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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 30. Detoxing with Essential Oils.

“The route of cleansing: clear the bowels, clean the blood/lymph, rebuild. Look to essential oils, herbs, and diet.”  -Julia Holt

Detoxifying with Essential Oils

In my opinion, there is nothing more effective for detoxing than juicing and colon cleansing. If you aren’t awakening old waste and releasing it in copious quantities then no amount of herbs, superfoods, or essential oils will “detox” you. They may make a dent but nothing truly substantial. However, in my experience, if you do the hard work of truly cleansing first, then a lot of these other things can be added in as support and will actually be more effective than they would have been when your body was clogged up. I love therapeutic grade essential oils- after discovering DoTERRA  there was no way I could ever get a run of the mill bottle of essential oil again! Not all essential oil brands can be taken internally so make sure to do your research first. Here are a handful of my favorite oils to support cleansing:

Oregano:  Antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antiviral.

Lemon:  Antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, antioxidant, refreshing, astringent.

On Guard: Antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antidepressant, anti-carcinogen, anti parasitic,immune system booster.

Zendocrine:  Assists in releasing toxins from the liver and skin, a combination of clove, grapefruit, geranium and rosemary. 

These are just a few. I’ve been taking a drop or two of oregano every morning this month and it is potent. I wouldn’t recommend taking it like this if you’re at all sensitive, it goes down much more easily if you put a few drops in a capsule! I’ll be switching over to the Zendocrine next month just to change it up a bit. I love the lemon in my water and the OnGuard is great once in a while in a carrot juice! I usually find one drop to be plenty.

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Today I’m moving a little more slowly and grateful that I only had to work a few hours this morning. My mood is very good, I feel very happy and excited to be enmeshed in this world of juice feasting but my energy is a little on the low side. Really, a lot of these days are just like any other days. There are high energy days and low energy days, challenging days and relaxing days, moments where I want to respond with frustration or stress and moments of laughter and connection. The difference is the way I’m experiencing everything. It all feels very close, there is no food to buffer me from the world. I’m more easily able to slow down and watch my reactions. Choose my reactions. It’s not automatically that way- it’s because I’m intending it to be that way. I could busily buzz through the juice feast and do very little other than juice and come out on the other side physically cleaner and that’s it. I’m having fun exploring the options beyond just the juice 🙂

Arnold Ehret

Today’s Juice Feast: sweet tea, 30 oz celery/apple/pear, 1 oz E3Live, 32 oz Green Peppermint Crisp (recipe to come), 24 oz tomato/lime/shallot juice with cilantro essential oil, 30 oz carrot/chard with OnGuard essential oil, 2 oz wheatgrass, 32 oz cucumber/cilantro with coconut water, 32 oz pineapple/apple/beet/ginger with cayenne.

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Winter Juice Feast. Day 17. Unusual Juiceables: Burdock Root

I woke up this morning feeling intensely grateful. Grateful to be alive and grateful to be in this body. My energy has been fantastic all day, no food cravings, and actually now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve really thought about food once! I’ve been taking care of Britney who is home sick and even the delightful smell of the hot, comfort soups I’ve made haven’t tempted me. I don’t expect it to last…I’m sure there are challenging days ahead so I’m soaking up the ease and effortless good feelings while I have them.

I’ve been making an effort to get a variety of produce, it’s way too easy to slip into my favorites and stick with them. I first heard of burdock root when I got the book Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe. It was my initial introduction to raw foods almost ten years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since! Burdock root basically looks like a stick but you do get a bit of juice out of it. Although slightly bitter and very earthy, you can hide the taste easily enough if you find it off putting. It is best known as an excellent blood purifier, is wonderful for the liver and kidneys and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

Sweet Roots Juice

Sweet Roots Juice

3 lbs carrots

2 apples

4 inches burdock root

Today’s Juice Feast: 40 oz coconut water with E3Live, spirulina, and Vitamineral Green, 8 oz apple/celery/ginger/basil/lime/cilantro, 2 oz wheatgrass, 52 oz FullyRaw Kristina’s Juice 4 Beauty, 32 oz Sweet Roots Juice, 18 oz cucumber/zucchini/dill/lemon, 20 oz Anti-Inflammatory Pink Love Juice (recipe to come). 

