Before I left for India, I wanted to experiment with a juice cleanse. The Dailey Method sells the BluePrintCleanse, so I read some of their reviews and testimonials online. I was a little worried because, well…can juice really give you all the nutrients you need?? Deep down, before I tried it, I didn’t think so. However, I needed something to get back to where I was – I needed to not crave sugar, and doing it on my own wasn’t really working. I was eating so badly after I got back from India. I definitely took a few trips to the grocery store and bought a whole box of Andes Mints and ate all of them. Yes…you read that right. I ate all of them. On more than one occasion. Yikes! I was definitely in a bad place.
So I went for it. The site was pretty easy to navigate and ordering was easy. There are 3 “levels” of cleanses: easy, medium, and hard (those are my words, not theirs). I chose the “medium” route, doing their Foundation Cleanse for 3 days. At first, I was thinking of doing 5 days, but I was a little scared of not eating for that long. Everyday, I was to have 6 juices. For the Foundation Cleanse, the order of juices everyday was as follows: (1) Green Juice (2) P.A.M – Pineapple, Apple, Mint (3) Green Juice (4) Spicy Lemonade (5) Green Juice (6) Cashew Milk. The nutrition facts are here.
I did this back in February, but I took pretty good notes of how I felt. So here goes:
I started the day off with some warm water, which they recommended. Then I had the Green Juice around 8:15 am. It was actually pretty easy to get down, which was nice since this was the greenest and likely the most nutritious of all the juices. I figured if I could get that down, everything would be pretty easy. In between my first and second juices, I had some water. Around 10:45 am, I felt hungry again. At 11:00 am, I had my P.A.M. THis was absolutely delicious! Around 12:30pm I had some green tea, which was also allowed, which held me over until 2:00 pm. That is when I had the green juice. At 3:30 pm, I had some more green tea. Juice #5, Spicy Lemonade was really good and it had a great kick. I had that around 5:20 pm. Around 7:00 pm, I had the green juice again with 1/4 of an avocado – which was also allowed. At 8:20 pm, I had my last juice, the cashew milk. Timing was pretty close to the previous one, but I had it because I was supposed to finish my juice for an hour or 90 minutes before I went to bed (I forget, and I can’t find it on the website). The cashew milk was awesome. It was pretty thick, especially towards the end, but I’m surprised I liked it because I’m not the biggest cashew fan. It had cinnamon in it, which was great!
The best part of the first day is that I wasn’t hungry at all! At that time, I was feeling that I could do it for 5 days if I wanted. However, I did do a good job of prepping beforehand by not eating really crappy.
However, I did have a dream that night that I accidentally ate some real food, hehe.
I won’t get into as much detail here, but overall the day went pretty well. I did a better job of spacing my juices out. After having Juice #4, Spicy Lemonade, I was really starting to crave the texture of real food.
I did feel hungrier that day, however, I was drinking less water.
I started my day a little later, so I was a bit worried that I was going to have to rush things. Again, after drinking the Spicy Lemonade, I started craving texture. I was also tired and had some headaches. And let’s just say what was going in was definitely coming out. By this point, I was ready to be done with the cleanse.
I lost about 4 lbs on the cleanse, which was nice. However, I did gain some back after I started eating again, which made sense based on calories. I was actually surprised that the first day was my best day in terms of how I felt. I had read the opposite in most reviews.
I’m happy to say, though, that the BluePrintCleanse did help me to rid myself of sugar and processed foods to get back on a Paleo-ish track, which was my main reason for doing it in the first place.
I would love to hear what you guys think of my experience!
Whoops! I know I have been a little MIA, so please do forgive me! I’m in my last week of Whole30! Time really has flown, but I’m excited for this post because it shows all the goodies I have been making! As I mentioned in my last update, I wanted to try some new recipes to spice up my menu. Sometimes it’s hard to find recipes where I can remove the butter, cheese, a soy product, dressings, or sugar, and be left with something tasty. So where do I find recipes? So far, I have used the following sources for finding new recipes:
1. Pinterest – If you haven’t used Pinterest, it’s time to join in on the fun 🙂 There are so many great ideas for recipes, home decoration, organization, jewelry, crafts, you name it! It’s so fun and visual. And of course, Pinterest has an iPhone app which I definitely use about 5 minutes before I fall asleep…which leads to an additional 30 minutes of being awake. I have a board for Whole30 Recipes on Pinterest. This week I’m planning to make these avocados with eggs in the middle from one of my pins:
2. It Starts with Food – This is the original Whole30 plan written by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, outlining the reasons for living Whole30 lifestyle, and what you should do after 30 days. It also has cool recipes in the back of the book! While I haven’t made any recipes directly from the book, I have borrowed ingredients and made my own. It does a great job explaining how to cook meats. I grew up in a vegetarian household, so this was very helpful for me! I made the Citrus Chicken recipe this past weekend:
3. Well Fed – This is another great book by Melissa Joulwan. This is pretty much a straight-up recipe book. I have made the olive oil mayo and roasted cumin carrots recipes which were both amazingly delicious! I had no idea mayo could be made at home so simply! I also didn’t realize the delicious flavor that cumin and cinnamon can bring out from roasted carrots 🙂 This book is really great, and it has beautiful pictures! I made these roasted cumin carrots a couple weeks ago (yes, I used purple carrots). This past weekend I made some more Olive Oil Mayo (it tastes like real mayo!), Cauliflower Rice Pilaf, and Nori Chips!
