Ever since I’ve gotten a NutriBullet I am obsessed with making fresh veggie and fruit juices. I have been starting my day off with a breakfast blend with nutritious greens, attempting last week to do a complete cleanse.
While I continued to drink my juices, I found myself being tempted to eat a slice of pizza (or two) and indulge in eggplant rollatini—but at least this divine meal was for my birthday dinner and I opted not to eat cake.
I tend to eat very healthy, besides the amount of cheese I consume and my weakness for pizza. I live with others who are 1. not vegetarians and 2. consume processed food, lots and lots of junk, and soda. I am not about the fried food, chips and Pepsi life. However, it is really hard to turn down pizza every once in a while.
Still, my fridge is stocked with kale, collard greens, spinach, Swiss chard, butternut squash, broccoli, carrots, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, cantaloupe, mango and pineapple. I also eat Greek yogurt with granola and fresh fruit, quinoa and sweet peppers and pretty much could live off of spinach-based salads.
However, my tummy was aching and I was feeling a bit sluggish. (I am convinced I have developed an intolerance for gluten, but I may be suffering from it mentally since I report on it a lot) So I decided to increase my juice intake, eating only vegetables and fruits for three days. For inspiration, I watched Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead 2, finding it just as informative as the first.
While he does his reboot only drinking juice, I found this to be difficult. Instead, my three day juice cleanse included mostly juice, but was able to eat fruits and veggies as well.
Here’s how it went down.
Breakfast -> 1 cup kale, 1cup Swiss chard + strawberries and 1 huge banana (+ the water)
Lunch ->1 1/2 cup kale + mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, flaxseed (+ coconut water)
Snack-> 1 cup kale, Swiss chard, pineapple, mango, broccoli, raspberry (not sure what else, my boyfriend’s sister made this one for me)
Dinner-> Raw spinach, shredded cheddar cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, Greek yogurt-based honey mustard dressing.
Exercise: Planned on either 4 miles or 2 miles speed work on the hills, but barely got through the two. Wasn’t feeling well, but at least I did it! I say that now, but I was so pissed during the run. My lungs burned in the cold and my stomach was hurting, making me have to seriously slow down. My the time I got back home, I was so mad that I didn’t have a good run, which made me feel even worse.
To soothe my stomach, I drank LOTS of green tea with honey and lemon, and then just hot water with lemon for the rest of the night.
Late night snack-> Baby carrot sticks on the couch watching TV!
Breakfast -> 1 cup kale, 1 cup collard greens + strawberry, blackberry (+water)
Lunch-> Spinach salad with raisins, blue cheese crumbles, almonds and light balsamic dressing
Snack-> 1 cup kale + strawberries and banana (+water)
Dinner-> Iceberg lettuce salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons, cheese, and my fav honey mustard dressing.
Exercise: 4 mile hill run, where I really focused on speed. My average min/mi going up the hills was much faster, and I was running 20 second faster miles. I felt great during the run and had lots of energy to really push myself.
Back at home: 20 squats holding 5 lb. toning ball. Calf raises 20 on each side.
Lots of crunches, I would estimate 100 (some with toning ball, some without)
25 reps biceps curls.
End it off with yoga stretch sequence
Post workout juice -> 1 cup kale, 1/2 collard green, broccoli, strawberry, raspberry
Then drank green tea with honey and lemon, followed by lots of lemon water.
As I am writing this, it’s only day 3 morning, but I have to say I feel so much better. I feel lighter and wake up already with energy to start the day.
While I did wake up to have a cup coffee, the rest of the day, I plan on following my juice plan.
Breakfast -> 2 cups kale, pineapple, watermelon (+water)
Hot water with lemon
Lunch-> 1 cup kale, 1 cup collard green, strawberry, banana (at this point, I am running out of fruits because everyone in the house is getting on a the healthy bandwagon!)
Dinner-> kale, Tomato, basil, garlic, water (then put in on the stove for to tomato soup!)
Exercise: Run 4 or 6 miles (haven’t decided)
I must say that the juices make me feel fuller longer, increases my energy, makes me feel light on my feet, and boosts my mood. I also been having better night’s sleep, but I think that’s due to the running.
Have you juiced before? For how long? How did you feel? Recipe tips?
(PS I have a whole booklet with recipe tips and will share some more with you!)
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