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3 Day Juice Cleanse: what, why and results!

After a two of decadent vacations in NYC and Montreal, fiancé and I both felt we needed to give our digestive systems a break.

So we had our fill of black-and-white cookies, donuts, ice cream, poutine, Burgers and fries after midnight, donairs, chips, milkshakes, the odd salad here and there, bottles of wine in the park and desserts galore.

But after it was all said and done, summer officially wrapped up, the leaves started turning yellow, we both decided on a three day juice cleanse each.

Perfect way to start the fall season!

I decided to try the three day juice cleanse at Freshii, because I’m Canadian, and there was a convenient location on the way to work.

Here are some things that I had going for me before the juice cleanse that I recommend:

1. I had a partner to do it with. This helps with morale, motivation and understanding for both of you! It’s a great advantage.

2. I did some research about different juice cleanses in my area.

3. I researched what others had gone through on their cleanses.

So I called the Freshii located on the way to work the day before I wanted to pick up my juices. So exciting!

This cleanse is comprised of four juices, which you drink about 2 to 3 hours apart, water in between and then finally a metaboost salad.

Day one:

  • I drank my juice is in the order that I was supposed to. She had each juice numbered. I didn’t like any of the juices so I drink them quickly, rinsed out the glass with filtered water, drink that quickly and just kept peeing the whole day!
  • After my third juice my head started throbbing, I was getting irritated, hungry, a little slow, and experienced a foggy brain.
  • I drank as much water as I could, went shopping with a supportive girlfriend, and ate my first metaboost salad while she ordered a delicious beef udon soup from the food court!
  • She felt bad, but I told her not to! I knew what I was getting into, and I agreed to do this!
  • I really enjoyed the salad. It had field greens, kale, edamame, mango, goat cheese, almonds, carrots and a balsamic vinegrette.
  • I went to sleep fully hydrated but kind of hungry, wondering what I had gotten myself into.
drink juices every 2 1/2 to 3 hours apart in this order: green energy, carrots zinger, mighty detox, then red power. Photography by Serena Alibhai
approximately 600 cal, spinach, kale and field greens, goat cheese, mango, almonds, carrots, edamame, balsamic vinaigrette
Yes I used ALL the dressing! Salad was very good. Also it satisfied my hunger! 


Day two: 

  • I didn’t wake up feeling hungry. That was odd I thought. I sipped some water and waited a little longer to drink my first juice.
  • I was peeing more today. A lot. Like every two hours for sure. Maybe every hour and a half.
  • I continue to supplement my juices with a cool filtered water immediately after.
  • And then the miracle happens. My eyes become clear. I feel happy. There is extra energy in my step. The words come easy. No more brain fog. No more headaches.
  • The juices are tasting better now. Not like day one, where they were gross.
  • I eat the salad that evening with vigor. I love it.
I didn’t enjoy the juices enough to sip. I gulped them down! 
After drinking each juice, I filled up each container with cold filtered water, gave it a swish and drank that too! 


Day three:

  • I was very impressed with the way my waist looked and felt this morning!
  • I’m dreaming about what I’m going to eat tomorrow. I’m imagining vegetables in a clear broth with rice noodles.
  • For the third night in a row, I’ve had very vivid dreams, complex storylines, a lot of color, vibrancy, and I wake up feeling refreshed. My dreams are interesting movies that I even remember after I wake up!
  • At night I dream about cheating. I dream about eating real food. But instead, I drink water.

Final conclusions and realizations: 

  • Again? Yes, I would do this again. My body felt lighter, clean, better than before.
  • Vivid dreams? First, two days after, explained that one of the symptoms of a juice cleanse is a detoxification of the penial gland, deep inside the brain. This results in vivid clear dreams.
  • Weight loss? I lost five pounds, and so did my fiancée, on a different juice cleanse. But I don’t expect to keep that weight loss. What I loved though: I kept two pounds off a week later.
  • Cost? Was it worth it? This juice cleanse cost $80 for three days. Totally worth it. Convenient. Simple. Worked for me.

Feel free to ask questions you guys!!

xxSerena

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Fat-burning cabbage vegetable kombu soup 

After a week of eating out, shovelling in the delicious savoury cooked delights that my city has to offer…

 

I decided I need a break.
When I’m serious about it, losing a few pounds and getting back to normal, I make either a mung bean lentil soup or a cabbage-based soup.

I decided to make a cabbage soup with a crown of broccoli, a chopped red onion, two strips of kombu, celery, carrots and some vegetable bouillon. 


I bought the seaweed in dried squares, added it into the soup like an herb bouquet, and then threw it out after it had been in the soup for a few hours.

Are used to to make my batch but I realize now that you only need one because it swells up and expands. The reason for the seaweed is that it adds great benefits to the broth.

The recipe is easy. I started with only a teaspoon of olive oil, chopped small red onion, 10 black peppercorns, about 10 fennel seeds and they cooked that for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then I added the chopped celery and carrot.


Then came the cabbage, broccoli and the water, of which I added enough to fill the pot, probably 8 to 10 cups.


Then I added the combo seaweed and one vegetable flavouring pack, in the form of a gel. 


I simmered the soup for 20 to 25 minutes and then added fresh herbs. I used thyme, sage, Italian parsley and some rosemary.


Drink as much soup as you can, exercise, sleep well, drink lots of water, go for massage and feel better!

xxSerena 

Five detox water recipes to cleanse your liver

Detox out of the box! And dive into the water. By detoxing I mean giving your body a change from what it’s used to. For this blog post, I am talking about simply giving your liver a break from overly processed, oily, fatty, protein-rich foods. Why? 

