Bucket List 2012: 3 day cleanse, Day 1

I’m back from Hawaii. I got used to having this view.

And this one…

And just because I want to torment you, this is a beauty too…

And now I’m back in Chicago. I won’t bother posting a picture. Just imagine nothing but gray skies, slushy streets and blustery cold. Depressing, isn’t it?

I did have a wonderful time and now that I’m back, it’s time for me to get back in with reality. There is nothing like coming home from vacation, trying on you jeans and thinking “WOWZA, these bad boys are tight!”  That’s my life right now.

When I was in Hawaii, I ate everything I wanted and drank every fruity drink you could think of. I figured its vacation and who knows when I would have the opportunity to eat this region’s cuisine again. So I went for it — all of it. And now I have to deal with it.

If you read one of my past posts about a cooking bucket list, you know one of the things I wanted to do in the kitchen this year is do a cleanse. Crazy? Sure, but now is no better time for me to accomplish this task and cross it off of my bucket list.

I haven’t done research on a specific cleanse, so what I post isn’t approved by a Doctor. I’m very luckily to have a Vitamix blender and I’m relying on that bad boy to do all of the work for me. For the next 3 days, I will consume only fruits & veggies mainly in smoothie form. If I feel good after 3 days, I might even try it for 5 days.

The reason behind this cleanse is not to lose a lot of weight. I put on 5 lbs from my honeymoon eating. That’s not the normal way I eat, so I’m sure once I get back into my everyday routine, the weight will disappear. I’m doing this cleanse because I want to see how my body reacts to only eating fruits & vegetables. Honestly I’m a meat girl, a cheese girl, a carb loving girl. I need a break from all of these foods. I feel sluggish. Fruits & veggies have great effects on people. I’m willing to see how it goes and I’m pretty excited to get this cleanse started.

Over the course of the next 3 days, I will only be eating fruits & vegetables. I will be drinking water and tea. That’s it. I will not be starving because I eat when hungry. You will wouldn’t want to be around me when I get hungry. (My husband describes me as Cranky.) I plan on making 3 smoothies/juices a day. Since I’ve never done this before, I may up my amount if my stomach starts to rumble. I’ll let you know.

This morning I made my first smoothie. I love the book, The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. You may have seen her on TV over the summer promoting her book. That’s how I first heard about her and the Glowing Green Smoothie. She has many celebrity clients and they swear by the GGS to keep them feeling healthy. I remember the first time I tried it and thought to myself, “I can’t believe how good this tastes!” The smoothie combines fruits & vegetables. That’s it. Say goodbye to smoothies filled with processed juices and creams. This is as natural as it gets. I’ve never had a smoothie with veggies and I really like it.

I like to make a couple batches at once since they last up to 3 days in the fridge. I’ll be having the GGS all day today, and so far, I feel pretty good! No headaches and I’m not cranky. :)  Below is the recipe and link to Kimberly’s Official Glowing Green Smoothie. I dare you to try it. I’m sure you’ll love it and want to incorporate it into your daily routine.

Kimberly Snyder’s Official Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients (64 ounces / 2-4 servings)

  • 1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water
  • 6 cups spinach, chopped
  • 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 stalks of organic celery
  • 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic pear, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice

Optional Ingredients

  • Ice cubes (the extra coldness can help newbies with the taste)
  • 1/2 cup of organic cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of organic parsley

Directions

Add water, spinach and chopped romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed; mix until smooth. Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

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