Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eat*Drink*Cleanse: Day Three

Day Three of Anna in the Raw's Juice Cleanse

So how did Day Three go? I was surprised that it was already the last day of the cleanse. I felt like I was getting into a groove and felt a little sad it was my last day. Because I was used to the routine, I stuck to our schedule almost perfectly. I thought about food a lot today. Popcorn and ice cream sandwiches were on my brain. I ate 9 raw almonds throughout the day. 

I had a small salad for dinner: mixed baby greens, sweet onion, red pepper, carrots, cucumber, avocado, blueberries, thawed edamame, flax seed and chia seeds with a splash of balsamic vinegar and some black pepper. Today I was ready to chow down and I really think it was just my brain because my stomach wasn't telling me that it was hungry. The desire to be chewing something wasn't there at any other point of the day. I think that this is normally the time of day I'm starving and my brain still was telling me to eat. 

My fiance went to his brother's house to help him with some construction work and he really regretted it. Even though he drank extra water and ate a banana, he felt horrible when he came home. They were outside for hours and it was hot and humid and I think it was just too much. So for you folks who've asked about exercising while cleansing, I say take it easy! I was able to take the dog for a very brisk walk with no problems. If you normally run, maybe do a short jog or walk instead.

So how does it taste? 

Still loving the juice! I thought I would get sick of them by now. I always liked the #1+#3 and today enjoyed them even more. #2 is still my favorite. It's so refreshing! I feel like I get an energy rush after drinking it. And #4 tasted especially good to me today too. 

I had a huge problem with my juice #6 because it was spoiled. I took my first drink and thought maybe it tasted weird because I was tired of the juice. I took another big gulp thinking I would just power through it. Here's a tip: if your juice tastes different, don't drink it! After drinking a little less than 1/2 the bottle, I felt horrible! I talked to Anna and we couldn't figure out how one juice was bad when they were all the same batch, were stored properly, etc. I finally remembered last night that the day I got the juice from Anna, we had opened one of the cashew milks for me to taste  because I had hated the previous cashew milk. That night I took a sip, declared the milk to be very drinkable and thought nothing else about it. I thought that opened juice had already been consumed on Day One but obviously it hadn't. So the moral of this story is: don't open the juices and then let them sit around for days.
juice cleanse, Cleveland, organic

Here's the list of juices:
#1 and #3 are the same and they contain organic romaine lettuce, organic apple, organic celery, organic cucumber, organic spinach, organic kale, organic parsley, and organic lemon. 

#2 is organic pineapple, organic apple, organic mint, and filtered water. 

#4 is like the lemonade cleanse that was all the rage in recent years and contains filtered water, organic lemon, organic agave nectar, and cayenne extract (Mexican habanero, jalapeño, African, Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Japanese peppers in distilled water).

#5 is the bright red beet juice. It contains organic apple, organic carrot, organic beet, filtered water, organic lemon, and organic ginger. 

#6 is cashew milk and contains organic cashews, filtered water, organic agave nectar, organic cinnamon, organic vanilla extract, and organic vanilla specks. 

So how did we feel? I felt really good all day. My fiance said that he had a headache again. I think part of his problem might be caffeine withdrawl. He drank some green tea and it helped. I drink a cup of rooibos tea and added more water throughout the day.

So what about going to the bathroom? We still are going #1 and there was perfectly normal #2. 

Pros: Wasn't hungry
          No cooking or washing dishes
          No weird bathroom issues
          Learned to distinguish hunger from wanting to eat
          Tasted great

Cons: Expensive! 
$65 a day isn't realistic for most people or long term. We spend a ton of money on food and it's WAY more than our normal expenses. It's not that Anna's prices are out of line - she's actually the same or cheaper than many other similar programs. All her ingredients are organic and there's something like 20 lbs of ingredients for each day of the cleanse so I understand why it's expensive. For two people for 3 days it's $390. That's more than most people's monthly food budget.

         You have to bring your juice with you everywhere and it has to stay cold
         It's hard to be around other people eating 
         No caffeine or alcohol: ok for 3 days, long term would be another story!
         Takes up a lot of space in the fridge - plan ahead!

