18 Aug 2013

DAY FOUR OF MY CLEANSE



































People have been telling me I shouldn't call this a cleanse, since my system is pretty much as clean as can be. I'd have to agree with this and I'll say right now I am not concerned about becoming more pure or losing weight or anything like that. I just love how I feel when all I consume is fresh juices and organic fruit! I am not restricting my calories as far as I know (although I do not, and never have, kept track); I am drinking and eating as much as I want/need so I don't feel deprived.

That being said, everyone fasts and cleanses for different reasons. Your aim may be to lose weight, detox, transition into a vegan or raw food diet, etc. Whatever your situation, make sure you have a clear goal in mind and that you do it safely! If you're "cleansing" with me, I hope you're doing great!

Today I took it easy again, certainly enjoying not having to work on my book - for now (I get my revisions back in a couple weeks). I cleaned and tidied the house, watered the plants, picked blueberries and immediately ate them, and I am still currently trying to bleach this cute lingerie-esque dress I bought at a thrift store two days ago. I figured it'd look great in white instead of black but the colour is taking a long time to come out... we'll see. Then I watched Reincarnated and almost fell asleep. Following that I made this juice (recipe below)! Hope you like it as much as I did.

























ginger jive carrot apple juice:

3 large carrots
2 green apples
1 cucumber
1/2 pineapple
1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh ginger

Wash, peel and chop the produce as needed. Put through your juicer, strain (optional) and enjoy! 

28 comments:

Jen said...

What juicer do you use?

Natália Puga said...

I tried to do a juice cleanse once but I felt so hungry that I gave up. This week I'm going to try a easier version of it, only consuming juices, fruits, veggies and fresh salads. No sugar, fats, and definitely nothing that comes from a package!

thanks for the inspiration as always <3

Emily von Euw said...

That sounds great! Do what works for you :D

Anonymous said...

"Juice cleanses" sound pretty restrictive to me. Drinking only juice for days at a time? You may as well subsist on baby food. It's unfortunate people feel the need to crash diet on liquefied vegetables (that were perfectly good whole) every once in a while to feel "healthy" enough. I can understand the use of Soylent (which makes me super excited, as an environmentalist), but this whole juicing fad is just beyond me. I'll stick with eating whole adult foods. Like chopped cucumbers. And apples. Which I eat with my hand.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting to me the people that do cleanses, where I live it's the everyday diet (I live in Mexico) It's a tradition to go to the local market to buy truly organic food at very low prices and local cuisine is 80% vegetables. Fruit juices are another common thing too. Here homemade food is something that comes from generations. Maybe my descriptions aren't that attractive but it's really nice to enjoy those things since childhood.

June said...
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Emily von Euw said...

That sounds like heaven to me!

Emily von Euw said...

Omega 350 VRT! :D

coconutandberries said...

I love the idea of doing a juice/fruit cleanse but don't have a juicer and also have an eating disorder history so worry about slipping into restriction. Great it's working out for you though and that you're feeling good :)

Deb K said...

I was curious, if you don't have a juicer could you use a blender and would I then strain it for just the juice or could I drink it as is?

Galen Morrisey said...

June, trust what your body tells you. With that being said try juicing for a week and let your body tell you why we all do it. Jack Lalanne juiced until he died at the ripe age of 96. Juicing even once a day while eating healthy can be way better than not juicing at all. Simply munching on chopped cucumbers is not giving you the nutrients you get from juicing them. Pop those in the juicer and look at how little comes out. You have to eat 3 large cucumbers to get the benefits from that vegetable. There are amazing recipe concoctions that taste so good. Try it before you speak to it.

Emily von Euw said...

:) Thanks, Galen.

Emily von Euw said...

You COULD just drink the blended stuff, as long as you like the taste. Otherwise I would recommend doing a smoothie cleanse instead, using your fave smoothie recipes. Straining your blended produce won't really be effective because a lot is going to waste and it's a lot messier.

Emily von Euw said...

Good for you for knowing what you is healthy and unhealthy for you :) You're amazing.

Rhonda said...

