Get in my belly.

main-cleanse

So, it’s reset time. Thanksgiving is creeping in the corners, about to emerge next week. Last year, Cooking Light did a recap of all the calories you take in just by tasting your food while preparing it. The number was high, really high. And, as the host, it blows my mind that I may consume a whole day’s worth of calories while making sure my food doesn’t taste like shit. Now, I already have myself set up for success: Turkey Trot 5K in the AM with a possible light spin class directly after. But I want to just ensure that going in, I have focus. I heard a phrase recently that really resonated with me: “Respect yourself as an athlete”. Am I an athlete? I had to think about this for a minute. But then I decided: Yea, damn it, I am. I run 30+ miles a week and I go into every race with a fierce attitude. I am an athlete. I need to respect my body as such. I don’t run as well when I can feel a package of Oreo’s in my belly. So I am leaning on Pressed Juicery to help a sister out. On Thursday, I will have in hand, at my doorstep, a three day cleanse, built for novice juice cleansing folks & athletes. Because of my weekly mileage, I am going to add food to this cleanse. I can’t do 9 miles in a row on nothing but juice. I’ll stroke out. I am, however, going to keep it strictly to what comes out of the ground. And I am going to try and keep it raw. Difficult you say? Yucky, you say? NAHHHHH. A well made salad can make any girls heart skip a beat. I am actually really looking forward to this.

For more information on Pressed Juicery’s cleansing options, take a meander on to their site. They have three different cleansing options or you can customize one yourself. They also have a monthly delivery service you can subscribe to as well as a vast array of tasty choices.

Happy eating everyone!

Eat it.

The holidays are coming. And they are coming fast. That’s right. I said it. Get ready. Aside from the purging hopelessly of all earned money, things like anxious and social eating come right along with the territory. So, it’s time to stock your cabinets with some better options. Last year, I started dipping my fingers into the whole “juice movement” and although I don’t always have time to make fresh juice, I always slurp one of the above options down at my local market. If I’m at Whole Foods, I can have them make it fresh but sometimes, I can’t venture in there, for I fear I may spend every last dollar I have. Anyways, the cereal above will fill you up in the morning, it pairs great with almond milk, coconut milk or the traditional stuff. The coconut water is a great post workout beverage and the chocolate covered goji berries will save you from eating ten thousand Hershey kisses. Oh, and those lovely sweet potato “sticks”, they save you from the crunch monster. SO GOOD!

All of these items can be found at your local Whole Foods or natural foods market. Don’t have one of those? Go ahead and order them online. Either way, gear up for a healthy and productive holiday season. After all, we have to stay beautiful for all these social gatherings, right?????

(If you need specific product information, shoot me an e-mail)

Quick details for juice cleanse.

Some people have asked me to clarify a few things about the cleanse so seeing as though tomorrow is the BIG day, I thought I would write a little more detail about some of the components of the cleanse.

Juicer: If you don’t have a juicer and are going to buy one, choose a slow juicer, it keeps the fruit completely raw by not heating it and tends to extract more of the fiber from the fruit, providing you with a more nutrient dense experience. If you don’t want to invest in a juicer, a blender is fine, you are simply going to have more texture. When using a blender, peel all your fruits and veggies well. Try not to add ice, it will make the mixture more difficult to get down.

Almond Milk: 4-6 ounces of house-made almond milk is plenty. House-made? Yes, soak almonds overnight in water and then throw in the juicer. Don’t have a juicer? Just buy almond milk but make sure it is organic with no other creepy stuff in there. My plan is to blend the almond milk with the berries so that I can make it more of a treat. The point of the almond milk is to provide our bodies with some protein.

Recipes: On the recipes, I don’t list any particulars about quantities. I say things like: a pineapple. All your juices should be 16 ounces, or 2 cups for those folks who can’t convert. So when I say: a pineapple, use your best judgement, you obviously don’t need the whole thing. The point is more green, not a juice entirely made from fruit. So use 1/4-1/2 of a pineapple. When in doubt, add more green.

Tea/Coffee: NO COFFEE. NO COFFEE! You may have green tea, chamomile tea or any other tea without caffeine. My advice, stick to water with lemon.

DRINK DRINK DRINK. Water will make you feel full.

Excercise. Sweat out those toxins.

Warnings: You are going to feel like shit on day one. You are going to hate your life, your husband, your kids, your dog(s), you are especially going to hate your co-workers but mostly just your life all around. You will feel lethargic, shitty (did I already say that? ha ha) and like someone is draining the life from your body. However, by day two you will start to feel better, the energy will come flowing and by day three, you will feel magical. Stick with it. Reach out for support when you need it. I am here for anyone who is having a hard time.

You owe this to yourself.
I owe this to myself.

Weigh yourself first thing tomorrow morning.
Then again the morning after the cleanse.

Good luck my friends.