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The concord grape season isn't very long, but we really look forward to it each year. And this year, we started juicing them. The result is delicious! I've tried them in a few different recipes, but I really like it best when they are the main focus of the juice. This recipe is crisp from the melon, fresh from the lemon and perfection from the grapes. Enjoy!
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Two things I really didn't like when I was growing up have now become best of friends in one of my favorite juices. Cucumber meet lime. Lime meet cucumber.
It was (juice) love at first sight.
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One of my favorite juices is Beet Lemonade. It's refreshing and tart, but also sweet. It gives me a huge boost of energy and it's a great afternoon pick-me-up. Plus, let's face it, it's hot pink. You can't argue with hot pink. Go pour yourself a big glass of vibrant beet lemonade.
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I couldn't be happier to be at the 2 week mark, since starting this juice cleanse. Week one was tough, and I'm happy to say that week two was easier. And more importantly, I feel so much better. I can't say my health stuff is 100% cleaned up, but it's incredible how much it's improved in just two weeks.
So my plan of attack for week two was to continue on the same routine as week one, with some minor adjustments. For instance, I added kelp or mung bean noodles into my broth at lunch. It made a huge difference in making me feel satisfied. I also had smaller juices all throughout the day, instead of big juices spaced out every few hours. Then, in the last 3 days of this week, I added in some raw veggies and hummus. Not much, just a little snack at the end of the day, which proved to be the time of day when I was most hungry and wanting to eat half a pizza while simultaneously crying myself to sleep.
When it's all said and done, I'm really glad that I stuck with this initial phase for a full two weeks. It really helped give my body time to adjust. Here's the rundown of things I've noticed in the past two weeks, and the reasons I am so happy that I did this.
So what's next? I'm going to stick with my juice for breakfast and my broth and juice for lunch. I like this combo, it makes me feel satisfied and focused. I don't know how long I'll continue with it, but at least this next week.
For dinner, I'd like to start incorporating some raw food meals. I miss being in the kitchen and I miss biting into food. But I don't think I'm ready to go back to regular meals, even our healthy vegan ones. Raw food just seems like the logical next step.
For snacks, I'm going to stick with raw fruits and veggies, with hummus and nut butter sparingly. I also love blending frozen banana into something that resembles ice cream. I'm going to hold off on adding in regular desserts, so this will be my dessert type treat.
Thanks for those who sent in supportive and encouraging words - I appreciate you all! This has been a challenging and awesome cleanse and I'm ready to take it into the next stage. I'm already dreaming of a raw peanut sauce/kelp noodle type dish for dinner tonight....
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I'm smack dab in the middle of a juice cleanse and have figured out what works best for my first juice of the day. It's basically a little bit of everything. My goal for my first juice is to get a jump start on the day and pack in as many nutrients as possible. Later in the day, I make fun things like Beet Lemonade or Cucumber Limeade. But to get going, I focus on the most bang for my buck.
Here's what goes into my morning juice:
A quick word about the optional ingredients in this recipe. One of my main focuses for this juice cleanse is to reduce inflammation. Pretty much all food, even healthy food, was causing me stomach pain so I've been researching various roots and vegetables that can be used to combat inflammation, particularly in the digestive system. Yucca root, burdock root, ginger root and aloe gel are all known to reduce inflammation and I've been including them in my juices. I also include liquid Chlorophyll, as it's known to be helpful in detoxification. I've already seen a huge improvement in my symptoms.
This recipe produces about 32 ounces of juice, and it varies in color depending on the color beet I use. It tastes green, but still sweet and fresh because of the melon and apples. The ginger and lemon give it a kick and wake me up to start the day. I've really come to love this juice and look forward to it each morning. I think I will continue this as my breakfast long after the cleanse is complete.
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Last week I shared that I started a juice cleanse, in the hopes of healing a few health issues that I've been having. Yesterday marked one full week and I wanted to share how it's going. The good news - it's easier than I expected it to be. I had feared a heavy dose of hanger, but thankfully I haven't been too hungry and my irritability has been minimal.
But let's back up - I want to talk a minute about what I've been eating (drinking?) this week, before I get into what I felt like. I stuck to my plan of Juice, Clear Liquids and Tea for the most part. I did have a few wild berries that Serial brought home from his Parkway Excursion - I just ate them raw and didn't juice them. I roasted some butternut squash and pureed it, to add to my broth one day. And I ate two cherry Lara Bars when I was stuck on a conference call for work and my stomach yelled at me to feed it.
This is what my typical day looked like:
If you're thinking that 32 oz of water every hour sounds like a lot, it is. But honestly, if I didn't drink a ton of water I would get a headache and feel dizzy. When I drank water, I felt good. And full. It's a good thing I work from home because I have to pee 2-3 times an hour. Not kidding.
Speaking of how I felt, here's the truth of it:
I've decided to continue with a juice diet for another week, but I will be making a few small changes because I don't know if I can mentally handle another week of the exact same thing. Physically, sure. Mentally, I fear for those around me ;-)
I'm going to add in raw kelp noodles to my broth. I'm going to have raw kale salad, if I am craving something of substance. I'm going to blend frozen bananas into an ice cream like treat, on the days that I'm missing sweets. I considered adding in a raw food dinner, and doing juice the rest of the day, but now I'm thinking that will be my approach for week 3, I'll see how it goes. My goal is just to feel better, so I'll listen to my body and take it one day at a time.
So that's the truth of it - anyone else out there doing any kind of cleanse? How's it going?
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It's been awhile since I have posted on this blog. Serial has been hiking, posting and doing his thing so A Trail Life has been surviving, but I needed a small break. I love this blog, but life got hectic for a minute and unfortunately there were things that simply ranked higher in importance than creating posts. Things like a new job, a few health challenges and exploring our new city.
I don't talk a ton about these things online and it's a conscious choice. And it's always a fine line for me. What to share and what not to share. It feels good to share some things and scary to share others.
I do want to share my latest goal though - completing a healing juice cleanse. I want to document it and to let it get me back in the groove of blogging. I know juicing is a trendy thing and all the major health food stores sell pre-made juice cleanses, but I've given this a lot of thought and done my research. This is not a trendy cleanse and it's not to lose weight.
I'm having some health issues that I won't get into here, but I firmly believe that my body needs a break. Juicing gives your digestive system a hand and let's your body rest while still providing the nutrition it needs to survive. Basically, the food will be broken down into its basic components and will be easily digestible when I drink it, leaving only minimal effort for my body to contribute.
Here's my current plan. I also have appointments scheduled with a doctor. I'm really trying to cover my bases and think through everything, because I want this to be the start of a long-term health plan, even though the juice cleanse is short-term.
Weeks 1-2: Juice, Clear Liquids & Tea Only / Yoga
Week 3: Juice, Tea & Raw Foods Only / Yoga and Weights
Weeks 4+: 80-85% Raw Food / Yoga, Weights and Running
I may do the first stage for more or less time, it really just depends on how I'm feeling. And if I do, I'll just push the other stages back. I'll share the juice recipes that I grow to love and the raw food recipes that I use to transition back. I also want to share the juicer that we bought and the process we used to pick it. But for now, I'm just sharing the goal.
Have you ever done a juice cleanse?
Update! Life has become busy in a great way, so we don't have a lot of time for blogging these days. We've left the site up as a reference, and we do check our blog emails whenever we can, but we are no longer actively posting or commenting. Thanks for understanding and have a wonderful day!
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