18 Apr 2014


Hey, guuuuys. How are you doing? Are you doing this cleanse with me and my partner? If so, how's it going for you? We are both feeling really good, but also looking forward to eating solids again on Sunday. One of the best things about giving up solid food for awhile is that when I am finished, I have a renewed passion for chomping! I am SO EXCITED to eat again. We are planning on making raw pizza with a crust made from cashew pulp left over from cashew mylk, topped with zucchini slices, marinated veggies and heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market! I am starting to drool just thinking about it. Something my partner is really appreciating from this cleanse is his realization that food can and should be simple and wholesome and enjoyed humbly. We don't need decadent, heavy, unhealthy meals to feel satisfied! Fresh fruits and vegetables are more than enough to bring happiness. For the entire duration of this cleanse, I have been almost always satisfied with the liquids we've been making - juices, smoothies, soups, puddings and nut mylks - but when I did crave a solid food, it was never doughnuts or bread or anything like that. It was kale chips or steamed broccoli with brown rice! These foods are gentle on my body and the planet, and no one has to die for me to eat them. It's all about simplicity and wholesomeness. I am sooo grateful my partner is learning to grasp this idea all on his own, it means a lot to me. 

We are going for eight days (of just consuming liquids) so we can end the fast on 4/20. Hehe. Yesterday went pretty well. Started off with our current fave smoothie recipe (a mix of blueberries, bananas, dates and nut mylk), then had a super powerful green juice later with radishes... woo! I think I made avocado chocolate pudding for myself too. Also made a delicious corn and potato soup with rosemary and thyme for dinner. Today has also been going great. Our energy levels are excellent, we don't need as much sleep, and we are happy to get up in the morning, do yoga together, then make a delicious smoothie! I was literally squealing while I was doing downward dog this morning because I was thinking about that blueberry smoothie. So we made that again and sat in the sun for awhile. Then we made an AMAZING beet carrot garlic juice, put it in portable containers and went our separate ways for the day. I went hiking by the water with friends all afternoon and by the time I got home I was HUNGRY. I made a giant blueberry smoothie (I told you, it's my fave right now) and gulped it down. I am quite full now. I might make some tea later though. So that's it! One more day left and then it's back to solids. I am so happy with how this is going, and it's pretty much the best timing because I had a lot of stressors find their way into my life the past week, so I need my diet to be the purest possible, ya feel me? My last exam is tomorrow as well, then my second book manuscript is due shortly after, but THEN I get to start livin' summer up. 


1 cup radishes
4 cups kale
4 cups carrots
4 celery sticks
3 apples
2 oranges
1 bell pepper
1 garlic clove

Wash, peel and chop as needed. Juice. Drink. 


4 potatoes
2 cups corn
1 onion
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon thyme
Dash black pepper
Enough vegetable broth to cover everything

Simmer the potatoes and onion in the broth until tender, then put everything in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and delicious. 


3 large beets
8 carrots
1 garlic clove
1 bell pepper
1 lemon
4 pineapple slices
6 celery stalks

Wash, peel and chop as needed. Juice. Drink. 


2 mangoes
5 bananas
5 dates
2 cups walnut mylk 
8 ice cubes
1 cup blueberries

Blend until smooth, adding walnut mylk or water as needed. Omg. So good. I drank this all myself. 

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Unknown said...

My sister and I did a liquid cleanse also starting last Sunday but had some solid food last night. It started out rough and I felt tired, low energy, a little bloated from all the liquid. But after day 3 I started to feel alive again, a renewed energy. I also, same as you, found myself appreciating the good foods I do eat (or drink) and getting super excited to try new recipes! Sometimes, a cleanse is good for digestion but I feel it's beyond that and a huge benefit for your mental, emotional, and spiritual self. Gather some clarity and new found appreciation for the life we live and then go live it! Thanks for being awesome and always inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your exam, veryvery good luck:)

Anonymous said...

Do you use the pulp from your juicer? I compost so I don't worry about it too much, but it still seems a bit wasteful.

Unknown said...

Hey Em, Sorry you had a rough week. I want to do a liquid cleanse soon. I get nervous about it though because my job is really physically demanding and I don't get breaks to chug smoothies. It'll be great to start one with my new new blender AND food processor (thanks M&D!) On another note... being the age you are is tough. There are so many emotions that seem to flood you all the time. It's nice that you have a partner that is genuinely interested in your raw vegan journey. That is hard to find. I've been with my boyfriend for over 5 years and he still won't give up meat :( I am twenty-nine and things still get confusing. Maybe it's not age but things seem to get clearer as you get older. I know we aren't that far apart in age but when I look back at being twenty I remember how hard everything seemed. You seem to have a great family and good friends which can literally be a life saver. Keep your chin up! I hope we can still do tea or a smoothie at some point :) Your friend in cyber space (and Vancouver) Zoe

Em von Euw said...

@Anonymous - yes! I compost too but it's fun making pulp into burgers, crackers, cookies, etc.