The problem with being a foodie (defined as planning meals 3 days in advance, looking at 20 bookmarked food blogs every other day, and insisting on cooking every meal) is it is particularly no fun to do a cleanse. I’m not having a hard time because I’m hungry, I’m having a hard time because I can’t cook Turmeric Dressing Spring Black Rice Salad and I can’t make Carrot Green Chimichurri Chicken and I can’t eat Green Curry Kale Crispy Coconut Tempeh! Wah! (see recipes below)
I’m not doing a serious cleanse. First of all, it’s still a little too cold which would be more harmful than good for my body type. Second, my body is still healing, and I need full calories and protein for tissue repair. It’s tempting to not eat as much when you’re bedridden with injury, but your body actually needs more calories for healing. But that’s temporary, like you can’t eat dessert every night for 2 weeks once you get your appetite back like I did! Third, “serious” cleanses are not for all body types anyhow. Different plans for different people. I won’t get into it now, but I cannot completely fast or else my blood sugar levels just get too out of whack. Someone who’s more grounded and maybe has some more weight may benefit from a liquid-only cleanse, but no thank you!
What I’m doing is having fresh made spiced-hemp milk, detox broth (recipes below), tea, and cold-pressed juices until a dinner of steamed veggies with olive oil, lemon, himalayan salt, and kraut. No biggie! But just enough to give my digestion a little break for a few days, and maybe move toxins from the pain killers out a little more surely. But honestly I think that very few people, including myself need to take extreme measures. What we do need to do is lighten up for spring – add more greens (especially bitter ones), eat with the seasons (berries when they come), eat a little more raw foods, less/no dairy, less heavy meat.
I am doing what I mentioned for two days, and then two days of fruit, veggies, and kitchari. This is an Ayurvedic approach to making things easier for your body. I’ll follow up with why. So, just 4 days of a light diet and then I’m off to Costa Rica!
Find which cleanse is right for your body, and schedule a few days this month to do it. Your body will thank you!
Yours truly, Jellyflower Sunfish
Raw, hulled hemp seeds
Knob of ginger
Detox Broth, from Amy Chaplin’s Coconut & Quinoa
3 stalks of celery with leaves
1 butternut squash, peeled and half-seeded
5 garlic clove
1 1/2 inches ginger
1/2 bunch parsley
2T dried burdock (or 1 ft fresh if you can find it)
3 dried shitake mushrooms
4 inch kombu
pinch of arame or wakame
8c filtered water
You can either boil and then simmer this in a large pot for 1-2 hours with a lid, or throw in a crockpot over night or for half a day! Then, strain. I left mine in the crockpot so it could be warm all the time (over the top), but it was funky by day 2 so don’t do it that long apparently. The taste of this broth is sweet and nourishing.