Smoothie Detox/Cleanse

I wanted to do a cleanse for the New Year. But the only cleanse I’ve ever tried lasted a half day and I don’t think I’ll ever try the Master Cleanse again. I was going for something a little more pleasant this time. So I planned on doing a smoothie cleanse.

Here is my fantastic plan:

3 days of fruit/veggie smoothies plus a cooked healthy meal each day. Also, I get nuts for a snack if I’m hungry. What could be better?

Smoothie Recipes that look fabulous:Featurette.Smoothies

  1. Surf Rider

Spinach, OJ, frozen strawberries, frozen mixed berries, frozen pineapples.

This is my all-time favorite smoothie. Can’t taste the veggies. It’s healthy and easy. I suppose I should try for all organic ingredients, but we’re doing baby steps here.

2.  Crazy Sexy Goddess

“The avocado, cucumber, greens, and coconut water will shower your cells in alkalinizing goodness,” Carr says. “An alkaline inner environment helps your body’s systems operate optimally.”

Serves 2

1 avocado*
1 banana
1 cup blueberries
1 cucumber
A fistful of kale or romaine or spinach
Coconut water (or purified water)
Stevia, to taste, and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon or some cacao (optional)

*If desired, use coconut meat, raw almond butter, or nut milk in place of avocado. You can also add superfoods like cacao (to taste) and/or 1 to 2 tablespoons of E3Live.

IN a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Source: Kris Carr, Crazy Sexy Kitchen

3.  Blended Zen From Lacyyoung.com

Ingredients
• 1 Ripe Avocado
• 1 Cucumber
• GIANT handful of Spinach
• 1 Banana, *Frozen
• 1 Pear, *Frozen
• 1 Cup Coconut Milk
• 1/2 Cup Coconut Water
• 1 Teaspoon Honey (if desired)

Here is a great link to all sorts of smoothies at Prevention.com

The best ideas I found were from this Superhero for a gentle cleanse.

I loved how gentle the whole thing is, with snacks and a real meal. Water is the answer to the problems of the universe. At least that’s roughly how Anne Lamott put it. So drink lots of water. Always.

For a day or two before the cleanse, Andrea Scher at superherolife.com says eat less or cut out:

Chocolate (what?)
Caffeine
Sugar
Red Meat
Alcohol
Dairy
Highly refined or processed foods
Binge eating

For healthy meal ideas while you’re having your super healthy cleansing post-holiday week, I found these two amazing looking meals at lacyyoung.com:

Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad
photo by Lacy Young

Ingredients
• 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks, approx 1″
• 1 large onion, chopped  – I used sweet onion, but red would work well
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper, to taste
• 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 (14oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Optional
• red bell pepper, chopped

peel & chop sweet potatoes. Place with onions on baking sheet then drizzle with a Tbs olive oil. Toss with hands, sprinkle salt & pepper. Bake 30 min at 400 F. Stir halfway thru to ensure even cooking. Remove from oven when golden and keep warm on covered baking sheet.

Dressing: mix 2 Tbs olive oil, salt, garlic, fresh lime juice, cilantro & cumin in small bowl.

Toss roasted sweet potatoes, onions, black beans in large bowl then pour dressing in and mix well. Best served warm.

Makes about 4 servings

PRINT Recipe from withstyleandgraceblog.com

Red & White Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Ingredients
• 1/2 cup white (original) quinoa
• 1/2 cup red quinoa
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 3 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice or lime juice
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 3/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
• 6-8 scallions, white part and light green sections, finely chopped
• 1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
• 1 cup cucumber, diced
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

So far, I’m still in the planning stage of my cleanse. I’m warming up. I’m making smoothies, but I have to go grocery shopping for more ingredients. Also, I didn’t want to start until after my girls night out tonight.

I have this weird mental thing. When I start doing something quite a bit healthier than usual, I sort of need to blow it up a little too. So yesterday I took my boys on a bike ride … to McDonald’s. I bought the first happy meal of my life. I had a bite of their burgers and it tasted like flavored plastic, even the pickle was gross. Then we kept riding, to 7-Eleven. And we got Slurpees. That’s kind of like a smoothie, right? What’s wrong with me?

It’s like that when I first start running or exercising again. If I go on a great jog, I later have to balance that out with some wonderful dessert or four. It’s a mental thing. I’ll forgive myself for this and just continue to try and make the healthiest choices more often.

Honey Face Wash

I looked up home-made cleansers on Pinterest and found a link to a blog which linked to another blog called “Crunchy Betty”. There was a challenge given to wash your face with honey. Only honey. Silly. I tried it. I like it. I think my skin might like it too. We’ll go with it for a few weeks.Honey Face Wash
Instead of using my store bought face wash and toner, I’m opting for honey and treating my acne with tea tree oil.
I love honey anyway. I could do without the smell of tea tree oil though. I’m hoping my acne goes away with the reduction in harmful chemicals in my home and in my beauty routine.

