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Rainbow Juices

September 18, 2014
Rainbow Juices

Deciding to go on a juice fast is no light task. In order to lighten up you’ve sometimes gotta dig deep. Sometimes such decisions can be easy, at other times more challenging.  It really helps to have a ‘reason why’ to carry you through when you feel tempted to blow your detox from a passing food craving (easier said than done sometimes I know!).

I’ve just journeyed on 5 days of juice. Overall it’s been a great experience.  I didn’t feel hungry, have cravings or withdrawal symptoms such as headaches. However the vagueness I felt on the second day was tricky! Fine working on anything practical but mental focus was out the window!! It passed after teaching a class and I felt rebalanced and energised.

A detox has valuable health benefits to cleanse the body and nourish the cells with high quality nourishment.  Juices offer nourishment without the digestive load. This allows for gunk and garbage to be flushed out of the body leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed. The health benefits are extensive, suffice to say for now that the body is your living house so how do want keep it?

A detox works on the psyche, mental and emotional layers of our being as well as the more obvious physical body. Without food to fill the voids – the gaps and emotions we fill and avoid with eating – you can really ‘feel’ the mental / emotional experience.  This can be uncomfortable and confronting and this is part of the value of a detox. Whilst you keep filling and covering an emotion with food you keep it there. When you don’t give it food you feel it and give it chance to move on, be more real with what it is you’re experiencing.

The second night was a ‘dark night of the soul’ where demons came out of the woodwork and was hideous. Out the other end though I came to a lighter clearer space where resistance dropped and action happened from a less mental plane. I felt clearer, lighter and less cluttered on all levels.

Everyone’s experience will be slightly different depending on what you eat now, circumstances and loadings, mental and emotional feelings and reactions.  These all get effected by a detox.  Common withdrawal experiences are hunger, cravings, headache, muscle / body aches, feeling emotional, vague and tiredness.  It is essential to give yourself good rest when detoxing.

I went on from juices to fruit and vegetables and began including a few soaked nuts and organic home-made hummus. This is what I’m still eating and enjoying it, loving the flavour of ultra simple clean foods.

Whether on a juice detox or simply wanting to incorporate fresh juices into your day here are the three juices that have nourished me over the last few days.

Rainbow Juices

I love the vitality and zing of these juices.  Feel the goodness literally drink into the cells.  Buy organic if you can and really capture the cleansing nature of awesome fresh juices.

Ruby Red
Per person
1/2 bulb beetroot
2 medium carrots
1 apple
1/2 lemon, skin removed
small piece ginger

SwamiJi Orange
Per person
3-4 medium carrots
1 apple
1 orange, skin removed
1/2 lemon, skin removed
small piece ginger
1/2 cm piece turmeric – optional

Kryptonite Green
Per person
1 large green apple
6 leaves and stalks of silver-beet – replace with kale and parsley if you prefer
small piece ginger

Happy juicing . . you can’t really overdo juices so enjoy 1 or 2 or 3 a day as you please.

I’d love to hear from you so let me know your favourite combinations or juicing experience   SFYHeart small

Nutrition Notes

Lemons are high in phosphorus, an essential ingredient for a healthy strong nervous system. Lemons stimulate and cleanse the liver and digestive system, beneficial for efficient waste elimination.  One of the most alkalising foods to help neutralise high acidity from things like sugar, flour, alcohol, coffee.  A good source of vitamins A and C for healthy skin, repair and daily health. Great for cleansing the lymphatic system and boosting the immune system.
Get into the practice of having a good size glass of water and lemon juice – about half a lemon per glass – on rising.  This will prime your digestive system and wake up the liver ready for it’s daily activities!

Carrots are a gem of a vegetable!  A delight for the eyes – next time you cut a carrot check it out and you’ll find it resembles an iris in the eye.  Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A excellent for strengthening mucous membranes against colds and flus.  High in chlorine and sulphur to stimulate liver function and support elimination of toxic waste from the body.  They have a cleansing effect on the digestive system due to their sulphur and chlorine content.  The combination of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium is valuable to strengthen bones and support joint health, valuable to help prevent or reduce things like arthritis.  They also feed muscular endurance – great for a yoga workout!  Munch on a carrot a day for a healthy nervous system and radiant skin.  A pretty cool package of nourishment.

Beetroot – think blood and liver cleansing and nourishing, nervous system strengthening. A rich source of minerals and vitamins, especially iron to cleanse and nourish the blood.

Silver-beat juice is fabulous for building healthy blood.  Rich in many minerals especially iron, magnesium, calcium, copper and manganese – all excellent blood building nutrients.   The mineral chlorine helps balance acid-alkaline levels in the blood.
High in vitamins A for eyesight and vitamin E to assists the cells make the most of oxygen supplied.
Spinach has the signature of supporting the venous (veins) system in the body – next time you buy some check out it’s long white veins in the dark green leaves!
Spinach contains oxalic acid so if you’re wanting to avoid this then use kale.  (I was juicing spinach for a specific purpose and short period of time and believe the use of other vegetables balances this out).

Juice it up and enjoy!

Lucy x

 

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