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Day 5-8 Juice Cleanse/Raw Food Journey

I can't believe it! I am 8 days into my juice cleanse/raw food journey! It's getting easier by the day, as I'm incorporating more solid food in my diet (raw, of course). I'm still drinking about 4-5 juices a day, but also snacking on whole fruits, raw nuts, and avocados (although I did cheat on Sunday with the tiniest piece of bread for communion. haha.) But I'm not going to lie - there definitely have been days, especially on the weekends, that have really tested my willpower. My friends were eating dirty dogs (if you're from LA you know what these are; if not, you can think of these as the the tastiest street hot dogs. lol.), chili cheese fries, chili cheese burgers in front of me... you get the picture. There obviously weren't any raw food options at these places. Maybe raw meat in the kitchen? Haha. But most of the time, I've been able to find something else that I could order and munch on while socializing with friends. For example, my friends and I went to a frozen yogurt shop - so I ordered a bowl of fruit toppings without yogurt. I didn't feel like I was missing out on much.

The reason why I decided to incorporate solid raw food into this cleanse is because it is not realistic for me to only drink juice for an extended period of time. My work and social calendars would make this really difficult, especially considering I travel quite frequently for work. As long as I stick to this plan in moderation, I believe that I could stay on this cleanse and continue to feel and see the beneficial effects on my body.

This cleanse has really inspired me to eat cleaner. I'm going to start banning certain foods from my diet once I get off this cleanse, one of which I consume much too frequently for my own good -- diet sodas. I hope I won't regret this decision because I always order diet soda when I'm out... but diet sodas are so bad for you. Drinking diet sodas are like drinking a bottle of nasty chemicals. So yes, no more diet sodas when I get off this cleanse!

I'm also exercising more frequently now that I've overcome the fear of not having any energy on this cleanse. My exercise activities are pretty moderate for now (e.g., yoga, hiking), but I think I should be able to ease into my regular workouts soon.

Hiking at Runyon Canyon in Hollywood (Day 7)

I really liked the DIY Blue Print cleanse, and I think the juices from this cleanse are great for beginner juicers. But I also decided to venture out and try a few new juices of my own!

1. Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Lemon Juice - This juice is from the Blue Print Cleanse (recipe here), but I decided to continue making this one cuz it makes me feel so healthy! Lol. Beets are packed with nutrients and antioxidants and are a natural source for energy boosts!

2. Carrot Orange Juice - This has been one of my all-time favorite juices. I would always treat myself to carrot orange juice in college.

3. Let's call this one, "Green Machine" - Broccoli, kale, spinach, parsley, granny smith apples, pineapple and blueberries! It tastes better than it sounds, I promise!

4. Let's call this one, "Summer Melon" - Cantaloupe, oranges, and a whole lot of mint. So tasty and refreshing! Cleanse or not, I think everyone would love this juice!!

What are some of your favorite juicing recipes??

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Day 3 & Day 4 Juice Cleanse - I extended my cleanse!!

I can't believe I'm already on Day 5(!!) of this juice cleanse/raw food/spiritual journey! I'm not gonna lie, Day 3 got pretty tough for me late afternoon. I was feeling tired and thought I was silly for considering extending the cleanse. During the toughest times, I just continued to pray and spend more time time on my daily devotionals, and on Wednesday night (Day 3) I actually brought myself out to the gym for some late night yoga. *Pat on the back*

I'm considering extending this cleanse to 7 days. I'm going to start incorporating more solid raw foods into my diet. So far, I've only had two solid raw food meals during the cleanse - one on Day 2 for best friend's birthday and one last night (Day 4) for Valentines Day - mostly consisting of raw kelp/kale noodles of some sort. Fortunately, there are a decent number of raw food restaurants out here in LA; but I'm definitely going to be "cooking" some other raw dishes! I will keep you all posted!

Review on my juicers (Breville BJE200XL and Omega VRT330) coming up!!

Valentine's Day dinner at Planet Raw in Santa Monica, CA. Delicioso!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

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Day 2 Juice Cleanse - I feel so energized!!

