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Day 5 – 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

tropical-fruit-smoothie     Today is day 5. I have completed my first 5 days of the 10 day green smoothie cleanse. YAY for me!! Happy Cinco De Mayo

I feel great. Amazing. Lots of energy. At this point, I can’t tell you how much weight I have lost. I didn’t weigh myself because my gym, who will remain nameless, doesn’t believe in having scales as they say it is body shaming. And of course I don’t own one myself. I also did not go to the gym during these 5 days. I wasn’t feeling well the first two and decided not to go the rest of the week because I wanted to see if not working out during this cleanse would make a difference. I will go the next 5 days.

This cleanse wasn’t so much about losing weight for me as it was more about getting back on track with clean eating. These smoothies and tea help to flush out all of the crap I have been eating and back to healthier habits like shopping ahead of time, preparing meals and being mindful of my snacking. Establishing healthy eating habits takes commitment and dedication. Knowing what to eat and preparing ahead of time can alleviate self sabotage.

I will admit my nightly routine needs improvement. If I prepare my clothes in the evening, that would shave off an extra 10 minutes in the morning staring in the closet wondering what to wear and then having to iron the clothes as well. I like making the smoothies in the morning. Even if I was running late, I can take my smoothie with me on the road. NO excuses. Each day gets easier and better. Healthier.

Stay tune for day 6.

 

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Day 6 – 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

Well it is day 6 people. Four more days to the end.

Have you ever had one of those people in your life that does NOT read directions before diving in? Like not reading the FULL directions before trying to put together IKEA furniture? Well that would be me. I look at the pictures and assume I know what I am doing.

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My smoothie prep

Same case with these smoothies. The instructions say to blend the leafy greens FIRST then everything else. Not reading the entire book first is probably why my green smoothies look like a scary brown mess. It’s all good though, it’s all going to the same place. 🙂

So today we had a chip and dip contest. I told myself that I would NOT try any but I did. I sampled three of the dips, few chips and a few pretzels. After I left I could immediately feel a funny sensation in my nose and felt a headache coming on. I’ve felt this before when I would have dairy such as ice cream. I recall one of my coworkers saying that one of her dips had cream cheese in it which would be the culprit for me.

After having done a cleanse and starting to eat clean, when you began to reintroduce other foods you will be able to notice how your body reacts to it.  The first time I did an herbal cleanse, I did it for 30 days and lost some serious weight. People said I was starting to look funny and it freaked me out. So I started eating, and eating flour type foods like breads and pasta. I wanted to eat healthy so I thought and ate ALL wheat products. I broke out in hives. It was so bad my skin burned. After a day or two of the herbal cleanse, my skin cleared up. Many people are eating foods that they have an intolerance to and don’t know it. By doing a cleanse or detox, your body expels the toxins and waste that has been stored in the body. It’s important to reintroduce foods into the body slowly one by one while paying attention to the body’s reaction to it. This way you are you sure to know what what’s good for your body. Signs of discomfort like headaches, stuffy nose, stomach aches and other symptoms can let  you know what foods are good for your body.

Many people are eating foods that don’t agree with their bodies but are not sure which foods are the culprits so they continue to eat everything that they have been eating ignoring the signs. The discomfort some have experienced hasn’t been enough for some people to do a cleanse or detox. It was enough for me. Is it enough for you?

Stay tune for day 7.

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Day 4 – 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

Today is day 4 of NO CHOCOLATE. I meant, day 4 of the 10 day green smoothie cleanse. 🙂 It’s not that I crave chocolate, because of the vitamins that I take and all of the healthy fruits and leafy greens in my smoothies, I don’t have cravings. I just miss chocolate. I love chocolate actually. I can eat chocolate all day. I love chocolate cake, chocolate protein shakes, chocolate chip cookies… Just CHOCOLATE!!

THIS JUST IN: One of the members of our organization sent us treats… cookies and BROWNIES. I opened the box, smelled the delicious brownies and kept it moving. 😦 None for me. I will work out my frustrations at the gym this evening.

