How My First Juice Cleanse Went

Anyone who knows me knows that I hardly ever go without a real meal. I’m definitely the hangry type so making sure I eat is good for everybody especially my sanity. With that being said I decided to mix it up and do a juice cleanse. They’re a great way to detox your body faster and give you that energy boost you need after a long week of eating poorly and gulping down a ton of caffeine.

I have a plethora of cookbooks and a nice selection of them involve juicing and smoothies. When I realized that buying pre-made juices would really hurt the bank I looked through my cookbooks and decided to make my own.

My detox of choice came from the Juice + Nourish: 100 Refreshing Juices and Smoothies to Promote Health, Energy, and Beauty by Rosemary Ferguson. She already has 3 detoxes ready to go in the book. All I had to do was follow them. In the cookbook, there is a one-day detox, two-day detox, and three-day detox. As mentioned before, I get hangry so, for now, I went with the one day detox. Hopefully, in the future, I’ll be able to do the three-day beast.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you guys my personal experience doing a juice cleanse. That will entail how I felt before, during, and after my cleanse was over.

How I Felt Pre Detox

Before I started my cleanse I felt super sluggish. I’ll admit as much as I love being healthy, the last few weeks I significantly slacked off. With my birthday being last week (Woo 24!) and Valentine’s day, there was plenty of opportunities for me to eat like crap.

I love sweets so the cake and chocolates were right up my alley. I had Chinese food, burgers, tacos you name it I ate it. I also haven’t been able to work out too much because I started a new job and trying to figure out my new routine. Enough of the excuse though.

Another symptom I had was my skin. My skin went on full breakout mode. I have never seen my skin act so bad in my life. It didn’t matter what products I put on it, nothing was working.

I also noticed I have been pretty bloated. That’s not like me and yes I did gain a couple of pounds. Still, I shouldn’t feel so uncomfortable because the extra weight was only about 3 pounds.

Another sign I needed a detox was my sleeping habits. I don’t mean that I would decide to stay up knowing I had to get up early. Oh no, this was I tried to go to bed at a decent hour and just couldn’t. Insomnia has been hitting me hard and little did I know that it could be a sign that I needed a detox. So, of course, that was the icing on the cake. No bloating, get some sleep, fewer breakouts, and no more regret from how terribly I ate. I would say it’s a win-win.

The Detox

The day I decided to do the detox I prepped my skin by exfoliating and I got in a nice workout early in the morning. After my workout, I had my first drink at 6:30 AM that she calls the “Tumeric Dream”.

The “Tumeric Dream” had a sweet and savory taste to it. It’s made up of apples, carrots, celery, pears, lemon, and ground turmeric. The reason for this juice was to kick start my liver for the day.

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The next juice I surprisingly enjoyed at 11:30 AM. It’s called “Super Green.” By the name, I thought I would hate it because normally green juices are gross if I’m being honest. This one was different.

“Super Green” has Kale, Spinach, Celery, parsley, apple, pear raspberries, and lime. It was refreshing and sweet and definitely gave me some energy back. I was getting hungry by this time and the juice was just what I needed to fill me up and add nutrients to my body.  That was the point to having the super green next so that the body can continue to get rid of toxins while getting nourishment.

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Around this time I also felt a little nauseous, but that is normal because of all the toxins leaving your body.

At 2:40 PM I had the next drink, “Berry Boost.” Out of the previous two, this was my least favorite. I could taste the berry, but it wasn’t very sweet. It almost had a bitter yet clean taste to it. Even so, it was still drinkable.

By this time I had an on and off again headache and was still hungry. I considered multiple times eating something, but I was determined to make it through all four juices without faltering.

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When 6 PM rolled around I had my last juice for the night and some chipotle (shhh). The last drink was called “A bit of Papaya.” It was good and I could really taste the ginger in it. This one is good to help you relax.

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How I felt After My Detox

I’ll admit, that first night I didn’t get much sleep, but I did feel energized and still do. I was able to catch up on my sleep the next day and I haven’t noticed any new breakouts. I also noticed I’m not having sweet cravings as much anymore and I think it has to do with the juice cleanse I did. Overall, I feel and felt good so I recommend people try it at least for one day like I did.

