Day 3 and feeling great!!
Although today I may have gotten a little too ambitious. I committed myself to a 1-day juice cleanse with Juice Generation!
I’m done this before (twice actually), once with Juice Generation and the second time with Organic Avenue. Both times were for 1 day only, never went past that. I don’t think I could!
I woke up this morning with a hankering for green juice and thought, wouldn’t it be great if I just drank juice all day? And that’s when I decided to just go for it and spend the $58 for a 1-day juice set.
The time is now 3:30pm and I am so glad I committed to it! Around 12noon, when my colleagues were coming back with their delicious smelling sandwiches and soups, I was like, oh man… I don’t know if I can last.
But now that I see everyone about to nearly fall asleep at their desks, I feel a small sense of accomplishment. I should get them to do one too!
Speaking of community cleanses, I noticed that Organic Avenue is doing this promotion for a 5-day community juice cleanse. I am sure as hell not signing up, I’ll just put that out there right now. But for those who are up for it and want to meet other like-minded individuals, the 5-day cleanse includes 5 days worth of juices @ $50/ day and includes a cleansing class, where you can meet other cleansers and form a support community. I love the idea of meeting new people in NYC who want to better their diet and lifestyle. 5 days though…
In the spirit of juicing, I thought I would share my top 3 favorite juices that I make at home. In addition, I wanted to throw in some useful links from around the web that you may be interested in!
Top 3 Favorite Juices*
Lovely Day Juice
You will need: 2 beets, 2 granny smith apples
Directions: Use vegetable scrub to clean beets. Roughly chop both beets and apples into large chunks and run through juicer, starting with the apple. Good it a good swirl and enjoy. This juice is particularly good after a night of drinking because beets promote liver detoxification.
It’s Good to be Green Juice
You will need: 5 large kale leaves, 5 celery stalks, 1 lemon (pith and rind removed), 1 honey crisp apple, 1-inch piece of ginger
Directions: Chop all ingredients into large chunks. Run all ingredients through juicer, starting with kale and alternating with celery stalks (this helps get the kale all the way down the chute, which can be tough sometimes), followed by lemon, apple, and finally ginger. This juice is my favorite way to start the morning. You will have SO much natural energy!
Detox Around the Clock Juice
You will need: 7 large carrots, 1 gala apple, 1 lemon (pith and rind removed), and 1-inch piece ginger
Directions: Chop all ingredients into large chunks. Run all ingredients through juicer, starting with lemon, apple, ginger, and finally carrots. Another great detox juice, I prefer to drink this in the evening after a workout. It is usually the last thing I “eat” before I end the day.
As a general instruction, when juicing at home, I’ve found it is best to start with juicing the softer ingredients then moving towards the harder ones as they help to push the softer ones down the chute.
*Note that I came up with these ridiculous names myself
Great Sites I’ve Been Into Lately
I first heard about this site through Ted Talks (watch this!). The speaker was from my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He was talking about how Captcha (the annoying, blurry words that you have to type in whenever you buy tickets from Ticketmaster, sign up for a new email account, etc.) was first invented at CMU. The whole purpose of this was to prevent hackers from taking advantage of various service sites.
It was estimated that people spend on average 10 seconds each time they encounter a Captcha, and after some estimation, they came to the conclusion that an ungodly amount of time was “wasted” on typing in these blurry words. However, this service is essential and very much needed for the business. The question was then: how do they turn “wasteful” into “useful” for the end user (us)?
The solution was this: books. There are apparently several major projects going on right now focused on uploading the entire universe of books onto the worldwide web, translated into multiple languages, for free public access. Awesome.
This was the part that really blew me away: did you know that every time you type in a Captcha, you are helping to translate a book? It’s because at this point in time, humans are able to do something that bots aren’t: recognize words and translate them meaningfully and accurately (in about 15-20 years bots will have supposedly caught up). I thought that was pretty awesome!
What’s even more awesome is: the same team from CMU (school pride!!) piggy-backed off this idea and created a site called Duolingo where you can learn an entire language for FREE (yes, that’s right, FREE) and help translate the entire world of books on the internet into multiple languages at the same time. Every time you engage in the wealth of online exercises found on Duolingo, you are literally helping to translate a book for free public access.
Confused?? I don’t explain things well. Just watch the video then go to the site. The point is: don’t shell out $500 for Rosetta Stone. Try this first. Currently I’m learning French and can say sophisticated things such as: I am a woman. I am eating an apple. I have a cat. I like cake.
Surprisingly enough, I’ve been reading Food52 since they first became public, but I’ve never noticed that they had an entire column dedicated to veganism. That’s because before I decided to embark on a vegan lifestyle, the word “vegan” attached to anything resembling a recipe or menu item sounded like it was going to be gross and flavorless. Then I started thinking about the food I ate everyday and what I truly enjoyed. I made a list and it turns out the majority of those foods fell under the vegan category. Now that I know better, I am thoroughly enjoying this column written by a wonderful nutritionist and author, Gena Hamshaw. There are so many wonderful recipes and stories in her column (she also runs her own blog, Choosing Raw, another highly recommended site to browse through), you would be remiss, carnivore or not, if you didn’t check her recipes out.
Though this site features many meat dishes, there are just as manyf wonderful vegetarian and vegan dishes, many of which are Asian inspired, such as this Kechinjiru (Japanese buddhist temple food). I made this stew last year, long before I started my vegan journey, and it literally blew my mind away that I made it at least 5 times since! Truly the perfect meal to come home to on a cold fall or winter evening. Not only will it sustain you and keep your warm, it will do your body a world of wonders.
Ever wonder what your fitness instructor eats when they go out to dinner? Surely they must go out to dinner right?? I definitely wonder, and this article answered all my questions. A big shout out to my favorite Physique 57 instructor, Antonietta, who is also featured in this article.
They have 30 unique juice recipes for 30 days worth of juicing! A great resource if you are tired of the same old combinations (celeriac root, anyone)?
As if this site needs more press! Super popular and for good reason, this site, in addition to many meat recipes, has an impressive selection of vegan recipes that I am just dying to try out.
…and last but not least, my absolute biggest obsession right now. Angela Liddon is such an inspiration to me. It takes so much bravery to turn your life around, pursue what you truly want to do, and share your triumphs and failures with the world. What I’ve learned is that people will support you, not chastise or mock you, if you stay true to yourself. Plus her recipes (many of which I’ve already tried) are simply the best. Also she is Canadian and lives in Toronto, a city I will always have the softest spot in my heart for (my husband is from Toronto and it’s our wedding anniversary this weekend :)).
That’s all folks!!! I really appreciate y’all reading my blog, I truly hope you find something useful buried deep within these here ramblings of mine.