Elevated Living: Joos Day 3 (11.20.13)

Day 3: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Today was going to be my turn around day, I knew it. It had to be; I’d found my rhythm! Plus, Joos says that usually by day three any headaches or sluggish feelings dissipate. I was definitely on a roll starting off bright and early today too. (Note: It usually takes your body about three days to adjust to changes with any cleanse or habit.)

I drank my warm lemon water and waited my allotted 30 minutes before having my “Citrus” chia for breakfast. Amazing, I loved it more than the “lemonade.” It was a great Joos progression (::pats self on the back::) and I loved the addition of grapefruit for breakfast. All the families I’m currently working with are coming down with ‘something’ so I’m glad to recharge on all these fresh fruits, vegetables, and extra C too!

I think that’s part of the transition with the cleanse this time around. I knew it would be different, having done 3 days in the mid-June, versus doing 7 days mid-November. It was easier to quench my thirst in the summer, while now, I yearn for heartier and warmer, items. Today though, I had my focus, and realized a huge misstep that probably contributed to being sluggish: PROTEIN!!!

In the summer I could get away with a salad no problem, but where was my protein intake the last two days?! With all that was going on, I decided a bit of exercise would help too. Most people think that when you’re tired you need rest, but sometimes you just need to jumpstart your body! I did some jumping jacks, crunches, and push-ups to get my heart rate up and my blood moving before lunch.

I made myself a wonderful serving of pinto beans, with the addition of avocado to my usual lunch and by now had already consumed about 3/4’s my daily water requirement.

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BOOM BABY! It was like a light went on.
The feeling of sluggish-ness was gone within the hour.
I felt centered and whole again.

That being said, even while I was feeling sluggish, I felt sustained, calm, and relaxed. There’s no caffeine crash or sugar low, it’s more like a plateau. The daily email also said, “Today is usually a transition day.  If you been feeling tired, sluggish or have a bit of a headache today is usually the last day. People start to feel great and more energetic by Day 4!” That, makes me feel very good, thankful, and happy. Three days to see changes right? Three days of goodness so far!

As my awesome day continued as I had the chance to speak with Ms. Lauri Meizler, the CJO aka Chief Joos Officer. (Read more about the amazing and phenomenal Ms. Meizler here!) This is part of what I love about Joos. Every member of the Joos team is available every step of the way. You receive daily emails, recipes, suggestions an overall guide throughout the entire process.

This isn’t just ‘drink our juice’ it’s more ‘grow with us, as you grow yourself.’

Openness, dialogue, support, and customer service are huge characteristics of brand loyalty and my passion towards a product. Furthermore, chatting with Lauri was an excellent highlight to a turn-around day. She reassured the steps I was taking, and provided more insight to the cleanse. I am really looking forward to some amazing opportunities stemming from this wonderful experience and will be sharing them with you soon!

Thank you all for keeping up with my journey,
for ‘growing with me’ as I continue to Elevate My Everyday!

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: An Apple A Day… is Life Alive

For those who know me,  I’m often elbow deep in wings, ribs, and anything pork- #BACON!!! Alas, I bet you didn’t see a blog about a #vegetarian establishment posting anytime soon. So leave it to a health issue to bring me back on track.

Wednesday evening, I recognized symptoms of a very common health issue cured with antibiotics. So of course I freaked. I mean, I don’t have #insurance, therefore, no doctor. In addition, the clinic I contacted said they wouldn’t have availability for a week. A week– eek, all my research said handle this immediately… So I researched some more…

…Now, I’m normally the girl who won’t take tylenol or advil unless my headache is #RAGING; for the simple fact that I don’t like putting anything in my body when I’m not sure what it is. #KeepItNatural

But for whatever reason, my excuse is the holidays and my happiest #30th #birthday (!!!), I allowed my ‘usually’ balanced diet to go off track big time.  I completely ignored my thirst for #6 Juice [spinach, kale, apple, celery, ginger & lemon] from the aptly titled: #Juice @Juice_BackBay in #BackBay Station: http://www.juicebarboston.com I skipped my cravings for “Boston Rolls” salmon/avocado/cucumber from #Zen Japanese Restaurant http://www.zensushibar.com/home.html in #BeaconHill.

Instead of adhering my intuition and listening to my body- I became sick.

As the universe would have it I ended up in #Cambridge the next day.  Home to all things healthy, natural, hippie and communal. This is where I stumbled up: Life Alive @lifealivecafe http://www.lifealive.com

Immediately welcomed upon entering, I enjoyed being greeted by name, not by my order number. To me, that immediately sets the tone for guest relations and interactions. Looking around the place was immaculate, organized and clean. I paid, retrieved both my food and smoothie- by name with a smile and bid warm adieu.

After a few sips of my smoothie, my nose stopped running on the walk home. I took notice realizing that Avocado, Banana, Dates, Lemon, Kale, Chia, and Almond Milk aka the “Harvest Alive” were taking immediate effect. I eagerly opened my Green Goddess meal and was enraptured by my enjoyment of some seriously delicious vegetarian happenings. “Our Ginger Nama Shoyu Sauce enhanced by flax oil and garlic, empowering avocado (seasonal), broccoli, dark greens, and tofu. All are served over short-grain brown rice.” I had mine with half tofu and half legumes. Now THAT is how You have it #YourWay.

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I’ve returned to Life Alive in #CentralSquare several times since. I’ve been there when there’s a line out the door, a private party happening downstairs and it’s raining. The staff works well together, efficiently, clean and SAFE. They even have time to put out smoothie and juice samples to entertain guests with ‘occupied time.’

So, although I’m not a doctor, my best advice is to try this place BEFORE you NEED to. Carnivores unite and give your body a break- even if only for a meal. There’s no medicine like being proactive, especially when you can maintain- and exceed- your health, great service and tantalize your taste buds, because that’s Elevated Living

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate The Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber