Photo By: Rebecca Siewert
I have officially completed my re-balance cleanse and I couldn’t be more happy with the results. As stated previously this was a re-balance cleanse. My whole goal was to get my mind and body back on track and fill some holes that I feel where starting to appear in my nutrition. When I say my nutrition, I actually mean my whole family’s nutrition. I’ve been struggling to get enough vegetables and fats in these little boy’s bodies for a while now and I really felt it wasn’t going to change until I made some changes in my own life.
I realized early on in the cleanse that juicing was no joke and this process was going to cost me more than I had expected if I wasn’t careful with the amount and types of veggies I was juicing. I decided to juice first thing in the morning (This was a large juice) eat a soup or salad for lunch, shake for afternoon snack and soup or salad for dinner. I knew all along I was going to keep food in this cleanse because I’m breastfeeding and working out. I got the boys involved in the juicing and smoothie process immediately. They picked what they wanted to juice, blend and eat that day based on what was available for the menu I had created. This worked way better than I ever had thought it would. The boys loved the juice and smoothies, plus I think they felt a sense of ownership and empowerment from being given the freedom to design certain meals throughout their day instead of items showing up on their plate and being told to eat them.
This was the hardest for me because I felt like I hadn’t prepped enough. I didn’t have enough produce to juice, I hadn’t thought it through clearly enough and I had to go to Natures Fare to buy my juice that day instead of making my own. I was determined by day 2 to get it together, and I did.
I researched what was on sale or priced well for the season at Natures Fare and looked up recipes in Crazy Sexy Juice to create my own place for the next 2 days. I was completely in love with my juicing creations and how my belly was feeling by the end of day 2.
It’s so funny that we don’t realize how much attachment we have to foods until we tell ourselves no. By day 3 I started to just see emotional stuff start to show up for me. And this was an easy and gentle cleanse! I highly recommend if you’re breastfeeding or taking care of a new baby, that you chose gentle cleanses for your body. Cleansing is not just about the physical effects of food on our body but also the emotional. You realize very quickly after 3 days of no sugars, excessive carbs or glasses of wine that your body has some pretty negative attachments to the things you are allowing into your day to day life. These items clog our brain space, lower our productivity and create highs and lows in our hormones. Restrict these addictions and you have a body that is going to hate on you. I often get asked how I resist cravings. Giving your body the nutrition you’re lacking is one of the best ways to beat cravings but sometimes it’s a battle you are going to have to face with sheer willpower and grit. I say grit because there will be times when you actually have to grit your teeth from eating whatever food that is haunting you.
For me it wasn’t really the temptation of food, but more so the realization that I had allowed myself to get to a place where I was expecting great things out of myself and giving myself very little fuel to get to the finish line. My greatest area of improvement was getting the necessary amount of vegetables in my body. I feel like this cleanse helped me accomplish exactly what my initial goal was. I re-balanced the way we were eating on a daily basis, re-balanced our produce consumption, re-balanced our thought patterns around food and our daily habits. Our habits had become more of a grab whatever’s in the fridge and keep going, where as now we are listening to our bodies once again. I was actually pretty emotional by the end of the cleanse which seems kind of funny to even write about because it’s almost hard to explain. Because the plan was so simple on what we where going to eat and drink that day, it gave my mind more space to focus on other things like how I was feeling. It also gave me time to just be alone with my thoughts. Now you might be thinking that this was only 3 days! And you’re right! What if I did 7 days?!? Holy cow people!! Lets just say it was a good idea to start small.
I also made my own cleanse based on what my goals where. I purchased the book Crazy Sexy Juice because I love her recipes and she had a cleanse guide in it that I took ideas from. I highly recommend you take the plunge and give your digestive system a break for 3 days. See what shows up in your body. Is it your gut talking to you? Does your mind needs a break from processed items? Or you need a jump-start for reaching your nutrition goals? Whatever it may be, I think you will find a lot of benefit in slowly letting go and releasing things that are weighing your body down.
Below is the wrap-up of day 3’s menu.
Enjoy and feel free to send any questions you may have!
These servings are for 2 people because the boys and I shared our meals. I also ate a lot of fat in my shakes to support my breast milk production and to help keep my female hormones balanced. Day #2’s snack shake a great hormone support. I would recommend adding macs as well, I was just out that day so I skipped it. I stuck with basic greens, nothing too crazy, in order to slowly introduce my gut back into having loads of salad put in it everyday. My stomach felt amazing over these 3 days!
For this cleanse I chose all organic and fresh ingredients from Natures Fare Kelowna. Their staff was also amazing at helping me find options for making more cost efficient juice and recommending some of their favourite blends. Thank you Natures Fare! We love you guys!
- 10 oz of water and 1 drop of lemon essential oil
- Simple greens and carrot juice:
- 3 medium carrots
- 1 cucumber
- 1 large stalk celery
- ½ head romaine
- 1 apple
- ¼ lemon
- wash and juice
- 3 kamut cakes
- 1 tbsp almond butter
Salted almond shake:
- 1 large banana
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 to 2 pitted Medjool dates
- 1 drop vanilla extract.
- Simple greens
- 3 kale leafs
- 2 stalk celery
- 2 carrots
- 1/4 lemon
- Wash and juice