3 Day Juice Cleanse

I wrote this post throughout my three day juice cleanse- to journal how I felt/what I drank. Waited to post until the end- read if you are interested, skip if you are not! 🙂

Monday

I went to work Monday morning with my tote all packed up with juice:

The two qt-sized containers fit into my insulated lunch bag, the blender bottle held my breakfast drink.

My breakfast juice consisted of oranges & apples.

This juice tasted delicious during my first glass in the morning. Around 9AM I was feeling pretty hungry and had a headache to boot. Drinking more of the orange juice was starting to upset my stomach- I think it was too much orange/acidic juice at once. I’m forcing myself to drink a lot of water- I’ve had about 24 oz. so far today.

Lunch Juice:

(Two 1-qt. containers for lunchtime/the afternoon)

4 Kale leaves

2 Cups of Spinach

2 Cucumbers

4 Granny Smith Apples

1 Lemon

1 Tiny piece of ginger root

A handful of grapes (they were still out- and green, so I threw them in!)

By the end of the school day, I drank the orange juice and one container of green juice. I got through rehearsal with just water, and then drank about half of my 2nd bottle of green juice while driving to Whole Foods to pick up more organic veggies.

green is good.

The 4:30-6:00 window was the toughest. I was hungry, cranky with Tim because he got to eat real food, and had a massive headache. I’m not taking any headache medication (I read that I should try not to), so I’m trying to tough it out. I did not feel a trip to the gym was a good idea- being spacey and kind of light headed. But I did use my 15lb Kettle Bell at home to do a few arm exercises. This helped kill some time & got my mind off of being hungry.

For “Dinner” I drank pure carrot juice. It was really, really good- and carrot juice comes out a bit thicker so it felt more substantial.

I went to bed at 8:30 rather than sit awake thinking about food.

Tuesday:

I woke up feeling fine and not very hungry. I made three different juices (it took forever to clean the juicer each time).

Breakfast: Clementine juice. Simple- a bit sweeter than all the orange I drank yesterday (which made me queasy). The only problem is it took about 9 clementines to make 10 ounces to drink pre-work.

Morning snack: Pear & Cantaloupe. Pear juice is delicious, and I had some chopped cantaloupe from Whole Foods I wanted to try out. The combination was great- very light tasting & easy to drink. I drank about 20 ounces of this between 10 – 11 AM. Still forcing myself to drink lots and lots of water… which means lots of trips to the bathroom! Lol. Headache is gone & I’m feeling pretty great!

Lunch:

12 organic carrots (which are a bit smaller, so you need more)

1 orange bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper

Parsley

Spinach (a big handful)

This combination was pretty good- the peppers gave it an interesting & new flavor. I drank this for lunch, followed by a lot more water.

When I got home from work (around 5:30- after a quick stop to pick up some more produce), I made myself a super delicious ‘snack’ juice:

1 Pear

2 Pineapple rings

10 Strawberries

Yum, yum, yum!

Around 7 PM I set about making my ‘dinner’ juice, and I was craving savory tastes & thought I would experiment with garlic (which I read in some recipes). I used half of a small clove… still too much. The juice tasted ok at first but the garlic flavor was SO strong- I couldn’t finish it. I hated wasting the juice (lots of carrots & spinach went into the concoction), but I just couldn’t drink it. By the time I made a new juice of carrots, spinach, kale & a tomato- I was not even that hungry anymore. I’d say I drank about 5 ounces, then lost my appetite for juice and just drank water until bedtime.

Wednesday

Wednesday morning started off with a juicing disaster:

Carrot juice, anyone?

I must not have screwed the cap of my carrot juice container (the square-ish one) tightly enough- and by the time I got to work and went into my tote bag for my water bottle, carrot juice (my lunch…) was flooding the bottom of my bag. Fortunately, though my computer case got a bit wet, my laptop was ok- and all important paperwork survived.

The corner of my Into the Woods score has a bit of an orange tint to it… oops.

So breakfast survived, which was deliciousness:

3 Pears

2 Pineapple Rings

4 Strawberries (what I had left)

1 Green Apple

Rather than attempting to run home at lunchtime and juice/clean/get back to work on time, I decided to try out a healthy cafe that offers fresh juices in town.

I bought some fantastic juice stocked with the following veggies:

Cucumber

Spinach

Beets

Celery

Tasted great- and I didn’t have to clean up! Bonus!

I drank carrot juice for dinner, and went to sleep satisfied that I completed my goal of a 3-day cleanse!

Overall:

On Thursday morning, I was down 4 pounds since Monday. That brings my total “post ring” weight loss to 10 pounds- which is right in line with my 4 lbs per month goal!

While juicing I went through periods of feeling very hungry, had some headaches, and moments of crankiness. Overall, I loved drinking the fresh juice, and realized my body definitely could handle the break. On Thursday, I was thrilled to eat a fresh spinach salad with carrots and peppers for dinner. It was the most excited I have ever been to eat a salad! 🙂

 

Green Monster

I am prepping to do a juice fast. I’ll tell more about that another day- still researching and figuring out which plan to follow, and for how long.

That said, before I get a juicer I am reacquainting myself with my blender. I love smoothies, but have never much felt like a smoothie was really a good replacement for a solid-food meal. Today, however, while enjoying our lovely day off in honor of our Presidents (and watching lots of History Channel specials on Honest Abe), I decided to try a smoothie recipe found on one of my favorite blogs, Iowa Girl Eats. Thank you Kristen for the Green Monster Spinach Smoothie!

Let me just say…this thing is delicious. I should also point out that while writing I have drunk about 3/4 of my glass, and I am feeling quite full.

The nutritional value of this thing is great. Spinach is a super food! Spinach is low in calories and sodium, and free of fat & cholesterol. It is packed with vitamins A, C, & K (what does vitamin K do?), as well as iron & fiber. Spinach is also a source of lutein, which promotes eye health and may even help prevent certain cancers.

As health-conscious as I may try to be, reading all of these great Spinach traits still does not make me want to pile a plate high with spinach salad. It simply does not do it for me.

Blend it up with banana and peanut butter, though, and sign me up!

My first Green Monster differs a bit from Kristen’s. I do drink Silk Almond Milk, but I usually buy unflavored. My greek yogurt was plain flavored as well, and for no caloric difference I could swap both of these for vanilla flavored and sweeten up my Popeye juice.

Here are the ingredients:

(I sliced & froze a few bananas in individual zip-lock bags for the week).

The recipe calls for:

1 sliced, frozen banana

1 tablespoon of peanut butter (yum)

1/2 cup of non-fat greek yogurt

1 cup milk (regular, soy, almond…)

As much spinach as you can fit in the top of the blender!

If you're wondering why my smoothie pictures are so lovely... it is because I am obsessed with Instagram.

I ran my blender on pulse to break up the frozen pieces, then blend for a few seconds, then I pushed it up to liquify. My smoothie did not turn out quite as green as Kristen’s- I imagine she packed in more spinach than I did.

Nevertheless, I poured my concoction into my favorite plastic daisy tumbler (Target circa 2007) and took a cautious sip.

Soo good and satisfying! This is a healthy success, and I can’t wait to make it again!

P.S: Stay tuned for more on my upcoming juice fast, including why, what & how.