Green Smoothies (10 Speed Press, 2015) by Fern Green gives readers all the tools they need to complete a seven day juice cleanse. A variety of recipes for smoothies and juices allows the reader to tailor the cleanse to their own palate and reap the benefits like rejuvenated skin and a surge of energy.
We spend an enormous amount of energy on the constant strain of digestion. When we stop eating solid food, all that blood and energy is free to move to the brain, the skin, the liver, and elsewhere, giving our bodies a vacation, allowing it to turn to neglected issues, removing toxins, and ultimately having a rest. With the plan on page 18, you are also flooding yourself all the while with over eleven pounds of raw organic produce.
Please do not try this detox plan if you are under sixteen, pregnant or breast feeding, have any existing health conditions, or use prescription drugs. Always consult your doctor first if you’re in doubt.
When you decide to do a detox plan and give your body the vacation it needs, help yourself by cutting out some things a few days before, notably caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, refined sugar, animal products, and wheat. If you spend a few days eating raw foods, broths, juices, and smoothies and drinking lots of water, it will lead to a more comfortable cleanse.
Try drinking the juices at least every one to two hours so your body has a constant drip of nutrients. Continue to drink water or herbal teas. It’s also a good idea to keep warm, as you may feel a little cooler while detoxing. Give yourself time and space to rest, as your body will need this for all the healing that is going on below the surface.
Once you have gone through the first big detox days and are drenched in live nutrients, you will experience a sharp clarity, a grounded calm, a sense of weightlessness, and a natural high from within. Sleep will come easily and be deep, rising will feel effortless, and the days in between will flow. You will be charged on revived excitement and stamina. Your skin will glow, your eyes will shine, your body’s weight will balance, and you will be buzzing with health.
Coming off the detox plan properly is important. On the first day, it is best to just reintroduce soups and smoothies. In the few days following the detox, avoid the same items that you did before the plan and introduce them slowly back into your diet.
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Reprinted from Green Smoothies, by Fern Green, copyright 2015 by Hachette Livre (Marabout), published in the U.S. by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs by Deidre Rooney.