The Vitamix Cleanse – Day 1

The Vitamix Cleanse – Day 1

Apr 30
The Vitamix Cleanse – Day 1

I just emerged from television pilot season with everything as it relates to health and fitness being turned upside-down on its head.  Working on call 24 hours/day, 7 days a week for most of the month of April always proves to be an enormous challenge when it comes to training and nutrition, and this pilot season certainly kept the tradition alive..  My paleo ways went from being a nearly full-time practice to more of a 60/40 mix of paleo/non-paleo and my swimming was reduced from 6 days/week down to 2-3.  But I survived and emerged on the other side having delivered 2 promising shows and the potential for work in the fall.

Now that things have settled down, I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before in the name of food experimentation:  A Juice Cleanse.  I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, and have been searching for the right time to do it.  That time is now…..Pilot season is over, I’m injured so my training volume is (relatively) light, and I’ve got the tools to make it happen.

I though about doing this via one of the companies that provides everything for you, pre-packaged and ready to go, ala Blue Print.  But I have a Vitamix 5200 at my disposable (BEST ACQUISITION EVER) and while its not a juicer, it can definitely pulverize any fruit/vegetable into submission and makes a pretty damn good substitute for the real thing.  

Food is in a really good place on the internet right now…..it is possible to kick-start almost any eating program/regimen that is out there by doing a Google/Bing search, and its no different when it comes to juice cleanses.  In a matter of minutes I had several juicing sites up with hundreds of recipes at my disposal.

Much like Paleo eating, planning is the key.  On Sunday night I went to the store, and this is what I bought:

Vitamix Cleanse (Fruits and Vegetables)

The Goods

- 4 Cucumbers

- 2 Bags of Celery

- 2 Lemons

- 1 package of Strawberries

- 1 Package of Blackberries

- 1 Package of Blueberries

- 4 Roma Tomatoes

- 2 Bunches of Kale

- 1 XL Package of Spinach

- 1 Bag of Ginger Root

- 8 Granny Smith Aples

- 2 Pineapples

- 1 Bag of Naval Oranges

- 1 Package of Whole Carrots

- 6 Bananas

- 1 Gallon of Unsweeted Coconut Milk

The cost?  $57.41

I have an initial plan of doing this for 3 days, although it could be longer depending on how it goes and how my body reacts.

Day 1

I woke up feeling pretty pumped to take on this food experiment.  I had my entire day’s worth of juices/smoothies planned out and was curious to see how my body would react.    After making my first blend of the day, which was a variation on Joe Cross’ “Mean Green Juice Recipe”, I was already wondering if I was going to be able to pull this off.  You see, the Vitamix is great for making smoothies, but I wasn’t entirely sure how it would do for ‘juicing’.  The first concoction I made turned out to have the consistency of green mud.  It tasted fine (we’ll go with ‘fine’ for now, and not ‘good’), but I was having trouble getting over the texture.  I couldn’t imagine going 3 days of drinking ‘fine’ tasting mud smoothies.

After a few sips, I decided I had to fix this or it wasn’t going to work.  I threw the blend back into the Vita and added about twice the water I had originally started with, fired it up again, and Voilá!!  While there was still somewhat of a fibery consistency to the juice, it was much more in line with what I was hoping for.  It doesn’t have the smooth and pulp-free viscosity that you’d get from a Blue-Print juice (which I imagine is made using an actual juicer), but it got me back on track and ready to move on to the next one.

I ended up making 5 different blends throughout the day (listed below), and Day 1 was a definite success.  There’s a few things that were interesting to me along the way……In the morning, I felt super energized after my first two blends.  My mind felt sharp and focused.  I went swimming at lunchtime, doing a shorter and truncated workout from what I’d normally do, and at around 3:00 I was really wishing I could eat some real food.  I felt slightly lightheaded for a small stretch, but after pounding a 1 litre bottle of water with lemon it went away as quickly as it came on.  I didn’t feel ‘hungry’ at all beyond that one mid-afternoon stretch after my swim.  

If you ever plan on trying this, get ready for some non-stop pee action.  Like. all. of. the. time.  Part of a ‘cleanse’ is flushing your system out, and that’s what your body does.  The one thing that surprised me was that I had a hard time sleeping last night.  A weird thing happened where I woke up and my fact itched like a mofo and I felt slightly disoriented. I was sweating in my sleep quite a bit too.  That could very well have to do with not drinking wine last night though (which is a rare thing these days!), if we’re being honest. :)

On the training side, I’m curious to see how this affect my energy levels for swims.  I have a Masters class tonight, which is typically my hardest workout of the week. This could get really ugly, really fast…..In the meantime, since I’m getting all crunchy and granola right night now with the cleanse, I went to my first yoga class (of the Vinyasa Flow variety) in about 2 years last night. I should have been doing this all along, as my body is a tight-mess. Since I’m in full-on healing and rehab mode at the moment, Yoga is definitely going to be happening for the foreseeable future.  When you haven’t done it in awhile, that shit is hard!  But my back feels better today (its been a wreck from wearing this boot) and I need to maintain some basic strength and stability in my ankles/feet if I want to get back to running quicker.

The Goods

Here are the blends that I made yesterday:

Morning Greens

1 Cucumber

Handful of Kale

Handful of Spinach

3 Celery Stalks

1/2 lemon peeled

Small knob of ginger (peeled)

2 Granny Smith Apples

2 Cups Water

Mid-Morning Boost

1/3rd of a Pineapple, Chopped

2 Granny Smith Apples

2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint

1 Cup Water

Post-Swim Refuel

5 Strawberrys

Small Handfull of Blueberries

Small Handfull of Blackberries

1 Banana

Handful of Spinach

1 Scoop of Hemp Protein Powder

5 Cashews

1 Cup of Water

Dinner

2 Roma Tomatoes

3 Carrots (Peeled and Chopped)

3 Celery Stalks

2 Cups Water

Dessert

1 Handful of Cashews

Dash of Cinnamon

1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract (which was too much)

1 Cup of Water

On to day 2!