What’s that smell?

The fake fruity berry scent assaulted my nose as my kid happily splashed among the rapidly growing bubbles emerging from his bath. Mind you, this is the same bubble bath I have bought for the last couple of years and I never noticed its overwhelming scent before.
What changed?  Why was I wrinkling my nose at it now?

The only big difference in my life at that time was that I was nearing the end of my 7-day juice detox.  I couldn’t believe my detox would be the cause of my super sniffer but it was re-confirmed when I went to work the following night. All was well until I got up and went to the backroom where we store our breast milk and warm it up.  It was then that I wished I could walk right out.  The “smell” of breast milk and fortifier nearly knocked me down and forgive me for all those mothers out there that pump but I was dying… yes, it was that strong and overpowering. Incredible I never noticed before.
It was all very interesting to me and it had me fascinated as I tried out my new smelling superpower on other things.  LOL

Ok, I wouldn’t call it a superpower but it was a big change from my everyday life and mostly good things came from these changes. Like when I was preparing my meals. The smells emanating from my cooking were pure heaven and not only did they smell fantastic but they also tasted so delicious.  I was pleasantly enjoying this detox side effect.


Then as the days and weeks passed I wasn’t so diligent with my eating habits and now almost a month later I am back to where I started.  L
Only this time I have noticed that I am having a lot of GI issues that I never had before.  Heartburn, upset stomach, feeling bloated and…. Hmmm, let’s just say the rest is TMI but you can imagine. L  It hasn’t been fun and neither has the weight gain.


While I am not going to do the juice detox again I do need to make some drastic changes so I can reset my body to where it was.  I don’t like feeling the way I’ve been feeling for the past two weeks.


Question is what?  What do I do?  Do a 21-day eat clean program, Paleo, or do Whole30?
I do not know but come this Sunday changes will be made.


Pre-Pre-Cleanse Day Three of Three

I wrote yesterday that I was tired and today wasn’t any better. I skipped one of my snacks because I fell asleep between 10:30 am and 12 pm.  I didn’t want to take a nap and I was disappointed that I fell asleep on the couch but I guess my body knows it needed rest.

shaking fist up to the air
But damn you tired body I had things to do!!!!

When I woke up I didn’t feel any better I was groggy and my brain was foggy.  I am sure you all know that feeling and it took me a bit to fully wake up.

By the time, I had my tea and some food I felt better.

Seems Thursday was a day of rest.

It’s Here It’s Here!!!! :-) 

I am so excited it’s finally arrived. Our chef V cleanse. I can’t tell you the big smile I got when I walked up and saw this.

I might not be as excited tomorrow but for today I am. LOL  I brought in these two huge boxes, they were heavy, that has our 7-day cleanse.  The contents were cold and nicely packed.

I thought I would get one of their nifty Green Drink bags but that wasn’t the case.  I was disappointed but that’s ok.

I didn’t realize how much space I would need for two 7-day juice cleanse.  My fridge is full. 🙂


Tomorrow we start!

Pre-Pre-Cleanse Day Two of Three

It’s 8:30 pm and I am feeling tired. I didn’t start out the day feeling tired but by 7 pm I was ready to go to bed. Who goes to bed at 7?  Old people and I don’t want to feel like I am old.  So, I am staying up!  Lol

But now it’s almost 9pm and I can’t fight it anymore.  I am exhausted.

I think the reasons I am tired is due to a combination of my bootcamp workouts and my pre-cleanse food intake.  I promised him that if I was hungry I would eat and I’ve been keeping this promise.  It’s just that I am not hungry in between meals so maybe I think I should add more protein to my meals.
It also could be something completely different and not related to my workouts at all.

I’ll make some changes and see what tomorrow brings.