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The Best Detox Water Ever! (Pineapple-Lime Blueberry Infusion)

I have always been into detox water, but lately, I haven’t been making my own. That all changed recently when I was just messing around in the kitchen and discovered a yummy combination that I have to share! If you’re tired of regular lemon water, then try my pineapple-lime blueberry detox water. You’ll love it!

The Benefits

Pineapple

There are tons of benefits to using pineapple for your detox water. My favorite thing about using pineapple in my detox water is that it is excellent for balancing electrolytes. This is great during recovery from your workout and helps with cramps or injuries.

It’s also great for whitening and preserving your teeth because it acts as a natural stain remover. Best of all if you’re looking to lose weight, this fruit can assist with that too due to its ability to prevent sugar and fat cravings while increasing Thiamine to boost your body’s metabolism.

Blueberry

We all know that blueberry is great when eaten on its own, but its flavor is just as good in your water. The advantages of consuming this nutrient-dense fruit are endless. For one, it has anti-aging properties from its antioxidants that assist with removing free radicals associated with disease and aging.

Another benefit is the anti-diabetic properties that are in blueberries by helping to improve insulin sensitivity and problems with low blood sugar. Contrary to what you may think, blueberries are actually low in sugar in comparison to other fruit making it more beneficial for those with insulin instability or issues with glucose metabolism.

Lime

My favorite thing about lime beside its tangy taste is the fact that it helps improve the quality of your skin. The vitamin C and antioxidants that are packed in this fruit promotes better-looking aging skin.

You should also be aware that lime helps prevent the growth of micro-organisms. Specifically, it aids in preventing the accumulation of streptococcus bacteria. This bacteria is the culprit of a variety of infections and health conditions, this includes respiratory and mouth infections. When you drink lime water, it helps stop these harmful organisms from developing thus preventing bacterial illnesses.

Of course, there are way more benefits I could name that these fruits support. You can find out more about lime, pineapple, and blueberry benefits at the links provided.

Now let’s get into the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of Blueberries
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 Lime (Sliced)
  • 16 oz Water
  • Water Bottle

This recipe is straightforward. You will first want to slice your lime and place it in your water bottle then add the pineapple chunks and blueberries. After your fruit is in your water bottle add the water, twist the lid back on and shake it up. Finally, you need to place the detox water in the fridge for at least five hours for the fruit to fully infuse into your water before you enjoy your detox water.

That’s it! I hope you try this fruit infusion water and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Health & Fitness | Morning Go Green Smoothie

Now I know what you’re thinking…another blogger on the green smoothie kick and yes you are right, but please per usual hear me out! This green smoothie doesn’t taste yucky even with just a touch of fruit and I’m here to share my personal recipe. There’s nothing like starting your morning out with some cucumber, baby spinach and mango so here is how to make all of those ingredients work.

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First, you want to put two handfuls of baby spinach and pack it down in that blender. It sounds like a lot of green, but trust me it will be worth it. Spinach is packed full of nutrients such as vitamins A and E, protein, fiber, zinc, thiamin, calcium, and iron. So go ahead and get your Popeye on!

Second, get some organic frozen mangoes when possible and just add about a cup. That should do. Mangoes are not only naturally sweet they also have a punch of nutrients like vitamins A, B6, E, and K. They also have potassium, iron, copper and so much more!

Third, you want to finish by chopping up half of a cucumber and adding a cup of milk or liquid of choice. For this recipe, I used vanilla almond milk. This was the final result:

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Morning Go Green Smoothie Recipe:

2 Handfuls of Baby Spinach (Packed Tight)
1/2 Cucumber (Chopped)
1 Cup Organic Frozen Mangoes or Fruit of Choice
1/2 – 1 Cup of Vanilla Almond Milk or Liquid of Choice
Ice (Optional)

And there you have it a quick, yummy green smoothie to go in the morning 🙂

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