Happy New Year! Wishing all of you a wonderfully prosperous 2011, filled with many tasty treats. :)
Once a year I usually do a sugar/alcohol cleanse, taking a break from two things that beat up my body but I adore. This year, being a nice transition into the year of the Rabbit, I figured I should base it around healing the body and mind. To start things off right, I devised a 21-day cleanse to fill much of January with. It is based upon the Clean Program by Dr. Alejandro Junger, obviously modified a bit for being a vegetarian.
So far I am on day 2 and in the throws of the initial detox period. One more day and I am over the initial hump. If I can hang a few more weeks, I'm sure my body will love me for it.
In the meantime, expect some smoothie and fresh juice recipes on here. A good one a friend turned me onto just today is from one of my favorite bloggers Joy the Baker. Just today she put up a recipe for a Kale Spinach and Pear Smoothie. Take out the honey and it is perfectly in line with the cleanse I am on!
Interested in just what my cleanse entails? Here is the gist:
Length: 21 days, or 14 days if desiring a lesser cleanse
Based Upon: The Clean Program (modified for vegetarians)
Recipes: The Clean Program recipes I didn't buy into the whole pre-made package deal (too expensive), and am doing all the juicing and smoothie making from organic ingredients. Also am making my own soup for lunches.
Logic: A basic pseudo fast-cleanse of processed foods, sugars, fats, and all the other junk we put in our bodies will benefit our overall health, specifically aiding digestion, allergies, skin color, 5-15 lbs weight loss (if followed correctly), illnesses, insomnia, etc. think of it as purging and resetting the body’s systems.
Breakfast: Freshly made fruit/veggie juice or non-dairy smoothie
Lunch: Salad, fresh fruits and veggies, chicken (I opt out), freshwater fish (I opt out), soup
Dinner: Freshly made fruit/veggie juice or non-dairy smoothie
Snacks: Nuts (although not peanuts), fresh fruit or veggies.
- Dairy, cheese, milk, etc.
- Wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, couscous, oats
- Soy or soybean products
- Meat, especially read meat
- Raw fish, pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, hot dogs, shellfish
- Sugar, refined sugar, white or brown sugars, honey, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice
- Salt, added salt
- Butter, margarine, shortening, processed oils, salad dressings, mayonnaise, spreads
- Coffee, caffeinated beverages, soda pop, soft drinks
- Oranges, orange juice, grapefruit, strawberries, grapes, and bananas
- Corn, creamed vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, pepper