On a different note my workout today nearly killed me but the competitive girl in me wants to continue because I believe that one day I will be able to complete this and other workouts!
One day.  🙂


Pre-Pre-Cleanse Day One of Three

I survived my first day and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I was a bit hungry at times especially after my bootcamp workout but adhering to their tight schedule wasn’t too bad.  I didn’t start when they started I had to start earlier and at times I was an hour late but overall I like the structure and routine. 🙂

Let me tell you our trainer Stephanie worked us at The Camp.  My legs were wobbly from all the squats and pulses she had us do in-between sets!
According to my Fitbit I used up 460 calories in 50 min. Tomorrow my legs and butt will be sore.

I was thankful that my next meal was a protein bowl. I was one starving girl.

Overall it was a good day.  The drinks didn’t taste bad at all and they reminded of the healthy juices my mom used to make when I was a little girl.  It sure brought back memories. Lunch and dinner was very good and I was happy because I never made a protein bowl or cooked salmon the way they told me to.

I wasn’t tired and was happy that I didn’t feel like I needed my afternoon coffee.

Pre-Pre-Cleanse Sample Meals

A guideline
Tomorrow my guy and I will do this.  Wish us luck!

Schedule Day 1 Day 2
7am Wake up 16 oz. water 16 oz. water
AM Stretch 5-10 minutes Stretch 5-10 minutes
7:30am 16 oz. Herbal Tea (decaf) 16 oz. Herbal Tea (decaf)
8am 8-16 oz. Green Drink. If not Chef V’s, make your own but avoid store bought green drinks 8-16 oz. Green Drink. If not Chef V’s, make your own but avoid store bought green drinks
1/2 cup berries (blue, black, rasp) 1/2 cup cantaloupe
10am Snack 16 oz. water 16 oz. water
1/2 cup cantaloupe 1/2 cup berries
1/4 cup raw nuts 1/4 cup raw nuts
12pm Lunch 5-8 oz. Chef V Green Drink 5-8 oz. Chef V Green Drink
Protein Bowl: Black beans, brown rice (or quinoa), mango, cilantro, red onion, avocado, chicken or fish (optional) Grilled organic chicken/fish/or veggies, Quinoa, Steamed Broccoli
16 oz. water 16 oz. water
3pm Snack 16 oz. water 16 oz. water
5 oz. green drink 5 oz. green drink
1/4 cup raw nuts 1/4 cup raw nuts
6pm Dinner Grilled salmon or veggies and brown rice or quinoa pasta with pesto sauce (basil, cold pressed olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper) Hearty Salad: Mixed greens, cucumber, carrot, kidney beans, avocado, apple, walnuts, quinoa, chicken or fish (optional).
16-24 oz. water 16-24 oz. water
9pm Sleep 8 hours sleep 8 hours sleep



While waiting for my product to arrive from ChefV I was instructed to do a pre-pre-cleanse.
Here is what they have to say about doing a pre-cleanse.

The best way to avoid detox symptoms (although sometimes no matter what, they are not avoidable) is to pre-cleanse for at least 2 days prior to Chef V’s Organic Cleanse. Take more days to pre-cleanse (at least 5) if you are a heavy coffee drinker, sugar addict, or just eat and drink really bad.
Make sure to drink LOTS and LOTS of water the week before your cleanse (8 x 16 oz servings a day!) YOU MUST DRINK WATER FOR SUCCESS ON THE CLEANSE. One-week prior and one-week after drink 8 x 16 oz servings a day. Please stick to the list of foods below for your pre-cleanse (at least 2 days prior).
Click Here to check out great pre-cleanse and post-cleanse approved recipes!

