Monthly Archives: April 2013

Spring is in the Air

Well, I am less than four weeks away from my yoga vacation! Weeee!!!

I finished up my five weeks at CorePower Yoga and I had a great time. I love hot yoga–it’s so detoxifying, I feel amazing afterwards. This studio was super popular, but I found that on weekdays right after work it was a good amount of attendance–enough to feel like you’re not sticking out too much but enough room to move, breathe, and fall. I wish hot yoga wasn’t so expensive. I always end up getting Groupons for different studios whenever I can. Oh well, it’s always a nice treat.

Unfortunately, I’ve been slacking the last week or so, but I am definitely going to get back on track. Especially now that I got a brand new mat for my birthday that is super awesome (thanks, Mom!). I am thinking about revisiting Yoga Journal’s 21-Day Challenge again in preparation.

My juice cleanse ended wellI actually bought a (cheap) juicer to see if I could get in the habit of keeping it up and it turns out… I CAN! It is, however, an expensive habit to maintain. As you would expect, veggies like celery and cucumbers juice wonderfully and leafy greens like spinach, well, not so much. I’m sure I could get a bit more juice if I had a better juicer, but I’m sure it would still be hard to get much–right now I get between 6-8 ounces of juice out of one bag of spinach! Crazy! Why does being healthy have to be so expensive? 😦 I’ve been drinking about 8 ounces of veggie juice a day, whereas I was kind of hoping I could do 16, but I just don’t have the funds. Every bit counts, though!

On my cleanse, I lost about 6 pounds and then had gained about 3 back over that next week. But the cleanse wasn’t about loosing weight, it was about detoxifying, which definitely happened. I felt really really great and I wish I had the will power to always live that well and clean–absolutely no sugar, no gluten, etc. but alas, I am only human! I have still continued to cut back on my wheat, which is still hard, but I think I’m doing a good job. Once again, I wish I had the will power to cut out all gluten, but I’m just not there yet.

The weather has been wonderful in the good ol’ ‘burbs of Chicago and The Boy and I have been taking walks often, which is both refreshing, reenergizing, and provides some nice bonding time 🙂 And on that note, I will bid you adieu!

Namaste.

Juice Cleanse: Day Two & Three

On Tuesday morning I woke up feeling good. Not amazing like I had Monday afternoon, but still really good. I had a cup of decaf green tea while I got ready for work to quiet my rumbling tummy. That actually did the job for a couple hours, to my surprise. I gathered up all of my juices for the day and I was determined to try to stick to the one-every-two-hours schedule that I couldn’t keep up with on Day One.

I opened up my first green juice in the car and took sips at stop lights to get a head start. To my surprise, I actually wanted to keep drinking. My tastebuds had acquired a little bit and suddenly I was gulping this drink down (in comparison to Day One). I finished it in about 40 minutes as opposed to the hour and some-odd minutes it took me yesterday. I was feeling great.

I had told a few people at work I was doing this, or some people figured it out, and they were curious to how it was going. I told them that I felt totally fine–no mood swings, no desperate hunger other than when The Boy was eating a delicious dinner while I drank my juice, and no “bathroom troubles.” I was even starting to like the beet and ginger juice that I was sure would be the death of me on this cleanse.

This trend would continue into Day Three. The juices got more and more appealing to me and started to taste really great. I was able to drink them all in about 30-40 minutes. In between every juice, I would drink decaf green tea or hot water with lemon to warm myself back up again.

To my surprise, I still hadn’t had any of those side-effects that every advice blog or medical website would give me. Not that I was complaining! 😉 But I was a little worried that I was “doing it wrong” or something. I wish Day Two and Three could be a bit more interesting, but that’s really about it. I felt amazing, the juices were really starting to become a routine and I was loving how they tasted and I could feel the positive effects they were having on me.

I honestly think I could’ve gone another couple days on it. I am actually thinking about buying a cheap juicer off of Craigslist or something. The trend I’m hearing with a lot of people is that they juice pretty solidly for a month and then stop, so I’m not going to shell out a ton of money until I know I’m going to keep up with it.

Any suggestions for a juicer? What are some of your favorite juice recipes?

I promise my post-cleanse entry will be more interesting… thanks for checking up on me! 🙂

Namaste.

Juice Cleanse: Day One

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I woke up yesterday morning genuinely looking forward to cleanse. I was curious to try the juices and see what they’d be like as the extent of my vegetable juice drinking goes as far as Bloody Mary’s 😉

At 6:30, my tummy started rumbling. I had a cup of decaffeinated green tea and it calmed down for a little while. The handy How-To guide that came with my juices said that I was to drink one juice every two hours, so I wanted to start promptly at 8:00 am. This idea kind of scared me because that would mean my last juice would be at 6:00 pm… How would I survive the rest of the night?!

