Juice Feasting, Detoxing and New Year Cleansing

Published January 1, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

What better day than the 1st January to start a Juice Cleanse?

I’ve been planning this for a few weeks, since I found myself in bed for a week at the end of November with ‘flu.

I’m not usually susceptible to viruses, or at least, if I am, I tend to kill them off pretty quick. Not this time – I was clearly run down and needed to rest.

Trying to do any kind of cleansing/feasting on juices and raw nut milks over yuletide was a preposterous idea, especially with family visiting and copious amounts of food to prepare, so i waited until today.

My aim is to have a good detox and flood my body with nutrients. Since my initial foray into raw food in June last year, I have experimented with varying amounts and ratios of raw/cooked food, tried a number of foodstuffs I hadn’t previously eaten and removed a few which I didn’t feel were benefiting me, in order to find my balance.

Noting how I felt continuously, my main observation has been that a high raw diet suits me well, with only minimal amounts of cooked foods, very little soya, plenty of nuts and seeds, lots and lots of organic veg, some fruit, a fair amount of seaweed (will my obsession with the sea never end?) and miso. I swear miso saved me from the ‘flu! I’ve been having it every day for breakfast ever since I was ill, with a generous pinch of seaweed and nutritional yeast stirred in.

Now, Miso is not raw of course, but it is live. I always buy unpasteurised Brown Rice Miso and that really hits the spot.

That’s what I mean by finding my balance (and everyone’s is different) and discovering which foods are best for me.

But back to the New Year Cleanse. Today I deviated from my miso breakfast and went for juice, which I drank throughout the day.

It is now evening and I have moved onto nut milk before I go to bed later.

Here are todays recipes and nutritional information:

Beetroot, Orange, Apple and Cucumber Juice:

Beetroot Juice, made with 2 medium beetroots (known as “Beets” in the US)

Scrub and chop the beetroot.

Blend with 1 litre filtered water.

Strain through a nut milk/ strainer bag.

I made quite a bit of this and bottled it for future days. It won’t be quite as fresh, but it will be quick and convenient.

To 1 litre of beetroot juice I added:

300ml apple juice

300ml orange juice

1 cucumber.

I blended these and strained out the cucumber (my personal taste)

Beetroots are an excellent source of  vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, as well as calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium, iron, choline, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium, potassium, fibre and carbohydrates in the form of natural digestible sugars. They also serve to “clear things out” somewhat in preparation for what’s to come.

The juice (2 litres) lasted me all day, mainly because I was very tired from last night and slept for most of the afternoon.

This evening I had a cup of herbal tea, which wasn’t doing what I wanted so I got the Brazil milk out.

I made Brazil milk this morning and bottled it.

1 cup Brazil Nuts, soaked overnight and blended with 1 litre of filtered water

Strain and bottle or use.

I had about 1  litres of milk and some pulp to add to my beetroot pulp for Beet Burgers (for Mr H, who needs his munchies!)

This evening I used  500ml Brazil milk and added the following:

1 banana

4 dried figs (mine were “ready to eat” and quite soft. You may want to soak drier figs)

1 tsp maple syrup (optional – I thought it would be less sweet than it turned out)

1 tsp lucuma powder

1 tsp ginger powder

I blended all these together, then transfered to a saucepan and warmed to blood temp before drinking.

I got 2 mugfuls out of this and it warmed me nicely on this chilly evening. I called this drink Figgy Puddin’

The drink has plenty of Calcium in it, which will please my Mum, who has been nagging me to get more calcium!

I also took some supplements today – vegan multivits and extra Vitamins B12 and D. Why the extras? Well, I seem to be one of those people who doesn’t absorb B12 very well, so I have to supplement my diet quite heavily. Being a vegan, I need to be extra careful and a couple of times in my life my levels have started to slip, so I go for overkill a bit.

And Vitamin D? Well, although Bognor Regis (my current abode) is widely touted as “the sunniest place in Britain,” in my opinion, the words “sunniest place” and “Britain” should never be used in the same sentence.

Rain is what we have in the UK. We are very good at it. Sun, less so. So everyone in Britain really needs a Vitamin D supplement, either in their food, or in a pill. When we get our 3 weeks of summer I’ll have plenty of supplemented Vit D3 stored in my body to convert with sunlight, as long as I brave the sun headache long enough to absorb it!

Now I’m done with the drinking and I’m off for a nice bath… and bed. Night night. =)

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