Guest Post by My Sister Kristen: The Adventures of a First Time Juice Cleanser

Today, I should hopefully be in Paris! I have waiting for this day for a long time and promise to take an annoying amount of pictures to share.

This post is by my baby sister, Kristen. Kristen became a vegetarian just a few months after I did. Neither one of us have eaten meat for over 8 years. She has been making attempts to try out veganism lately, and even attempted her first juice cleanse. I will let her describe how it went.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~kristen `Hi everyone! My name is Kristen and I am Angelina’s youngest sister. While she’s out exploring the world, she has asked me to write a guest blog, so here I am!

Anyone who knows my sister knows that she cares about health, yoga and a lot of good food. One adventurous day I decided that being a vegetarian just wasn’t enough for me, I wanted to take my health to the next level and kick it off with a juice cleanse. I called up Angelina, who invited me over, made a days worth of juice for me, and sent me on my way. I was ready for my first ever one day juice cleanse.

Many people think that juice cleansing, dieting, exercising etc. is all mental. Well, it’s NOT. Your first ever detox will likely not be pleasant, particularly if you live in Southern California and have toxins swarming your body every single day. I got through work with flying colors but once I got home it really hit me. Now, I will say that a lot of it IS mental and I’m sure I made it worse on myself.. but I truly felt weak and miserable.

My head was aching. I had zero energy and I felt close to death (well, almost). I ended my day by begrudgingly drinking my dinner smoothie and going to sleep before 9. I literally dreamed about food all night.
Pathetic.

After a week or two you begin to forget the pain and agony that you went through for 24 hours. In fact, you start to remember some of the good things about your experience.
I was crazy enough to try it again… and for 3 days this time.

Here’s where the fun began! Angelina bought me an amazing Breville juicer for my birthday, so I loaded up with fruits and veggies and got ready for my cleanse.

kristen 2I was nervous. I imagined 3 days of headaches and grogginess. But I couldn’t have been more wrong! It had been over a month since my first cleanse and I had been eating much healthier so my body wasn’t so filled with disgusting food rotting away in my system as it was the first time.

I survived day 1 with flying colors, I hardly even noticed the hunger. I couldn’t believe it, compared to my last juice cleanse this one was a breeze so far. I didn’t even dream about pizza that night.

Day 2 came and went. I had a bit of a mental breakdown after lunch when all of my co-workers went to one of my favorite places- Miguels Jr., but I sucked it up, made my favorite green tea and got through it, still headache free and more energy than ever.

kristen 3Typically, once I get home from work it’s a miracle if I can make it to the gym or make lunch for the next day. But on day 2 I went to work out, cleaned my room, washed all of the dishes, did a few loads of laundry AND still had energy to burn. Not an easy feat for someone who is known as an avid napper.

Now, day 3 is where I truly surprised myself. My sister Marcella is a photographer and was asked by Pura Vida Bracelets to shoot some photos of their product! Amazing, right?
Well, guess who she picked as one of her models… yours truly. So not only did we hike up to a waterfall, we hiked up Mt. Rubidoux. That’s right… day three of juice cleansing and I hiked two mountains. My energy was flying high as I was literally jumping from rock to rock. kristen 4I felt so great after my cleanse and even lost a few pounds, I can’t wait to try another and really hope I have encouraged someone who has never tried a juice cleanse to give it a try! I can’t promise that your first one will be easy (especially if you’re as overdramatic about life as I am) but I can promise that it’s a great and worthwhile experience..

kristen 5Happy juicing everyone!

7 Day Juice Cleanse: A Reflection

We did it! My husband and I successfully completed a 7 day juice cleanse.

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Philip & I with solid FOOD

I am so thankful that I had this experience, it was not always easy, but it was not nearly as hard as I made it to be in my head (which is true of most my experiences).

