Juice Cleanse Day 3-Happy!

Today I woke up, and felt really good.  I checked my blood sugar level and it was normal.  I decided to carry on and have juice for breakfast and lunch, then eat dinner.
I drank my typical 16 oz. of lemon water right when I got up.
Then I had the Mean Green for breakfast.  It filled me up and I felt great!
The Mean Green
6 Kale Leaves
1 Cucumber
2 Green Apples
4 Celery
1/2 Lemon
1 Ginger Root (thumb size)

My lunch juice was AWESOME! It is called The Sunset Blend  I think it is one of my favorites so far, which is funny because when I saw the recipe I was nervous about how it would taste.  I was so surprised and happy, it is a great juice.
The Sunset Blend
1 large Sweet Potato
1 medium Carrot
1 Red Bell Pepper
2 Red Beets
2 Golden Delicious Apples
1 Orange, optional
After my lunch juice, my energy soared.  It was crazy!  I really was in disbelief and couldn’t believe the difference of how I felt compared to the night before when my blood sugar was too low.  It was strange that other than 1 orange and a piece of toast eaten the night before to help with my blood sugar, (see Juice Cleanse Day 2), I didn’t need food to even me out like I thought.  I thought I would wake up and need a hearty bowl of oatmeal.  It was not the case.  I was not hungry or weak.  I felt amazing.  So surprised!
I used my crazy energy to clean my kitchen.  I had motivation to clean out areas that I had put off for awhile, and as I cleaned I realized that I had major clarity of thought.  Another thing that is hard to explain.  My brain just felt clear and crisp.
Late afternoon, I started getting hungry for the first time all day and feeling a little energy slump.  I made Tomatoes On Toast and it was a great snack!  I went very light on the olive oil.
While I was making dinner, I decided to do a bunch of juicing on produce that I was afraid would go bad before I could use it.  Adding food to this cleanse meant less juicing, and I did not want my produce to go to waste.  I cut up broccoli to steam for dinner, and used the stalks for juicing.  Broccoli stalk juice is not very appealing, but when added to a juice with other flavors it mellows out.  I also juiced a bunch of swiss chard that was looking a little sad and limpy in my refrigerator.  It made the most beautiful deep green juice!
I decided to experiment and pour both the broccoli stalk juice and swiss chard juice into ice cube trays.  My theory is that if frozen, it will retain most of its nutrients.  I will research more, but it was either that or let it go to waste.  I am hoping to use them in green smoothies and even when making vegetable soup.
I will let you know what I find out and how it goes.
Dinner was simple whole wheat pasta with homemade tomato sauce, steamed broccoli, and a big spinach salad.  I knew a heavier pasta and the steamed broccoli was a gamble on a digestive system that had a break for 2 days, and I wondered if I would feel sick.  I didn’t.  I felt a little too full, I ate too much, but comfortable.
Herbal tea before bed, and of course, drank water all day long.
I loved that I didn’t feel hungry all day.  I loved my energy.  There are other good things I am noticing but I will save that for another post!

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  • Iuliana
    May 29, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I was wondering what kind of taste the ginger adds. I don’t like ginger, but don’t know how much of it you can feel. I watched the movie too and really wanted to do it, but then went on the website and saw ginger and my mind just shut it off. I know….excuses, excuses, but still…if I left the ginger out would the juices taste yucky? Could I replace it with something else?

  • Nora20
    April 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I have heard so many good things about juice cleanses. My best friend went on one and said it was one of the best things she’s ever done. I’m going to do it with her next time.

  • Our Lives
    March 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

    it is good to see you juicing again. I have taken a step back after three months of consistent juicing. I will get back to it when the weather gets a bit warmer. My juicing has only been for supplemental purpose, never a fast. When I juice, I would eat a large pre-dinner salad and a moderate dinner serving size. Sometimes I even skipped dinner totally after the big salad! I like your sunset blend recipe but I want to look up about eating raw sweet potatoes before doing it. Have you looked up on that one?
    You sounded great in your post! Juicing rocks!

  • Amy Bowman
    March 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    @Cassie–Awesome. I think you will love it. Here is a great list called “dirty dozen” tells you which to buy organic if possible. If cucumbers or lemon is not organic, then peel. ALWAYS peel oranges, something about ingredient in peel that can make you sick. Don’t juice banana’s..doesn’t work! 🙂 Eager to hear how it goes!!

  • Cassie
    March 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I’m going to start jucing next week. Adding it to my every day diet. (not ready to fast quite yet!) I’m just wondering what vege/fruit should be organice…and what’s ok to juice that’s not organic. I wish I could juice all organic produce, but it’s just too expensive. Any thoughts or refrences that I could look at?

  • Amy Bowman
    March 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    @Lesley–I throw it in the juicer, peel and all. I slice the peel off if it is not organic.

  • Lesley
    March 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I was just wondering if you squeeze the lemon juice in or do you throw the half of the lemon in the juicer?

  • Manda
    March 23, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Love your blog! What kind of juicer do you use? I want to buy one but have no idea where to start?

    • Anonymous
      May 17, 2013 at 2:42 am

      There is a website with juicer comparisons at http://www.monstergreenjuice.com . I use the Omega J8006 Slow Juicer because it is a masticating juicer. Go there to read about green juice recipes that are made with masticating juicers.

  • Budget Design Girl
    March 22, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I am loving the updates on your juicing, and I am SO trying the Sunset Blend. I think I may start a cleanse this weekend. The hubs goes out of town, so it’s the perfect time.
    Thanks so much for sharing your journey so far! I love juicing, I’ve just never done JUST juice. Like you, I think I may need some food with it once a day. You are an inspiration to me!

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