Slamdunk Success! I made it through day one of my 14 day juice cleanse! My craving for food was minimal. The worst part was when I was making the juice. I just wanted to pick up a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable while I was waiting for my juice to be ready.
Challenges: The biggest challenge I noticed with the juice cleanse is the amount of work required. Fortunately, my mother and I are in this together and we can share the responsibilities. We made juice about 4 times today. Which took a conservative hour or so for preparation and cleaning. In addition to cleaning all the pieces to the juicer, the floor and table ends up getting all sticky after just one preparation. I can imagine one of these times being really hungry and daunted by having to go through all the motions for juicing. This definitely is good preparation for me to be more involved in the kitchen when this fast is over.
Juice Cleanse Side Effects: Overall my cleansing reaction was very mild on the first day. For a complete review, I will be frank in the section. Mild discomfort in my bowels briefly. One super small bowel elimination. Did experience an odd/bitter taste in my mouth for the latter half of the day even after brushing my teeth. Did cough up small amount foul tasting / smelling phlegm. YUCK! Can only imagine my lungs are clearing out from all of those years of smoking. My overall energy level has been alright. Did feel a little sluggish and mentally cloudy around the afternoon to evening time but those feeling have subsided as the evening has gone on.
Total Amount of Juice Drank: Approximately 64 oz (Plenty of plain water was drank throughout the day as well.)
Favorite Juice Recipe of the Day: Pineapple Juice with a Splash of Pomegranate
Least Favorite Juice Recipe of the Day: Random Vegetable Blend of Kale, Spinach, Carrots, Celery, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Onions, Beets, Tomatoes, Celery, Cabbage, Ginger, Basil and Lemon. This was a very strong and pungent tasting. Nonetheless, I would drink it again. The thought of how much nutrients I was getting and how much I was caring for myself as I drank it, made every drop desired and palatable.
General Observations: Throughout the day, we took some notes on the juice yield from various quantities of some fruits and vegetables. For me I like to know what to expect for the amount of juice from a fruit or vegetable. When making juices for on the go or later, knowing yield is helpful. I recommend that each time you make a juice, make additional helping as well. This will save you time in cleaning and preparation. In addition, you can take a longer break from using the juicer. I choose to buy 6, 18 oz Aquasana glass bottles with an airtight lid from amazon. These seems to work really well. Juices are suppose to be able to keep in these types of container for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Make sure to fill the bottles to rim to avoid as much oxidation as possible. The more the juice is exposed to oxygen it loses its vital nutrients and loses flavor. The best is to drink it right away. Having the balance of making one for later and drinking one right away, I feel is a good compromise.
We are using the Juicemann Centrifugal Juicer. Seems to work well and give a good yield. No complaints.
Here is the approximate yield for some of our produce.
- 1 Head of Kale = 4.5 oz
- 1 carrot = 1.5 oz on average
- 1 orange = 3.2 oz on average
- 1 pomegranate = 3 oz
- 1 pineapple = 14 oz on average
Until tomorrow! Juice Cleanse On!