Grownup Gripe: You mean to tell me I have to drink that in order to lose weight, I’d rather stay fat.
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After a relapse on the diet I started in January, in search of desperate measures I found a 10-day green juice cleanse that looked promising.
Have you ever done a juice cleanse (or at least thought of doing one, maybe by researching it?)
They come with claims of up to 15 pound weight loss in 10 days along with more energy, clearer skin, and an overall detoxification of your body.
It’s all new territory for me. I have no idea what to expect but nonetheless I’m ready to mix it up!
So here goes…
This particular juice cleanse has a green smoothie recipe for each of the 10 days with varying ingredients supposedly chosen for each stage.
Starting on day one the first disappointment was no coffee. It’s a cleanse so caffeine is off limits and surprisingly replacing it with tea wasn’t bad.
The base is a few handfuls of greens and water blended with fruits, flaxseed, and a little Stevia.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out if you’re going to throw a bunch of veggies/fruit in a blender and consume only that weight loss is eminent but these recipes were designed by a Registered Dietitian with nutrient intake in mind.
Knowing this fact made me feel at ease.
After following every recipe to a T, yet adding more water, I was pleasantly surprised with the first sip. Sure it’s not a chocolate malt but doable.
Let’s just say I had very low expectations and it was sweeter than I thought it would be. I got this!
Did you ever go to spring break and see the DBs wearing ‘Save Water, Drink Beer’ T-shirts’?
Well water became my best friend. I didn’t go anywhere without it. When I awoke I drank at least 8 oz and then throughout the whole day.
It is recommended you drink least 64 ounces a day which you may think sounds easy but when you’re drinking all your other meals it’s a whole lot let me tell you. It filled me up though.
You’re supposed to chew the smoothie because Smith says the nutrients start when they mix with your saliva and I didn’t get that until I had one.
The smoothies are thick enough so even if it sounds gross at first at least it gives you the impression of eating something. You also know it’s pure goodness you’re putting in your body.
I wake up at seven and by 11:30, after water, a couple small smoothies and a cup of detox tea I would pop in a hard boiled egg like a TicTac.
Salt is off-limits but let me tell you the egg tasted incredible without it at that point. That’s the next thing I noticed, my taste of everything came back vividly after a few days of smoothies. #tastebuds
Maybe I didn’t take the time to actually savor the foods before but now there are so few to eat that I do. Whatever it is, I love tasting the flavors again.
Additionally my skin started looking better.
At first it dried up which with the weather I’m not sure but by day five I noticed a glow and more importantly a shrink in pores with no zits on the horizon. My skin is bad so this was eye opening.
Best of all, weight fell off!By day three I was down 5 lbs! Regardless if it’s water weight, it’s definitely motivation to stick with it. Every other day I’d lose another pound.￼
This year I’m approaching 40 and have found it’s not as easy to lose weight as it used to be.
￼I lost 9 lbs!
I haven’t seen weight loss like this for a while.
That in and of itself is enough for me to give the green smoothie cleanse an A+.￼￼￼￼ I’m not sure I can stick with it for life but it’s been 5 days since completion and I’ve only put 1 pound back on since eating whole foods again which isn’t bad.
Next week I plan to give it another go.￼￼￼
The saving grace for me are the allowable munchies in which I took full advantage of.
You’re able to snack on peanut butter, unsalted seeds and nuts, hard boiled eggs, apples and vegetables in addition to the smoothie ‘meals’.
As long as you’re busy and keeping up with the water intake you forget about the calorie deficit.
In my opinion if you’ve got a busy week coming up a cleanse is not feasible so time it wisely.
Check your schedule!
Meals out will be difficult. You also need to be nearby a refrigerator to keep your stash cold.
The biggest challenge I found is the kid’s dinner time and when my husband would eat his food.
Pizza is their favorite and I always grab a piece but not this time ;-). I grabbed a handful of sunflower seeds, drank a smoothie and carried on.
My husband traveled for five days so that helped.
Unsweetened peanut butter, carrots, Sweet peppers and at least two hard-boiled eggs a day were my go-tos and it wasn’t too bad.
I drank tons of tea, the detox tea each morning and different green teas throughout the day. Smith says green tea helps accelerate weight loss but ￼￼I bought decaffeinated to sleep better.
That’s the one thing I found to get worse while on the cleanse than before I started it: my sleep.
At least once during the night I had to wake up and pee from drinking so much during the day and for some reason I was restless at night.
I don’t know if that had anything with the diet as I’m not the best sleeper to begin with but sleep was good before the cleanse started.
The good news is I didn’t go to bed each night too hungry. I actually felt good for sticking to it.
As the newness wore off, it was still doable.
By the end of the ten days by day 9 I felt a bit weak and was tired but I also worked out hard.
In the book it mentions fatigue as a side effect and doesn’t encourage hard workouts during the cleanse but I had the energy so I did it.
Whatever occurs during the detox definitely effected my thinking as well. My thoughts are much clearer and I have a renewed mental sharpness I haven’t had for quite some time.
All things considered, I’d highly recommend it!
If you’re looking for a tried and true way to quick weight loss, a green juice cleanse is the answer!
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