Wellness

The Hanukkah Fairy Who Stole Christmas

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I was totally the Grinch on Christmas.  Yep, I was in a mood. My students never believe me that I could ever have a bad day but yes I too have some sour days and I am stating it for all to see.  The spirit of the holidays is beautiful because it brings family and friends together; there is love, joy, light, and beauty.  But on the other side there is also chaos, emotions that run high, loss, stress, and Grinch like behavior (from yours truly).  

This year has been an incredible one.  I definitely have worked really hard to set up 2015 and I have the best team along for the ride with me.  For that I could not be more thankful.  I have a mother that wants all of her kids to be happy and does whatever she can to make sure we are all okay.  I have a lot of love in my life from dear ones and again for that I am over the moon.  But since Thanksgiving I have been in a mood. I have been allowing the stress in my life to consume me whether it’s stress with work, or stress with relationships, or whatever silly nonsense I am consumed with it has been making me emotional, and instead of finding the light in these things like I normally do, I have been dwelling in the frustrations.

 

I lost it yesterday, tears, blah, blah, blah, ya know just one of those, “I can’t hold it together moments.”  It totally happened. I am sitting here laughing because well it’s all kinds of ridiculous.  Doesn’t this happen to everybody?  Can’t we have permission to just lose it?  I gave myself permission.  I had not been to my mom’s home in Fullerton for the holidays in probably over 8 years because I was normally out of state or at their home in Laguna and it was weird and hard to be back during this time.  It brought back a lot of memories that are hard to swallow (If you're curious click  --> http://bennerfit.com/my-story/).  Being vulnerable can be looked upon as weak and I look at it as strength because you are sharing your deepest emotions and self with the ones you can be that way around.  You should always be able show and share every side of you, as long as you aren’t hurting anyone.

 

Today I woke up feeling amazing.  Sometimes you have to literally LET GO to see a different side.  I am in the business of helping people let go, to be their truest self, to feel better, and I believe that it brings you to your best self whole-heartedly.   I have to be able to do the same.  And so I did and I thank my mama for the ears on the end of the table.

 

This weekend I need some me time, I am getting out and trying new classes, making new healthy dishes to share right here on the blog, spending time with the people I love most and giving myself new perspective.

I'm giving you all permission to LET GO when you need to.  Sending you holiday kisses!

 

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Thanks for letting me share.  You are all so special to me.

 

Much Love and Light,

Syd

 

 

All Me

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Let's face it nobody wants to be stinky.  Being that I sweat all day I am always looking for the perfect deodorant but I can't stand all the junk and chemicals they put into them.  I've tried every all-natural antiperspirant you can imagine over my lifetime and none of them have worked.  So I've had to stick with what I know works best for me, which is the clinical strength HA.  

Ladies and gentleman look no further and stop putting chemicals underneath your armpits!  My hilarious friend, Nicole decided about two years ago that she was going to create an all-natural deodorant that ACTUALLY WORKS!  Can I just tell you, it ACTUALLY WORKS!  I have been wearing All Me over the last seven days to really give it a good test.  I only have to apply once in the morning and what's even better is that I know what every ingredient is.  I am literally jumping up and down as I type this post.  I have been waiting and waiting for something like this to hit the market.  Seriously Benner Fitter's look no further, get yourself some All Me!

Most deodorants have aluminum in them, which is not healthy for your body.  All Me smells like a spa, to quote Outkast, "So fresh and so clean."   All you have to do is put on a dime size dab underneath your armpit.  I'm noticing how long this deodorant is going to last me which is another added bonus.

Check out here to purchase a jar of this little slice of smell good heaven!

http://www.allmedeodorant.com

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Our uLive Show Launch!

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Well! It has been a bit crazy bananas over here in Benner Fit land in the very best of ways. Sydney and I have been working hard over the last few weeks on her latest fitness venture FLIGHT and it premiered this weekend! We couldn't have been happier with the way it went down and are so very grateful for all of you who were able to make it out for the big day. And for all of you who have been supportive of what we are doing - THANK YOU! We heart you big time. More of that to be blogged about soon enough.