With past cleanses, the greatest improvements I noticed with was my skin (looking clearer and having more of a “glow”) and my digestion. I also noticed that with this cleanse, and more, including:

  • A huge increase in energy. This was by far the most pronounced effect. By day 3, I already noticed my energy sustaining much longer throughout the day, without the mid day crash. I was staying up later, and getting up earlier with ease. I noticed this for my husband, as well. He was awake before his alarm on both day 6 & 7, and woke up already full of energy (when it normally takes him some time to fully awaken).
  • Acute mental clarity. By day 5, my mind felt incredibly focused and sharp. This is the end of my school year, and I am normally so drained and unproductive. However, at work on day 7, I was incredibly focused and jotting new ideas down left and right of things to implement, the following year.
  • 6 pound weight lost. I do not do these cleanses for the weight loss alone, but it is a nice side effect.
  • Peace at being in the current moment. I have been working on being more present and finding peace wherever I am at and doing a juice cleanse is definitely a great way to practice. It was a great opportunity to practice “just being,” even when I was uncomfortable, even when I was thinking of, or looking at food I wanted. I tried to be at peace with my present reality, even when I was feeling less than peaceful.
  • Being OK with not getting what I wanted (you think I would have learned this before being 30 years old). I am pretty bad at giving into my food cravings. Normally, if I am wanting something, I eat it. Sometimes that food or drink may not be what is most healthy or best for me. This juice cleanse helped me see that it was OK not to give into every single craving and in fact, I will probably feel even better later on, when I don’t.
  • I have to say how nice it was to have all my meals planned and prepped ahead of time. I realize how much of my day is spent thinking about what my next meal will be or creating a new recipe. Although I do enjoy many things about cooking, it was nice to take a break from thinking about all of that, and know that my next meal was already waiting for me.
  • This was the food I packed myself for my work day; oatmeal with blueberries and cinnamon, an edamame salad with cherry tomatoes & tofu and a smoothie. I cleaned up my oatmeal, but have leftovers of both the salad and the smoothie to finish today. It all felt like so.much.food.

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I am very glad I was able to have this experience. I was expecting it to be more difficult, but I think the once per week juice cleanse days we have been doing helped. I would absolutely do it again and am looking forward to potentially even going for an extended amount of time.

Thanks for supporting me along this journey! Please let me know if there are any questions you have about juice cleansing. I would be happy to do a whole post devoted to answering those questions. Feel free to comment here or email me at angieeatspeace at gmail.

Day 7 of 7 Day Juice Cleanse

I woke up feeling a buzzing sort of energy. Today was the last day! I had an absolute inordinate amount of energy and was awake an hour earlier than normal. After unsuccessfully trying to go back to sleep, I decided to start my day at 3:15 AM.

Unlike previous juice cleanses, I did not necessarily feel myself counting down the minutes and seconds till it was over. With the exception of a few salt & vinegar chip related moments, I think I have done pretty well at staying in the present and being OK with my decision to carry out this cleanse, and feel at peace that it was only temporary; it was OK if everyone was enjoying delicious food around me. I have enjoyed plenty of food in my lifetime, and will have many more moments of food enjoyment, right now has been about enjoying detoxing my body and learning a little bit more about the strength of my mind.

Day 7’s juice ingredients are listed below. All ingredients listed are for 2 juices, approximately 16-20 ounces, each.

1. 1 bunch of kale, handful of mint, 1 bunch of celery, 2 green apples, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger, 2 tablespoons of spirulina  

2. 3 cups of probiotic coconut water, a few pieces of turmeric, 1 inch of ginger, 1 lemon, a generous shake of cayenne and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds    

3.  4 Carrots, 2 red bell peppers, 2 oranges, 1 bunch of red radishes, 1 bunch of kale, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger  

4.  3 beets, 1 bunch of broccoli, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bunch of parsley, 1 bunch of celery, 2 green apples, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger

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I felt particularly productive at work and clear minded. I felt more focused than I had in a long time and got quite a bit of organizing and planning done. This may very well be because it was my first work day without students (they finished school last Friday and I have one more week of work), but I think the cleanse definitely contributed to my high energy and mental acuity.

The main theme of the day was ENERGY. I felt so amazing and unstoppable. It’s rare for me to have such sustaining energy throughout the entire day. I usually have an afternoon crash around 3, and constantly crave a nap.

At the end of my work day, I buzzed around and did some errands, then bounced into a 90 minute hot yoga class, at 5:00 PM. Normally, I would have to talk myself into going. It was a hot day already and normally by this time, I am sluggish and not looking forward to moving and holding poses in a heated room. I am always grateful I went, when it is over, but it generally takes some inner motivation and pep talking to get me there. However, I could not wait to start class and I felt a HUGE difference in the fluidity of my poses and movements. It was an amazing experience to do this class, after 7 days of juice cleansing.

