Pressed Juicery Cleanse, Day 1

Well I am surprised and extremely happy to say that yesterday went quite smoothly! I woke up really, really excited to start, but had heard from numerous people that the juices typically don’t get delivered until mid-morning, so I started the day off with some yogi kombucha decaf green tea. Let’s be real. I would have much rather had a cup of coffee, but I was good somehow.

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My juices came about 9:45 a.m., which was perfect, because I was planning/hoping to start my first juice at 10 a.m. Typical blogger, I took a million pictures when they first got here and then realized I should probably go ahead and put them in the refrigerator, because they can spoil super easily. I lined them up all pretty in the fridge and everything.

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10:00 a.m.: My first juice was the Greens 2. This one is made with kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, and lemon. I absolutely loved this one. For the longest time I was terrified to try green juice, but now that I have I adore it. I am not a fan of super sweet things in drinks, and this one was tart, but not in a bad way. Really, really good. However, I have tried the Greens 3 previously in Los Angeles and loved it even more, so I was really looking forward to that one.

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Workout: 15 minutes yoga, 45 minutes light-ish Tone It Up strength/resistance training

12:00 p.m.: The next juice was Citrus 2. Also delicious and made with pineapple, apple, lemon, and mint. This is one that I could totally drink in like 3 seconds flat, but I didn’t because my mom came home and we decided to go on a walk. I really, really, really times a million hate the word refreshing, but that’s exactly what this juice was. I would like one of these every day with breakfast please.

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Workout: 1 hour walk with momma

2:00 p.m.: I was really nervous to have the Roots 3. I hate beets, and this one has beet, apple, lemon, and ginger. I have recently learned to tolerate ginger thanks to the hibachi houses with their orange ginger dressing on those yummy salads, but I was scared this was going to be like a beet and ginger root smashed together. However, it was quite good! Not my favorite, but it was damn tasty. It was a little bit spicy, or maybe I’m just weird for thinking that, but I wasn’t mad about that because I love spicy food.

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4:00 p.m.: Okay, so the Citrus 4 was not my favorite. It had cucumber, pineapple, lemon, coconut h2o, and aloe vera. I was really hoping this cleanse would come with the grapefruit mint juice, but it didn’t. Boo. I will just have to order some more or try it next time I go to California. It was okay, but you could really taste the cucumber in it. I love cucumber, but it just somehow didn’t seem to go with the rest of the ingredients. This one also seemed to be thicker than the 3 previous juices, which I’m sure is because of the coconut. It is definitely drinkable, but not one I would order on my own.

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6:00 p.m.: Finally time for the Greens 3! I was seriously so excited for this one. This one has all the same ingredients of the greens 2, plus ginger. It adds a little bit of a tang to the juice and makes it spicy and seem more like food than juice. Which is good because I was quite hungry by this point. The greens 3 is apparently one of their most popular juices, and I can totally see why! You really have to enjoy green juice to like this one, but if you do I would highly recommend it.

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8:00 p.m.: The last drink of the day was vanilla almond milk, containing almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt, and filtered water. So yummy. It tasted like an almond milkshake, and I sure wasn’t mad about that at all. It was nice to have this as my last juice, because it was more filling than the others and I wasn’t starving before I went to bed which was nice.

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This cleanse also came with 3 bottles of chlorophyll water and 3 bottles of aloe vera water. The chlorophyll was to be drank throughout the day to keep you hydrated (even though I also had my usual 100 oz. of water) and the aloe vera to be had right before bed with some more hot tea. It also came with this cute little bag!

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I was truly amazed yesterday at the amount of self-control I had, especially when I had the opportunity to go out for Mexican food and margaritas, which I desperately wanted. I really was surprised at how I didn’t feel like eating my arm off though. Since I had my juices two hours apart and they took me about an hour each to finish, there was really only one hour increments throughout the day when I wasn’t consuming something. The juices tended to keep me full for about 45 minutes after finishing them, and then I would be starving for 15 minutes or so, but it was tolerable because I knew I would be having something soon. Of course I would have loved to just eat like normal, but somehow I managed to not. Score.

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Two more days of this….oh boy.

Let me know if you have any questions and I will answer them in tomorrow’s post!

Lots of playing & Pressed Juicery cleanse.

I am exhausted. Yesterday was quite the day. It was absolutely beautiful here in Michigan, so the girls and I decided to spend the whole day outside.

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I cannot tell you the last time when I spent a significant amount of time outside literally playing. We packed up a picnic and took it to the park, played on the playground, fed the ducks, went home and played on the tree house, and literally continued to play for 3 more hours.

