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: 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! ūüôā

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¬†‚Ästmakes 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! ūüôā

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! ūüôā –¬†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


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