After class, I chugged my last juice and headed home. This is a pretty unflattering picture of me with a beet mouth and hot yoga hair, but I think it captures the utter bliss I was feeling.

14148129100_b36a2e6bc2_o I came home, showered, and re-watched the previous evening’s episode of Game of Thrones (because I am still not over it!). My energy was still high until later in the evening, which is absolutely unheard of for me! I tend to be an early riser, but with a 3:00 AM wake up time, I was sure I was going to be ready for bed by 7:00, but I ended up not falling asleep till a little after 9:00.

Additional detox of the day: social media

I took a break from social media for the entire day; no instagram, facebook, twitter, pinterest or bloglovin’. I think staying away from these distractions also contributed to the focus I felt and one pointedness my mind had on tasks, as opposed to being in 20 other places. I realized how distracted I get with these apps and it was almost embarrassing to discover how much time I actually spend on them each day. I would like to take more breaks from them or really start to scale back on my use.

Does social media affect your focus?

Day 6 of 7 Day Juice Cleanse

On Day 6, I woke up feeling pretty good. My energy was high and I finally felt like I was in the clear from getting the awful detox symptoms (lasting headaches, nausea, etc.).  The longest juice cleanse I have done before is 5 Days, so I was still a little wary of the next 2 days could bring.

We had a pretty busy day planned, so we were up early to juice and packed them up in our ice chest to carry along from place to place.

14305068796_c0bca11a9f_o The juices. All ingredients listed are for 2 juices, approximately 16-20 ounces each:

1.  1 bunch of Romaine, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bunch celery, 1 POM juice, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger, 2 tablespoons of spirulina

2.  2 grapefruits, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 3 cups of probiotic coconut water, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger,  tablespoons of chia seeds

3.  4 Carrots, 2 tomatoes, 2 red bell peppers, 1 clove of garlic, 1 bunch of celery, 1 buncg of kale, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger (this was my favorite of the day because it tasted like a whole, savory meal.)

4.  2 green apples, 1 bunch of chard, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bunch of celery, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger

We had a few morning errands to run and decided to have a treat at The Living Root Cellar. We “ate out” and enjoyed our smoothie earlier in the day. I chose the Liquid Lazarus (Almond Milk, Banana, Cashew, Agave, Cacao, Maca, Flax, and L-Carnitine)

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After we smoothied up, I taught a detox yoga class and jetted over to the grand opening of our yoga studio’s new Yucaipa location. It was incredibly exciting and I am so proud to be a part of this community. We hung out at the new studio for a few hours, and tried not to stare too much at the vegan cupcakes (!!!!), with the studio’s logo on them.

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We then headed off to see some family. We kept our ice chest handy and grabbed our juices when we felt hungry.

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In the evening, we headed back home and settled in to watch Game of Thrones, with the last juice of the day, and tried not to yell at the TV too much, but you guys, that episode, mayjah EXCLAMATION POINTS !!!!!

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Although I felt OK most of the day, I had a severe energy crash around 5:00 PM, that I never quite recovered from. I could have easily went to sleep at that time and possible not woken up till this morning. I hung in till the end of Game of Thrones, but was out by 8:30. I am not sure why I crashed so hard, when my energy has been going strong, but maybe I just needed some sleep.

Additional detox of the day: coconut oil pulling

Have you heard of oil pulling? I only have recently. It’s swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for a recommend 20 minutes to pull out toxins. This is a pretty thorough post on oil pulling.

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This was my first attempt at oil pulling, so I only went for 10 minutes. The hardest part was to be mindful not to swallow, when I felt that was my instinct. When I was finished, my mouth and teeth did feel a whole lot cleaner. I definitely want to try it more and see if I can work my way up to 20 minutes.

Have you ever tried oil pulling?

Day 5 of 7 Day Juice Cleanse

I started off day 5 feeling incredibly rested. I was happy it was the weekend and I was able to catch up on sleep, but wondering how the day would go, without the business of work to keep me occupied.

I felt incredibly energetic and knew I was finally caught up on sleep. I am noticing the amount of sleep really affects the way I feel on this cleanse.

The weather was quickly heating up, so we took our puppies for a walk, before starting our daily juicing.

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Today’s juice ingredients are listed below. All recipes are for 2 juices, approximately 16-20 ounces each.

