Another key to my transformation is focusing on raw foods. It's amazing how much is lost when you cook produce. Raw foods contain enzymes that act as catalysts for detoxification and absorption of nutrients. In plain speak, that means processing foods takes away most of the pure goodness of your produce.
I know it feels natural to cook and eat, but try increasing the amount of raw foods in your diet, and feel the difference.
So how can you incorporate these mantras in a practical day-to-day way? You may have heard of the whole juice cleansing craze that’s taken over the world. You may also be wary of that craze— and rightfully so — for the above-mentioned reasons. That’s why I developed this gentle juice plan that’s both easy and effective when it comes to nourishing any tired, overprocessed, nutrition-craving body.
Here’s the juice plan:
1. Breakfast: 2¼ cups Green Wake-Up (see recipe below) and one handful of nuts
2. Midmorning: about 1 cup almond milk
3. Lunch: 2¼ cups Kale Foundation (see recipe below) and one handful of nuts
4. Midafternoon: about 1 cup almond milk
5. Late Afternoon: 2¼ cups Kale Foundation and one handful of nuts
6. Evening: 2¼ cups Green Wake-Up and one handful of nuts
7. Later: 2¼ cups Kale Foundation
Now, you may be thinking that this doesn’t look like your traditional juice cleanse. That’s because it’s not. It's a gentler rebooting that’s only meant to be a one- to two-day break from your normal way of eating, a break that will refresh your body and revitalize your spirit.
It’s also been carefully designed to deliver concentrated nutrients, along with some pretty necessary fiber, fat, and protein, that’ll make sure your body is balanced and that you don’t crash and burn.
The juice recipes I rely on always have a naturally low fructose content, and the almond milk provides protein, which helps stabilize blood glucose levels (again, we’re really trying not to crash and burn here).
The nuts are there for crunch, protein, and fiber, so that your energy levels stay high and also so you don’t have to deal with that relentless hunger that comes with most juice cleanses.
Also, as I mentioned before, this is a juice plan made for real people. Maybe some of us can keep up with a strict, 12-day juice cleanse and not absolutely perish from the stress and deprivation, but the rest of us need some variety in our lives and most definitely in our food.
You don’t need a crazy, masochistic juice cleanse to become a healthier person. All you need is to take it one day at a time, starting with a little juice.