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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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A beautiful and nutritious yogurt bowl

Food should look as good as it is nutritious for your body. Choosing the beautiful ripe fruit to add to your yogurt bowl can help make breakfast, snack or any meal more enjoyable.

Yogurt is nutritious on it’s own:

  
Think about eating a rainbow of colors.

 

Eat the rainbow for breakfast. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Choose fruit instead of simple white sugar.

 

Yogurt bowl with fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
The more colorful the more antioxidants, the more nutritious. And consequently, the more delicious.

 

Kiwi fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
How do you make your favorite yogurt bowl?

xxSerena 

Post workout egg skillet with potatoes, tomatoes and corn

Eat the rainbow is a good nutritious idea, and that means a wide variety of vegetables.

So for a weekend heavy with workout and activities I needed some serious substinance. And I wanted to end the week off without any meat. So eggs it was.

I started with a small chopped onion and fresh diced potatoes. I like to cook this for at least 10 minutes because I want the potatoes and onions to brown and cook.

 

Pan fry onions and potatoes in olive oil. Photography by Serena Alibhai

Then add one chopped portobello mushroom.

Add one chopped portobello mushroom to your onions and potato mixture.
Cherry tomatoes from the farmer’s market
Cherry tomatoes corn potatoes and onion

Then we add the corn and cherry tomatoes. The tomatoes were very sweet. I got them from the farmers market, they were delicious.

I then beat three eggs in a separate bowl. I seasoned the eggs with the sodium free garlic herb seasoning.

Then pour the eggs over your vegetables, cover and lower heat. Let the eggs cook for 5 to 10 minutes with the heat off or on low.

Egg vegetable scramble

Excellent post workout meal.

Would you make something like this? Why or why not?

Have a great week!

xxSerena

Coconut and brown sugar oatmeal

This tastes delicious and is a great take on simple oatmeal.

The coconut along with the complex carbohydrates in the oatmeal will release sugars slowly into your bloodstream throughout the day. This will help to minimize hunger. Important if you want to lose weight.

Start by cooking your oatmeal.

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
 
Prepare your toppings. These are coconut, raisins, chopped nuts and brown sugar. Allow your guests or family to put as many toppings as they wish. They get to dress their own oatmeal, according to their tastes. 

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
 

Try using cinnamon to season your breakfast. Remember all the benefits cinnamon has on your health? 

Here’s a reminder:

  

Enjoy!

xxSerena 

10 health benefits to eating pears

Pears are delicious; often the main ingredient in fancy gourmet desserts. 

In your quest for including a wide variety of fruits to your diet, include pears. Remember also to eat the skin, raw is best, wash well and enjoy! 

  
I love the smell and taste of a good pear. How often do you eat pears? What is your favourite way of eating them? 

xxSerena 

14 Foods for liver health

The liver is our largest internal organ. It filters our blood, removing harmful material from the bloodstream as well as helping to digest food.

The liver flushes toxins we put into our body (such as alcohol, white sugar,  coffee and tobacco) to regulate our health and ensure an optimal balance.

To ensure this organ remains healthy and in working order, because it is working hard every minute of the day around the clock, be sure to stay away from processed foods and keep it whole. 

  
 

It is the food that grows directly from the earth that can improve the overall functions of your liver.

Eating or drinking grapefruit can help your liver flush out toxins. Great fruit is high in both vitamin C and antioxidant properties.

Beats contain plant flavonoids, which can improve the overall functions of your liver.

Leafy greens like arugula, spinach and lettuce have the ability to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides. Since these may appear in our food, eating greens protects our liver.

Green tea contains plant antioxidants known as catechins, which help to improve liver functions.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts produce organic compounds to help create enzyme production for digestion.

Not only do you lemons give us high doses of vitamin C but also cleanse toxins and aid the digestion process.

Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps support the liver to cleanse our body.

Tumeric, a natural anti-septic, helps our bodies digest fats and stimulate the production of bile. It also acts as a natural form of detox for your liver.

Keep it whole, and keep it real when it comes to food. Be nice to your liver! It is working so hard for you every single day.

xxSerena