I started a 5-day juice cleanse today. Why would I do such a thing Memorial Day Weekend? Good question. The answer is because we didn’t have any plans, and since my hubby is recovering from surgery, I knew this would be a good time for me.
Why a juice cleanse? Because I’ve been struggling to get back into healthy eating patterns. The last few years were very hard with work and financial stress, and they took a toll on me. I developed (or rather reverted to) a lot of unhealthy habits—like eating ice cream when ever I want, eating out at restaurants that use processed foods, eating in front of the television, and so on. I’ve been struggling to break myself from them.
The other day I watched “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” It is a wonderful documentary and it inspired me. While I only have a few pounds I want to lose, I thought a short juice cleanse would be a good way to kick start my body and help it remember how much it loves healthy, whole foods. I’m not crazy though. My body also love eating food. It will tolerate this drinking meals thing for only a few short days. I chose 5.
So far, so good after 11 hours.
I got recipes and guidelines from My Juice Cleanse (a great site if you want to do this). I started this morning with a strawberry and cantaloupe juice (recipes at the end). Yum! Then I had a Mean Green Juice mid morning and a sweet potato-cilantro-lettuce for lunch. I’m snacking on the rest of the strawberry cantaloupe now. It’s still great. I’m drinking about 16 ounces at a time, and today I’ll probably have 5 (the norm is 4, but I’m hungry!).
We’ll see how this progresses. I’m optimistic that it will be wildly successful!
Strawberry Cantaloupe Juice
2 cups strawberries, washed and tops removed
1/2 cantaloupe, seeds removed (you juice the rind, but I usually cut off the parts of the rind that are really green)
Mean Green Juice
4 stalks celery
6 kale leaves
1 handful parsley
1 lemon (peel cut off)
1 inch of ginger (peel cut off)
2 green apples (seeds removed)
Sweet Potato and Cilantro Juice
1 sweet potato (with blemishes removed from skin)
3 stalks celery
1 handful cilantro
4 romaine lettuce leaves
You gotta have a juicer to make juice. I have use a Breville, and I love it.
When I juice, I make the juice then immediately clean the juicer…if you wait, the fruit will harden and make it very hard to clean. By doing it right away, I can pretty much just rinse it off. I will also make several juices at one time and store them in mason jars (no longer than 12 hours so I don’t lose all the nutrients). Makes clean up easier!