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1. 3 Beets, 2 green apples, 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch of kale, 1 inch of ginger, 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of spirulina

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2.  3 cups of probiotic coconut water, 1 pound of blueberries, himalayan sea salt    

3.  1 Pineapple, 2 yellow bell peppers, 1 bunch celery, 1 inch of ginger, 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

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4.  1 bunch of celery, 1 cucumber, 1 bunch of broccoli, 1 bunch parsley, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger. This was one of my favorites! It was so green and fresh tasting.

14314201491_241042d51c_oBoth my husband and I felt energetic, and decided to go to the gym. I felt good enough to do 20 minutes of cardio, 30 minutes of strength training and spend 15 minutes in the sauna. My energy stayed high throughout and after my workout.

We both continued to feel good throughout the day and thought we were on easy street, until we went over to a friend’s house, to play games. We knew our friends would probably be eating and drinking, and we came prepared with some juice to sip on. We were not, however, prepared for our FAVORITE chips to be present. The sight of them made us go:

We both love those chips only slightly less than we love each other. I seriously had thoughts about how it would taste to blend them with my current juice in a smoothie, and would this be allowed on the juice cleanse?

Somehow, we maintained composure and sipped our juice, even though I was thinking of chips and beer. We still had a great time with our friends and that helped us get our focus off of food. We both devoured our smoothies when we got home. The smoothie contained: 2 bananas, 4 figs, 2 handfuls of spinach, 1/4 cup of soy protein powder, 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal and 3 cups of coconut water.14130925940_d1b4185e25_o

Additional detox of the day: profanity

Today I tried to be mindful of my language and not use profanity. It was actually not as hard as I thought it would be, and I only caught myself slipping up twice. I did, however, pick a weekend day that was more relaxed and not involving the stress of work, an hour commute or a tight schedule, so that might have influenced the ease in the task.

I would like to intend to use more appropriate language. Working with high schoolers, I find I pick up their slang more often than I care to admit, and though I do not necessarily think it is wrong, under certain circumstances, I know I feel negativity when I use it, and would like to keep it to a minimum.

 

Day 4 of 7 Day Juice Cleanse

Day 4 started off the complete opposite as day 3. I did not bound out of bed, happily. Instead, I slept until the last minute possible and groggily started my day with a bad attitude.

I had a slight headache and knew this was all most likely attributed to staying up far too late the night before. I did not get home till way past my bedtime, from graduation. I am not someone who operates well on a lack of sleep. I dragged myself to work and felt like my head was in a fog. I could not think clearly and had a hard time with the “difficult” task of assisting with handing out diplomas to my students. The diplomas were in alphabetical order and it seemed monumental to have to recall the order of the alphabet at the time of day.

I continued to struggle through the day and wondered if this was going to continue to be this difficult throughout the remainder of the cleanse. However, in the back of my mind, I knew it was mostly because of a lack of sleep.

I chugged my juices probably way too fast and early on. In the previous 3 days, I was not drinking my juices till later in the morning. However, this day, was the first time I felt actual pangs of hunger and started drinking them earlier on.

These were the recipes for day 4. All ingredients listed make 2 juices, approximately 16-20 ounces.

1. 1 bunch of dandelion greens, 6 carrots, 2 cucumbers, 1 lemon

2. 3 cups of coconut water, turmeric, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger and a generous shake of cayenne

3. 6 Carrots, 2 red bell pepper, 2 oranges, 1 bunch of red radishes, 1 bunch of kale (this was one of my favorite juices! Incredibly savory, with a nice kick).

I drank those first three at work. We had a staff potluck and I struggled to sit amongst all the food. My co-workers plate full of fresh salad and fruit looked incredibly tempting.

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I continued to feel tired and hungry. Once I wrapped up my work day, I was eager to get home and move up my evening smoothie. I felt incredibly famished and wanted something more substantial. I made massive smoothies with: 3 cups of coconut water, 2 bananas, 2 handfuls of spinach, 4 figs, 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal and 1/4 cup of soy protein.

14305754771_efa91e6e21_oThis definitely helped, as did my husband’s announcement that we were going to get massages, at our local reflexologist, Shangri-La. We love this place for an inexpensive massage, where we can drop in without an appointment.

