First I would like to thank everyone who asked me to write this out and for starting a group where we can all meet and chat about some of these thoughts, juices and conversations. Prana in yoga is life energy. It is known as breath, energy and our body intelligence.
Below this conversation I will post the six drinks I used in the past four day cleanse. I wish that I would have taken pictures while I was making them, I will for the next one. Instead of having a bunch of writing, I added a few quotes to add some color and a break for your eyes. ~Enjoy. ~xo
With most things I do and from taking my yoga teacher training in 2009, I set an intention. Through out the four days I think (or remind myself) of my intention for doing this cleanse. I will do this for my writing, marketing, yoga practice, walking and even a gathering at the house. I don’t have any expectation of how it ‘should’ work out but always have an intention.
For these particular four days I wanted CLARITY & ENERGY.
Attention is mental focus and brings energy to what you are thinking. Intention has tremendous personal power, because when you hold an awareness of what you need to do in the back of your mind, you direct your energy and the energy in that direction. Setting an intention for yoga as an example is one where I choose PEACE, CALMNESS, STRENGTH or send my connected energy to someone who may need: LOVE, HEALTH, COMPASSION. In yoga being on your mat is a metaphor for life, there will be poses (asanas) that will challenge you, feel tight or you were able to hold it or go deeper the last class but the important thing to remember is that you are on your mat to just breathe, be in the moment and give gratitude to the fact that you are able to be there, to just be present in your life and your mind.
“When we find the pureness of our intention, we unleash a force that has the miraculous and infinite ability to rally circumstances, energy, situations, synchronicity and serendipity all on our behalf.” ~Baron Baptiste
So for this four day adventure, what would your intention be for it?
ENERGY. STRENGTH. BE PRESENT. CLEANSE. GROUND YOURSELF. CONSCIOUS. COMPASSIONATE. EASE. PATIENCE.
Know that what ever your intention is, it is perfect. You are perfect. Be compassionate, kind and gentle with yourself while investing your time to your intention with the four days. You will feel the change.
Freshly pressed juices are our super food – energy giving – elixir! Fresh juices provide abundant minerals because they are made from whole foods, they have an ideal balance of nutrients, and those nutrients will be absorbed from the stomach and small intestine minutes after ingestion. This is important, as many people’s digestive systems are overworked and fatigued due to years of poor eating, toxic chemicals or thinking and unmanaged stress. Saturating your cells with a rich supply of nutrients without taxing your digestive system is rejuvenating for your whole body. Most people will feel the energizing effects of juice soon after drinking it and will notice an increase in energy levels in general.
Starting your morning out with freshly pressed juices is more than just drinking something or eating something, it helps with so much more. The actual word for breakfast is literally Break Fast. When you wake you have a fresh start, with health, how you feel, what you think or with your intention for the day. At this point in the morning, you have not put food into your body since your last meal, so your body will go to work eliminating and cleaning out what is in your system. By not eating after 8 pm, through the night and the morning may be the only time that your body’s energy is not consumed in digesting and can instead be directed to actually cleansing.
In the morning you may notice that your body was busy cleaning by eliminating toxins through sweat, coated tongue, ‘hairy’ teeth, sleep in your eyes. These are not pleasant topics while talking about food or a beautiful clean green drink but it is important for you to know why and what our bodies are doing during the night. It is working hard to send energy throughout your body to eliminate toxins and send all that it needs into areas that need healing.
Upon waking it is important to know that once you begin to eat, you shut off the body’s cleansing mechanism, and your energy has to then be directed to digestion. So GOOD FOR YOU in taking four days to literally clean your body, letting it send out toxins and eliminate waste. You will go through a transition while not ‘eating’ something in the mornings and in the next four days, throughout the entire day, so remember your intention. I did receive headaches the first afternoon from not drinking coffee, but that disappeared. What I did feel was more energized, clear minded and more focused.