Amidst the madness of prepping for Flight a few other AMAZING things happened. Like the fact that our first ever web show with the Scripps Network site uLive launched! Um... holy moly.  About a year ago Sydney and I starting going through ideas for a show that would be featured on uLive, and ultimately it turned into a summertime fun-time extravaganza. We are so happy with how it turned out. The amazing folks over at Watch It Now did fantastic job with the day of shoot and editing. The whole crew was wonderful and the shoot was a blast!

We made a little video about our excitement of the show launch:

http://youtu.be/aYDPTifmBZc

 

We took a little breather after the Flight class Saturday, so we don't have a new circuit for you this week - but check out all of the BennerFit fun over on uLive to hold you over until next Monday - ulive.com/bennerfit.

 

 

The "Benner Fits" of an Elimination Diet (with guest blogger April Norris!)

The Benner Fits of an Elimination Diet | Benner Fit with guest blogger April Norris

Guest blogger April Norris has joined us once again today on Benner Fit to discuss her experiences with elimination dieting! So excited to have her share! Remember, as with all diets please proceed at your own risk and pace yourself accordingly should you follow her plan. 


Tofu, egg whites, granola, whey protein, edamame, Greek yogurt… You might not realize it, but the so-called “health foods” you've been eating daily are potentially sabotaging your health. If you’re already a clean eater, as I’m sure many Benner-fitters are, this concept might be hard to wrap your head around. But trust me, the following information can significantly improve your life.

The current buzzword in holistic nutrition and integrative medicine is “inflammation”, and for very good reason. Research is finding that inflammation is the underlying cause of virtually all the chronic diseases we have in current society²: diabetes, high blood pressure, allergies, obesity, arthritis, high cholesterol, cancer, heart disease, asthma… to name a few. In 2012, the Center for Disease Control reported virtually half of all Americans (117 million) had at least one chronic disease¹, and that number is expected to grow. Under normal circumstances, inflammation is a healthy immune response, in which your body protects your tissues in times of trauma or infection. But when an inflammation persists for a long period of time, the chronic conditions listed above can develop, thus crippling our society and medical system.

Do you or someone you know struggle with allergies, constipation, bloating or gas? How about that slow, confused, hazy feeling known as “brain fog”? Are you suffering from acne, uncontrollable mood swings, PMS or migraines? These are just a few symptoms that numerous people struggle with, which can be caused by inflammation and the foods we consume. And I’m not just talking specifically junk foods, or processed food. Your body can develop sensitivities to even the healthiest of foods, often those you eat daily.

Before I get any further into an elimination diet, and how it could help you, let me take a moment to tell you my journey and how I came to be a Certified Holistic Health Consultant. I was first introduced to the world of food sensitivities about 2-1/2 years ago, when my son, who was 6 months old at the time, began developing severe bronchitis, pneumonia and sinus infections. We saw a slew of pediatric specialists, all diagnosing him with different conditions: asthma, “chronic cough”, allergies, even probable eosinophilic esophagitis (Google it). After my son had a few invasive procedures done, and all results came back normal, I intrinsically knew something else could be done. There HAD to be another way instead of pumping him full of medications every day. I found a Naturopathic Doctor, and she told us to eliminate every ounce of gluten, dairy, and soy from his diet. Within two months, he was off all steroids, antibiotics, and blossomed into an exceptionally vibrant, rambunctious 2-year old! As the rest of the family went gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free by default, we all started noticing dramatic improvements in our health: my daughter’s chronic eczema and ADHD behaviors dramatically improved, my IBS symptoms disappeared and that stubborn baby weight finally came off, and my husband’s itchy legs and chronic knee pain vanished! I personally saw and experienced that food CAN and SHOULD be used as medicine. Our bodies have an innate ability to heal itself when given the proper nutrients. That is why I am so passionate about sharing my knowledge with the world and all you fabulous Benner-fitters.

