And while we are preparing for spring…

11 Mar

… this is the perfect opportunity for a green smoothie spring cleanse/detox. I did one of those last year, and it felt good. So I decided that I was going to try it again this year.

The circumstances are slightly different – mostly longer working hours, and just this morning winter decided to reintroduce. I have planned to live on purreed vegetables and fruit (and lots of tea and water) for two weeks max.

Things to consider:

  1. How will you get your smoothies to work with you? – I use my 0.7l glass bottle for one giant smoothie portion and also take two portions of vegan vegetable-based soup with me. Hey, soups are basically warm smoothies, right?
  2. Where to get all your nutrition? Fruit and vegetable are great for vitamins and some minerals, but where will you get all the other necessary ingredients? For proteins, try adding either protein powder (there are even vegan options) or nut butters. Nut butters are also great for fat, which some vitamins need to do their job. Or you could add vegetable oils, e.g. canola oil, coconut butter or simple olive oil. Coconut milk is also nice.
  3. What will go into your smoothie? A typical green smoothie does not necessarily have to be green, but it should contain up to 40% vegetables. So far I have had positive experience with spinach, broccoli, cucumber, all kinds of herbs (basil goes great with melon), avocado, and I would love to try a red green smoothie based on beets. We will see. Add 60+% fruit (they also take care of your need for energy, in the sense of sugars): Bananas, berries, apples, pears, nectarines, peaches, kiwi, melon, papaya, pineapple, whatever. Then you have got the aforementioned sources for fats and proteins, and some more… flax seed, bran, dairy products such as yogurt or kefir (if you want to – I am aiming for vegan, but the protein powder I have left contains dairy), fruit juice, water, tea, honey … Oh, and I totally want to add some white beans or chickpeas to my smoothies this time. And spices such as cinnamon.
  4. What to avoid? Easy. Everything that is generally considered unhealthy, such as excess salt, saturated fats, alcohol, refined sugar. I have decided to also skip coffee for this period of time, but am still drinking green tea.
  5. How to prepare? I did the stupid thing and had one last excessive night with Richard, with booze and unhealthy snacks. Yeah, you really should not do that. Drink enough, make sure you get enough sleep and plan your cleanse so you won’t be under great pressure during that time, have important social events that cannot be accommodated (I am meeting vegetarian friends for a seed swap tomorrow and have asked whether they could serve soup because it fits into my plans) or strenuous tasks to perform. Make it easy on your body, detoxing is difficult all on its own.

Two things to remember:

  1. This is not some kind of crash diet. Losing weight quickly (and I am talking fat) can release fat-stored toxins into your blood, and your body is already under pressure from the general detox. It is possible and even likely to lose some weight like this, but make sure to eat and drink enough to fuel your body. (This is also where the nut butters and bananas come into play.)
  2. Listen to your body. Does doing this feel good for you? Or does your body react rather weirdly to all these raw foods? How much do you need to eat and drink? Do you feel like exercising? Don’t do something simply because someone tells you it is healthy – not even if that someone is me. ^^ Following a smoothie detox would, for example, be rather toxic for my niece, who is fructose-intolerant. Some people need more carbs in their diet and might consider adding oats or such. Others need more protein and may be generally unhappy with this program. If you are not certain, give your body a few days to adapt. It will let you know whether it is unhappy or not.

Anyone else doing weird things as spring cleanse?

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7 Responses to “And while we are preparing for spring…”

  1. Peppylady (Dora) March 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    I heard one should do a detox about every 6 or 8 week….unless we never ate crap….I’m guilty of this.
    Coffee is on.

    • diandralinnemann March 12, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      Yeah, but we should also go to bed early, vacuum every day and be nice to our neighbors. ^^

  2. Liathano March 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Das möchte ich auch machen, zumal wir seit kurzem einen Mixer haben. 🙂 Aber ich warte damit noch, bis wirklich was wächst, sodass ich – ganz umsonst – ganz viel Löwenzahn, Brennessel, Schafgarbe usw. hinein tun kann. Wenn ich mutig bin auch Bärlauch. Aber Bohnen wären mir dann doch irgendwie ZU mutig. 😉 Bei den sehr gemüselastigen Smoothies mache ich dann meist noch etwas Steviakraut dazu – ist auch grün und macht es schön süß (ich mag es süß).

    • diandralinnemann March 12, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      Das mit den Kräutern will ich auch machen – allerdings erst, wenn wir einen eigenen Garten haben. Ansonsten weiß man ja noch weniger, was alles drauf und dran ist…

      Probier mal, Kichererbsen mit Erdnussbutter, (Hafer-)Milch und Schokostreuseln zu pürrieren, evtl. etwas Stevia oder Honig dazu. Schmeckt wie Keksteig. ^^

      • Liathano March 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

        Ach, ich habe so viele Jahre lang Kräuter von der Wiese in den Mund genommen und es hat mir nicht geschadet. ^^

        Das klingt sehr interessant und ich liebe Keksteig, ich merk’s mir, danke!

  3. Magaly Guerrero March 15, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    Sounds yummy. I kind of started an mostly raw diet (by accident) after moving to The Attic. The kitchen is on the first of 3 floors and I’m lazy lol. And I love my fruits, nuts and, um, coffee. I’m thinking that I will have raw fruits and veggies during the week and perhaps add a little spice during the weekends.

    Your smoothies sound yummy.

    P.S. Thanks for the warm words these last few days 😉

    • diandralinnemann March 15, 2013 at 6:27 am #

      I guess my stomach would be rather upset if I did a raw-only diet… but I almost forgot how much I love green smoothies, until I started this again. I have to keep them as a regular staple…

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