January is the time I trade in 3 C’s, cookies, candy, and cake (who were regular guests on my plate throughout the holidays) for 1 C, cleansing. I have completed numerous cleanses over the past couple of years, and although I head into each one with trepidation, I quickly forget all apprehensions as I begin to reconnect with my body, shed unwanted toxins and weight, and regain the mental clarity and vigor that is lost when I become overindulgent.
This year I have decided to combine two, of what I feel, are the most effective cleanses, and will be consuming 16 ounces of green smoothies and 32 ounces of freshly juiced apples for a minimum of 3 days. To enhance my cleanses, I adopt a vegan diet (meaning I will avoid eating any animal products, including eggs and dairy) a week prior to the cleanse. To aid the body in detoxification during the actual cleanse, I sit in saunas, perform body brushing and deep breathing, and engage in light exercise. To break the cleanse, I eat lightly for about three days and include foods like brown rice, salads with homemade vinaigrette, and plenty of fruit in my diet. Feel free to join me! You won’t regret it!
For the apple juice (makes 32 ounces):
* Although fresh is best, store bought organic apple juice can be substituted
For the green smoothie:
Blend 2 large handfuls of greens (spinach or kale, removed from stem, work well) with 2 apples, 1 mango or banana, and 1/2 cup water for an extra thick smoothie (I like to eat mine with a spoon!). I use a Vitamix to blend my smoothies in seconds!
Please note: Both the apple juice and green smoothies should be chewed to release digestive juices in the mouth, thus beginning the digestive processes of the body.
- The apples provide your body with malic acid. A chemical that helps the liver heal, has anti-aging properties, relieves muscle pain and stiffness, and boosts energy levels.
- Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant, regulates blood sugar levels, and also heals the liver.
- Greens oxygenate and purify the blood and remove toxins from the body.