I feel good. No complaints. AND I am not even HANGRY. Life is good. Even the dark circles under my eyes are clearing up. Dark circles under eyes can be caused by many things. “Pigmentation irregularities — these are a particular concern for people of color, especially blacks and Asians, Sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious, fatigue, allergies and more.” Doing a cleanse or a detox helps to rid the body of toxins as well as helps to remove excess waste.

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I am enjoying the smoothie cleanse process. The preparation part was what I thought would kill me but it actually doesn’t take that long to prepare and make a smoothie. Now CLEANING up my mess is another issue all together. The other day I saw what resembled green smoothie on the wall near the light switch. Can’t imagine how that got there.

Stay tuned to day 5.

 

 

 

 

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Day 3 – 10 day green smoothies

Yesterday was a rough day. I had a headache most of the day that only got worse by the time I left work. I ran all of the scenarios that it could be, not enough water, not enough protein or this terrible pollen that the Washington, D.C. area has. There was another possibility that I did not think of until today. When your body goes through a detox, one of the side of effects could be what is a called a healing crisis. “This occurs when the cells release toxins into circulation but the elimination organs (skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, bladder & GI tract) are not able to eliminate them quickly enough. The toxins remain in circulation and can affect the brain stem region leading to nausea, poor coordination, headaches, fatigue, malaise, fever, etc.” In my case, it was the terrible pollen. My face hurt, my head ached, migraines begin and I cannot see. If untreated, I get an upset stomach and start vomiting. Well this is how I woke up this morning.   berrysmoothie

Today I only drank green tea, water and had one smoothie this evening. Tomorrow should be better.

Stay tuned for day 4.

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Day 2 – 10 day green smoothie cleanse

Ok so before I begin, let me explain what a cleanse is and is not. I have had a LOT of questions (questions are good) and hopefully I can provide the answers. People always ask me why are you eating if you are doing a cleanse? Normally, I would do an herbal cleanse. My favorite cleanse is by Renew Life products. An herbal cleanse is a combination of herbs (depending on which ones you take) that cleanse the colon, kidneys, bladder, intestines and liver during a particular period of time. I generally do an herbal cleanse a few times a year. You can still eat when you do an herbal cleanse, hopefully you are eating better while doing it. A fruit cleanse or a smoothie cleanse is basically a cleanse togive your body a rest from the whole digestive process. “Digestion time varies between individuals and between men and women. After you eat, it takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine.” That was by the Mayo Clinic. With juicing and doing smoothies, you don’t have the process of breaking down foods. While you can lose weight, these are not diets and should not be used for such.

Now on to my Day 2….

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Fyi, this is a very nice stock photo of a perfect green smoothie. MINE on the other hand, do not look like this. Mine are brown and scary looking!!

I had a rough night. I went to bed with the WORST headache. I thought that my headache came from starting the smoothie cleanse and not having enough protein or water. As a vegetarian I have to be sure to get enough protein in my daily diet. I woke this morning, headache was gone. Got to work and headache was back. After hearing the complaints from my co-workers about allergies, I found my culprit. Me bringing up my headache was part of the reason why I did not prep the next day. In the book, there are two programs. One where  you have three smoothies a day and the other where you have two smoothies and a full meal. I chose the second program as I would like to continue after I get through this.

My intent was to get up at 4:50 a.m., work out, shower, dress, shine and I am out the door. Instead, I woke up at 4:00 a.m. having to pee SO bad. I didn’t look at the clock with the idea of go to the bathroom and then work out. That would be a smart and dedicated person. I laid there for a minute until I couldn’t take it anymore. I got up, went to the bathroom and got back in bed. Yep, I laid there until the alarm went off at 5:20 and THEN rolled out of the bed at 5:30.

I intentionally did not prepare for my morning smoothie as I wanted to see how long it would take me to make it in the morning and how it would affect my morning routine. Most of my clients or students complain that making smoothies or juicing would take too much time out of their day. Actually, putting on my makeup takes the longest of my morning routine. I made my smoothie and got on with my day.

