Category Archives: Cleanses

Dr. Oz Weekend Juice Cleanse Confessions

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Hey gang!  So a few days ago I completed the Dr. Oz & Joe Cross 3-Day Weekend Juice Cleanse.  This is the second cleanse I’ve tried this year, and overall, I had pretty positive experience.  I only lost 1 pound, but I do feel clean and lean.  Here are my confessions…

For starters, this cleanse was A LOT harder than the than the Dr. Oz DRINK cleanse.  During the day, I was quite hungry which kind of sucked.  As I mentioned in a previous post, juice has hardly any fiber and lots of sugar which triggers hunger.  Controlling my hunger during the day was really hard on the first day but got better on the 2nd day.  On a positive note, it made me drink more water and realize that I don’t really need that much food to get through the day.  It’s crazy how often I eat just because I’m bored, not because I’m really hungry.

On that note, the cleanse allowed for 1 solid food meal for dinner every day. The meal could only consist of fruits and veggies. Unfortunately, I tended to go to overboard on this meal (yikes).  I think it was because I was hungry and eagerly anticipating real food.  Needless to say, my portions got a little out of control.  I probably would have had better results with the cleanse if I ate a smaller dinner and didn’t stretch out my tummy so much.

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Since I was traveling for work and had to buy my juices, I had to be very conscious of choosing “good juices.”  Just because a juice is “all natural” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you.  Also, veggie juice is MUCH healthier than fruit juice – it has more fiber and protein and less sugar.  I had to make sure my juice purchases met my 3 criteria:

  1. All natural
  2. No added sugar
  3. Fresh pressed/squeezed (not from concentrate)

Believe it or not, it’s REALLY hard to buy juice off-the-shelf meets this criteria.  BUT, I did find one that passed the test and also tastes great.  It’s “Sweet Greens” by Evolution fresh – I highly recommend it!

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All in all, the juice cleanse was an interesting experience.  Will I do it again?  Probably not.  But I may start substituting fresh pressed juice for a meal every now and then, as it can be a good way to slim down quickly for a big event or something.  Have you a done a juice cleanse before?  What was it like for you?  Please do share your words of wisdom 🙂

Hope you have a great week ahead.  Love you tons! xoxo, Brit

Dr. Oz 3-Day Weekend Juice Cleanse Challenge

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Image source: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/joe-cross-juice-cleanse-recipes

Today is my 29th birthday – woo hoo!  I’m so blessed to have completed another year of life and am grateful for good health, a great family and a hobby that brings me so much joy!  In honor of my b-day, I’d decided to bring in my 29th year on a FRESH and CLEAN note.  That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I’m starting a new cleanse, which was inspired by the Dr. Oz Weekend Juice Cleanse with Joe Cross.   Since I had so much success with the Dr. Oz Detox Cleanse (you can CLICK HERE to read my full review) , I decided to keep the momentum going by trying another cleanse.

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Unlike the Dr. Oz Detox Cleanse, this cleanse is a JUICE cleanse.  That means I need a juicer, as I can’t use my blender for this cleanse.  HOWEVER, today I went to Target to buy a juicer and realized they were out of price my range right now…the cheapest one I found is $79.99.  What if I don’t like the cleanse?  Then I’ll be stuck with a juicer that I never use.

SO, I made up my own version of the cleanse using some ready-made, all natural, no sugar added juices and I also plan to buy some fresh squeezed juices from Whole Foods or Central Market over the next 3 days.  Essentially, I plan to have 4-5 servings of juice each day to replace my meals.  Then for dinner I’ll have one solid meal every evening, just like the Dr. Oz cleanse.  However, dinner must consist of only of fruits and vegetables.  And as icing on the cake (mean joke – I know) , I’m going to make sure that my dinners are RAW!  So I’ll only eat fresh, raw produce and maybe steam my veggies if I want something hot.

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As a fitness professional, I wanted to share a few facts with you about Juice cleanses vs. Smoothie/drink cleanses.  

