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Juice Fast Day 3 and Wasabi Spiced Veggie Juice

I’m about to finish three days on just juice! I have to admit, today felt slow, I was hungry, and I felt like I needed a TON of juice (as you’ll see below). I’m looking forward to breaking the fast tomorrow with some Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl. I’m also very aware of how easy it can be to break a fast poorly, binge, or eat less than ideal foods and I’m prepared for those sorts of feelings to pop up. Here what was on today’s menu:

28 oz jicima/romaine/kale/lemon juice

34 oz cucumber/turmeric/fennel/mint juice with coconut water with vanilla stevia, bee pollen, and cayenne pepper

40 oz Wasabi Spiced Veggie Juice*

24 oz Gena’s Nourishing Veggie Broth

32 oz carrot/kale/fennel juice with spring water and bee pollen

32 oz parsnip/romaine/carrot juice with spring water

*Wasabi Spiced Veggie Juice

Ingredients:

8 roma tomatoes
10 carrots
1 cucumber
1-2 lemons
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp wasabi powder
big pinch black pepper and sea salt (optional)

Juice all veggies and add spices. I didn’t include any sea salt but it would have been delicious.

This was such a fun departure from my normal juice routine and I’m excited to try out some more tomato-based juices! I’ll keep you posted on how the break-fast goes, have a good night!

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Juice Fast Day 2 and My Can’t-Live-Without Detox Treats

Day two was very smooth! I ended up running more errands than anticipated before getting juicing groceries so I did end up quite hungry at one point but other than that it’s all going very well.

Today’s juicy goodness:

32 oz basil/garlic/lemon/celery/carrot juice
24 oz Tazo Passion herbal tea
8 oz parsley cilantro juice and young coconut water (with a probiotic)
30 oz Casey’s Mexicana Green Juice
32 oz Gena’s Nourishing Vegetable Broth
34 oz romaine/carrot juice with vanilla stevia and cinnamon

I also thought I’d share my favorite ways of assisting my body in the detox process. As previously mentioned, I’ve attempted fasts before without employing anything of this sort and either failed to finish the fast due to uncomfortable symptoms or didn’t end up with any noticeable benefits at all. It doesn’t do any good to hydrate all the old stuff in your body if it doesn’t leave, and my body seems to appreciate all the assistance it can get.

My can’t-live-without detox treats:

1. Booty cleansing (colonics and enemas)

2. Castor oil packs

3. Indian Healing Clay (my absolute favorite facial mask, I mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar)

4. Inversions (I have a cheap board that works just fine).

5. Rebounding (this! and this! and this!)

6. Yoga (stretching, twisting, and deep breathing are very helpful and feel wonderful, I got a stack of new yoga dvd’s from my library this week!).

and a few things I love but haven’t indulged in this go round…

6. Massage

7. Hot epsom salts baths (I’m freshly tattooed so no baths for me right now…pictures when it’s finished :))

8. Infrared sauna (I used to have this one and it lasted about a year, not bad for the price and I loved it).

Do you have any suggestions to add to the list?

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Juice Fast Day One, Pizza Broth, and Book Inspiration.

I’m on the first day of a three day juice fast.

Last month the idea of fasting hit me hard and I just sort of realized I’d be doing quite a bit of it this year 🙂 I have a few small ones planned and this is the kick-off.

I’ve fasted in the past but I’ve never felt so confident and unattached to the idea that I “need” food to get by physically or emotionally for a little while. My previous fasts have also not been so well planned and I’d not done as much cleansing prior. I remember attempting my first fast in high school with my roommate. It ended up being a day of sugary fruit juices that culminated in a binge of waffles and eggs. I’ve also done fasts since then that at least lasted the full time I’d planned but where I was still including lots of fruit juices and raw honey while excluding colon cleansing (which I consider to be imperative). My last fast lasted 5 days, included just vegetable juices, and colon cleansing. I remember feeling discouraged that I didn’t lose any weight (that was my focus at the time) and wrote in to the Detox Community asking for insight. This was a piece of the response I got from the beautiful Ana Ladd Griffin:

Believe me, I know how hard this can be to accept. We all battle with this at times. But detoxification means your body is releasing stored toxins from many places, not just fatty deposits. It knows best, and you can trust that as you continue the process it will continue to morph and change. The detox process is happening, and changing you dramatically, it just might not be apparent in the places you’re looking. I’ve seen cellulite diminish before pant size, or hair grow in thicker and shinier before the scale budges. Or there might be nothing you can see, but instead something you can feel. I understand frustration, I promise. Hang in there, and your body will find its center.

