So I decided to do a cleanse this week. It just felt right.
I know, I know – diets don’t work, cleanses don’t work. But I don’t do cleanses to magically lose weight. Yes, I do feel lighter and maybe a little skinner after doing a cleanse but I’m well aware it isn’t permanent.
I do cleanses to reset. I also try to cut down on caffeine while I do these because I’m always somehow drinking more and more coffee.
No matter how good you eat all the time, sometimes its good to just allow your body to…well, reset and take a break from solid food. I’m not doing anything crazy like a colon cleanse – I would say this is a healthier alternative.
I literally googled ‘best cleanse’ and found this one from Dr. Oz called the best cleanse for weight loss – I’m not necessarily interested in losing weight but it isn’t strictly juice because who really gets full from juice?!
My boyfriend is calling it the “liquid vegan diet” anyways while eating quesadillas as I have a liquid dinner.
So here’s the break down:
Rules: no solid food for three days (aka you need one of these), must include healthy fats (avocado, etc), drink three meals and lemon water all day long
Breakfast: 1 tbsp vanilla extract, 4 tbsp almond butter, 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
Lunch: 1 avocado, 1 pear, 1 inch ginger, juice of 1 lime, 1 cup coconut water
Snack: handful of spinach, 1 cup water, 1 celery stalk, 1 cucumber, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 apple
Dinner: 2 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth, 1/2 cup carrots, 1 cup spinach, 1/4 cup cilantro
I’m two days in now and I’ve honestly been pretty full. Granted, I’m pumping myself full of more liquids than just the smoothies/juices.
I filled this bubba keg bottle (which I love because it’s 32 oz so drinking 2 of these means you’ve drank all the water you need for the day) with lemon water and drank two of them before 1 pm.
I also had the Trilogy kombucha yesterday between breakfast and lunch and today I had the Kevita Lemon Ginger Probiotic because 1) kombucha and probiotics are so good for you and 2) carbonation makes you feel full.
The breakfast smoothie is really good if you love almond butter. I mean it is basically almond butter and coconut milk.
The lunch smoothie was THICK. Like could barely get it through a straw. But actually really good. I may keep making this one.
The snack juice was kind of awful – think too chunky celery, cucumber water – but I choked it down.
By dinner time, I was freakin starving. After taking a walk, I literally thought I was going to pass out so instead of the recommended “soup” for dinner, I had some soup I had in the pantry that was only chicken and rice in a broth so not a horrible alternative.
I’ll do a recap once I do it the whole way through…telling myself I can make it once more day as I’m sitting here tempted with Reese’s sticks.
Already thinking that next time I’m going to try the Best Cleanse for Instant Energy where you replace your breakfast with this smoothie and do no carbs or caffeine for 10 days…that’ll be interesting.