So mom came up with this crazy plan to have us do a detox day, once a week for the month of May. Of course I can’t say no to my mother. So I had the first juice fast of my life. I must confess that I have tried once before and failed. The first time I made it into the evening and succumbed to my need for solid food. As a side note, it almost bothers me how much I crave something solid to eat even for one day. Anyhow, this time I did make it all day, although I had two cups of coffee with coconut sugar and a Cranberry Kombucha. So I might have defeated the whole detox idea just a little bit. But for my first go around I felt pretty good about it.
I did my fast on Sunday. Sundays just make the most sense for my schedule. I had a total of three juices throughout the day. I had to take one on the go because I was so busy that day. I had a juice at 10:00 a.m., about 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There was a lot of tea, coffee and one Kombucha in between those three juices. I would have had my last juice of the night earlier but it wasn’t possible. I was so hungry by the time I got home to make my evening juice that it really didn’t fill up my stomach nearly enough. I went to be at 10:00 p.m. with a very grumbly tummy. It wasn’t enough to keep me awake but I seriously had several dreams of food. One was about my favorite chocolate smoothie. No joke! But for all the hungriness I experienced the day of, the next day I wasn’t overly famished. And I think I even had a little extra energy for spinning class Monday night.
My favorite juice of the day was my carrot beet concoction. Here is the recipe:
- 7 carrots (peeled)
- ¼ to ½ beet (peeled)
- 1 apple (cored and seeded)
- 1 pear (cored)
- ¼ to ½ lemon
- ½ inch of ginger
I had so much pulp left over that I wish I could have made our Starting Out Raw Banana Bread recipe. I love to make that recipe in muffin tins and freeze them. But I have absolutely no time this week to get those made so all that pulp was enjoyed by the doggies instead of me. At least someone (or something) got some use out of it.
You can watch our Banana Bread demonstration in the video below!
I’m definitely glad that this week we get to add a little food into our detox day. I’m actually kind of excited to see what kind of salad creation we come up with! Until then, happy detoxing!
Kristy and I have decided for the month of May, that we would take one day each week and make that a cleansing/detox day. We want to share our experiences and a few recipes with you. So, for our first week, we decided to do a juice cleanse, since that seems to be so popular right now. After the documentary, "Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead," came out, there has been an abundant amount of interest in juicing. Many people do extended juice fasts to lose a lot of weight. I wanted to do it as a cleansing means for my body since I don't need to lose weight. I actually lost 2 pounds so I know when I do cleansing, I have to add in more calories.
In the morning, I always start the day off with hot water, lemon, raw apple cider vinegar and some cayenne pepper. My morning juice was pretty much just different vegetables, mostly greens. I've been trying to avoid not having fruit in all of my juices. (Takes some getting used to!) During the day I drank water, hot teas (since it's been cold here in Nebraska!), and the ginger-turmeric detox tea we video taped awhile back. That drink really helped me get through the evening. I made another juice later in the day, which wasn't too bad. I'll share the recipe here in a minute. That's pretty much what I did for the day. The toughest time for me was between 5:00-7:00pm. During that time I was fixing my husband's food and preparing potluck foods for the next day. Drinking the ginger/turmeric tea got me through this period. I also began to experience a lot more energy towards the evening and decided to do some yoga. I don't like to workout too hard on a cleanse. That's why I would choose a day when my load is lighter.
I made it through the day and I thought I would be starving in the morning, but found just the opposite! I felt amazingly clean and light, but not too hungry. I think I could have continued juicing, but we only said one day!!!
Tips to share: Be prepared! If you are going on any cleanse, make sure you have all of your ingredients on hand ahead of time. You don't want to have to go to the store right away when you feel like you're starving!
If you feel like you're going to cave in, try distracting yourself for a while. Doing yoga for 45 minutes helped me get through that tough time in the evening. Take a walk, go for a ride, read, just do something to get your mind off of food!
If you have any medical issues, make sure you talk to your doctor before doing any kind of cleansing.
I really like choosing one day each week to cleanse. It just makes it easier to want to detox and you don't feel deprived because you know you can eat the next day. The cleaner your body feels, the less you're going to want to put anything bad in it. I truly felt amazing the next day!
Here's the recipe for my afternoon juice. It's not too sweet, so if you like a sweeter juice, you might have to add in some sweetener.
- 1 small beet
- 2 carrots
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 2 swiss chard + stalks
- 1 piece of ginger knob
Juice all ingredients and pour over some crushed ice if you like!