It’s day 3 of my 3-day, 7-ingredient cleanse that I found in my June issue of Vegetarian Times. The cleanse focuses on 7 foods that are the building blocks of the diet: broccoli, beets, spinach, blueberries, avocado, lentils, and almonds. The list of foods to avoid include: processed foods, added sugar, dairy and eggs, gluten, coffee and alcohol. I decided to do this cleanse mostly because I feel tired too often but also I thought that maybe it would help my body heal faster. Also, I LOVE coffee and I’m somewhat addicted so every once in a while I make myself give it up for a few days. I also liked this cleanse because it is a whole foods, plant based diet and you are allowed to eat as much as you want. (I’m definitely not trying to lose weight and juice cleanses are way too extreme for me.)
The menu is simple. You should use the below recipes for most of your meals but any produce is allowed. (click on each item for the recipe):
Breakfast: Blueberry-beet smoothie
(We also included a kale smoothie which has 1 orange, 1 cup kale, 1/4 cup pineapple, 1 banana, and 1 cup coconut water. This was a recipe given for after the cleanse but I didn’t see any harm in including it.)
A bit of advice…
The night before the cleanse they tell you to roast 2 beets and soak your lentils. If you work out of the house or have kids and don’t have a lot of time to prep meals when they are awake, then I would recommend doing these things two nights before so the night before you can make some of the meals. We ended up making the borscht on Monday morning around 7 am so that we both had something to eat for lunch. (Btw, the borscht is surprisingly good. Definitely use the avocado for garnish.) Also, any other prep work you can do the night before the better. If I do this cleanse again (I hope to), I would make the borscht and the hummus the night before and I would cut up veggies to have on hand.
What I learned…
Chris decided to do the cleanse with me and he went to Whole Foods on Sunday to get all of the ingredients. The lentils used in these recipes are called black beluga lentils and the lady in the store who helped Chris told him that they have the highest amount of protein of all of the lentils. With 25 grams of protein per serving they have about the same amount of protein as chicken. I also learned that beets are known to help detoxify the liver.
How I feel ?
Overall I feel good. I pretty much have to eat constantly so that I’m not hungry but it’s all good stuff. (I had 4 smoothies today before 1:00) I can’t say that I’m not at all tired but I do think I am less so. I’m not craving sugar like I was on day 1 so that’s a bonus. Also, I’ve learned some new recipes which I will definitely make again. I’m still looking forward to my morning cup of joe but I will also make sure I have a smoothie tomorrow.
Who should do this cleanse?
I think this is a good cleanse for anyone who wants to kick start healthy eating as long as you are willing to spend a little time in the kitchen. Also, if you are trying to lose weight I think this could be a great start. Just cutting out bread or crackers with your soup or salad makes you realize that you don’t really need them. If you are not in the market for a cleanse, I would still invite you to make some of the recipes. The broccoli salad and the borscht are my favorite. I hope you enjoy!