Well, I had to modify. Here’s how the first day of my cleanse went:
I had some carrot-grapefruit juice for breakfast in place of my typical oatmeal and coffee. I felt okay, had some blueberries and almonds for a snack. The headache and fatigue started, which was expected. Then I ate my lunch: arugula salad with various toppings and lemon juice/EVOO dressing. During my afternoon class, I started to feel real bad, and it only got worse. I felt like I had the flu. Then, I got sick. I went home and took a nap (which I haven’t done in years)… went to work and got sick again. I came home… got sick again… and went to bed at 7pm. My conclusion is that I ate something bad- because I cannot imagine that simply changing my breakfast would’ve had such a detrimental effect (since the rest of the day’s diet was consistent with my normal).
So, I decided that Friday I would start my day off with a small bowl of oatmeal (with only flax, wheat germ and cinnamon added), and a very small cup of coffee. The oatmeal I’m okay with; I think my body needs a little something in the morning, since I am continuing my exercise (which includes lifting weights). Plus, I lost the support of my husband once I started getting sick; he is afraid I’m going to lose weight on this cleanse. The coffee probably would be better to skip, but here’s my reasoning: coffee has lots of benefits and I therefore had full intentions of adding it back in after the cleanse. So, I determined that it wasn’t worth the excruciating headaches to cut it out for 3 weeks! Please don’t judge me 🙂
With that being said, I am continuing everything else as originally planned for the remainder of each day.
Yesterday, I made vegetable broth for the first time! Super-duper easy and I have enough for a few days’ worth of soup.
I used carrots, leeks, celery (mostly the leaves), garlic and onions. Just chop them up in large chunks and place in a big pot. Then, fill with water and let it simmer for about an hour. When ready, just pour through a mesh strainer and there’s your broth!
I used the broth to make tomato soup last night (and aren’t I nice- I made my husband a grilled cheese sandwich). Tonight or tomorrow, I plan to use it for butternut squash soup.
PS- I will blog with all the juice recipes and how they taste later! (I’m drinking beet-carrot-apple-mint juice now).