The cleanse (days two and three)

My bounty of fruit and veggies for juicing.

My bounty of fruit and veggies for juicing.

I finished my cleanse! It was actually a lot easier than I was expecting it to be. I had a lunch meeting on Monday with my new team mates (I got a promotion, woo!) and I was a bit concerned about what I was going to eat. I need not have worried though – the café had a beautiful sweet corn and basil soup. It was to die for!

The biggest challenge I faced was caffeine withdrawals. I had conveniently convinced myself that I wasn’t addicted! How wrong was I? So wrong.

I woke up on Monday with a thumping headache that wouldn’t dissipate, regardless of how much water I drank. It took all of my strength not to head to the coffee machine at 10am. I fought my impulses though the day (and through Tuesday) without caving in. By midday Tuesday, my headache had all but disappeared and the fuzziness I had been experiencing was gone too.

I was also wondering how I’d go drinking so much juice but this turned out to be the part I enjoyed the most about the cleanse. I started each day with about 700ml of juice and it gave me a lot of energy for the day. My juices were mostly based around greens, like celery, cucumber, kale, silver beet, and herbs. Juicing is a fantastic way to give your cells a nutrient soak because it is quickly absorbed into your system. This does, however, mean that you need to be careful about how much fruit you put in to ensure you don’t OD on sugar! While it’s natural sugar, too much sugar in any form is toxic and acid-forming (and acid = illness). Adding lemon to your juice is a good way to help alkalise it. If you are looking for a bit of sweetness, try adding some carrot or a bit of orange or green apple. Just make sure the majority of the juice is veggies and you will be fine.

I had soup again for dinner on Monday night and again for lunch on Tuesday. If I ever decided to do a longer cleanse, I think I would need to do a bit of research into what alternatives there are to soup. Don’t get me wrong, I love soup but there’s only so much one girl can consume. Tuesday night I had roast carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin, plus mushies and asparagus for dinner. I had just been for a run and was pretty hungry, so I also whizzed up a cacao, banana and hemp seed smoothie for dessert.

Would I do a cleanse again? Definitely! It was great to be able to give my body a bit of a break and to also top up my vitamin and mineral stores. I would recommend doing a cleanse if you are feeling a bit sluggish, always tired or just feel that your digestive system is having a bit of a hard time processing the food you eat. The only equipment you will need to do a cleanse is a blender and a juicer. I like the cold press slow-extraction juicers because they keep more of the nutrients intact.

If you decide to do a cleanse, I’d love to hear how you go!

Laura

My blueberry and hemp seed super smoothie

Such pretty colours!

Such pretty colours!

That I love green smoothies will come as no surprise to those who have spent any amount of time with me; however, there is enough space in my life (or blender) for many other types of smoothies too. I mean, who am I to turn down the veritable smorgasbord of amazing fruit, superfoods and crunchy seeds that Mother Nature has given us!

It was Dad’s birthday on Sunday so I headed back up to the country to celebrate with him, my sister and Mum. Before leaving Melbourne, I loaded up my car with a heap of fresh organic produce from my favourite grocer so I could make smoothies and juices while I was away. Dad has a Champion juicer, so I always take advantage of having access to it while I’m visiting and make lots of green juices. I don’t currently have a juicer so it’s a novelty to be able to use one but, you guys, guess what? I’M GETTING A JUICER! Yes, I know I didn’t need to shout but I am so excited! It should arrive in a fortnight and I can’t wait for its shiny new goodness to be in my kitchen. If you never see me again, it’s because I drowned in an ocean of juice. I’ll make sure I post some delicious juice recipes here first though.

Anyway, back to my smoothie story. So, I didn’t arrive until late on Friday night, which meant that come Saturday I was feeling a bit sleepy and needed a pick-me-up. I hunted through my stack of goodies and pulled out some frozen blueberries, almond milk and hemp seeds. I then raided the kitchen and found an avocado, a few strawberries and some chia seeds.

The Ingredients*

So much goodness in one photo!

So much goodness in one photo!

  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • tbsp. of chia seeds
  • 1/2 a cup of hemp seeds
  • Enough almond milk to cover everything once it’s in the blender (‘enough’ is a measurement, right?!)

* Makes one large glass

The Process

Waiting to be blitzed up.

Waiting to be blitzed up (featuring the Champion juicer in the background).

That heading is a bit deceiving, right? It promises in-depth steps when the reality of it is that I just dumped everything in the blender and turned up the dial. So, erm, just do that, OK?

The Finished Product

Purple love.

Purple love.

Chuck in some more strawberries because they look pretty and sprinkle on some more hemp seeds because, well, do you really need me to explain why (hint: they are crazy delicious) and Bob’s your uncle. Or something.

Enjoy, kids!

Laura