I was recently approached by the lovely Rhyanna, yogi and co-owner of Pure Glow Cleanse who asked me my thoughts on juice cleansing. She said that albeit some people enjoying it, other people have been finding it difficult to adhere to the strict ‘fasting’ mentality of only drinking fluids.
Having tried a strict ‘cleanse’ before, I definitely agreed – personally, I didn’t enjoy not having something in my stomach and found it very hard to concentrate at work. My personal blood sugar levels can rise and fall very drastically and I know that in order to keep my energy levels high, my body works best with lots of energy stabilising, high fibre foods.
We started talking about other types of dishes to incorporate with a ‘cleanse’ and how to combine both wholefoods and juices in order to gain a similar result of giving your digestive system a break from highly acidic foods and toxins.
So what’s the point of a juice cleanse?
The are many pro’s and con’s when it comes to ‘cleansing’ (I don’t really like to call it a ‘detox’ as our bodies are pretty amazing at detoxing on their own accord). Unless you have been spending your days eating an accumulation of deep fried, high sugar, fatty, processed foods, the ‘side effects’ of a cleanse shouldn’t be too drastic.
My Cleanse Routine
I personally only embarked on this over a 2 day period to see if it would work or not. However, if you wanted to ‘juice and food’ for up to a week you totally could, and it would be very easy to sustain.
I chose to have 3 juices per day and 2 meals along with plenty of water.
The way I structured my cleanse was as follows (all of these beuatiful juices were from Pure Glow Cleanse) -
Wake up: META BOOST (07) - Alkaline Water, Lemon, Activated Charcoal, Cayenne Pepper. A great way to start the morning flushing the digestive system and hydrating the body. Activated charcoal helps to bind to unwanted toxins within the body and boost the natural detox system.
Morning: GOOD KARMA (69) - Carrot, Green Apple, Grapefruit, Ginger, Turmeric, Lemon. Fresh and zesty this juice has the acidity of the citrus (making it a great alkalising juice), as well as the added benefit of fresh ginger and turmeric - both immune boosting, anti-inflammatory power houses.
Lunch: Raw Detox Salad (click image below for recipe)
Afternoon: GREEN WINE (47) - Kale, Cos Lettuce, Cucumber, Pear, Grape, Celery, Lemon. A great way to get in some greens without it being loaded with fruits.
Dinner: Warm Detox Soup (click image below for recipe)
Before Bed: A.D.M (05) - Alkaline Water, Cashew, Coconut, Medjool Date, Cacao, Vanilla, Salt, Peppermint Essential Oil. I have to say this was one of my favourite juices of the range. I never usually enjoy nut milks but I found this to be utterly comforting and incredibly tasty. For those of you who are used to a little chocolate after your dinner, this one definitely hits the spot and is very filling!
What I cut out?
Coffee (yikes!), alcohol, processed foods, sugar, meat, dairy, wheat, flavoured drinks, chips, confectionary items.
What to include?
Juices, alkaline vegetables*, fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, miso), water, herbal teas.
Other – if you wanted to include a pro-biotic (live bacteria which are beneficial for our overall health and immunity), I would recommend a high (minimum 50 billion) CFU (colony forming unit), multi strain pro-biotic to be taken every day.
*What are alkaline foods?
All of the foods we eat on a day to day basis can be categorised into being either acidic or alkaline. Foods which are highly acidic also have a toxic and inflammatory effect on our body.
Unfortunately, many of us live predominantly on the ‘acidic’ side of life, regularly drinking alcohol, taking prescription medications, eating processed, foods, sugars, being around pollution and even dealing with the effects of stress (which is also highly toxic for our bodies). Coupled with a high sodium-diet and minimal fresh fruits and vegetables, what’s known as ‘metabolic acidosis’ can be the result.
It is very hard to change the overall pH of the body, however when there is an abundance of acidic foods and substances within the body, the minerals stored in our kidneys (such as potassium, magnesium and calcium) are used to combat acidity, rather than regulate our electrolytes.
The aim of the game is therefore to try and introduce as many alkaline foods as possible in order to balance it all out.
Eating foods which are not only alkaline, but which are also antioxidant rich will ensure that your body gains as much nutritional benefit as possible during the juice cleanse.
My favourite alkaline foods include:
Cruciferous Vegetables (eg. Broccoli, kale, cabbage)
Dark leafy greens
What have your experiences been with juicing? Do you love it or hate it?
Would love to hear your comments, recipes or favourite juice companies below!