In a departure from sharing about different supplements on Sundays, today I began a 7 Day Raw Food Cleanse. For the next week I’ll be sharing menus and recipes, health tips and what did I eat days, and report on how I am doing.
I did a 28 day healing cleanse in 2016, which ultimately launched me into a plant based lifestyle that brought great healing to me. I’m looking forward to experiencing this 7 day raw food cleanse, eating only uncooked fruits and veggies.
Why a Raw Food Cleanse?
Fruits and vegetables in their raw state provide the body with the highest level of nutrition in the form most easily absorbed. Nutrients flood the body, cleansing, nourishing and strengthening every system.
The digestive system processes uncooked fruits and vegetables quickly. These foods also contain live enzymes which smooths digestion even more. When the body isn’t expending energy processing heavy fats, proteins, additives, chemicals and allergens, it is free to rebuild itself, on a cellular level.
A raw food cleanse allows me to get to know myself in a deeper way. I discover how my body reacts to certain foods, and even more important, how it responds when other foods are eliminated.
Day 1 Morning
I stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies yesterday, making meal prep today simple.
8 oz lemon water, using freshly squeezed lemon juice
16 oz celery juice (1 bunch of celery through the juicer)
20 oz fruit smoothie (1 banana, fresh aloe vera gel, 2 cups of frozen fruit that included strawberries, wild blueberries, blackberries and dark cherries)
Snack Apple slices
Day 1 Afternoon
Spinach Soup (from Anthony William)
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
1 stalk celery
1 garlic clove, minced
1 orange, juiced
4 cups fresh spinach
2 fresh basil leaves
1/2 avocado (optional)
Blend tomatoes, celery, garlic and orange juice in blender, until smooth. Add spinach, a handful at a time, blending well. Add basil and avocado, if desired, and blend until creamy. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.
Top with raw mushrooms, fresh herbs, or zucchini or cucumber noodles.
I added fresh dill to my spinach soup and topped it with raw mushrooms and more dill and basil. It was delicious. I like that the recipe can be changed up simply by adding different herbs or veggies.
Day 1 Evening
Raw Marinara Sauce
Run 1 – 2 zucchini through a spiralizer, creating zoodles.
I tried adapting a marinara recipe, making it raw. It was good, however I want to adjust it. I’ll post the recipe when I perfect it! I used two small zucchini and that made a HUGE pile of zoodles. One zucchini would have been sufficient.
Bowl of mixed berries (fresh strawberries and blackberries, frozen wild blueberries)
16 oz hot herbal tea (immune support tea from Yogi)
The first day is completed. I’m full, and satisfied, with no hunger or cravings. I drank plenty of water, to keep hydrated. I’m looking forward to trying new recipes this week and giving my digestive system a break while nourishing my body at a cellular level.
My intention is to complete a 7 day raw food cleanse and then decide whether to continue for another week…and so on. I’m excited to see how my body responds.
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