Hello fellow foodies, juicies, chefs-in-training, health-nuts and avid followers,
This post is a not-so-brief post-mortem on my recent 2-day juice cleanse (in case life caught up with you a bit this week, allow me to fill you in – in short, I did a 2 day experimental juice cleanse – and survived – here is my story). Ironically, as I sit to tell you about the intricacies of my Juice Cleanse Crusade (yes, this is what I have chosen to title this exercise – you’ll soon understand why), I can’t help but sip on a refreshing carrot juice (recipe below), enjoying the taste and the flavour – Perhaps more so knowing full well that I can eat if i get struck by the wave of hunger😉
Save to say that when I embarked on my Juice Cleanse Crusade, I expected or rather anticipated a few challenges – chief amongst them being starvation, of course – but little did I know that there were many other challenges awaiting my betrothed soul as i embarked on this crusade.
Day 1 – Monday, 17 October 2016:
My Monday blues hit a record low when it was forced to start a lemon and ginger herbal tea (after doing some research before starting this cleanse, I found out that herbal teas, broths and juices are all elements of the detox) – this alone was my personal Everest – if you know anything about me, its that my day always, always kickstarts a good (strong) cup of coffee. Well, as do most things in life, this passed.. with me barely making it through, and in one kinda-hellish of a mood.
As my day progressed, I forgot about this crusade and its no eating aspect entirely… until I began to feel faint while grocery shopping for the ingredients for my broth. At this point I left the store, with only the essentials required to make the broth in hand – quite literally running for my life. To make matters worse, I had never made a broth before and all I knew at this point was that the vegetables had to be boiled till soft… which could take up to two hours (“kill me now!” – my sentiments exactly). Determined to continue the good fight, and while the veggies for the broth were being boiled, I kept occupied and motivated by making a kale green juice (this recipe is on a previous post) – which kept me afloat until my broth was finally done. Truth be told, I devoured my bowl of broth and thoroughly enjoyed it – probably because I was quite hungry at this point of the day (4pm) and woulda pretty much devoured anything in plain sight (well, almost).
I don’t usually have a big appetite and I tend to eat small meals throughout the day, which made me believe that I’d be fine till about 7pm that evening – well, that was a load of hogwash! As a beautiful spring evening set in, so did my appetite… hellooooooo carrot juice! The carrot juice was lovely although not entirely satisfactory to my craving for food. At this point my mood officially escalated to “crappy“. Yes, I said “crappy” because there is no more fitting a word to describe my hangry behaviour that Monday night. In full disclosure, I felt a bit light headed throughout the rest of the evening – but all in all, I felt good and innately healthier.
P.S. I drank a generous amount of water throughout the day – which is a good habit to have whether you’re on a Juice Cleanse Crusade or not.
Day 2 – Tuesday, 18 October 2016:
Kinda woke up with a spring in my step on Day 2 (I use this phrase loosely). Feeling in the groove, I made a divine watermelon juice (recipe on a previous post) that was not only delightfully refreshing but was sufficient to fill me up as I went about my day. Of course, mid-to-late afternoon, my appetite swooned in… Luckily, there was some left over broth from the day before – which was once again relentlessly devoured. Later that evening, I made a beetroot juice (this recipe is also in a previous blog post) which I found to be absolutely divine – perhaps due to the added kale (which is the best superfood on the market). The upshot of my beetroot juice consumption was that my energy levels rose, so much so that I was able to hit the gym without feeling faint.
Later that evening, nearing the end of the crusade, I sipped on a green tea and another lemon and ginger tea – feeling a lot less hangry and a lot more wholesome.
Personally speaking, day 2’s progress was much easier than day 1, probably attributable to the fact that your body is adapting to the cleanse and finally understanding what you’re doing to it and is adjusting accordingly.
Well, needless to say that I survived the Juice Cleanse Crusade… and may consider another juice cleanse in the future. All in all, the cleanse left me feeling lighter, healthier and energetic (even if only on day 2). In my view, embarking on a Juice Cleanse Crusade once in a while is good for the body – although, I must emphasize the importance of going at your own pace and listening to what your body needs – whether it be a nap or simply a heavier meal like a broth.
If you find yourself considering a Juice Cleanse Crusade of your own and need a little push – you’ve totally got this… 48 hours? Easy as pie!😉
Carrot juice recipe:
- 1 small bag of carrots
- 5 oranges (medium sized)
- 1 teaspoon of Acai powder
- 1/2 a banana
- 1/3 cup of water
- Peel the carrots and the oranges.
- Add all ingredients to your juicer/blender
- Drain the juice through a sieve
- Voila your juice is done and ready to enjoy!
Vegetable broth recipe:
- 1 medium celery root
- 1 parsley root
- 2 small leeks
- 2 medium onions
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 potatoes
- salt and pepper to taste (you can add paprika for more flavour)
- Cut up all the ingredients and allow them to boil until very soft- possible 2 hours
- Put the broth into a food processor and let blend completely
- Put the broth back into the pot and allow to simmer on a slow heat for about 30 minutes, garnish with coriander if desired and enjoy.