14122472550_769046f4a5_oI felt much better after my massage, and we decided as a treat we would “go out to eat.” The only place we really could go was The Living Root Cellar. I love this juice, smoothie and raw food bar. I choose the Tropical Calm smoothie with Coconut Milk, Pineapple, Kale, Coconut Nectar, Hemp, Flax, Coconut Flakes, Tocos, and Banana. 

14285956056_0926b2e922_oThis was one more smoothie than I intended to have. However, I was trying to listen to my body and be intuitive.

After our dinner, we went to candlelight yoga, a restorative class, which was a great way to recover from the day and find peace with just being. I tried to refocus and change my perspective from depravation, to gaining. I was being given the amazing opportunity to do something good for my body and fill it with nutrients.

I felt so much better after a relaxing afternoon. I also felt relieved that the cleanse was more than half way over! I still feel apprehensive about what the next few days will bring, but I am overall, hopeful.

Additional detox of the day: neti pot

I have nettied (is that a word?) a few times now, even though the idea of it really freaked me out before. Once I did it, I wondered what took me so long. I felt like I was breathing in a way I never had before. It cleared up my sinuses that I didn’t even realize were plugged. I try to neti every few weeks now. This is a great demonstration of how to neti:

 

 

 

Day 3 of 7 Day Juice Cleanse

I got a little behind on blogging, but here is a recap of day 3:

I woke up feeling aaaaa-maaaa-ziiiing. I bounced out of bed shortly after my first alarm went off (I set 3 alarms). I was happily awake at 4 AM and ready for yoga. I did an hour long class on YogaGlo, and felt energized and invigorated.

I was hoping this energy would sustain me through the day, because it was going to be a long one. Graduation for the school I work at was taking place, and I would be at work till late until the evening.

This was the haul I took to work, this needed to be enough for the entire day:

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All ingredients listed are for two juices, approximately 16-20 ounces, each.

1. 3 beets, 1 bunch of celery, 1 bunch of cilantro, 1 cucumber, 1 inch of ginger, 1 lemon, 1 bunch of parsley, 1 bunch of romaine lettuce, 1 tablespoon of spirulina

2. 2 grapefruit, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 3 cups of coconut water

3. 3 beets, 1 bunch of kale, 1 lemon, 2 handfuls of mint

4. 1 lemon, 2 apples, 6 carrots, 1 inch of ginger, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Smoothie: 2 bananas, 1 handful of soaked almonds, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, 2 handfuls of spinach, 1/4 cup of soy protein powder, 1 tablespoon of maca powder

My energy remained high throughout the day and my head felt incredibly clear. I had a particularly productive day at work and felt unstoppable! It was a pretty busy day, but I felt like I was able to handle what came my way with ease. My energy lasted till around 9 PM (I am usually in bed by this time, but I was still at graduation), but I still felt pretty good.

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Day 3 was amazing. I felt so good and strong. I did not feel bothered by food pictures on Instagram or by going to Subway with my co-worker for dinner (I sipped my smoothie, while she ate), where normally the smell of the bread would cause me to crave a sandwich.

My husband also felt energetic. He is a teacher and is already finished with his school year. He kept himself busy all day with bike riding, dog walking, the gym and golfing. This is him sipping juice on the course:

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At the end of this day, I was hopeful that this cleanse would be easier than past ones, but still cautious about what would come.

Additional detox of the day: dry brushing

I first started dry brushing when I did Kris Carr’s 21 day adventure cleanse. Dry brushing removes toxins that are being released through our body’s largest organ; the skin. It is also incredibly invigoration and I love doing it in the morning to get my blood flowing.

This is a great chart that shows which direction to dry brush in, to stimulate the lymphatic system.

This video also gives a great description of how and why to dry brush:

Day 2 of 7 Day Juice Cleanse

Day 2 has always been the hardest day, when I did the 3 day juice cleanse and the 5 day. I was not sure what to expect today. It was definitely not that bad, but it had it’s moments.

My juices today (I am trying to vary the recipes slightly from day to day, so I don’t get sick of them.)

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All ingredients below make 2 juices, approximately 16-20 ounces each.