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I felt old. I kid you not, there was one point where I was on the ground and went to stand up and my knee cramped up and I had to grasp the wall to get up. Like, really? Am I 90?

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Then I went to the gym to train and proceeded to run for 45 minutes and for some ridiculous reason decide to do sprint training. Once again, why? I think because I knew I was starting the Pressed Juicery cleanse today and wanted to sweat it out one time before I really have to tone my workouts down for the next 3 days.

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I am so excited to get my shipment of juices this morning! The cleanse I am doing is the summer 3-day cleanse. These are the juices I will be drinking every day:

  • Greens 2: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon
  • Citrus 2: pineapple, apple, lemon, mint
  • Roots 3: beet, apple, lemon, ginger
  • Citrus 4: cucumber, pineapple, lemon, coconut h2o, aloe vera
  • Greens 3: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger
  • Vanilla almond: almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt, filtered water
  • aloe vera h2o
  • chlorophyll h2o

I honestly think the hardest part for me will be not drinking alcohol :x Is that pathetic? I think so, but hopefully this cleanse will make me not want wine so much every night. I am excited to prove to myself that I actually have a little bit of self-control, which I’m sure will go a long way beyond the actual cleanse itself. I will be doing a full recap as the days go on, but for now I want to talk about So You Think You Can Dance.

Okay, I know Alex watches it, but for anyone out there who isn’t watching this show, WHY THE HELL NOT?! This show seriously makes my summer so much better. I think I cry at every episode, but that’s okay. I am just so happy for all those young people that actually have talent and are working their asses off. The end.

I have nothing else to say except I gotta go drink my juice and hopefully not turn into a raging lunatic in the next 3 days. Wish me luck!

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What’s your favorite summer TV show?

Thinking About Why

I am sure that most, if not all, of you know that Lent starts today. I grew up in a Christian school, so I’ve been celebrating this time of year pretty much since birth. My parents have never been ones to “force” me to give something up, although that is typical in my religion. My mom always told me it’s more important to bring something positive to your life or subtract something negative. I agree with her and I have certainly done that in the past, but this year I’m going the typical route and giving something up. If you follow me on twitter you probably already know what that is, but are you ready for it……?

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JUNK FOOD.

Yeah, this is happening. Now I’m going to go into why I’m doing this a little bit later in the post, but first here’s a list I compiled last night of the foods I am considering to be “junk food” for the next 40 days:

  • ice cream/frozen yogurt
  • popsicles
  • candy
  • cookies
  • cake/cupcakes
  • pie
  • chocolate
  • donuts
  • fruit snacks (I eat these way too much with the girls I nanny….)
  • chips & any other kind of snack mix

I’m sure there are other things that will come up that I will add to this list in the next couple of weeks, but that’s what I came up with for now. Basically any of that nasty processed food that I have become way too accustomed to eating on a normal basis. Since I nanny full-time, I’m around “kid food” all the time. It has become stuff that I eat on a daily basis. I need to stop. It makes me feel terrible.

I want to give my body a chance to re-set itself, and for me, Lent is the perfect time to do this. When I was in elementary school, we were always told that we were supposed to give up something we loved, because Jesus gave up his whole life for us. It was supposed to teach us an ounce of what that felt like. I’m sorry to say it, but I really have come to love those crappy foods in the last couple of months. I know that I can not eat them, and now is the perfect time to start. I realize some people may disagree with my decision, but I know this is what’s best for my body right now. I need to get back to eating whole foods and less of all that fake stuff.

So what am I not considering junk food?:

  • pizza (sorry, can’t give it up)
  • Naked juice (I’m obsessed with this stuff. I realize it has added sugar in it, but there’s a ton of fruit and veggies in there as well.)
  • wine (no way jose)
  • Kashi bars, larabars, Kind bars, that kinda stuff
  • peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Once again, all I can think of for now. More stuff is bound to pop up!

 

I think when someone is “giving something up” for Lent or any other reason, it’s extremely important to think about why you’re doing it. Why do something if there isn’t a good reason behind it? I’m a firm believer in the fact that every big decision we make should be given a pros and cons list to make sure that it is the right thing for YOU. Something that is right for me is not very likely to be right for someone else, since we’re all so different.

 

The first day of Lent is sort of a “cleansing” day for a lot of people. I’m implementing this into my plan by drinking lots of green tea, kombucha, water, and loading up on the fruits and veggies.

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So these next few days are probably going to be really difficult as I slowly wean my body off of all that excess sugar, but I know I’ll feel great in the end. I’ve become way too addicted to sugar, and it’s time to break that. Wish me luck Smile

 

Are you giving anything up for Lent? If so, what?