I’m not going to finish the 3-part series I initially planned on the Standard Process 21-day detox. I had to stop the detox a few days early due to severe constipation. I am entirely convinced that the program’s high-fiber shakes caused a dramatic slowdown in my bowel movements from the very first day. (Yes, I drank enough water.) Despite the pelvic and abdominal pain I started having halfway through, I stubbornly insisted on following the program strictly until my husband forced me to stop the shakes in the third week. My conclusion from this unpleasant experience is that everyday detox using real food is superior to extreme and intense short bouts of detox. Read more
How to Make the Perfect Green Juice Every Time
Few things satisfy me like a brilliant, jade-green glass of green juice bursting with nutrition and hydration. I follow a few simple yet important practices to attain that perfectly balanced liquid gold. Read more
Cashew Milk Recipe & Hunger Busters
Call it “dinner,” call it the best part of the cleanse. The evening serving of raw cashew milk provides a potent mix of antioxidants and minerals. It’s creamy, fragrant, and satisfying. First, you’ll want to make sure you have truly raw organic cashews. Trader Joe’s admits that their “raw” nuts are steam-treated, so they are not truly raw. The problem with steaming, roasting, or otherwise processing raw nuts is that it destroys delicate enzymes and nutrients. Read more
Spicy Lemonade Recipe & Hydration Tips
Juice #4 of the multiple-day juice cleanse is many people’s favorite, spicy lemonade. Apart from the obvious high Vitamin C levels, lemon is great because it has an alkalizing effect inside the body, despite being acidic outside of it. Lemon is also a natural expectorant, so don’t be surprised if you start feeling the need to clear your throat or even cough after you drink this. Read more
Green Juice Recipe & Why You Should Love Ginger
Green juice is an awesome way to start the day, and it’s the main part of any serious juice cleanse. The emphasis on the color green is not just trendy, but a reflection of the chlorophyll-rich and alkalizing properties of juice that is physically green, as opposed to red, yellow, purple, etc.
Here is my green juice recipe inspired by BluePrint Green. I also make this every morning when I’m not cleansing. Read more
DIY Juice Cleanse: Worth It?!
Since regular juice cleansing/fasting is now part of my life, my latest experiment was to see if I could replicate a five-day BluePrint Cleanse on my own. It was a resounding success. I will show you step-by-step how I planned it and how I made the juices. Read more
“Drop Acid, Go Alkaline” – BluePrint Cleanse Review: Part 2 of 2
In Part 1 of my review, I discuss why I decided to do a juice cleanse, the pros and cons of BluePrint Cleanse, and my experience testing the limits of their customer service. The verdict is in: BluePrint Cleanse is a good baseline experience for beginners. But how exactly did the juices change my health? Read more
“We Think, You Drink” – BluePrint Cleanse Review: Part 1 of 2
As I have shared, I did my first juice cleanse in October 2012. It was revolutionary for my health, and as a result I did two more juice cleanses in November 2012 and January 2013. All three times, I ordered my juices from BluePrint Cleanse and did the three-day Excavation. Read more
How I Chose My Juicer
There are a lot of juicers out there, and it can be daunting to filter through all the noise to the heart of the matter: You want a juicer that makes good juice, is easy to use and clean, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
I considered the following factors in choosing the juicer I currently use, the Green Star Elite GSE-5000 Jumbo Twin Gear Juice Extractor. Read more