new year, who dis?

Helloooooo and Happy New Year!!!! I have not blogged in 3 months. THREE. MONTHS. Who am I?!

Let me give you a little recap of what has been going on in my life the past 3 months.

-took the Real Estate exam online courses
-this was pretty much my life...
-halloween came and went
-stress eating from studying

-literally had no life for 2 weeks studying for my school exam
-passed school exam (woo!)
-literally had no life the next week studying for state exam
-did not pass state exam first attempt :(
-Thanksgiving Oyster Roast
-too much eating & drinking
-back to no life
-passed my real estate exam (WOOOO!)

-lots and lots of eating
-Christmas in Brookyln and then Boston
-more eating
-too much eating and drinking

January so far:
-New Year's Eve
-drinking and eating all day long New Year's Day

Monday after New year's Day: holy shit I can't move. I'm done. I'm so done. 

These past few months have been stressful, crazy, and filled with (as you can see) so much food and drinks. I could actually FEEL my body asking me to just chill, more than I ever have before. I was feeling swollen, my skin was looking dehydrated, my stomach was not acting right, and I just had to do something about it.

I have tried a cleanse 2 times in my life. The GM's very strange. First day fruit only but no bananas, second day starts with a baked potato and then vegetables only, third day fruits and vegetables, fourth day beef and tomatoes and milk, fifth day cabbage soup.....I can't even remember the rest. I tried it in college when I thought I was fat from putting on weight after high school (HA! That idiot). I did lose about 7lbs but gained it back very quick.

This time around, I was not looking to lose weight. To be totally honest, I think I actually lost a couple pounds from stress and not working out. On top of that, I stopped focusing on my weight a while ago. That really doesn't matter to me as much as how I feel. I wasn't even thinking about doing something for any physical results. I genuinely just wanted to give my body a break from everything. But I also wanted to keep it short. I started looking up some different cleanses and detoxes and found this:

This is Dr. Oz's 3 day juice detox. You can find it here.

I thought this would be a good start since I have never done a juice cleanse before. 

The morning starts with green tea with lemon and stevia. I omitted the stevia because I actually don't like my tea sweetened (People who know how sweet I take my coffee are probably rolling their eyes at this). 

Of course the night before my cleanse I slept HORRIBLE. Mayyyyybe 3 hours total. So I woke up absolutely exhausted and dying for coffee, but ALAS could not have it. The morning drink is my favorite, it's pretty similar to the morning smoothies I make anyway so it wasn't much of a change. Bananas, raspberries, lemon, spinach, flax seed, and almond butter (not pictured).

I noticed that the mornings all three days were the easiest. After this drink, I felt REALLY full. 

Around lunch I started feeling crazy hungry. I noticed every single restaurant I drove by, smelled every single smell. It didn't help that I had had to go into Whole Foods (Heaven) to get vitamins and probiotics. The smells in there were UN. REAL. I thought I was going to pass out. The smell of Mac n Cheese is wayyyy stronger when you aren't allowed to eat it.

 I don't know about you but some of these ingredients just do not look very appealing to me. Celery, green apples, cucumbers, kale, lime, pineapple.  Also has some coconut oil and a little bit of almond milk. 

I'm not quite sure how to describe the consistency of this one. Mealy maybe? Reminded me of the consistency of gazpacho so maybe it was the cucumber. I realized that for the next two days I would feel full after these drinks, but not satisfied. It's an interesting feeling. Eating to sustain instead of to enjoy. Sometimes I had to convince myself that what I was drinking was as good as I would like it to be.

MmMmMmMm see?? Soooooo goooooooood......

The first night I had the dinner drink I really liked it. Blueberries, mango, avocado, flax seed, kale, lemon, and also coconut water and cayenne. The second night, I could barely get through it. I noticed an hour had gone by and I had only had a few sips. I realized that I really do not like coconut milk and the cayenne was too intense. Instead of forcing my way through it, I made another one without the cayenne and used just regular water. 

In between lunch and dinner you can have another juice drink of your choice. Other parts of the cleanse are a daily detox bath with epsom salts and lavender oil as well as taking a multivitamin and probiotic. 

How I Felt:

Day one, I was so exhausted from lack of sleep that I think it actually distracted me from not eating. I couldn't tell if the things I was feeling were due to the cleanse or sleep deprivation. I went to sleep at 8:30 and slept a full and much needed 11 hours. And again, full but not satisfied. I was craving salt pretty bad. 

Day two, I really felt the "detox symptoms". Apparently, you're supposed to prep for a cleanse. I did not do this. The symptoms I felt were feeling light headed and worn out, irritable, and every night I got a headache like clock work around 7pm. Things I was craving big time: wine, coffee, ramen noodles and Jimmy Johns (both of my guilty pleasures).

Day three: I can't remember the last time I woke up feeling that rested. I slept for two nights in a row without waking up once, that rarely happens. I woke up actually NOT craving coffee....what?? Crazy talk. By about 8PM, I was over it. I was seriously thinking about going to bed then just so I could end the day sooner and way up to eat eggs. Things I was craving: protein. Eggs, chicken, salmon, etc. 

What I did for exercise:

They recommend that you work out at least 30 minutes but I kept it light: yoga, walking, using my 2lb baby weights (love those things tbh). 

What I realized during this cleanse:

I. LOVE. FOOD. Like I am actually obsessed with it. I thought I would crave the after-work wine the most but I really didn't. I just thought about food. All the freaking time. I watched more Food Network in three days than I have in 3 months. Chopped, Cooks vs Cons, Beat Bobby Flay....I don't know why I did this to myself. I easily could have avoided anything food related but I couldn't stop. Torture right?!? Didn't care. It was all I wanted to watch.

On top of this, I went Pinterest CRAAZZZYYY. I made a whole new board just for healthy/skinny recipes and pinned almost 200 already.

AND I went through my cookbooks and turned down pages of recipes I want to try. I was basically just drooling for 3 days. Am I a masochist? Maybe I am. 

Overall, it was tough but I felt much better afterwards. My stomach felt better, my skin looked better, and I felt well rested. Plus my mind was geared towards more healthy foods. Sometimes I have to take a break to really think about what I'm putting in my body. I would definitely recommend it to someone feeling the same way after the holidays. 


One other thing I learned, cats do not give AF about your cleansing. 

Check out my new Pinterest board here.

New Year means New Tunes. The Marcus King Band. I saw them the other night at Terminal West and they were incredible. Check them out here