Recipe: Use 1 tsp+ of raw, unfiltered honey. Rub all over face and leave on for 5-10 minutes for maximum benefit. Rinse with water.

Home Made All Purpose Cleaner

I made my own cleaner the other day. When my bottle of Green Works all-purpose cleaner ran out, I put in vinegar, water, baking soda and Castile soap.

It works great. It cost about 2 cents. It cleaned my table and counters great and I’m healthier.
I had looked up most of my household cleaners on EWG.org to find out how safe they are since I’ve been suffering from a recent onset of Asthma at the ripe old age of 37. I was dismayed to find products like Dreft and Green Works “environmentally friendly” cleaners and detergents scored an “F”. It was eye opening.

Here are a couple things I learned:

“EWG’s key scientific findings:

  • Some 53 percent of cleaning products assessed by EWG contain ingredients known to harm the lungs. About 22 percent contain chemicals reported to cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy individuals.

  • Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, is sometimes used as a preservative or may be released by other preservatives in cleaning products. It may form when terpenes, found in citrus and pine oil cleaners and in some essential oils used as scents, react with ozone in the air.

  • The chemical 1,4-dioxane, a suspected human carcinogen, is a common contaminant of widely-used detergent chemicals.”

So as I finish bottles of things. I’ll make the home-made, cheap, healthy version. We’re old school. We’re going crunchy. We’re gonna kick the Asthma. We’re gonna breathe easy in our home.

Smelling Swell

I’ve used regular anti-persperant for years. Each time I apply, I have this guilty tinge, knowing it’s not good for me. I knew it had aluminum in it and aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s. I’m pretty much banking on losing my mind because that’s what happens to old people in my family.
My sister told me about an alternative she recently started using so I gave it a shot. It’s an all natural deodorant (not anti-persperant). It’s been working great. I don’t think I’m sweating any more. In fact it seems I’m sweating less for some strange reason. It smells okay, not super fantastic, but pleasant enough. I don’t really care though, because I don’t smell anything after I apply it. It’s a little more hassle since it doesn’t come in a handy swipe-on container. You have to dab some on your finger and rub it in. Then go wash your hands. It’s fine. If it keeps me from getting Alzheimer’s, from getting stinky, or from losing a boob or my life, I’ll deal with that little hassle. soapwalla
I bought my natural deodorant from a shop on Etsy. It’s called Soapwalla. I’m a fan, even though it costs a lot. 2oz costs $14 plus shipping. It might not last as long as a regular stick of deodorant either. But I know it’s a healthier choice.
As I keep making these baby steps to more natural and healthy things in my home, I will probably try making my own when this little gem needs replacing. I’m cheap like that.

Going Crunchy- New Year’s Resolution

As an art major in college, I had the opportunity to view a lot of portrait paintings. A professor once told me the images of royals from a certain time period grew uglier and uglier. This was due in part to the fact that royals had to marry other royals and the intermarriage started to really effect the offspring. One can only marry a first cousin for so many generations I guess. Ugly Dutchess
Another factor in the demise of these royal’s looks and intelligence was that they had recently discovered mercury. It was fun to play with, beading up all shimmery and stuff. They made mercury pools in their castles and played with this toxic substance and they went crazy for it. Literally.
My sister told me about a website, ewg.org, that lists a bunch of different common household products and rates how toxic they are for our health and for our environment. It’s disturbing. After looking up much of what is in my household, I think I’ll make some changes. These “unhealthy” things are hitting a soft spot for me now. I just lost a dear friend and college teammate to cancer. Darcie was the epitome of self-discipline, health and life. It doesn’t make any sense. My 5 year old has asthma, and at the age of 37, I have recently developed asthma too, needing an inhaler at least a few times a week to stop coughing.
It occurs to me that we have mercury pools in our homes. Our cupboards full of cleaning products, all the cleansers, deodorants, detergents, and disinfectants have so much bad stuff in them. They are poison. It says so right on the bottle. The foods we buy from our grocery stores are outlawed in many countries because so many others realize the health risks us Americans haven’t wanted to recon with. It’s too expensive and inconvenient.
This year, I’m making a list of all the chemicals, creams, deodorants, etc. that are in my home. I’ll work to find or make an alternative solution, one that is healthy for me and my family. There is a ton of information and resources available in this regard. We just need to see how important it is to our health and the health of our children.
When the baby detergent I paid extra for because it was better for my baby gets an F on the toxic scale, I must find a better method of cleansing. Things are not what they seem in the brightly lit shopping aisles of our big box stores. Turning a blind eye to the dangers that surround us is too easy. As we keep telling ourselves that ignorance is bliss, we are killing ourselves with poison. I aim to do a little better this year.