Elimination Diet | Benner Fit with guest blogger April Norris

So what happens when you eat a food that causes inflammation? A little bit of anatomy is involved here, so bear with me. Imagine for a moment, the most ideal intestinal lining is like a crocheted blanket, with the yarn tightly woven together. But, when we eat a food we are sensitive to, the “yarns” of that gut lining develop microscopic holes as they become inflamed. These food molecules squeeze through those holes in your intestine and wiggle out into the blood stream. Perhaps some of you have heard the term “leaky gut”, and this is where the idea originates. These food particles “leak” out into the bloodstream and your immune system starts attacking these food particles like they would a virus or bacteria. Your white blood cells are on overdrive and the inflammatory response of your body ramps up in order to protect your tissues. Your body doesn't react the same with a food sensitivity as an anaphylactic reaction. To my clients, I describe a food sensitivity reaction like water torture… a very slow and steady trickle of low-grade inflammation. BUT it’s enough to lower your immune system, increase your cortisol levels (because the body becomes stressed by fighting these “food invaders”), and starts to cause symptoms like migraines, joint pain, bloating, IBS, acne, eczema, you name it. When we remove these inflammatory foods, we can let the body heal and find out easier what is causing our symptoms. So instead of treating the symptoms, we find out the root cause, which is more often than not, food related.

When we do an elimination diet we cut out wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and eggs. These foods are over consumed in the American diet and are present in a majority of processed foods. Our bodies have lost the ability to properly digest and assimilate them, so they end up causing irritation in the gut lining, which leads to these health issues we've discussed earlier. So by eliminating these foods that are difficult for the body to process and cause reactions, we allow the intestines to rest, regenerate, and renew the protective gut-lining, that is so critical to our overall health.

Usually, elimination diets should last anywhere from 7 to 21 days. The longer, the better, obviously, as it allows the number of antibodies to diminish and for your body to eliminate them through your organs. (We've also heard the old adage that it takes 21 days to form a new habit – time to start some new habits, peeps.) Now, I’m sure this elimination diet lingo sounds a bit overwhelming. “So what CAN I eat?!?”, many of my clients ask. I want you to focus on the foods that will nourish, replenish and rebuild your body. Don’t stew about what you’re depriving yourself of, or all the things you’re missing out on. Keep in mind that every single bite of food is sending informational messages to your cells. Give it good information so it can perform at optimal levels. This is a time to honor your body and discover how your body can heal itself.

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  • DO eat clean proteins (organic, hormone-free, grass-fed, lean beef, chicken, wild caught shellfish and wild-caught fish that’s low in mercury, legumes, raw nuts and seeds.)
  • DO eat as many vegetables as you desire! The fiber and water content will assist in ushering out the toxins from the processed junk and/or inflammatory foods.
  • DO embrace healthy fats like nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocados, ghee (clarified butter, non-dairy), coconut oil, flax and walnut oil.
  • DO get creative and find or make easy, nourishing snacks like seaweed, kale chips, apple chips, and protein balls.
  • DO eat gluten-free grains like quinoa, rice and millet. Oats have to have a gluten-free label because they usually become cross-contaminated on the equipment.

After 7-21 days of eating whole, unprocessed, wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and egg-free meals, you want to slowly reintroduce these foods, individually. For example, let’s pick dairy. You would eat some yogurt for breakfast, some shredded cheese on your salad, and some real butter on your vegetables at dinner. Monitor your symptoms throughout the day, and perhaps the next day if you are questioning the results. (Food sensitivities sometimes have delayed reactions, up to 24-48 hours after ingestion4.) Obviously, if you feel an immediate reaction to a food, then don’t continue eating more of it that day. Your body is your best teacher. It might be telling you “I don’t like yogurt! And to show you, I’ll give you a migraine!” - listen. If you go through 2 days and don’t feel any symptoms to a food, then add another single food, possibly eggs next. Continue doing this until you've tested all the usual suspects, and have drawn conclusions about what nourishes and builds your body, or what depletes and tears your body down.

As you reintroduce foods, a food diary is an essential component. This will help you become aware of the subtle physical and emotional changes that may occur after eating a specific food. Be on the lookout for fatigue, rashes, congestion, insomnia, bloating, itchy eyes, moodiness, increased stress, and trouble concentrating/brain fog. These are some of the more understated symptoms that you don’t often notice until they accumulate over time. Jot down a few sentences in your journal each time before you eat, and again after you eat. Although a food journal seems bothersome and mundane, this will be the greatest gift you can give yourself. You are experimenting with your body, and as any great scientist will tell you, you need good research notes.

