Days-4 & 5 | 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

It’s day 5 and I’m feeling well! I have energy and honestly, no cravings. And, I’ve lost 6 lbs! Though the weight loss is great, I’m most excited that my stomach feels better. I’ve suffered from a mildly upset stomach for weeks and nothing else has helped.

The first 3 days were rough. By rough I mean I was irritable, tired, and wanted to chew on anything that wasn’t a plant. At one point in time I considered tree bark and/or a piece of leather, specifically a leather belt. But then I recalled learning that during the Civil War, food was so scarce that soldiers chewed on tree bark. This knowledge gave me a little perspective on my situation. Besides, I’m not quite sure how to make tree bark palatable.

I’m a carnivore, plain and simple. I don’t discriminate between chicken, beef, pork or fish. I love them all! I especially love Slim Jims which probably doesn’t qualify as a meat to anyone else, except me. My favorite food is fried chicken loaded with salt, or crab legs, or butter chicken, or fried pork chops, or lobster, or anything spicy. Shit. I don’t know. I love food. Like I said, I was irritable and had cravings on days 1-3, but day 4 was great and day 5, so far, is good, too.

The recipe on day 4 called for 2 cups of peaches. To lessen the amount of sugar, I only added 1-1/2 cup of peaches and added an extra 1/2 cup of mixed berries to the recipe. Peaches are yummy but high in sugar. The flavor of the smoothie was slightly more tart but satisfying.

I really mastered assembling the smoothies on day 4. In my kitchen is a small personal blender that I picked up from Wal-Mart for $17 bucks a year or so ago. It has barely been used, until now. Because I don’t have a fancy blender, even though I want one, the personal blender works fine. In case you want to know how to make these smoothies with a personal blender, here’s what I do.

  1. Only use one cup of water, or even less with half of your greens.
  2. Blend a solid into the newly blended green juice. For example, if the recipe calls for 2 cups of blueberries, go ahead and add one cup to the small amount of green juice you just blended.
  3. If there is still enough liquid to sustain more solid, try to blend another solid. If not, empty what you’ve blended into mixing bowl, pitcher, or large measuring cup.
  4. Repeat step one with your empty blender cup, dumping all ingredients into the larger bowl when ready. Don’t forget to add your flax-seed or protein!
  5. Once you’ve added all the blended items to your large bowl, mix them up with a spoon.
  6. Now, comes the storage part. Once I’ve stirred the mixture fairly well, I pour some into the blender again and blend, then pour it into whatever I’m going to store it in.

I’ve found that large mouth mason jars work best. I also fill up a couple of jelly jars for afternoon and evening snacks. I know I can use the actual blender containers for storage but I find them more difficult to clean when I’m unable to rinse them out right away. Also, there are two of us working on this cleanse at the same time so I didn’t want to monopolize the blending equipment.

If anyone is confused about how I use a personal blender, I would be happy to do a video tutorial. Just let me know!



The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

One day during a summer health kick I snagged a copy of J.J. Smith’s 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. Maybe it was a lack of time, laziness, or self-discipline but I never read it. Instead the book sat on my bookshelf for two years collecting dust. Judge me if you want. I’m somewhat deserving. However, last week I decided to take the book off the shelf. I went to my local grocery retailer and loaded up on all the goods needed to make the first 5 days worth of smoothies. I want to share my experience with the hope it might help someone else who is currently on or thinking about doing this cleanse. First, let me tell you a little about my myself.

I’m 34 years old. I’ve never been super overweight but I’m not exactly thin either. When I’m at my best I’m 5’5 and 145 lbs, somewhat muscular. Now I’m 5’5 and 165 lbs. I’ve gained 20 lbs over the past three years-a significant amount of weight. This is due to my excessive eating of instant ramen, typically chased with a cold beer. I blame graduate school, and grief. My cats bear responsibility, too, because they often sleep on me, making it impossible to go to the store. If they’re not sleeping on me they’re resting in ridiculously cute poses that make it hard for anyone with a soul to turn away. Despite all of the roadblocks facing me I want to feel better and live within a more healthy weight range. I don’t love chocolate or sweets. My vices are carbs and processed foods like fries, chili-cheese dogs, and tacos from fast-foot hot spots. I have the mindset that anything is possible for 10 days. If a woman can squeeze a baby out her vagina then surely I can abstain from a delicious chili-cheese dog. If a goldfish can swim in a teeny-tiny tank for its entire life, I can say no to a fried fish sandwich smothered in tartar sauce. If Beyoncé can dance in high-heels while singing Halo then I can drink and eat raw foods for the next 10 days, right?

Here I go! Please join me as I journey to a fitter, healthier Elaine. More to come