Would we do it again? YES! I actually wish I was doing it longer. I love not feeling hungry - for someone who is ALWAYS hungry this was mind blowing! The juices were delicious and it was actually nice not having to worry about cooking. Today I woke up looking forward to my juices and was sad that there were none in the fridge. I'm kind of at a loss for what to eat! Instead of wanting to stuff myself with the foods I wasn't allowed to eat during the three days, I'm craving my juices. My fiance made coffee and I haven't even had a cup yet!

If you are like we were, and want to try a cleanse but are afraid, don't be! If a person like me who is food obsessed blogger can do it, I know you can too. My biggest concerns were that I would be starving and that I would have bathroom issues - and both problems never happened. If money wasn't an issue, I'd be doing it for another week - that's how much I love it!

And by the way, I wasn't paid to write these posts or compensated in any way. I know Anna but that in no way influenced what I'm sharing with you. I knew how apprehensive I was when I was thinking about doing this and figured there's a lot of other people out there feeling the same way. We're already trying to figure out when we can schedule another one!

For the rest of the story: See Day One here.
See Day Two here.
         

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Eat*Drink*Cleanse: Day Two

Day Two of Anna in the Raw's Juice Cleanse
juice cleanse, organic, Cleveland

So how did Day Two go? Another great day! I was sure that I would start to be cranky or hungry sometime during the day but I was still feeling good. Every now and then I would have a feeling of fatigue but it didn't last long. I stuck to our schedule better today which really helped keep my energy up. I did start to think about food more today. And really couldn't wait to eat my 1/2 an avocado for dinner! I ate 6 raw almonds throughout the day. 

We did our salad for dinner again: mixed baby greens, sweet onion, red heirloom tomato, red pepper, carrots, cucumber, avocado, thawed edamame, flax seed and chia seeds with a splash of balsamic vinegar and some black pepper. I believe it was more mental for me - the desire to be chewing something and not feeling starving - but my fiance was really wanting food by then. He was sick of just drinking the juices. He even made a trip out in the stormy weather to Earth Fare hoping to find something "raw" to eat but the power was out. So he stuck with the salad. 

When we started this cleanse I knew we had no plans so we wouldn't be tempted by food. Of course, things never work out the way you plan! My aunt and uncle were in town from Texas and everyone was going to dinner. We obviously passed on that but I met them at my other aunt's house afterwards thinking it was safe because they had just eaten. I should have known better - they had Baroana's strawberry cake, yummy chocolate cookies from an Amish baker and coffee! I was so sad to miss out on that cake but honestly, when I was watching them eat it, I really didn't have any great urge to join in. It was totally surreal to watch my aunt eat that chocolate cookie and not really even want a bite! I had brought juice 5+6 with me and drank those happily. The smell of the coffee did make me want some but nothing too bad.

So how does it taste? 

#2 is still the most refreshing and tasty of the bunch for me. My fiance likes #1 and #3 the best. He HATES #4 and has to choke it down - it's too lemony for him. #5 was a little better to me - I think I got used to the ginger flavor mixed with the beets so it wasn't as weird to me. Here's the list of what they all are again:

#1 and #3 are the same and they contain organic romaine lettuce, organic apple, organic celery, organic cucumber, organic spinach, organic kale, organic parsley, and organic lemon. 

#2 is organic pineapple, organic apple, organic mint, and filtered water. 

#4 is like the lemonade cleanse that was all the rage in recent years and contains filtered water, organic lemon, organic agave nectar, and cayenne extract (Mexican habanero, jalapeño, African, Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Japanese peppers in distilled water).

#5 is the bright red beet juice. It contains organic apple, organic carrot, organic beet, filtered water, organic lemon, and organic ginger. 

#6 is cashew milk and contains organic cashews, filtered water, organic agave nectar, organic cinnamon, organic vanilla extract, and organic vanilla specks. 

So how did we feel? I felt really good throughout the entire day. I think the day was actually a little easier because I knew what to expect but I did find myself thinking of food more throughout the day. Pizza and ice cream were my cravings. My fiance said that he didn't feel as good and had a headache. I think part of his problem might be caffeine withdrawl. He's going to drink some tea during Day 3. I thought I was going to drink tea but I actually forgot it at home so I didn't. 

