Juice Cleanse Recipes And Advice
1.30.12

Unless you’ve been meditating in a cave for the past year, you know that there’s a cleanse movement happening. But why is this ancient technique just catching on now? Why do the masses suddenly have the urge to purify their bodies with whole, organic food? Since when did feeding ourselves become so complicated?

Way, way back in the day – even before sliced bread – our ancestors fed themselves to stay alive. They knew exactly what to eat, when to eat and how to eat. They didn’t rely on nutritionists, dieticians, scientists, journalists or marketing hype to tell them what to chow down on. They just used their common sense and intuition to guide them.

Then something strange happened. Food was no longer just food. Instead, food became calories – fats, carbs and proteins. Suddenly we needed a whole new vocabulary just to understand how to feed ourselves. We needed a scientifically-minded person to accompany us to the grocery store just to decipher between items that are fit for our precious bodies and those that aren’t.

Whole food was out, while antioxidant, carbohydrate, fiber, gluten and fat-content was in. We became a nation obsessed with nutrition. But did it make us any healthier? Funny enough, no. Quite the opposite, actually. I venture to say that we’re finally waking up to this fact and we’re using juice cleanses to hit the reset button and flush these false ideals.

The Only Way Out is Through

I like to imagine that we’re moving “back” to eating intuitively, seasonally and for well-being inside and out. We’re waking up to the fact that the Standard American Diet does not have our best interest at heart. We’re getting back to the basics – and there’s nothing more basic than pure vegetable and fruit juice.


Yes, it’s also somewhat of a fast-track tool used to drop pounds, reverse aging and produce glowing skin. But on a deeper level, it’s a way to clear out our systems so that we can once again hear what our bodies really want.

I didn’t say it was going to be easy, I said it was going to be worth it.
I’ve been a juice cleansing devotee for several years now and I’d like to give those interested a peek into a day in the life of a juice cleanser.

Upon rising
Salt water flush
Enjoy a drink that stimulates your digestive system and hydrates your tissues
20-35 minutes of exercise
Meditation

Breakfast
16 to 20 ounces of green juice

Mid-morning pick-me-up (if you need more fuel)
16 to 20 ounces of an organ-specific cleansing juice

Lunch
16-20 ounces of green juice
Also take a 2-4 ounce shot of wheatgrass (if possible)

Afternoon Snack
16-20 ounces of organ-specific cleansing juice

Dinner (optional)
If you’re feeling content, just let your digestive system take the night off.
If you’re wanting more nourishment, 16-20 ounces of green juice

Before Bed:
Epsom salt bath & dry brushing OR sauna OR steam room
Meditation
Retire to bed no later than 10 p.m. Get your eight hours of beauty sleep.


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  1. love

    sharie | 01.30.2012 | Reply
  2. I’d love to see some recipes for your favorites!

  3. Hi Sharie! You can find a bunch of my favorite recipes on my site by following this link: http://www.vixi.com/raw-food-recipes

  4. How many days do you do this before resuming a clean diet of 5-6 small meals?

    KAlex | 11.03.2012 | Reply
    • Hi KAlex, we recommend easing back into small meals after doing a juice cleanse. Start slowly with simple fruits, vegetables, and veggie-based soups. After 3-5 days, you should be back to your normal 5-6 small meals per day.

      The Chalkboard | 11.05.2012 | Reply

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