For those of you that follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I was doing a 2 day cleanse this week, and had quite a few questions about what I was doing. I rarely talk about my diet here on the blog but decided to share the smoothie recipes and my experience doing a cleanse. So, if your not interested and would rather hear about clothing or shoes, skip this post and check back in a few days for something else!
First thing first – I am not a doctor, a nutritionist, or an expert. Everything I do and choose to eat comes from what I’ve learned through my own research. There are so many routes to take when deciding what you put in your body, and I think it is up to each one of us to personally decide what we feel works best for us, and do everything in moderation. I’ve been a practicing vegetarian for a little over a year, and I say practicing because sometime a girls gotta have a steak, or bacon, or a hamburger and life is too short to feel guilty about eating. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or doing paleo, I think what matters is that your making conscious decisions to live a healthier life.
One of my favorite online sources for nutritional information is Kimberly Snyder. I really like her approach to eating clean and looking well, and I drink her GGS in the mornings even when I’m not doing a cleanse. I especially like this post about why the green smoothies are superior to juicing, which is why I chose to do smoothies for the cleanse. Another good read from her blog is this one day cleanse that includes food to help detox.
I wanted to do a small cleanse to not only detox but to push me back into my healthy diet that I was deterring from. When we opened the store I started focusing less on what I was eating and more on the store, which led to me not feeling as good as I did when I was eating healthy. I thought this would be a good way to get back to a healthy routine and lifestyle. I also got my fiance to do it with me, can you believe that? I was pretty impressed that he tried it, and it’s always good to have a friend to talk too about it. The first day was a little hard because I just craved substance instead of liquids. I ate an avocado with salt and pepper at lunch to help that craving. In the evening, we stayed a little busy and away from home so I wasn’t tempted to snack.
Below is a list of the smoothies that I made during the cleanse. All of my measurements are estimates, because I would add as I needed too to get the taste I wanted. Also, in all of the green smoothies I blend the liquid and the greens first, then add the rest of the ingredients as I went. The recipes all make 2 servings of the smoothie. My recommendation is for you to make them when you plan on drinking them, because they taste better freshly made. I made mine ahead of time and while they were still good, they weren’t as good as the night before (especially the ones with chia seeds, since they expand in water). During the cleanse I also drank detox water, and that recipe is below as well.
And the last thing that I want all of yall to know is I did cheat on this cleanse. I’m not one for not eating if I get hungry, and the fact is that by the end of the day I was not only hungry, I was angry. And, hangry does not look good on anyone. I wish I could say I did it all in 2 days easy, but it was not easy at all. I highly suggest if you decide to do this, get a partner to do it with you that has some serious will power to see it through.
2 raw beets, peeled and diced
4 raw carrots
1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon local honey
1 cup coconut milk
Here are a few other online links for cleanse information and smoothie recipes:
I wish you the best of luck if you decide to do a cleanse! All in all, I felt great the next day afterwards and woke up feeling energized. I also had a few small breakouts pop up in my face, which is expected when cleansing. If you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment or email me! And, if you’ve done a cleanse or have any other great resources for a cleanse for me to add to this post, leave a comment and let me know!!