The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Days 9 and 91/2 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Hey there Zenful Dancers!

I’d like to start off by saying that this week’s New Girl episode “Birthday” is great!

Next I’d like to thank the Academy…

Finally I’d like to thank the folks who have reached out over the last 10 days to show their support while I’ve been on this cleanse- you know who are and I appreciate you so very much! ¬†This was a challenging process for me and I honestly don’t think I could have gotten through it without the likes of you! ūüôā

Tonight marks the end of my 10-day cleanse and I celebrated early- wait, what? (oops!) by breaking the fast this afternoon with a delicious granny smith apple. And what an apple it was! ¬†Deeevine! ¬†Deeelectable! ¬†Deeelicious! ¬†Deeelovely (for all my Deeelite fans). ¬†In my experience it’s always best to¬†ease¬†back into¬†eating solid foods¬†slowly, so as not to damage the goods if you know what I’m sayin’. ¬†No, not those goods, silly. ¬†The other goods!

We however, have some unfinished business left to do:  I have more FABULOUS recipes to share with you!

*********Day 9*********

3 WATERMELONS AND A LADYmakes 1 serving, 240 calories per serving

Watermelon, 3 cups

Lemon, 1 whole

Blueberries, 2 cups

Wash the berries, cut watermelon into chunks, combine everything in the juicer and enjoy!

GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY¬†–¬†leftovers, 2 servings – 300 calories per serving

I WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEEmakes 1 serving, 274 calories per serving

Baby carrots, 2 medium-sized bags

**********Day 10**********


THE APPLE THAT BROKE THE BARREL1 serving, 100 calories per serving

Apple, 1 Granny Smith- in my mouth, chewed, swallowed and digested. Woohoooo! ūüôā

Soooooo I can check this off my list now!  What a tremendous experience this has been!  I would definitely do it again and plan to do a three day cleanse once each month or so as maintenance.

Thanks for following along- hope you enjoyed the read and the juice!

‘Til next time, keep on keepin’ on,

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Day 8 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Hey Zenful Dancers! ¬†I’ll keep this super short and sweet (just like me). ¬†I’ve just wrapped up day 8 on the juice cleanse. ¬†It has been a good day but I will not bore you with the same list of juices as yesterday.

A few ways to describe how I feel today:

clean from the inside out


content and happy


headache free




There you go! ¬†Tomorrow I’ll be back to juicing my own juice for day 9.

Keep on keepin’ on!


-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Day 7 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)


That is the number of times I had to go see a man about a horse today. I think that’s a record. Seriously. I think I’ve won some sort of award. ¬†If you or a loved one are aware of any cash-money prizes that are now owed to me, please do contact me. Look me up, I’m in the book and I could use the cash. ūüôā

In other news: in preparation for a couple of monstrous days at work, I cheated. I went out and BOUGHT some juice! Ha! I know what you’re thinking… yee of little faith. I haven’t slipped up at all! But juicing requires A LOT of preparation and time (it can take me between 20-45 minutes to make enough juice for 1-3 servings).

Anyjuice, you get the point. It has been a relief to conserve energy today on prep work, and although everything today/tomorrow is store-bought, I will share the list with you in case you’re near a Whole Foods and feeling thirsty.

BLUE PRINT CLEANSE JUICES (This company is solid- er well bad choice of word there. ¬†They make very fresh juices and I’ve used them before for a 5-day cleanse. ¬†I highly recommend them.)

GREEN JUICE2 servings, 110 calories per serving

P.A.M.1 serving, 210 calories per serving

SPICY LEMONADE –¬†¬†1 serving, 120 calories per serving

C.A.B.1 serving, 190 calories per serving

CASHEW MILK1 serving, 300 calories per serving

Obviously the BPC juice titles are lacking in creativity (how could any juice titles compare to my works of art) but what they lack in witty labels they definitely make up for in taste.