Ultimately, the key to making any elimination diet successful, is to prepare. Go shopping, chop up veggies, have your recipes ready to go, make meals in advance and freeze them so you’re not reaching for something you shouldn't…

Changing the way I ate and cooked for my family 3 years ago was undeniably intimidating. I hated to cook and dreaded being in the kitchen, but I had a sick baby and was prepared to do ANYTHING to get him healthy. Now, almost 3 years later, I actually enjoy experimenting with recipes, discovering various ways to make veggies taste good, and sharing my knowledge with my clients. I hope you’ll give an elimination diet a try… eat better, feel better, think better, live better.

Resources: 1. "Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 09 May 2014. Web. 16 July 2014. 2. Daniluk, Julie. Slimming Meals That Heal: Lose Weight without Dieting, Using Anti-inflammatory Superfoods. United States: Hay House, 2014. Print. 3. Drake, Victoria, Ph.D. "Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Research for Optimum Health." Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Oregon State University, 2007. Web. 16 July 2014. 4. "Food Allergies and Sensitivities: General Information from UNL Food Allergy Team." Food Allergies and Sensitivities: General Information from UNL Food Allergy. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, n.d. Web. 16 July 2014.

Benner Fit | Guest Blogger - April Norris

April Norris is a board Certified Holistic Health Consultant (AADP), Certified Pilates Instructor (BASI), hot yoga enthusiast, artist, and devoted student of natural health. April is passionate about helping clients eliminate food sensitivities and optimizing digestion in order to lead a life full of vitality. She provides workshops, teleclasses, seasonal detoxes, small group and individual nutrition counseling. Look her up on www.optimalvitalitywellness.com, follow April on Facebook at Optimal Vitality, Twitter at @optvitality, or Instagram @optimalvitalitywellness.

If you need additional help with an elimination diet, April offers a 15-day seasonal detox, or elimination diet plan. This is an easy, online program, done in the comfort of your own home. She will guide you step-by-step through this process, to help you find foods which your body will rejoice and provide you with boundless energy. April offers over 75 recipes, made from fresh, seasonal foods, a shopping list, and self-care tools designed to help you reconnect with your body and become more in-tune with what it needs.

Must Haves

POPSUGAR provided us with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

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We recently became a part of the PopSugar Select fitness bloggers. If you don't know what PopSugar is yet I just have to say check them out. It's an endless weaving forum of sites ranging from fitness, to food, to pop culture.  They didn't tell me to say that or anything - it's just straight up, legitimately an awesome site which is why we paired up with them. They couldn't just knock it out of the park in the blog/web world, that wasn't enough amazing. So they also came up with a super fun and fantastic subscription service.

Let's take a moment to pause and talk about my love for subscription services. For my birthday this year my sister got me a subscription to Birchbox, which got me hooked. This is when I learned getting things in the mail that aren't bills or junk is a delight. Especially if they are fun grown up things to play with - like make up and clothes. It's a good thing I'm on a tight budget over here or else I would be subscription service junkie. Instead I mostly admire them from afar, window shopping what my mailbox could potentially be full of.

PopSugar was so kind to send us a peek into their monthly subscription service known as their Must Have Box.  These will run you about $40 a month which seems a bit steep, however you get your money's worth.

PopSugar Must Haves | Benner Fit
PopSugar Must Haves | Benner Fit

When I opened up the box the first thing I saw was Emily Giffin's new book, The One and Only. I had been eyeing it on Amazon for the last month and got a little giddy when I saw a fresh hardcover in the box. (Also, hardcover books. It's been a while. I almost forgot how magical you are to hold and smell.) I'm so happy to have a summer read on hand. I cracked it open just this evening and read the first few pages. Can't wait to dive in further.

A gorgeous Turkish towel came tightly rolled up next to book - a perfect beachy compliment. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with a Turkish towel. It's way too pretty to dry anything off with. The only source of moisture that I could come up with that this towel is worthy of absorbing is a little Ryan Gosling schvitz. But please, I'm open to other suggestions - feel free to comment below.