  • Juice does not contain the skin of the fruit or vegetable
  • Smoothies have more fiber and tend to be more filling
  • Juices tend to be high in sugar and low in protein and fiber (which I’m a little nervous about)

Now let me be clear, I’m typically an “anti juice” person because I believe that juice is nature’s reward for EATING your fruits and veggies.  However, there are many benefits to juicing.  Just a name a couple…

  • Juice absorbs in the body faster, so it’s an efficient way to get vital vitamins and minerals
  • Juice is a tastier way to consume fruits and veggies that you don’t typically like
  • Juice is less likely to cause upset stomachs, like smoothies which sometimes have too much fiber

For more information about differences between juices and smoothies, check out this post by my “Fit Friends” over at Sporty Afros: http://sportyafros.com/nutrition/differences-in-juicing-and-smoothies/

Grit by Brit WARNING – Juice cleanses tend to have very little protein.  So, I’m not going to lift weights or do super high intensity workouts over the next 3 days while I’m on the cleanse, as I don’t think my body will have enough protein to repair my muscles.  If you engage in high intensity workouts and weight training, like me, you may want to do the same.

This is my first time to try a juice cleanse. Hopefully, some of you decide to try it along with me!  Have you done a juice cleanse before?  How did it go?  I’ll be back in a few days to share my results. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @GRITbyBrit for progress updates!  Until then…

Wishing you health, happiness and BIG RESULTS!  xoxo, Brit

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Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse Confessions

So, I’ve officially completed the Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox.  I personally wanted to try the detox because I’m a new vegetarian (5 months strong) and I’ve noticed that I’ve become sloppy (i.e. eating lots of simple carbs and fewer fruits and veggies).  I’ve actually gained 3 pounds since I’ve become a vegetarian…not a good look.  The Dr. Oz cleanse presented me with a great opportunity to get back on track it because it replaces meals with fruit/veggie drinks for 3 days.  Click here to see the drink recipes.  Overall, I give the Dr. Oz cleanse the “GRIT by Brit 2 thumbs up” and here’s why…

First off, I definitely got my fair share of veggies and fruits.  Each drink consists of at least 3-4 servings of fruits/vegetables (sometimes more than I eat in an entire day).  I feel like a born again vegetarian 🙂  Unlike most cleanses, each drink includes some sort of healthy fat (i.e. avocado, coconut oil, almond butter).   This is really important because my body wasn’t deprived of essential nutrients AND I got an adequate amount of protein.  Since I weight train 2-3 times per week, I HAVE to make sure that my protein intake is sufficient so that my muscles can repair themselves.  I was also really impressed by how tasty each of the drinks are.  I mean, who would guess blending mango, blueberries,  cayenne pepper, avocado and coconut water would actually taste good?

Dr. Oz Cleanse Drinks

Secondly, in only 3 days I lost 2.2 pounds 🙂  I’m 5’8″ and very muscular but I always try to keep my weight below 153 pounds.  Still 1 more pound to go!

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Also, I developed a new obsession = Epsom Salt and lavender oil baths!  This was HEAVEN IN MY HOME!  Daily soak sessions are a part of the Dr. Oz cleanse.  Not only are they detoxifying, but they are SO relaxing and soothing!  As a group fitness instructor I always have sore muscles and these baths were a perfect remedy for my muscle aches.   I also discovered Dr. Teal’s Epsom + Lavender oil bath soak, so I can buy both ingredients already combined – yes!

Epsom Salt and Lavender

Last, the cleanse has definitely helped me ween off coffee.  I sometimes drink 4 cups a day…not good I know, but at least I’m honest.  After going 3 days without coffee, I’ve realized that I don’t really need it.  The cleanse calls for 1 cup of hot green tea ever morning which gave me a decent caffeine fix.  However,  I was a little groggy on some days without my Cup-a-Joe.  This is something I’ll continue to work on.

Now that the cleanse is over, I’ve decided that this is not going to be a “one time thing” for me.  I really loved the lunch drink, so today I’m having it for dinner before I head to yoga!  I’m going to continue making these smoothies and drinking them as meal replacements every now and then.  It’s an easy and efficient way to ensure I get enough fiber and my fruit/veggie fix.

