feel so heavy!
9:30 AM – Light GreensYuck. I don’t want to do this. Completing one day is something, right? 
9:40 AM – Chat with HLB. I can do this!
10:00 AM – I found out HLB had coffee the day before. If she dropped 5 pounds in a day and still lost, then I can definitely have coffee! Oh, so delicious. I am hoping I feel a little better soon! 
10:50 AM – Oh, I need more coffee…. and I don’t want another juice drink.
11:03 AM I love coffee. Love, love, love it. I can’t live without it.
11:15 AM – Jittery, nervous feeling. Stopping at 1.5 cups. Ugh. Okay, so apparently this is affecting my caffeine tolerance!
11:57 AM – Stomach feels very, very full and I don’t want the citrus drink. My fingers are freezing!  (They just felt really cold and tingly.)
12:30 PM – Grapefruit Mint: I didn’t add the mint. I forgot. So mine is the same as yesterday’s. It tastes pretty good right now! I still feel a little shaky and my fingers are cold.
1:00 PM – I feel pretty normal right now, but I really don’t want to drink anything other than the Grapefruit one and the Almond Milk.
2:14 PMUltimate Greens: Not super excited about eating this. Chatted with a team member for motivation (Thanks, Jonathan!). Ugh. But I’m not really hungry and not super light-headed at the moment. 

4:00 PM – Had about 6 ounces of coconut water before driving home. It could be in my head, but I feel like it gave me more energy for the drive home.
5:00 PM – Had a small apple juice at McDonalds. The burgers/fries my family had didn’t look tempting. I’m not hungry. I just don’t feel my best.
6:30 PMSpicy Lemonade: Blech. Not really my favorite, but not awful.
7:00 PM – Straining all of my pulpy mixes so I just have liquids…. This is my third night of working on these drinks… and maybe $135 isn’t that much money….
8:00 PMSweet Beet: I still don’t like the flavor of beets, but it’s WAY better without the pulp! Looking forward to my almond milk…
Almond Milk : The highlight of my day. (Is that sad?)

I can do this! I am going to eat healthy all the time! I love this!!!

Thursday, Day 3

Down 2 more pounds
Light Greens: Tastes pretty good strained! Does this help clear your mind? I feel so refreshed! I can do this!

 
Spring Cleaner: This tastes pretty good! I’m hungry, but not in a bad way. Not ravenous. My stomach just feels light and clear.
Ultimate Greens: I am hitting my stride! This is great!  Maybe I could go a couple more days?
Spicy Lemonade:  Piece.of.cake.

 
Happy Heart: I am still not a fan of raw beets. I think I want to try roasted beets sometime.  I feel really good!
Almond Milk: Sent a celebratory text to HLB – We’re in the home stretch! Woo hoo!!! I’m looking forward to food tomorrow, but I’ve enjoyed this.

Friday, Day After!

Down 1 more pound – Total weight loss: 5.6 pounds
I feel great! This is wonderful!
Breakfast: Regular smoothie for breakfast (cherry yogurt, cherry/pineapple mix, peaches, spinach)
Lunch: A few chick fil a nuggets… It seemed like that was pushing it. I wasn’t hungry, but I felt like eating.
Dinner: Had a salad for dinner, and that agreed with my stomach.

 Would I do it again?

I think so, but I would make some changes. First off, I would strain all of my drinks right away, so that would save on the work I did Tuesday and Wednesday night. Second, I would start this on a weekend. Saturday morning, so by the time I had to work, I’d feel closer to normal. I’m sure this isn’t for everyone. I lost 5.6 pounds overall… I think one pound came back the next day after eating. I think in addition to the physical re-set, it also re-sets your mind a bit, too. After the first day (pretty awful, ugh!), I really felt my resolve strengthened to eat as healthy as possible. I don’t know about how it would affect people with various health conditions… So if you’re thinking about giving this a shot, you should probably get a medical “green light” first…

HLB – Juice Cleanse – The “Real” Way

First let me start by saying I have wanted to do a juice cleanse for quite some time. I knew how much prep and time it would take, so when Natural Born Juicers added a juice cleanse to their menu I knew I wanted to do it. One question I encountered was why can’t you just buy juice at the store? Isn’t it the same? Not even close. Pure fresh raw fruit and veggie juice is a great way to get a blast of nutrients and vitamins directly into your bloodstream. Juice from the store is full of sugar and has been pasteurized or heated to kill all the bacteria and enzymes to make it more shelf stable. You need those enzymes to digest and help your body absorb all the goodies in that juice. So here we go. Here is how it all went down. (Please ignore the other “bottles” in the background 🙂

Day 1 – 9am: I pick up my juice from Natural Born Juicers downtown in City Market. I am super excited and can’t wait to get started. I am kinda hungry so I decide to eat a banana. I break open the first juice Light Greens on the way to work. Delish. I add some chia seeds for some added nutrition and to help me further detox.

