Let the Cleansing Begin …

Day 1

Breakfast (9:30 a.m.): Juice with kale, celery, carrots, pear, orange, and ginger root. I made a mistake of putting in too much ginger, so the juice came out too spicy. I ended up adding a juice of another orange to it just so that I can drink it.

Lunch (1:00 p.m.): Salad with arugula, spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and red cabbage, with 1 tablespoon of homemade dressing (garlic, rice vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper).

Snack (3:00 p.m.): Celery sticks with jalapeno hummus.

Dinner (7:00 p.m.): Another salad with arugula, spinach, tomatoes, and strawberries, with the homemade dressing.

Today was Day 1 of my 15-day cleanse, inspired by Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.biggrin I’m not following the program to a T, but I’ve committed myself to eating only clean, vegan food for the next two weeks (in both solid and juice forms). The cleanse is also part inspired by Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet so you can say that this is a love-child of two of my favorite detox / cleanse champions.

Although dropping a few pounds would be nice, I’m doing this because I really want to clean my body and mind from the inside out. And I can eat as much vegetables as possible (and lots of fruits) in the next 15 days so I’m very excited about it.

Suprisingly Delicious Kale Juice

Strange things happen when you put up an antenna on your head.  When you increase an awareness about something,  all the like-minded people and things start appearing out from nowhere.  I’m sure you’ve experienced it yourself too.  Once you purchase, say, a new car, you suddenly start to see all the cars with the same model and color that you never noticed before.

I’ve been putting on a juicing antenna for a few weeks, and out of nowhere, a handful of people who are either on the juice kick or have been thinking about incorporating juicing in their life came out of the woodwork!  biggrin

It was my friend D’s random status update on Facebook that introduced me to a book, “Crazy Sexy Diet,” by Kris Carr.  Her story is pretty inspiring.  After she was diagnosed with this rare cancer that seemed to have no cure, she turned her life around by changing the way she treats her body.

She started the Crazy Sexy revolution by introducing a wonderful vegan diet to beautify, inside and out.  I started reading the book a few days ago, and I’ve learned a lot in a mere few chapters.  I haven’t started her 21-Day Cleanse just yet (I haven’t even gotten to that chapter), but I certainly have juiced more frequently than before.

I drink the carrot / celery / ginger / apple juice regularly and I consider this to be a “safe” recipe.  The concoction is very sweet and aside from celery, there’s nothing in there that are really scary.

I recently started adding more vegetables into my juice to take it to the next level and this one if one of my new favorites.  I went to a local grocery store and picked up what looked good that day, and came up with this recipe.

Surprisingly Delicious Kale Juice
(Makes about 20 oz of juice, good for 2 tall glasses)

3-4 stalks of organic kale
2 large or 4 thin carrots
3-4 stalks of celery
1 large orange or yellow bell pepper
2 small or 1 large apples
1 medium pear
I piece (thumb size) of ginger (I usually put more because I love ginger like crazy)

I have to admit that the juice smells like kale but there is really no stinkiness or bitterness in the juice itself. The drink is really sweet and refreshing and is recommended to anyone who is a little afraid of greens.

Delicious Green Juice at Real Food Daily

I’ve been on a juice kick ever since I watched the documentary, Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead.  I’ve not committed to the Reboot program or anything just yet (that’s the juicing detox diet that successfully reserved the subject Joe Cross’ obesity and other symptoms he once suffered) but the juices that he enjoyed in the film looked so good that I started craving them!

The healthy concoction that I was particularly interested in was the Green Juice with kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, apple, and ginger root. It looked delicious and I like all the vegetables individually (maybe except for cucumber) or in salads, but I was slightly intimidated by the idea of juicing them all together.

Luckily, I was able to try something very similar at Real Food Daily in Santa Monica over the weekend. I ordered Sweet Green, with cucumber, celery, kale, parsley, spinach, and apple (and I added a ginger root) … and it was SO delicious! The sweetness of the apple and the spiciness of the ginger roots cut through the bitterness of kale, making the juice incredibly refreshing and tasty … and sweet!  I’m totally going to start making Green Juice at home now! 🙂

While at our favorite vegan organic restaurant, I had my favorite Tofu BBQ Chopped salad with mountains of chopped seasonal vegetables, cashew cheese, and Romaine lettuce, topped with a generous serving of BBQ tofu blocks. My sister’s Basic Four with Garlicky Greens, Seitan, quinoa, and seaweed salad looked mighty delicious too.

Here’s my previous post on Real Food Daily (the La Cienega location).

Real Food Daily
514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401