Category Archives: detox

Juice…FAST!

Standard
I’m kind of a big deal. And by big deal, I mean…I’m overweight. While I have learned to stand in confidence in this skin, I know that my fluctuating weight is due to inconsistent habits when it comes to my diet and exercise. Lucky for me, my weight is distributed rather evenly across my whole body…all 210lbs of me. 
At my heaviest (two years ago), I was 225lbs and a size 18. Standing just under 5’7, my then 31 year old knees  were in pain from the extra weight. I’ve always taken pride in having good posture but with my bulging mid-section pulling my weight forward, my lower back was in constant pain leaving me sitting and walking lazily with slumped shoulders.  
In late 2011, I’d finally seemed to find my rhythm. I was running consistently with my first half marathon in sight. I got down to 190 or so and was a strong size 12…or weak 14. 😉 In April of 2012, I ran my longest run and completed the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon (13.1 miles).
Shortly thereafter, I stopped running. I stopped exercising with exception of the occasional attempt to bring yoga back into my routine…kind of. I had, again, fallen from a horse that was racing towards the beginning of a very prosperous thirty-third year of life. 
Just months before, I had fulfilled the greatest physical challenge of my life! A FULL 13.1 miles?!?! And now, I’d fallen off the horse into an onslaught of weight gain…again.
Here I am nearly a year later and have gained back a significant amount of the weight. I’m winded taking the stairs and back to a “healthy” 210lbs. So…
…now what?
I’m longing for consistency. I LOVE the way I feel when my diet and schedule are in order. I’ve found that when I’m disciplined enough to continue growing in the natural and physical, my spiritual walk is far more disciplined…and vice versa. 
I’ve began a juice detox/fast. I chose this particular fast during the Lenten because it is both physically and spiritually driven. Here it is, day two and I’m feeling good. I’ll be sharing my journey right here every with updates every Tuesday and Thursday beginning today. 
I know I’m not the only one to struggle with weight. But I’m sharing my journey with you all to help show you that, “weight” itself isn’t the issue. The greater issue lies in our inability to practice discipline and remain consistent in multiple areas of our lives. Generally, when things are out of balance, our diet and exercise are the first to suffer.
I know that right now, juicing seems to be the trendy thing to do. But sometimes, it takes the ignition of a trend to ignite real change in the hearts and minds of people. I’ve enjoyed homemade juices for years but have never committed to it (consistently…dangit. There’s that word again) for any extensive amount of time. As trendy as it may seem, I know that it’s not going to be easy.  
Check back regularly, invite friends to subscribe and join me as I am inspired to inspire!


*BEAM* 

Advertisements

6 Day Detox Drop – Smoothie Recipes

Standard
Vanilla Blue – Breakfast
½ cup crushed ice (optional)
1 scoop or 4TBSP vanilla protein powder
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1 small banana, sliced
6-8 oz distilled water
Pomegranate Blend – Lunch
½ cup crushed ice (optional)
1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
½ cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
1 scoop or 4 TBSP vanilla protein powder
Misty Red – Dinner               
½ cup crushed ice (optional)
2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
½ cup organic unsweetened orange juice
1 scoop or 4 TBSP vanilla protein powder
Other Smoothie Options

Hawaiian Breeze
½ cup frozen or fresh pineapple chunks
1 small banana
1 scoop or 4 TBSP vanilla protein powder
½ cup original Silk soy milk or non-fat milk (I prefer Rice milk)
¼ cup organic unsweetened orange juice
Soy Smoothie
¾ cup original Silk soy milk or non-fat milk
½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
½ bananas fresh or frozen
½ scoop or 2 TBSP of vanilla protein powder
Summer Chill Smoothie
1 scoop or 4 TBSP vanilla protein powder
1 cup peeled and seedless red watermelon, cut (fresh or frozen)
¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
¾ cup distilled water
¾ cup organic unsweetened apple juice
1 TBSP lime juice
Do’s of the 6 Day Detox Drop

1.    DO follow through with the Cleansing Ritual twice daily on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes prior to food.  Note: If you get nauseated after the Cleansing Ritual, you may be one of the rare individuals who needs to have something in their stomach prior to the ritual.  If this is the case, eat breakfast first – wait an hour and then do the Cleansing Ritual.
2.       DO drink at least two quarts of distilled water daily
  
DO GET MOVING!!!

6 Day Detox – 15lb Challenge

Standard

Looking to kick start a healthier lifestyle?

Every four months or so I send myself through a detox in order to bring some order back into my food life.

I have gained about fifteen pounds in the last two months…what to do, what to do!?

MmmmmmmDROP!

So, here’s what I do… Robert Ferguson’s 6 Day Detox Drop which is part of the Diet Free Life

I’m not looking to lose the whole 15lbs in the next six days, although, it is quite possible 😉

6 Day Detox
Days 1-3
Cleansing Ritual (within 10 minutes of rising)
Part 1
4 or 6 oz unsweetened apple juice
1TBSP Psyllium Hulls
1TBSP Aloe Vera juice
Add all 3 to a jar or container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to mix and drink immediately.
Part 2
8oz distilled water
1TBSP liquid chlorophyll
Add chlorophyll to water and drink. Swallow capsules.
Cup of Green Tea (within 30 minutes of Cleansing Ritual) Decaffeinated, Hot or Cold
Breakfast (at least 30 minutes after Cleansing Ritual) Vanilla Blue Smoothie
Morning Snack (2 to 3 hours after breakfast) 12 oz organic unsweetened carrot juice or 8 oz of unsweetened apple juice
Lunch (2 to 3 hours after Morning Snack) Pomegranate Blend Smoothie
Afternoon Snack (2 to 3 hours after lunch)
Choice: Trader Joe’s Carrot Ginger Soup
Low-Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Men: 2 cups
Women: 1 cup
Evening Cleansing Ritual (at least 2hrs from Afternoon Snack and 30 minutes before Dinner)
Dinner (at least 30 minutes after Cleansing Ritual) Misty Red Smoothie

Evening Snack – Choice: Trader Joe’s Carrot Ginger Soup
Low-Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Men and Women: 1 cup
Evening Tea (1 to 2 hours before bedtime)

*********************************************************************************
Days 4-6 – Are much like the first three days but notice the change in the snacks*
 Cleansing Ritual (within 10 minutes of rising)

Part 1
4 or 6 oz unsweetened apple juice
1TBSP Psyllium Hulls
1TBSP Aloe Vera juice
Add all 3 to a jar or container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to mix and drink immediately.
Part 2
8oz distiller water
1TBSP liquid chlorophyll
Add chlorophyll to water and drink. Swallow capsules.
Morning Tea (within 30 minutes of Cleansing Ritual)

Breakfast Smoothie (at least 30 minutes after Cleansing Ritual)
*Morning Snack – 1 piece or 1 cup of fresh fruit (2 to 3 hours after Breakfast)

Lunch Smoothie (2 to 3 hours after Morning Snack)
*Afternoon Snack – 1 piece or 1 cup of fresh fruit (2 to 3 hours after Lunch)

Evening Cleansing Ritual (at least 2 hours from Afternoon Snack and 30 minutes before bed)
Dinner (at least 30 minutes after Cleansing Ritual)
Evening Snack (2 to 3 hours after Dinner) – Men and Women 1 cup

Evening Tea (1 to 2 hours before Bedtime) – 1 Cup Decaffeinated Green, Milk Thistle, Ginger or Dandelion Root Tea
HAVE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP!!!

Part of my problematic weight gain has also been my lack of activity so…back on the horse uh…trail I go!

GET MOVIN!!!