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.
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.
- Have you ever done a juice cleanse?
- Have you ever tried Garden of Life’s RAW Cleanse?
*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 Mondays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Raw Foods Thursdays, Wellness Weekends, Healthy Vegan Friday, Gluten-Free Fridays