It’s only been four days of the cleanse, but one lesson (of many) that I learned is to not be deceived by the pretty colors.
Two juices were swamp water green and two were pretty rainbow colors. Surprisingly, the swamp water juices tasted better than the rainbow juices. Today’s juice contains beets, and I’ve decided I’m not a big fan of beets.
My first experience with beets was on The Office thanks to Dwight Shrute and Shrute Farms. My second experience with beets was last summer, when I used beets to make a red velvet cake for my nephew’s third birthday. To me, it tasted slightly of potato. I’ve never tried them any other way until this week.
This morning I posted on Facebook that beets taste like dirt, but thanks to the fruit, it tasted like sweet dirt. It started a lively discussion about who does and does not like beets, how they like to prepare them and how peeling them before juicing will help with the flavor. I also had two friends let me know that the bright red color of the beets will make it through my body and come out bright red as well! As gross as that sounds I’m kind of curious, too! I’m glad they warned me that in a few days it will look like I’m having a medical emergency on the toilet.
When people ask me what diet I am following, I tell them that I am on the “Real Food” diet. If it isn’t real, I don’t eat it. In other words:
Today started off on a high note. I got on the scale and saw that I am down three pounds after only two days on the cleanse! Woot woot! I’m gonna need a new pair of jeans soon. And slacks for work. And underwear.
Anywhoo – today’s juice, while it looked like swamp water, was soooo good! I was a little concerned because it had cucumber, and I’m just not a big fan of cucumber. I like a slice in my ice water, but a whole cucumber? That flavor is pretty strong. Instead it was nice and tart and lemony. I loved it! I am for sure going to keep making Day 2 juice even after I’m done with the 30 day challenge.
Here are some random musings:
I had a few people tell me that this is the turning point in a cleanse. They got headaches the first few days due to the drastic change in diet. I haven’t experienced any headaches. I’m wondering if it’s because I was eating clean before I started this cleanse? Whatever the reason, I’m thankful because I can’t function with headaches.
My parents stopped by this evening to pick up some stuff for work. While they were here I had them each sample tomorrow’s juice. My mom loved it, my dad liked it. Maybe the three of us can pitch in together and get our own juicer!
Day Two dinner was crazy good. Garbanzo beans, kale and garlic – how can you go wrong with that? Tonight’s had black beans…mmm…beans.
I only drink milk and water, so it has been really nice to have something new and different to drink. Milk is not on the cleanse, and I thought I would miss not drinking it. I actually don’t. We still have some in the fridge because hubby is drinking it. I think this is what I need to kick the milk habit. I don’t think I’ll give up dairy completely. I do love me some cheese and yogurt.
It’s only day three, and I am already fantasizing about what I am going to eat on day 31. Right now it’s gluten free pizza.
Today is a new day. Unfortunately I am still sick, but my morning is going much better compared to yesterday. I took my own advice and planned ahead. I made this morning’s juice last night. It takes me about 20 to 30 minutes to prepare and juice, and then there is the cleanup, so for me, it’s best if I do it all the night before.
Thanks to my amazing friends and their fantastic advice, my juicing experience was better. I juiced my greens first, and then juiced the fruits.I also did something new. For the first time in my life I cut a pineapple! I like today’s juice so much more because it is sweeter, and it is a pretty red color thanks to the beet. Yesterday’s looked like swamp water and tasted very green. Check out how pretty it looked after juicing. To me it looks like rainbow sherbet.
Surprisingly, I am not hungry. I thought I would be, but I’m not. And the scale is starting to move in the right direction again!
It’s only been a few short hours since I started the cleanse, and I’ve already learned SO MUCH! Like how important it is to be prepared. Yet, I am an amazing procrastinator. You could say I’m semi-pro.
For example, I received the week one grocery list on Saturday morning. I should have gone to the store right after yoga, but no, I told myself I would go later that evening after dinner at my sister’s house. Then after dinner my allergies were really bothering me and I was tired, so I wanted to go straight home. I said I would pick up the groceries on Sunday evening after we got back from visiting family in Tucson. We ended up leaving Tucson later that we planned and by the time we got home it was 10 pm. I ran to the store just to get the things I needed for the first day. Wouldn’t you know, as I’m in the checkout line I realize I don’t have my debit card. I put it in my camera bag while we were in Tucson. Luckily the grocery store is around the corner from my neighborhood, and I did get my groceries and was back home before 10:30 pm. That’s when I realized I hadn’t cleaned out the fridge to make room for all the produce that I am buying.
I wish I had started the cleanse one day early on Sunday. I did not anticipate 1) being sick and 2) how much I would struggle with the juicing. Now that I know what to expect, I’m going to make my juice the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight so that it is ready to go when I am ready to go.
Anyway…the moral of the story is to plan!
So after some pouting, a lot of suggestions posted on Facebook and a call from my yoga teacher, I gave this another shot. I took the big pulpy mess that I made and strained all the juice out of it. Since I don’t have a cheese cloth I did it by hand with a wooden spoon and fine mesh strainer. I got all the juice out, enough for two glasses of it. So I’m now drinking my swamp water. LOL! I think tomorrow will go a lot better.
By the way, I don’t mind the taste. And of course it is much better without all the pulp!
I am sitting here writing this, and I’m hungry and on the verge of tears. I am home sick today, and all I want is comfort food, but I talked myself into at least making the breakfast. And I think I ruined it.
I don’t know the first thing about juicing. I know the difference between juicing and blending. I know that juicing extracts the fruit/vegetable and leaves the a bunch of pulp in a separate container. Blending does just that, blends everything together, like a smoothie. I’ve made lots of smoothies. I’ve never juiced. I don’t know the first thing about juicing machines. Friends of mine let me borrow theirs, which I am so thankful for!
I started with the fruits and veggies that I knew would juice easily and then go with the leafy greens. The juicing was going well until I got to the leafy greens. They didn’t juice well; they just turned into pulp. But I did end up with this.
I should have stopped here. But I didn’t. I saw all of this pulp, most of it those leafy greens that didn’t juice, and decided to blend them in my Magic Bullet.
It is now a big chunky mess. I think I need to add a little water and blend it more. But I was so frustrated that I just put it in the fridge to deal with later. And so I sit here, hungry and frustrated.