11:00am – Juice 2 is Grapefruit, Apple, Lemon. This one is really good. I still feel pretty good. A little hungry but not too bad. It’s hard to focus at work, but I don’t know if that’s work or the juice.

1:oopm – Juice 3 Ultimate Greens – I happen to love this juice and if you can get it down then you can do a juice cleanse. I start to miss food a bit at this point which isn’t a good sign this early in the game. It might be an indication of how addicted to food I really am.

4:00pm – Juice 4 – Spicy Lemonade. Wow this bad boy is really spicy thanks to a kick of cayenne pepper. It is lemon, alkaline water, agave and cayenne. I decide to rent a movie to take my mind of off not eating. I watch Thor and fixate on any scene that has food. I also cry a little at the end. Are you kidding me? Can we say emotional detox time? I bet Natalie Portman has done a juice cleanse.

6:30 – Juice 5 Sweet Beet. I happen to also love beets and this one is a nice change. I also add chia seeds to this one and make it kind of a jello treat. Almost done with day 1. I can do this.

9:30 – Juice 6 Almond Milk. If you had never had raw almond milk I highly recommend. I do make a fatal error on this one. I try to be slick and add some raw cocoa powder. Well It doesn’t exactly dissolve and I have to strain the milk. It ended up being pretty good with that little hint of chocolate. Off to bed I go and just a bit hungry.

Overall I felt a little loopy and disoriented during the day. I didn’t think I was going to detox that badly, but I guess I was wrong. I was pretty tired all day too. Not eating takes it out of you.

Over the next day I felt really tired and kind of out of it. It was the same juice as the day before. The only different one was instead of grapefruit, apple and lemon it was grapefruit and mint. A strange thing happened though in the afternoon. Around 5pm I got a huge burst of energy. I felt great. I did a little workout and couldn’t sit still. This did hinder my sleep for the night because I couldn’t keep my mind still.

Day 3 – I wake up feeling really good. I think to myself I could do this even longer if I wanted to. Over the past three days I lost 7.5 pounds. I have already gained about two of those back from eating. I will take a five pound loss in a week anytime. The third day of juice and I can totally concentrate at work (well as good as I normally can) and don’t feed tired or sluggish at all. I get two different juices that day Healthy Heart and a Beet, Carrot, Apple Ginger one. That one was actually my least favorite out of all of them. I am pretty sure I don’t like carrot juice.

Overall it was a really good experience. I would definitely do it again. I might even do it for longer next time. One thing I would do differently is start on a weekend so I could detox at home at not in the comforts of my CG   chair. Ugh. I would definitely add chia seeds again. They are a nice break for just juice. I would totally buy my juice again from Natural Born Juicers. Great Quality and customer service. I highly recommend visiting them in the City Market.

Some of the common questions I got “Is it really healthy just to drink juice all day long?” Answer is Yes! It gives your digestive system a break and you get all the calories and nutrients from the wide variety of juice. Another was “Are you hungry?” Answer is Yes! The first few days are pretty bad. I am not going to kid you. Especially if you eat processed and fast food often. Your detox will be bad. Really, really, really bad. Kate and I eat fairly healthy and I probably eat fast food twice a year. So, we had the great fortune of just detoxing on the easy side of the scale. Lastly, I got “What should you eat right after your cleanse?” This is a great question. You do NOT want to go out and eat a big steak and drink a goblet of wine. You will feel icky and you will just undo all the great work you did giving your system a break. I started my next day with a smoothie of banana and raw chocolate and some of my leftover almond milk. Eat lots of fruit and cooked veggies. Easy things for your body to digest. If anyone has any questions ask away! I am going to provide some great links for juicing and juice cleanses.

http://www.naturalbornjuicers.com

http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com (A great movie about a guy who juiced for two months!)

http://www.jointhereboot.com ( A great guide to juicing with lots of recipes and options for juice cleansing)