I have since continued to live the detox lifestyle and the majority of the weight that I was worried about was taken care of. This is my first fast since then, I’ve tossed my scale, and I’m looking forward to this as being a time of looking at my emotional food addictions and taking my cleanse to the next level. I’m excited to embark and share 🙂

Today I Drank:

16 oz cinnamon apple herbal tea
16 oz cucumber/spinach/lime juice
24 oz hibiscus herbal tea (from the coffee shop)
30 oz carrot/parsley juice
12 oz kale juice and young coconut water (and a probiotic)
20 oz Pizza Broth*
32 oz carrot/green leaf juice with cinnamon, stevia, and a scoop of bee pollen

Just so I don’t have to mention it repeatedly, I add NuNaturals stevia to almost everything.

*The veggie broth I enjoyed this evening was so wonderful, the best I’ve ever enjoyed.

Ingredients:

32 oz water
1 large sweet potato
1 large onion
2 Tbsp pizza seasoning (I found mine in the bulk bins of the health food store)

Pour water into a pot and heat on high. Chop veggies and add to the water along with the seasoning. Once it’s been brought to a boil, turn down heat to a simmer and let sit for an hour. Quite a bit of the water evaporates and you’re left with a concentrated broth that’s quite sweet and nicely flavored. Strain so that just the liquid remains and you have veggies left over for after fast.

I’m in the middle of what feels like a hundred books at the moment but I’ve paused to take in these two over the next couple of days:

This one is new to me and I’m loving it! There is a lot of great info on the reasons for fasting as well as the different types. I’m just getting into it but I’ll post anything I find interesting.

I’ve read this one before but Arnold is the man and really knew his stuff, it’s worth dipping back into over and over again.

I actually have a recipe in this book! There is a heap of good info but I’m mostly poking around for recipe inspiration.

I’ll probably have some more herbal tea tonight, make a shopping list for tomorrow’s juicy creations, and curl up in bed with my stack of books!

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Cheddar Dijon Salad and Rose Cleanse Day 2

Cheddar Dijon Salad

Two days into the Rose Cleanse and I’m loving it! I’m amazed at how freeing it is to not have to worry about sitting down to meals during the day. I know it sounds crazy but I feel so completely energized and satisfied with my juices and it leaves so much room to accomplish what I want to in the day and feel good while I’m doing it. I did notice moments where I just wanted to munch, regardless of not being hungry…the hour and a half drive to Seattle, the moment when my roommates tire blew while we were driving, shopping for delicious dinner ingredients…but when I acknowledged that I was just feeling stressy and not hungry it passed quickly enough and I happily enjoyed my dinner

Some of today's fresh juice.

when the time came (see below!!). I have a couple of friends joining me on the cleanse (yay!) and one of the biggest tips I had was to not starve yourself during the day!! If you’re out there doing this, there is no reason you should spend the day thinking about dinner. I had so much juice today (so.much.juice.) and felt so nourished that when it was time to sit down and eat I definitely loved every bite but didn’t feel a need to shove it in my face as quickly as possible. I’ll be curious to see how I do on a work day as a lot of the reason that I’m doing this is to calm down my tendencies to eat emotionally. I’ll keep you posted! Here is the delicious salad I had tonight along with a yummy beet stew (I freaking love beets.) and a gorgeous (outrageously expensive) bite-sized Burnt Caramel Dark Chocolate.

Ingredients:

1 head romaine, chopped
4 oz raw goat cheddar, shredded
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 clove raw garlic, minced
2-4 Tbsp dijon mustard
sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
2 dropperfulls NuNaturals stevia (optional)

Toss so that dijon and cheddar coat the salad.

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