Last week I was all about the pie. Pie is delicious and amazing. This week I need to clean some of that out of my system. I chose to do that with juicing. A delicious juice cleanse to remove all that sugar and carbs. Just like all my other recipe posts I will ramble about about what I think about the recipe and then give the recipe. Everyone should feel free to slide down to the recipes and skip the ramblings. I have learned a few things about juicing and about myself through juicing. Those things are:
- I care more about feeling good then if wellness works
- Sometimes aches and pains are part of the process
- Equipment matters
I have no idea if cleanses work, or how they work. I cannot come here and tell you that if you do a cleanse you will lose weight or get healthier. I really have no idea. I can tell you that I have done long juice cleanses and each time I feel better. Each time I feel more energized. Juice can replace a meal, or become your only meals for as long as you cleanse. I once did 30 days, and felt amazing afterward. The standard seems to be 3-5 days. But cleanses should be done because you feel good. They should be something you want and enjoy. Never let anyone tell you that you should suffer. Your life choices should be a joy.
To me cleanses are like a lot of things in the world. Many things I think of as medicine or wellness are not necessarily healthcare. They are things that make me feel better, and help me feel energetic and keep going forward. I have no idea if mountain air is good for me or if a copper bracelet will help my arthritis. I don’t know if salt water is good for my skin, or that sunshine is the best aseptic. I do not know if allergy medication really works, but I know it works for me. What I do know is that wellness is the best feeling. I feel great after a juice cleanse and a mountain hike under the sun. My skin feels good after I rinse the crust of salt water off. I know these things feel good, and make me feel good. That is all I care about, life is about feeling great.
Now having said juicing should be a joy I have been told that some people experience some headaches and body aches after a few days of juicing before they work through it and start to feel better. I have never experienced that. I just haven’t. I also do not get hangovers when I drink, ever, so maybe it is connected to that. My body just does not like to ache, so it doesn’t. So, I suppose you might get aches and pains. Many things in life bring aches and pains, but if you push through you find yourself better off.
Many choices we make to improve ourselves lead us through a land of pain and aches. Withdrawals and sore muscles are steps toward feeling better. Giving ourselves to something feels good, but to truly give oneself over completely means sacrifice. It means your body or soul will ache because you are stretching them. Growth takes change, and change can hurt. The easy road means you never ache, but it also means you never grow. You stagnate and you become poisonous to yourself and others. So embrace that ache, rejoice in it.
To make juice you will need more than just produce to squeeze. You will need a juicer of some sort. The slower the grind the better is what I have read. You do not require the most expensive juicer, but many of the higher end ones do have some nice options. My suggestion is to get a cheaper juicer to start. There is a good chance it will sit unused when you are not juicing or if you decide you are not a big juicing fan once you have tried it. I picked a second one up that will help create pasta and a few other things as well. It was a bit spendy, but worth it with the options I use. But my first juicer though was a gift, and it did not do any of those things. What it did do was juice, and juice well. It was one of the best gifts I ever received, and I will be forever thankful for that particular gift.
If you do an actual cleanse where you replace meals with juice remember to drink a nice big glass of water at least 15 minutes before starting your juice. If you go hardcore and juice cleanse for 3-5 days make sure you drink a lot of water. Do not drink alcohol while juicing. I drank coffees and teas with my juicing, but they say not to. I suggest nothing but coffees, teas, water, and juices. Juicing (especially if you keep drinking caffeine) will dehydrate you. So increase your water intake, then increase it again. Remember that anything you do you need to stay healthy and do some reading about it.
I have included two recipes that I like. A beet juice which took me a minute to get use to and a green juice that tastes mostly of kale. I found these juices years ago and tweaked them here and there over the years. A good juice fast that uses these two recipes will work wonders for how you feel. Remember to drink lots of water as juicing ironically dehydrates you. Enjoy lots of yummy yummy juices after you start with these two.
- 1 beet
- 2 large carrots
- 1 apple
- 1 piece of ginger
- ½ a lime (if you use a lemon you want to peel it)
- 2 handfuls of spinach (about a cup)
- 2 stalks of celery
- 3 stalks/leafs of kale (about a cup)
- 3 stalk/leafs of romaine (about 1 and ½ cups)
- 1 cucumber
- 1 apple
- 1/2 lemon (you want to peel it)
In the comments leave some info on juices you have tried and how you liked them. Feel free to discuss the experiments you might want to try.