Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Adventures in Detox Cleanse Land - part 2

Hi everyone - for those of you who were curious to find me practically dead or malnourished, I'm sorry to tell you that I made it! 3 days, straight, through, no cheating (however a few changes were made).

Day 2

The second day started out the same - woke up 6:30am, showered/makeup, then off to blending my shakes. I preferred to make them in the morning because they stay tasting fresh and also they don't start turning brown. I have started to really enjoy the morning shake and expect to continue making it in the near future. I switched the lunch and dinner shake. I decided that I preferred the dinner drink, and wanted to eat something more enjoyable.

By the time dinner came around on Day 2, I got back from spin so the green scary drink didn't bother me. Let me repeat - yes I went to spin class - yes I worked out and sweat my butt off. The reason why I could and I did is because I added protein powder to each shake which gave me an extra 400 calories to burn off. DO NOT try to do a heavy workout on this detox unless you are going to be adding protein to your shakes. The bath was very pleasant and I have to say that I haven't slept this good in years!!

Day 2


Day 3

The final day was a breeze. My routine became a well-oiled machined. 6:30am get up, wash up, makeup, then drink making time. I did the same thing today - switched dinner with lunch and added protein. The hard thing about Day 3 was that I had to take my students to a company visit at Comcast Center today in Philadelphia, which meant I couldn't take my snack shake with me. Thankfully afterwards we went to the food court and while the students were ordering cheese steaks and Chinese food, I found a produce stand that made fresh juice (winning!). I had a beet, carrot, orange, ginger, green apple drink - it was delicious! Although the smell of cheese fries and fried rice was making it a little hard for me, I made it through the snack shake.

The Comcast Center view from the top!

The evening was easy, I wasn't really home and by the time I got home I was already tired which once again made the scary green drink easy to get down (I completely stopped putting in the celery by day 2).

After my detox not only did I have a sense of accomplishment but also I am able to fit into my pair of pants that I bought 3 weeks ago that I couldn't even zip! I feel lighter and much less bloated - it's amazing.

Once again, I want to stress to first talk to a health professional before trying to attempt this if you haven't put in a lot of the ingredients into your system before. It's ok to switch ingredients around as well as to take some out (evil celery!). Please know this is not a competition - do this at your own pace. For me, detoxing Monday through Wednesday worked better than other days, however for you it might be different. Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Adventures in Detox Cleanse Land - part 1

I decided to do a 3-day detox. Honestly, the main reason I wanted to do it is to see if I can actually do it. The other reasons were to obviously cleanse my body and regenerate my organs (be less bloated), and to clear my mind. I heard positive and negative comments about people's experiences, and I have to say, I was very nervous. The detox I chose was Dr. Oz's 3-day detox. The ingredients used for the shakes are all ingredients I eat on a daily basis (including flax seed and coconut oil). I love how you not only get a step-by-step daily schedule but also the shopping list.

First day of the detox I woke up and made 3 drinks to take to work; Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack. I made green tea with lemon and honey (not Stevia) to go as well.  
This is the breakfast shake - delicious! I also added a tablespoon of my protein powder. This made me full all morning.
The lunch drink took a lot longer to get down. I recommend to not add the celery. It is very chunky and kind of chewy. All other ingredients were great - I would even add a little more green apple. I also added a tablespoon of protein powder to this.
My snack drink was similar to my morning drink except I substituted coconut milk with the water and added strawberries instead of raspberries - I know, I am such a rebel! I drank this right before I left work around 5pm, which turns out made me so full, that I skipped the dinner drink. Day 2 I will be making a smaller portion snack drink.
As for my night time detox bath - I bought Epsom salt that already has lavender oils in it - I love it when I kill two birds with one stone. I also added some Redmond Clay and if you have never heard of this, you are in for a treat! This all natural clay found in Utah is not only for the outside of your body, but also inside (that's right, its so pure you can eat it!). Warning: if you use the clay, the water gets VERY dark and murky, because of all the toxins leaving your body - it looks like the end of a scary movie.
By the time I rinsed off it was 9:45 and I was ready to go to bed - I was tired from the bath, but not hungry. I had an amazing night of sleep!! Here comes day 2!!

Please read before starting this detox: If you are not used to eating the majority of the ingredients, especially in liquid form and in those amounts, you should consult your doctor or dietary professional. You don't want to make yourself sick. Also, you need to drink A LOT of water - don't think just because you are 'eating' liquid shakes for 3 days that you can skip out on water. Also, don't force yourself to eat/drink something that is not cooperating with your stomach. Finally, if you feel like you are going to pass out (which I have not experienced) first thing SIT DOWN, second thing you should consider if you should be continuing this detox. The point of it is not to make you weak and sick.

Monday, February 25, 2013

It's not a Margarita, it's a Dasha-rita!

I am known to make some of the best margarita's down the shore. Thanks to a specifically awesome person (Greg), my drink and I have now taken the nickname of Dasha-rita. I tried out a new flavor and I have to say it was mmm-mmmm good! In lieu of the Oscars, I wanted to make a star-worthy version of a Dasha-rita, here is what I came up with: Strawberry Starfruit Dasha-rita!

Tasted as good as it looks!

2 parts Homemade non-sour sour mix
(1 part orange juice, 1 part lime juice, 1 part lemon juice - fresh squeezed)
3-5 frozen strawberries
2-3 slices star fruit
1 part triple sec
2 parts Tequila (I was using gold tequila)

Pulse in a blender until you get the consistency you want.
Add either salt or sugar to the rim - I like sugar. 
Cut a piece of star fruit as a garnish and put it on the rim.
Pour a little bit more tequila on top!

Ta-da! You've made your very first Dasha-rita!