Cleanse Day 1

I survived Day 1 of the cleanse! Honestly? I don’t feel any different than I usually do. I have a slight headache, but that’s been going on since Sunday and I think I can attribute it to allergies. I’m wondering how much this cleanse will really effect me, since I’m primarily eliminating yogurt, cereal/oatmeal, cheese and caffeine. As I said in my first post, I’m already a pescetarian so I eat limited fish and no other meats. I also try to stay away from most processed foods, so overall this hasn’t been a huge shift for me yet. I’m curious to see what the rest of the week will bring.

Here are yesterday’s eats and dranks:

  • Breakfast: Fruit salad (about a pint of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries) with a banana and Saigon cinnamon, green tea, lots of water
  • Morning Snack: Mango, around 11:30 – have also been drinking lots of water all morning
  • Lunch: Salad mix (spinach, romaine, carrots, cucumbers, red/yellow peppers, cilantro, green onions) with half an avocado and lime juice, plain La Croix with limes (had about 4 of these – so good and felt super fancy!)
  • Afternoon Snacks: Red pepper, black peach tea, water, sparkling water + lime, 2 bananas 
  • Dinner: Mega Mango (all fruit!) Smoothie from Jamba Juice, half an avocado, about a cup of baby carrots
  • Night Snack: Nibbles from my fruit salad

I also went to spinning after work yesterday and it went great! The only thing I noticed being a bit different was I hardly drank any of my water – usually I’m rationing it so it lasts until the end of class. Maybe because I was already really hydrated?
For dinner I enjoyed my smoothie, carrots and avocado at the Brew & View in my neighborhood. The Brew & View shows movies towards the end of their run and only charges $5 for a triple feature! Yesterday’s triple feature was perfect for me Hunger Games, Friends with Kids and Five Year Engagement. I grabbed my smoothie on my way from spinning and went to the movies in my spin clothes – super classy. I ended up watching the second half of Hunger Games, starting right when they get to the arena (I’d already seen it twice) and all of Friends with Kids. It was a great movie and I loved the cast – it starred Adam Scott (love me some Ben Wyatt a la Parks & Rec) and Jennifer Westfeldt (she wrote and directed it too. And she’s been dating Jon Hamm for 15 years.). The rest of the cast was basically a Bridesmaids reunion with the fabulous Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm and Chris O’Dowd. I ran into one of my guy friends at the theater and he ended up watching it with me – he laughed a lot too and so even though it is actually pretty heartfelt, it’s definitely a funny movie for both guys and gals.

I’m currently sipping on some Orange Pekoe tea and enjoying the same breakfast as yesterday. Looking forward to my first Yoga at the Lake class of the season after work!



Fruit & Veggie Cleanse: Prep

I’m excited and a bit nervous because tomorrow morning I’m starting a 5-day fruit and veggie cleanse. Lately I’ve been losing my ability to eat intuitively and I’m hoping this cleanse will help reset my appetite. It’s the first cleanse of any kind I’ve ever attempted, but what better time to feast on fresh fruits and veggies than in June when everything is extra delicious?

To prepare for this week’s cleanse, I went to Whole Foods to stock up on fresh produce. If I ever attempt this again, I’ll need to find a cheaper store (I’ve heard Stanley’s is fantastic for produce in Chicago). When I got home, I threw blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries together for a simple fruit salad. I’ll be adding a banana each morning and eating this for breakfast. I also prepared a salad base with spinach, romaine, cucumbers, red and yellow peppers, cilantro, carrots and green onions. I’m planning to add an avocado and lime at lunch tomorrow.

The rules for the cleanse aren’t set in stone, but I’m going off the idea that I can eat any fruits and vegetables, as well as salt-free herbs and spices. I’m excited to experiment with this, but there are a few things I’m nervous about saying no to this week:

  • Caffeine/Soda in general – we get free soda at work so it’s a big vice of mine – I love Diet Coke, even in the morning!
  • Yogurt – breakfast staple
  • Oatmeal/Cereal – another diet staple
  • Cheese – I just love cheese!

I’m a pescetarian and don’t really eat much fish during the week, so that part at least will be easier for me. I’m also not going to be eating beans or nuts this week, so I’m hoping I can stay full on the vast amounts of produce I’ll be consuming. I’ve read a lot of other blogs that talk about this cleanse and most of them have said they felt very full all day, so that is definitely promising. I’ll be drinking lots of water and tea – gotta stay hydrated! I’ve also created a loose plan for exercise this week:

  • Monday: Spin at FFC
  • Tuesday: Yoga at the Lake (first class of the season!)
  • Wednesday: 80’s spinning with coworkers!
  • Thursday: Yoga on the Beach with Neha!
  • Friday: Rest day/end of cleanse
  • Saturday: CrossFit Intro Class
  • Sunday: Rest day

Most cleanses don’t encourage exercise, so I’m promising myself I’ll decide each day based on how I’m feeling. Spinning is great because you can easily modify your intensity, and free yoga classes are not typically very challenging either, but I’ll definitely be listening to my body.

I’ll be back tomorrow to let you know how it goes!