Back in the beginning of April I posted about my experience at the Toronto Yoga Conference, and my workshop with Seane Corn. The workshop was based around detox, and I was deeply inspired by cleansing the body of toxins we absorb through the foods we eat, and the negative feelings we hold on to. During that session Seane mentioned a few products that she was into in the realm of health and wellness, one of them being The Ultimate Energy Cleanse. I’ve dabbled in detoxing, and tried the odd cleanse here and there like my Green Challenge, but never done a full out cleanse. So I finally decided to take the leap and finally bought the kit a few weeks ago. I had been putting it off ever since! After last week’s birthday celebrations I figured there was no better time to detox. So here I am, on day 6 of the Ultimate Energy Cleanse. I have to say, I’m feeling more energized than I expected! Day 3 was the liver flush, and it was by far the worst day. I got a splitting headache, my skin broke out, and I wanted to curl up into a ball and die LOL. But I stuck with it, and day 4, 5, and 6 have been much better.
|Foods I ate A LOT of this week. Kale, garlic, cayenne pepper, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, Grade B maple syrup, raw honey.|
Overall, this cleanse has been a pretty positive experience! I have to say it was a lot of work to prepare for (that’s why I’ve been a little sparse with the posts this week), and at times I felt like I was constantly in the kitchen preparing food. If you’re thinking of doing this cleanse be forewarned that you WILL smell like garlic everyday, and I mean ev-er-y-day. And if you’re someone who has a hard time swallowing pills, get ready to take up to 40 capsules over the course of a day! This cleanse is really comprehensive, and the instructional booklet was seriously informative however. There are a lot of food options, and it’s clear that the goal is not to starve yourself but to specifically target the organs in the body that hold on to toxins. The best part, I think, about this cleanse were all of the amazing recipes that came with the kit! Here were a few of my favs from my week of detox!
A naturally sweet dessert
8 dates, soaked in water for 2 hours, drained and pitted.
1 large avocado
1/3 cup carob powder
2 tbsp Grade B maple syrup (Grade B syrup is darker in color, less processed, tastes much more like caramel, and is rich in nutrients from the soil the maple tree is grown in, like manganese).
1 tbs cinnamon (I added cinnamon because I love it so much, but it’s optional).
Step 1: Puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Step 2: Spoon the mixture into ramekins (or small bowls) and cover with plastic.
Step 3: Chill for about an hour. When you’re ready to serve sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy The Ultimate Energy Cleanse.
Crunchy, satisfying, and cleanse worthy
1 small head of red cabbage
2 medium apples with skin on if organic, if not remove skin
1/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
1/3 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic minced
1 tbs raw honey
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
|I never realized how delicious raw honey is! It’s so much better than the regular honey in the bear container LOL.|
Step 1: Chop veggies…I did a lot of that this week. Chop your red cabbage into bite sized sticks. Do the same with the apple, chopping thin slices and then into sticks. Chop mint using a serrated edge knife to release essential oils from the mint leaf. Then, my favorite, mince the garlic.
Step 2: Place all of the chopped veggies, excluding the garlic, into a large salad bowl and toss.
Step 3: In a food processor or blender combine olive oil, Bragg’s liquid aminos, lemon juice, garlic, raw honey, and apple cider vinegar and blend.
Step 4: Pour dressing over the veggies, toss again, and serve.
Recipe courtesy of my brain on a cleanse.
Spring is a great time to detox. Have you done a detox yet this Spring? Are you planning to? Do tell!