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” 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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My First What I Eat In A Day

I always think it’s fun to see what people eat in a day. It gives me great ideas and overall interesting to see how or what kind of meals people put together. With that being said I thought it would be a good idea to share my first “What I eat in a day” type of post like I see on youtube.

Now for a disclaimer. I don’t normally cook every day, but last Wednesday I had the opportunity and I took full advantage of it.

I started my morning at around 4:30 AM with some avocado toast with everything spice (made from scratch) before I went to my barre class. I’ve started to try to eat before my workouts for more energy and to not starve to death afterward.

After having an amazing workout at barre, I refueled with a beet smoothie around 7 AM. I know I start my days early, but surprisingly it gives me way more energy than sleeping in. That is especially true when I workout to begin my morning.

When it hit noon I decided to go ahead and make lunch. I enjoyed a delicious pre-made quinoa patty on multigrain bread. I like gluten-free bread because it’s light and I feel that it doesn’t bother my digestive system as much. I added mustard, ketchup, and kosher cheese. Talk about delicious!

Around 2 PM that day I wanted a snack. I kept it simple with your basic banana and I made another smoothie because the beet one wasn’t that great. I don’t really care too much for earthy smoothies and should have put more fruit in it. The second smoothie I made was a mix of frozen banana, kale, and frozen dark cherries with rice milk. It was yummy!

At 5 or 6 PM I went ahead and made dinner. That included grilled chicken, mashed sweet potatoes and the best vegetable in the world, brussels sprouts. As a side tangent, I think everyone should invest in a George Foreman grill. It cooks the meat fully and fast while keeping it flavorful and juicy. A trick for the brussels sprouts is to put salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar on them for flavor. Roast them for about 12 minutes at 425℉.

I know you shouldn’t eat after 6 PM, but I couldn’t resist. I had to get some french vanilla ice cream that I got from Whole Foods. It was definitely worth indulging in.

Below are photos of how everything turned out:

The Best Way to Get Omega-3 Without Eating Fish | Health & Fitness

If you’re anything like me, you want to get your nutrition from different types of methods and foods. If not you’ll get bored and your health will wane. To keep me in tip-top shape and not getting tired of fish, I eat Chia Seeds. I like to add them to oatmeal or my smoothies as a quick way to gain omega-3.

About Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are part of the mint family and come from the desert plant, Salvia Hispanica. They are believed to have come from the Central America region and were part of the Aztec’s diets. Today this tiny seed is used for many nutritional benefits and can be easily added to pudding, oatmeal, smoothies, and even pancakes! But, you can use your creative juices or google to find out how else to make chia seeds part of your healthy treat.

The Benefits

Chia seeds have so many great benefits it’s hard to name all of them. For starters, Chia seeds raise good cholesterol also known as HDL. I have personally had to fight against high cholesterol for years even as petite as I am. I don’t know if Chia seeds are to thank, but I do try to consume them a couple of times a month, and my cholesterol is finally healthy.

If you have digestive problems, chia seeds can help with that too! That is because it has the right amount of fiber that will keep you regulated and feeling good.

These seeds are also useful for naturally regulating your blood sugar. Now, I’m not saying stop taking insulin if you’re a diabetic, but I am saying if you’re a non-diabetic whom occasionally has a drop in their sugar, chia seeds can be useful to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.

Are Chia Seeds Cost Effective?

You can get chia seeds for as cheap as $4 or as expensive as $20. It all depends on how much you get and the brand.

Chia seeds may not be a complete alternative for fish, but they can be a great addition especially if fish isn’t your thing. I love chia seeds since they are an easy addition to any food or drink. Being high in Omega-3 makes them a great healthy option to include in your diet.

Health & Fitness | Mango Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are a great way for anybody to get in their fruits and vegetables without having to chew every bite. Lately, I’ll admit I haven’t been eating the best so in order to counteract some of the damage I’ve been doing, I decided to put this quick and easy smoothie recipe that you can do too!

The great thing about this smoothie is that you’ll already have 2 of the 3 servings of fruit you need in a day. Come on now that is awesome! I use a Nutri Ninja blender to get all of these delicious, nutrient-dense ingredients into a simple decedent blend.