Allowed Food List:

                           INCLUDE                     EXCLUDE
Fruits & Vegetables Unsweetened fresh or frozen whole fruits, fresh squeezed fruit juices, sea vegetables (seaweeds), avocados, olives, and raw, steamed, sautéed, juiced, or roasted vegetables Oranges, orange juice, grapefruit, bananas, strawberries, grapes, corn, creamed vegetables, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes)
Dairy Substitutes Hemp, rice, and nut milks (such as almond, hazelnut, walnut, etc.) and coconut milk, coconut oil/butter Dairy and eggs: including milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, non-dairy creamers, ghee
Non-Gluten Grains & Starch Brown, red, black and wild rice, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, quinoa White rice, wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale, oats (even gluten-free)
Animal Protein Fresh or water-packed, cold-water fish (trout, salmon, halibut, tuna, mackerel, sardines, pike, kippers), wild game (rabbit, pheasant, bison, venison, elk, etc.), lamb, duck, organic chicken and turkey Pork (bacon), beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters (hot dogs), shellfish, any raw meats or fish
Vegetable Protein Split peas, lentils, legumes, bee pollen, spirulina, and blue-green algae Soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods)
Nuts & Seeds Hemp, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, macadamia, pistachios, brazil, nut and seed butters such as almond or tahini Peanuts and peanut butter
Oils Cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, pumpkin, and coconut Butter, margarine, shortening, processed oils, canola oil, salad dressings, mayonnaise, spreads
Drinks Filtered water, green, white or herbal tea, seltzer or mineral water, Yerba Mate (pereferrable post cleanse Only), coconut water, green drink Alcohol, coffee, caffeinated beverages, soda pop, soft drinks, fruit juice (unless fresh pressed)
Sweeteners Stevia, coconut nectar,
yacon, whole/fresh fruit, dried fruit (in
Refined sugar, white/brown sugars, maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, Splenda®, Equal®, Sweet’N Low®, juice concentrate, agave nectar, brown rice syrup
Condiments Vinegar, all spices, all herbs, sea salt, black pepper, carob, raw chocolate (dairy and sugar free), stone-ground mustard, miso, coconut liquid aminos, wheat-free tamari and nama shoyu, unsweetened whole fruit jam Regular chocolate (with dairy and sugar), ketchup, relish, chutney, traditional soy sauce, barbecue sauce, teriyaki, breath mints

ChefV’s Green Drink

At first glance, you might think that our Chef V Organic Green Drink is simply a green juice. It’s not. We’ve named it GreenDrink for a very good reason.

The seven certified organic super greens in our Green Drink are cold-blended, not juiced or pressed. Why is this important? It comes down to nutrition.

To make green juice, machines use a centrifuge or press to extract the liquid from the vegetables. This sounds great, until you realize that the process leaves behind a pulp. That pulp is full of valuable fiber that supports digestive health, lowers blood cholesterol and helps control blood sugar. That fiber also keeps you feeling full. That’s the beneficial characteristic that leads researchers to suggest that fiber intake aids in weight loss.

Given all these health benefits, we feel that it is such a shame to lose something with so much nutritional value. We knew we could do better. That is why our Green Drink is different from a green juice.

For every glass, we combine:

  • green kale
  • black kale
  • collard greens
  • dandelion greens
  • green chard
  • curly parsley
  • green lettuce
  • a little apple for sweetness
  • filtered water for absorption

Then we cold-blend with ice. And blend. And blend.


What you get is not a green juice. It’s a blended plant-based drink with nutrients that begin in the vegetable and get transported to the glass. Our method of cold-blending protects the plant fibers from heat that can destroy valuable nutrients.

When you increase your fiber intake, you might not notice changes in health indicators like blood cholesterol and blood sugar right away. Those can take time. But one area where you will notice a big difference is fullness. Our Green Drink doesn’t make you feel like you are starving your way through a detox or a cleanse. That’s due to keeping that healthy fiber in the drink instead of throwing it out in the trash.

When you feel full, not only do you eat less; you feel better. You have the energy to exercise and the mental concentration to focus on important tasks. Your body is getting the nutrients it needs to be your best self. Health is a beautifully connected circle where one practice leads to the next. It’s a ripple effect that can be as easy as starting every morning with a Green Drink.

That’s why you’ll often hear us say that it’s the green drink that will change your life. A green juice is a short-term fix. A green drink is a long-term solution.