As I dug deeper into the box I discovered a silky citrusy lotion by Sachajuan and three adorable hair ties by Lollie's Basics (the material is made of swimsuit wear so they won't get stretched out and will dry easily if you take them for a dip, I imagine.)

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PopSugar Must Haves | Benner Fit

The winner of best packaging in the box goes to You Smell. I mean, look at this box. (You can also read the top text which mentions unicorns and other things I adore on our Instagram feed.) Love the font, love the colors - all of this wonderful design for lemon flavored handy wipes. Creative packaging rocks my socks off.

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You Smell - Pop Sugar Must Have | Benner Fit

To top off the box was a gift card to Native Union, which for a nerdy girl like me was a treat. They sell gorgeous iPhone cases and also classic phone handsets that connect to your cell phone via Bluetooth for extra ridiculous communication. I kind of want to walk down the street talking on one of these.

And finally, hidden in a protective sleeve were potato chips. Let's be real. I dug into those chips ASAP. They were BBQ. They were delish. They were gone in two minutes. I didn't have time to check if they were healthy. I'm sure they were. Totally healthy.

For a few more days you can get $10 off a free subscription with the offer code JUNESELECT10.

10 Things I Wish I Knew at 22

Guest blogger and friend Alana Krigger wrote our very first post for our Wellness section!  So happy to have her share her wisdom with us today.   

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As I approached the big 3-0, I reflected on my life and how I ended up being the person I am today. Heck, I contemplate life on the reg, but 30 seemed like a milestone and a great excuse to write something of substance. While I have no regrets and am happy with who I am, here’s what I wish someone would’ve told me 8 years ago. Would I have listened? Who knows! But perhaps this will help open someone else’s eyes.

 

1. Earn it.

I feel that Generation X experienced college and were perhaps led to believe that they could land their dream jobs immediately after. While that may be true for some, what about the others who do not always find their paths right away?

There’s definitely an expectation I had after graduating from college. I expected 'x’ amount of dollars, a certain level of satisfaction with my job, and rapid upward mobility. I learned this may not always be the case. You have to establish your worth and take on the crappy jobs with the vision that this will all lead to something better. Plant the seeds of hard work and dedication – they’ll harvest and pay off later.

 

2. Suck it up.

Don’t complain. Okay, vent when you need to, but keep it to a minimum. There is only so much energy you have and wasting it by complaining only takes you away from the present moment, which is truly all we have. You are in control of your attitude, and often your attitude will affect outcomes. If a life situation knocks you down, stand tall and be RESILIENT. Further, don’t allow negative people to drain your energy either.

 

3. Stop chasing love.

Yeah, yeah, yeah this is a tough one considering the majority of us are motivated by love. Love is after all the core of our existence...the highest frequency. It’s hard because not everyone wants to face life alone and it’s more common than not to enter a relationship to seek someone else to fill a void. Focusing on yourself and finding what makes YOU happy first only leads to finding someone who is on a similar path. Then comes the fireworks and a special someone to share the WOW with. You deserve someone who compliments your life as opposed to complicating it. It’ll come. Whether you are 30 or 70, there will always be opportunities for love.

 

4. Karma is real!

One of the truest statements to live by is to treat others as you wish to be treated. It is told to us over and over again. Our greatest gift is the power to help others. When you help another, there is no doubt that the favor will be returned to you. Perhaps it won’t be by that particular person, but from someone else. Kindness is right up there too – check your ego and express acts of kindness without a hidden agenda and the fear of what others will think of you. And don’t play games with people, especially in affairs of the heart. Because that ish comes back. Hard.

Sure, situations in life are presented to us, which we may never understand the meaning of. When that happens, there is a lesson, however tough, that must be learned. But that is another blog.

 

5. Family ties are important.

As life gets busier, we can take family (or the people we have chosen as family) for granted the most because we feel they will always be there. Make the time and cherish them. Additionally, understanding your family is one of the best ways to truly learn about yourself and what makes you who you are. As products of our environments, our upbringing greatly affects us in our adulthood whether we like it or not.

 

6. Organic relationships matter.

Life is too entirely too short and precious for inauthentic relationships. Spend your time with people on a similar vibe that accept you for who you are. When you find these people, hang onto them and appreciate them. It’s these relationships that can help you the most in life.

