Today, I am taking a break from decor and DIY chat to share a recent lifestyle change that I have incorporated. It's nothing new, buzz words of eating clean have been popping up all over the Internet, media, etc for quite some time. It has had such a positive impact on my overall health that I simply must share.
*photo taken post-cleanse on our honeymoon at Las Caletas Cove off of Puerta Vallarta
Justin and I fell into a routine of eating what was readily available and fast. This meant instead of our usual home cooked meals, we were reaching for pre-packaged frozen meals or eating out. After several weeks of this, I started feeling very sluggish and just generally not very good. Plus, the free sodas in the break room at my office meant that my daily intake of sugar and caffeine were higher than ever before. We never buy soda at home, but I easily gave into the temptation at work and would reach for a Coke around 3pm almost daily. While browsing Living Social one day, I came across a deal for Rawjuvenate Organic Detox Cleanse by Raw Green Organics. I decided this may be the push I needed to get my health back on track. I splurged and ordered the complete 4 week cleanse, instead of the 2-week beginner cleanse. I ordered this in early July and was anxious to get started, as a pre-wedding cleanse.
A few days later, the package arrived and I started my first ever 'cleanse'. When I first mentioned to friends and co-workers that I was doing a cleanse, I got typical responses like, 'Why? You don't need to lose weight.' It's very interesting to me that people view cleanses as a quick weight-loss tool, when that is not the typical case. Anyway, I was determined to get healthy.
I realize that a person does not need a kit or even a cleanse to start changing their lifestyle and the way they eat. However, I thought that by doing a cleanse it would help 'jumpstart' this change in lifestyle and help me purge the crap that I had been eating. Plus, I'm a pretty regimented person, so it helped me to follow a program.
Basically, the Rawjuvenate program states to replace one meal (typically breakfast) with a green smoothie made from their vegan protein powder and super green powder mix and an assortment of fruit, veggies etc.You are also supplied with 3 supplements: Aloe, Fiber and a Probiotic. These help your body ahem release bile. You do not starve yourself or skip meals. Instead, you are encouraged to eat lean proteins, leafy greens and fresh veggies for lunch and dinner, which I did.
I made my first green smoothie (although mine came out more of a deep purple color because of the berries) and instantly enjoyed it. I found the taste pleasant and had a noticeable amount of more energy that lasted through the day. I also felt full through lunch time. Before the cleanse, I would skip breakfast typically and be starving for lunch at 10:30. I was faithful for the entire 4 weeks with making a green smoothie every single morning, taking the supplements and eating healthier and lighter lunches and dinners.
After a month, when my powder mixes were finished and my supplements about done, I felt 10x better. My hair and nails were growing at a noticeably faster rate, my energy level was up, I didn't experience any headaches or other ailments the entire month.
*I am in no way sponsored or perked for this review. I felt it was important to share my experience for others considering this program. I searched and searched and couldn't find many personal reviews on this product.
I have since kept up my daily morning green smoothie and remain focused on eating more healthy. I buy organic whenever possible and have begun eliminating dairy entirely from my diet. As part of this lifestyle change, I read Kimberly Snyder's book, The Beauty Detox, which provides dozens of green smoothie recipes and explains why dairy and red meat are especially difficult for our bodies to digest. It is a very eye-opening book.
This is my typical morning recipe-
1 cup of spinach
8 ounces of coconut water
1 cup of berry mix (blueberries, strawberries, pomegranates, etc)
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
If I am craving something more creamy, I make this-
1 cup kale
4 ounces coconut water
4 ounces of almond milk
1 cup of pineapple
1/2 cup of strawberry or mango
1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
I try and vary my smoothies regularly and turn to Simple Green Smoothies for new recipes. Justin and I hit the farmers market every Saturday morning and do the majority of our shopping at Trader Joe's and our local Target, which has a surprising number of organic options. Fresh produce is key. We have also been trying at least one new recipe a week for dinner since we got married. So far, we have loved these new all organic ones especially: Parmesan-encrusted tilapia, tikka masala chicken and homemade hot and sour soup.
Have you jumped on the green smooth bandwagon? Any favorite recipes?
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