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Mini-Cleanse

In Nutrition on November 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Cleansing on a quarterly basis sets the habit of regularly treating your body with kindness, attention, and respect and re-sets your palate back to healthier, cleaner food that encourages satiation and satisfaction and reduces cravings and overeating.

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Cleansing Soup and Fresh-Pressed Juices

This is a cleanse that everyone can do. It’s only 3 days long. You can do anything for 3 days. That’s what I told myself about natural childbirth – I can do anything for 24 hrs.

EAT ONLY THIS SOUP for all your meals and DRINK A LOT OF VEGGIE JUICES.

Making the soup alone is an exercise in mindfulness and patience and being present. Make it the night BEFORE you want to start the cleanse. There is a lot of chopping…like…a lot. But once it’s assembled, it’s instantly ready to eat. No need to simmer for hours to bring out the flavors – it’s ready to go.

You’ll think this soup is so delicious on Day 1.

On Day 2, it will still taste good but eating it might not seem so joyful.

I’m not going to lie. Day 3 is hard. You are really sick of the soup. Not like I’m-gonna-gag-on-it-if-I-take-one-more-bite but eating is something you might try to avoid. Don’t avoid it. Just eat for sustenance and don’t make a big deal out of it. If you don’t eat because you aren’t looking forward to the meal then you will end up with a massive headache and possibly nausea from low blood sugar. Much better to just eat the damn soup.

Eat as much and as often as you would like (seriously, 6 bowls of soup a day is fine). And drink as many fresh pressed juices as possible but go easy on the added fruit. It’s OK to have lemons, apples, or pears in your veggie juices but refrain from the high sugar fruits. I have SUJA 12 Essentials and Purify on hand during this time so I don’t have to worry about juicing when I’m headache-y from the cleanse (it will happen). Abstaining from caffeine and alcohol during this time period is critical.

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Take care of yourself with yoga

Each day you may have 1 PIECE OF FRESH FRUIT OR FRUIT JUICE as a treat or dessert.
This will be the most amazing piece of fruit you have ever tasted in your life. Savor it. Send it gratitude. Make a lot of mmmmm and yummmm noises as you consume it.

If you are not up for your regular exercise routine, take long walks or a restorative yoga class or just give yourself a break and get more sleep. Pushing yourself beyond your limits is what has gotten you to place where you need to cleanse. So take a step back and treat yourself with compassion.

These 3 days of the Mini Cleanse is just a portion of the Salmonberry Signature Cleanse (8 days) which definitely takes more work and stamina but can also be much more rewarding.

One day I will blog about the longer cleanse (a brief intro is in this post) and link to all the helpful recipes that get me through this longer cleanse.

IN SUMMARY:

1) Make Cleansing Soup

2) Stock up on fresh-pressed veggies juices – homemade, from your local juice bar, or SUJA

3) One piece of fresh fruit or 8oz of juice per day (optional)

3) Abstain from caffeine and alcohol

4) Get a lot of sleep

5) Gentle exercise, if possible

You’ll be really happy you did this!

 

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To Juice or Not to Juice?

In Nutrition on March 20, 2013 at 4:00 am

Juicing, especially the uber-trendy juice cleanse, is all the rage these days. As a way to get a major download of nutrients into your diet, I say “carry on”. But I can’t endorse juicing as a meal replacement or an excuse to not eat an actual vegetable. I’ll be addressing cleansing in another post but for now lets discuss juicing as a supplement to our daily diet.

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Heavy on the greens. Easy on the beets and carrots. Cautious with the fruits.

Why is juicing beneficial?

For those of us in a disease or re-building state (i.e. cancer, surgery recovery, inflammatory bowel), juicing is crucial and amazingly restorative. For the rest of us, I believe juicing needs to be put in it’s proper place. Yes, juicing can concentrate nutrients and allow for increased absorption but it also removes an important nutrient when extracting the pulp and skin from the final product – fiber. Fiber regulates blood sugar, supports digestion, and lowers circulating blood cholesterol. If you are going to juice, be vigilant about getting your fiber from other sources. Additionally, the major nutrients extracted from most veggies are vitamins A, C, & K. Vitamins A & K are fat-soluble meaning they can only be absorbed into our bloodstream while bound to fat. So, eat a handful of nuts with that green juice. Vitamin C is extremely fragile and begins to degrade when exposed to light, heat, and oxygen! Therefore, cold-pressed juice consumed immediately is the most nutrient-dense option.

What to be mindful of when juicing.

Be sure to steer clear of fruit juice as it’s a sugar bomb and highly caloric (go easy on beets & carrots, too!). For green juices, consider adding in garlic or ginger and, for palatability, be sure to rely mostly on low sugar fruits such as apples, pears, berries, and lemons/limes in small doses. Lastly, consider the fact that drinking your calories does not trigger satiety the way a meal with fiber and fat does…you may find yourself consuming additional calories.

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Earthy, grassy, refreshing green juice.

If I don’t eat a balanced meal, it’s like I almost start to twitch. It’s really uncomfortable and I’m not in therapy for it. As a result, I tend to rely more heavily on smoothies b/c they retain the fiber and I can add in healthy fats (avocado, flax oil, chia, coconut milk) and protein (hemp, tofu, nut butters). There are a TON of juice and smoothie recipes on the web. In choosing a healthy one, carefully evaluate the amount of fruit the recipe relies on, and then let your creativity run wild!