It's time for me to get back onto a healthier wagon. I was doing well on a lifestyle of healthy choices in foods. I still buy mostly organics. However, since losing my mother rather quickly to Motor Neuron Disease (she died just 3 weeks after finally receiving a proper diagnosis and a prognosis of 6 months), and being away from my home and kitchen and around other people, I slipped back into poor habits. I've been eating more meat, albeit mostly bought from the farmer who raises it humanely and sustainably, and the dreaded sugar (my drug of choice, it seems) has infiltrated my diet, as has turning to junk foods... foods I deplore.... not for sustenance but for comfort.
5kg has piled on since the end of March. My digestive system feels like garbage, my skin is suffering. All in all, I feel like crap.
I know how much better I felt when I was juicing and eating in a much healthier fashion.
Don't get me wrong, overall the food I eat is way better than the average Joe. Junk food is not a daily item... perhaps once a week up until this past fortnight when it's gone to 3, but I notice it. I'm making my own Kombucha, sauerkraut and Kefir and take them as fast as I can produce them. I guess that I am saying that after feeling so good eating healthy food, it takes less of the bad foods for you to notice the effect that they have on your body. Perhaps it's like drinking alcohol; when you cut back and you don't drink much at all, perhaps one glass in a few months, it only takes one drink to get you tipsy.
I spent 5 months in India last year, I took chelation and ozone therapy while I was there and I came back feeling a new person. I want that feeling back, the vitality.
Funnily, I had already decided this morning (after seeing a dreaded number on the scales) to start on a detox pack that I returned with, before reading your post. LOL, I guess you have now just received the fallout from that decision in this rather long post/confession.

I actually came on to comment on you removing the dye from your dress. Black to white and vice versa, are not easy to do. You might need to check with specialists.... or settle for a coffee colour.
I'm laughing at myself now because I cannot believe that I have detoxed these thoughts onto your page. I'm going to post it anyway because then it will be out into the universe.
Cheers.

Rhonda said...

Please feel free to delete if it is not in keeping with your page. Cheers again, Rhonda.

Emily von Euw said...

No I love to see you open up :) Thank you for sharing that, I'm sure it felt good to write it out. I am so sorry about your mother, loss of loved ones takes a toll on us all and we each react differently. You're totally right about alcohol and comparing it to clean eating. It sounds like this is a perfect time to cleanse - emotionally and physically. Think of your cleansing as detoxification from all your sadness and stress as well as getting rid of the sugar, etc. you've been having. Let it all go and watch yourself bloom back into the beautiful spirit you are :) YOU GO GIRL! Much love- Em

Anonymous said...

I was just talking to someone yesterday about how horribly Mexican food is portrayed in the U.S., and how people think it is unhealthy when that is far from the truth! I got my love for fresh squeezed fruit juices and combining greens and fruits from spending summers with grandma in Mexico- on every corner, you can get all types of combinations- spinach, cactus and pineapple was my favorite. I would go every morning across the street from grandma's house and get a frash squeezed orange/carrot juice. That is something I wish we had here in the U.S.- cheap fruit juice stands on every corner!!!

Emily von Euw said...

Hurraw!!! Ahh you're making me want to travel there :)

Anonymous said...

Most probably do not follow a juice cleanse for the purpose of "crash dieting" or other fanatical reasons, but in this day and age with the hype surrounding looks and such I can understand your point. However, there are many out there that do so for health reasons or for spiritual reasons etc. I certainly will not cleanse just for the sake of weight because I know the weight lost is mostly water weight.

Emily von Euw said...

:) Thank you for that!

Anonymous said...

Science does not know everything. Its just one way to explain things, and is always somewhat tainted or biased and always changing. It is another religion.

Anonymous said...

Oh and enjoy your Gooooooorrrrrggggeeeeoooouuuussss juice

Anonymous said...

Just read up on soylent. I guess it has good intentions and might help a tiny bit but in order to cure world hunger people have to stop being so wasteful and (lazy?) There is enough real whole food to go around on this planet. People need more than gray liquid to survive because eating is more than just nutrition there are spiritual, ritualistic,cultural and community ties, implications, traditions that won't really ever take hold worldly to something like soylent.

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you what happened with my first ever attampt with this juice: I have an extremely old juicer, from my grandma to my mom to me. It makes one hell of a noise, but works. So there I am, with a hug pile of peeled carrots and cucumbers, chopped pineapples and apples and ginger and all (looks pretty nice btw), and I have just managed to juice up the carrots and one apple, when the machine decides it is her time to leave this world. *Phiuuuuuu* it just died out, and didn't come back anymore. Great, I think. Well, since I'm very determined when I want something, and this time it was the juice, I put everything else in a blender and made a smoothie, which I then strained through a small sieve pushing it through with a squeezed lemon's half. Since all the produce used in this juice (except for the carrots) are quite juicy, I managed to get more of the juice than the fiber mass. And it was delicious! First I felt bad of all the waste there would be, but the amount was so small it didn't matter ;) So thanks for the great recipe! Now I just need to find a new juicer - I doubt my blender could do carrots. Unless I grate them first, of course... hmm! Greetings from the cold north where sunlight is starting to be a rare treat, we need more vitamin drinks for well-being every day :))

Emily von Euw said...

Haha thank you for sharing :D What a drama. Juice for everyone! <3

Anonymous said...

I got the Hamilton Beach juicer from Kmart for under $60 and it works great if you don't have a huge budget. I did the Juicing re-boot from the "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" Movie and it kept up very well and is still running like a champ! Also its easy to clean! *Tip put a produce bag in the pulp catcher ;) Good Luck

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