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Day Two: Day of Reckoning
I was sick all weekend with a nasty head cold and went straight from that into a juice cleanse. I can’t say I’m noticing much of a difference yet, aside from some caffeine pains in the morning. I think I’m still kicking the cold, and won’t notice much else until it is over. That being said, I feel better having stuck with the cleanse. Right now it’s more of a mental thing than physical, but…
Is it weird that my pee has changed color? You decide!
As of 54 minutes ago I began a raw food cleanse on the behalf of in.gredients and Daily Greens. I’m pretty stoked to get through the next 4 days on only a raw food diet and Daily Greens juices. If I begin posting about unbridled joy or infinite sadness, this is why.
Gotta say so far, my aversion to spending more than 10 minutes to prepare a meal at home is paying off in spades with the raw food cleanse. I’ve only had to remove yogurt, raisin bran, hummus, quinoa, eggs, tabuleh, the daily half cup of coffee from the staples I eat frequently.
This is my second time around with the Daily Greens cleanse, so I kind of know what to expect. I cut out coffee 4 days before the cleanse to prepare, as ridding my body of toxins AND battling a horrible caffeine headache was something I really wanted to avoid. Besides feeling a little sleepier than usual, I feel good. I am making sure to drink a lot of water, and am being mindful with how my body is feeling. I am sleeping more, drinking more liquids and being kinder to myself. I’m looking at this cleanse as a way to restart my path towards health, which had been derailed, and so far so good. I have found that I keep bottles of liquids around me at all time (juice, water, tea), so when the cravings come, I just sip on some peppermint herbal tea. Sure, it’s not the bowl of popcorn I REALLY want, but it’ll do.
The thing I really like about this cleanse is I don’t feel deprived. Last night I made a raw sunflower seed pate and made vegan, raw sushi. I threw in avocado, carrots, cucumber, sunflower sprouts and red pepper and wrapped it up in seaweed. It was completely satisfying. I ended the night with my last Daily Greens, which was the perfect evening “snack”.
I think that I’ll probably try to stick to a much cleaner diet post-cleanse, as I know my body is in desperate need of a nice break from sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
I prepared for my juice cleanse by partaking in the great Austin tradition of brunching with a friend. I enjoyed every bite of my savory shrimp and grits with bacon, every sip of my rich and delicious bloody mary. It was a beautiful weekend, and I consider that brunch a deliberate exercise in relaxation and self-care.
Then, on Sunday evening, I went to the grocery store. I filled my cart with the produce aisle, returned home, busted out my food processor, and got to work preparing for the next four days. I shredded and salted cabbage, peeled and chopped cucumbers, and onions. I diced tomatoes and minced garlic. I filled up my airtight, reusable containers with spreads and salads and other delightful concoctions that I haven’t named yet. The colors were so stunning that I couldn’t help but text my coworker and co-cleanser, Chelsea, a picture of my cutting board.
I am using this cleanse as an opportunity to reacquaint myself with clean, simple, crisp preparation of fresh foods. Ever in awe of the life cycles of food, I want to spend some intimate time with cabbages and carrots. What am I going to do with this radicchio? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to find out.
The lemon water tastes so lemon-y. When did I last take the time to think about what a lemon tastes like? I feel a bright yellow vibration running up and down my core after drinking it, and I realize I’ve never considered what a lemon feels like before.
Time to juice up!
Daily 1 Reflections:
I expected the first day to be harder than it was. Aside from a brief wave of nausea during a short bike ride and a few pangs of hunger here and there, I felt well and energized. For snacks in the afternoon I had a few pieces of fruit – a huge honey crisp apple, a couple small satsumas, and a persimmon – plus some raw organic cashews. For my raw dinner “appetizer”, I dipped a few different raw veggies (carrots, broccoli and mushrooms) into the ceviche-style Tomatilla Heaven Salsa we sell at the store. Quite delicious and worthy of a return after the cleanse is over. The hardest part was later coming home to a decadent potluck dinner that a few friends and roommates had put together and only being able to eat the raw salad that I had made.
