Monday, January 2, 2012

Juicing my way into 2012.

I'm home, and the new year is here!

One of my resolutions for the new year is to lose the nearly-45 lbs. I've put on in the last 9 months. So I decided to make that a two-part goal, and made another resolution to complete a 5-day juice cleanse.

Today is day one.

I unintentionally fasted until about 4:30 or 5 o'clock this afternoon, because I was completely unprepared. I got off the plane yesterday morning and basically went straight to work. I didn't feel like going grocery shopping after I got off work at 9:30 last night, and I ended up sleeping in a little this morning and then running some other errands before heading to the grocery store.

I spent about $45 and got the following:

  • 3 mangoes
  • 4 (12 oz) bags fresh cranberries
  • 4.65 lbs. organic gala apples
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 bunches red leaf lettuce
  • 3.3 lbs. navel oranges
  • 2 bunches organic spinach
  • 6 lbs. carrots
  • 4 grapefruit
  • 3 avocados (for coming off the cleanse) 
  • 1.3 lbs. broccoli crowns
  • 1 bunch turnip greens
  • 3 bunches kale
  • 2 (6 oz.) containers blackberries
  • 2 (6 oz.) containers blueberries
  • 4 bunches celery
My first juice this afternoon was a little sweet. I was actually surprised by how tasty it was! It's something I might make for myself even when I'm not cleansing. The apple juice definitely lightened it up quite a bit. (That's it to the left.) This one made just shy of 8 oz, I believe. 

Juice 1:

- 1 apple
- 1/2 lemon (peeled, without pith!)
- 1 carrot
- 1 kale leaf

This next guy to the right is my second concoction of the day. I was surprised, when I cut out the apple, how much juice I lost. 

Juice 2:

- 1 celery stalk
- 1 carrot
- 2 kale leaves
- 1 lemon wedge (without pith, again)

This one tasted a lot like V8 to me, minus the tomato, obviously. It was pretty tasty as well! I rarely (read: never) crave V8 juice, but as a homemade replacement, I'd take this any day. It made 4 oz. of juice, so I'll need to double the recipe from now on. 

I'm going to make another glass of Juice 2 before I head to bed, to stave off any midnight cravings. One of the things that has surprised me the most is that I am not all that hungry, but my mouth and brain are desperately craving something to chew. I broke down and have been working on the same piece of gum for the last hour and a half. It's sugar-free and curbed the war going on in my brain, so I'm not too upset about it. 

I hope to update daily with my other strange concoctions, and I have several recipes to post from my vacation when this madness is over! 

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