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Sunshine Juice and Raw Cleanse

8 Comments 14 May 2013

Sunshine Juice and Raw Cleanse

Today is my last day on a 10-day juice cleanse. At our April Raw Foods Potluck we all pulled our calendars out and found 10 days that would work for everyone to juice. It was great to cleanse with a support group. We even made extra juice and shared our recipes, both the yummy ones and the flops. I’ve really enjoyed making fruit and veggie juice combinations, and I have a new favorite, but first I have a great cleansing tip to share with you.

I’ve done juice cleanses and raw cleanses before, but I’ve never had one as easy and enjoyable as this one. I’m sure a lot of it was the support of my friends, but I also used a new supplement. In the past I’ve experienced some mighty detox symptoms while cleansing…headaches, flu-like symptoms, lethargy…and lethargy doesn’t work with my lifestyle. I teach kindergarten all day and 4-6 fitness classes per week, so there’s no time to feel tired. But this cleanse has been the easiest one I’ve ever done, and I really think the difference is that I used Garden of Life’s RAW Cleanse.

I highly recommend this raw, vegan, and gluten-free product. I used it in conjunction with juicing, but you can use it with a solid meals as well. There are three easy steps to this 7-day cleanse. Step 1 is Toxin Defense which is a packet of powdered oral and intestinal probiotics that are swished in the mouth with water and then easily swallowed. Step 2 is Organ Detox in the form of 3 capsules taken at breakfast and lunch. It removes environmental toxins and supports healthy liver biotransformation. Step 3 is Digestion & Elimination. It’s a powder that you mix in water and drink before bedtime. Don’t let the name scare you! It will not send you running for the bathroom in the middle of a meeting the next morning. It’s a very gentle product that uses flaxseeds and chia seeds to absorb the toxins your body is releasing, draws water into the colon, and uses coconut fiber to get things moving out.

For 10 days I have eaten nothing but juiced fruits and veggies and have felt fantastic. On the days that I taught fitness classes I added a scoop of Raw SunWarrior Protein Powder or two teaspoons of Earthrise Spirulina to my juice right before the workout. (I wasn’t interested in running the risk of passing out in front of a room filled with BodyPumpers!) I am very much looking forward to eating some solid food tomorrow, but in just 10 days I’ve noticed a difference in my skin, energy level, waistline, and general outlook. I really needed this cleanse!

Now for the Sunshine Juice! When I found golden beets at Whole Foods, I remembered Diane Elbin of The Whole Gang making us a delicious juice called Golden Joy at a gluten-free blogger’s get together. I made a few modifications to her recipe to create this Sunshine Juice.

Sunshine Juice

by Heather inspired by Diane Elbin


  • 5 golden beets, peeled
  • 15 organic carrots
  • 3 organic oranges
  • 2 inches of ginger


1. Juice all ingredients.

2. Pour juice through a fine-mesh strainer to remove extra pulp.

Yields 4 cups

If you can’t find golden beets, you can substitute red beets to make a Red Sunrise instead. Both are equally delicious.

Readers, dish!

Need a good juicer? I love my Omega VRT350S! 


*Note: I am not a medical expert or a nutritionist, and I have no connection with Garden of Life. I am not giving medical advice. I am solely sharing my experience.

This recipe is shared at: 5-Ingredient MondaysSlightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free WednesdaysRaw Foods ThursdaysWellness WeekendsHealthy Vegan FridayGluten-Free Fridays

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8 Comments so far

  1. Heathre says:

    That sounds like a great juice.

  2. Johnna says:

    This juice is beautiful and I’m sure tastes great! I can’t wait for golden beets to make their way back into the market here soon.

  3. Wow – thanks for this post, it’s very good info.
    I’ve never done a juice cleanse as I don’t like the idea of not having much energy as I also teach group exercise, but this puts my mind at ease. I’m still more of the just eat raw fruits & veggies for 10 days, but maybe I’ll give it a try. I love the Garden of Life stuff!

  4. I’ve never seen that product from Garden of Life before but it sounds fantastic! I’ll definitely keep that in mind next time I decide to do a cleanse (which should be soon!)

  5. The colors of that juice is amazing! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Can’t wait to see what you are bringing to the party this week! We have another GREAT giveaway!

    Cindy from


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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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