THE HABIT - 72 Hour Juice Cleanse
Time to get fresh, y’all.
Coming out of winter, my body feels a wee bit sluggish. I’m congested, foggy, a little slower than I should be. I’ve also rediscovered my love of carbs and heavy foods.
In Ayurveda, spring is referred to as kapha season. There’s a buildup of dampness or heaviness in the air, the ground, and within us. As the ice begins to melt, and new spring growth happens, we too feel the urge to shake off the old and step into the new. It’s time to freshen up.
An AWESOME way to do this is with an Ayurvedic Detox - a 3 week process where you slowly remove all that’s not serving you from your internal and external environment. It’s deeply cleansing. Here’s a Blog about my experience with this last Fall.
This year, we started with the external environment. Spring cleaning had to happen. Decluttering my external environment provides a HUGE assist in supporting an easeful dietary detox.
(less clutter = less stress = less mommy heading for the cookies)
And now, we detox.
In your basic 3 week Ayurvedic detox the first week is spent with a focus on eating a plant based diet, removing heavy foods and preservatives. Due to family visits and other engagements forthcoming, my husband and I opted for a shorter deep cleanse period (aka week 2), where we pare down to just liquid for 3 days. Week 3 is spent easing back into your regular routines, but with a shift in your eating habits moving forward. Do you know why this happens?
Because our taste buds develop habits, just like our brains. #truth.
Like increases like. The more you eat of something, the more you’ll want it. In a 3 day juice cleanse, you’re positively assaulting your taste buds with fresh, bitter, astringent, naturally sweet and sour flavors that a bag of cool ranch doritos couldn’t hold a candle to. You’re crowding out the bad foods, by offering soooooo many good ones. The result, in my experience, has been a renewed taste for all things healthy and crisp.
You’ll be fresh like lettuce, y’all.
People often assume (likely because of the price of buying fresh pressed juice from the store) that juicing isn't affordable. We purchased all the ingredients listed in my fancy infographic times 2 (for me and the hubbs), and the total cost was $84. So $42 per person → $14 per day → $1.75 per cup of juice. Hands down the most worth it thing I’ve done to feel instantly amazing (although there are a few other things I do, too).
There are 2 types of juicers on the market - Masticating and Centrifugal. Masticating juicers work by pressing the juice from the plant, where centrifugal juicers grate the plant to bits and extract the juice. Apparently masticating juicers maintain more nutrients from the plant, and extract more juice, but they come at a premium. We took the jump and invested in an Omega masticating juicer, and its AMAZING. Also it makes sorbet which the kids love. Last year we bought my dad a Breville Juice plus centrifugal juicer and he loves it and uses it every day.
Paring down your diet in the week before a juice cleanse is a MUST. Otherwise your body won't be ready to not receive so much food, leading to backsliding and sadness. We want to ease in, not jump in.
In the easing in week we stick to soups and stews. Here’s a couple of our quick and easy faves:
The Oh She Glows African Peanut Stew: http://www.cbc.ca/food/recipes/oh-she-glows-soul-soothing-african-peanut-stew
The Isa Does it Vegan Borscht:
So... yeah! Juice cleanse for the win. Give it a try, lemme know how it goes!