You don’t have to do a full-on detox or juice cleanse to start incorporating some of their hallmarks into your daily life. I know it sounds SO cliche but I’ve learned that if I have a few healthy staples on hand—frozen berries, avocados and spinach for a smoothies; kale and apples for juicing; almond butter for sugar cravings—I’m less likely to reach for something questionable. I even keep a jug of Naked Green Machine in the fridge for snack or breakfast in a pinch. At the office I have a reputation for walking around with a swampy looking glass that’s filled with water and some powdered green drink. My current blend of choice is Aloha’s The Daily Good. Each individual serving is packed with 10 whole foods including spirulina, wheat grass, berries, vitamin d-rich mushrooms, and ginger for digestion boost. They’re dried using a special process that retains 100 percent of the nutrients. I like that there’s no artificial sweetener or flavors, but I also that The Daily Good tastes REAL. Not as grassy as some, making it mellow enough to drink straight with water and awesome added to fruit smoothies. It’s not only a super-convenient way to sneak in extra veggies, but it’s the most natural way to stay energized through the afternoon slump.
Good things don’t often come cheap and at $75 for 30 packets The Daily Good is no exception. But at $2.50/serving it’s a smart alternative to pricier fresh-pressed juices. Plus, you can try it for free for seven days from now through January 31. Bottoms up!
I’m on the home stretch now! And let me just say that Day 3 is so much easier than Day 1. In fact, I haven’t really had the energy to write until now. I had forgotten the effects of withdrawal: headaches, exhaustion, cranky pants…but they’ve all subsided now and I feel incredibly energized. All the extra sleep I’ve been getting hasn’t hurt either. It’s funny (not really) that it takes a juice cleanse (or a massage—that’s tomorrow) to force me to slow down and get quiet. Another benefit of depriving yourself of any crutches, like eating cheese or drinking scotch after a craptastic day. But back to the juice itself. Zula is definitely the freshest I’ve tasted. I can tell the difference. It’s also one of the sweetest–naturally, of course, but ultimately too sweet for my current palate. I’ve become so accustomed to my green smoothies which contain mostly veggies, and my lemon-cayenne water sans sweetener, that I really could’ve done with out the addition of apple or agave or pineapple, which add flavor and a quick hit of energy but not necessarily a ton of nutritional value. HOWEVER. If you hate kale, if you’re new to juicing, if you have a hard time getting your daily of veggies, this setup is totally for you. It’s also perfect for me on days when I don’t have time to be healthy and want the convenience of the amazing Green Flood delivered to my door. Through this process I’ve realized, as I always do on a detox, that I need less food in general but more of the right foods. Please remind me of that next time you see me reaching for a third (m’kay‚ fourth) slice of pizza.
Some people fantasize about a Zara store opening in the Twin Cities. I have been waiting, WAITING! for someone to get smart and start a local juice delivery service. Thanks to the adorable, fit, passionate and clearly savvy Renee and Tim Peters, we now have one! Zula Juice is the real deal, y’all. It’s cold-pressed in St. Paul and delivered fresh THE SAME DAY—not something that all juiceries can promise. Many use High Pressure Pascalization (HPP) to extend shelf life, so that when they arrive at your doorstep or local Whole Foods the juice could be up to a few weeks old. That means fewer nutrients and health benefits. Obvs still better than fast food, but I’m impressed that Zula Juice is taking it to the next level.
I’ve done several juice cleanses and love their benefits: fewer cravings, clearer skin, more mindfullness, less puffiness. Cleanses always remind me that food is for nourishment and healing, yet so often we consume what’s convenient, what’s become habit or what we think will fill an emotional void. Cleanses are also empowering. You CAN survive without sugar or coffee—and feel better for it. I’m starting Zula’s 3-day Founder’s Cleanse today and will be sharing my experience right here on the blog and here. Of the two cleanses offered, the Founder’s is for the veteran juicer. Translation: More of the green stuff, my favorite. If you’re new to juicing, start with the Classic Cleanse or try a one- or two-day cleanse instead. Zula also offers all of its juices individually, with a minimum order of six for delivery. Click here to place an order or call 952-346-9000.
And on the third week, she fell of the wagon with three glasses of Pinot, seventeen potato chips and four salted caramels. I consumed them with my detox support group so it doesn’t really count, right? Seriously though. My indescrections paled in comparison to the pan of lasagna I fantasize about. And they tasted all the more sweeter because it was a special treat. Like a vacation after the worst week ever. I felt guilty, but not terribly. Then it was back to business with a day of juicing and nuts and seeds. It’s so much easier now that Suja raw organic juices are available at Whole Foods (looks like the locations haven’t been updated). Juicing at home will always be freshest, but it’s also incredibly messy and time-consuming. These are cold-pressed beauties are perfect in a pinch or if you are serious about doing a 3 or 5 day cleanse. I like every flavor but Glow is, unsurprisingly, my favorite.
Friends, it’s time. The past year has been a whirlwind of change, work, stress, no sleep and way too much eating and drinking for all the wrong reasons. I’ve been eating on the run, reaching for too many carbs, skipping too many workouts. And I’ve sort of had it with myself. I deserve better. My body and spirit deserve better. And there is really no excuse. Good health is hard work but the benefits are endless. So for the month of January, I’m eliminating all of the food groups with the potential to wreak havoc on my organs, stress my system, drain my energy and dull my skin. Coincidentally, these are the same foods that I tend to over indulge. Hmmm . . . Here’s what’s off the menu for the next 30 days:
Gluten and Wheat
Unrefined carbs (bread, pasta, rice)
Sugar (with the exception of fruit)
I hesitate to use the word “diet” because I’m eating plenty: veggies, fruit, nuts, chicken and fish, beans and legumes, whole and sprouted grains, and soy milk and tofu. (Fit Sugar just ran an awesome roundup of 10 foods to help you detox). A few more days and I know the cravings will subside, my headache will dissipate and I’ll get the clarity that comes with sitting with your feelings instead of eating or drinking them. After 30 days I plan to reintroduce each food type in stages, to assess my body’s response and identify sensitivities. For more information about proper detoxing and potential benefits, ExperienceLife.com is one of the more well-rounded resources.
Has anyone else done an elimination diet or major detox? Do tell. I’ll keep y’all posted on mine!