I’m not going to say that I’m “cleansing” because I don’t want to imply that I’m not eating food. There will always be food. However, I will say that I’m doing what I like to do every now and again and clearing out the cobwebs. Hitting the reset button on my diet, my space, my brain. It’s a week of removing allergens, refined sugars and toxins and replacing them with lots of bright vegetables, alkaline juices and smoothies and loads of water. During this week I’ll try to make more time for meditation and exercise and focus on decluttering my space.
This week, I’ll be sharing a bit of the process including some recipes and things I’ve learned over the years about detoxification. Today, we’ll kick things off with a healthy morning program of tea, tonic and a green juice.
During this rebooting I like to give my digestive system a bit of a break. This means that I start the day by clearing out toxins and preparing to gently absorb as many vital nutrients as I can. Not asking too much of my system but getting vitamins and enzymes into my body, efficiently.
That said, a great way to get the day going is with hot lemon tea (simply hot water and lemon). It detoxifies and helps to balance the ph levels in the body. If you are one of those people that frequently gets sinus infections and colds (carries a lot of mucous) or has regular heartburn, headaches and/or muscle aches, chances are your body is running acidic. Aside from just making you feel lethargic and lousy, living in a highly acidic body can damage our cell structure inevitably creating the perfect environment for cancer to thrive. It may seem a strange that a citrus/acidic fruit is the antidote to highly acidic ph-level because outside of the body, lemon IS acidic. However, when fully metabolized it has a dynamic and powerful alkalizing effect.
– is a great way to clear out toxins
– reduces inflammation
– is a treat for your nervous system
– contains antibacterial properties, and…
– is GREAT for your skin.
Whenever the subject of juicing comes up (which in LA is always) the inevitable controversy between juicing and blending surfaces. Someone generally points to the fact that by juicing we discard the healthy fiber found in fruits and vegetables and, well…why would we do that? Smoothies are absolutely the best way to get lots of vegetables and fruits, including their fiber into your system, quickly. But because I’m giving my engine a bit of a break and easing my digestive tract into the day, I like to remove the ask of digesting fiber, first thing. I still want all of the nutrients but I want them to get into my system gently with the least amount of effort.
This first juice is really more of a tonic or a shot. It’s made of lemon, ginger and turmeric and man, can you feel it. This super concentrated punch boosts your immune system and fights inflammation like a boss. If you’ve heard anything about turmeric you’ve probably learned that it’s one of the most powerful detoxifying roots on the planet. It’s been used as an antibiotic and anti inflammatory for over 4000 years. That said, it’s a great one to pull out if you feel yourself about to get sick. And we know that ginger is great for the belly but it also improves our ability to absorb nutrients, as well. Like I said, it’s powerful. It’s also tart and spicy (and takes me some sipping) but you can feel the rush of this shot working its way through your body pretty instantly.
We’ve been talking about green juice so much over the past few years that I’m sort of over the whole business but I’ve been juicing for a long time and I really believe in the power of it all. I also happen to love fresh green juice, specifically when I prepare it myself. I prefer to make it at home because I can feel the live enzymes that exist in a freshly pressed juice that I make and drink immediately vs. the pre-pressed bottles off the shelf at a juice bar. Of course, a juice from a juicery is still great for you so if it’s your only option, cheers!
Speaking of where we get our juice, I realize that not everyone has juicers at home. This green juice can be produced by using a blender and straining through cheese cloth but it’s a laborious, time consuming and messy ordeal. I made this juice using both methods and at the end of the day, I’m not sure us busy people have the time to blend and strain by hand. If you do then I recommend giving it a go to see what you think. Otherwise, juicers have gotten so much more affordable over the past few years that you no longer need to spend $300 on a decent machine.
About this green juice, it features lots of the usual suspects: kale, celery, apple, cucumber. I also like to include lemon and parsley which detoxifies the kidneys and liver. You can amp up the sweet in this, or any, juice by adding more fruit. This week I’m going to heavy up on the veg.
So there you have it, day one of Clean Week. Happy Monday!
- TURMERIC SHOT
- 5 bulbs of turmeric root
- 1.5" knob of ginger root
- 2 lemons
- GREEN JUICE
- 10 large stems of kale
- 2 lemons
- 1.5" knob of ginger root
- 3 green apples
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1 cucumber (no need to peel)
- 2 large handfuls of parsley
- (Note: prep and "cook" time reflects the use of a juicer as opposed to the blend and strain method)
- TURMERIC SHOT - Wash the turmeric and ginger root, thoroughly.
- TURMERIC SHOT - Add all ingredients to your juicer and extract the juice and serve (see notes regarding the blend and strain method.)
- GREEN JUICE - Cut all ingredients so that they can easily fit inside of your particular model of juicer.
- GREEN JUICE - Add all ingredients to juicer, extract and serve.
To make the green juice using the blend and strain method:
- Peel the ginger and remove the skin and seeds from the lemon.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend at high speed.
- Line a strainer with cheese cloth and place over a large bowl.
- Pour the blended juice into the cheese cloth and gather the edges to create a sack.
- Squeeze the juice from the cheesecloth into the bowl to capture the extracted juice.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.