I tried this thing called juicing cleanse

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Last week I tried juicing cleanse, so here is my experience and everything you need to know about juicing. Honestly, this is one of the hardest thing I have done in my life. This cleanse was on my list for a while now and I finally  had the courage to face this. Some of you may think why Am I so melodramatic. Well, because the hardest part about the detox was psychological and I am so proud that I didn’t cave in.

So here is my experience and fact about juicing. I hope this encourages you to start a healthy lifestyle.

Why did I want to detox?

The first question everyone asked was “Why did you go on this cleanse when you are already skinny? So, first of all I did not start this detox to loose any weight. As most of you know I train hard and workout regularly to stay fit. Last year I was diagnosed for hay fever. So I was sick most of all spring until end of summer. People with this condition will understand how difficult it is to wake up in the morning with itchy eyes and sneezing all day. With this detox I was hoping to boost my immune system for spring. A detox like this is not a cure to hay fever, however I have prescribed medication for this condition.

Fun facts:Research and study says that plant-based juice diet allows food to be assimilated quickly through the intestine — consuming less energy, while the toxin-free, nutrient-dense food helps to repair the gut itself.

Did I loose any weight?

As I said before, I did not go on this cleanse to loose weight. The fact is I did not weigh myself before and after so I wouldn’t know.

What was my diet consist of?

For the last 3 days I only had liquids. No solid food at all. My morning started with 2 glasses of water. Cup of detox tea after half an hour. First juice before leaving to work, I called it mean green because It was less tasty then the rest. It had green apple, spinach, celery, ginger, cucumber and coconut water.

I would make my second juice and carry it with me to work. This was the delicious smoothie which had lots of good stuff for e.g.: banana and almond milk. I will have 2 small cups every 2 hour. By afternoon I was craving for coffee. My body was use to getting caffeine dose around this time so I felt a bit sleepy and had a cup of tea instead. By day 3 I was well adjusted to tea and did not seem to miss caffeine any more.

Then came night, the hardest. My mornings and day went super easy it was the night that I thought of giving in until the last day. My previous routine was work, home, snack, gym and end with light dinner. Well, I stayed in at  nights and and try to keep myself busy. I could not concentrate well at night so instead of fighting I treated myself to house of card marathon.

Did I work out?

I had done some research and reading before going on this cleanse, and it clearly said not to indulge in intense workout and training. I found this extremely difficult to skip gym 3 days in a row. I am a gym junkie and love training. By day 2 I practiced yoga and meditation in the mornings this really helped me calm my nerves and accept the changes.

Was I starving and did I feel hungry?

No. I did not feel hungry. I was drinking every 2 hours which kept full all time.

Was I tired?

Well, I started this on my day off. I knew first day will be the hardest.  On day 2 and 3 I was at work. It went really fast because I was super busy and it kept my mind of food. On my last day I got my period, by this time I didn’t want to quit and start over again. Usually, first day of period I have stomach cramps and severe pain, however on my detox I didn’t have any of these symptoms in fact I felt way better and stronger.

How did this detox help me?

Yes, I feel super energetic and healthy from inside. I have much more energy throughout the day and find it easy to wake up in the morning. Study says that juicing cleanse will help control cravings and excessive eating. After  finishing this cleanse I started to appreciate small things like eating a whole apple. During this detox I realised how much I had missed just eating a whole fruit. Detox like this will help you sustain and build new eating habits.

Do I want to do this cleanse again?

Yes, definitely. I would love to do this every 3 to 6 months.

So this was my journey and answers to some of your questions. Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sita ❤

 

Vegan detox!

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Hi lovers,

How is everyone doing? I am assuming most of you must be busy tackling your New Year’s resolution. Me too! Once again my resolutions are pretty standard; live healthy, be happy, practice more gratitude and learn dutch. So I have been pretty busy to live up to my goals.

Last year around this time I tried the Vegan detox diet. After seeing some great changes; physically, mentally and spiritual. I have decided to do it again! Here is everything you need to know about this cleanse. I have tried my best to explain what,why &  how this cleanse will work.

What is a Vegan detox?

Cleansing is become a big trend in wellness world. During this detox I will follow a plant based diet and avoid unhealthy and processed foods.

Why I need a detox?

This is my magic pill! I felt alive and energised like never before. This detox helped me restart and jumpstart my healthy habits. Simply eating 100% natural diet helps remove all the toxins and cleanse our system. You’ll wake up with a strange sensation: energy. Eating natural is like feeding your soul; I started to sleep better, have better moods, I could work long hours without feeling tired and most of all I felt happy and healthy from inside.

I decided to research a little before doing such a thing. I was surprise to find so much information. There is a cleanse and detox available for all kind of things. The internet says that it takes about 72 hours for your body to clean and realise all the toxins. However, I decided to follow this for a month. My goal is to detox and train myself to eat healthy. After a month, I want my palate to be excited for a grill asparagus and broccoli and have cravings for banana chips. During this detox I will not starve myself. Instead, I will eat nutritiously and consciously. A good diet and training can do miracles. So, I will stick to my old training routines, wherein I try my best to workout twice. Morning yoga is my wake up call and evenings I have more time to train.

Today I am sharing one of my best found recipe. This pumpkin lentil soup will sure get you excited to start that detox.

