Joooice Follow Up

On Friday I successfully completed my first juice cleanse. Let me be completely honest with you: it was hard. I woke up with horrible headaches every morning (from dropping coffee from my diet) - and when I would arrive home from work I wanted to dive into a pool of hummus and pita chips...of course I resisted the urge. I did however allow myself to have a handful of almonds everyday prior to taking my vitamins (which technically you are not supposed to take during a cleanse..but..whatever).
After doing some research I decided to save myself about $100 and make the juices with my handy-dandy Breville.
For 3 days, I drank a juice every 2 hours from the time I woke up to two hours prior to going to bed. I felt normal the first day - actually so great that I found myself out on a run. The second day I was exhausted, I had a really hard time in the morning. The third day, I was ready to cave - especially when my neighbor tempted me with some "fermented grape juice" - it's juice right? I didn't give in. Friday I found myself walking up and aware that I didn't have to juice, although, at that point it just felt right...so I had en egg. Odd? After being at a trade show all day I was craving a juice, so I quickly found a place to get a juice. The way I felt on Saturday was out of this world amazing - I wish I felt like that all the time. Today, Monday, was one of the first times in a while that I woke up at 6 am without a struggle...I was ready to take on what some consider the worst day of the week.

So, what exactly did I drink for 72 hours?

  • 6 am Spicy Lemonade: 1 freshly juiced lemon, 1 Tbsp Agave, a dash or two of cayenne, filtered water. 
  • 8 am Green Drank: 1/2 bunch of kale, 1/2 bunch spinach, 1/2 cucumber, 1 green apple, 4 stocks of celery and 1/2" of ginger. 
  • 10 am Pineapple Mint: 1/3 pineapple, 1 green apple, mint (I guessed on the amount used). 
  • Noon: Spicy Lemonade
  • 2 pm Beet Juice: 1 beet, 1 green apple, 1 lemon, 3 carrots (this is my favorite)
  • 4 pm: Spicy Lemonade 
  • 6 pm Orange Juice: 5 carrots, 1/2 grapefruit (rind removed), 1/2" ginger, 1 green apple
  • 8 pm Cashew Milk: 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked in water for 8+ hours, drain put through juicer and pour additional 8-10 ounces of water in, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla. 
I drank a BUNCH of water throughout the three days, which really wasn't that much more than what I normally consume. We eat healthy in our house 6 out of 7 days a week - so this was not that hard of a transition. However, it ended up being much easier to juice for several days because Spence was working nights in the hospital - so there was no dinners to be made. After having a successful experience with this flush I would like to challenge myself to do this 2-4 times a year. As I start gaining more knowledge about juicing I am really looking forward to learning more about different recipes, various cleanses, etc. 

Sending Love 



Juicy Juice: something I used to be obsessed with. Gosh, I could have drank that stuff all darn day when I was little. Now, I find myself obsessed with juice. The difference is that the juice I am drinking theses days probably has a higher nutritional content...
A few months back, I decided to purchase a Breville. I love it, and use it every single day. Spencer and I have discovered the hidden gem of veggie stories out here - where we can easily spend $35 and have a fridge full of greens. People seem to go back and forth about juicers...cold press verses centrifugal - organic veggies verses mainstream grocery store. The lists go on and on and on...so...I figured I was say whatever and do my own thing. In the grand scheme of things I am getting more vitamins, minerals, etc if I were not juicing - right? 
If you have walked into a whole foods lately, or read any food blog you have probably heard/seen about the juicing craze. As I lazily sit on the couch in the wee-hours of the night I have been reading endless blogs, comparing recipes, seeing if I was ready to dive into a cleanse. This week since Spence and I have a conflicting meal eating schedule I decided I was going to take the plunge - especially after not feeling top notch all weekend. As I started to commit more and more to the juice cleanse I started to get more and more excited. I tracked down the recipes for the Blue Print Cleanse - which you can basically get off the bottles - wrote a list and started to figure out a plan of execution. The reason I decided that I was going to do my own opposed to buy into a cleanse is because they are just so dang expensive - on the tiny amount of money I make a month, the idea of paying $115+ for a juice plan for 3 days is absolutely absurd. So, plan B - my way...about $40 later I am on my way to a 3 (potentially four) day extravaganza. 
Tonight, after I binge ate a brussel sprout/kale I went right to work with getting my juices ready for day one. It was as easy as could be, and now I have to find out which of my neighbors is in need of some compost...
Here is a break down of cost so far: 

$5.00 Vanilla (I had to trade in the cheap stuff that I use for baking cookies for the real deal)
$8.99 1/lb of Cashews
$0.99 per pound of apples ($4.86 total)
$1.19 per pound of lemons ($6.55 total) 
$1.19 per bunch of spinach ($5.95 total)
$0.39 per grapefruit ($0.39 total) 
$0.99 per pound of pineapple ($4.07 total)
$0.69 per cucumber ($0.69 total)
$0.99 per bunch of celery ($0.99 total)
$1.39 per pound of ginger ($0.79 total)
$0.79 per bunch of kale ($3.16 total)
$2.19 per 5 pound bag of carrots ($2.19 total)
$1.29 per bunch of mint ($1.29)

I had left over beets from last week, some extra carrots and a few other oddities. Spence also talked me into trading out our older odd end cups for a $10.00 splurge for 6 new ball jars with lids! Big day in our house...no really! I have been having a kitchen supply impulse buying spree - I am the proud owner of an electric kettle (finally - after being at my dad's a few weeks ago, I decided this was a must have) and a mini cuisinart. 

So, tomorrow starts the juicing adventure. I'll update once in a day or two...

Sending Love.