4. Nom Nom Paleo app: This is both a blog and an app! I had “liked” them on Facebook, and saw that they had an app with lots of recipes. It was $4.99 (I typically try not to spend too much money on apps), however, it had rave reviews! I figured if I were to spend less than $5 on a recipe book, I would be getting a deal, so therefore I bought this app 🙂 I recently bought this, so I haven’t made anything yet, however, I can tell that it’s a winner. It has great step-by-step instructions (with pictures!!) from making simple concoctions like bone broth to more more involved recipes like Stir-Fried Kelp Noodles. It also has cool features including a shopping list where you can add ingredients directly from recipes and some Paleo 101 for those new to the lifestyle. Also, the great thing about an app is that there are eventually updates! So I’m hoping that more recipes and features will be added. After I got the app, I checked out the blog which also has great recipes (you can also read the blog directly from the app!).
5. Whole30 / Paleo Blogs: I have been enjoying reading other blogs from like-minded folks. Oftentimes, they also have great recipes! Some of the blogs I have been following are: Civilized Caveman Cooking; Smart, Sexy, Paleo; Everyday Paleo; and Mark’s Daily Apple. This week, I’m planning to use my new slow cooker (YAY!) to make some Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers from Civilized Caveman Cooking.
So…this is how I’m venturing into a new world. I’m 3 and a half weeks into my Whole30, and it’s been really great! I think for my first time around, I’m doing pretty well. However, I’m happy that I’m incorporating some more variety for this last week. I’m looking forward to eating some of my new creations this week 🙂
This past weekend was full of wonderful celebrations! My husband and I drove down to Indianapolis on Saturday to celebrate the 1st birthday of the son of our dear friends. Of course, Sunday was Father’s Day. It was so great to enjoy time with friends we haven’t seen in some time. It was also a once in a lifetime experience to see 37 kids (most under the age of 5) in one place at once, lol. Just watching them all jumping around was quite exhausting. Sunday, we had a Father’s Day lunch and dinner which was wonderful as well.
Clearly, it was going to be difficult for me to stay on my diet when I could not have complete control over my meal choices. I always allow for myself to indulge a meal or two during the week that aren’t compliant, since that is just reality. However, being unprepared definitely got me in trouble. Saturday morning before we left, I made sure to have a bigger breakfast consisting of a 3-egg omelette with spinach and an avocado. As we embarked on our drive, I decided to only bring water with me. I did not bring any fruit or nuts to snack on. Clearly, when we arrived in Indianapolis, I was starved! So I immediately ate a sandwich and then ate tons of pasta and some delicious cake (I had planned on eating the cake beforehand). Everything was delicious, and I wasn’t beating myself up too much about it…but I know I could’ve prepared a bit more so I wouldn’t have taken that second serving of pasta and eggplant parmesan. On top of it, we were driving straight to my in-laws that evening, and I had not prepared a breakfast plan for the next morning.
I started thinking about where I went wrong in not preparing for the trip. Did I not have the food with at my disposal? Nope. Did I not have enough time to get it ready? Nope. Did I give up? Yes! Basically, I had already thought to myself, “I’m going to let go a little”. I did not decide how or when I was going to let go (which is what I usually do), which pretty much gave me the opportunity to eat whatever I wanted. So I failed in my thought process, which led to me choosing to not be prepared and eating unhealthy. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with letting go a little bit. However, for a person like me, who lacks self-control, this little goes a long way. I am positive that having a piece of fruit or nuts on the ride there would have staved off some of my impulsive eating for that day and the next.
The next morning, I had granola with milk and fruit for breakfast (fail). I meant to get some eggs, but since I had given up, this just didn’t happen. For lunch, I was able to be compliant, however, for Father’s Day dinner, I decided to have 1 crab rangoon. My parents don’t eat meat or seafood, and one order of crab rangoon had 6 pieces! Well of course I can’t make my husband eat all of those! Before I knew it, 3 of them were floating around in my tummy.
Inevitably, this all lead to me feeling irritable. I was annoyed that I let it happen, and this all led to negative thinking and being a victim to my own choices. This way of thinking is never good. On top of it all, I didn’t go to The Dailey Method for 2 days in a row, which I try not to do. But alas! This morning, I went to The Dailey Method and after 10 minutes I could feel myself becoming more calm. The stress I had placed on myself started trickling away, and I felt the ultimate release. Finally, I felt like my new self again 🙂
Overall, I think this is a lesson that it just takes on small thought to begin an avalanche of negative behavior. At the same time, I was so grateful to get back on track and to make the choice to get out of the negativity.
The best part of the weekend was seeing this face 🙂 He was such a birthday champ and is the most handsome little man I have seen!