Day 2 of juice cleanse = success!! Pictured above are all 5 of my juices for the day (the 3 in the middle are bottled in kombucha bottles), starting from the left Green Apple, Pineapple Apple Mint, Spicy Lemonade, Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Lemon, and Cashew Nut Milk. As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I'm currently on a 3-day DIY Blue Print cleanse created by Juice Boy. If you want to try out a juice cleanse but don't really know where to start, this is a great cleanse for you! He does a great job describing everything you'll need for the juice cleanse and everything you can expect from the juice cleanse. He even created a shopping list for 1-day, 3-day, and 5-day cleanses! 

I was honestly a bit nervous about juicing today since I heard that day 2 of juice cleanses are the toughest. People say that they are tired, hungry, and sometimes even light-headed on day 2. So I expected the worst. But lo and behold... I felt AMAZING! I felt like I drank coffee at certain points of my day! It really must be from all the nutrients and vitamins my body is getting from the juices. I've read a few juicing blogs in the past and never really understood how someone who drank/consumed only juice all day could possibly feel energized. But now I understand. Hopefully, I will continue to feel this way tomorrow (and few days after if I decide to extend my cleanse)!

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, today was one of my best friend's birthday. So I decided to take her out to a raw foods restaurant out here in LA, called Cafe Gratitude. I didn't want to lose the momentum of the beneficial effects of the cleanse, so I ordered the "I am Terrific" entree -- a kale salad mixed with raw kale noodles. And it was amazing! I ate about half and to-goed the rest. 

Cafe Gratitude's "I am Terrific" entree

And of course we had to embarrass her with a birthday song and a slice of raw coconut cream pie!

Cafe Gratitude's raw coconut cream pie. 

My bestie got ME a present on HER birthday! Who does that?? I have such great friends!

I convinced my roommate to join the juice cleanse band wagon! =]

JUICING TIP!! I don't throw away my kombucha bottles so I can reuse the empty bottles for my juices!

Alright, let's pray that the tomorrow will go as well as today did! =]

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Day 1 Juice Cleanse - I MADE IT!!

Yes!! I made it through Day 1 of my juice cleanse/raw food journey! I'm very proud of myself! I was really nervous about doing a juice cleanse, because I thought I was going to suffer and get light headed during the day, but I felt great! I even felt satisfied when my co-workers decided to eat wonton soup next to me for lunch. Haha. Now that's telling you something!

I bought "Juicing Recipes for Vitality and Health" by Drew Canole and have been juicing off this book for the past couple weeks. I loved juicing so much that I decided to do a 3-day cleanse! I'm currently on a 3 day DIY Blue Print Cleanse created by Juice Boy of Juices 101 (I love his blog btw!!). The cleanse consists of 6 different juices: Green Apple, Pineapple Apple Mint, Spicy Lemonade (aka Master Cleanse lemonade), Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Lemon, Parsnips Pears & Celery, and Cashew Nut Milk. My friends and I decided to take out the Parsnips Pears & Celery juice and just do 5 juices instead. They all taste great! The taste and the variety of juices definitely were two of the main factors that helped me get through day 1 of the cleanse.

I'm toying with the idea of extending the cleanse for a tad longer because there are a few things in my calendar that are going require me to eat out (e.g., best friend's birthday tomorrow). I don't want to backtrack on this cleanse, so on those days, my plan is to substitute a juice or two with a meal from a raw foods restaurant (if eating at a raw foods restaurant is not an option, then fruit, salad, etc. at any other restaurant will do). We will see. =]

This is what juicing for 3 girls looks like... 

Bottled my juices in thermoses and old kombucha bottles!

Alright, let's pray that the next two days go as well as today did!

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Bored of exercising?

This picture of my pathetic ankle and my roomie's awesome Christmas-themed Lego village about sums up my uneventful day working from home! Haha. Unfortunately, I sprained my ankle yesterday sparring my muay thai coach after an hour of jiu jitsu and a run. I probably pushed my body more than I should have, but I had an incredible time nonetheless... even though I'll have to pay the cost of not stepping in a gym for a few days.

Anyway, I got to thinking recently, why is it that so many people quit exercising a few months after they sign up for the gym? They get all gung-ho about working out and getting into shape, sign up for the gym, become a gym rat for the next couple months and maybe shed some weight and build some definition, and then eventually stop working out altogether. I bring up this topic as the time is approaching for us to make our list of New Years resolutions again. Are you going to make the same resolution you did last year - to lose that extra 10 pounds?

So tell me, what do you think is the main reason why so many people don't make it a priority to consistently exercise? I want to hear your thoughts!

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