You either love them or hate them! I happen to love Beets! In our house, we have been into smoothies and juicing long before it was a in vogue. Living in Seattle for sixteen years, exposed us to so many wonderful things and juicing was one of them. Whenever we would shop at the local Co-op (PCC Natural Markets), I would always treat my kids to an Orange, Carrot & Lemon Juice from the juice bar. I would always ask for it to be topped off with a splash of beet juice! They never really knew what they were drinking, but they always enjoyed it. To this day, they are no longer small children, but grown adults, and they continue to love juices and smoothies.
I call this a smoothie because I use my Vitamixer instead of my juicer. It is a little different consistency, but much easier to clean up! If you have a juicer and prefer to use it, by all means…go ahead!
Here are some little known facts about beets:
- They are a super anti-oxidant that fights cancer and reduces inflammation.
- Beets contain betaine, a substance that relaxes the mind and is used in other forms to treat depression. It also contains trytophan which is also found in chocolate and contributes to a sense of well being.
Beets have one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable. Up to 10 per cent of is sugar, but it is released slowly into the body rather than the sudden rush that results from eating chocolate.
- Beets are high in fiber, high in vitamin C and folic acid, and contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosperous!
- Beets purify the blood and cleanse the liver.
- The Romans consider beet juice an aphrodisiac.
The 7 Day Total Cleanse
I am about to embark on a 7-Day Juice Cleanse! Yes, call me crazy, but I really do like cleanses. I have done a couple of them in the past using Natural Factors cleansing kits that I purchased from the health food store. These kits contain a combination of powdered smoothie mixtures and liver and colon support supplements. I will warn anyone thinking about trying this cleanse, the smoothies are horrible, but they work! I honestly had to plug my nose in order to finish my smoothies every day. The nice thing about this cleanse is that you can eat salads, almonds, brown rice, etc. while you are on it. I lost a total of 8 to 10 pounds on these cleanses, and I felt completely revitalized when I was finished.
This time I am going to try a liquid cleanse without any supplements. I will be loosely following The 7 Day Total Cleanse by Mary McGuire-Wien. I say loosely, because the book recommends performing a bunch of daily rituals throughout the cleanse (i.e. yoga, meditation, journaling, creative inspirations, etc.) I do not have the time, nor do I feel completely comfortable, performing all of the daily items they recommend (especially the colonic or the enema-no thanks!) I do, however, really like the idea of juicing and will be following the recipes from the book throughout the cleanse.
Today I am busy preparing for my cleanse. As I type this entry, my daily broth, that is to be eaten six of the seven days, is simmering on my stove. I also stocked my refrigerator with all the necessary organic produce items that I will be using in my juices throughout the week. I have made my sole (so-lay), and it is out on the back porch soaking up the suns rays. This will be my first beverage tomorrow morning. I also purchased a box of detox tea that I will be drinking throughout the days in conjunction with the juices and broth.
Why am I doing this cleanse?
1. Increase my energy
2. Clear my mind
3. Detox my body
4. Lose a little excess weight
My son told me I have too much free time and he thinks I am crazy. I told him to just stay clear of me for the next three days while I go through severe caffeine withdrawals! Tune into my blog for the next seven days. I will be doing a daily post on my progress! Wish me luck!