On many Saturdays I indulge in a large brunch of hearty homemade pancakes and a big cup of coffee, and I clearly wasn’t going to be doing so this weekend. Prior to committing to the cleanse, however, I promised my girlfriend I would make her a delicious breakfast on her first morning back after two weeks of traveling. Let me tell you, whipping up some delicious (smelling!) sweet potato cornmeal pancakes and a big maple latte took some serious discipline. I managed to sip on my lemon tea and drink my bottle of Vitality without giving into the temptations, but I wouldn’t wish the experience on anyone.
Late last night I figured I should soak some raw pumpkin seeds so I could dehydrate them today. So before I left for work, I coated them with spicy goodness and popped them in the dehydrator. I haven’t had a headache at all. My energy level is low-medium, but if I keep snacking I’m fine. What’s hardest is working around food and seeing things I just want to stuff in my face. At least when you’re at home everything is hidden in cabinets. I ate the same thing for lunch today because it was easy and available. I might look up a recipe for a raw zucchini hummus and do that for dinner tonight.
I went to my massage and it was much better than last time. My muscles were easier to work with, less crunchy and painful. I did still have to get suction cupped to work with my fascia, but it hurt was less than before. She noticed I have some lymph fluid behind my knee, which could be contributing to some of the discomfort. She worked on it but I’m also going to do some lymph exercises to help flush that out.
I snacked on an apple and nuts earlier, and had my Renew juice as an evening treat. I didn’t eat until about 9 pm, but it was marvelous. I made a raw zucchini hummus (substituting dulse flakes for salt) which I ate with leftover carrots and celery. I bought some amazing garlic dill sauerkraut and had that as a side along with my spicy pumpkin seeds.
For past cleanses I was always able to do them during down times when I didn’t have to work. This has proven to be interesting and challenging trying to balance both responsibilities. Tomorrow I have a day off which I can dedicate to giving my body what it needs, whatever it is asking for.
It’s fall. The season of change and transition. It’s the perfect season to do a fall cleanse. Reset your system and dust out the corners before heading into winter. With a few team members throwing around the idea of a cleanse, we reached out to the folks at Daily Greens (who make amazing raw cold pressed vegetable juices that make you feel super human… honestly) and they were excited to support us. Starting today, six of our team members will be participating in a 4-day Daily Greens Cleanse… we can’t wait.
So what does it mean to participate in a Daily Greens Cleanse? For four days we will be drinking 3 Daily Greens juices per day, plus all the raw fruit and vegetables we need to eat to feel full. A lot of us are cyclists, runners, etc. so we will be adding in some raw nuts and seeds to get the protein we need to keep us going. During these four days we will eliminate: coffee, alcohol, cooked and refined foods, all animal products, and all gluten and grain products. Sound daunting? Here’s what to expect post cleanse: potential weight loss, mental clarity, WAY more energy, clear skin and elimination of sugar cravings. Makes it all worth it, eh?
We have two team members who have started the cleanse today, and four more starting on Monday. Stay tuned if you are interested in cleansing and want to hear about their experiences. We are all eager to do the cleanse for different reasons, so take a gander at our profiles and see why we are diving into the Daily Greens Fall Cleanse. Stop by the store and ask us about it, and pick up some Daily Greens for yourself!
Why We’re Doing the Daily Greens Cleanse
Last Thursday, I kissed 29 goodbye and crossed the threshold into my 30s. There was an epic thunderstorm that night, with a dozen inches of water rinsing the city clean, replenishing the landscape, and ushering in the change of seasons. I couldn’t help but notice the synchronicity of it all, as well as an internal nudge to do something similarly cleansing for my freshly 30-year-old body. I have turned to Daily Greens for a healthy pick me up in the past, after a long night out or a long day of gardening, and this opportunity to participate in my first ever juice cleanse couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
Well, simply put- I am voluntarily doing this cleanse because I’ve never done one before. I’ve seen some other variants of the liquid diet protocol but honestly they didn’t look very enjoyable, let alone, very tasty. As a parent, I put a premium on my quality of life with my son and I’m open to anything that will lend itself to better living. Perhaps I’ll develop a regular regimen of cleanses, perhaps not, the most important thing to me is that I keep striving towards a healthier life for myself, and by extension, my kiddo.