Everyone wants to know about going to the bathroom. We still are going #1 a lot more but no #2 for either of us on Day Two. This is the exact opposite of what we were expecting and we are happy to not be having any issues!

So now we're starting Day Three - can't wait to see if there are any problems today. I still can't get over the lack of hunger!! I'm bringing raw almonds with me to work again and I'm drinking a cup of hot tea. It's kind of gloomy today so the tea is really hitting the spot!

If you missed it, you can find Day One here

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Eat*Drink*Cleanse: Day One

So what kind of cleanse are we doing?

It's a 3 day juice cleanse created by Anna in the Raw. You drink six bottles of organic juice throughout the day which she has numbered for you to make it easy to keep track. You are allowed to supplement the juice with raw foods, water and herbal teas. You are supposed to space out the juice with approximately two hours between each bottle. Our plan was to schedule the juices for when we would normally be hungry or eating. 

Here's the schedule we came up with:

Bottle 1 - 9 am
Bottle 2 - 11 am
Bottle 3 - 1 pm
Bottle 4 - 3 pm
Bottle 5 - 6 pm
Bottle 6 - 8 pm 

I ended up starting slow and not keeping to the schedule - partially because of my work schedule and partially because I wasn't feeling hungry and didn't want to force it. 

So how did Day One go? Great! I actually wasn't hungry. Yes, you read that correctly - the girl who is ALWAYS hungry simply wasn't for the majority of the day. I had sliced up cucumbers and red peppers and packed them with baby carrots just in case I was starving throughout the day and didn't even eat one thing. 

I did crash at about 3:30 or 4:00 and got REALLY tired but I think that was because I was behind on my juice. I drank #4 and ate 7 raw almonds and felt better.

We decided that we wanted to have a salad for dinner so at about 6:30 pm we each had a huge bowl of mixed baby greens, sweet onion, yellow heirloom tomato, red pepper, carrots, cucumber, avacado, flax seed and chia seeds with a splash of balsamic vinegar and some black pepper. It helped mentally to be chewing something and by then we needed it. We drank juice #5 after that around 7:30 and then had our final juice around 8:30. 
cleanse

So how does it taste? I really enjoyed all the juices but some are obviously better than others. 

#1 and #3 are the same and they contain organic romaine lettuce, organic apple, organic celery, organic cucumber, organic spinach, organic kale, organic parsley, and organic lemon. It is delicious! Very fresh tasty and not at all like the funky green drinks out there.

#2 is organic pineapple, organic apple, organic mint, and filtered water. This is amazing! I'm not a huge apple juice fan but the pineapple and mint make this a taste sensation. I am actually craving this juice as I type this.

#4 is like the lemonade cleanse that was all the rage in recent years and contains filtered water, organic lemon, organic agave nectar, and cayenne extract (Mexican habanero, jalapeño, African, Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Japanese peppers in distilled water). It tastes like really tart fresh lemonade - kind of refreshing at first but it got harder to drink as we went on. I think that part of the problem with this one is that it's my hungriest time of day and the juice contains the least amount of "stuff." I kept thinking it needed a shot of vodka...

#5 is the bright red beet juice. Looks scary but it tastes pretty good. I love beets so I kept focusing on that flavor. It contains organic apple, organic carrot, organic beet, filtered water, organic lemon, and organic ginger. This one was the hardest one to drink for me because it was just weird to be drinking beets and the ginger kept throwing me off. I think when I drink it today I'll like it better because it won't be so strange.

#6 is cashew milk and contains organic cashews, filtered water, organic agave nectar, organic cinnamon, organic vanilla extract, and organic vanilla specks. This one SOUNDS awesome but isn't as good as the almond milk I normally buy at the store. Maybe I just like almonds better? Anyways, but the time it was time for us to drink this one, I was really needing it. This juice is where you get the bulk of your protein for the day. I wish this cashew milk was drink #1 because it seems more breakfast like to me, maybe because it reminds me of milk and cereal.

So how did it go? It went REALLY well - better than we expected for sure. I was most surprised about my lack of hunger throughout most of the day. I think I only felt hungry twice. We didn't have headaches or any other ailments or digestive issues. My fiance took at nap after work because he felt super tired. We don't know if it was just leftover tiredness from a busy weekend or from the cleanse. We both had increased frequency of urination. For someone who doesn't go that much, it was shocking actually how intense the urges were. I found myself craving popcorn last night but that was my only food craving.