Pumpkin Lentil Curry with whole grain roti

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Ingredients

•720gm Lentils

•800gm Kidney Beans

•4 teaspoons Salt

•4 tablespoons, Coconut Oil

•4 tablespoons Cumin

•2 tablespoon Cardamom

•2 tablespoon Cinnamon

•4 Bay Leaves

•2 tablespoon Ginger

•2 clove Garlic

•2 teaspoon Cayenne Powder

•2 small container Tomato Paste

•2 medium size organic pumpkin

•2 can Liter Coconut Milk

Instructions

1.Chop pumpkin into quarter and peel. Then cut them into small chunks. Bring water to boil and then place the pumpkin chunks. Cooks this for 20mins until its tender. Remove all the water and puree the pumpkin.

2.Heat coconut oil in medium-high heat. Cook all spices for 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; add tomato paste, pumpkin, kidney beans and lentils.

3.Cook over medium heat until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Add coconut milk and cook until for  2 to 4 minutes. Now simmer for about 45 minute, stirring occasionally. Serve warm with roti or over brown rice/quinoa.

Note: This will make about 10 servings. This recipe is slightly modified from Lorimer Street Kitchen. Go check out her blog for more great recipes like this.

Hope this delicious pumpkin lentil curry inspires you to consider a detox. Let me know If you had the time to try this recipe or feel free to share your detox secret.

Wish you all a fab week!

Sita ❤

Vegan Cream of Tomato soup!

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Cleansing is a well known trend in the wellness industry. During this short period you avoid all processed foods and eat whole plant and less cooked foods. Well, I have tried this cleanse almost a year ago. And it really works. This is the best way to get rid of toxins from your  body and jumpstart fresh. If you feel exhausted and tired all the time, easily catch a common cold. Than it’s the best time to start this cleanse. In few weeks it will boost your immune system and give a fresh start.

Well on that note, I would like to share my favourite 5 minute vegan cream of tomato soup recipe.  This delicious and fast recipe is all need to know during a busy week as well as on a lazy sunday evenings.

This recipe fits the following eating habits; Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten free, Low carb, Paleo, Refined free sugar,

INGREDIENTS

. 4 (375 grams) roma tomatoes

. ½ cup (85 grams) sun dried tomatoes

. ½ cup raw macadamia nuts

. 1 teaspoon sea salt.¼ cup (20 grams) fresh basil

. ½ teaspoon white pepper

. ¼ teaspoon black pepper

. ¼ teaspoon black pepper

. 1 clove garlic

. 4 cups hot water

. Handful of cashew nuts or almonds

INSTRUCTIONS

. Blend the Macadamia nuts in the high blender until smooth creamy texture.

. Now blend the rest of the ingredient with the macadamia paste in the high blender.

. In mean while roast cashew nuts/almonds

. Once it’s blended well transfer the soup on to the pot and boil it for 3minutes and adjust the seasoning if needed.

. Sprinkle some roasted cashew/almonds on the top for the added crunch & flavour.

Note: Macadamia nuts are the most expensive in the market. So if you looking to save cost than replace macadamia nuts to peanuts or do half a cup peanut and half a cup macadamia.

 

Nutrition Information Per Serving

  • Calories: 187
  • Calories from Fat: 143
  • Total Fat: 15.9
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 538 mg
  • Carbs: 11.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Net Carbs: 7.7 g
  • Sugars: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g

Note: This recipe is adapted from healthful pursuit. Check out her page to find more of these recipes.

Enjoy this dish and thank me later. Wish you all a happy and healthy weekend.

Love

Cocolett

 

EAT BETTER NOT LESS

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Everyone says I eat a lot. Can you believe I am only 5.6 feet and I can eat as much as boys. Well, I play by a simple rule… EAT HEALTHY. TRAIN MEAN.

I started my fitness journey 4 years ago. In no time I was addicted to training and loved the rush of endorphins. However, I was still struggling with a chronic sinus condition. Sick and tired of getting ill all the time I decided to go on a cleansing diet. Those 20 days were tough and It changed the way I eat now.

After a year… I am finally sick!  I guess our body goes on its own cleanse… So I thought what better time to share some of my delicious recipes. Well, if you have no time to make your office lunch and struggling to eat healthy. This recipe and the technique will solve all your problems. These salads are tasty, easy and healthy. Leave me your comment below if you have tired this at home.

 

INGREDIENTS

For the dressing:

•⅓ cup canola oil

•3 cloves garlic, peeled

•3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

•2 tablespoons water

•2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar

•2 tablespoons honey

•1 tablespoon sesame oil

•1 tablespoon lemongrass paste (ginger would also work)

For the salad:

•16 ounces frozen shelled edamame

•5-6 cups baby kale

•3 large carrots

•2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow)

•1 cup cilantro leaves

•3 green onions

•¾ cup cashews

Note: I have used some home made chickpea for the crunch and added flavour.

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Puree all the dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust if needed.

2.Cook the edamame .

3. Slice rest of ingredient

NOTES

Remember the trick to keeping the salad fresh is pouring the dressing first.Agave nectar or sugar would work in place of the honey for vegans.

PS: The above recipe is taken from pinch of yum. I have modified few things for my liking.