The name of this cleanse is a bit deceptive because you can add food to it if you like. And you won’t need a juicer. A blender will do nicely.
The intention of this cleanse is not to starve yourself – it’s more of a reboot for your metabolism and ideally to clear out some of the toxins that build up over time.
It’s hard to avoid toxic build up because we don’t have a lot of control over where it comes from – the environment, pesticides and air quality to name a few. What we can control is how we react to these issues, and cleansing is one way that helps.
We all want to feel good, right? The best way to do that is to improve the quality of our health. Consider this a reset – an opportunity to clean out your system. The fiber from the greens and fruits will help you feel cleansed from the inside out.
The smoothie recipes make enough for three 2-cup servings each day. But as I mentioned earlier, you should also snack on healthy foods if your body requires it. Be mindful that cravings will come and go, but try not to give in. It’s only three short days. Any resistance you may feel is mainly due to the habits you’ve become accustomed to over time.
If you’re new to the idea of cleansing, incorporating the food option is a great way to go. You’ll eat a whole grain in the morning – a piece of Ezekiel bread with raw almond butter or natural peanut butter or cooked oats. I also like to have some brown rice made up ahead of time that you can add at some point during the day. It’s great reheated with cinnamon and a chopped and peeled apple or fresh berries for breakfast. The complex carbs will help sustain your energy and make you feel full.
If you choose to add food in, a healthy serving of oatmeal, brown rice, sprouted grain bread, a handful of unprocessed nuts or raw vegetables with hummus are great additions to the cleanse. The smoothies are quite filling and the fresh ingredients will energize you.
The recipes are just a guideline. You’re welcome to create your own flavors with your favorite fruits. I do recommend that you keep the ratio of fruit to greens to prevent your blood sugar from spiking. Greens also purify the blood and help detox the liver. Most of the recipes contain about 3 packed cups of greens, a frozen or fresh banana (for texture), a couple cups of fruit, 1 to 2 cups liquid like water or non-dairy milk (almond, rice, hemp or coconut milk). Feel free to vary the blend by using equal portions non-dairy milk with water or coconut water).
Adding some healthy fats to the mix is great too. Try avocado, ground flax, coconut oil or chia seeds. Note: consume right away if using chia as the seed absorbs water and will thicken the mixture. If you blend ahead of time, mix in chia when you’re ready to consume.
You can also get creative by combining your own tasty combinations. Try adding cacao powder (filled with antioxidants), maca (increases stamina) or spirulina (immune boosting).
All of the recipes included in the cleanse can be made in a blender. If you don’t own a blender, I recommend the single serve GE (General Electric) brand that can be found at Walmart for less than twenty dollars. It does a good job blending ice and is easy to clean up. Be mindful that some blenders are better than others, so you’ll have to experiment to find out if your blender can handle some of the harder fruits. If you don’t think it will, try something softer. Alternative options will be provided. Flaxseed can be purchase already ground.
Aside from the grains mentioned earlier, feel free to snack on raw vegetables. Vegetable are preferred over fruit because you’ll be getting enough fruit in the smoothies and you want to keep your blood sugar levels from spiking. This is not a starvation diet. It’s a temporary break from processed food, caffeinated beverages and meat protein.
If you’re ready to commit to making a change for the better, click the button at the top of this post. Once your $15 payment is received, you’ll receive a download of the recipes. If you’d like extra support during your cleanse, please contact me or message me on Facebook.