March 24, 2011

one-day cleanse

Let Spring in with a one-day cleanse!

The Hippocrates Health Institute philosophy is founded on the belief that a vegan, living, enzyme-rich diet — complemented by exercise, positive thinking and non-invasive therapies — are integral to optimum health. Brian Clement, PhD, LNC, from Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach Florida is one of the leaders in the field f natural and complementary health care and education. Dr. Clement believes a weekly 1-day cleanse, combined with a pure diet and an exercise program, is the best means of self-maintenance at our disposal.

This one-day cleanse is adapted from Super Cleanse, Detox Your Body for Long-Lasting Health and Beauty by Adina Niemerow. This "One-day Wonder Cleanse" will reset your body and re-calibrate your palette. It's a raw food extravaganza!

Throughout the Day ~ Hot water with lemon
Breakfast ~ Heavenly Green Juice
Mid-morning ~ Watermelon Salad with Pumpkin Seeds
Lunch ~ Chunky Green Gazpacho
Dinner ~ Sassy Sausalito Salad

In Adina's version you would choose 3 of the 4 meals above, but I had it all... If you don't have a juicer omit the juice, have the watermelon for breakfast and then continue your day with the gazpacho and salad.

Sip hot or warm water with lemon through-out the day and aim at imbibing about 1 liter of water per every 30 lbs you weigh or 3 liters at the very least! Feel free to add a pinch of cayenne pepper to your water a-la Master Cleanse. 

Heavenly Green Juice
1/2 head celery (four large sticks)
6 leaves rainbow chard or beet greens
1/2 apple
2 cups pea sprouts*
1 small cucumber
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

There's nothing better than Green juice to give you energy, get your digestion going and to calm unwanted cravings. This is the only part of the day that I didn't find that tasty. Drink it anyways.
* My Jack Lalanne juicer doesn't love sprouts, but I love my Jack Lalanne juicer. You can eat the sprouts in your soups and salads later if, like mine, your juicer doesn't do well with small entities. Check out the benefits of sprouts here CLICK.

Watermelon Salad:
2 cups chopped watermelon
2 cups arugula julienned (i used a bunch of parsley, dandelion greens would be good...)
1/4 cup diced jicama (optional)
1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds (I used at least 2 tablespoons.)

toss with combined:
2 tablespoons flax oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
pinch of salt

Get your vitamin C and A from the watermelon plus so much more...

Chunky Green Gazpacho (Adina calls it "Blissful Blend Broth")
1 cup water (the good kind)
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
minced garlic clove
1/2 cup cucumber
1 cup sprouts, any
1/2 large avocado (whole if your hungry)
handful fresh herbs of choice (parsley, basil, cilantro...)
salt, cayenne, lemon juice and hot sauce to taste

Blend, but leave a little chunky. This soup is pretty amazing. I was weary when piling the layers of raw veggies into the blender, but man this stuff is good. After a small taste, J said he would eat a whole bowl of it and looked a little disappointed I didn't make him extra. Tip: include those around you on your cleanse... these recipes do not have to be taken alone, they will have lots of benefits when supplemented with a regular diet. J would have enjoyed a cup of the soup as a snack for sure.

Sassy Sausalito Salad
1/2 head of romaine, chopped
1/2 cup endive
a few cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup arugula (I did not have any and put in some parsley.)
1/2 avocado chopped (Of course, I am a trash-compactor so I used a whole one.)
2 tablespoons raw almonds (I use the raw almond butter incessantly so I substituted raw pistachios.)

dress with combined:
2 tablespoons flax oil
juice of one lemon
minced clove of garlic

Make extra if you are dining with others this salad is great with a meal as well. Because I am a pansy when it comes to cleansing, and a monster when it comes to eating I snacked on a little avocado, a handful of raw nuts and some extra watermelon throughout the day.

Adina's book Super Cleanse contains different types of cleanses of different lengths–– eg "Urban Revitalizer" 5 day cleanse, "The Three-day Face-Lift Cleanse"––  that all involve juices, salads and/or soups: a gentle, but powerful way to cleanse accessible to us all. The above cleanse can be repeated as much as once a week and, like Dr. Clement of the Hippocrites Health Institute, many health practitioners believe one day a week is more effective maintenance than lengthier cleanses in less regular bouts. 

Cher 's main thrill in life is a makeover, it gives her a sense of control in a world full of chaos. You will feel the same way about this detox. 

Alicia Silverstone is a Vegan. 


Charlotte Gillett Barnes said...

do you remember our "fast" in highschool? sort of similar to a cleanse-right?? hahahahaha!!

Eliza Baird said...

sooo doing this cleanse prior to my jaunt to your coast. Watermelon salad would do me good in ushering in the spring/summer weather. Where is that damn lamb?