I have at home my Breville Juice Fountain Elite from Bed & Bath. If you sign up for their newsletters, they will send you a 20% off coupon for one item, this is what I did. People often ask what kind of juicer is best. The less expensive allow you to begin juicing but they use friction to produce the juice which heats the produce and destroys nutrients. Of course, you’ll want to extract as much juice as possible from the ingredients you use. However, many of the less-expensive juicers leave the pulp quite moist. If you find this to be the case, try feeding the pulp back through the juicer. Some can be very costly too. The one I have is fantastic for me and a decent price. I know some juicers can be $80 – $500, so pick what you can afford and will use. Besides the Breville, I have heard that the Green Star and Omega Vertical are good too.
With these juices, I tried to make them as fresh as I could, but some days I wasn’t able to juice at lunch. What I did was use mason jars, simply pour your fresh juice in until is just barely spills over. You don’t want to waste any and yet to leave air in it will allow it to oxidize which means it is loosing the enzymes and fermenting. If you are saving them and not drinking immediately, place them in a refrigerator or a cooler with a little ice to keep them cool. The juices can keep in your fridge for up to two days, although the freshest is best as it contains all the liv enzymes. Fresh uncooked foods allow us to maintain the alkaline, oxygen rich energy in our bodies = Life Force. The first day or two, your body is cleaning its self out of toxins and days three or four allow your body to absorb all the healthy life giving nutrients.
Drink LOTS of water to flush your system as your body is busy eliminating toxins and impurities. I like to and almost always have lemon or a slice of cucumber in my water. The lemon actually helps the ph in your body and creates an alkaline environment which is so beneficial to your health. Be sure to wash all your vegetables and fruits. As for peeling, I use a sharp knife and cut the rind/skin off similar to cutting a pineapple: ends, long side up and slide your knife down, leaving as much fruit as possible. Also with cucumber and apples, I don’t peel any of it.
Juices for the Four Days.
Upon waking: water with lemon or cucumber. I usually then make the juice shortly after having a big glass of water.
Morning: 2 Beets with tops, 4 Carrots NO tops, one celery stalk, palm full of parsley, 1/2 cucumber, one peeled lemon, one peeled orange, one whole apple. Drink all at once or through out the morning. With the beets, place the greens in first then the root.
More water or herbal tea.
Afternoon: Broccoli flowerets and stems (about a heaping handful), one whole cucumber, heaping handful of spinach or kale, one parsnip, four asparagus spears, one whole granny smith apple, two handfuls of watermelon, a few stems of mint. Drink all at once or through out the afternoon.
Optional Afternoon Juice (I love both): Broccoli as above, one whole cucumber, 1″ of peeled ginger, one peeled lime, four celery stalks, heaping handful of spinach, 1/4 of peeled pineapple or one granny smith apple but I love the pineapple, 3-4 stems of fresh mint or basil.
More water or herbal tea.
Liquid Supper: 1/4 of peeled pineapple, heaping handful of spinach/kale/greens, peeled grapefruit, heaping handful of saskatoons or blueberries, 1″ peeled ginger, 1/4 of a head of cabbage and heaping handful of red grapes.
Night treat, but before 8pm: heat up unsweetened almond milk with nutmeg, cardamom, a tiny bit of cloves and a tiny bit of black pepper. This drink is so comforting.
So give this a try if you like. By no means am I a doctor, so check with yours if you have any concerns but this is what I did for four days and felt Ah-Mazing! I usually always drink the second green drink listed in the Afternoon list, it is so tasty and good for you. I will create a Facebook page for us as well after the September long weekend coming up, there we can chat about more!
Drink up and love yourself. This journey of ours is boundless, luminous and exciting. Our journey is completely based on Love, to live free, passionately and with gratitude.
“Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning doesn’t lie in things. Meaning lies in us. When we attach value to things that aren’t love – the money, the car, the house, the prestige, the status – we are loving things that can’t love us back. We are searching for meaning in the meaningless. Money, of itself, means nothing, material things, of themselves, mean nothing. It’s no that they’re bad. It’s that they’re nothing.”
“Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking other people don’t have as much fear as we do, which only makes us more afraid.” ~ both quotes are Marianne Williamson on my ‘About Me Page’ click on it to read more.