Now keeping in mind that I downed my first smoothie at 6:00 a.m., I was ready for my first snack by the time I got to work. My snack of choice was an apple and a 100 calorie pack of almonds at around 9:30 a.m. I tried to hold out until noon to have lunch but I was fading fast and seeing stars. After lunch I had TWO, count them, two snacks before I had my next smoothie for the evening. All and all it was a good day I’d say. Tune in for Day 3.

 

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Day 1 – 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

In the book 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J.J. Smith, she says that you have to mentally prepare for this process. That is the absolute truth. I have been getting my mental ready for about two weeks now. I was looking at several smoothie cleanses and this one chose me. Got Juice?

Often times when I talk to clients or potential clients who say they want to be healthy, there’s always some hesitation with what needs to be done.  Changing negative eating habits or beginning a workout routine requires preparation, organization and prioritization.

So the first thing I had to do was workout a schedule for myself. It sounds weird to schedule eating but when you get busy, you can forget to eat or not eat at all, which is not good. In addition to the smoothies, you are to drink lots of water and have healthy snacks. I use my smartphone to schedule everything as I roll out of bed at 5:30 a.m. Since today is Sunday, this is how my first day went.

And so it began…
So since today is Sunday, my day began differently than what it will look like tomorrow. I woke up fairly late. I did not prepare the night before so I had to go digging for everything. That is not going to work during the work week. Anyway, I pulled out the Magic Bullet and was quite confused. Let’s keep in mind, I have two blenders and two juicers. I teach a class on juicing and making smoothies so this should be easy but I have never used the bullet before and was quite confused. Once I figured it out, I realized that the measurements were larger than what the bullet was going to hold so I had to use one of my blenders. The smoothie started out looking normal until I added the flaxseed and the protein powder. Then it looked pretty scary. The taste was not bad and I felt great though. I washed clothes, cleaned up my smoothie making mess. I also take a multivitamin.

My issue came when I had to make a Target run.I was trying to gauge my next smoothie and when I would need to eat my snack. I decided to eat the snack first and then go thinking that would hold me until I got home for my next smoothie. Well hunger escalated quickly. I was starving. I was beginning to get hangry. Everything in Target was calling my name. Those M&Ms, the chocolate cupcakes and cookies just would not go away. I resisted the temptations. I had to go to MOMs to get more protein powder so I got a little bit of walnut and almond granola to hold me over. I made it home safely to my smoothie and no one got hurt. Later for my snack I had some green tea, a 100 calorie almond pack and an apple. For dinner I had a nice healthy salad. Now time for yoga.

Stay tuned for Day 2.

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10 days of green smoothies!!

 

I haven’t blogged in awhile. But I am back. A lot has been going on in my life, which is one of the chief reasons for me starting this green smoothie journey. On Sunday, May 1st 2016, I will start my 10 day green smoothie cleanse. I will be using the second program that J.J. Smith has created in her book.jjsmith

Why am I using someone else’s program if I am a holistic health practitioner, health and wellness coach and holistic nutrition consultant?

– If you are a doctor, you don’t perform surgery on yourself. If you are lawyer (and a smart one)  you do not represent yourself in court. Sometimes you need assistance from others. I have fallen off of the wagon more times than I can count. I have my reasons, and I am aware of what they are. To be honest, my diet is crap right now. I have a HUGE sweet tooth and my junk food cravings were out of control. As I have stated, I had a LOT going on in my life and just fell off. Things are finally turning around and I want to get back on track. In addition to that, J.J. has a large following and many people are joining in and its always good to have support.

What are your expectations?

-I am a vegetarian. Not a very good one but I am one. It’s always a good idea to cleanse your system to rid the body of toxins. This will be a fresh start for the summer. Doing a cleanse is a natural way to lose weight. I am not over weight but I can afford to lose a few pounds. The recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables is 5-9 servings a day. You can get that in a smoothie. Other benefits include but are not limited to; increased energy (like I need that, I am already on level 100) mental clarity and focus, clearer skin and so much more.

I will blog and tweet for the next 1o days, so I hope that you will follow me. I am open to your questions and comments.  Don’t forget to sign up and receive my blog via email.

Thanks in advance.

Rev. LaTreviette
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