 

7. You’re not all that.

Perhaps one of the biggest ego checks was when a former co-worker told me, “You’re not all that.” I only vaguely remember the context and was probably acting like a know-it-all over some project at work. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t going to matter ten years from now. Since then, it has stuck. It seems that we like to believe that we are meant to be something greater than we actually are. When at the end of the day, we are only human. We shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves and feel like we are not good enough when we are not where we think we should be. You are exactly where you need to be right now.

 

8. Live abroad. Learn a language.

Experiencing other cultures is huge- it teaches compassion, tolerance, oneness... Let’s be real here, most of us Americans choose to live in a stereotypical bubble. Finding a way to live in another country, especially in your 20’s can prove transformational beyond words. Bonus points for learning another language!

 

9. Get involved in your community.

Give a bit of your heart and volunteer. Participate in a team sport. Start an Adventure Club with friends and select an activity to do together once a month (thanks to Brooke!).

 

10. Slow down.

This was perhaps the toughest one for me, perhaps that’s why it’s last and I’ve been sitting on it for a couple of days now. In fact, I don’t even remember why I wrote it down in the first place. #slowdownforwhat

I guess it’s because we live in a world that is constantly “Go, go, go!” Taking a timeout can be viewed as a sign of weakness, when in fact it’s just the opposite. Sometimes it’s okay to settle for a slow down, especially after a major life event or to reassess our course and check in with ourselves. This can apply to various aspects of our lives, such as jumping from one relationship to the next due to a fear of being alone...when all you really need is you.

The Adventures in Juicing aka The Big Whiners Club

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Thursday I felt like a sausage. (That seems like a good way to start this.) I was tightly jam packed into my pants - a month's worth of overeating and not working out nearly enough. (Yes Benner Fitters, I admit it - I love to stuff my face with food and find it incredibly hard to get back in the gym after I've stopped. I cannot tell a lie.) I've been wanting to try a juice cleanse for a while now to give my body a hearty reset. It was about time. So I documented my day. Yes, DAY. We juiced for one day. ONE! People do this for a week. It turns out - this girl really likes chewing and is a big baby when she doesn't get to do it.

Before I get to my notes of the day - let me break down what I learned from juicing:

1. I think about food all. the. time. I never realized that every little thing, every location where I stand - it all impacts my  neural sensors, triggering daydreams of food. Apparently my house is tied to potato and rice chips. Driving to work makes me want oatmeal. Sitting at my desk triggers a coffee craving. When the local food vendor brings breakfast to work, I immediately want a hard boiled egg. My stomach really does speak to me. I would imagine doing more than one day of juicing would eliminate these reactions a great deal and would be an important part of the cleanse; reincorporating your body back into the world without specific desires. I would love to experience how it feels to not have these automatic responses. To have my brain think of something quite different, entirely not related to food. Maybe I'll get a hypnotist on that action...

2. I have willpower. How about that? He poked his head out for the day screaming, "REMEMBER ME!!!"

3. Drinking is really difficult. I don't actually enjoy it. It's much harder for me to drink something I don't like than to eat something I don't like. My body will sometimes just say, "Nope, not gonna swallow that." and I'm sitting there with carrot juice in my mouth for longer than I care for.

4. Certain fruits and veggies can do wonders. Even carrot juice.

Let's get to it. Here was my day:

8:30 A.M. My tummy is growling. Probably not the greatest way to kick this thing off. What lays ahead for the day is a highly stressful workday at the pinnacle of my busy season, then an evening of goodbyes to a fellow coworker followed by a crafting night with some lovely ladies. Temptations galore. This should be interesting.

10 A.M. - Juice #1: greens 3 - kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger First juice = done. Greener than I thought it would be but pretty tasty! The ginger and apple smoothed out the greens and I'm grateful that the ginger was just the right potency. Driving to work I craved about 50 different breakfast items all because my brain is incapable of agreeing to this situation. Not starving, yet not too full either.

11:18 - I'm hungry! Blerg. This Chlorophyll water is not cutting it. It feels like slightly syrupy water. I swore I drank at least half the bottle, but instead it was this much:

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Feeling nicely alert however. Take that coffee! I don't need you!

