Juice Cleanse – Day 2

If you haven’t read my  previous posts: “Prep” and Day 1, please do. This is my experience, continued…

As expected, day 2 has gotten much easier! It was easier to manage my cravings, my outlook was more positive, and I really looked forward to the rest of the day of juicing!

I woke up early, with a spring in my step. You really feel a huge sense of accomplishment and pride!

I also felt clear headed and light all day, which hugely helps in your wanting to be active, even if it is just dancing around the house like no one is watching! Moving just becomes pleasurable.

Day 2 struggles:
1. Sleep: It may be hard to fall asleep because of the exact same light feeling you’ve had all day that made you feel so good. It could translate to being light headed. What you can do, is  get that extra mood lifter milkshake drink that will instantly make you feel better.

2. Workout/Exercise:
If you’re doing a one day cleanse, don’t stress yourself too much about working out. You can skip it. If you’re on a 3 day or 5 day cleanse, it becomes a bit trickier. You have all this extra energy, but you don’t want to expend any more energy than needed and crash.

Here’s what I found:
Day 1 is always impossible for me to workout. My body is already adjusting to the fasting, I’m emotionally drained with all the fake out “I’m hungry” battles and the last thing I need is added pressure to expend more energy. Once again, the point of this is to enjoy the juicing, enjoy the detox, and find rebooted energy at the end, not add more rules and strict guidelines that will make you feel bad about yourself.

Day 2 is when I re-introduce my daily routine which is often high intensity walking or running.

Having said that, it is completely ok to not exercise on day 1, or in fact on all three days. Do what feels comfortable to you, and be honest, not lazy.



Now over to the details of DAY 2

Day 2 timeline:
7am: 10 oz water
8am: 10 oz Green Juice (with protein)
11am: 10 oz Red Juice (with healthy fats)
1pm: 10 oz water
2pm: 10 oz Orange Juice
4pm: 10 oz Green Juice (with protein)
7pm: 8 oz Chocolate fruit smoothie (with protein)
9pm: 8 oz water

Important things to know:
Drink all the liquids slowly over an hour. It keeps you more satisfied. If you gulp down the whole glass in a few minutes, the remaining hour or two until the next drink is bound to be miserable. Slow and steady is the name of the game.

To keep you more full, you could drink up to 16 oz of juices/smoothies, and adjust your water accordingly. I stick to a total of 70 to 80 oz of water in a day, which is more than enough fluids for me.

Here are my day 2 recipes for all 4 types of smoothies. If you want to drink two or more of any of these during the day, just make them all at once, and adjust the quantities.

One 10 oz glass of Green Juice:
1 handful baby spinach
2 florets of broccoli, with the tender stems (really tough bottom stems discarded)
1/4 english cucumber (that contain fewer seeds)
1 tbsp fresh cilantro (substitute parsley if you dislike cilantro)
5 mint leaves
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
juice from one wedge of lemon
handful of ice cubes + 2 tbsp water
~30 g/1 scoop of protein powder (I use a flavorless powder for this)

Place all the ingredients in a high powered blender and grind until smooth. I use a Vitamix. I puree in high power 1 full minute for a really smooth texture.

I like to use ice cubes to keep my juice cold, and give it more body. Makes it more satisfying to drink! This is optional, you could easily skip the ice, and add more water if you’d like it to be thinner.



One 10 oz glass of Red Juice:
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 of medium beet, peeled and roughly chopped
5 baby carrots
half handful of pineapple chunks
2 tbsp hemp seeds
juice from one wedge of lemon
handful of ice cubes + 2 tbsp water

Place all the ingredients in a high powered blender/Vitamix and blend until smooth.



One 10 oz Orange Juice
10 baby carrots
1 orange (I use clementines; use 1/2 an orange for larger varieties, remove thick rinds)
1 slice pineapple ~1/3 cup
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 inch piece ginger
handful of ice cubes + 2 tbsp water

Place all the ingredients in a high powered blender/Vitamix and blend until smooth.



Mood lifter! One 10 oz glass of Chocolate Banana Protein Milkshake:
1/2 large banana
handful of blueberries
30g /one scoop of chocolate flavored protein powder
6 oz almond milk
handful of ice cubes
1 tsp monk fruit sweetener (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a high powered blender/Vitamix and blend until smooth.



Wish me luck for day 3! Details coming up tomorrow.

Happy juicing!

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