Thursday, January 26, 2012

What a Difference a Day Makes

Day 3 and holding on.  Tally and I went to bed so early last night and I slept very well.  It was much needed deep sleep, the headache is better today but still lingering as is the leg ache.  I've been reading the blogs over at Whole Living and I see that many of the participants experienced the same thing during their time on the cleanse.

I started my day with my revised version the Green Machine Smoothie.  I had made the original incarnation on Tuesday morning and while the flavor was pleasant, the texture was disgusting.  The water mixed with blender-chopped romaine lettuce left a thick, gelatinous texture that was really hard to get down.  I managed as I didn't want to waste any produce but I knew that I could make it better.  This morning I juiced all the greens and the ginger then poured it into the blender with mango, added a banana and some frozen blueberries.  OMG, it was so delicious.  You'd never know that there were so many good green things in that drink.  And the banana gave it really good staying power.

 I was at the dentist earlier having an old filling replaced.  I'm very fortunate to have access to great dental care and have dental insurance but boy, oh, boy it was painful.  I think I'm extra delicate due to the cleanse, my dentist had to put a second dose of Novocaine halfway through the procedure because I started to writhe in pain.  My mouth hurts like a bastard!  Good thing I made up a batch of the Roasted Beet and Garlic Soup the other day.  I had that for my lunch and it was so soothing.  I love beets but it's the roasted garlic makes this recipe.  Very tasty and filling.  The recipe it meant to make four cups, but I ended up with five. 

When buying beets, I always choose ones with bountiful green tops.  I love me some beet greens!  I sauteed up a big pile the other night and ate them up the first two days of the cleanse. 



I'll probably have another green smoothie for supper as my mouth is not going to be up to chewing any roughage today.  Tomorrow I'll make the spiced butternut squash soup and roast up some cauliflower.  Hopefully my mouth will be feeling better so I can have a big, green salad for lunch.

Now I'm going to watch Lethal Weapon, it's on Encore.  1980's mullet-wearing, pre-batshit crazy Mel Gibson was HOT!  It's so funny watching Murtaugh act like he's so old. He's 50!  Hasn't he heard that 50 is the new 30?  ;)


  1. Interesting recipe...I'm a new huge beet fan myself. I also buy with the greens, but I usually juice them with the beets, kale, apple, carrot, etc.

    I definitely prefer a juice over a smoothie because of the texture and I think my juicers still puts enough pulp in the juice for fiber purposes, besides fiber comes from so many other sources.

    Sounds like you are doing great on the detox, though!

  2. I'm so happy to hear that you are juicing, Mr. G! Did you happen to see the film Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? I'm going to take your advice and watch Forks over Knives tomorrow. Definitely give cooking beet greens a try, it's similar to Swiss chard but the stems are much sweeter!

  3. I don't know much about juicing and such, but I sure see it everywhere these days! :)

  4. Hi Maren,
    I have lots of information on this blog about juicing for health. Have been doing it for a few years now. I think it's a great way to get more vegetables and enzymes into the body.