1. 3 beets, 1 POM juice (split between 2 juices), 1 bunch of kale, 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of spirulina

2. 3 cups of probiotic coconut water, 1 pound of blueberries, himalayan pink salt

3. 1 pineapple, 2 yellow bell peppers, 1 bunch of celery, 1 inch of ginger and 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

4. 3 beets, 8 carrots, 2 green apples, 1 inch of ginger and 1 lemon

Other drinks consumed:

Apple cider vinegar, lemon and cayenne water & Skin detox yogi tea, first thing in the morning. Egyptian licorice mint in the afternoon and another kombucha, when I felt I needed a treat.

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Today was pretty hectic and I did not drink my first drink until 10:30 AM! Big mistake. I was down on our school’s football field all morning for graduation practice, again.  Tomorrow night is graduation and this a busy time of year. My school district arranges for the district’s current kindergartners to attend the second day of graduation practice and march in with a current senior. It’s a nice idea, but it made for a very busy morning. By the time I finally drank a juice, a headache had already set in.

14291450571_8bdbbc485f_oThe headache and craziness of the day continued to increase. This is the last week of school and filled with tasks to wrap up and unexpected issues. I did my best to focus on being positive and not think about comforting myself with food. I cannot say I ever felt actual hunger, just the psychological desire to eat, when I felt stress.

I knew the headache would be helped by the chiropractor. My wonderful husband made me an appointment for right after work. I made my commute home (while chugging a juice), quickly showered and changed, then went off to the chiropractor before teaching my Beginner’s yoga class.

The chiropractic adjustment and treatment really helped my headache, and with added hydration (lots and lots of water), it finally started to ease up.

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I was happy to arrive early for my class, so I could spend some time in my favorite pose, legs up the wall. This always seems to help when I have a headache or lower back pain.

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After staying in this pose for about ten minutes (no joke), I felt remarkably better and more energized. I was excited to teach my class.

I am ending off the evening with a delicious smoothie: 2 bananas, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal, 1/2 cup of cashews, 3 cups of coconut water.

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Additional detox of the day: Eliminate negative self-talk

I can be pretty hard on myself. I am definitely my own worst enemy and am prone to put lots of unnecessary stress on myself. I tried to be more aware of this today and catch myself before it happened.

When I woke up this morning, I had an email from Oprah. Oh, and Deepak Chopra. I did their 21 day meditation about a month ago, and they (I am sure it was Oprah, herself. I need to believe this, anyway) sent out a free meditation this morning on intention setting.  It seemed perfect for the intention I wanted to set, so I started the day with mindfulness in regards to my negative self-talk.

I think setting up the intention really helped because I did not catch myself falling into those patterns that I normally do. I did catch myself “shoulding” a few times. I will “should” myself to death, if I am not careful and “shoulding” seems to be my gateway to more negativity. I often think, “I should go run” “I should have woken up earlier” “I should have said something more intelligent” and on and on and on. This is a negative pattern for me that I want to continue to be mindful of, so I do not head down an unhealthy road.

Day 2 was not as bad as I was expecting, even with the headache that I had for a few hours. The chiropractor, yoga and plenty of water helped me move through those tough times. I am currently feeling pretty good and surprisingly energetic, for this time of night. I am generally half-way asleep and barely forming coherent sentences.

I am still cautious about day 3 and feel slightly overwhelmed that there are 5 days to go!

PS, Cheezy Pizza, I love you, probably a little too much, and had a mini melt down when I received this text today. All is still well, but it definitely made me miss vegan jalapeno poppers!

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7 Day Juice Cleanse: Day 1

I did not mention it on the blog before, because I did not know if I would chicken out, or not, but I decided to do a 7 day juice cleanse, and as the title of this post implies, today is day 1. I have done a few other juice cleanses before, going as long as 5 days. After I finished the 5 day juice cleanse, I knew I wanted to try to go longer. It was just a matter of  psychologically preparing myself for it. In past cleanses, I have found the psychological component to be the most challenging. I finally felt ready to go for it, and here I am.

I have decided to also incorporate some other detox components (both for a physical and psychological detox) into this cleanse. This will include; facial clay masks, eliminating negative self-talk, dry brushing, eliminating profanity, oil pulling, neti potting and taking a social media pause.

I planned out all the juices and have hopes of incorporating light exercise each day, as well as meditation. However, I will post what I actually complete, as I go. I plan to be intuitive and listen to how I feel. From past cleanses, I know that there may be days I do not feel like I can properly cope with life outside the parameters of my couch.