With only a few days until my 30th birthday, I see this cleanse as an opportunity to flush out (figuratively and literally) the toxins from my 20s and take on the next decade fresh and healthy. This will be my first real cleanse, so I’m at once eager and nervous to see how my body and mind respond to the challenge.
I’m doing this for two main reasons:
For the past two months I have been putting my health on the back burner. I have been loading up on sugar, carbs and anything that looks tempting. Needless to say, my body isn’t happy with me. I did the summer Daily Greens Cleanse and felt like a lighter, happier and healthier version of myself. I want to get back to that. Bring on the juice!
I’m doing this cleanse because I don’t take care of myself very often and I want to see if this juice cleanse will turn my life around and make me a stronger, healthier, more productive human being.
I’ve made it through 21 days on my elimination diet! Starting on February 1st, I started the The Myers Way 21-day cleanse. For the month of February I eliminated a variety of high-allergen foods from my diet, resetting my body in order to assess how I react to certain foods. That means starting today I can slowly start reintroducing these foods back into my diet.
While I’m excited about the idea of eating some chocolate and maybe a slice of bread (or two, or three…) a part of me just wants to stick with the diet I’ve been on for the past 21 days. I feel incredible. I haven’t had coffee in over a month (I weaned myself off of that early, in preparation), and I don’t feel like I need it.
I have more energy in the morning, and I’m sure I annoy my sister as I push her out the door on our daily walk. I’ve been challenged in my cooking, and seeing as I don’t eat meat, I have had to get creative with my meals. I’ve perfected large batches of vegan black bean salad, roasted root vegetables, brown rice nori rolls and warm quinoa breakfast cereal (check out the recipe below!)
If following The Myers Way means clear skin, more energy and weight loss, count me in. For those of you hesitant to commit to the challenge, I encourage you to look into The Myers Way. Dr. Myers and her nutritionist Brianne are helpful, knowledgable and leave you thinking, “yeah, I can do this.” Having their support is encouraging, and when you have questions or concerns, they’re there for you.
Consider committing to a cleanse or elimination diet. It’s worth it, I promise.
Quinoa Breakfast Cereal
From: Eat Move Live
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries or dried blueberries
Rinse the quinoa. Combine the quinoa, almond milk, water, cinnamon and dried blueberries in a large pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook the quinoa until the liquid has been absorbed, 10-15 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and let the cereal rest for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
You can also top it with ¼ cup chopped nuts. Pecans or almonds are a tasty choice. You can also sprinkle in some ground flax seed to get your daily dose of omega-3s. Enjoy!
Diving head first into a cleanse or elimination diet can be overwhelming. Luckily, by doing a guided cleanse, like The Myers Way (TMW), you have the help and support of a nutritionist. After being on The Myers Way for over a week, I had a few questions for Brianne Herman, Austin UltraHealth’s nutritionist.
Why exactly do people feel side effects (headaches, lethargy, etc.)
I like to think of it like spring cleaning. When we start sweeping under the rugs, scrubbing the bathroom counters and cleaning out the closets things tend to get messier before they get better. While cleansing, your body goes through a detox process just like your house. Detox symptoms such as headaches and low energy are signs that your body is eliminating toxins. You may even be experiencing some withdrawal symptoms from the toxic foods like, caffeine or sugar, or even from the inflammatory foods that you feel addicted to like cheese or bread! To lessen uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms you can gradually wean off caffeinated beverages likes coffee or tea. Your body is readjusting to using whole foods as natural energy rather than supplementing with caffeine for artificial energy. When it comes to sugar and the inflammatory foods it’s best to cut them out all at once as you push through and look forward to feeling great. In a few days people notice they are feeling better than they did before starting the food-based cleanse and the detox was more than worth it!
What are your suggestions for people with specialty diets?
