My friend, Debbie, got married last year in Montana to a really great guy. The two of them live in Chicago, but love Montana, so they opted for a destination wedding. The reception was a couple months later in Chicago. She’s a cowgirl at heart and the reception was proof of that. One touch that gave more of a rustic feel was choice of drinking glasses. Instead of regular restaurant-style cocktail glasses, she went with mason jars. She had hundreds of jars left over after the reception…and who was the benefactor? Me! I literally filled up the back of my SUV with flats of Ball mason jars and promised my husband I would significantly increase the amount of yogurt, canned vegetables and juices I make. I left a few flats of jars in my kitchen and the rest went into my basement. I’ve learned that it’s really hard to make use of that many jars. Sometimes I make my friends yogurt or juices – and tell them they can keep the jars if they want them. Eventually, the very same jars make their way back into my kitchen.
What’s my point? And what does this have to do with my cleanse?
I’m really happy to have the jars and am truly optimistic I will eventually use them all. Somehow. I truly have mad love for these jars and went crazy today preparing for my 30 day cleanse, which starts TODAY! I’m cleansing, not fasting- so 30 days is really doable. I also know a thing or two about nutrition and diet, so deciding what I’m going to eat, juice, supplement with and avoid is a no-brainer.
The key to a good cleanse is preparation and intention. It would be really hard to wake up on a Monday morning to do a cleanse of any sort without having a plan. My 30 days consists of lots of “mini plans.” The big picture remains the same, but – especially for juicing purposes – foods will change.
I have a few rules I will follow through mid-May, which include:
- No refined sugar
- No alcohol
- No grains (other than soaked oats every now and then)
- Tons of turmeric, ginger, garlic, lemon and cinnamon (both juiced and added to meals)
- No caffeine (other than green tea)
- Epsom salt baths a couple times a week (healthy and my skin feels incredibly soft the next day)
- Water, water, water
- Plenty of fresh and lightly steamed vegetables
- Regular sleep/wake times
- Eat and drink regularly throughout the day (NO unconscious eating)
I would say the hardest thing for me to avoid is going to be this place my family and I go to for gluten free pizza once a week. We always order a gluten free chicken pizza, which is great! When it comes to dairy, I can take it or leave it, so the cheese isn’t the craving. It’s just a really yummy crust.
I spent some time today making yogurt for my family, and juices for me. Yogurt is really easy to make and if you’re a fan – give it a try. Here’s the method I use. The juices I made for the next couple days were turmeric/ginger and parsley/beet. I had help from my kids who love pushing food into my juicer. The beets and turmeric (especially the turmeric) stain, so if you ever juice with either one of those, be careful. When you juice with turmeric, wear kitchen gloves or your hands will be orangey-yellow for a couple days.
I also made about seven bottles of a ginger spice tea that I love. Here’s the recipe, if you’re interested. It’s really simple and is more of drink than a tea. I store my tea in old kombucha bottles. I could have used the mason jars, but have a hard time throwing away any glass bottles that look like they could be useful one day. I guess I’m a glass bottle/jar horder.
Why am I doing a cleanse?
I want my body to be running optimally. I want to have consistent energy throughout the day – every day! Usually I do, but sometimes I’m dragging. I almost always attribute those days to poor sleep, but truth be told, hormones play a BIG role. Speaking of hormones, every month I get insanely cold right around the time I start my period (I think that’s the first time I’ve ever referred to my cycle in a blog!). Seriously, it could be 85 degrees and I will be shivering. When I’ve done cleanses in the past, the “cold spell” nearly resolves itself.
So that’s what I’m up to now. One of the best motivations for me are my clients! They are doing amazing! I started working with a couple new clients last week as well and love making connections with people when it comes to living healthy – whether their goals are to lose weight, eat healthier, or exercise better.
I’ll keep you posted on how things progress. And I’ll definitely let you know if I come up with any new recipes. One great way to stay up to date with my is to subscribe to my newsletter. Stay healthy!
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