Yesterday, my boyfriend approached me with the idea of doing a juice cleanse for two days, followed by two days of highly nutritious eating. Since I’m typically the one suggesting the household health challenges, I didn’t even question why he wanted to do this. I jumped right on board and even suggested that we do 3 continuous days of juicing! This isn’t our first time at the rodeo. In the past we’ve done periods of intermittent fasting together, raw food challenges, and completed a Pressed Juicery 3 Day Cleanse.
But wait, don’t you guys already eat super healthy?
Any person eating the standard American diet would walk into our household and say, “Dang! You guys eat really healthy.” And that’s true, we do. We have a plant-based, minimally processed, low sugar (for the most part LOL) diet at home. Our fridge is always filled (and beautifully organized, might I add!) with fresh organic produce. Our pantry features an array of spices, oils, vinegars, shelf-stable plant foods, etc…Basically, the most “non-nutritious” foods we have in the kitchen right now are dark chocolate (ALWAYS in supply), Clif Bars, and organic blue corn tortilla chips.
However, we eat a lot.
But wait, you guys are pretty thin. Why are you not eating?
Being (and living with) a recipe developer often means splitting family-sized portions of lasagna between two people within a short period of time so that the fridge doesn’t get overwhelmed with leftovers. And then taking down an entire pot of chili and pan of cornbread. And tacos. And enchiladas. You get the point…we gets down.
Which is why it’s so important that the foods we choose to eat are beneficial to our long term health! We also both lean (LOL for the most part) and athletic so our body’s handle our food intake pretty well.
Okay I get it, but why now?
There’s times like this where we choose to give our bodies a rest from working so frequently to digest food. Not gonna lie, we could also use a break from washing dishes.
Juicing isn’t just an opportunity to eliminate waste from the body, though. It’s an opportunity to listen to your body and practice being mindful. You learn to differentiate between cravings and true hunger. You practice strengthening willpower and make food choices that align with your long terms goals. You learn to rest properly, because you will crash if you don’t.
Quarantine is the perfect opportunity to undertake a 3-day without solid foods challenge. Not only are we home and close to the toilet to manage all this liquid intake, but we also have the ability to rest when we feel low-energy. The first day of a juice fast comes with some pretty uncomfortable symptoms (headache & fatigue) so it’s nice to be at home to honor our body’s requests. After the difficult day(s), I’ve noticed that our natural energy, willpower, and stamina always increases.
Thanks for listening to my lengthy explanation of why we’re doing this!
Without further ado, here’s 6 fruit & vegetable juice blends that actually taste good. Keep in mind, these juices were limited to what I have in my fridge at the moment. The sky is truly the limit with potential juice combinations! Experiment with these basic blends and then adapt to your taste preference.
Tropical Greens: Spinach, Pineapple
Red Red Wine: Beets (with their greens) Orange, Carrot, Ginger
Sunrise: Carrot, Pineapple, Ginger
Alkaline Greens: Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Lime
Pink Lady: Apple, Beets, Lemon