A couple of months ago I participated in a cleanse with the BDA intern, Jackie. I really appreciated her enthusiasm to try new things and help me stay on track with the cleanse. First of all, detoxing is HARD. I'm a girl who loves to eat. I easily out eat pretty much all the men in my life. At every meal, even while I'm eating, I'm thinking about my next meal.
We were working on a blog post to feature Jujubeet, an artisan juice and smoothie spot in Downtown Bellevue, back in August. While learning about all their products we found the detox/cleanse packages interesting. They offer three kinds: beginner, signature and pro. Each package includes a certain number of juices to drink throughout the day with instructions on what to do while on the cleanse. No surprise we went for the beginner cleanse and for two days. You can choose how many days to do it and we thought two was MORE than enough time.
We got two bags of four 16 ounce juices and one elixir shot. The juices included: a lemon water juice, cranberry, apple smoothie, green juice, beet juice and the elixir shot made of a lovely blend of pressed garlic, lemon and ginger juice, plus a nice dash of cayenne pepper. Yes, I know. Just wait. Our set required that we drank A LOT of water and we were allowed one snack and one meal whenever. It's not like you can choose mozzarella sticks or a burger as your meal or snack. These also had to be clean meals.
Day 1: I went into my day with the mindset that I'm going to conquer this cleanse. I need this. I need to reset my digestive system and feel good. I went to work with a big bottle of water. Only having lemon water in the morning was brutal. I had a meeting that morning and I'm pretty sure my stomach was growling pretty loudly. Jackie and I proceeded to make faces of agony at each other during the meeting to share in the pain that we were only having lemon water for "breakfast." Next few juices were yummy and surprisingly kept my hunger at bay. I also ate a millet ball as a snack which one of my co-workers called "bird food." Fool. He missed out on a very yummy and healthy snack made of cocoa, dried berries, almond butter and other really nutritious things. Next was the elixir shot I was talking about. Please proceed to the video below to see my reaction.
Overall day one was good. I felt great-- my stomach wasn't grumbling or bloated. I ended day 1 with a nice clean meal, a zesty quinoa bowl. Recipe below.
Day 2: The last day of the cleanse was really hard. I was cranky, irritable and really hungry. I think it was a mix of having a lot to do in that day and not drinking enough water. WATER IS KEY, people. At the end of day 2 I ate a salad or something. I can't remember because I really wanted it to be over.
So what do I think about doing a cleanse? I think doing the beginner cleanse is ideal. I think two days was good enough to reset our digestion and feel a little better. And I definitely did feel a difference. Also after I did the cleanse I was compelled to continue eating cleaner throughout the week. I'd probably do this every other month. The staff at Jujubeet were very helpful and even emailed us to see how we were doing. They are registered dieticians and nutritionists and know what they're doing so you can trust what they have to say about the cleanses and how to do them. If you want to try the quinoa bowl I made on Day 1, scroll down!
Zesty Quinoa Bowl
1 cup of cooked quinoa
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Pepper to taste
A dash of each: cumin powder, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, onion powder*
half a tomato
handful of cilantro
Half an avocado
Juice of one lime
Put quinoa in a bowl and add all spices, pepper, salt and juice from half the lime and mix. Then top with tomatoes, cilantro, diced tofu (I heated mine in the microwave for 30 seconds) and avocado. Squeeze the rest of lime over your zesty bowl.
What makes this meal clean? Don't take my word for it but I think it's because there's no dairy, meat or processed ingredients. Lol.
*If you don't work with these spices often go to the bulk section of your grocery store. They usually have a bulk section for spices. I got mine from QFC.