Q&A with AQ!! (Juice Cleanse Safety & 10 Recipes!)

Hi Alyssa, I have never done a juice cleanse before, but I have been having some tummy issues lately and thought this may be a good idea. Considering how I’ve never done this before, can you walk me through what I need to do before, during, and after….. If you could give me some recipes I’d greatly appreciate it!” — Megan

Juice cleansing is an art, it looks different for every body type. Based on your insulin and blood sugar needs, every will be different on the basic facts of when to do it, which veggies to use, and how long to do it for. Since I am NOT a licensed nutritionist or doctor, this is all based on my own research, trial and error with my own personal cleanses, and advice from nutritionists that I know. This is all info for the average person, a generalized rule of thumb. Please take into account your own dietary needs if you’re diabetic, have autoimmune diseases, or any other insulin balance issues.

1. On average, the most effective and safe juice cleanses are no longer than 3 days. This is to help support the fat burning process of your body. Because juice is primarily sugar carbs, if you deprive your body of protein and fat for too long, your body will think it’s starving! Don’t get crazy.

2. Before starting your cleanse, devote 3 days to a very clean diet. No processed sugars and junk food. Try to keep your meals small and nutrient dense.

3. Focus on GREENS as much as possible. They have the highest cleansing properties, lowest sugar content, and provide a bit of protein. About 2 liters per day of greens.

4. Try to keep your juices low in simple sugars like apples, grapes, fruit. Only about 1/2 liter per day of these.

5. For a total of 3 liters per day in a juice cleanse, this provides your body with enough calories to function, enough nutrients to flush the toxins, and enough quantity to keep you feeling full. Be sure to also drink equal parts water in between juices! Most of the time when I cleanse, I’m never hungry due to feeling totally stuffed on juices. Cravings are a total bummer though, and they make you think you’re hungry when you’re not.

5. If exercising while cleansing, keep it to 30-45min tops, moderate level. I recommend yoga, walking, biking. If you’re incorporating weights or muscle toning, be sure to add some vegan plant based protein powder to your juices.

6. When coming off of your juice cleanse, be gentle to your body! I recommend a raw food diet for 1.5days after the cleanse is completely. Steamed veggies, nuts, etc. DO NOT BINGE EAT!! If you flood your body with a massive meal full of junk, you will have ruined your entire cleanse, and you’ll most likely feel incredibly sick.

Here’s some recipes!! If you can, challenge yourself to add spinach or romaine to every juice recipe to up your green intake!

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Citrus Fat Burning Refresher:

  • 1/2 orange (peeled)
  • 1 lemon (peeled)
  • 1 small knob Ginger
  • 1/2 apple OR 1/2 tbs raw honey
  • 1 grapefruit (peeled)
  • 1 shake cayenne pepper (optional)
  • (if this is too zingy for you, add half a cucumber to tone it down)

Green Digestion Booster:

  • 1 green apple
  • 1 packed handful spinach
  • 2 stalks kale or 2 leaves romaine
  • 1 stick celery (include leaves!)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 stick of fennel, including 1/4 of the bulb
  • (1 cube ginger for a little kick)

Water Retention Flat Belly Flush:

  • 2 beetroot (you can juice the stalks and leaves too!)
  • 2 sticks celery (rinse thoroughly, include leaves)
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 5 leaves parsley OR 5 leaves dandelion
  • (1 cube ginger)

Glowing Skin/Sharp Mind:

  • 1/2 grapefruit (peeled)
  • 1/2 lemon (peeled)
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1/2 apple (if not sweet enough)

Craving Kicker:

  • 4 wedges watermelon (about 1 cup juiced)
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 apple
  • (3 leaves mint for a fun perk!)

Mojito Make you Feel Better:

  • 5-8 leaves kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1-2 limes (peeled)
  • 2 green apple’s (I prefer less)
  • 3 leaves mint

Sunshine on The Beach Energy Replenish:

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 pineapple (peeled, cored)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup coconut water (stirred in after)
  • (1/2 apple if not sweet enough)

Kickin’ Kidney Clear:

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups radishes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 apple (if you’re a sweet tooth add more apple!)

Happy Gut, Happy Life:

  • 3 cups purple cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 stick fennel, 1/2 of the bulb
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 apple

Cancer Defense:

  • 1 cup broccoli (can include stalks)
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro
  • 4 leaves romaine
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lime
  • 1-2 green apples

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How-To rock the Super Deep Side Part in 7min!

While the “middle part” is still on the runways, the “super deep side part” is taking the stage! I’m excited for this trend, as it looks way better on my face shape than a middle part does! This is versatile, you can wear it with one side slicked flat and tucked behind the ear, or wear it bouncy and full! I prefer the bouncy and full look, since it’s not as “trendy”. I love it for the “I woke up with my hair looking perfectly messy” type of style! Another plus is that it works great on short or long hair!

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I started with washing my hair the night before, putting in some oil and volumizing beauty balm (products used will be listed at bottom of post), and I slept with my hair damp in a high ponytail. The high pony tail gives great volume for the next day, even if my hair isn’t wet I always sleep in a high pony!

When I woke up, I parted my hair slightly off center, not down middle, but not completely down the side.

The key to this is styling your hair parted down the off-center part first! Don’t style it with the deep side part. You MUST curl your hair with the off-center part, to give the correct bounce and volume.

I then sprayed my hair with heat protection and curled just the top ring around my head leaving the ends completely free.
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While that looks good, I wanted the extra volume of the super deep side part 🙂

From there I took the deepest side piece, and flipped it over to the other side.