11:40 - I've had to go to the bathroom like 8 times in 2 hours. TMI? Sorry. It's just so much water!

12:15 -  Eek, went from super high energy to very low and all focus is gone. Now I'm just feeling frustrated so I'm diving into drink #2.

12:16 - Juice #2: Citrus 2 - apple, lemon, pineapple, mint Oh my. This is so very delicious. I'm in love. So refreshing and light. This is my idea of a perfect drink. Why does the addition of mint in any fruity beverage make it 20 times more tasty?

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1:15 -  I might have exclaimed "Ugh. This is stupid!!" to my friend Lupita.

2:50 - Juice #3: Roots 2 - spinach, parsley, cucumber, carrot I've been dreading this one. Thank god this is more carrot than parsley. Not sure I'm gonna get through this whole thing.

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4:15 -  I hate you carrots! You're so hard to drink! You should be in solid form not liquid!! I do not want to give you any credit for taking away a pounding headache and filling my oh so hungry tummy up, even if you deserve it. You are torture. Not to mention every Friday during the summer my company provides a treat at 3pm. It's always a surprise and today, of course, is what people deem as the "BEST" treat of all - the Tango Mango Italian Ice truck. You are no treat to me, carrot-spinach-parsley. No treat to me.

5pm - TAKE THAT JUICE #3!! After nursing the bottle for hours I just wanted to move on with my life so I iced the carrots and chugged the remaining quarter of a bottle. I know - nasty. But I was supposed to be way into drink #4 by now.

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6:45 - Juice #4 : Citrus 4 - cucumber, pineapple, lemon, coconut h2o, aloe vera I survived the visit to my friend's going away celebration at the bar by continuing to drink water. Driving to Wine and Craft night, or for me - Whine and Craft night.  I was hoping that this citrus was going to be as delicious as the first from this morning. This one is a little rough for me to get through as it's thicker in comparison due to the coconut water and aloe. The flavors are nice, it's just a lot on my tummy right now. I'm feeling pretty darn full still.

10pm - Juice #6 (#5 skipped): Vanilla Almond - almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt, filtered water Get me home, get me home, get me home! Not because I wasn't having fun crafting, but because I can't wait for my last drink of the night! I skipped juice #5. It was just too much for me to put that in my body within the very few hours I have left in my day. But I will make room for Vanilla Almond anytime!! I've gotten this from Pressed before and I love it so. It's creamy and vanilla-y and just very delightful. Like a healthy milkshake! A perfect treat for the end of the day!

11:45pm - Aloe Vera Water I was dreading this one as I've had aloe juice before and was not a fan that first time around.  But this is nicely watered down, and it isn't as bad as the chlorophyll water I have been drinking throughout the day.

12am - I made the mistake of downing the aloe water on an already full stomach and actually got the chills and felt pretty sick afterwards. Clearly this was my fault, and I shouldn't have overdone it. I warmed up next to my hubby watching a movie and eventually the cold in my bones went away.  So very sleepy...

SATURDAY MORNING - THE AFTERMATH:

Well, I did it. I feel pretty good. My tummy isn't so bloated, it was easy for me to get up. I drifted off faster than I drank that Vanilla Almond drink - which was, well, super speedy. I was out like a light. Not sure if that was due to my juicing or my overall end of week exhaustion.

I can see the good that comes from cleansing. I'm definitely glad I did it  and I think that the experience brought to light how much certain foods can really impact my body and slow down my functions. I love the alert feeling I had throughout the day (and could do without the few minor dips). I will say, when your energy drops - it DROPS when you juice. Quickly. And when you are feeling focused, it's intense and energizing.

Would I juice it again? I'm still thinking about that. If I did it again, I would want to go longer - see how much more it affects my body. I fear however I might Hulk out and I would not want to put my loved ones through the wrath of the Juicing Brooke.

I do very much love Pressed Juicery. I wanted to be sure to say that! All of the drinks were quite tasty (yes, even the carrot was better than expected - just hard to drink a big bottle of...) and if I were to do it again I would love to go through them. Highly recommended for all of you in the LA area!