I’m a detox enthusiast because it’s an amazing way to re-boot my system and to test/get in touch with my body. There is a clarity and sharpness of senses that surfaces after the initial two or three cranky hunger days which makes it even more worth it. I’ve read that it’s a good idea to do a few days’ worth of detoxing every season, which is something I’d like to attempt, but haven’t had a chance to yet. In fact, I haven’t detoxed since The Master Cleanse last year, around this exact time. The lemon+cayenne+maple syrup concoction the MC relies on was too acidic, not at all nutritious, and definitely not something I would want to ingest for more than a few days, so I decided to try something more sustainable.
On Sunday morning, I mentioned that I was going to be embarking on another detox, this time with soups and juices, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions about whether I was using any specific plan, what I’d be consuming, etc. I wasn’t necessarily planning to document this process because I’m kind of winging it this time around, but hey – what’s the internet for! You asked, so I’m going to tell you all about it.
Since we’re busy people and don’t have a juicer yet, Ales and I are going to be drinking Trader Joe’s soup and juice this time around. Fortunately, these are affordable – so far we’ve only spent about $50 on a ton of stuff. On the menu:
- Grapefruit Juice
- Cranberry juice
- Mango nectar
- Garden patch vegetable juice blend
- Lemon Ginger Echinacea juice
- Green Plant food beverage
- Tropical carrot juice blend
- Tomato soup
- Butternut squash soup
- Black bean soup
- Carrot ginger soup
Starting tomorrow, I’m planning on [very] roughly using this 3-week model, possibly in combination with that delightful salt water flush from The Master Cleanse and gallons of water with fresh lemon. The plan consists of a liquid diet followed by eating raw and then mostly-raw. Ideally, I would like to do at least eight soup & juice days and think this is an attainable goal. I’m also looking forward to eating 75% raw in the final days of this process. We just got an adorable Ninja food processor at a gift exchange party and LA’s been fairly warm over the past few days, so making fresh guacamole, a variety of salsas and raw soup is definitely in the cards.
I’m excited to see whether this will alter my household’s eating habits long-term, and to tell you about our liquid detox experience as it progresses. We start tomorrow!