Maintaining Post Cleanse

Congrats on completing your 4-day cleanse! If this was your first cleanse, then extra congratulations are in order. You may be asking yourself: Now what?! Don’t worry, by following these tips you can ease back into mainstream eating, while at the same time maintaining some of your new found healthy habits.

You should now be a champion juicer. Hopefully you have perfected your Morning Green Juice. If you only pick up one habit during your cleanse, make it this one. Drinking a green juice every morning should be a life long routine—and it’ll pay off for the rest of your life. If you are burned out on using your juicer, switch to a bottle of our Daily Greens™ juice. Any of the Daily Greens™ green juices are a great substitute for a homemade juice. They also have a longer shelf lit, as a result of the high pressure process (HPP) used to make them FDA compliant and grocery-store ready. This process does not reduce any of the nutrients, but it does kill the bacteria that normally start the fermentation process, thereby extending the shelf life significantly. You should also continue your morning routine of drinking a 12-ounce glass of water with lemon upon rising. And if you’re up for it, stay off the the coffee and continue having a cup of green tea in the morning.

Maintaining Post-Cleanse

Tips:

  • Don’t just go eat a hamburger or an other hefty serving of steak on your first day off the cleanse.
  • Stick with a raw salad for lunch on your first day post cleanse.
  • For dinner, move gradually back into cooked food and try to stay plant-based if possible.
  • On day two, you can start to slowly incorporate grains, dairy, and plant-based cooked foods.
  • On Day three, you can start to reintroduce meat and fish.

Crunchy Rosemary Salad

Here in Texas, there is a ton of rosemary that grows like a weed year-round. Rosemary is a hearty herb and adds a fun taste and texture to salads. Just make sure to chop it very finely, and don’t use too much.

Crunchy Rosemary Salad

Ingredients:

  • Bowl of baby mixed greens
  • Handful of tarragon leaves, finely chopped
  • Handful of rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbsp hempseed
  • 2 tbsp almond oil
  • 4-5 raw crackers, broken into bits
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Combine the mixed greens, tarragon, and rosemary in a salad bowl and toss.
  • Add the lime juice, hempseed, and almond oil, and toss again.
  • Season with sea salt to taste. Add crackers and toss gently.
  • Arrange a layer of avocado slices over the top and enjoy!
  • TIME SAVER: If you don’t have time to dehydrate your own cacklers, there are a number of brands that have started making wonderful raw crackers – including Two Moms in the Raw.

Fall Fennel Salad

This is one of our favorite salads as the summer fades into fall. Feel free to get creative with the recipe and swap out the nuts and herbs you may have on hand to give it a different twist. You should be having fun with your food!

Fall Fennel Salad

Ingredients:

  • Bowl of baby mixed greens
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomato, halved
  • Handful of tarragon, finely chopped
  • Handful of basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp almond oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 avocado thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Combine the mixed greens, tarragon, fennel, tomatoes, and basil in a large bowl. Toss gently
  • Add the pine nuts, lemon juice, and almond oil to combine.
  • Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  • Layer the avocado slices over the top of the salad and enjoy!
  • TIME SAVER: If you’re trying to save time, most grocery stores now carry containers of pre washed mixed baby greens. One of our favorite brands is called Organic Girls.

Pre-Cleanse Tips

So you’ve decided to do the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Fall Cleanse, now what? During your cleanse, you will need to eliminate several items from your diet. Some of these will be tough, but do make the effort. You’ll be happy you did.

Coffee

Coffee can be a diuretic causing dehydration, which is counter-productive to your cleanse goal of fully hydrating and cleansing your body. Other negative effects that coffee can have include acid reflux and an increase in heart rate. Coffee can also increase the body’s level of the hormone cortisol, which can lower the activity of the immune system.

Alcohol

As you’ve probably suspected, alcohol is not conducive to cleansing. It is dehydrating, spikes blood sugar levels, causes inflammation, and adds “empty” calories that are devoid of nutrients. Drinking alcohol in any form, including wine, is simply not productive during a cleanse.

