Last month I decided to try the Juice Cleanse Reset Diet. I hesitate to even type that, since I am not a fan of dieting in general, but rather I like to focus on creating a healthy lifestyle. In fact, I rarely use the word “diet” at all, because I don’t want my daughter to associate dieting with being a woman, or to be concerned about her weight or body image. Instead, I tell her how much better I feel when I eat healthful, real foods and exercise every day. So, I did not embark upon the juice cleanse to lose weight, but simply because I felt like I had been dragging around with low energy levels, and I wanted to see if it would make a difference.
I used the book titled The Juice Cleanse Reset Diet by Lori Kenyon Farley and Marra St. Clair, founders of the Ritual Reset Cleanse. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try a juice cleanse. They took an approach that I really liked, making it seem doable and not so daunting. First of all, I could make the juices using a juicer or a blender (more like smoothies). We do have a juicer that a friend gave us, and while I love it, I find it a little wasteful unless I can find something useful to do with what’s left of the fruit and veggies I juice. There are some obvious choices here, like using the carrots in muffins or a cake, but some of the vegetables I just don’t know what to do with – although they would be perfect for composting (which we don’t really have the right backyard for). Anyways, I prefer using the blender, so that is what I did, with the exception of a few juices here and there. The book includes some fantastic recipes and I absolutely loved the cucumber-apple-ginger juice for a pick-me-up in the afternoon.
The other thing that sold me on this book was that it included a pre-cleanse and post-cleanse meal plan. This helps you ease into the cleanse; therefore, it’s not such a shock on your system (especially giving up coffee!). The authors give you a specific meal plan to follow before, during, and after the cleanse, along with recipes for everything. The actual length of the cleanse depends on your eating habits. Basically, having a lifestyle of eating unhealthy foods means a longer cleanse of 7 days. Since I already had healthy eating habits, I only did the traditional 3-day cleanse, with 2 days pre-cleanse and 2 days post-cleanse. All in all it lasted a full week. There are some other really positive things about the book that I loved, especially the chapter on exercise and how to find your ideal training zone, as well as the chapter on acidic vs. alkaline foods.
I will definitely admit that the hardest part for me was giving up my morning cup of coffee. I didn’t think it would be that bad, because I only drank one cup a day. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I had some horrible headaches the first few days, but I managed to deal with them. The first day of the cleanse I was starving. Days 2 and 3 were much better, and by the last day I could tell a noticeable difference in my energy levels. Not only that, but I just felt better overall! I am so glad I did it and would definitely do it again.
After the cleanse, you’re supposed to introduce one trigger food at a time, such as dairy, soy, gluten, and eggs. This really helped me identify some foods I ate that did not make me feel that great, even though they were healthy. I am very thankful I don’t have severe food allergies like many people do. I have made some changes to the way I eat now and not only do I feel better, but I also have more energy. Even my daily bowl of oatmeal for breakfast has now been replaced by a delicious spinach smoothie! And coffee? I don’t even have a craving for it. The juice cleanse really inspired me to learn more about eating foods that are nutrient-rich and energizing.
The recipe I am sharing with you today comes from a book similar to The Juice Cleanse Reset Diet called Clean Up Your Diet by Max Tomlinson. It delves even further into the topics of digestion, detox, and energy-boosting foods, as well as how to combat common conditions such as eczema, insomnia, and hay fever. This fritatta comes from the digestion tune-up plan. It is perfect for all the spring vegetables available this time of year. It is delicious as is, although I highly recommend adding a few drops of sriracha sauce on top for zing. 🙂
Have a great weekend!