Day 1 - Feb 1
The day started with a warm glass of water with a dash of cayenne and a squeeze of lemon followed by a pint of Green Juice. I used the Crazy Sexy recipe instead of the recipe we used for our previous juice fast, and I must say this recipe is much more palatable. The one part of this cleanse I was not looking forward to was the Green Juice every morning, but now I don't mind it at all! Lunch was a delicious spinach, avocado and tofu "egg(less) salad" bowl. In the afternoon I snacked on a pear with some almond butter. Dinner was a mix of raw veggies in a almond butter based thai sauce that I made in the blender. For an evening snack I had some fresh strawberries and a one inch square of 72% cacao dark chocolate. Throughout the day I sipped green tea with cinnamon, almond milk, and a touch of agave. Not bad, right? I found that at the end of the day I still had a ton of energy, where as I am usually ready to drop dead by 11pm. Day one completed, and I'm still psyched for the next 20 days (and beyond!)
Day 2 - Feb 2
Again had the cayenne/lemon water and green juice in the morning. By 10:30 I was fairly hungry, though it is suggested not to eat until after noon, so I sipped on green tea all morning. Being at work and smelling the bagels my co-workers were toasting and enjoying was a bit difficult, but I'm committed! Also, today was community lunch day at work where we all eat a catered lunch together at a round table. I had lots of questions to field as to why I was eating raw veggies and quinoa instead of the delicious smelling mexican food. I found that I didn't even crave the Mexican and was MORE than happy with my delicious home made lunch! Day 2 was also the day that Emmett got neutered, so I left work a little early to pick him up. By the time I got home around 5:30 I was starving because I had skipped an afternoon snack. My dinner of spinach, avocado, and tofu "egg(less)" salad hit the spot. I rounded out the night with some green tea and a snack of a sliced pear and almond butter. So far, so good!
Day 3 - Feb 3
Reflecting a lot on some of the negative feedback I've been getting for doing this cleanse. Most people are supportive and I'm really starting to believe that those who are not supportive may just be ignorant and closed minded. I'm still holding strong and loving it! However, I did have a dream last night that I ate a piece of toast with butter, and I woke up so upset with myself for ruining the cleanse. Then I realized that it was just a dream!
Day 4 - Feb 4
Still going strong and feeling great! In Kris Carr's book, Crazy Sexy Diet, where this cleanse is outlined, she offers supportive affirmations for each day. Today's affirmations are all about dealing with the naysayers and the judgement of others. I have to say, her words of encouragement on this topic came at the best time. I'm not doing this to make anyone else happy. This is for me. If you have an opinion of the choices I've made, you can keep them to yourself. I don't need them.
Day 5 - Feb 5
Sunday mornings are usually my time to weigh in for the week. I toyed with the idea of holding off until completing an entire week of the cleanse, but curiosity got the best of me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that weight loss was indeed one of the many health benefits of this cleanse. I lost 2 pounds in the first 4 days, not bad! Now I have to muster up the will to go to the grocery store on super bowl Sunday so that I can prep my lunches and dinners for the week!
Day 6 - Feb 6
Getting into the routine of this! Bought a bunch of Lara Bars to try - vegan, gluten free, raw, and delicious! The only thing I still crave daily 6 days in: frozen yogurt!
Day 7 - Feb 7
The TRUE test of will. Today was an office birthday. And the office catered lunch. I happily munched on my spinach and egg-less salad while all of my co workers enjoyed macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, cookies, brownies, and eventually birthday cake. I was expecting the desserts to be the hardest thing to turn an eye too, but honestly, I didn't even really want any. I was craving the Blueberry Pie Larabar that was waiting in my purse for a mid afternoon snack. This is a MAJOR deal. Usually sweets, and especially chocolate, are impossible for me to resist. Go cleanse!!