Protein rich foods take a long time to digest. They’re made of complex chains of amino acids, different organs have to break them down and use them in different parts of the body. These foods are crucial, but sometimes, the body needs a break. Eating rich foods like meat, oils or drinking alcohol has our liver and other organs working overtime. With some people, it shows up in their skin with a dull complexion or acne.

Our liver can handle it of course. But overworking it isn’t wise. Give your liver a break. What’s the best way to do this? Deep slow controlled breathing like you do in yoga class. Meditate. Smile and be kind to others. Be genuine. Sleep well. These things will relax your body and organs, including your liver. And …

Drink water. 

Water will flush out toxins and metabolize fat. 

But if you dislike water or find it boring, here are five ways you can dress up your water:

  

Now, if you are eating so clean already that a detox like this is going to be exactly the same as what you are already doing, please stop reading this blog and go get a big Mac. Seriously. Or pizza. Balance is key! But for those of you who are living a little or a lot, if you have excess fat around your midsection, or if you are eating too much sugar, drink more water.

Drink water all day long. Do you dress up your plain old water? I love it just as it is, but I do love fruity flavours! My favorite additions to water are cucumbers and lime.

Do you ever dress up your water? What do you do?

xxSerena 

Detoxify your body naturally with colon cleansing foods

Detoxify the body and restore regularity naturally with colon cleansing foods. 

Eating the right foods can clear your colon of debris. In the colon, water is squeezed out and reabsorbed from the food we eat, leaving behind a mixture of non-digestible fiber, bacteria and bike acids. If foods do not move quickly enough in the colon, bacteria and fungi proliferate and toxins are reabsorbed.

A healthy colon eliminates waste within 6 to 18 hours after a meal.

Here’s a chart to help you out:

  
So we see not only foods high in fiber will maintain colon health. Fermented foods, green foods and foods high in water are very important. Remember to drink a lot of water if you are increasing your fiber intake.

Do you think you may try eating some colon cleansing foods this weekend? Let me know what happens! 

xxS 

A detox, low-carb, fat burning soup recipe that will slim and trim your belly

I made this soup yesterday and it made my body feel so good I knew I had to share the recipe.

Detox is a funny word, agreed, but all I’m talking about is “correcting” or “balancing” the feeling we all get when we have eaten too many bad fats, greasy foods and been careless with our diet. So this is that soup, for when you know you feel gross and want to get back to feeling great.

There’s a “blitz”, “Vogue”, low-carb, fat burning diet that models drink when they want to lose weight or shape up because that’s their profession! I recently noticed that a model in New York City had detoxed with a soup similar to this.

She looked so great, that I did a bit of research. This is what I came up with:

Ingredients:

1/2 head of green cabbage
1 cup broccoli florettes
1 cup cauliflower florettes
1/2 cup diced tomato, green pepper and onion mixture
Virgin olive oil for light frying
1 tablespoon split mixed daal lentils (substitute yellow split peas, split mung beans or small red lentils)
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
10 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf (optional)
1 L chicken or vegetable broth
1 L filtered cold water
1 cup raw chopped spinach
1 teaspoon Marmite
Dijon mustard to taste, after serving

Directions:

  1. In large soup pot, fry daal, Ginger, garlic, diced tomatoes, diced onions, diced green pepper and black peppercorns in olive oil until onions are translucent, about seven minutes.
  2. In a separate sauce pan, fry broccoli and cauliflower florettes in olive oil and spice mixture of your choice over medium to high heat, for 5 to 7 minutes. This will bring out the flavor of these cruciferous vegetables.
  3. Add chopped cabbage, water, broccoli and cauliflower sauté & vegetable stock to soup pot, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. If you wish, add more water.
  4. Turn off heat, stirring marmite and chopped raw spinach. Serve. Keep remainder covered. Eat as much as you want until pot is finished.
  5. After serving, stir in a teaspoon Dijon mustard to your bowl a kick of flavour if you wish. Remove black peppercorns if you do not wish to eat them.

This soup was fresh, clean and delicious. The best part was how my body felt after eating it, and nothing else. That is the trick to getting the benefits of this soup. Try and eat this soup as much as you can, before eating other things.

 

I sautéed my broccoli and cauliflower florettes in olive oil and a spice mixture containing salt, red chili, Tumerick, fenugreek seed, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and mutard seed

 

Black peppercorns add a great flavor to the soup. I add them right in the beginning when I am sautéing my lentils, onions, tomatoes, peppers, garlic and ginger.

 

you can add salt to your soup if you wish. I used this vegetable stock, which is high in sodium, so I didn’t add any more salt.

 

marmite is a natural byproduct from fermented brewers yeast. I feel 1 teaspoon of marmite adds depth to the flavor of the soup and richness. The ingredients of marmite are yeast extract, Salt, vegetable extract, niacin, vitamins B1, B2, folic acid and B12.

And there you have it. Healthy, slimming detox type soup that will clean out your body, clear out your eyes and bring you back on a healthy track.

Let me know what you think! What are your favorite “detox” eating ideas? Do you even believe in detox type eating??

xxSerena

How to DETOX yourself in 10 easy steps 

It’s easy, just follow general guidelines! 

  1. More vegetables 
  2. Limit alcohol 
  3. Cardio 
  4. Flexibility
  5. Strength training
  6. Limit heavy carbs at night 
  7. Increase fish and lean protein
  8. Decrease salt 
  9. Drink lots of water
  10. Cheat. A little.