So You Think You Can Cleanse

We’ve made it 14 days into our cleanse and now arrives the moment that truly separates the men from the boys:  juicing. Seven days on a liquid diet begins tomorrow and I’ve told Anthony and Jovany to savor their last moments of chewing.   We will be doing a smoothie each morning and pure vegetable/fruit juice blends the remainder of each day.  We hit the Farmer’s Market this morning – here’s what the guys got to carry them Imagethrough the next few days.  

Why juice?  When you fast – be it juice cleanse, master cleanse or just water – you give your body a chance to heal and repair itself.  The digestive process is slowed down and attention can go to other areas. Some people even find that they have MORE energy when they cleanse versus less as it allows the blood flow that usually delves into working its way through a heavy meal to redirect and fuel other endeavors.  That said, it can be a bit of mental gymnastics to weave oneself through the mixed emotions, cravings, irritations and sometimes hunger that can come with fasting.  For many, it’s a spiritual journey as well.  

Juicing is excellent for weight loss, clearing allergies, reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, boosting your immune system and combating disease.  When you juice your body more easily absorbs the nutrients in your food as well.  

You don’t have to do a juice fast to benefit from the wonders of juicing.  Incorporating fresh fruit and vegetable juices into your day to day routine is excellent as well. 

Here are a few basic juice recipes to set you on your way.

Classic Green

4 carrots

2 stalks celery

1 handful parsley

4 leaves spinach


Citrus Delight

1 orange

¼ lemon

¼ grapefruit (no peel)


Carrot Cleanser

3 carrots

½ beet

½ cucumber


Ginger Zinger

1 apple

4 carrots

1 inch ginger


Fab Fruit

2 apples

1 cup cranberries

1 bunch grapes


Liver Cleanse

2 apples

¼ grapefruit (without peel)

1 small bunch grapes

¼ lemon (without peel)

½ beet 


Heart Healthy

2 medium tomatoes (romas are good)

1 stalk celery

1 large carrot

1 cup broccoli

1 cucumber

½ lemon (peeled)

1 garlic clove



One Comment Add yours

  1. brigetta says:

    These recipes actually all look tasty. Yum. Makes me think i can do it! Thanks!

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