If you are on a specialty diet The Myers Way can be personalized for your needs/preferences. Vegetables are the foundation of any healthy diet so enjoy your fill of bright colors, crunch and flavor. The Myers Way can be easily modified to accommodate for special diets including Paleo and Vegan and in some cases is even suggested. While browsing the approved foods and recipes skip over any foods you do not choose to include and make nutritionally equivalent substitutions. If you are eating Paleo it is still very important to consume your leafy greens and choose lean, preferably organic meats. If you are eating Vegan also consume mostly veggies and don’t go overboard on starchy grains and beans. The Myers Way is a great foundation for anyone, with any special diet.
What are your tips for keeping the diet interesting?
#1 Keep eating the foods you love just make substitutions. If you love a certain stir fry with red peppers just substitute with sweet potatoes, zucchini or parsnips. Use new flavors for sauces such as almond butter, tahini or coconut milk. Make your favorite salads with a mashed avocado and drizzled with olive oil and lemon instead of reaching for the balsamic vinaigrette.
#2 Try a new recipe each week. We have over 60 recipes in the eBook that are delicious and easy. Find one that appeals to you on a day that you are not rushed to cook. Enjoy making a new dish and expanding your recipe catalog.
#3 Go out with your friends. Just because you are eating differently doesn’t mean you have to stay at home when your family and friends are going out. Look at the menu in advance to find foods that are close to TMW that you can modify – OR don’t look at the menu at all and just ask the server to bring you some grilled meat with seasonal veggies or a fresh salad topped with grilled chicken and olive oil and lemon on the side. Enjoy sparking water with lemon for some fun fizz during great conversation.
# 4 Find a friend to join you on The Myers Way. Anything is easier and more fun with support and accountability. We find that people are typically most successful with The Myers Way when they have someone to partner with. Recommend The Myers Way Guided Cleanse to a local friend for grocery shopping dates, potlucks, accountability and tips.
What is the biggest challenge that clients face? What’s the solution?
The biggest challenge for most people is getting started. Changing your diet can be very overwhelming at first but I find that once people get started they get the hang of it pretty well. A lot of people find The Myers Way Guided Cleanse very helpful for the personalized sessions so we can find practical solutions together to overcome their unique barriers.
I have been drinking smoothies for breakfast everyday, is that something you recommend? What are other good breakfast options?
That’s great! Smoothies can be an easy no-brainer in the morning. Be sure to include a variety of nutrients in your morning shake like fruit, veggies, protein and even healthy fats. This morning I made a green smoothie with almond milk, banana, UltraCleanse protein powder, 2 handfuls of spinach, ½ cucumber (peeled and seeded), almond butter and a few teaspoons of avocado. This winter I have enjoyed some left over sweet potato soup in the morning topped with pumpkin seeds and maybe a side of fruit. A TMW participant recently shared a link in TMW facebook community for gluten-free porridge with coconut, some seeds, walnuts, cinnamon and water that looked delicious.
As some one who already has a limited diet (vegan), what do you recommend to keep me on track?
Make sure you’re getting enough variety. With any limited diet we can sometimes get caught into eating a lot of the same foods rather than practicing variety. Focus on your non-starchy veggies at every meal and avoid having too many starchy foods, like grains. If you choose to avoid meat then I recommended using a protein powder or nut butter in your smoothie and enjoying nuts, seeds and healthy fats throughout the day!
Beautiful, healthy, and absolutely delicious recipes abound in this two-week “cleanse” from Bon Appétit. Recommended as a way to return to healthy eating patterns for the new year, this plan was designed by a foodie and a nutritionist – and it reconciles both agendas beautifully. What’s more, to make it easy, they’ve put together a complete meal calendar for the entire two weeks (including snacks and dessert), along with a shopping list with exact portions and quantities and directions for how to use all the leftovers. Brilliant!
Brimming with variety, color, and diverse seasonal flavors, it hardly looks like what you’d call a “cleanse.” It’s a fine example that you needn’t sacrifice the pleasure of eating for health – the two are not mutually exclusive!
(image: Kristen’s Raw)