I Should Change My Blog Name to “Ode to Broccoli”

Day 4 of a 15-day cleanse

Breakfast (10:00 a.m.): I had a tall glass of water with lemon and cayenne pepper as soon as I woke up. There is no sweetener in this drink but it tastes pretty good. I love the cayenne pepper in it. I drank three glasses of this concoction total and I felt great throughout the day. I think it even helped curve my appetite because this was the first time since I started the detox that I wasn’t always hungry.

Today juice: kale, celery, carrots, cucumber, yellow paprika, apples, and ginger root. I really like this drink. My goal is to reduce apples to just one. I’ll be trying Joe and Phil from Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead’s Mean Green soon, now that my fear of cucumber juice is gone.

Lunch (1:00 p.m.): The lovely broccoli salad (same as yesterday), with broccoli, red onion, red cabbage, kiwi, avocado, and carrots, with rice vinegar, oil (2 tablespoon olive oil and ½ tablespoon truffle oil, for indulgence), and salt and pepper.

Dinner (8:30 p.m.): I took a nap from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I must have been either tired or severely sleep deprived (I went to sleep around 2:00 a.m. last night after finishing a work project … eek) or both, because I was out cold for two hours!

I made another broccoli salad for dinner. I crave this salad and nothing else. This time, I added some fresh mango chunks (1/4 of a large mango) instead of kiwi.

Snack (9:45 p.m.): A bowl of strawberries and blueberries.

Great news! I am about three pounds lighter since I began the cleanse three days ago. I’m not too concerned about the number on the scale and care more about how my clothes fit, but I couldn’t resist jumping on the scale.

I haven’t seen any other major changes to my body yet but I think my skin feels a little clearer. Not by much, but a little.  My hands and feet are still colder than usual, but it’s not anything that can’t be cured by my favorite pair of Life is Good fluffy socks.

6 thoughts on “I Should Change My Blog Name to “Ode to Broccoli”

  1. Well hello there, I admit I am rather new to the whole Vegan, Vegetarian experience! And haven’t gone through your whole blog yet but what caught my poet eye was your ‘ode to broccoli’! I have the desire but sadly not the taste buds of a Vegan! 🙂 NOW, when I first saw this, I was like, oh no, a cleanse, EEK, run the other way! LOL. Don’t get me wrong, I have lost 96 pounds, I get the healthy factor, but all that green made me skeerrreddddddddddddd! 🙂 I just don’t like that many veggies, I am TRYING! My Husband just laughs and tells me I don’t make a good Vegan! I am a sudo vegan! Meaning, I am one about 90% of the time! I eat meat once a week, I don’t eat eggs, milk, trying to not have oil and REALLY trying to cut out cheese, God it’s hard! 🙂 So, this is still new to me, like my blog is, so either way, do like your site, can’t wait to read more about it and love the ‘ ode’ so cool! Maybe you can get me to like broccoli, stranger things have happened! 🙂

    Take Care!


    • Hi Traci! Thanks for commenting here! I know what you mean — going vegan or vegetarian can be difficult, even for a veggie / fruit lover like myself. My weakness is dairy too, especially around cheese and milk. I haven’t decided on going vegan or vegetarian all the way just yet. I think I’m going to play around with the idea first. I don’t want to fully commit, and be disappointed if I have a slip up. Good luck with your endeavors! I heard that you have to try the vegetable about 15 times until you start to like it so after the 16th try, you’ll be a broccoli lover!

      Keep me posted! I would love to hear how you’re doing!


      • Ohhhh, thanks for that advice, it really helps! 🙂 We eat meat once a week or so, depending..and that has helped. The meat part is not an issue for me really, I can give or take that really. But yeah, I do struggle with dairy, but it does get easier.

        Good luck to you, I will keep an eye out for you and see how you are doing!!! 🙂


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