Juice Cleanse! Day 12-14!

Well this blog is certainly tardy… my apologies. The official ‘cleanse’ ended on Sunday… but I haven’t stopped! And it’s not that I’m trying to extend the cleanse, it’s that I’ve tapped into a greater understanding of how my body works… and I dig it.

Over the last week of my cleanse, my schedule began filling up with a lot of work and it hasn’t lightened up since. This forced me to adapt the 2nd round of the cleanse to a juice and food combo plan. So cruising into the last 3 days, I really didn’t change much, starting every day with a green juice and then eating clean all day. Since then and right up til now, I have been having 1-2 juices every day and have been following an eating plan consisting of mostly alkaline foods, heavily concentrated on veggies and plant-based protein sources, plus some clean carbs an hour after my morning workout.

We threw a big birthday party for my beautiful Mary on Sunday, which happened to be ‘Day 14’ of the plan. Well… it was a birthday party so we had to indulge just a little. It was also a nice reward for such good discipline over the past 2 weeks. Even in indulgence, the food was pretty clean as it was a vegan potluck party. I made my yummy homemade vegan pasta… which I should share in a recipe blog one day. (note to self)  We also couldn’t resist a homemade vegan cookie and some vegan bday cake. 😉  But the next morning, it was juice first thing and right back on schedule.

I can honestly say at this point that my body has changed more in the last couple weeks than it has in the last year. After eating an all vegan and organic diet for over a year, my body has been on a nice steady detox I have been feeling great. Doing this juice cleanse and further adapting my diet has been essential in reaching for the next step of my fitness and health goals. I have been working out daily as well and trying some new routines from P90X, Insanity, and Turbo Fire. My mornings have been starting with good workouts and my days have been great throughout. I’m in the groove in my daily schedule and I have more clarity of my goals. I guess some of the meditation during my cleanse helped my spirit while the juice helped my body. It’s also amazing how the right fitness plan can help make my life that much more organized and disciplined.

I love juicing and it’s been fun trying new combinations and making new and different drinks. I came up with some great juice recipes that I will share in blogs coming soon. As always, I will keep sharing my progress as well as the things I feel are working for me. If what I do inspires you, than that’s awesome. But always listen to your body and do what works best for you. The human body is pretty amazing. If you treat it right, it will start to speak to you and you will become more in tune with your own vibrations. The only result that will lead to is better health.

I’m absolutely blessed for everything in my life right now and I thank you for sharing my journey with me.

love
j

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” -Nido Qubein

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Juice Cleanse! Day 11!

I gotta say I feel great today. The juicing and foods I’m eating are simply just making me feel good. Today is Day 11 on this journey. I treated today like it was day 12 which is supposed to be the start of the… ‘1 juice in the morning and clean eating all day’ part of the plan. So instead of doing that for the last 3 days, I will maintain that for the last 4 days. It is working well for my body as well as my current increased work schedule. I also used up the last of our veggies in our juice this morning, so it just seemed like it was meant to be. We will need a veggie restock tomorrow to carry on through the next 3 days, however.

Here is how today’s juice started…

Juice 1-17

This recipe was inspired by… finishing off everything in the fridge. lol
Ingredients: Kale, Spinach, Bok Choy, Dandelion Root, Cucumber, Parsley, Lemon, Lime, Ginger

This made us a pretty hearty juice and was a good start to the day. I then made a plant-based protein shake (organic brown rice protein) and hit my workout. Today I killed P90X Chest & Back and then tried a few new Ab exercises. Following the workout I had another protein shake with greens. Other food today included tempeh, raw spouted sesame flax crackers, a big salad from the Whole Foods organic bar, and another protein shake. I also had a Kombucha drink with Blue-Green Algae and chia seeds plus of course lots of alkaline water. Everything going in is very clean and the combinations of how I eat them have also been important. I’m trying to keep as much of the food I eat separate from each other to give my system the most optimum digestion. I took note today and made an interesting observation. When I ate the tempeh by itself, I felt great, when I ate the crackers by themselves, I felt great. When I ate the salad, I did notice a tiny bit of bloating, but that went away quickly. Point being, the salad had a lot of different ingredients in it and it is possible that a couple of them didn’t work well together in my body at the same time. A salad is still probably one of the best meals one can eat, however, the more ingredients jammed into it, the more likely there may be conflicts in the digestion process. It just goes to show how important ALL of our food combining is. But that is a whole different lesson for a different time.

Anyway, long story short is that all is well and the next few days will be filled with juice, great clean food, and lots of working out. Tomorrow is Friday… hope you had a great week!

“It is not failure itself that holds you back; it is the fear of failure that paralyzes you.” -Brian Tracy