Raw Cleansing – Day One of the Cleanse
Yeah, the day you have been waiting for is here! Time to begin your raw cleanse. I like to start day one with my own version of Ann Louise Gittleman’s “Miracle Juice” as it has a way of curbing appetite, keeping blood sugar levels steady and it’s a great detoxifyer! I also like this juice as it’s simple, you drink it all day, and no juicer is required.
Miracle Juice Recipe:
1 Gallon Water
2 Nubs Fresh Ginger (sliced)
1 Tb Cinnamon (ground)
1/4 tsp Nutmeg (ground)
1 Quart of Unsweetened Cranberry Juice (Knudsen is a good brand)
3 Lemons (juiced)
4 Oranges (juiced)
Stevia to taste
Bring water to a boil with the spices. Boil for 15-20 minutes, then cool for 20-30 minutes. Juice the lemon and oranges. Add all juices (lemon, orange and cranberry) to the cooled liquid. Add Stevia to taste (not too much, but enough to take out some of the “pucker” from the tart juices). Drink a cup of the Miracle Juice every hour or more frequently. You want to finish it all prior to 8 PM to allow you to sleep without frequent trips to the bathroom. Cranberries are a strong diuretic, so do stay close to a restroom as you will be urinating frequently. Know it is flushing out the toxins and it really does a good job of curbing hunger too.
Be sure to use unsweetened cranberry juice. Regular cranberry juice is sweetened with lots of sugar and is NOT what you want. I like Knudsen’s brand of unsweetened cranberry juice, but Trader Joe’s and Mountain Sun are also good.
Ann Louise has you cook the cranberry juice with the spices and alternate between juice 1 hour and water the next. I’ve found for me it works best to mix the water into my juice versus alternating. To keep my Miracle Juice as raw as possible, cook only the water and spices while adding fresh uncooked cranberry, lemon and orange juice after it has cooled. I once used raw cranberries and juiced them, but it took a lot of berries and I had quite a bit of pulp left, so the method I listed above works better and costs less.
You will notice the diuretic effects within 1-3 hours of starting the Miracle Juice. So near bedtime you will want to finish drinking a few hours before you retire to reduce trips to the bathroom. You may notice a headache the next morning. This is usually a sign of dehydration, so drink up to 1 quart of water with lemon as soon as you get up.
Day one is a good day to avoid TV and magazines with all their ads and commercials for food. It is also a good day to read about cleansing or to watch one of the videos mentioned in the resources chapter. This helps keep your motivation and dedication high!
Day two: There are 3 key things to keep in mind today:
- Keep nutrition high and don’t let calories drop too low
- Get to know your juicer
- Have fun making new juices
One of the biggest tips is that you want an abundance of juice. I tend to call it a “Juice Feast” versus a “Juice Fast” to help you keep in mind this is all about super charging your vitamins, minerals and live enzymes via healthy vegetables and fruits. It is not about restriction. The goal is to maintain a normal calorie intake near 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day depending on your size and activity level.
Here is a great YouTube video by Fully Raw Kristina that goes over various raw foods and how much it takes of each to hit those calorie targets. Kristina has a lot of other very inspiring and beautiful videos on her YouTube channel, so you may wish to subscribe to her channel if you like what you see.
I think where a lot of people go wrong (and I am guilty too) is they reduce their calories leaving them hungry, unsatisfied and weak. You will want to drink 4-6 quarts or more of juice a day as a general rule to hit your target calories. This will vary widely based on what you put in your juice. I encourage you to actually track calories in the initial day or two to help train yourself on what that looks like in juice. Usually you are going to need to juice about every 2.5-3 hours or to have 4-6 juice meals a day and more if you are hungry.
Juicing is not like baking where you need to follow a recipe verbatim for it to rise correctly. Juices can be made from the key categories and combined in your own unique combinations. We will go over this more later.
- I use the Breville Juice Fountain Elite 1000. On this machine, you can turn the on switch up for soft fruits such as pears, grapes, citrus, and berries and you can turn it down for hard produce such as carrots, apples, celery, etc. I also use the down switch for my greens.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables and be sure to remove any small plastic labels, so they don’t get caught in your juice or juicer.
- Peel citrus prior to use. I peel oranges and grapefruits and cut the rind off of lemons prior to putting them in the juicer. Organic Meyer lemons are the exception as they can be put in the juicer unpeeled.
- The juicer runs at a fast speed and it can sputter out juice from the area where the bucket meets the grinder. I put a wet rag over this to avoid an splatter on me and the surrounding work area.
- Using lemon in your juice will help preserve the juice up to 24 hours. It also helps to mellow the taste and to detoxify the body. Some people like to juice everything for the day at once. This allows for less cleaning of the juicer, but juices will be less fresh. Others will like to juice as they go just prior to drinking their next meal. It’s all about what works for you.
SOME OF MY FAVORITE JUICE RECIPES
- 1 bunch of Kale
- 1 bunch of celery
- 1 Braeburn or similar Apple (or more if you want more sweetness or calories)
- 1 Nub of Ginger
- 1 Lemon (with peel cut off)
Cucumber Mint Juice
- 1 large or 2 small Cucumbers
- 1 Large Apple
- 1 bulb of Fennel with stalks
- 1 Lemon (with peel cut off)
- 2 sprigs of Mint
- 10-14 pound Watermelon (OK to leave rind on)
Cut the watermelon into pieces with a serrated knife and juice. Drink throughout the day. A 14 pound watermelon is about 1,800 calories. Here is a video on making that juice.
Here is a site with juice recipes. I like that this site is interactive and allows you to select what you have on hand and then suggest a recipe for those ingredient. Note: Some sites may make claims or try to sell things. I try my best to go to those with less hype and more balance or extract the good and ignore what doesn’t ring true to me. This site gives exact recipes and some background on possible health benefits.
One final thing, please be gentle with yourself as you juice today. It is important to do your best to be at home as your energy may be lower than normal (even with adequate calories). Do not engage in hard physical activity during your first 3 days. Trust if you are sleepy and feel free to take a nap.