Juice Cleanse (Round 2)


Hello Love Bugs.

A few days ago, I finished my second ever juice cleanse.

I did my flagship cleanse (read the original blog post with tips included here) in April of 2014 and I can’t say it was enjoyable… this one wasn’t much different, though I think it may have been more tolerable. I think I have gotten even healthier in the past year (go me!). But I mean, it was three days with minimal food = not my idea of a party.

It did the trick, however. I feel fantastic and I dropped 8 pounds in 3 days, which is even better than last year. I figured I would give you a play-by-play of my three days in case you were feeling brave. I made everything myself – including the pudding and soup – so if you desire any recipes, let this lady know! Maybe I’ll post them at some point on my own in the future.

09:00 – two hard boiled eggs, hot earl grey tea with 1/2 lemon
09:30 – water with chia seeds
11:00 – 8 oz juice (dandelion, lemon, ginger, turmeric, celery, green apple)
13:20 – 16 oz juice (celery, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, ginger, lemon, cayenne)
14:30 – one medium red apple with 2 T peanut butter
17:45 – 16 oz juice (cayenne, lemon, lime, beet greens, ginger, cucumber, grapefruit)
19:30 – pint of detox soup
20:45 – 16 oz juice (beet, kale, cayenne, lemon, ginger)

09:00 – one hard boiled egg
09:15 – 16 oz juice (grapefruit)
13:00 – 16 oz juice (kale, cucumber, parsley, lime, cayenne, red apple)
14:30 – 4 oz sprouted seeds and nuts
17:45 – 16 oz juice (cabbage, celery, ginger, jicama, carrot greens)
19:30 – pint of detox soup
21:30 – 2 oz juice (lemon, ginger, kale, cayenne, carrot, garlic)

08:30 – 1/2 cup quinoa, plain
09:30 – 16 oz juice (tomato, dandelion, cayenne, parsley, basil, celery, lime)
11:45 – 4 oz chia pudding
13:00 – small coffee with coconut oil
16:00 –  3 0z wheat grass shot with ginger
16:30 – 16 oz juice (lemon, ginger, kale, cayenne, garlic, carrot, jalapeno)
21:00 – pint of detox soup

Notice that I didn’t only drink juices for three days straight; I added some healthy foods and snacks in there as well. Of course, you can totally only drink juices during a cleanse, but it would just be too torturous for me. Plus, my juices are intense enough a little food is probably a saving grace.

That’s it for me tonight! My sister and mom expressed interest in cleansing in the near future, too, so I’ll let you know how they wind up doing. Stay awesome my friends.

Detox Your Socks Off: Cleansing Through Juices


Hello my loves!

As a precursor to this blog post, I should probably warn you that I have had a Heady Topper with my dinner. Don’t know what a Heady Topper is? I am truly sorry. It is greatness in a can that is only brewed in one of my favorite states: Vermont. It has the extreme hoppiness of an IPA and well, it is my favorite beer that exists on this planet. Here’s the packaging to get a gist for what this beer really entails.

Heady Label bottle

Anyway. I know I should be catching you up with my West Coast escapades, but I want to mix it up a little bit tonight and tell you about my juice cleanse that I just finished yesterday. First of all, let me tell you: IT WAS BRUTAL. If you ever talk to someone who tells you that going on a detox juice cleanse is easy, they are lying to you.

As you may know, I currently work at an amazing juice bar, and I recently accepted a job (that starts next week!) where I am actually co-founding a new juice bar in Rhode Island, so juicing definitely has its claws in my life. We offer a detox juice cleanse at Raw Bobs, so I am constantly giving people advice throughout their cleanses, but I had never actually given it a try for myself.

After my travels, I  came down with a persistent cold, and I figured this was as good a time as ever to actually practice what I preach… hence the start of my juice cleanse!

Here’s the breakdown:

I did a three-day cleanse. I had hopes to do five days, but let’s face it: I love food. I love making it, I love looking at it, and I especially love eating it, so three days was as much as I could bear.

When doing a cleanse, please be sure to not exert a ton of energy. You are healing your body from the inside, so it is crucial to not kill yourself physically — give your lovely self those days to relax; let your body recuperate. I went rock climbing on my second day, but it was an easy climb. I just couldn’t stay inactive. I have a problem; oh well. I probably wouldn’t recommend that to everyone though. You must remember.. I work at a juice bar. Juicing is a huge part of my life, so going on a cleanse was not as difficult for me as it is for the general public.

ANYWAY. Here are the rules of my juice cleanse: for 3 days, drink five 16 oz juices (six if you are a male), followed by 32 ounces of water per juice. This way, you are keeping yourself hydrated, as well as flushing out all that nastiness that calls your body its home.

A Quick Pic From Portland

A Quick Pic From Portland

Below, I will post my personal juices that I used, but don’t feel obligated to use those on your own cleanse. Yes, mine are quite ideal because they are super low in calories and are jam-packed with nutrients, but I can’t boast that they taste mega-delicious. I tried to make them as yummy as possible for me, but it’s a detox cleanse; it is not all rainbows and unicorns. If you do decide to deviate from my menu, please try and avoid fruits — sugar is a no-go! Stick with the greens, and have as many veggies in your juices as possible.