If you are considering trying the Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox cleanse – I highly recommend it.  Let me know how it goes!

Lots of luv, health & joy to you!

xoxo, Brit

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3-Day Detox Cleanse by Dr.OZ

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So, some of my best friends have been ranting and raving about the great results they’ve had with the Dr. Oz Juice Cleanse.  Have any of you tried the cleanse before?  Were you successful?  Obviously, I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out) and have to try it for myself.  I already went shopping and bought all of my ingredients (see pic below).

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I’m especially excited about bathing in Epsom Salt every night! Growing up, my mother (a true country woman) would ALWAYS make me bathe in Epsom Salt to help soothe mosquito bites, achy muscles or open scrapes from playground accidents.   No matter the issue, an Epsom Salt bath was her go-to cure.

What’s really interesting about this “cleanse” is that the drinks actually include A LOT of food.  I spent $90 at Central Market today buying all of the ingredients.  If you look closely at each of the drinks, they each include almost 4 full servings of fruits and veggies – that’s AMAZING!  I have a feeling that the drinks are going to be very filling 😉

Also, I’m infatuated with Coconut Oil right now.  I like to use it on my skin and in my hair for deep conditioning, but never have I ingested it.   This will be a first.  Last, the almond butter, almond milk and flax seeds are nice additions to help ensure I get sufficient protein   Altogether, this cleanse is HEALTHY, BALANCED and LEGIT according to GRIT by Brit!

Follow me on Twitter @GRITbyBrit for my pictures and progress updates over the next 3 days.  Also, please share your cleanse stories if you’ve decided to try it too!

Hope you had a great weekend – CHOOSE to have a great week ahead!

GRIT by Brit stay strong

Love Your Body Day #3: H2O FLOW

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It’s Day 3 of my “Love Your Body” series, and today I encourage you to Drink Up (water that is).  H2O is vital for your vigor.  On days that you exercise, drink at least 2 liters (4 over the counter-size bottles) and on days that you don’t exercise shoot for at least 1 liter.  Doing so allows you to reap lots of luscious health benefits.

Love water to love your body…

  • Faster Metabolism. Eight glasses of water a day not only prevents dehydration, but increases resting metabolism.” – University of Utah Study
  • Regular Digestion.  The right amount of Fiber and Fluid keep you “regular.”  My magic cleanse formula has always been 1 apple and 1 bottle of water 😉
  • Calorie Control.  Being well hydrated makes you feel full, so you eat less.  Also, since water has zero calories, you can keep your mouth busy with no penalty.
  • More Energy.  Water energizes your muscles so they can fire away in your workouts.  On the flip side, dehydration makes you lethargic.
  • Temperature Control.  Adequate H2O keeps your body temperature in check.  This is especially important when your working out or in a hot climate.
  • Balanced Bodily Fluids.  Your body is 60% water which mostly consists of bodily fluids.  These fluids are critical for executing your bodily functions.  Stay hydrated to keep your bodily fluids in balance.

Love your body today by staying hydrated and letting the H2O FLOW! #GRIT

3 Day Post-Christmas CLEANSE

Merry Christmas everyone!  We got snow in Texas – yippee!!! #whitechristmas.  I hope you had a wonderful, joyous day celebrating the birth of our King Jesus Christ.  There’s no greater gift to mankind than GRACE.  Can a I get a AMEN?

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All in all I very much enjoyed my holiday…maybe a little too much.  I ate one too many Christmas cupcakes, but boy were they good!  Nevertheless, tomorrow calls for the official start of my 3 Day Post-Christmas CLEANSE.  Below is my diet for the next 3 days.

As for my workouts, I plan to do 1 TurboKick class + 1 PureBarre class every day.  This totals 2 hours of exercise for EACH of the next 3 days (1 hr cardio + 1 hour toning).

P.S.  I’ve only been to 1 PureBarre class so far and I can’t decide if I’m a fan or a hater.  BUT after this detox, I’ll know for sure.  I’ll also write you guys a full review of the workout.

3 Day Post Christmas DETOX Diet

Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes – enjoy 🙂

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