So now we're starting Day Two - can't wait to see if the lack of hunger continues or if that was just a fluke. Today I'm bringing raw almonds with me to work as my emergency stash and I'm also bringing a cup of hot tea too. I'm kind of craving the whole hot beverage in the morning thing but hope it doesn't slow my juice drinking down.

You can read about our overall experience and Day Three here. And order your own juice cleanse here.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Eat*Drink*Cleanse - Will We Survive?

Ok - it's 96 days 'til the wedding and I need to get serious about getting some fat off my ass. My hubs-to-be wants to drop a few too so we decided to take the plunge. We've been contemplating it for a long time and our wedding is the kick in the pants we need to finally do it.

We're doing a 3 day juice cleanse. 

raw, cleanse, wedding
Not just any juice cleanse but the one created right here in the 216 by our own RAW chef Anna Harouvis. Because if we're going to get healthy, we want to make it local, organic and fresh.

Cons: Just try to schedule a cleanse when food is your life.

          No carbs (cue panic attack)

          No dairy - bye bye yogurt

          Will this cause any, er, effects that are unwanted? 

Pros: I know I like the juices. They seriously rock!

         It's a hot week - drinking meals won't be so bad.

         My fiance is doing it with me - teamwork!!

         and the best one...

You can chew - raw foods are allowed!

I'm getting ready to take my first sip and I'm both nervous and excited. 
Stay tuned...

Grapes & Ale Winner

The countdown is on - only 4 days 'til Our Lady of the Wayside's Grapes & Ale!  And today I get to announce the winner of the two free tickets....


Congrats to @AllLacqueredUp - your last Tweet was the winner!!

If you didn't win, you still have time to purchase tickets. And trust me, you want to be there. SO much fun! Click here.

*Same disclaimer as the last post, Our Lady of the Wayside provided 4 tickets for this event, two for me and two for a lucky reader. As always, opinions expressed are 100% my own.*

Friday, June 14, 2013

Grapes & Ale Giveaway

Well, it's that time of year again! Our Lady of the Wayside is hosting one of my favorite fundraisers of the year, Grape & Ale. 

On Friday June 28th, Progressive Field will be filled with one of the hottest parties of the season. Presented by Giant Eagle, Grapes & Ale benefits Our Lady of the Wayside, which provides residential, respite, transportation and day programming services for individuals with developmental disabilities in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties.

Famous Dave's, YOLO Battery Park Wine Bar, Hot Sauce Williams, and the 100th Bomb Group are joined this year by Corleone's, Mavis Winkle's Irish Pub and the Wayside Grille. They'll be showing off their tasty BBQ skills as you sip over 200 wines and mingle in the main concourse.
One of the tasty plates of goodness from last year's event
Becker's Donuts and Bakery is back with their delicious sweet treats too. Music will be provided by Colin Dussault's Blues Project - they were a lot of fun last year and really got people dancing.

Tickets are $50 for the Grand Premier Tasting from 7 -10 pm which includes BBQ, wine and a souvenir wine glass. For $125 you can purchase tickets for the VIP Majic of Wine Tasting which features either the "Best of Grapes" wine selection or the WKNR Craft Brew Tasting including the area's top microbreweries. Both VIP packages include early access from 6-7 pm, passed appetizers and complimentary parking.

Last year we had SO much fun and can't wait for this year's event! Our Lady of the Wayside has provided a pair of tickets so you can attend the Hottest BBQ of the Summer too! To enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite summer sipper featuring grapes or ale. (My personal favorite is sangria.)

2. Follow @OurLadyWayside and @EatDrinkClev on Twitter. If you don't have Twitter you can follow both on Facebook instead: Our Lady of the Wayside and Eat*Drink*Cleveland. Once you do, leave a comment below telling me which you did.

3. Tweet the following:
I want to be strolling under the stars at #GrapesandAle with @OurLadyWayside & @EatDrinkClev Enter to #win tickets http://ow.ly/lWVaJ

Leave a comment below telling me you Tweeted. You can Tweet once a day for additional entries, just be sure to leave a separate comment each time.

