Hey everyone! Hope all is well on your side of the computer screen.
So. My little “reset” has been a long time coming. I wanted to do one in January. Then February. Then I forgot all about it. I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead for the fifth time, was briefly inspired, then stopped juicing about 5 days later when I got nauseous from my overzealous attempt at a kale juice.
Anyway, doctors and nutritionists like to argue that most cleanses aren’t safe or effective, and I generally agree (especially when it comes to junk like the “Master Cleanse”). But I’m not looking to “cleanse” – I’m looking to drown myself in nutrients. Generous quantities of juice from fresh organic heavy-hitters like kale and cucumber and beets? Now that is a vitamin and mineral bonanza. Granted, the protein value is relatively low and incomplete (example: 1 cup of kale = 2.2 g protein), but I am not concerned about developing a protein deficiency over the course of 5 days. That would take weeks of failing to consume the bare minimum to sustain my metabolic processes.
In case you’re wondering why I’m embarking on this 5-day juicing adventure, I have three reasons:
- I love how easy and mindless it is to just pick up an already-prepared juice (that I made, of course) and not have to think about making anything. My choice has already been made for me. Easy!
- I love the psychological effects of a juice cleanse – you feel like you’re doing something so enriching for your body that it can’t help but make your brain bounce with happiness, and your brain being happy in turns makes your body feel even better. It’s one grand feedback loop.
- I need to reset my taste buds. I was indulging in one too many treats (almond milk ice cream, anyone?), and that has a negative effect on my skin. I was talking to my new friend Kelly the other day and she was telling me about her cravings, and what I said to her was something I actually needed to hear for myself: “would I rather have junk food or clear skin?”
I poured through some of my older notes and books, referenced Clean and my massive university nutrition textbook, and used Ritual Cleanse and Blueprint Cleanse to help determine the order of juices. Instead of spending $80-$100 per day for a pre-made juice cleanse program, I am going to do it myself.
Here’s the plan, Stan.
• Each day consists of four juices (green and red), a lemonade, and a dairy-free milk.
• There are 6 drinks total at 16 oz. each. Drink one every 2–3 hours with plenty of filtered water in between.
• This is the order of consumption:
- Green Juice
- Red Juice
- Green Juice
- Lemonade Juice
- Green Juice
- Nut Milk
The green juice comes first since it is nutrient dense and will make me feel satiated. The red juice is for vitamin and mineral diversity and breaks up all the green drinkin’. The lemonade? There’s no reason for it really, other than I love lemonade, it’s refreshing, and every friggin’ cleanse company out there has one in their plan. The nut milk comes last because it is “heavy” and filling and will take longer to digest. It’s a good opportunity to get in some important fats.
I sort of winged it last night when I was juicing and wrote down the approximate recipes for each juice. If you plan on replicating the recipes, remember that fruits and veggies contain varying amount of water, so you may have to adjust. And buy organic as much as possible.
Let me know if you have any questions! Or if you have any recipes or comments about your own juice cleanse. My juice week has started today and as I type this I am two juices in and feeling great. I seriously can’t wait for the nut milk though.