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Winter Juice Feast. Day 13. “If I were just drinking juice I would be the grumpiest person on earth!”

“I could never just NOT eat for 90 days!!”

“Why would you DO that??”

“If I were just drinking juice I would be the grumpiest person on earth”

Here’s the thing…if I were JUST drinking juice I would likely be really grumpy too. These are some of the things I’ve heard lately when people find out about the fast and I just thought I’d take a moment to address them. The majority of the people who I’ve seen do a “juice cleanse” are usually doing it for one reason only: to lose weight. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I do tend to encourage having well established, good eating habits in place first before embarking on something like this. It’s very likely that if you jump from your regular diet, into a long juice fast, you’ll go right back to your old habits (or worse) when it’s all over. It’s important that you’re doing more than just drinking juice and it’s important that you know what you’re getting in to.

What do I mean when I say “more” than just drinking juice? Well, if I decided to embark on all of this and change nothing in my life but what I’m consuming then really, that’s all I’m doing. If you’re not actively removing the old waste that’s being awakened through colon cleansing (and other methods that I’ll get in to another time) then it’s almost impossible not to run into fatigue, breakouts, headaches, bloating, and all manner of signs that the old waste in your body isn’t leaving. If your bowels are strong (more common in men like you see in “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”) you’ll do alright for awhile but for most of us, this isn’t the case. I’ve read a lot from people who are skeptical about this whole cleansing journey but I have tried fasting with and without colon cleansing and I can tell you that I’ve seen headaches, tiredness, grumpiness, and all manner of uncomfortable symptoms leave within the space of time that it takes to have a colonic (usually an hour-ish) and that trying to go without turns into a situation where I’m hardly functioning optimally.

So. You can go on a juice fast. Drink all the juice you like. But know that all you’re doing is drinking juice and very little substantial change is happening in your body. I’ll be discussing what exactly a colonic is and more about their  benefits in future posts. By the way, I know most of you are well into this lifestyle but this is largely for the people I know who have been attempting juice fasts and struggling or who have had a lot of questions about how to do one properly 🙂

Finally, why would I keep doing this? Am I crazy? Do I have an eating disorder? Do I really think my body isn’t clean enough yet? I can say with certainty that this is the most sane I have ever felt. Every time I fast or clean up my diet a little bit more I understand my body and myself better. I shed things that were never meant to be there or that have kept me from being the most “me” I can be (cheesy but true). I feel more alive. I go into dark spaces, shed old waste, old belief systems, old fears, old ways of thinking and come out a little lighter and a little freer every time.

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Today’s Juice Feast: 32 oz orange/apple/kale/jalapeño, 32 oz cucumber/celery/dill/lime, 32 oz cucumber/apple/kale/lime, 16 oz Flu Shot Carrot Juice, 34 oz orange, 2 Tbsp bee pollen, 16 oz coconut water.

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Winter Juice Feast. Day 12. Curried Carrot Juice.

I was about at this duration in my last juice feast when I started to feel symptomatic. My throat swelled up and my nose dripped for at least a week if not longer. I feel like I may be headed towards that very situation again (despite keeping up with removing as much awakened waste as possible through colon cleansing, sweating, dry brushing, etc). I’ve woken up the past few mornings with a sore throat, my nose has been drip, drip, drip all day and I don’t have much of an appetite. I don’t think I’ve EVER gone below a gallon in my daily juice drinking but I didn’t make the mark today! I just felt completely disinterested. Despite all that, I enjoyed work and didn’t feel any less focused and energetic. Now that I’m home I’m ready to get as much sleep as I possibly can so I can get through this cleansing reaction as gracefully as possible.

Curried Carrot Juice

Curried Carrot Juice 

4 lbs carrots

small knob ginger

2-4 cloves garlic

1 tsp curry powder

big pinch cayenne powder

4 drops NuNaturals Lemon Stevia

black pepper or DoTerra black pepper essential oil, to taste

Juice carrots, garlic, and ginger. Add remaining ingredients and stir or blend.

