I used to juice a lot. So much that I bought a Norwalk juicer years ago. It made the best juice – cold-pressed veggie syrup is how it was. Sounds kinda gross, but it was good.
After changing my diet from militant vegan to real food omnivore (a few years ago?), I found myself drinking a lot less juice. By choice. It just didn’t feel right anymore.
As a result, I was using the Norwalk so little that I sold it. Besides, with all the great juice stores around these days it’s not a big deal that I sold it. If I get a hankering for a high quality cold-pressed green juice, I can head over to Kaleidoscope or Juice Core (my two local favorites). Selling the Norwalk gave me more counter space for like, um, my sous vide.
In fact, side note, a couple of weeks ago I didn’t have any veggies in the house (gasp!), other than raw sauerkraut, so I popped into Kaleidoscope to get an organic green juice. I figured that was a good way to get some veggies in my diet in a pinch.
Back to juicing and juice-fasting… I don’t feel drawn to doing it for days on end. Truthfully, I never did really. I was a louse juice faster. Once day two came along, I was dreaming of juicing Chipotle burritos (back in the day I also ate wheat without thinking twice; hence, the memory of “burrito”).
All that said, even though I’m not drinking lots of green juices anymore, I was in the mood for a bit of cleaning house for my body last week. I figured a day of green juices could be just what I needed. The more I thought about it the less I was drawn to the idea though.
That is, until I decided what would be really awesome for my body was a Nourishing Cleanse.
Yes! That’s what I needed. A day of not only green juices, filtered water, and herbal tea, but also homemade bone broth. It’s all liquids which gives my digestion a rest. Why stick to only green juice when I could boost my health by also including homemade bone broth.
Another side note, Whole Foods now sells high quality bone broth that I can be happy about. It’s from pasture-raised animals, even the chicken broth option, and organic veggies. So, if you don’t make your own, you might find it in the freezer section of your Whole Foods Market.
Dare I say, this is the best kind of cleanse I could’ve done. The cooling juices and the warming bone broth kept me balanced(!), nourished, hydrated, and satiated. Oh, I started the day with a cup of black coffee. Duh. Still a liquid. :)
Here’s what I consumed in total:
- 1 cup black coffee
- 7 to 8 pints of green juice
- filtered water
- 1 quart bone broth
- 2 cups herbal tea
All in all… the day was pretty good. I won’t say I love fasting, because I don’t. However, I did wake up feeling extra nice the next day.
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