Refined and Packaged Foods

Refined and packaged foods are not usually what I consider “real food,” as they contain countless preservatives and added mystery ingredients. As a rule, if a package contains any ingredients that I don’t recognize or can’t pronounce, I will not buy it. These refined and packaged foods are at the heart of the current food and health crisis we have in America. By eating these instead of whole foods, people are missing out on many of the essential nutrients provided by the latter. Plus, packaged foods often contain potentially harmful ingredients used as preservatives to extend their shelf life. Some of these packaged foods are “fortified” with artificial and chemically based nutrients like iron, calcium, and vitamins, but these are a poor substitute for the nutrients that naturally occur in real food. During your 4-Day Cleanse, you will enjoy the full benefits of a plant-based diet that is free of artificial additives, and you will see a dramatic difference in your mood and energy level.

Animal Products (Including Dairy)

Animal protein takes hours to digest and is not conducive to cleansing. It is important to eat foods that digest rapidly to give your intestines a break. Note that animal protein also usually contains toxins from pesticides that are used in the animals’ food supply, as well as hormones and antibiotics used to optimize production of animal protein. This places an even greater burden on the body to get rid of the animal toxic waste.

Grain Products

While cooked whole grains are an important part of a long-term healthy diet, they also take a long time to digest, and for some people, the gluten in many of these (wheat, rye, barley) causes inflammation in the intestines. One of the goals for your 4-Day Cleanse is to reduce inflammation and give your intestines a rest, so it is best to eliminate cooked grains while cleansing.

Why Cleanse?

You’ve probably heard diet advice over the last couple of decades indicating that you should be eating very small meals every two or three hours. Sound familiar? But this type of diet doesn’t give the digestive track a break. The theory behind juice cleansing is that it gives the body the opportunity to rid itself of toxins.

During your 4-Day Cleanse, you will drink three green juices daily while eating sufficient raw fruits and vegetables to maintain a normal level of energy throughout the day. This will create an extended period of fasting throughout the day that will allow your body to start gathering up and expelling toxins (the juice does not count as food since it will immediately assimilate into the bloodstream when consumed on an empty stomach). Because the green juice recipes in the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Cleanse book are low in sugar, you may need to consume additional fruit or vegetables to maintain a normal level of blood sugar and sufficient energy to go about your daily routine. Note that you should also drink plenty of water throughout the day as you don’t want to get dehydrated. Plus, drinking water will assist in flushing out toxins from your body.

All of the Daily Greens™ green juices are low in sugar and can be substituted for the green juice recipes provided in the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Cleanse Book. While substituting a bottle of Daily Greens for a homemade juice is a great time-saving measure, We still highly recommend making some of your own green juices as well. You might come up with your own perfect green juice blend!

In the evening, you will prepare a delicious raw vegetable appetizer and salad to eat for dinner. These recipes can all be mixed and matched depending on what you have available in your fridge. We also encourage you to improvise and substitute your own raw vegetable dishes. The idea is simply to consume a big raw vegetable dinner in order to provide your body with sufficient fiber and roughage to get your bowels moving and expel all those toxins that you have accumulated during your day of juice fasting (this may occur immediately or the next morning). Repeat this cycle for three more days, and we promise your body will thank you for it!

Super Food Highlight

Fennel is rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system, and it also contains potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, phosphorus, and folate. Another bonus? You can eat the whole vegetable, from its white or light-green bulb to its stalks and fluffy green fronds. You use the bulb for salads and the whole thing for juicing. Fennel is in season from fall through spring and can be found at your local natural-food store. When shopping for fennel, look for bulbs that are clean, firm, and solid. Store fresh fennel in your refrigerator’s crisper, where it should keep fresh for about four days. You can find more helpful tips like these in the NEW Daily Greens 4 Day Cleanse Book!

The Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse by Daily Greens Founder/CEO, Shauna R. Martin, is available NOW! To get your beautiful hands on a copy, you can order at Amazon.com

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Eating Seasonally

Wondering why Daily Greens has four cleanses, one for each season? Our founder, Shauna R. Martin, started doing these four-day cleanses every couple of months and fell into a rhythm of doing one at the beginning of every season. She started by doing one the first week of January to start the new year off right. She would do another one as soon as spring arrived, feeling the need for a good spring cleaning. She would do one the first week of summer to kick off swimsuit season in style. And she also loved doing a back-to-school cleanse, as she started her fall routines. The different recipes featured in the Daily Greens™ seasonal cleanses are based on Shauna’s on philosophy for consuming fruits and vegetables that are in season or available from her local farmers market.

