After spending a bunch of time traveling and eating out, I decided to put together my own sort of DIY juice and raw food cleanse to get my mind and body back on track.
I would love to say that I made my own juice, but there’s just no way. I didn’t have the time or patience. I bought my juices from Whole Foods and you can do the same thing. I went with the pressed raw organic juices from Live Organic Food that sell for around $10 each. The green juice alone contains six pounds of leafy greens in one bottle. If I were to buy that much produce and juice it myself, it would likely work out to the same.
The whole cleanse was DIY in the sense because it wasn’t a set program I was following, I just created something that worked right for me. It’s sort of the lazy person’s raw food cleanse where you buy most of the food and assemble it yourself. Here’s what I did:
Day #1 – Raw Food Cleanse
I wanted to ease myself into juicing, so I transitioned onto a raw food diet to get my body ready. You can buy most of this stuff at a health food store and if you can buy organic, even better. This is what I ate:
Breakfast – Larabar, dates, apple slices, banana, strawberries, almonds
Lunch – Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles from Live Organic Food, sold in the fresh section at Whole Foods ($10), cucumber slices and raw crackers also by Live.
Dinner – Rainbow Kale Salad, also pre-made by LIVE ($10). I found all their salads very filling because they were quite large and filled with nuts.
Day #2 -Raw Food Cleanse
More of the same from the first day, I just tried to vary up what I ate.
Breakfast – Cherry Larabar (made from nuts and dates) with a sliced apple
Lunch – Raw items from the salad bar: kale, cucumbers, shredded carrots, beets etc.
Dinner – Smorgasboard. I bought raw sprouted ‘bread’ from Whole Foods, spread with avocado, sprouts and a tomato. Added a kale salad and cucumbers. Bought some rice wrap rolls from the sushi section (not 100% raw, but raw enough for me)
Day #3 – Raw Juice Cleanse + Raw Dinner
There are the five juices I drank on both days, spacing them around two hours a part and drinking lots of water and tea in-between.
Dinner – Raw Pizza from Raw Aura in Port Credit, Mississauga. I was getting a little cagey drinking juice and being at home all day. So I booked a dinner at a local raw food restaurant and ordered this amazing pizza. The ‘sausage’ is made from nuts.
Day #4 – Raw Juice Cleanse + Raw Dinner – I finished off my cleanse with another day of juice and eating the rest of the raw food I had bought at the start of the week and more kale salad.
The key to success is to be prepared. Buy all the things you need ahead of time and keep your fridge stocked with fruits, veggies and raw snacks. Make sure to also clear your schedule ahead of time, so you’re not tempted to cheat at a party or restaurant. Take the time instead to chill-out, read some books and watch a movie. You also need to drink at least 3.5 litres of lemon water everyday. Start the morning by chugging at least a litre to push everything out of your system and to flush your liver before getting started.
Coffee + Alcohol – You’ll have to put these things on hold during your cleanse, this also goes for dairy, fish and meat too.
In the end, I lost about 3.5 pounds but have gained it back since. Sure, it was great to feel a little bit lighter but it was nice to eat healthy for a little while. My husband lost 10 pounds over four days and has kept it off almost two months later. He said it made him realize how much beer he was drinking and what kind of crap he was putting into his body. This was his first cleanse and my third – so I sort of knew what to expect, he was really surprised at the detox headaches and how well he slept when he went off drinking for a few days.
The cleanse also kick started me into being active again. I started paying attention to my body more, running and going to yoga. My husband became even more active than ever and is now in the best shape of his life, possibly at the same weight as he was in college. For him, working out was never the problem – it was his diet that needed a wake-up call.
This is definitely something I would do again, at least every season so I could give myself a reset. What do you think? Have you ever done a cleanse before? Any questions?
Disclosure: This isn’t professional medical advice, see a health professional before taking on any sort of cleanse or diet a such as this one.