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I tousled my hair with shine spray and a tad bit of hair spray. Voila! The perfect super deep side part and it took me less than 7min (I used a timer!)

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Easiest Makeup Contour!

Do I contour? YES! I feel like my makeup is bland and incomplete if I don’t! I’ve tried a few of the normal techniques, but ran into a few issues!

** Ain’t nobody got time for THAT. Some contouring takes forever and I usually have about 5-20min to spend on my makeup.

** Using concealers to contour makes me breakout with lame pimples. I’ve never used a concealer on my skin that doesn’t give me breakouts, I use concealer only on my under eye circles.

** Contouring tips online leave me looking like an Atlanta Pageant Queen. I need a subtle day time look!

 

Soooo I developed my own routine. Granted, I’m no makeup artist, and this is trial and error for me. I’ve always loved makeup, and before I had my kiddos I used to work at a few beauty supply stores which required some make up application training. All you beauty gurus out there, I’m not claiming to be an expert, this is just HOW I DO!

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In the above photo is my face without any foundation, this is just the contouring. I start with my primer (usually Tarte Poreless or Tarte BBcream primer) I contour with bronzer and a foundation shade one lighter than my current skin tone. The practicality in that is no matter what I always have 2 foundation colors, my winter shade and summer shade when I have more of a tan. I use my lightest foundation as my highlighter!

1. *Contour* Bronzer (I used Tarte Amazonian Clay Mineral Bronzer)

2. *Highlighter* Foundation in a shade lighter than my current skin tone (I used BareMinerals Original Foundation Fairly Light)

Using simple contour brushes (I like RealTechniques Brushes), I blend them in. It takes me about 3min! Then I blend my normal foundation color (BareMinerals Original Foundation Light) over with a powder brush. Then my blush (BareMinerals Giddy Pink), followed by favorite setting powder for a glowy look (BareMinerals Pure Radiance)

I have used BareMinerals for 10yrs, and I will never sway away! I attribute my clear skin to their Original Foundation…any time I try anything else I break out. Sometime I use Illuminare Concealing Foundation if I need more coverage, and that’s the only other foundation I’ve ever found that my skin doesn’t react to. Yes, I have clear skin, but it’s definitely blemish prone with many other foundations!

There ya have it, my quick contouring! Be sure to post comments below or on @fitmamaq on instagram for more blog requests! Let me know what you want to read about! Use #fitmamaq if you try any of my tips!

xoxo

Skincare Product Reviews!

Hey Friends! I get lots of questions about my skincare regimen, and it’s such a hard question to answer since currently I’m still on the hunt! Since having babies, nursing, and everything else hormonal that goes along with that, my skin constantly changes. Things that worked for me a few months ago no longer work. My skin is Normal/Dry with Redness and Fine Lines. Here’s a few lines of products I’ve tried, along with my opinions of them!

Dermalogica- I LOVE DERMALOGICA. It breaks my heart that it’s not a clean and paraben-free line. I’ve had to kiss these products goodbye and I won’t recommend them to anyone ever again after finding out they are loaded with so much junk.

Arbonne- Arbonne works incredibly well. The RE9 line is gorgeous and does everything it says it will. While it is paraben free, they use a ton of other preservatives that are similar to parabens. They advertise falsely, and so many people think they’re getting safe and natural products, but really they just use more junk as a cover-up! I will not recommend Arbonne or ANY of their products, not just skincare.

Christianne’s Natural Beauty- These essential oils are refreshing and wonderful. I feel they are better fit for mature skin. I had no breakouts or enlarged pores, but it didn’t treat redness which is one of my main concerns.

Acure Organics- Wonderful products! The day cream was too dry for me so I was using the night cream during the day instead. However, after I stopped nursing and my hormones changed, I noticed my pores seemed enlarged. I currently use the stem cell eye cream, but I’m not crazy about it. I use it because I bought it and I hate to waste! I have seen no change in fine lines in my eyes or dark circles. I’ll just be using it til it runs out.

Josie Maran- The argan oil was too rich for my skin and I noticed frequent breakouts. I find it to be over-priced for a mediocre product.

Shiseido- While their anti-aging product line worked well for my skin, I found out that they are very similar to Arbonne. They advertise “paraben-free”, but use a ton of other preservatives. I was sad to say goodbye to this line, because the night cream was absolutely gorgeous.

Epicuren- Although this line is labled “paraben-free”, they use an animal filler and a petroleum based substance called dimethicone. When you see this in labels, run! It clogs your pores and makes them entirely unable to breath.

MyChelle Dermacueticals- I love the Apple Brightening line! I use the cleanser and the mist toner! The moisturizer wasn’t hydrating enough for me. I tried the sensitive skin moisturizer and it was super sticky. It worked great as a night cream, but I noticed it looked terrible under makeup. I returned it because it seemed impractical.

Dr Brandt- Lies like Arbonne and Shiseido. Preservatives off the charts, while claiming paraben-free. I was going to return this product anyways because it did nothing for my skin, it felt heavy and goopey.

Jurlique- I’m currently experimenting with the anti-aging line, and I’ll give it another 2 weeks before writing a review 🙂

These are just a few of the lines I’ve tried. Hope this helps you in your hunt for the best skincare for you! Remember, just because there is a claim of “natural” products, they have no responsibility to hold that standard. Natural is now a loose term, do your homework before putting junk on your skin!

My favorite things!

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Below are links to the products from my favorite things video on youtube! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!