three day catalyst cleanse


For those of you who have been following my blog, you’re probably wondering why. Similar to when I go vegetarian for Lent, I confuse my readers by making some drastic change to my diet. “Why would you do this to yourself? Why would you go three days where all you’re allowed to consume is water, decaffeinated tea, and the juices? You’re crazy.”

Here are my reasons. I’ve had some friends who have done it and they said they’ve felt great afterwards. They have also mentioned how they’re a little more cautious of what they eat after the cleanse.

The primary reason though, is preparation for my trip. I shall be embarking on a 10 day trip to Seattle/Portland starting tomorrow with someone who, like me, will get excited and attempt to eat everything. On the itinerary is several burger joints, restaurants, bars, breweries, etc. There’s just too much to name. So yeah, we thought it’d be a good idea to “cleanse” ourselves before the 10-day feast, I mean trip. In hindsight, you’d think preparation for this trip would be eating obnoxiously, right?

The Catalyst Cleanse is a daily juice cleanse consisting of six juices which are consumed in a specific order each day. The duration of your cleanse can be as short as a single day or as long as a month! There are only five juices and the green juice is consumed as #1 and #5. The five juices are as follows (in order of consumption):

-Signature Green Juice (cucumber, celery, apple, parsley, spinach, lemon, lime, ginger)
-Spicy Lemonade (lemon, agave, cayenne)
-Carrot Ginger Juice (carrot, apple, celery, lemon, lime)
-Watermelon Lime Juice (watermelon, lime)
-Creamy Cashew Milk (cashew, agave, cinnamon, milk)


Day one was on a Thursday and was definitely the worst. As with everything new, I like to taste things when I eat/drink them. Taking small sips of the green juice was probably not for the best. At 6 in the morning, I took a long time to take down all 16 oz. of green juice.


Luckily, every other juice was much more pleasant than the green. Don’t get me wrong, the green was refreshing, though the taste was not quite my cup of tea.

My favorite was easily the cashew milk. After drinking the second green juice of the day, it was very enjoyable to drink the milk which tasted close to horchata!

Would I do this again? Doubtful. My life revolves too much around food that three days on a juice cleanse was torture. I surprisingly wasn’t hungry during the cleanse. It was more a want to taste something other than juice. Also, to spare you the details, you will go to the bathroom a lot. That’s not exactly pleasant…especially when you’re hanging off a bridge…

toasting to the end of the cleanse


There were some good points though. It made me realize how little fruit and vegetables I consume daily, something I’ve been wanting to change/plan on changing moving forward. I also was sleeping much earlier than I usually do. Like, more than an hour or two earlier and waking up without much of a problem.

Post cleanse, I realized that I’m getting full much easier from smaller meals. Not exactly a bad thing, though this stomach is going to have to increase it’s capacity for this trip!

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local 44 – buffalo tofu hoagie


Lent is over and I’m back to not having any dietary restrictions, so it may be shocking that my first post after Lent is about another meatless dish I consumed. The buffalo tofu hoagie at Local 44 in West Philly was one of the tastiest things I had during my fast.

The buffalo tofu hoagie is a vegan take on a buffalo chicken sandwich. It’s made up of chicken fried tofu, brown sugar chipotle glaze, celery remoulade, and green onions. The fried tofu had a crisp, glazed outside, with a soft interior while the remoulade imitated blue cheese quite well, as the texture was similar. It was served on a fresh roll and accompanied with a generous amount of delicious fries.

Local 44 has a great tap list as well as other carnivorous food if vegan/vegetarian fare isn’t a draw for you. Definitely looking forward to my next visit.

Local 44
4333 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.222.2337

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govinda’s gourmet vegetarian – chicken cheesesteak


Sometimes I really miss having meat. More particularly, I miss having burgers and occasionally cheesesteaks. I heard Govinda’s had a popular soy chicken cheesesteak. It wasn’t too far from the office for lunch, so that’s where I went last week.

Govinda’s chicken cheesesteak comes on either a sesame or whole wheat roll, with mozzarella or soy cheese, grilled peppers, olive oil, and hing. The chopped soy chicken is cooked with the peppers on the grill where they top it with the mozzarella. Despite how it looked, it thankfully wasn’t dry. It had some good flavor, but was lacking something. There were so few peppers that it seemed nonexistent in the sandwich. I also believe this sandwich could benefit from a much meltier cheese.


They have a pepper steak amongst many other sandwiches on their menu. Has anyone ever had em?

Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian
1408 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
215.985.9303
215.545.5452 (take-out)

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varga bar – veggie burger


In the beautiful weather we had a few weeks ago, I enjoyed Varga’s veggie burger while sitting outside along 10th street.

The patty is made up of a whole bunch of different veggies. It’s got a slight orange color to it and I believe it’s mainly put together with chickpeas(?). Some notable ingredients were corn, pepper, and scallions. I’m sure there’s more but I couldn’t make it out. The patty is topped with English cucumber, a Bluemoon organic salad, cheddar, truffled aioli, olive oil, and white balsamic vinaigrette. The accompaniments are a mixed arugula salad and a pickle.


The veggie burger is hearty yet somewhat light and refreshing due to the toppings. I enjoyed it except for the patty falling apart halfway through consumption. I can get over that though, it tasted great.

Varga Bar
941 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.627.5200

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national mechanics – national veggie burger


I’ve added the National Veggie Burger at National Mechanics to my lenten burger list ever since I read about it on Mac & Cheese. Since I’ve been working in Center City a lot last week, it was the perfect opportunity to try it.


Accompanied by steak fries and a pickle, the National Veggie Burger is served on a fresh roll with your choice of cheese (I went with cheddar), lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The bun was perfectly crusty with a light, airy inside. The veggie patty consisted of julienned carrots, zucchini, broccoli, and mushrooms. It was slightly crisp and flavorful; you could taste all the veggies in it. Glad to have a veggie burger that wasn’t made up of beans, not that that’s a bad thing. You just don’t find beanless veggie burgers very often.

Also, National Mechanics has a burger special, Monday to Friday from 11 am – 7 pm. $7 for the National Burger or National Veggie Burger. Not a bad deal at all!

National Mechanics
22 S 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.701.4883

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