Sunday, May 11, 2014

Cleansing is good for the soul

I woke up feeling particularly crappy today. Despite a full night's sleep, my body felt achy, my stomach upset and my mouth was gummy. My body was telling me what my mind already knew - it's time for a cleanse.

I work in a pretty high-stress industry, print media, and I'm about to switch jobs and take on a new role as an editor in a few weeks. I can't think of a better time to cleanse my body and mind. Even though I'm a health nut, there are times when I backslide. I'm a longtime vegetarian wrestling with ditching the devils of sugar and dairy. Ever since taking a mini-vacay with the omni bf over the Easter holidays I've gorged on pizza, desserts and Chinese takeout.

Add that to the stress of switching jobs and now my body is paying the price.

So I'm embarking on a two-week, vegan, high-raw cleanse to get my mind and body right. I'm hoping this will cement my vegan lifestyle and get me to kick dairy cravings for good. I will be consuming mostly smoothies, juices, salads and simple vegan meals during this time.

And there's no better way to kick start a cleanse than with a yummy green juice. I added frozen black berries for the antioxidants and to soothe my upset stomach. The spirulina is a great plant protein that is said to ease inflammation, help the body detox and aides digestion.

'Berry Green Juice'

Two cups filtered water
One large pear, chopped
One kiwi, peeled and chopped
Two frozen bananas, peel and chop them before freezing overnight
Juice from half a lemon
One cup frozen blueberries
Two handfuls spinach
Half tsp spirulina

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender, blend and enjoy!

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