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Looking For a Juice Cleanse? 

Hey hey hey! 

Let me start by saying, this blog post will be about my experience with a juice cleanse I bought. This doesn’t guarantee that your experience will be the same. The company has not hired me to share any information with you. Last but not least please consult your doctor to confirm that doing a cleanse is right for you.
Okay now that we got that out the way. Let me tell you about my cleanse. 

I’ve been wanting to do a 3 day juice cleanse for quite some time.But the opportunity to stop eating yummy food never really presented itself. 

For example I could eat this yummy taco right here or go on a juice cleanse. Tacos always won.

So when I found out that I had to get my wisdom teeth removed. I thought to myself this would be the perfect time! I can’t eat anyway. 

Another internal battle I was having was should I buy the produce and juice it myself or buy should I buy pre-made juices. There are benefits to both. I decided if I was going to do a juice cleanse, I wanted to maximize all the nutritional benefits. 

I knew the fresher the juice the more beneficial it would be. However I knew I was too lazy to buy all the fresh produce and juice it myself because I was having surgery.

So I started roaming the internet.

My requirements were: 

  • No added sugar
  • 100% plant based
  • 100% raw 
  • No GMO
  • Under $200

Eventually I stumbled upon RawGeneration.

Not only did they check off my list,they also had a high protein plant based cleanse.

When I brought my the protein cleanse RawGeneration was(and still is)having a sale for 70% off any cleanse.

I brought two 3-day cleanses $60 each + $38.30 for shipping.I ordered on a Thursday the juices came on a Saturday. They came frozen and I immediately put them into my freezer.

RawGeneration provides great instruction on how to preserve your juices and perform the cleanse so no need for me to dive into that. But I had a throughly enjoyable experience using their product. All the juices were yummy ( I should preface that by saying that I’m used to eating fruits and veggies). 

My favorite was:And my boyfriend, bless his heart decided to do the cleanse with me, his favorite was: This was a close second for both of us: And the juices that we thought were going to be gross but were surprisingly tasty: The boyfriend and I survived the cleanse. We both had craving here and there but never really felt hungry.

As for wisdom teeth extraction. I survived that too. I had no problems taking my med, no nausea, and no pain. Now that I’m done with the cleanse I’m exploring all my mushy food options.

Now go be great 😉

Whipped pineapple green smoothie

Current creation I’m loving:Whipped Pineapple Green Smoothie

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  • Spinach – contains blood pressure reducing proteins called peptides, cancer fighting phytonutrients, and bone building molecules of vitamin K.
  • Pineapple (frozen)-  supplies a healthy dose of manganese – a trace mineral essential for generating energy and antioxidants. They also contain vit C, which supports immunity. Can also be soothing for digestion.
  • Apple – Believed to fight several types of cancer, antioxidant-rich apples help to fight heart disease, weight gain, and high cholesterol. The fiber contained in apples is vital in preventing cholesterol re-absorption.
  • Oranges – Vitamin C, healing properties associated with a wide variety of phytonutrient  compounds. Also offers significant protection against mouth, throat and stomach cancer.
  • Orange Juice – add 2-4 ounces to smooth out your blend and add a little sweetness

Combine all ingredients and BLEND!

whipped pineapple green smoothie

Blending/Juicing Fact: Smoothies are a great way to add greens to your diet. According to Victoria Boutenko, the Green Smoothie Queen, “Greens are the only living thing in the world that can transform sunshine into the food that all creatures can consum. The life purpose of all greens is to produce chlorophyll. Chlorophyll augments your body’s ability to produce hemoglobin which in turn strengthens the delivery of oxygen to your cells

Learn more about the benefits of juicing and blending in this previous post.

Honey Granola Fruit Smoothie

Current creation I’m loving: Honey Granola Fruit Smoothie

fresh berries

  • Strawberries– loaded with heart protecting, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory phenols.
  • Oranges – Vitamin C, healing properties associated with a wide variety of phytonutrient  compounds. Also offers significant protection against mouth, throat and stomach cancers
  •  Granola/Oats– may help lower your cholesterol and prevent certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. Whole grain oats and nuts, two main ingredients in most granola, contain dietary fiber.
  • Greek Yogurt –  can have twice as much protein as regular yogurt. The extra protein will help you feel full and leave you feeling satisfied. Also contains probiotics, live microorganisms. These bacteria microbes may help improve digestive function and the immune system
  • Honey – A natural sweetener, not to mention, recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.

Combine all ingredients and BLEND!

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Blending/Juicing Fact:When we eat solid foods, it takes awhile for our digestive systems to break down that food we’ve consumed. This gives it extra time to consume fats and oils out of our foods that we don’t necessarily need and then convert it to fat. With a liquified version of fruits and vegetables entering our systems, the body can immediately convert the food into nutritive value while there is less time to convert other items into fat cells for energy later.

Learn more about the benefits of juicing and blending in this previous post.

 

 

 

Why Juice… Blend… Extract…?

Did you have any idea that you could be damaging your digestive system by not chewing your foods enough?! In short, this happens by overworking your system  as it tries to extract the nutrients from bulky improperly chewed chunks of food.  Overtime you will become less and less effective at absorbing and utilizing vital nutrients, making you weaker and more prone to sickness as you age. Pretty much: Even when you’re eating foods that are good for you, your body isn’t always able to access and make use of the full amount of nutrients.

By juicing or blending fruits, veggies and nuts, you not only cut down on the work that your body needs to do, but you make it much easier and faster to consume to recommended number of servings each day {remember the good ole food pyramid). This can be especially hard for serious veggie haters like myself. The very cool and (unbelievable by non believers} thing about this process is that the sweetness of the fruits you use usually covers up any taste of vegetables {depending on what you choose}. I swear! And they make great on-the-go breakfasts.

The biggest difference between blending/extracting and traditional “juicing” is that by blending you retain all the nutrients and fiber that are in packed in parts that would usually get thrown away i.e. seeds, peels,  and even stems.

Watch this video to learn more about the benefits.

I love fruitCurrent creation I’m loving: Sweet Vita-Berry Blast

  • Strawberries– loaded with heart protecting, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory phenols.
  • Blueberries – Manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin K. These power fruits are also high in fiber, and renowned for their anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting chemicals
  • Pomegranates– most powerful source of antioxidants of all fruits, Vitamins C & K, decreases cholesterol, and protects against heart disease and  of prostate cancer
  • Oranges – Vitamin C, healing properties associated with a wide variety of phytonutrient  compounds. Also offers significant protection against mouth, throat and stomach cancers
  • Avocados – rich in vitamins and minerals and protein , also high concentrations of mono-saturated fats  and compounds that are essential to brain development
  • Romaine Lettuce– supports heart health with its wealth of vitamins A, K and C
  • Carrots – Rich in vitamins and  minerals, specifically  beta carotene which preserves eyesight , as well as potassium and fiber

Amount of each ingredient depends on your taste preferences. You can follow these simple guidelines to make up your own recipes.

Live healthy. Eat fresh. Rise&Revel