Today my BFF and I are starting a three day juice cleanse in order to help clean out all the toxins ingested over the past five days. We’ve been celebrating her birthday, and we have really overindulged! Although it’s been fun eating great food and drinking lots of wine, my belly (as well as the scale) can really tell I’ve misbehaved. Judi’s body is rebelling too. She has rheumatoid arthritis which is totally controlled by Remicade AND a clean, anti-inflammatory diet. Yesterday, for the first time in a really long time she had to take NSAID’s for the pain and inflammation.
Once you have a clean system, it’s really quick and easy to tell if you’ve fed your body toxic foods. It rebels! Judi and I have both spent nearly two years eating as clean as possible, and as a result, nearly all our health issues have gone away. A big part of clean eating is eliminating genetically modified foods such as almost all wheat and corn products as well as sugar. When you eat out in restaurants, it’s really hard to avoid GMO’s, especially wheat.
Due to the big birthday, we both started celebrating last Thursday with seafood and a cocktail on the beach for lunch, followed by more seafood, fantastic bread, wine and a dessert for dinner. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the coconut-chocolate candies they were promoting at one of the beach stores! Halfway through dinner I had to take an antacid, which I rarely need. By evening, we both felt bloated and stuffed. We were so uncomfortable we decided it was too much effort to go to the beautiful pool and hot tub at the resort we stayed at.
The next morning we were both still full and feeling fat. We had our hearts set on Crab Benedict at our favorite breakfast place, though. After another delicious meal, I had a mild stomach ache which quickly passed. For dinner, we had pasta. Normally we both are gluten-free eaters, but we decided to go ahead and get regular pasta since we’d been eating gluten for the past 24 hours anyway. Although the pasta was delicious, we both felt so full we each took over 1/2 of our dinner home. I took more antacid that night, and found it hard to sleep due to another stomach ache.
On the morning of the third day of our “eat-a-thon”, I had a yogurt and blueberries hoping to calm down my still achy and bloat-y stomach. I also took more antacid. We met friends for lunch and I stayed away from bread this time, although I did have fried fish in cornmeal batter (GMO corn and “fried” is a no-no if you’re trying to eat clean). Of course we all had to share the birthday desserts! I ate my leftover pasta that night for dinner because it was delicious, not because it good for me. As a result, I woke up feeling bloated and fat again on Sunday morning. I still had a slight stomach ache.
On Sunday we went to a professional football game, and I swore I would not eat any bread because I knew the gluten was causing me problems. I was planning to eat a burger or hot dog without the bun. Guess what? You can’t do that at a ball game…. it’s way too messy! So I indulged in a delicious hamburger with a bun. Oh yes, we had to have an ice cream too! The ice cream made Judi’s stomach hurt. Still bloated? Yes, indeed!
Cleaning Up Our Act
After the ballgame, we both came to our senses and started eating our regular “clean” diet again. It’s now Tuesday and although I’m still feeling like a beached whale, my stomach has calmed down. Judi’s arthritis is a bit better too.
My body feels like it needs lots of natural, organic, raw foods and probiotics to help nourish it back to good health after inundating it with “junk” over the past days. All the sugar, wheat, corn, high fructose corn syrup, chemical additives (which are hidden in so many processed foods I’m sure I ate some), and pesticide-laden vegetables have killed off billions of good bacteria in my gut, and it’s time to rebuild. The best way I know to do that is by eliminating “unclean” foods and eating only “clean” food. Consuming additional probiotics to help repopulate the gut with “good guys” is also a must! Time for a juice cleanse!
My Three Day Juice Cleanse for Recuperation
For my juice cleanse, last night I made some organic vegetable juice which will serve as breakfast, along with a glass of homemade kefir. Kefir is the best probiotic on the face of this earth, and homemade kefir is absolutely the most powerful probiotic you can get.
The combination of cultured food and raw food will give my body the super-nourishing, probiotic and antioxidant-rich boost it needs to recuperate. I’ll do this for the next three days, using whatever organic vegetables and fruits I want for the juice. It’s very important to stick to Organic foods for juicing, especially when you want to cleanse. Non-organic could be GMO, or could have toxic pesticides on it. To cleanse, you don’t want to introduce more toxins!
I don’t use a recipe for juice. I buy whatever organic veggies I can find at a good price. If you like a sweeter juice, add an organic apple or two (no seeds, they aren’t good for you).
Today’s juice consists of the following:
1/2 stalk of celery
1 head romaine lettuce
1/4 green cabbage
thumb sized piece of peeled ginger (ginger is super anti-inflammatory)
For lunch I’ll make a blended juice, or smoothie. For my juice cleanse, I want to be sure to get some healthy fiber. The bulky fiber is removed when making a traditional juice in a juicing machine. Also, some veggies such as kale do not juice well. Today’s smoothie will consist of the following (all organic):
2-3 kale leaves
1 cup homemade nut milk (you can use any store bought milk, like almond or coconut)
1/2 cup organic unsweetened yogurt
handful of fresh or frozen berries
1 tbs ground flax seed
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 banana or 1/4 avocado to thicken it up and add flavor
For dinner, I’ll cook some clean antibiotic and hormone free meat, have an organic steamed vegetable (lightly steamed – still crunchy), and a glass of kefir.
After three days on the juice cleanse, I should feel “normal” again and resume my regular clean eating regimen, which is pretty much the same except for the daily juicing and additional cup of kefir at night. If not, I’ll continue on with the cleansing until it feels right.
Even us “clean eaters” fall off the wagon once in awhile. That’s A-OK! Life is all about having fun, and over-indulging is fun! Too much indulging is not good for the body though, so time to reel it in until the next time!