So today began day one of my 5-Day Juice Fast. I have done many different fasts, the tried and true Master Cleanse, juice fasts, smoothie fasts and the easy one, veggies, whole fruits and whole grains. The latter is the best to start out with. It’s the easiest to achieve and doesn’t seem as overwhelming as no solid food at all. This time I have chosen the basic juice fast, which I will detail below. It’s more enjoyable than straight Master Cleanse since you get a variety of flavors throughout the day and it gives you something to look forward to.
Today I started my day with 2 glasses of water, one with a 1/2 a lemon squeezed in it. This was followed by 20 0z of Detox tea and 16 oz of Master Cleanse. (Yes, Master Cleanse is still part of the fast it’s just not the main focus.) Around 9am I had my first fruit/veggie juice combo. More fruit less veggie, which is far tastier than the other way around. I was allowed several 6-8 ounce glasses which could be diluted up to 50% with water. I chose to use Columbia Gorge Organic Juices, Naked Juice, Bolthouse Farms and Evolution juices as my sources. It is best to have freshly made juice but these are great substitutes if that’s not possible. Around noon I stopped into Healeo for a fresh kale, papaya and banana smoothie with a dash of hemp protein. I add add’l protein when doing a fast due to the nature of my business and the fact I’m not trying to lose weight, but just give my body a rest from solid food. Between noon and 3 I drank herbal tea and water. Three o’clock was the dreaded all leafy greens juice. Don’t get me wrong, leafy greens are fabulous when added to fruit, sweeter veggie juices and when consumed in solid form but as a juice on it’s own it’s a little bitter. This particular juice I had to choke down but fortunately only 8oz. Praise the tiny baby jesus for that one. I don’t think I could’ve consumed much more except with a little tabasco but that would’ve been the only way. Now onto the best part of the day, the dinner juice. I say best part because it looks like a latte and tastes like a comforting bowl of rice pudding with cinnamon. The juice, homemade cashew milk with agave, vanilla and cinnamon. This I’m allowed 12-16oz and after that it’s herbal tea and water for the rest of the night. I will include the recipe below, it’s quite tasty. For variety I heated it a little. This helped to soften the cashews for blending and gave it more of a comforting feel.
Well that’s about it for day one. I feel pretty good. I had a bit of a headache earlier but that seems to subsided. My back is starting to feel a lot better which is a relief from the past week. I am now off to do a dry skin brushing, take a hot/cold mix shower and call it day. Day two here I come.
Almost Just Like Blueprint Cleanse Cashew Milk
1 cup raw cashews
4 cups water
3 tablespoons agave, or to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
optional to make chai: 1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, ginger and cardamom
1. Soak cashews in water overnight. ( or bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, covered for about 20 minutes)
2. Blend cashews and their water in a blender until smooth. If desired, strain through cheesecloth. (Cashews are soft enough that they blend almost completely into a liquid, so straining isn’t really necessary. I only sort-of strained it this time, and next time I probably won’t bother. The result is a kind of “chewy” drink, but I don’t mind that. Protein!)
3. Stir in remaining ingredients. To stay true to Blueprint, add only agave, vanilla and cinnamon. To take it up a notch, make it chai by adding the remaining spices.