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From time to time, while stuffing chips and cherry coke down my throat, I wonder how I am supposed to convince my patients that its easy to be healthy in the midst of their busy lives. Exhibit A. I sit down for most of my day. Standing up in lab makes me angry. I eat cookies and brownies and coffee full of cream and sugar and whatever else I can find to shove into my face. I don’t run most days. The healthiest things I eat are when I bring my lunch and thats usually microwave pasta or a turkey sandwich with yogurt and apples. And Lord knows I don’t get enough sleep.
But eating healthy on a quick stop to Quiktrip is really hard. Their “naked” juices cost 4 bucks and I’m never really sure what all they put in it.
So, today, instead of popping out out bed and studying anatomy like I should, I decided to try something. Ya’ll know I love my juice. It makes me feel good, lotsa vitamins and all. Its pretty filling and energizing too. But my dang juicer that I love so very much is a little high maintenance. You have to clean it right away because fruit beaten to a pulp rots pretty quickly and its really sticky. So I juiced everything all at once. Fresh pressed juice can be stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container. I made six bottles. All I have to do is shake it and its good to go.  So now I have delicious real juice all week and it took like 20 minutes! I’m so happy!
I made a red juice.
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And a green juice.
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The red was- 2 beets, lots of baby carrots, 1/2 lb raspberries, 1/2 lb strawberries, 1 red pear, 3 small fuji apples
The green was- A bushel of kale, 1/2 bag fresh spinach, 2 kiwis, 2 green pears, 2s small fuji apples.
So there’s my small step towards health this week during a busy schedule. Its so much easier to drink all those good sugars and nutrients than constantly munching on kale and pears.
Since its red and green, I thought I would also tell you that it’s 46 days til Christmas and 39 school days left til the semester is over. I have almost made it! WOO!
 

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Three Easy Post-Run Drinks

Water of course. There is very little else that is quite as satisfying after a sweaty run. I’ve heard of water being best for you right after a run when the water is room temperature or just a little bit chilled. Ice water is sometimes too cold and can cause irregular heartbeat. I sometimes put a tablespoon of chia seeds in, wait a couple minutes, stir and then you’ve got fiber and omega-3s in it too!
Chocolate milk is hailed as the perfect post-run drink, and its a favorite of mine too. Something about it having the right ratio of sugar, protein, and carbs for recovery. It’s even better if you drink it within 30 minutes. I use 2% milk and Carnation Instant Breakfast chocolate powder for the extra vitamins that Hershey’s syrup and Nesquik don’t have.
Smoothies. I love smoothies (and juice!) after my runs. Something about the creaminess that chocolate milk with the fresh- or frozen- fruit. Vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber to boot. I love summer for the fresh fruit but this recipe can be used with frozen fruit in the winter, and it makes it extra cold and icy!
Post-Run Smoothie
5 or 6 medium strawberries with the leaves cut off
1 large handful of blueberries
6 oz. cup light vanilla yogurt
1/2-3/4 cup of vanilla almond milk
Blend it and drink!
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If you’re like me, you could drink all three after one run!
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Let's Talk About This Whole Juice Cleanse Thing