-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Day 6 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Zenful Dancers! ¬†Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! ¬†How the heck are ya? ¬†I feel like it’s been a whole day since we’ve last…¬†

O.K. so here’s the gist of it: ¬†Today was day 6 and I have not cheated once yet this whole time. ¬†Even though this is my fourth crack at a juice cleanse, I still surprise myself that I haven’t eaten any food yet. ¬†Of course, I haven’t really been hungry at all. ¬†I drink juice when I’m hungry and I do my best to keep my calories up and drink tons of water. ¬†This all seems to be working very well except I CANNOT STOP LOOKING AT PICTURES OF FOOD ON THE INTERNET. ¬†I know, I know; this sounds like maybe somebody else you know. ūüėČ

Sadly I have been looking at online cookbooks and dreaming up new recipes for my soon-to-be-eating-food-freedom-day. ¬†Frankly, it’s sick. ¬†I know I have a problem. ¬†I have every intention of finishing this cleanse but I can’t help but look! ¬†


******Day 6******

CHOPPIN’ (AND JUICIN’) BROCCOLImakes 1 serving, 431 calories per serving

Broccoli, 1 bunch

Ginger root, 1″ or 5 slices, raw

Rainbow swiss chard, 2 leaves

Bosc pear, 2 medium

Wash thoroughly, chop and combine in juicer.  Quite good.  Enjoy!


ALL GREENS PLUS1 serving (store bought), 221 calories per serving

GO AHEAD MAKE MY DAY (fresh batch)

BLUEBERRY WATERMELON SURPRISEmakes 1 serving, 240 calories per serving

Blueberries, 2 cups

Watermelon, 5 ounces

Wash, juice and enjoy! ¬†What!!? I thought adding “SURPRISE” into the title would make things sound more exciting! ¬†The surprise is in the taste! ūüėČ

And there you go my friends!   Good night and good luck and juice safely!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Day 2 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Hello Zenful Dancers, Happy Thursday!

Today is day 2 of this wonderful world of juicing. I’ve got one word for you people: PREPARE. I thought that owning a juicing book, stocking my fridge full of delicious organic fruits and veggies and having a juicer ready to go at my beck and call would be all I’d need to get through this plan. But here’s the catch: I need enough calories (1200) to get through my workout and my workday and be able to maintain somewhat normal activity without falling asleep.

This is my fourth juice cleanse but the first cleanse I’ve juiced myself. Good job LJ. ūüėČ

SO ya live and learn. So what if the entire thermos of juice that took me about an hour to make this morning and only added up to 158 calories? So what if I am home now trying to get the rest down the hatch (800 calories of juice in one sitting is challenging)? Does it really matter that I ran out of juice mid-day and had to run to the nearest organic juice store to stock up for the rest of the workday?

Of course it matters! I’ve learned so much today!!!

Here’s today’s recipes to add to the mix:

SEXY SWISS GREEN JUICEmakes 4 servings, 39.5 calories per serv.

Rainbow Swiss Chard, 1 bunch (approx 6 large leaves)

Celery, 8 stalks

Lemon, 1 small whole

Ginger Root, 1″ in diameter (approx 5 slices)

Hot House/English Cucumber, 1

ALL GREENS PLUS2, 12oz servings, 177 calories each – store bought

Proportions were not provided or labeled. ¬†Your guess is as good as mine. ūüôā










GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAYmakes 2 servings, 549.5 calories per serving

Cashew Nut Milk, raw whole cashews, soaked in filtered water for 1 hour, then drained and rinsed

Sea Salt, 2 pinches

3 cups of fresh, filtered water

Raw Honey, 1/2 tsp

Combine everything in a blender and add water.  Blend for 1 minute.  Enjoy!  ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY РTHIS IS THE LAST MEAL OF THE DAY

Total calories today: 1063.5 (I’m a bit under today. ¬†I will try for more calories in the morning tomorrow rather than waiting for dessert time)

YAHOOOOOO! ¬†I’M JUICING!!! ūüôā ¬†Have any of you Zenful Dancers joined in the fun yet?

Keep on keepin’ on,

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger