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! 🙂

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**********

I WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEEleftovers

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

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

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

light

content and happy

peaceful

headache free

+___________________________

= FRIGGEN AWESOME!

 

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)

15.

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. 🙂

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.

Cheers!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Day 5 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Hey there Zenful Dancers!

I’ll keep tonight’s post short and garlicky.  I was able to get through my workout this morning without much trouble and my headache has completely disappeared, but I’ve been a bit shaky today (let the detox begin!) and last night I dreamt of beef jerky (I hardly ever eat meat).  So in an effort to conserve my humor for more energetic day, I’ll get straight down to business.

*****Day 5*****

CONFUSED VAMPIREmakes 3 servings, 159 calories per serving

Beefsteak tomato, 10

Bell pepper, 2 red

Garlic, 5 whole cloves

Wash, chop and combine everything in the juicer.  Enjoy!

ORANGE YOU GLAD I DIDN’T USE A BANANA? (Leftovers)

STR8 UP BEETS YO! (Leftovers)

GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY (Leftovers)

CRAZY HAZELmakes 2 servings, 130 calories per serving

Hazelnuts, 7oz raw, shelled

Filtered water, 4 cups

Nutmeg, 1 tsp grounded

Soak hazelnuts in water overnight.  Drain.  Blend hazelnuts with fresh, filtered water and 1 tsp of ground nutmeg for approximately 3 minutes.  

And now onward to day 6.  Anybody out there care to share their juicy experience?

Keep on keepin’ on and keep juicin’!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

 

 

 

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Days 3 and 4 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Hey Zenful Dancers!

Apologies for skipping a post! I crashed before I could reach the laptop last night.

So, today’s day 4 and there really seems to be something to this juicing stuff! 🙂

I’ve created some good (and a couple of not-so-good) recipes.  Try one or try them all and let me know what you think!  PLEASE NOTE:  In a previous life, I believe was someone important who sat around the boardroom table thinking up fabulous names for nail polish colors.  This is me (re?)living my past life regression through juice.  If you don’t enjoy the juice, at least enjoy the titles!!!

***Catching up from Day 3***

GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY – makes 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!

2 APPLES A DAY MAKES THE DOCTOR STAY AWAY FOR GOOD! – makes 2 servings, 183 calories per serving

Romaine lettuce, 6 leaves

Fuji apples, 2

Lime, 1 whole

Carrots, 5 large

Wash well and juice.  Enjoy!

STR8 UP BEETS YO! – makes 1 serving, 140 calories

Beets, 1 bunch, medium

Juice and enjoy str8 up! 🙂

LET’S GO SALSA! – makes 1 serving, 142 calories per serving

Cherry tomatoes, 1/2 small container

Garlic, 2 cloves

Hot House/English cucumber, 1

Lemon, 1 whole

Wash, juice and enjoy!

****Day 4****

CABBAGE…POOPOODADOOP OOP! 🙂 – makes 2 servings, 116 calories per serving

Green cabbage, 1 head, large

Apple, 1 fuji, medium

Wash well, cut, juice and enjoy!

ALMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND – makes 2 servings, 275 calories each serving

Raw almonds, pre-soaked in water overnight, 1 container

Water, 3 cups

Sea salt, a pinch

Raw honey, 1 tsp

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend for 2-3 minutes.  Strain into a glass.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.  Enjoy!

ORANGE YOU GLAD I DIDN’T USE A BANANA? – makes 2.5 servings, 248 calories per serving

Pink grapefruit, 1 medium

Navel oranges, 4 medium

Baby carrots, 15oz or 1 regular-sized bag

Wash, cut and combine everything in the juicer.  Enjoy!

DON’T DO IT, – makes 2 servings, 100 calories per serving

SERIOUSLY DON’T.  IT’S DISGUSTING.  I’M PUTTING IT DOWN BECAUSE I SAID I’D TRACK IT HERE BUT YOU’D BE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE IF YOU DRANK THIS ONE.  NOT GOOD.  NOT GOOD AT ALL.

Avocado, 1/2 large

Swiss chard, 3 leaves

Juice the swiss chard and add juice to blender with avocado.  Blend well.  Don’t drink it.  It sucks.  You’ve been warned.

I believe that should bring us up to speed!  I was a bit headachey yesterday and today but that seems to have dissipated this evening leaving me plenty of time to knit, watch 4 episodes of Parenthood Season 5 and get my laundry together.  I worked out both yesterday and today; normal high-energy aerobic workouts and I nailed them.  I think overall I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping my calorie intake up.  Still, I’m preparing for a detox day where I’ll be feeling gross and curled up in a small ball crying in the corner of my bathtub wishing I could eat something- anything- a blade of grass or some baby food.  That day has not yet come, but it could be just around the corner.  And when it comes please be on the lookout for an EVITE:

The Zenful Blogger Cordially Invites You… TO HER PITY PARTY!!!

But seriously, I feel pretty darn ok!  My skin is actually purging today and I feel clean.  It’s like just getting out of a shower for your insides!

Onto the next one, woo hoo!

Keep it real baby.  Keep it raw and juicy.

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger