The cleanse was tough at times, but so worth it. The physical and emotional benefits have been enormous – increased strength, boost in energy levels, clear healthy complexion, clarity of thought and a sense of realignment with core values.
Making 6 smoothies/juices each for 2 people without our own electricity was a mammoth task – running down the hill to the neighbour’s in the torrential rain then back up to our homemade (unheated) hut…but the recipes were so delicious! It was a delight to drink them and didn’t in any way feel like a chore.
I found this warming herb tea supportive for the detox process.
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp finely grated ginger
2 tsp fresh basil leaves
2 tsp dried rosebuds or about 20 fresh petals
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp fennel seeds
This makes up 750ml – 1 litre, a good teapot’s worth, so you can put it in a flask if you like to sip through the day.
If you are dabbling in vegetarianism/trying to cut out wheat or refined sugar, a fast like this is a fantastic way to reset your eating patterns. I actively don’t want to eat cheese – unheard of! The verdict from Kris (who did just 2 days in the end) is that he had plenty of energy and the smoothies/juices tasted mean. Be aware that if you are of greater body mass/higher activity levels, you will need to ensure proteins are very present in your recipes. We used a variety of hemp powder, cacao powder, chia seeds and nut milks.
The main benefit, though, has to be emotional. Get ready to feel strong and peaceful with a great wellspring of tenderness inside. Turns out this is an excellent thing to do with a partner or good friend to deepen your bond.
Some things to bear in mind if you want to try a cleanse:
Do it over a weekend so you can devote mindfulness as well as time to it.
Gather all your supplies the night before you begin.
Source enough 750ml jars (6 a day). This means you can do all the juicing in one go in the morning and bottle up for the rest of the day. Also, if you are roaming around, you can take all your drinks with you.
Make sure you keep warm and try not to worry if you feel slower than usual or when the toxins come out in scary ways.
Try and do some gentle yoga or stretching every day.
Relax in the evenings and go to bed early, probably with extra blankets.
Don’t embark on this if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, suffer from low blood pressure or are on prescription medication/have a long-standing medical condition.
Good news! This is totally possible to do on a budget. Weeds are one of the most nutritious greens around and harvest is a time of abundant berries. You may need to invest in hemp powder to bulk up your smoothies, but it is sold as pet food (?!) so is super cheap for such a magical seed.