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Spring Cleaning...

...and I am not referring to my house (I did that last week).

The beginning of spring has always been a great time for me to cleanse my body. I don't know about you but I am much less active during the winter. I eat more starchy carbs, and I drink much less water (because I'm always so cold).

The starchy carbs and absence of H2O, makes it easy to tell when it's about time for spring cleaning: the weather starts to warm up, and my clothes start getting a bit snug. And that time just so happens to be here compounded with the fact that VegKid and I will be vacationing in Phoenix for the tail end of this week and the beginning of next. We fly down often and usually it's necessary to do some sort of detox before and after the trip (we eat out a lot).

If you find yourself interested in starting a cleanse might I suggest a 72 hour cleanse to start. They're much easier to manage and much less scary to start. So here's an account of a typical 3 day cleanse for me. Try it out, even if just for a day. If you have questions about juicing and it's benefits: go here, click the "Ask Me Anything" button, or leave a comment below.

Day One:

Breakfast: Juice 1 -

I've posted about this juice before and it's probably one of my favorites. I call it "The Sweet Tart" because, well, it tastes sweet and tart. More importantly, it's filling and delicious.

2 pears
2 green apples
1 cucumber
1 lemon
  • Run all ingredients through your juicer.

Lunch: Juice 2 -

This is the famous "Mean Green" from Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead. If you haven't seen Fat,  Sick, & Nearly Dead yet then I suggest you get on that. It's inspiring; even VegKid loved it.

6 kale leaves
1 cucumber
4 celery stalks
2 green apples
1/2 lemon
1 piece of ginger
  • Run all ingredients through your juicer.

Snack: Juice 3 -

drink in the late afternoon. My sweet tooth flares up daily around the three o'clock in the afternoon. Everyday. Without fail. This juice is my sweet-tooth-tamer, but it's also perfect for a post-workout-pick-me-up, as it helps calm an achy body.

1 green apple
1 pear
1 orange
1/2 lemon
  • Run all ingredients through your juicer.

Dinner:

Have a "Big A" salad. I know what you're thinking but VegKid literally calls this the "Big A" salad not because of its physical size (although it's huge...that's what she said) but because her loving nickname for me is "Big A" (she's "Lil A," of course) and I eat a salad like this at least once a day. Listed below are what I throw in my "Big A"salad consistently; the salad is compromised by what I have in the fridge, but the following ingredients are always stocked.

3 c lettuce (any kind your taste buds desire)
2 small sweet chili peppers
1 c sliced mushrooms
1 cucumber, sliced
chopped red onion
a handful of spicy sprouts
homemade salad dressing of your choice
Tossed in Meyer lemon juice and olive oil


Day 2:

Breakfast: Juice 1 -

drink within 30 minutes of waking up. Start practicing the habit of kick starting your metabolism first thing in the a.m. Even when I'm planning a large breakfast or brunch, I still have a piece of fruit before I do anything.

2 carrots
2 oranges
  • Top and tail the carrots, peel the oranges and juice away.

Lunch: Smoothie -

Who doesn't love a fresh fruit smoothie? That's right everyone love 'em. Try this one on for size:

1 c pineapple
1 banana
2 green apples
3 heaping handfuls of spinach
  • juice green apples and toss the juice with the remaining ingredients into your blender. You know what to do.


Dinner:

"Big A" Salad

Day 3:

Breakfast -

2 green apples
1 orange
1 banana
3 handfuls of spinach
  • Run the apples and the orange through your juicer
  • Add the freshly squeezed juice to the banana and spinach in a blender. Blend it up.

Lunch -

"Big A" salad

Snack -

2 green apples
1 c strawberries
1 banana
3 handfuls of spinach
  • Run your apples through the blender, and combine with the rest of your ingredients in a blender. Blend it up.

Dinner -

A plate of raw veggies.

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