Happy Monday to you! Hope you had a fantastic weekend. Here’s to an amazing week ahead!!!
I am feeling terrific right now. Why? Because today is DAY 1 of a 20 day Green Smoothie Cleanse. It has been just over 1 month from my surgery. If you are just tuning in, you can read about my precancerous cells.
Since finding out about the cells and that I would need surgery, I really started to investigate why we get cancer and so many other diseases in the first place. Through my journey, the deeper I dove into it, the more I discovered that eating a plant-based diet is a HUGE factor in starving off disease.
I became a certified Raw Food Chef, took a 4 week series of classes called Feed Life Starve Cancer, and went to the Ocean Resort Hotel, for a Raw Food Weekend. Here’s a video we made about our experience…
This past month, with all the travelling I was doing, I was NOT on a full plant based diet at all. I tried to make good choices while in LA, we went to Trader Joe’s to get a bunch of salad stuff and got green smoothies from Cafe Gratitude, but the plants were few and far between the Mexican food….
I feel in a really good place right now to RE-SET, get back on track and fuel my body with living enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and now I present to you my partner in crime for my 20 day Green Smoothie Cleanse:
THE VITAMIX! I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that this is THE blender you need to assist you in rocking a plant based existence. I heard time and time again that this blender is a life changer. So, at one of my classes, I was sandwiched between an older lady who was fighting breast cancer and a hip, earthy yoga instructor. They were both Vitamix owners. Simultaneously I asked them, “Does the Vitamix REALLY change your life?” They both looked at me and in unison I got an upbeat, excitable, “YES!”
Here is my new friend….
As I unpacked her, I noticed it came with a binder containing recipes, tips, tricks and even a dvd on getting started.
This card is for impatient people like me who are too excited to read or watch a dvd. (I’ll investigate all that soon!)
My first smoothie of the 20 day cleanse. I used greens, a cucumber…
Freshly squeezed lemon juice..
Dates and ginger…
And Voila. My good morning shake…
The Vitamix works ridiculously amazing, it opens up all the cell walls of the greens, so it’s very easy for your body to assimilate and digest the green goodness. It makes the smoothies taste better too since it is blended sooo well and it takes 1/4 of the time it took my other blender that left chunks. I am a happy camper.
For lunch I threw in 2 banana’s, kale, mixed berries and 2 dates for a sweeter lunch.
And dinner, a wack of spinach, 2 dates, banana, lemon and ginger…
Just finished this as I am writing.
I am also drinking Green Tea. Today was also my first day back at the gym since my surgery(It was a rough one!) But I got through it and am feeling extremely optimistic about the next 20 days. I know there will be rough patches, but I also know that when my cleanse is done (on Christmas Day!) I am going to feel amazing. My cells are going to be sooooo happy.
Anyone out there want to join me on this journey? Try a 3 day cleanse?
Here’s a couple good recipes to start with.
Dr. Oz’s Green Smoothie
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 cups cucumber
- 1 head of celery
- 1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
- 1 bunch parsley
- 2 apples
- Juice of 1 lime
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
Glowing Green Smoothie by nutritionist Kimberly Snyder
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
- 3-4 stalks organic celery
- 1/2 head of a large bunch, or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach
- 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
- 1 organic pear, cored and chopped
- 1 organic banana
- Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon
I will be giving you more recipes along the way…. Feel free to experiment and come up with your own!
If you don’t want to commit to a cleanse, may I suggest adding a green smoothie to your morning routine?
Take care and we’ll talk tomorrow!