The first valuable lesson I have learned from doing a cleanse is that starting it the day after a night out and one too many beers is probably not the ideal scenario. Nevertheless, this was the situation I put myself in and I was determined to still commence the cleanse as planned.
Upon re-reading my post last week where I announced I’d be doing a three-day cleanse, I realised that I had focussed entirely too much on the juice component, which may or may not have been the direct result of my excitement over finally getting a juicer. While juice is certainly a key feature of cleansing, I want to clarify that I am also consuming other food. I have simply stripped out anything that is processed so that my body can have a bit of a break.
So, what did day one look like? The first thing I had was a throw-it-all-in juice that consisted of carrot, celery, silver beet, parsley, mint, orange and ginger. Starting the day with a freshly squeezed vegetable juice is a great way to alkalise your system and set your digestive tract up for the day. Consuming juice on an empty stomach also means that more of the nutrients get absorbed. You are practically soaking your cells with vitamins and minerals!
I then went and stocked up on all of the fruit and veggies I will need for the cleanse. While I was out, I decided that I wanted a blueberry and hemp seed smoothie for lunch. It was so tasty! I made enough so that I could have it for breakfast this morning too. Forward planning is the key to getting through a cleanse without starving yourself. The last thing you want is to be stuck out somewhere with no healthy options because you forgot to pack some food.
While I was preparing dinner, I sipped on a beetroot, carrot, green apple, celery and parsley juice to give my cells another vitamin soak. Dinner was veggie soup, consisting of leek, carrot, celery, zucchini, garlic and sweet potato. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a textbook example of someone is Vata dominant. This means I need to make sure I am including grounding foods in my diet, such as root vegetables. It also means I don’t do well on all-raw, all-cold-food diets. I need the warmth of cooked food to keep me energised and stop me from being so flighty. Soup is an easy way for me to ensure I’m balanced.
I am back and work today and have brought all of my juices and smoothies with me. The only challenge I see is that I love my morning coffee. I have it black to avoid the nasty effects of soy or cow milk but it still isn’t the best thing for my body and it definitely isn’t included on the list of cleanse-appropriate foods. I know my body will thank me for giving it a break from coffee.
Oh, I forgot to explain what the green shots are at the top of the post. They are intense nutrient bombs of juiced broccoli, parsley, mint, kale and lemon. These little guys are great additions to a cleanse (or to your regular diet) – your immune system will pay you back in spades for consuming them. Surprisingly, they’re actually quite nice to drink too. Give them a go if you feel like you need a vitamin boost.