At 8:00 am, I had my first green juice, which was a blend of leafy greens, ginger, and lemon. This juice was loaded with chlorophyll and all 5 servings of vegetables AND fruits for the day! Talk about a super juice! The verdict…It wasn’t terrible! it was actually very refreshing–I could definitely taste some parsley in there. the best way I can describe it is that is tasted like a salad–with no dressing or extra veggies in it haha! After I finished the 16 oz at about 9:30, I felt really great. Energized, alert, bright, and light. Shortly after, I got a mild headache but it only lasted a couple minutes. My tummy started rumbling at about 10:30, just in time for the next juice.

I had been hearing about that crazy lemonade with cayenne pepper and maple syrup concoction for years and I always had mixed feelings about how that would taste. And now I had one in my hand ready to be drank. This was definitely interesting. It tastes like lemonade, but there is a sharp bite from the cayenne after you swallow. It’s very odd. I was a little afraid about the maple syrup being in my drink, but I really couldn’t taste it at all. After that one, I was feeling pretty good.

I was surprised at how full I felt. And I was especially shocked by how much I was not obsessing over the food I wasn’t eating. If I got a little hunger pang between juices, I would just drink tea or hot water with lemon in between. I was feeling on top of the world! But then, at 11:00 our building manager refilled our candy bowl with Twix, Snickers, and M&Ms. And then someone put a cookie cake in the kitchen. And then a group of people ordered Chinese food food for lunch–one of my favorite things! The smell was intoxicating… So I ran away! I went out for a little errand running during the lunch break and when I returned, the smell had just about subsided. And I had conquered the cravings! Don’t get me wrong–I love food. LOVE IT. But in those few hours, I learned that I don’t need to give in to every offering of food presented to me. If this were any other day, I would have had a couple candies, a slice of cookie cake, and been a part of that lunch order, all before noon. I felt even better after that 🙂

Then came the trying moment. The red juice is the worst one for me, I learned. It’s a beet juice with carrots and watermelon, but the beet juice is definitely the most prominent. And I hate beets! Ugh. It took me about an hour and a half to drink it, I’m not kidding. I had flashbacks to my mother trying to get me to take cough syrup or finish my last bites of food I didn’t want: “Ok. Now take four sips. GOOD GIRL! Now take a break. … Ok, now FIVE sips!” How embarrassing! I rewarded myself with my new favorite thing: hot water with lemon! I seriously feel like an old lady saying that, but it really is perfect. It’s light and refreshing and totally warms you up! So good.

It was at this point that I realized I had been drinking my juices too slowly. I was supposed to have four while I was at work and I ended up only drinking three–I had my fourth in the car on the way home. But then I had to have another red juice in about an hour. By this point, it was already 7:00 and I was still full–and I still had my cashew milk, the light at the end of the red juice tunnel, to go! The cashew milk was heavenly–smooth, rich and creamy with some cinnamon and nutmeg. It was a very sweet and protein-rich end to my day. I wish they sold it by itself because I’d drink it all the time!

By 10:00, I had finally drank all of my juices. Overall, it was a great day. It was much easier than I thought it would be. I felt great all day and if I ever craved food–usually when someone else around me was eating something awesome–the craving would subside with in a few minutes anyway. I feel like everything around me is somehow clearer–my head and my vision are more focused and clear. I never felt tired or irritable. I felt like my usual self all day, just a better, healthier version. I felt very clean!

Now that all this is said and done, we’ll see what is in store for my next two days… I hope I didn’t jinx myself! 😉 Wish me luck!

Namaste.

Juice Cleanse Prep Day

As I mentioned a little while ago, I am all signed up and ready to do my first juice cleanse! It’s a simple 3-day cleanse that I purchased through a reputable juice bar in the Chicago area, Peeled. Between a few birthdays, holidays, and a yearly bar crawl over this past month, I thought this week would be the best time to detox and hit the “reset” button.

Now, I’ve done my research about how to prep and survive for my juice cleanse, but last night I got an extra dose of pre-cleanse help and insight. My boyfriend’s mom hosted Easter last night and she invited her friend over, who just happens to be a juicing expert! She’s done a ton of different cleanses throughout her life and she gave me a few important pointers:

  • Listen to your body–this is the overlying theme through out the tips she gave me
  • Each cleanse is different–sometimes you’ll feel great the whole time, sometimes you’ll feel crappy the whole time; sometimes you’ll fluctuate
  • You can exercise, but only if you really feel like it and only do as much as you can–don’t push it
  • Drink caffeine free tea or hot water with lemon–because the juices are cold, it’s important to have some hot fluids through your day  to help your body stay warm and let your organs expand
  • You may want to take chlorophyll pills for extra nutrients
  • Eat vegetarian and clean for at least one day before and after the cleanse

I am really curious to see how this goes. It’s hard to plan everything since I don’t know how I’ll react, body- and mind-wise. I have gotten into a really nice groove of hot yoga after work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I may not be up for that intense of a work out on just juice. So, I’m doing a class after work today to get a good, tough class in pre-cleanse and then I may take some Yin Yoga classes on Tuesday and/or Thursday night–or not at all, I’m definitely going to play it by ear and just live in the moment!

Wish me luck! Have you ever done a juice cleanse? How was the experience for you?

Namaste.