Today’s Juice Feast: 16 oz “Carrot Coffee” (recipe to come!), 24 oz orange/apple/kale, 2 Tbsp bee pollen,  28 oz carrot/banana with ginger essential oil and nutmeg,  32 oz pear/romaine.

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Winter Juice Feast. Day 7. Savory Cream of Tomato Juice.

It’s taken me a full week to feel like I’m into the swing of things but now that I’m here I’m just so grateful I stuck it out through a few sticky days! Britney mentioned that my posts seemed a little less bright and she asked if I was still excited about the juice feast. I’m so excited! I was ready for the great days and the tough ones and I’m thankful for them all. 

This morning I went out with a friend who decided to join me for three days of juice feasting! I’m so proud of her, this is her first juice fast and she’s doing wonderfully. We went to a little spot called Healeo which calls itself a “superfood bar” and happens to be one of my favorite places. The three shots you see below were my breakfast, the center one is wheatgrass and the surrounding shots are fruit juices with herbs. The first couple times I tried wheatgrass while fasting I got a little nauseous (which I almost always do) but today I felt great! Really grounded, satisfied, and energized. I seem to be needing slightly less juice lately than I anticipated. Where I used to drink 1.5-2 gallons while feasting, I currently seem to be happy at 1 – 1.5 gallons. I don’t know if it’s the wheatgrass, the supplements I’m taking, my cleaner body needing less juice, or just something that will pass but it’s interesting.

 

wheatgrass

Something I’ve noticed is that I’m needing a little less sleep than usual. I’m giving myself the opportunity to sleep as much as I can but I wake up bright eyed after 8 hours when I usually need 9 minimum! Today really bordered on magical. After getting superfood shots I spend the day at home treating myself to a sort of detox/spa day. Let me tell you, everything that I love in “normal” life is so much more delicious while fasting. Just the day to day things like yoga, body brushing, and hot/cold showers are absolutely blissful.

 

Savory Cream of Tomato Juice

Savory Cream of Tomato Juice

10 roma tomatoes

1 zucchini

4 cloves garlic

1 lemon, peeled

Today’s Juice Feast: 2 oz wheatgrass, 2 oz grapefruit/apple with herbs, 30 oz cucumber/apple/cilantro/lemon, 32 oz tomato/zucchini/lemon/garlic, 48 oz Kristina’s FullyRaw Wine, 32 oz carrot/kale, 24 oz carrot/romaine.

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Winter Juice Feast. Day 5. Citrus Spice Juice and a Detox Bath.

What a very strange day! I’ve really been working on remembering my dreams when I wake up, sometimes they feel insignificant but sometimes I can’t help but think there is something hidden underneath the surface. Last nights dream was particularly disturbing, I won’t go into all the details but there was a food element (as there often is when I’m fasting). Right before I woke up, my dream self was face down in a bowl of ground beef and onions. I woke up with the taste in my mouth and a sort of filmy feeling in my head and body. It took me awhile to shake the odd feeling of sadness and even after colon cleansing, yoga, and some juice I really just felt reclusive and unmotivated. Thankfully it was my day off! I’m about to take a piping hot bath and sweat out some toxins with this Detox Bath Remedy:

2 cups epsom salts

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

5 drops each lavender and lemongrass essential oils

I’ve been planning this concoction all day and can’t wait to follow it up with a freezing cold shower and a long night of sleep! By the way, although I’m not doing it tonight, one of my biggest Winter pleasures is a cold juice (or banana ice cream for non fasting times!) and a hot bath. To really warm up, cayenne is amazing:

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Citrus Spice Juice

3 oranges

3 apples

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 drops Ginger Essential Oil or 1/2 tsp ginger powder.

Today’s Juice Feast: 38 oz orange/apple juice with turmeric and cayenne powders and ginger essential oil, 32 oz carrot/kale/beet apple, 32 oz tomato/red onion/cilantro/lemon, 32 oz apple/orange/pomegranate, 3 Tbsp bee pollen, a cup of veggie broth.

P.S. This is the first juice fast day in ages that I’ve had hardly more than a gallon to drink! Strange. I usually down a gallon and a half easy.

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