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spring cleaning

So I finally bit the bullet and am doing a juice cleanse. Just a two day voyage, plus you get some millet with a sprinkling of carrot and celery for dinner, which I think is the only reason that I thought I could potntially go through with it. Me, who is a constant snacker and a true lover of food in all of its glory.

Also this particular fast was designed and prepared by Brownie of the shanti shack fame. She is a genius and an incredibe cook, so I knew that the juices would be delectable. And as I have befriended her over the past 18 months of practicing yoga at Kula’s Williamsburg spot, I knew I’d be in good hands.

So here I am, one day and 2 juices into it… And I’m waiting for the soaring feeling of tranquility to kick in. Right now, I’m just a bit chilly (nothing like a little pasta to keep a body warm) but I am feeling oddly clear. And the time is passing more slowly (how long before I can have my next juice?) but I am also getting a hell of a lot more done. Which is reason enough to do this more frequently.

for details about the juices, click below…

I have to say, I have not been at all hungry. I miss chewing, but two days is nothing (talk to me around 6 pm and see how I feel then…)

Here’s what I have been putting into my body:

First up, grapefruit juice to start, which suppresses the appetite and gets the metabolism going. Two hours and a  bunch of water later, comes green juice with spinach, zucchini and citrus for some internal scrubbing. Next up, a blush of beets, apple, strawberry, lime and ginger filled with fiber and the perfect thing to, in Brownie’s words “iron your lunch pains.” For the late afternoon comes the much needed “pep talk” full of clarity inducing agave, jalapeno, lemon, ginger and peppermint. Then, oh happy day, comes the millet, leek and fava “porridge” which is like a miracle in my mouth by this point in a previously all-liquid day. Lastly, for desert, the dew coloada, a “misty mix of honey dew and pineapple to vaporize today’s drop.” This last one is killer. A sweet reward for making it through the day.

Doesn’t sound all that bad, right? And the benefits are legion– everything from cleaning out (and giving a rest to) the digestive tract and eliminating toxic waste in the bloodstream to clearing up the skin and increasing energy. And this particular cleanse comes with a super short meditation in the morning and evening, as well as a short series of yoga poses to help encourage the body to release what it’s been holding on to for so long…

Mind you, I’m only a bit more than halfway through a relatively easy two day cleanse, but I am becoming a convert for sure. I do love my red velvet cake far too much to adopt this way of eating whole hog, but a little refresher every now and again isn’t such a bad thing, right?

I’ll keep you guys posted as to when Brownie decides to do another one. Or, if you are jonesing to get your juice on, check out Organic Avenue for their wide array of cleanses.

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