Hi friends! I have officially drank the kool-aid and I am a total juice convert. I love juicing. I love the taste of juice, I love the rush of energy from all the nutrients, I am a juice juice juice freak. I received the Omega VRT juicer for Christmas . I cannot express enough how much I love my juicer. It is easy to clean, it so efficient at removing the juice from the fruits and veggies, and it is super quiet. I have not found once thing that I don’t like about it yet. There are less expensive versions out there, but if you are serious about introducing juice into your life and diet I fully recommend you make the investment in the Omega.
After receiving the juicer for Christmas I went all in and did a back flip into the world of juicing. I watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and immediately visited Joe’s website looking for recipes and tips. When I found the 5 day cleanse I knew I wanted to do this. It would be an awesome kick start to 2014, and a way for me to make sure juicing became a part of my life for the long haul. I gave myself the first 5 days of 2014 to clean up my eating in order to make the cleanse a little more manageable. I did not want to feel so terrible as all the crap was leaving my body that I threw in the towel. I do not have the luxury of napping or simply not teaching a yoga class during the day because I am feeling tired, so I used the first 5 days to find the juice recipes I liked the best to use during the cleanse. Once I narrowed down the juices I wanted to use, I got to work. I prepped all 5 days of juices in 1 afternoon. IT. TOOK. FOREVER. I am really glad I did it this way though. I do not think I would have been as successful if I had to prep AND juice everyday. Prepping all at once on Saturday really made it easy!
So here is the low down on how I was feeling during this whole thing:
Day 1: Felt a little twinge for coffee. But mostly felt great throughout the day! I did not teach any yoga this day (I purposely started it on a day off) so had plenty of energy. I felt pretty tired by the end of the day though, and went to bed really really really early. Day 1, total success. Juices: I drank 2 Carrot, Apple, Lemon juices , 2 Green Variety’s, and 1 Un-Beetable
Day 2: Woke up feeling awesome. Plenty of sleep, and ready to start day 2. I felt the rush of energy after my morning juice that people talk about. I taught a power yoga class at noon and felt great. Little head ache toward the end of the day, but I chalked it up to not enough water during the day. Started to miss the sensation of chewing. Juices: I drank 2 Carrot, Apple, Ginger juices , 2 Green Variety’s, and 1 Un-Beetable
Day 3: Best day yet. Woke up feeling amazing, again. And feeling CLEAN. I just started to feel so light and clean and like nothing was dragging or holding me down. Pretty amazing feeling if you ask me! Juices: I drank 2 Sunrises juices , 2 Green Lemonade’s, and 1 Un-Beetable
Day 4: Ok, I am tired of this. I still feel awesome, but man, I would kill for some coffee. This day was my busiest of the week (3 yoga classes taught, starting at 6AM and ending at 8PM) so I am sure that had something to do with it. I was ready to chew again. But I knew I could stick it out for one more day, especially since I had put this all over Instagram. Accountability, people! Juices: I drank 2 Sunrises juices , 2 Green Lemonade’s, and 1 Un-Beetable
Day 5: yay yay yay! I get to have coffee tomorrow! And chew! Can’t wait. I can stick this out for one more day, but I am ready to kick this ol’ cleanse to the curb. Even though they still tasted good, I had to hold my nose by the time I got to the last juice on the last day and just choke it down. But I did it! 5 days, 25 juices, no solid food. Juices: I drank 2 Sunrises juices , 2 Green Lemonade’s, and 1 Un-Beetable
Over all, I am so glad I did the cleanse. It was an awesome way to detox my body after what I put it through over the holidays. I shed some weight, got my system back on track, and gave my digestive system and much deserved break. I would totally and 100% do this again, and I am sure I will. I now incorporate juice into my life at least 4 times a week. It gets expensive and is time-consuming, so I do not juice everyday. I especially like that it boosts my fruit and veggie intake. I am very good about trying to get the recommended amounts, but man, some days it is just hard!
Do you juice? Have you done a cleanse? What is your favorite juice recipe?