A brief breakdown of Day 1: (All ingredients listed are for 2 juices, approximately 16-20 ounces)

5:00 AM-My day started like most other days, with lemon water, cayenne and apple cider vinegar.

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9:30 AM-I waited waaaaay too long to drink my first juice. I was pretty hungry by the time I finally retrieved it. I was on our school’s football field most of the morning, assisting with graduation practice, in preparation for this week’s ceremony.

1 tablespoon of spirulina, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bunch of celery, 2 green apples, 1 bunch of parsley, 1 lemon and 1 inch of ginger 

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11:30 AM-Once graduation practice was over, I sat down at my desk to catch up on the emails that piled up in my absence. I am incorporating more of tonic like drinks, once per day, during this cleanse. This is: 1.5 cups of coconut probiotics, turmeric, 2 lemons, 1 inch of ginger and a generous sprinkle of cayenne.

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12:30 PM-I chugged my Cosmic Cranberry Kombucha. This is one of my favorite drinks and an occasional indulgence. I thought it may feel like a welcome treat and I was right!

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3:00 PM-As I wrapped up my checklist for the day, I sipped on my Savory juice. This is one of my favorites! I reminds me Willy Wonka’s dinner gum. I feel like I get a full meal, in one juice. It is incredibly flavorful and reminds me of salsa. Does it sound crazy that I like to drink salsa? 1 tomato, 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch of cilantro, 2 red bell peppers, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger, 6 carrots and a generous sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

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4:30-Gym time! I was feeling pretty decent in my energy levels, so I was happy to stick with my plans at the gym. I did 20 minutes on the stair stepper, accompanied by my book, some lower body strength training and 10 minutes in the sauna.

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6:00 PM-I was more than ready for my next juice, I was feeling pretty depleted after the gym. I gulped down my next juice, while prepping tomorrow’s juices. 3 beets, 2 green apples, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger.

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7:00 PM-Once we were done juicing and cleaning, I was ready for a smoothie! I drank 2 cups and actually felt full! 2 bananas, 1.5 cups of frozen blueberries, 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 tablespoon of spirulina, 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal and 3 cups of coconut water.

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Additional detox of the day: clay facial mask

I have loved facial masks since I was a teenager. I probably have more fun with it, than any one person ever should. My current favorite is red clay in dryer areas and green clay, in more oily areas.

I mix in 2 drops of lavender + 3 drops of jojoba oil in the red & 2 drops of tea tree oil in the green.

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Too.Much.Fun.

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This combination leaves my skin feeling extra clean (it’s great for blackheads, which I am prone to around my nose) and glowing from the jojoba oil.

I am feeling great at the end of day 1. However, I expected this first day to go pretty well. I have been doing 1 day juice cleanses nearly every Monday, since completing my 5 day juice cleanse, so my body is pretty used to this. Tomorrow, the true challenge begins, when I realize that I will not be breaking my fast, in the morning.

I will try my best to check in here each day of the cleanse, but I still want to be intuitive with myself and not

New Juice Recipes

Ever since completing a 5 day juice cleanse, back in January, my husband and I have been keeping up with a 1 day juice cleanse, every Monday. A once per week juice cleanse has been a nice way to keep up with gentle detoxing, and keep us MUCH more mindful of how we eat. Most Sundays, our kitchen looks like this:

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I still like the recipes I used during the 5 day juice cleanse, (I posted them here), but I have been experimenting with a few new ones, so I do not get sick of the same ones, over and over.

A few of my new favorites:

1. Apple, turmeric, carrot and lemon

I have heard about all the health benefits of turmeric and wondered how it would taste in a juice, since I knew it had a spicy flavor. I went to a juice bar in Venice Beach, and tried an apple turmeric combo that was amazing! I added the golden beets and carrots for a little more sweetness:

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The golden beets add a beautiful, yellow coloring and have a sweet taste:

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13359971705_f443c957b9_o2. Grapefruit, orange, carrot and ginger:

I am calling this California juice because it had so many beautiful, refreshing, citrus notes.

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As soon as I tasted it, I was inspired to begin singing the theme song for this show. I was surprised I remembered all the lyrics. Please tell me you do too!

3. Strawberries, melon, watermelon and mint:

This one was on the sweeter side, which is not always my favorite. It was refreshing and flavorful and could happily be enjoyed with some added rum 🙂

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