A Guide to a Successful New Year's Cleanse

Beet Juice

This is the time of year when we all begin to feel pretty overindulged. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to do something about it. So, if you want to join me for a day or two of nutrient injection and junk extraction (hee hee), then here’s your guide:

Tips for a successful cleanse

1-      Choose a day when you will be home.

2-      Plan ahead. Buy your groceries the day before, and make sure your juicer is clean and ready to go. About a week before your cleanse (even if you’re only doing one day), begin weaning your body off alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, meat, dairy, sugar, and wheat. Your body will have an easier time adjusting to liquids for 24 hours if you prepare it for purity.

3-      You will have better success if you drink a lot of water and tea throughout the day of. It will help keep your stomach full.

4-      Buy organic produce. The idea is to have as much nutrient absorption as possible by consuming only liquids, so why buy produce that is covered in pesticides? Try and get it all organic.

5-      Have planned activities at home to keep you busy (like a giant puzzle or a fabulous book), but don’t do anything strenuous that will make you starving (like working out).

6-      Don’t make food for other family members, if you can avoid it. The temptation to chow down has proven too great for me many, many times.

7-      Don’t worry about protein. This is a low-protein day, but that’s okay. You can fill up on protein-rich foods the next day.

8-      If you feel shaky and cold on the day of your cleanse (which is totally normal, especially in the winter), try taking a bath with Epsom salts. Although the salt will help your body to detox further, the warm water will feel really good and calm your confused nerves.

Green Juice

The Plan

7:00am:           16 oz. of warm water with half a lemon squeezed into it.

8:00am:           Juice (in the following order): 1 chunk ginger, 4 carrots, 1 peeled    grapefruit.

10:00am:         Juice (in the following order): 2 green apples, 4 fennel fronds, 6 romaine lettuce leaves, handful of parsley, 1 large cucumber.

12:00pm:         16 oz. miso broth.

2:00pm:           Juice (in the following order): 1 chunk ginger, 1 small beet, 2 large carrots, 2 red apples, handful of basil, 1 large cucumber.

4:00pm:           8 oz. coconut water.

6:00pm:           Blend 1 cup water, 1 banana,

4 kale leaves, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup frozen pineapple, ½ cup rolled oats.

In addition to everything above, try to drink about 64 ounces of water or herbal tea throughout the day. The last “meal” is more solid, because it will help you to sleep on a fuller stomach, and create a bit of bulk for a good bowel movement in the morning.

  • If you don’t own a juicer, then you can blend fruits, veggies, and water in your blender. (Unless you own a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, I don’t recommend trying to blend roots. Just do the softer items, like fruit, cucumbers, and green, leafy veggies.) You’ll get way more fiber this way, but most of us need more of that, anyway. The idea is to remove the foods that aren’t helping us, and inject our bodies with good nutrients, so this still kinda works.

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Shopping List

Fruit

  • 1 lemon
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 red apples
  • 1 banana
  • Ginger
  • Frozen Pineapple

Veggies

  • Fennel (with at least four fronds)
  • Romaine bunch
  • Kale bunch
  • Spinach bunch
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh basil
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 beet

Other

  • Rolled oats (1 cup)
  • Miso broth (buy in packets in health food aisle)
  • Coconut water (unsweetened—look at ingredients. Should just be coconut water.)
  • Herbal tea
  • Epsom salts (for bath–if you want)

*Repeat this for 2 days if you want, but I don’t recommend anything longer, unless you have prior experience with cleanses.

Here’s to an amazing 2014, and a Happy Healthy Gut!

The Surrey International Writers' Conference

SiWC

I was lucky enough to have spent this past weekend at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. (SiWC) It’s one of the largest writers’ conferences in North America, and this was my second year in a row attending. If I could use only two words to describe this conference, they would be ‘essential’ and ‘humorous.’

Everybody who attends is apparently a comedian, which works well for me, because I can laugh hard and work my abs, which counteracts the flatness that happens to my butt from sitting for 3 days.

Abs-1, butt-0.

Some of the workshops I attended included such topics as Writing for Newspapers and Magazines, Life Writing, The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Humour, Presentation Skills for Determined Writers, Marketing Your Book, The Changing World of Mainstream Publishing, and more.

HELPFUL.

All in all, it was a great conference. But I have to say that one of the main highlights for me was Jack Whyte‘s bold (and not-so-surprisingly talented) rendition of The Hippopotamus Song.

Anyway, if you’re a writer, and you have the opportunity to attend something like this every now and then, I highly recommend this particular event. Maybe I’ll see you there next year!

Happy Meatless Monday!

VegFest Vancouver Pics!

VegFest Vancouver

Some pictures of VegFest Vancouver, which I volunteered at on Saturday. More specifically, I was helping out at the EarthSave Canada booth, a registered non-profit charity since 1990. EarthSave promotes nutrition education and rallies for mindful living in terms of taking responsibility for environmental impact and animal welfare through personal food choices.

Check it out!

EarthSave Booth

 

Volunteering

 

Beautiful Vancouver!

 

VegFest Vancouver!

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VegFest Vancouver is on tomorrow, Saturday July 27th, from 10-6pm on Granville Street. Come see me at the Earthsave booth (located between Robson and West Georgia) and get vegucated about a plant-based diet! Hope to see you there!