what you are thinking? A 3 day blend cleanse, shouldn't it be a 3 day juice
cleanse? Yes, is the answer to that question, but since a juice cleanse requires
a juicer and I have no interest in getting another appliance for the kitchen
just for three days, I've decided to turn it into a blended juice cleanse
I am not
one for fad diets, in fact my general philosophy on the subject is eat somewhat
healthy and exercise and leave it at that. So, why Am I doing this? Well my
stomach has been bothering me a bit lately and I'm simply curious of the impact
a three day cleanse will have on me. For those who don't know, this usually
involves drinking only juices and water for three days straight. From what I've
been told or read this restarts or resets the digestive system and gives it a
bit of a clean to get out any toxins. It should also help with weight control
and energy. I'm actually in pretty decent weight so that's not an issue for me,
but I could always use a bit more energy.
Will this work with a blended juice
cleans as well since it requires my stomach to do some work from the blends? I
don't know. One way to find out. The cleanse I decided to go with came from the guy who did
the movie Fat Sick and
Nearly Dead called Reboot.
am blending instead of juicing I cut the ingredients in half or made other
adjustments to decrease the amount for each of the recipes.
Breakfast - Carrot-Apple-Lemon
lemons, peeled in desired
1 cup water
This turned out about a pint and a half for me to drink which still seemed like a lot since my breakfast normally consists of a yogurt. Taste wise it wasn't too bad though. The lemon was a bit strong for my me. It also took a while to drink so much but I was able to get it all down. I might have to reduce the portions a bit more going forward.
That's not on the list. Yes, I know but my justification for breaking the
recommended list of items is that soup is a liquid, it is more or less like
taking tomatoes blending them together and drinking them. This way I get to
heat it. And add a couple crackers, but don't tell anyone about the crackers.
Dinner - Garden Variety
handfuls of parsley
of dried parsley. I didn't get any fresh stuff on my visit to the store
in a glass with ice
Honestly, it tastes better than it looks.
Late Evening Snack -
glass of Peach or Pie Delight that was left over from preparing tomorrows
breakfast and lunch in advance.
End of Day 1 Summary
I did it
a couple of crackers at one point throughout the day not being able to stand
the craving for solid food. By hey, I'm going cold turkey on this thing so I'm
going to allow it. I've found so far that the drinks haven't tasted as bad as I
thought they would. I've also found that even though I might be done with
drinking a meal and my stomach feels full that I'm still hungry and craving
food. It's an odd combination of feelings.
Breakfast - Peach or Pie Delight
peaches (pitted) or pears of peaches are not in season
With this one I didn't change the recipe, other than adding some water to make it easier to blend. I also went with butternut squash instead of sweet potato. The store I went to didn't have an sweet potato. So far this is the best blend.
Lunch - Green Lemonade
handfuls of spinach
lemons, peeled in desired
of a cucumber peeled
of a lemon
like to preface this one with saying, I HATE SPINACH. I hate it to the point
that went we went to the store and bought all this stuff my girlfriend was
shocked that I was getting this nasty leafy metal tasting substance and was
going to willingly consume it. The drink
itself smelled and tasted as terrible. So far of all the recipes for this
juice fest this is the worst one.
snack involved a granola bar. I was hungry and didn't bring a blended option to
work and had to go with what was available. It was delicious. But I think it
was a bad idea as it only made me more hungry rather than quenching it.
Dinner - Purple Passion
blueberries. I ran out so that's as many as I had
than a hand full of mint
with this for dinner instead of one of the subscribed items because I had the
granola bar earlier and I didn't get to dinner until 8 at night and wasn't super hungry by that point.
night snack of my Pink Tangerine mix in a small glass with some ice. See tomorrows breakfast for recipe.
Breakfast - Pink Tangerine
my own recipe
Lunch - Green Lemonade
reduced it to 1/4 lemon instead of previous recipe that had a half lemon.
latte and a small glass of Purple Passion
Dinner - Green lemonade
Changed the lemon to a lime and added twice as much cucumber to use it all up.
Small glass of pink tangerine
Breakfast - unnamed
1/2 cup butternut
Yesterday was the
last day but I decided to start the day off with a juice since I still had all
Lunch - Chicken
fried rice and a 7UP
I really wanted a
burrito but was worried it might send my system into shock, and that's not
something to have happen while at work.
1st meal in three days.
The chicken friend
rice was delicious. I really noticed the salt in it, it's interesting with only 3
days of no salt how the taste buds become so much more aware of it along with
the sugars in the 7UP. I had to eat slow the first few bites and drink made me
a bit light headed. In the end I could only eat about half of the meal.
I did notice I felt
a bit healthier and had more energy. The
first two days were rough with hunger desires, and it seemed I could smell food
from miles away like a polar bear. By the 3rd day my stomach was adjusting and
the hunger wasn't as much of an issue. I do plan to continue with the juices in
the morning for breakfast. They are easy enough to make the night before and
store overnight. Then I can just grab and go in the morning.
Overall it was an
interesting experiment but I wouldn't want to do it regularly. People often
think that I'm a foodie but I'm really not. I do believe, however, in enjoying life
and if you are going to eat you might as well eat something yummy. And if my stomach doesn't like it, my stomach can fuck off.