Last time I mentioned after having my baby, since my hormones are still in tact, I don’t have to be as careful in eating as estrogen won’t get the best of me yet especially with my period not back yet! Hooray! I don’t know what’s more hassle: pumping milk for baby or dealing with periods. Anyway, before my period comes back, I’m preparing myself for my endo diet again and I’m going on a juice cleanse/diet. It’s not all juice. Here are my recipes:
1. 50% apple, 25% spinach, 25% kale, 5%mint
2. 20%kale, 20%spinach, 40%apple, 10%carrot, 5%wheatgrass, 5%lemon
3. 50%apple, 20%kale, 5%ginger, 20%dandelion, 5%lemon
4. 30%apple, 15%carrot, 15% celery, 20%spinach, 20%kale
5. 30% apple, 20%% celery, 10% spinach, 20% kale, 10% bell pepper, 5% lemon, 5%mint
I drink 3 liters of juice a day plus all you can eat steam veges and fruits. Please don’t overdo the fruits and veges unless if you’re really starving! On this cleanse, I never felt starved at all! Also, each liter is about 400 calories. Please add/subtract liters according to your own weight and caloric intake requirements. I’m ok on a 1200-1500 calorie diet. I’m only 5’2″ so that’s plenty for me. Plus, I don’t get enough cardio a day now with the little one.
I alternate the juices above so I don’t get bored. I’m going on a 5 day cleanse. Today is my second day.
Most people do cleanse and they do it wrong. You’re not supposed to drink a whole liter in the morning, a liter at lunch, and a liter dinner like a meal. Drink your juices “slow”… I made the juice and put it in the fridge and every hour or so, I pour an 8 ounce cup. Why do I do it like this? It gives your body a constant flow of nutrients and calories so it’s not on “starvation” mode. Your body also rids of extra nutrients if you drink too much at one setting. You know those vitamins that say slow release? It’s slow release so your body gets maximum benefit as they absorb over time. As you know, juice is way easier to digest than solid food so if you drink it all in one setting, you’ll surely to be hungry 2 hours later. Drinking it slowly helps you not feel hungry and keep your metabolism high. Most people who do cleanses mess up their metabolism by starving themselves. Don’t starve yourself!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s number 1 “no” to cleansing. If you starve yourself, you WILL feel low energy and you WILL get fat after the cleanse.
Yesterday, I had juice #1, #4, #5 and I boiled some bok choy for dinner. Weird thing is I didn’t feel hungry for dinner. I didn’t have too much cravings other than for something hot in my mouth. The boy choy really satisfied me. What’s great is you enjoy the natural taste of the vegetable and don’t need salt or oil or anything to flavor it and you get the full blast of flavor. Something about the cleanse heightens your sense of taste. I started to taste everything!
Yesterday I lost 2 pounds, no hunger. For day 2 (today), I juices #1, #2, #3. I LOVE #3 today. Ginger adds a kick to the juice and it’s really warming for the body (and ovaries). You’ll need to warm your body because you’re drinking primarily liquid veges so adding a little natural body warmer is great especially since I’m in Toronto right now and it’s getting “cold.” Tonight, I had 2 small steamed potatoes. About 50 calories each. Super yummy, a superfood, and kept my hot craving at bay. Again, no hunger on day 2. Not sure if I lost weight but I’m feeling great. Even on deprived sleep from taking care of my 5 month old, I’m feeling more energized than usual.
I did this for a real cleanse and to lose some excess water weight and maybe a little fat. The main purpose is to jump start me back on my endo diet. Relieves me from anymore cravings from estrogen food.
Other stuff I took: prenatal vitamins and probiotics and B6 (of course!). I will start nattokinase and serrapeptase the instant I stop pumping milk (hopefully soon).
Will update on progress after my 5 day cleanse. Wish me luck! Really hope to lose more weight but of course health is more important! Endo gone! Endo gone! Endo gone! Don’t come back! Don’t come back! Don’t come back!