For the past few weeks I have been in a slump. I’ve been struggling with personal issues and have a running injury on top of it. Unfortunately, I let these situations affect my health and haven’t been taking care of myself as I should be.
My workouts have felt weak and my eating habits started heading in the wrong direction. Most recently, I have felt the major physical repercussions of my actions in the form of weight gain and joint pain.
The pain increased so much in the past few days that I felt a detox necessary to remedy my problems.
I woke up early morning and made the decision to go on a liquid detox.
Here is a run down of what I consumed throughout the day:
Mixed Berry Smoothie
This is a smoothie I make on almost a daily basis. I go to the gym in the early a.m, get in a good workout, and when I come home this is my breakfast. Prior to my workout, I drink a hydration mix. Currently, I use Ultima. It is so important to make sure you are well hydrated before and during your workouts, so try to incorporate that into your routine.
About a half bag of organic frozen mixed berries
roughly one cup of water (depends on consistency preference)
2-3 bananas, more makes more servings
a few ice cubes
protein powder of your choice (I used Vega Berry flavor-2 scoops)
Blend all ingredients together, adding the protein powder in once smooth.
Raw Green Smoothie
3-4 leaves of Kale
1 cup strawberries (I used frozen)
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of flax seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds (I didn’t have any, so my recipe is without)
Blend ingredients together and enjoy.
Recipe is from Squidoo.com
2 bananas peeled
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 cup of dairy-free milk (I used almond)
1 serving of protein powder (optional-I use protein powder in my smoothies after a workout and since I already had one earlier, I didn’t add the protein to this one).
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
Blend on high until creamy
Earlier this morning, I rode the stationary bike at the gym for an hour and it wasn’t easy. My legs were achy and I had to drop my level down one from my normal speed.
In the evening I returned to the gym for a second time. This was my second day in a row going to the gym twice each day, so I wasn’t sure how my legs were going to hold up. I ride the bike for an hour every time I hit the gym. It’s the only way I feel like I am making up for my loss in cardio training during my down time from running.
This evening it seemed effortless and I was biking at my normal level. Half way through the ride, I increased my level, then again at 45 minutes, and again at 55 minutes. I felt great! Full of energy and full of joy-the kind of joy I feel when I run. I haven’t had this feeling since the my last run about 5 weeks ago. I was thrilled, and I know that my detox made all the difference.
Foods play such an important role in how we feel, emotionally and physically.
Vega Chocolate Protein Shake
I purchased this mix in individual servings so that I can throw into my gym bag. If I have somewhere to be after a workout, I take this with me along with my vega sports shaker. All you have to do is pour the mix into your shaker post work out, shake it up, and devour it’s yummy-ness!
In between my liquid meals, I drank herbal teas as a way to keep my tummy happy along with my taste buds. I drank 2-3 cups through-out the day.
The day went so well, I woke up the next more and decided to persevere. My 24-hour liquid detox was about to turn into a 48-hour cleanse. I wondered if I could do it. The longest liquid detox I have done has been for 24-hours.
Mixed Berry Smoothie
3 frozen bananas
(note:slice bananas ahead of time and freeze)
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon almond butter (or nut butter of your choosing)
1 cup of dairy-free milk (I use almond)
2 dates (this adds just the hint of sweetness you’ll love)
Blend until smooth
Apple Pie Smoothie
1 cup cold filtered water
1/2 apple peeled
1/2 frozen banana
a chunk of medium-firm tofu (less than 1/4 block)
a handful of leafy greens
cinnamon-a few shakes will do
1/2 tablespoon of honey or agave
a squeeze of lemon
a sprinkle of nutmeg
a pinch of ground cloves
Blend all ingredients
recipe found on livingintherealworld.net
Back to the gym and another post workout chocolate protein shake by Vega.
I have been making an effort to partake in a smoothie/juice detox for one day each week. It’s a great way to clean out my system and shed a few pounds at the same time. My weight 48 hours ago was 139 and at the end of my cleanse I dropped down to 135.
If you asked me a year ago what my goal weight was, I would have said 135! And while I am happy to have now reached that goal, I have since aimed towards a new one. I am now shooting for 130, and perhaps even 128! Right now, the goal is 130……one step at a time is the best way to get to where you are going!
My ultimate goal is to have a body that is toned and fat-free. I want to be able to look in the mirror and like what I see. Perhaps then, the weight itself won’t really make much of a difference.
If you haven’t tried a juice cleanse before, give it a go. And remember, I’m not a doctor, so you should check with yours first!
Please feel free to post any of your own recipes in the comment section!