How to Detox with a Juice Cleanse
Whenever I’m feeling gloomy on the inside and ugly on the outside, I know my body is telling me something. As a vegan, it’s hard to admit that I’m eating wrong, but that’s usually not entirely the case. I fall into slumps where I just don’t give a fuck about what I’m putting into my body and demanding of my body; be it half a dark chocolate bar, 1-6 drinks on the weekend, french fries, and parking my ass in a seat all day with the excuse that “I’m working”. I make excuses and say, “Well I know that all I have to do is detox for a couple days and moderately work out.” But, I have come to realize that that temporary and inconsistent solution will only work for so long and my metabolism will one day come to a grinding halt – thank you hormones!
Life is a process. A journey. A science experiment. The more I look at my life from the outside and stop judging myself, I realize that I can learn from my previous experiences and become better inside & out, every single day. If I promise or swear to myself I’m not going to do something, I usually end up doing it. For reasons that stem back to my childhood, I have a very rebellious mind that doesn’t like to do what it’s told. If I tell myself I’m “not eating bread this week”, I’ll end up eating an entire loaf of bread on day 5. It’s a little jolt of defiance that tells some other part of my brain haha we got her! Okay, perhaps this is getting a bit too deep into how potentially psychotic I am, but hear me out: what we think, we become.
If I think I’m fat, I end up letting go of my true goals and desires and play into being fat – eating copious amounts of processed foods, drinking, and not working out. Sure, I’ll never really be “fat” in most people’s eyes, but it’s a personal thing that I’m almost positive every woman understands – thank you media! If I think I’m fit, I stick with my goals and don’t let my fleeting impulses for cupcakes and mochas get in the way of whole fruits/veggies and a daily walk/yoga sesh. Moral of the story: stick with what you know is right and reward yourself for doing it! The ways I reward myself are with manicures, chocolate coconut water, Kure’s Extra Mile smoothie, or ONE piece of coconut creme filled dark chocolate (yes, it exists!). It’s crazy that our thoughts can be changed by ONE letter, from fat to fit.
These are all thoughts that lead me to the decision to detox. I truly enjoy the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables, and I don’t know why I allow myself to choose processed foods over nature’s fast food: raw fruits and vegetables. At the end of this post you can find resources on juice & raw recipes from amazing people, all of which contain whole, unprocessed foods.
Preparation: Start the week before your cleanse by eating only whole foods: preferably raw, uncooked fruits & vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains.
Length: 3,7, or up to 10 days. I usually do 7 days and continue to juice afterward while slowly introducing whole foods again.
Physical Activity: Keep it to a minimum. I stick with a 1-3 mile daily walk with my puppy, and some yoga, or very light & slow aerobics.
Water: Drink it! Whenever you are hungry, drink water, coconut water, or herbal tea (peppermint, ginger, or dandelion) . If that doesn’t fill you up, make another juice!
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STOCK UP: Fill your fridge with fruits & veggies. See shopping list below.
Containers: 32 oz. Mason Jars work best, or larger reusable bottles.
After: Stick with whole foods the week after your cleanse. Start with whole fruits and vegetables, salads, and soups.
2 Celery Sticks
3-4 Romaine Lettuce Leaves
3 Parsley Sticks
1 Handful Spinach
1 Stalk Kale1/2 Lemon
1 Stalk Chard
1/8th Head of Cabbage
2 Stalks Red Chard
2 Stalks Romaine Lettuce
2 Stalks Chard
2 Sticks Parsley
1 Handful Spinach
2 Stalks Kale
4 stalks Celery
4-6 small Strawberries
3 stalks Kale
1/8th head Cabbage
2 stalks Kale
2 stalks Chard
I always add 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds to my juices, shake it up, and put it in the freezer while I’m cleaning the juicer so it’s extra cold when I’m ready to drink it!
Any combination of fruits and veggies is absolutely delicious once your tastebuds acquire the Earthy taste. I always use a 3:1 veggie/fruit ratio and make sure to add lemon/lime/orange/apple/carrot to cut the leafy flavors.
Have fun, enjoy, and let me know your thoughts
Consult your health care provider before starting any cleanse program.
People undergoing chemotherapy, diabetics, people with nutritional deficiencies and people with kidney disease should not try a juice fast. **Please keep in mind that cleanse programs are NOT appropriate for children under 18 and those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffer from certain medical conditions.