Mango strawberry smoothie

Some of the key vitamins and minerals you’ll find in this smoothie, starting with the strawberries are Vitamin C (Skin) and Potassium (heart). The Pineapples are jam-packed with all kinds of nutrition such as Vitamins A (immune system) and C, Calcium (bones), Magnesium (blood pressure), and even Iron and Vitamin B-6 (Heart disease) to name a few. Mangoes are my absolute favorite and they’re equipped with Potassium, Vitamins A, C, and B-6, Calcium, Iron (red blood cells), and Magnesium. But, enough education let’s get down to the good stuff and make this thing:

Mango Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Mangoes (Use Organic when possible)
  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Pineapples (Use Organic when possible)
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Whole Strawberries (Use Organic when Possible and another trick is to leave the green stem on for extra nutrients)
  • 1 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (Use your favorite brand; I used Silk)

Blend for 1 minute and Enjoy 🙂

*Serving sizes are One 24 oz or Two 12 oz

Mango strawberry smoothie blend

Health & Fitness | The Chronicles of Anxiety Part 1

Y’all, I’m going to be super honest. My anxiety has been through the roof & the worst part is I can’t seem to find my medicine so what is there for me to do? Today I’m going to share some simple yet effective tips on how I’m making due without my old friend Klonopin (that is prescribed and not misused).

1. Watch what I eat

I have noticed that when I eat right or at least less processed foods my anxiety starts to decrease. I feel more energized and more comfortable. Yay! So eat your fruits and vegetables and whatever else is on the food pyramid that balance is good for you or at least it is for me! This doesn’t mean I don’t eat junk food, but it means I can tell when I’m eating a little too much of it. Also, drink plenty of water!

2. Exercise

I love to take out in a sprint when I have anxiety it raises your heart rate to where I forget I was anxious and of course releases endorphins that help me feel good and turn the anxiousness down. You can do any exercise you want though. At times I just take a walk or maybe a brisk walk if I don’t feel like running and guess what; it still works!

3. Deep breathing

My Apple Watch (series 3) is a champ at reminding me to do this. Breathing deeply helps you focus on something else and allows you to catch a breath. It also helps that my apple watch will show me what my heart rate is and keep track of my breathing throughout the day and I can turn this off when I want too. (Promise this is not sponsored)

4. Write

You don’t have to post it anywhere, but just writing your thoughts and feelings down can really help you get more in touch with yourself and ease your pain I mean anxiety. I always have a pen and paper or my notes open on hand so I can quickly jot down whatever and wherever I’m at, at that very moment. Use your tools! It doesn’t have to be a perfect moleskin, it can be anything! Just write!

5. Spend time doing fun things with those closest to me

This does the trick most of the time! Spending time with my best friends and family gets my mind off of myself and into the moment. For instance, this past Saturday Nicah and I bartended at a house party and the whole time I was in the moment just hanging out with her and making drinks for the party goers it didn’t dawn on me that I didn’t have my anxiety medicine or feel anxious. Get outside of yourself because sometimes being alone and getting deep in thought can make it worse if you haven’t gotten the tools down to handle it just yet. I haven’t so I know I need to have some social time, some deep breathing and all the other good things I’ve listed above. Please don’t isolate yourself!

6. Rest

Now this tip here is a major key! I don’t mean just sitting down I mean getting that sleep in Y’all! You need to really go to sleep and if you can’t try a natural substance like melatonin to help. I’ve added a link to it so you can read more about the great benefits and even side effects, but don’t let it freak you out that defeats the purpose. I take it only at times my anxiety is super high and I know I didn’t sleep well the night before because too much of a good thing is a bad thing. If you can get to sleep and a deep sleep at that without it then that is great! Keep up whatever you are doing and sleep, sleep, sleep!

Okay, rant is over and I hope these tips help you ease your anxiety like it does for me! Let me know if you try any of these tips or have in the past. Did it work? Did it not? I want to know 🙂 (Also this post is not sponsored I just put in links in case you want to check them out)