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Transitioning from Holiday Feasting to Juice Feasting

By Chef Centehua
With the holidays now behind, many of us are left feeling a little heavy from festive indulgences. I recently returned from visiting family and friends, and while traveling I am always more flexible with regard to food, especially when celebrating with my loved ones.

The new year is here and I am now feeling motivated to establish a consistent health routine. A juice fast (or “feast”) is a great way to let go of the old stuff — toxins, habits, cravings, etc. Our bodies always seek balance, which is why we often enjoy extremes, ultimately to find the middle ground and reflect on the contrasting experiences.

When starting a juice fast, it’s important to establish some guidelines but also to remain flexible and relaxed. Always remember to be kind to yourself: it is of no benefit to put yourself in a yes/no, all-or-nothing dualistic mentality, which creates further stress and is counter productive to your efforts.

My goal is to complete a ten-day liquid feast — perhaps more — but I will start by first committing to three days. That’s realistic and less intimidating. Three days is also reasonable for people who have busy schedules: taking a weekend to cleanse and relax makes sense.

Liquid nutrition is not just about cleansing your internal organs: it is also about deepening your mind/body awareness and establishing a mindful practice. It is a great way to set intention, especially when starting a new project, changing a habit, or breaking an addiction. When detoxing from refined sugar and processed foods, you will notice the uprising of thoughts and emotions, not just sweet cravings, hence the importance of compassion and slow, deep breathes. When the craving comes, sit with it: find your stillness and discover the power of your breath; observe your body and allow your thoughts to pass by like clouds — no need to judge them — simply let them be, as everything is in constant flux. Soon you will transition into more peaceful, calm thoughts and emotions as your body relaxes even more and adjusts to its new form of nutrition.

The first day can be the hardest since you are interrupting your eating rhythm. So much relies on your focus, breathing, meditating, writing, walking … these inspiring activities will help strengthen your will. Drinking plenty of spring water is also helpful and important. After a couple of days you will notice that you are satisfied with less, that your cravings subside, and that your taste buds delight in pomegranates and tangerines like never before. I also recommend adding spirulina and hemp seeds to smoothies for added protein. I also add chlorella powder to my water and juices. This single cell algae is a powerful detoxifier, flushing the body of heavy metals. Cilantro also has this detoxifying quality, making it very easy for me to cleanse because I love cilantro on almost everything.

To get started, visit your farmers market or health food store, and stock up on local organic produce and a few superfoods such as spirulina, cacao powder and/or nibs, goji berries, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. These superfoods will assist you by strengthening your immune system and providing your body with essential amino acids, fatty acids and minerals. If you have a juicer, you can smoothie it up at home. If not, you can make a couple trips to a juice bar for a few green drinks.

Get creative, and remember to relax and enjoy every sip!

Here’s my first day liquid feast and more recipes to guide and inspire you:

Day 1-

Morning Alkalizing Tonic
1 C. warm spring water
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1 T. raw, unfiltered honey (optional)

Green Juice Breakfast
3 green apples
1 cucumber
2 celery stalks
1 bunch cilantro
1 lemon
1-inch piece ginger

Juice all ingredients and then mix in a spoonful of chlorella powder (optional)

Midday Snack- pomegranate

Superfood Smoothie Lunch
3 C. spring water
1/4 C. cashews, soaked 15 min.
1/4 C. goji berries, soaked 15 min
3 dates, pitted
1 frozen banana
2 T. cacao nibs or powder
1/2 C. raspberries
1 T. raw, unfiltered honey (optional)

Blend all ingredients until smooth ( add the goji berries soaking water too)

Snack- long deep breaths and beautiful music ( soul food )

Midday Smoothie
2 C. spring water
2 oranges juiced
1 T. spirulina
1/2 C. blackberries
1 T. raw, unfiltered honey ( optional)

Sweet Dreams Dinner Elixir
3 – 4 C. blend of chamomile, lavender, passion flower & astralagus tea
1 vanilla pod, scraped
1/2 C. cashews soaked 15 min.
1 T. coconut oil
1 T. lucuma
2 T. raw, unfiltered honey or 2 dates
pinch nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, Himalayan salt

Simmer herbs in 3-4 cups spring water for 8-10 min., then pour into blender with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Rest well.

Other Nutrient-rich Liquid Meals:

Chia Orangeade
3 C. fresh squeezed orange juice
2 T. chia seeds
1 grapefruit, skin removed
1 banana
1/2 C. frozen mango
Blend until smooth.

1 C. fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 C. spring water
1 bunch cilantro, stems removed
1 T. chlorella powder
3 T. raw, unfiltered honey or 3 dates
Blend until smooth.

Mineralizing Elixir
3 C. chaga tea ( rooibos or favorite earthy herbal tea)
1/2 cashews, soaked
1 T. coconut oil
2 T. cacao powder or nibs
1 T. maca
3 T. raw, unfiltered honey or 3 dates
pinch nutmeg, cinnamon, Himalayan salt
Simmer tea for 8-10 min. and blend with remaining ingredients.

Sunrise Juice
2 beets
2 oranges
1 lemon
2 apples
2 carrots
Juice it up and share.

Please visit http://www.centehualiving.com/raw-food-recipes/dragons-blood/ for more liquid meals and inspiring information.

Blessings on your journey and happy feasting!

About Centehua

Centehua is a mother, wife, chef, blogger, forager, farmer, dancer earth momma. She is an urban homesteader, learning how to live better with less, discovering quality of life in sustainable practices. Her passion is in assisting the world in a possitive shift through the integrity of clean raw foods, superfoods and superhebs. She believes that a deeper connection to the earth and our sustenance is vital for a sense of self responsability and overall health. She is a lover of nature and music. Centehua is the founder of “Baktun foods” an online resource and catering company for organic living foods.

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