In my house, we make food choices that will strengthen our bodies and we keep our portions in control (more on that soon!) You better believe, though, when I get invited to a wedding, I enjoy delicious slice of wedding cake (is there anything better???) And when it’s girls night, I eat my pizza and enjoy a yummy drink. And when it’s Christmas time, I celebrate with my kids homemade decorated sugar cookies, salted caramel mocha’s from Starbucks(however I only get 2 pumps of syrup… that’s plenty!), and my favorite chocolate covered cherries that my Granda gives every year as long as I can remember. There are so many memories tied up in those little chocolate candies and the child within me awakens every time I unwrap my box.
So I’d be missing a sweet part of life if I rejected these treats. Now, I say all that to say I’m feeling a bit sluggish from all the memories I’ve partaken in over the month of December. Blaaaa.
It’s time to clean house and rid myself of the toxin that have built up in my intestines. Fancy.
Cleansing is controversial and can be dangerous. For me, I found the 7-day brown rice cleanse to be very good. I’ve done it a few times fully and a number of times I’ve gone on it for 4-5 days.
WHY I’M DOING IT:
1. To Boost my immune system – don’t have time to get sick
2. To Clear the fog and cobwebs from my brain and get better brain focus
3. To Press the reset button on what my body is craving. Then making good food choices is much easier.
So here are the details of the 7-DAY BROWN RICE CLEANS. My hubby will be joining me this time 🙂 and my kids will do a modified version. They will drink one glass of veggie juice a day a long with a serving of brown rice and steamed veggies. I don’t care if they like it… it’s only a few days and we have to break the habit of eating candy and treats everyday!
7-DAY BROWN RICE CLEANS
THE NIGHT BEFORE… eat a green leafy salad to sweep your bowels
First thing in the morning, drink 2 fresh squeezed lemons, 1 tbsp maple syrup and 8 oz of pure water.
Breakfast green energy drink: juice 6 carrots, 1 beet, 8 spinach leaves, 1/4 cup fresh parsley
Mid-Morning drink a cup of cleansing & purifying tea or burdock tea
Lunch have a veggie juice like Super V-7: 2 carrots, 2 tomatoes, handful of spinach leaves and parsley, 2 celery ribs, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 green bell pepper, add 1 Tbsp of green super food
Mid-Afternoon glass of carrot juice
Dinner cooked brown rice and steamed vegetables, sprinkled with sea veggies, add 1 Tbsp of flax or olive oil and 1 Tbsp of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
Before bed cup of herbal tea like peppermint, spearmint, or chamomile
THE NEXT 6 DAYS
have 2-3 glasses of mixed veggie juice throughout the day. Don’t eat any solid foods during the day. Have brown rice and steamed veggies as an early dinner.
IF YOU DO THIS CLEANS
Drink water and herbal tea throughout the day. Have V-8 on hand if you aren’t able to juice yourself. You can also have miso soup. Use filtered water and organic whenever possible. You will need a juicer as well. If you need caffein, drink green tea but no coffee. Here’s a shopping list – hope it helps.
If you are out and need to grab a veggie juice, find a place like my local JUICE BAR or YOUR BURGER. Ask them to leave out any fruit… just for the 7 days!
Here are their prices so you can compare.
flax oil $7.79
organic brown rice $3.85
100% pure organic maple syrup (16 oz) $11.29
Maine Coast dulse flakes (sea veggies) $8.72
Wellements Daily Detox tea $5.99
(gentle enough to take everyday)
organic spearmint tea $3.49
spearmint/peppermint medley tea 2.79
organic raw superfood $19.99
and you will receive a $5 coupon if you are a new Swansons customer!
I know some of these items are expensive, but remember
1. This is all your food for 7 days. NO EATING OUT!
2. The stuff like superfoods and sea veggies last a lot longer than this 7 day period!
3. You are getting SUPER NUTRIENTS with these items!