Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely holiday season. It's time to detox, and get a healthy start to the year. Let's get "Clean and Green in 2013!"
January is all about juicing and cleansing. I often get asked about "juicing versus blending." Which is better? Yes, I am a huge fan of green smoothies. I drink them every day. I also drink whole blended juices containing all of the fibre, and believe them to be hugely beneficial. However, I also drink pulped and pulp-free juices. During periods of detoxification, cleansing, and illness, juices (both pulped and pulp free) are preferable, as they allow a more gentle digestive process, which leaves more energy for detoxification, cleansing, and regeneration.
You can read more about my views on blending and juicing in my resources section. But, in short, I believe there is a place for both blending and juicing in any healthy eating regime. I certainly blend and juice every week. I also do a juice fast/cleanse one day of every week to empty and strengthen my system, along with regular colonics at The Piper Center in NYC and Gentle Wellness Center in L.A.
This year, I am sharing and participating in a 3 DAY WINTER JUICE CLEANSE guided by my dear friend Karen Kipp from Power Your Journey. Karen is one of the most knowlegable juicing experts I know, leading juice-fasting retreats all year round in Kansas City, MO. She generously agreed to share one of her wonderful and comprehensive juice fasts online with our community for anybody who would like to participate. I will post all of the recipes over the next three days -- 3 cleansing juices a day for three days.
Karen will then offer a FREE Guided 3-Day Juice Fast with these recipes via a private Facebook Group January 18-20, 2013. You can sign up for free here. She will be available to moderate the group all weekend, along with daily live chat sessions at designated hours. I am participating in the group as well, and am so excited!
If you would like a deeper cleanse, Karen is offering a 14-day cleanse online January 11-25th for a minimal charge of $29.
However, after the cleanse, I will share some more exotic juice recipes every day this month to celebrate our amazing Omega Juicer Giveaway. I am SO excited to have teamed up with my favourite juicer company to give away FIVE Omega Vert VRT350 Masticating Juicers valued at $379.99. I will announce one lucky winner every month during the month of January. So don't miss out on your chance to get your hands on this fabulous juicer.
I really love the Omega Vert masticating juicer. Most juicers process at a speed of 1,650 to 16,000 RPM, destroying many healthy enzymes and causing juice to degrade shortly after being extracted. The Vert VRT350 Low Speed Juicing System processes at 80 RPM, extracting the highest degree of juice, preventing oxidation, and allowing juice to be stored for up to 72 hours without degradation. It is also really gentle and quiet!
This Omega VRT350 comes with a 2 HP Condenser Motor, Fine and Coarse Juicing Screen for Pulp Control, ULTEM Juicing Screen that withstands heavy duty juicing, and an Innovative Auto Cleaning System that keeps the screen clear during juicing & increases efficiency. You can also juice wheatgrass at high yield. All machines come with a generous 10 Year Warranty.
So let's get started with the cleanse!
*Note: The cleanse recipes are deliberately simple to make things gentle and easy.
Please read Karen's full fast preparation instructions, daily fasting routine, and post fast guidelines in the 3 DAY CLEANSE post.
All of this information has been generously provided by Karen Kipp. Thankyou Karen. You ROCK!
Day 1, Morning Juice – Clean Machine:
This juice is designed to help begin the cleansing process overall. Lemon helps detoxify the liver and dissolve mucous. Apple helps break down toxins in the intestinal tract. Spinach and kale help cleanse the body, and regenerate cells, blood and the respiratory system. Burdock root is an anti-bacterial that helps reduce inflammation while cleansing and supporting the liver. Ginger further helps reduces inflammation, reduces congestion, and aids digestion. This is a favourite juice flavour combination that tastes like fresh lemonade. Everyone loves this juice. It is a fun tasty way to start a fast.
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Apple primarily provides pectin, which contributes to healthy digestion, helps break down toxins, lowers cholesterol, and enhances bowel function. Apple also offers some sweetness in the juice. Granny Smith green apples have the lowest sugar content. Also offers many phytochemicals and enzymes, quercetin, Vitamin A (in the peel), Vitamin C, significant potassium, top source of soft fiber, making it one of the best natural intestinal cleansers. In one study, people who consumed an apple-rich diet had a 46% reduction in their risk of lung cancer. Colon cancer reduction risk has also been demonstrated.
