I was inspired by reading Crazy Sexy Diet to delve into the world juicing, and a 21-day detox. The juicing has lasted. The detox, however, has not.
Detoxing is an interesting beast for me. I know that it works for a lot of people. And can help to cleanse the system when things are acting all haywire. But I prefer to do what Meghan Telpner talks about in a recent post: make 80% of what most people would consider a cleanse, your everyday way of living.
Over in the Custom Kitchen, we eat a lot of fruits and veggies, stick to whole grains, cook our meals, avoid processed crap, skip the coffee/tea/soda craziness, move our bodies, and detox our minds through meditation.
When I looked at the detox plan, it looked a whole lot like what we ate on a regular basis minus being 100% gluten free. We eat a lot of root vegetables, drink green smoothies on a regular basis, and try to get a variety of beans and legumes in.
The one thing that we don’t do is juicing.
Instead of restricting and limiting, I decided to do what works best for me: add in more of the good stuff.
My first attempt at juicing was a fairly standard green juice:
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2 stalks of celery including leaves
- 3 carrots
- 1/2 apple
I threw all ingredients into the juicer, saw the magic potion come out, took a sip…and gagged.
Lesson 1: if you don’t like the flavor of something raw (i.e.—stalks of celery) you are most definitely not going to like it juiced (i.e.—celery juice).
My second attempt:
- 1 pear
- 1 green apple
- 4-5 leaves of curly kale
All I can say is this was a delight. I wanted to lick the glass clean it was so good.
Lesson 2: Start simple and work your way up to more complicated flavors and combinations.
My third attempt:
- 2 green apples
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 3 leaves of rainbow chard
Aaaand. Back to being icky. While I like chard raw (most of the time), it was so strong and overpowering in this concoction that I couldn’t really get through more than half the glass.
Lesson 3: Moderation is key. Start with one leaf, and add another if you can tolerate it. Greens are stronger in flavor than you realize.
What are your favorite juicing recipes and tips?