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Life After Juicing

12 Comments 10 February 2014

Life After Juicing

Several of you have asked me how I transitioned from a month of juicing back to solid foods. I wish I could tell you that there is a magic formula that works perfectly for every person. And that if you follow those directions precisely, all will be well. All I can give you is my plan, what actually happened, and a few tips.

I intended to ease back to solid food with smoothies, more juices, and pureed soups to slowly wake up my digestive system. Looking back, my fourth week was pretty rough. I was very ready to be finished with the New Year’s Juicing Challenge and needed more nutrients. I started pureeing bananas into my morning green juice and avocado into my evening juice. On the last few days, I used the same ingredients that I would have juiced for my Spicy Avocado Soup and made a raw soup, blending everything in my Vitamix instead of putting it through the juicer. I think these days served as my transitional days. They required my stomach to work a little harder at digesting in preparation for solid foods.

On the evening of Day 30 we went to a party hosted by two of my favorite NYC foodie friends. I came armed with a bottle of green juice and intended just to nibble a few soft foods. But when I saw that they had made the entire feast gluten free with a vegan option for every single dish, I knew that this would be my transitional meal. Thankfully every single dish was soft and easy to digest — roasted root vegetables, rice and veggies, marinated tofu and mushrooms, and guacamole. The flavors were so intensely delicious that I could barely participate in conversation.

I was a little afraid that I had overdone it and awaited a stomach ache, but it never came. I believe that pure, soft, vegan food was a great transition.

For the week after Day 30 I started each day with a smoothie like this one.

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Love Smoothie recipe coming soon!

And then I turned to my blogger friends for lunch and dinner ideas. For 30 straight days, I posted about juice while salivating over the warm recipes that my friends were posting. As food bloggers, we love reading each other’s posts, but most of our time in the kitchen is spent creating our own recipes. So it’s rare that we have the time to try each other’s creations.

My transition week was filled with delicious meals thanks to some of you!

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This Tomato and Red Lentil Soup with Dill by Janet of The Taste Space was perfect to take to work throughout the week. Warm and filling with the perfect amount of spice and fresh dill, it kept me singing joyfully about the wonders of cooked food again.

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These Green Power Burgers by Emma of Coconut and Berries are fabulous! Made with buckwheat and edamame, they were a delicious dinner one evening and made great leftovers over salads. I loved these burgers topped with Carrie’s Pesto Hemp Dressing from Carrie on Vegan.

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Are you a cauliflower fan? I am most definitely not, but I devoured this entire bowl of Tempeh and Cauliflower Pasanda by Emma of Coconut and Berries. This dish is to die for. It’s a meal to make for company.

Gabby of The Veggie Nook finished off my week of delicious meals with this Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad. Rainbow quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and kale topped with a tantilizing dressing.

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Speaking of dressings, Suzanne of Hello Veggie wowed us with her Vegan Grain Bowl with Dragon Sauce this week too. That sauce was so incredible that it was gone almost instantly! Fighting over the last spoonful of Dragon Sauce could get ugly, so next time I’m doubling the recipe!

Every afternoon I came home and made a green juice blended with a plain or vanilla protein powder as my afternoon snack.

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Kiss Me Kale recipe coming soon!

I also turned the dehydrator on for the first time in a month and made this Zucchini Hemp Banana Bread.

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I also made the BEST bread I have made to date.

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It’s thick, it’s pliable, and it’s coming soon to a blog near you!

Here are my tips for transitioning from a juice cleanse back to solid food:

1. Start with smoothies and blended soups.

2. Introduce cooked, pure vegan foods.

3. Then add in raw salads and vegetables when you feel like your digestive system is ready to break them down.

4. If you eat dairy or meat, wait several days to a week before reintroducing them.

5. Keep juicing! Stay in the habit of juicing once a day, because it’s insanely good for you.

Post juicing challenge reflections:

1. I’m so glad that I did the Juicing Challenge, but I think 30 days was about 5 days too long for me. I was able to make it work, but it’s good to know my limits.

2. Juice cleansing provided me with some great results:

  • Clear complexion
  • Release from caffeine addiction
  • More connection with the hand to mouth reflex
  • Strengthened intuitive eating cues
  • Increased energy and brighter outlook
  • Resolve to keep my diet pure
  • Sharpened taste buds
  • All of my clothes fit again

3. They say nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, but I’d like to revise that. Nothing tastes as good as healthy tastes AND feels!

Thanks so much for your support during my challenge! I’d love to hear how you’re doing!

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Readers, dish!

  • How did your juicing go?
  • How have you transitioned back to solid food after a juice cleanse?
  • What is the longest juice cleanse you’ve ever done?
  • How do you break food addictions or cravings?

Your Comments

12 Comments so far

  1. So glad you enjoyed my dish! And goodness you have been eating so well recently! My mouth is watering! Time for breakfast I think ;)

  2. YUM! All your eats look fantastical! Colourful, pretty and nutritious. YUM! I love how you are cooking from online recipes. I share recipes for others to try and I love cooking through other recipes, too. Totally bookmarking these other ones. :)

  3. Emma says:

    Wow! I guess you’ve got to make up for lost time with all this cooking ;)
    I’m so flattered you made not just one but two of my recipes! Your breads make me want a dehydrator so badly!

  4. Maggie says:

    Congratulations Heather! I enjoyed following along while you did your cleanse!

  5. Respect – I admire your willpower to do such a long cleanse and I love the tasty foods you picked to transition back to normal eating.
    Well done! I hope you’ll do another one in summer so I can join ;-)

    My longest juice cleanse was 7 days btw. I started with steamed brown rice, vegetables and hummus.

  6. Congrats, Heather! Glad your transition back to solids went smoothly–and you’re inspiring me to try some of the gorgeous recipes you featured. Also, can’t wait for you to post some of the recipes you hinted at here!

  7. Debi says:

    I love your reflections and #3! Glad to hear you didn’t have the expected tummy ache after that transitional meal. :D

  8. Sounds like you transitioned nicely. And that is awesome that your friends made so much good food on your last day of juicing =) Fun!
    Thanks for the great recipe roundup. Looking forward to your Love Smoothie recipe!

  9. Johnna says:

    What a delicious collection of recipes! And what great advice to tuck away for transitioning from long stretches of juicing. I can’t wait to make the zucchini banana bread.

  10. That new bread recipe looks amazing!! Glad you came out okay in the end, dear. Thanks for sharing all with us!

    xo,
    Shirley

  11. Megan says:

    Wow! I don’t think I would have the discipline to go an entire month juicing. I am such a hand-to-mouth person with food – but maybe juicing is what I need to get over that? Hmm, something to think about. And I never thought about like after juicing and what that could mean for stomach aches.


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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. 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. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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