I’m thinking of going on a juice cleanse.
How trendy of me, right? (Remember, all the celebs are doing it, so this makes it legitimately cool).
Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been testing and tasting a lot more desserts than I’m used to. Yes, I’m that dedicated. While raw desserts are packed full of vitamins, minerals and other stuff that’s good for you, too much of anything isn’t that good for you. Except for kale. You can never eat too much kale.
Anyways, too many raw desserts + upcoming wedding to attend = need for a juice cleanse.
The last time* my husband and I decided to go on a 3-day juice cleanse (a la Blueprint Cleanse style) was on New Year’s Day just a few months ago.
We had this
grandstupid idea that we’d start the New Year with a green juice (versus a glass of champagne).
I know, depressing, right?
*Prior to the New Year’s cleanse disaster, we tried to go on a juice cleanse over Valentine’s Day weekend – we seem to have a knack for choosing inappropriate days to cleanse.
Our attempt at cleansing lasted about one day before I got all bitchy and irritable. I get like that when I’m hungry and trust me, even one day of juice cleansing can leave you feeling like you’re dying of hunger. Luckily I’m vegan or I might have eaten one of our dogs.
So, for the sake of our marriage, we ended up giving up around the 2nd day and turned the juice cleanse into a juice-til-dinner affair.
I can still remember (fondly) our first meal after almost two days of no solid foods. Lacking energy (and again, feeling irritable), all I could conjure up for dinner was a bunch of raw veggies coarsely chopped, some raw, untoasted nori and a bowl of tamari and wasabi. In other words, the poor raw man’s version of sushi. I nearly fainted bringing these to our kitchen counter.
Wow. Never had a piece of cucumber or avocado tasted so good.
I felt like my taste buds were reset – rather than craving processed, greasy, or sugary food, my newly rested taste buds were craving fresh fruits and veggies, things bursting with flavor that only exist in nature, not formulated in a sterile lab by scary men in white coats.
After that amazing dinner that we devoured (rather unattractively) like a pair of jackals, my husband and I vowed that we would go on a one-day juice cleanse once a week.
Not sure what happened to that vow. All I know is that it didn’t happen. Until now.
Starting next Monday, March 28, I’m going to go on a 3 day juice-til-dinner cleanse. If all goes well, I may continue and make it a 5-day cleanse. Yeah, I’m wild like that.
You know that saying that misery loves company? Well, I’m a firm believer in going on cleanses with friends and family.
You really need a support group to help you through those dark moments when that box of cereal or the bag of cookies is calling your name. So, dear friends, let’s do it together.
C’mon. I know you want to.
Everyday starting Sunday, I’ll post up juice recipes for the following day. You’ll drink only freshly-pressed juices (and potassium broth – more on that to come) for breakfast and lunch and then for dinner, you’ll have a glorious, immensely satisfying raw vegan meal (I’ll post what I’m eating so you guys can follow along).
Doesn’t that sound like fun??!?!
It’s rough and you’ll probably hate me during those 3 (or 5) days, but I promise that you will feel AMAZING afterward. Everyone needs a vacation once in a while – so does your body. Give it a well-deserved break from digesting all those McRibs and bowls of Pho.
If you don’t have a juicer, you can opt to purchase your juices from a juice bar (don’t buy the bottled ones at the store as they are flash pasteurized, which defeats the purpose of the cleanse). (For those of you who live in or near San Francisco, I may take a few juice delivery orders – I’ll deliver juices that will last you until dinner for every day of the cleanse – email me if you’re interested).
To motivate you guys further, here’s a delicious (really, this one is yummy) juice recipe:
Grapefruits Gone Wild
1 bunch of celery
1 bunch of collard greens
2 grapefruits (peeled)
Put everything in a juicer. Makes about 48 ounces of fresh-pressed deliciousness.