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Juice Cleanse: Review

November 4, 2013


You might have already figured out if you follow my Instagram, I already started eating on the third day. I’ll be honest. It’s hard to resist when your friends call or text and want to meet up over dinner. So I walked into the restaurant thinking, “It’s okay. I’ll just watch them eat.” Of course, this never happened. The minute the chips and guacamole came, I started getting my fill of chips and guac. On that note, food post coming up next on Red O.

At the end of this “Juice Cleanse Week,” I came to realize that a full-on seven-day juice cleanse is not for me. I know a lot of people have done it and feel great afterward, that wasn’t the case for me. I felt much better after I started eating some regular meals while substituting one meal a day with a juice. This is something that I want to continue because I do feel better not eating lunch, for example, and just drinking a glass of juice. Since I was anemic and suffered from malnutrition in the past, drinking the juice will help me absorb the nutrients that I need.

For those who are interested, including my friend Eva, here are some juice recipes you can try at home:

1. Easy Citrus:
Orange
Lemon
Apple
Celery
Lime

2. The Vegetables:
Red pepper
Carrot
Celery

3. Detox:
Grapefruit
Apple
Ginger

4. Joey’s Favorite:
Orange
Apple
Lemon
Splash of ginger

It turns out that citrus fruits and ginger play an important part in rejuvenating the body. This is why I added a “Joey’s Special,” which is a recipe that is easier to start with since the juice will be on the sweeter side because of the apples and oranges. The lemon and ginger also helps with getting rid of the toxins in your body. I personally cannot tolerate spiciness so I add a minimal amount of ginger (just enough so it tastes a little spicy) juice just for health purposes.

Again, I’d like to reiterate that I did not do a juice-only cleanse. I do encourage people to think about substituting one meal a day with juice because I do believe in the health benefits. This is just something that I believe works (for me) in the long run!

Feel free to contact me if you have been on a juice cleanse and want to share your story!

Happy eating (finally),
Joey Wong ♥

Juice Cleanse Day 2

November 4, 2013

It’s only the second day of the juice cleanse and the cravings are already really hard to suppress. It was a mistake to not get all the ingredients before starting on this homemade juice cleanse because the moment I walk into the grocery store to get some ginger, I spot all sorts of food. My favorite Asian snacks, drinks, ice cream. Oh gosh. I really do wonder if I will be able to last the week.

The good thing about the second day is that after my morning glass of juice, I realized why I’ve been feeling sick since the first day. It wasn’t only because I have been eating unhealthy meals. It was because of all the acid from the citrus fruits that I’ve been drinking. All the citrus increases stomach acid, which causes excess gas. This is why I’ve been feeling as if something was up my throat the whole time and that I wanted to throw up. I don’t actually need to throw up. I just feel as if I want to throw up because of all the gas. After realizing this, I feel much better about the juice cleanse.

Morning: Orange, lemon and celery juice

Morning: Orange, lemon and celery juice

Happy drinking,
Joey Wong ♥

Juice Cleanse Day 1

October 29, 2013

It’s only the first day and I’ve only had two juices so far but I’m already feeling the effects. After my “lunch” juice, I felt like throwing up. I’m thinking there is no way I can get through this but then I have to focus on why I decided to go on this cleanse in the beginning. I was convinced that with the unhealthy meals I’ve been having, I need this to rejuvenate myself.

This morning was especially hard because I was working on USC’s food show, Delish. They made pumpkin everything and I have to say it was an amazing episode. They brought out a fryer to make pumpkin funnel cake. PUMPKIN FUNNEL CAKE. I eyed that funnel cake but nope, I did not touch it.

Some websites say that you can have one light meal while you’re on a juice cleanse. For my first light meal, I had tofu. It might look good in the picture but let me assure you, it is flavorless. I’m also cheating a little by munching on unsalted nuts to keep me going through the day.

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Before I started the cleanse, I stuffed myself with beef last night. I thought shabu shabu was the way to go right before the cleanse so I can satisfy all my cravings beforehand. Wrong. Take a look at this website that explains what you should do before and after a cleanse. Turns out, I have done everything wrong up to this point.

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Please feel free to leave a comment on this post or email me at joeelovesfood@gmail.com if you have any additional tips or experiences you want to share with me regarding cleanses.

Happy cleansing,
Joey Wong ♥

Cafe Gratitude

April 24, 2013

Cafe Gratitude
639 N. Larchmont Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 580-6383

http://cafegratitudela.com

Price: $18

My foodie friend Alice recommended Cafe Gratitude, so it was a must-try for me.  The name of the restaurant says it all.  All the items on the menu are listed as “I am _______.”  It’s a good way to try new dishes.  Next time I go back to Cafe Gratitude, it’ll be likely that I order the item that matches my mood.  It was my first time there and I had to ask my friendly waitress for help.  I settled on:

  • I Am Present: Seasonal Bruschetta – Sesame crostini with cashew mozzarella cheese, salted lemon peels, roasted pear and avocado.
  • I Am Healthy: Kale, celery, cucumber and lemon juice.

Highlights:

  • I Am Present: I had to ask the waitress again, what the white mousse is.  It tasted so good.  When she told me that it was cashew mozzarella cheese, I was a little shocked.  Cashew mozzarella cheese?  I forgot I was in a vegan restaurant so I looked up “cashew mozzarella cheese” and found this recipe. The salted lemon peel added a hint of freshness to the bruschetta, loved it.
  • I Am Present: Also loved their sweet vinaigrette sauce!
  • Environment: Very calm with its own parking lot. Thumbs up.

Disappointments:

  • I Am Healthy: It’s more of a personal thing.  When I think “juice,” I think something sweet.  It was a surprise to me when it was salty, a little too salty for me. And thinking lemon and cucumber, I was expecting it to be a little more refreshing.  I talked to a holistic nurse recently and she told me that she drinks a smoothie made of kale, cucumber, lemon–so something similar.  She said her smoothie tastes good so I was keen to try the I Am Healthy juice.  Again, it was a matter of personal taste.  I’ll probably stick to apple juice for now.

All in all, I would go back and try some of its different items on the menu.

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