I can’t believe that I am about to say this, but I am on a juice cleanse! Why do I find it so unbelievable, because for the last 2 years, I have had an aversion to them. Whenever I considered doing one, my body was like “heck no…we are not ready for that.” And it makes sense considering how stressful my life was during that time. And your body needs a lot of nutrients when you are stressed, which pretty much explains my near addiction to all kinds of greens (I eat more greens than anyone I have ever met). But now, that I am changing the way that I live by reducing my work load and taking better care of myself, when I think of a juice cleanse, my body is like “maybe…not a bad idea”.
I have decided to do a juice cleanse because I want to release what is no longer needed. When I had a stressful life, my body had to hold onto things in order to survive in the best way it knew how, including certain emotions, hormonal imbalances (eg. high cortisol levels), weight, etc. But now it doesn’t have to hold onto these things because I have changed the context of my living. And a juice cleanse will provide the space for me to release unnecessary gifts. I call them gifts because they were what my body needed at the time. At some level they protected me and allowed me to thrive in the best way I knew how.
Preparation for my juice cleanse
I have spent the last few days preparing my mind and body for the cleanse. Whenever I set out to do a cleanse, my mind spends several days getting my body prepared for it. It’s pretty interesting and kind of hard to explain. But by the time I start, I am ready and completely content with my decision. My cleanse becomes business as usual.
I went to the farmers’ market and purchased about $35 worth of fruits and veggies (almost all organic). My goal is for this cleanse to cost me no more than $250-300 a month. Juicing can be very expensive. According to the documentary, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, juicing for a month with non-organic foods will cost you ~$450, and ~$900 for organic foods. Well, lets just say that I REFUSE to pay that much. The good news is that this is the perfect time of year to do a juice cleanse in my locale because everything is coming into season. I purchased 10 cucumbers ($5.00), 3 large tomatoes ($4.50…very pricey), 2 bunches of carrots (I will juice tops; $4.00), 1 bunch of beets (I will juice tops; $2.00), 4 green peppers ($2.00), 1 bunch of chard ($2.00), 1 bunch of sorrel ($1.50), 1 bag of basil ($1.00), 1 peck of apples (about 25 apples; $7.50), 1/2 pint of gooseberries (which juice very well; $2.50), and 2 quarts of fresh broccoli tops; $4.00). Almost everything purchased was organic. The thing that I disliked paying for the most was the tomatoes. I think it is still early in the season here, which is why they are still expensive. Plus, I usually grow them myself, which means I basically pay next to nothing for organic tomatoes. This amount of food should last 5-6 days…but we shall see. I just contacted a friend of mine who owns a farm to see if I can get more affordable prices on some of these items. Also, I will be growing microgreens in my greenhouse to juice.
I plan to do the cleanse until I decide to stop. I don’t feel the need to achieve 20, 30, or 60 days. For me, it is very harmful to attach myself to such goals because it provides the opportunity for me to ignore my body. If my body wants to stop because the cleanse no longer serves me, then I have to stop. Plus, I want to stay interested in the process and not attach myself to the goal. Often, when we do the latter, we ignore the present and focus on getting the present over with so that we can get the goal. I don’t want to live like that. I am aware that I will probably cleanse longer than a week, or 2 weeks, but after that who knows. Just taking it a day at a time.
My juice cleanse starts
Yesterday was Day 1 of my cleanse. It was pretty easy. I guess when your mind and body are completely on board, it’s a pretty easy process. Plus, I have been sick for the last few days, so my appetite has been pretty low.
Because I am not a huge juicer, I just tend to make recipes by throwing things together and hoping for the best. So far so good. Yesterday, I made 10 ounces of a sweet ginger-apple-gooseberry juice, 32 ounces of veggie juice, and 10 ounces of cucumber-collard juice. And I drank a lot of water.
Here are the recipes of my favorite juices so far:
1 pinky size stick of ginger
1 large collard leaf
1/2 lemon Juice all and enjoy!
Sweet Sorrel Breakfast Juice
1-1.5 cups of sorrel greens
1 cup pineapple
1 small beet
Juice all and enjoy!