There are three very important reasons to east seasonally:

  • 1. Ideally, fruits and vegetables are harvested when they are ripe. This is when they contain the highest level of nutrients they will ever contain during their life cycle..
  • 2. Eating foods in season often means you can select your produce from your local farmer or farmers market and lessen the environmental impact of shipping produce across the country.
  • 3. Finally, eating seasonally will save you money. The price of produce is lower when it is in season and available locally.

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The Mini Juice Fast

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I discovered the first way to detox my body was to conduct a mini juice fast every day. So I replaced my usual breakfast with a green juice – a practice that I continue to this day. On an empty stomach, the juice makes its way through the intestines in minutes. While I give my digestive system a break from the hard work of digesting solid food in the morning, I also infuse my body with a huge flush of vital nutrients and minerals. My first meal of solid food is always lunch. This creates a mini juice fast of eighteen hours or more each day, from dinner until lunch the following day. Even though I don’t consume solid food until lunch or later, I don’t experience low blood sugar, hunger pangs, or any of the other symptoms one would expect from skipping a solid breakfast in favor of a low-calorie green juice (my juices are approximately 100 calories or less). The most important benefit of the mini juice fast is that I’m full of energy all day long.

– Shauna R. Martin, Daily Greens™ Founder and CEO, Author of Daily Greens™ 4 Day Cleanse Book
@ShaunaRMartin

Amp Up Labor Day Weekend!

Amp up your Labor Day Weekend with these refreshing Daily Greens™ Poptails! Simply pour our Daily Greens™ Chia Balance and 2.5 teaspoons of Tito’s Vodka into a popsicle mold and freeze for several hours. It’s the absolute perfect way to cool down on the holiday weekend! Cheers!

Back To School Lunches

So dinner time and breakfast are a breeze, but eating lunch at the cafeteria can present a real challenge when you’re trying to get your kids to eat real food morning, noon, and night. But have no fear, it’s super simple to pack a healthy, kid-friendly lunch using simple, fresh, whole foods. With a few of these tips, your kids will be noshing on real foods while they’re at school.

  • 1. Have the right equipment
    In order to make the best lunch possible, it’s important to have the right equipment like an insulated lunch bag or box, ice packs, and some reusable tupperware or storage containers. Remember, kids need easy and simple packaging to open. Plus, you can help save the environment by not using plastic bags.
  • 2. Skip the lunchmeat
    We realize not everyone is plant-based, but most lunchmeat is incredibly processed. So when it comes to packing your kid sammies, mix things up a bit by using hummus, veggies, cheese, pesto, and don’t forget about a good old-fashioned PBJ (but make sure there is no sugar added of course)!
  • 3. Have fun and be creative
    Use a divided container to keep foods separate, use cookie cutters to shape sandwiches, fruits and cheese, write “love” notes to let your kiddos know you love them and care about what they eat. Have fun with it, you’re kids will love a little added personalty to their “brown bag” lunch.
  • 4. Make your own “Lunchable”
    Incorporate fresh fruits and veggies with fun dips like peanut butter, hummus, or your kiddos favorite salad dressing. Don’t be afraid to include some animal protein, just be sure to stay away from processed lunchmeat and focus on lean meats like grilled chicken breast, turkey, and organic cheese.
  • 5. Pump up the fruits and veggies
    Adding a Half Pint™ to your kids lunch is an easy way to ensure your kids are getting enough fruits and veggies each day. By blending cold-pressed fruit with greens, we’ve crafted a kid-friendly, nutrient dense smoothies – Greens for the Whole Family™! And, Daily Greens™ proudly donates 10¢ of every bottle sold to the Whole Kids Foundation™ to help provide school gardens, salad bars, and nutrition education for teachers and staff.