All in all, I recommend that everyone try this at least once in their lives. I’ve got to say, this nipped my cold in the butt AND I lost 7 pounds in 3 days!! BOO-YAH. If you want anymore information about juice cleanses, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Les Juices:
Day One: Green apple, kale, lemon, ginger, cayenne (2 juices)
Kale, celery, cucumber, grapefruit, cilantro, basil (2 juices)
Beet, dandelion, lemon, turmeric, mint (1 juice)

Day Two: Celery, tomato, mint, ginger, beet greens, mango (2 juices)
Kale, lemon, cucumber, burdock, apple, cayenne (2 juices)
Beet, dandelion, lemon, ginger, mint, pear (1 juice)

Day Three: Celery, tomato, basil, spinach, lime (1 juice)
Kale, lemon, cayenne, red pepper, pineapple, parsley, cilantro (1 juice)
Beet, apple, carrot, lemon, ginger (1 juice)
Red pepper, cilantro, ginger, cucumber, celery, blackberries (1 juice)
Dandelion, green apple, burdock, celery, lemon (1 juice)

You are all awesome; stay that way! 😀

Wonders Of Wheatgrass

Wonders Of Wheatgrass

Bonjour, everyone!

At The Power Bar, we try and push people towards trying out wheatgrass shots.

Simply put, wheatgrass is an amazing nutritional powerhouse. Maybe they don’t rank 5 out of 5 stars in the taste category – it is juiced grass, after all –  but their overall awesomeness makes them superior in every other way, and I highly encourage you to incorporate wheatgrass shots into your regular diet.

1 ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent to eating 2 pounds of leafy green vegetables.

Slugging back an ounce or two of wheatgrass is a heck of a lot easier than eating a 2-4 pound leafy green salad, don’t you think? More cost effective, too.

Some Wheatgrass History
In 1930, wheatgrass was discovered by Charles F Schnabel, where he initially used it to help out his sick chickens, but he eventually extended the usage to his friends and family. Wheatgrass wasn’t popularized until 1968, when Dr. Ann Wigmore discovered that wheatgrass helped eliminate cancerous growth and improved many health challenges.

Why Is Wheatgrass So Fantastic?
– Wheatgrass is a great source of amino acids (19 altogether) and boasts at least 90 minerals, including high concentrations of the most alkaline minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium.
– It has more Vitamin C than oranges, twice the Vitamin A as carrots and is also a great source of Vitamins B and E.
– Wheatgrass shots also provide 1g of protein, enzymes, chlorophyll and happen to be chock-full of beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body.
– These lovely green shoots happen to be high in saponin, which can remove up to thousands of pesky toxins.
– Finally, chlorophyll is prominent within wheatgrass; a molecule that is similar to that of hemoglobin.

What Benefits Come From Drinking Wheatgrass?
A lot of great things happen when you juice and drink these fresh green guys.
– Wheatgrass alkalizes and detoxifies the body, boosts the immune system thanks to its multitude of vitamins and even promotes eye health.
– The large amount of Vitamin A it has gives wheatgrass the ability to change cancerous cells and prevent new ones from forming.
– At the same time, the carotene, saponin, vitamins C, B & E all help eliminate up to thousands of free radicals and toxins from your cells, thus cleansing the body. Detoxifying your blood cells also helps prevent cancer.
– More specifically, wheatgrass cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract. It is great for constipation.
– Wheatgrass is particularly beneficial for blood because the chlorophyll helps deliver continuous energy into our bloodstream via replenishing and increasing our red blood cell counts, while hemoglobin (a protein) carries oxygen to our red blood cells, which actually builds blood. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly oxygenated environment.
– Due to the active enzymes within that play a major role in breaking down fats, wheatgrass aids in weight loss, while at the same time boosting energy and helping with digestion via bowel cleansing.
– The bodily benefits are mind-blowing; wheatgrass helps conquer chronic inner ear inflammations and infections, reduces varicose veins, heals some ulcers, sores and wounds, can prevent tooth decay and helps with skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.

Fun Facts
– Wheatgrass juice is 70% chlorophyll and can be taken orally or as a colon implant without toxic side effects – enemas are great for detoxifying the colon wall.
– Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healing agent. In liquid form, it washes drug deposits from the body.
– Acne has been known to significantly diminish when taking wheatgrass; it even removes scars after it has been ingested for 7-8 months – if you keep a healthy diet, that is.
– Juiced wheatgrass is used as a body deodorant due to acting as a detergent in the body; it can clear up foul smelling odors and neutralize strep infections.
– It also keeps your hair from graying.
– If you keep wheatgrass in your mouth for 5 minutes, it can eliminate toothaches by pulling the destructive poisons from your gums. Gargling with wheatgrass can help out a sore throat.

Wheagrass is a powerful detoxifying force, making it ideal for those of you out there with habits that you are trying to kick. Take a green step and try some wheatgrass today!