Contest will end Sunday June 23rd at midnight. Winner to be announced Monday June 24th. If the winner doesn't claim their tickets by Tuesday June 25th, another winner will be selected.


*Disclaimer: Our Lady of the Wayside provided two pair of Grand Premier tickets, one for me and one for my winner. As always, my opinions and thoughts are my own.*








Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Emerging Chefs ~ Piggy Stardust and the Flavors from Mars

** Update 6/15/13 -- Event Cancelled **

The Emerging Chefs are back with their first summer dinner party of 2013. Combining food and rock, it's a true taste of Cleveland. 

A pop up restaurant will be created on 6/19 from 6:30 - 11 pm at the Beachland Ballroom where "a foodie celebration meets rock show dinner theater." 

Chefs Brian Doyle and Brian Rosander will be working their culinary magic at this fun filled feast. These two awesome Cleveland chefs pair up to present a far out menu with cocktail pairings:


Amuse - "Space Oddity"
Ground Control to Major Tom(ato), Astronaut Pork Ration, Lettuce Meteors
Course I - "I'm the Leader of the Gang"
Chive Crepe Cornette with Salmon Mousse/Paired with Grapefruit Mimosa
Course II - "Hero"
Deconstructed Gyro/Paired with Indigo's Blonde Bombshell
Course III - "Burn on the Flame"
Quail Egg Shashouka over Chilaquiles/Paired with Drunk Horchata
Course IV - "Brian & Brian Duo"
Barbecutie: Smoked Pork Belly with Asiago-Fig Ravioli
Some Cat from Japan: Steamed Pork Buns with House Kimchee
All paired with Weird & Gilly Lemonade
Course V - "Seven Seas of Rhye"
Bourbon Bread Pudding with Sassafras Chicken/Paired with Kentucky Mule
Course VI -Ballroom Blintz
Beachland's Homemade Ricotta-filled Crispy Blintz with Passionate One Sauce

You couldn't have an event at the Beachland without some awesome tunes! Piggy Stardust features music by Vanity Crash. This band started out portraying the The Angry Inch in Cleveland Public Theater's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and will be heading a dance party all night long.
Want in on the fun? Tickets are $70 and can be purchased here.

*Disclosure: I was contacted by Emerging Chefs to help promote their event. In exchange, I was provided one ticket to the event. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. *

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ginger Chicken

One of my friends recently found herself with a huge assortment of dried mushrooms and was looking for recipes. This is one of my all time favorites from my Aunt Nissy and thought that I'd share it with you too. This really is the easiest recipe - the hardest part is finding the wood ear mushrooms, and that really isn't that hard anymore. Asian markets definitely carry them but I've also found them at Heinen's and other good grocery stores too.


Ginger Chicken
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 3 T oil
  • 2 c thinly sliced chicken
  • 1 c chopped onion
  • 3 T fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c dried Wood Ear mushrooms
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • steamed rice
Instructions
  • Saute onions and chicken in oil. Add garlic and ginger, mix well. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Soak wood ear mushrooms in very hot water while chicken is cooking. Once they are soft, drain well. If they are whole, slice into very thin strips.
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  • Add mushrooms to chicken mixture and cook 10-15 minutes. Add green onion and cook 5 more minutes.
  • Serve with steamed rice.
If you find that you want more sauce, you can always add more soy sauce and a little water. You can get all fancy and add oyster sauce and fish sauce if you want but you really don't need too. For so few ingredients the flavor in this dish is delicious. If you want to spice it up a bit, throw in some ground chili garlic oil, chili garlic sauce or even sriracha.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wordless Wedding Wednesday


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Earth Fare Winner

We spent the past weeks getting ready to move my fiance into my house and yesterday was the big move. Thankfully we made the decision to hire movers ~ we are so tired I can't even imagine if we had to lug all the furniture too! 

Anyways, I'm keeping this short because even my fingers are sore....

The winner of the $50 Earth Fare gift certificate is Blayne!! 

You have until midnight June 5th to claim your prize. I'll need your full name, email address and mailing address. You can email me or contact me through Facebook or Twitter.

Congrats!!