When I last updated you on Day 2, I was about to have my cashew banana shake for dinner. I did drank it again and was feeling fine. After that, I went to Lowe’s with my parents and started thinking about the benefits I had gotten from solely juicing for two days. Honestly, there weren’t very many.
Is juicing healthy and beneficial? Yes. Does it constitute a balanced diet on its own? No
At this point I really really really wanted actual food with substance, and I began to get a headache. And then my parents stopped at Chili’s and the whole thing was settled. I decided to listen to my body instead of depriving it just to complete the arbitrary three days.
I needed food. At Chili’s, I had chips and salsa and a cup of potato soup. Though it wasn’t much food, I was completely satiated.
I finally had energy again!
I will say that it is a pretty amazing feat to eat only fresh fruits and vegetables and it did make me feel healthier in my mind, knowing I was getting so many vitamins and consuming things straight from a farm. But, I didn’t feel particularly cleansed of toxins or stool like I was expecting to. Also, I did lose a lot of water weight and felt like I had tighter muscle tone. Though, that could be because my muscles were breaking into their glycogen stores for energy, haha.
On the first day before I started I weighed myself. So there’s that. Take it as you will.
Day 1 – 117 lbs
Day 2- 114 lbs
Day 3- 115 lbs
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The next morning (Day 3) I was not hungry at all, but I ate some raw cashews for my last day’s dinner juice because they were delicious and crunchy and so what difference does it make if I puree them or eat them plain? Then, I had my morning green juice just because it tastes so good.
Life is much better when you can juice and eat what you want.
What did I learn from this?
“Juice cleanse” is probably just another fad diet. And yes, I got sucked in. None of us are immune. Fact is, a balanced diet is just that… balance. One food group will never get you whatever it is you are looking for from your food.
I’ve always gone off of all things in moderation. I eat what I’m craving, usually whatever I want. I don’t eat much, I walk a lot, stay active, and work out and run when I can.
I did explore lots of yummy juice combos and found out easy it is to get a lot of different colors in my diet. And, I think it really did help my digestive system. I had a couple people interested in the “digestive cleansing” that may/may not occur. If you have no interest in my bowel movements, feel free to stop here. To any men reading this : I still uphold that girls do not poop and all of the following is a lie.
Day 1- I went to the bathroom and felt emptied completely, though it was too soon to be from the juice and was probably just a regular stool.
Day 2- My stomach was crampy and I was bracing myself for diarrhea, but it never came. Stool was pretty soft though.
Day 3- This one’s sorta weird. But here it goes, I had wayyy more stool than usual and the beets made their appearance! Since I have never eaten beets before it was new to see dark red stool tinge the water pink and not want to call an ambulance.
So there you have it. I usually have a pretty slow digestive system but the juice seemed to regulate things and I felt like I was passing yesterday’s food each day (which is good) and was emptying completely. Very little discomfort and no diarrhea like I was expecting. I also noticed that without sips of soda and greasy chips, I hardly had any gas whatsoever.
My Take Aways:
1. Juice! Juice a lot, juice a variety of fruits and veggies- and even nuts! But don’t ONLY juice.
2. There is no cure-all, miracle food to make you feel magical all the time. (I knew this- I just was in a little juice bubble and had high expectations)
3. Try new things!
4. Be happy, be healthy! Just like the cheerio’s honey bee tells us.
 

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Juice Update 1

It looks as though I’m tied down to home (aka my juicer) for the next three days so I will get some writing, unpacking, and juicing done. Sounds good to me!
The Bad News: I got really hungry. Like really hungry at about 2 AM last night. I thought “Oh boy”
The Good News: I woke up ready for some juice. I prayed “Give us this day our daily juice” and then jumped right into getting my first juice out.
I prepped last night so it wasn’t hard. I just grabbed the baggie labeled “Morning Day 1”
My first juice this morning was a big handful of kale, a big handful of baby spinach, a whole kiwi, and two small granny smith apples. I juiced that in my fancy juicer and then put the juice in a little blender cup and pureed it with a banana. Why? Juicing a banana definitely adds the banana flavor. I wanted something a little different out of the banana. Namely, its anti-diarrheal qualities. You know the BRAT diet? Bananas are the B. I just don’t want to have crazy intense juice poops if you know what I mean.
I’m calling this juice “Green Apple Jolly Rancher” because that’s what it tastes like. Seriously. It’s freaking delicious. The banana makes it more filling too. It made about 400ml of liquid and that is a lot to drink.
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I sipped my juice as I cleaned out my juicer. Then I went outside to sip my juice and dumped the pulp receptacle in my mom’s garden. The neighbors were like “Dang look at that perfect hippy girl composting and drinking juice; I wish I could be like her.”
Don’t fret neighbors! My Nike shorts were made in a sweatshop, so nobody is perfect!
 
 

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Breakfast

Thanks to my girls waking me up early, I’ve gradually been training my body to wake up earlier. Part of me being able to stay up all day and be productive includes getting a good breakfast too. I don’t like to eat right when I wake up though, so I waited a bit and then made this breakfast with fresh homemade juice in my juicer.
We had some chopped fruit left in the fridge from my party.
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It had apples, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and grapes.
I added an apple and a handful of raspberries and threw it all in my juicer. I can be kind of be picky about my raw fruit if its too mushy or bruised or just not fresh, but the great thing about juicing is that I can get rid of that less-than-fresh fruit. I normally would have written off these raspberries as too icky to eat alone, but they were perfect in my juice.
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I’ve found that an apple and two or three handfuls of other fruits is enough to make a cup of juice.
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I added a spoonful of Chia seeds and stirred. It was one of the sweeter juices I’ve made, but it was still good and tangy!
My favorite juice so far has been apple, carrot, orange, blueberry juice!
I added a bagel with peanut butter, cinnamon, and sprinkles on it and ate a banana as well. While a big, fluffy, white flour bagel isn’t the healthiest, its filling and its my favorite. I’ve eaten these since I was a kid. I consider it even since I had juice 😉
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Now, after running a few errands, including getting my last TB skin test before school (eep!), I’m going for a run. I love (healthy) productive days!