Sunday, February 23, 2014

My Juice Cleanse...Day Eight and Counting!

For the past eight days I have been on a Juice Cleanse.  Normally, I wouldn't do something so's not like eat a bad diet or need to loose weight but I just haven't been feeling well--very fatigued.  So I went to see my doctor and she did the standard blood work-up and referred me to a nutritionist.  I've never had any interest to see a nutritionist, but I thought it can't hurt and I was curious.  Well, it was basically a waste of an hour and $320 dollars, which thankfully was covered under my insurance, but still.  The first thing she asked me is where I get my protein from since I am vegan...seriously?  She then recommended a diet of 1800-2200 calories per day, based on my activity level and that I should consume 75 grams of protein per day!!!  I almost laughed.  This is so old school.  Seventy-five grams of protein per day would put a strain on my liver.  I believe that my protein should fall in the range of 10-20% of calories consumed.  Anyway, she gave me a booklet with food groups for managing diabetes and I was on my merry way.  Again, diabetes??? my glucose level is 81! 

So here I am on day eight of my juice fast.  Why, I'm not sure but I do feel better.  Don't get me wrong, this is not a walk in the park.  Some days I feel great, full of energy and not even hungry and other days I'm sluggish and starved.  I basically drink three 16-20 juices per day and since I don't need to lose weight, every other day I blend up a fiber-protein packed smoothie, full of calories, but low on the sugar.  However, I still have lost about five pounds, perhaps more.  I also drink herbal tea and a liver cleansing turmeric-ginger-lemon concoction in the evening.  I'm not certain how long I plan to stay on this, but for now it's working for me!

Farmer's Market Run
Below are some of my favorite juices I have been making:  Beet Blast, Creamy Greens and Sicilian Screamer.  Not certain why I give them names, but it's more interesting than red, green and orange juice drinks...:-)!  Each recipe makes 16-24 ounces of juice depending on the size of your veggies.  During the work week I usually juice everything at once and seal the juices tightly in mason jars to prevent oxidation.  This way, I can take them to work without losing nutrients and having them oxidize.  By the way, juicing is not cheap.  Everything I purchase is organic and I spend about the equivalent of $20 per day or more on my juices.  This does not include my normal grocery list for items that I purchase for my husband's breakfast and dinner.

Beet Blast

Beet Blast
1 small-medium beet
1 green apple
1 small-medium cucumber
2 carrots
1/4 inch slice of lemon
1 inch piece of ginger

Creamy Greens

Creamy Greens (My favorite--I could drink this all day!  You juice first and then pour it into a blender and then blend in the avocado...just delicious!)
1/4 or 1/2 fennel bulb depending on size
1 small green apple
1 green ripe pear
1 small-medium cucumber
1 stalk celery
1/2 bunch spinach
1/4 inch slice of lemon
1/4 avocado

Sicilian Screamer
Sicilian Screamer (This is another personal favorite.  Add a couple dashes of your favorite hot sauce, cayenne pepper or a seeded red fresno chili for the heat to taste.)
3 large or five small-medium ripe tomatoes
2 or three carrots depending on size
1/2 red bell pepper
1 small to medium cucumber
1 stalk celery
4 sprigs parsley
1/4 inch slice of lemon
Hot sauce to taste

If you're interested stay tuned...more of my favorite juice recipes to follow...Sweet Potato-Cantaloupe-Orange-Carrot-Turmeric, and also a Fennel-Grapefruit-Apple-Spinach, basically, one of my favorite salads in a glass!  To your health!

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