Burdock Root when taken internally, helps cleanse the liver and reduce inflammation and calcification in the joints. It is particularly beneficial for the skin. It provides optimum nutrition to the glandular and immune systems, kidneys, blood, lungs, and nerves.” Chromium, iron, magnesium, silicon, thiamine, and inulin are among its many useful constituents. Fresh root is also high in vitamin C. Not only is it packed with nutrition; the mucilaginous fiber of the root will absorb, bind and remove poisons and toxins in our digestive tracts. Longevity, steady energy, sexual vitality, and freedom from chronic disease and cancer are a few of the reported effects of long-term frequent use of burdock. The taste is fairly neutral, with some slight sweetness, somewhat like a parsnip.
Ginger helps stimulate digestion, tones the intestinal tract, relieves bloating, nausea and gastrointestinal distress, is a overall anti-inflammatory, and supports both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It helps make blood platelets less sticky like garlic, and reduces risk factors for atherosclerosis. Many people love the spicy, warming taste in juices, be sure to start slow with just a half-inch piece of unpeeled root though, as it is potent!
Lemon is one of the most potent detoxifiers that improves liver function, relieves constipation, helps eliminate kidney stones, helps treat and prevent breast cancer, kills some types of intestinal parasites, and dissolves gall stones. It offers high doses of Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Lemon adds zip to the juices and helps cover the taste of bitter greens and is alkalinizing.
Spinach contains nearly twice as much iron as other greens, which allows red blood cells to carry more oxygen, strengthens all cells, but particularly those of respiratory system and brain. High fiber content aids intestinal cleansing and regeneration which are great for regulating digestion. High amounts of chlorophyll and carotene help reduce cancer risk and macular degeneration. In one study, high spinach consumption was linked with a lower incidence of cervical cancer. It also contains carotenoids, lutein,Vitamins A, B complex, C, K, folic acid, iodine, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and manganese, and many amino acids. Spinach is highly alkalinizing and is the mildest tasting of the dark leafy greens that is easy for beginners.
When cleansing, it is always best to consume juices on an empty stomach to maximize absorption and benefits. But fresh juice anytime is better than no juice! It is preferable to have slightly more fruit-based juices during the day to help break down toxins in the body. The more vegetable-based juices are generally more alkaline and contain more minerals, so they are better in the afternoons and evenings to help rebuild the body and prepare it for rest. It is not a strict science, so you can mix them up, but these are good general guidelines. These guidelines are more important when using juices during a cleanse or fast.
When fasting, it is necessary to strain the juices to ensure that solid pieces are not consumed. Solid food will encourage the digestive process to begin again and will make you hungry. This is not desirable. Straining is not necessary if cleansing without fasting. If you feel like you need more juice, more calories, or are a little low in blood sugar, you can repeat any of these juices during the same time period of any given day. For example, if it is still morning, repeat the daily morning juice. Most juices contain about 100-200 calories and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Each juice is briefly explained in each individual post with a more in-depth explanation of each individual ingredient and its many nutrition properties.
All of these cleansing recipes are designed for one serving. Dilute all juices, unless otherwise stated. For juices more fruit based, or higher sugar content, add as much water as juice. For green drinks, and primarily low-sugar juices, add half as much water as juice. This helps to slow down the sugar absorption in the body.
Green Apples have the lowest sugar content of apples, so they are preferred. If unavailable, red apples can be substituted. Spinach and kale are interchangeable in recipes, as it is good to use both as much as possible. Zucchini can be substituted for cucumber also with minimal difference. Pumpkin can be used in place of butternut squash.
Pink Passion Juice Popsicles:
These are simply a wonderful treat while fasting! It almost feels like you’re cheating, but they actually have many cleansing properties and help make it seem like you are eating something!
- 1 apple (green or red~red are sweeter)
- 1/2 lemon (yellow peel removed)
- 1/4 medium beet
- Place all ingredients through your Omega Juicer.
- Do NOT dilute with water before freezing.
- Place in popsicle molds and freeze. Yummy!
You can add any of these tonics to your routine during the fast:
- 100% organic herbal (non-caffeinated not decaffeinated) teas
- wheatgrass juice shots,
- warm ginger tea with fresh lemon and pinch of cayenne
- strained homemade veggie broth (recipe on Karen’s website)
*Note: I did not receive payment to write this post. However, I did receive product and giveaway items.