Juice cleanse

My Greenswede juice cleanse is now live… yey!

I recently finished the one day fast and I can’t tell you how much lighter and better I felt. And that is after just one day! Imagine three, or five days? Granted I am quite happy with short fasts as I enjoy my food way too much but fasting is an ancient way of giving our digestive system a real break. And the need for it has not changed with modernity, quite the opposite in fact.

Us humans are like great big munching machines, snacking away for most of our waking hours, thus keeping our digestion system in full-time employment. So when you fast on juice, and in the absence of the body being perpetually occupied with digestion, you’ll start to notice a massive difference to both your physical and mental well-being. You feel lighter, brighter and more alert. It also becomes clear just how little we drink on a day-to-day basis. Sure, all of us drink coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, fruit juice, wine, beer, you name it but …. yes, you get the picture. Hydrating? Not so much.

When you are on a juice cleanse, knowing no solids or liquid toxins are going to get past your lips, you automatically start to drink a lot more fluids, just to feel full (or at least not to feel starving). You eagerly drink your veg juice and nut milks but you also knock back herbal teas and filtered water like its going out of fashion.

And all that hydration does feel surprisingly good, knowing you are supporting your body by flushing out toxins which improves, among other things, your skin and your digestion.

Of course I craved green leaves and solids, in particular avocados, and I loved having all that the following morning but the absence of solids really felt good. And all of us can manage one day, easy.

As I’m starting to promote my own 1 and 3-day juice fast (see shop), I have been interested in researching what is out there in the world of juice fasts and, in the weeks to come,  I will give you a low-down of what I found out. This I know – not all cold pressed juices are created equal. So stay tuned for my review on what to look out for when you are choosing your juice fast and I’ll report back soon.

Love and Health,

 

Birgitta xx

Why should I do a Juice Cleanse?

The best things in life happen at the end of your comfort zone

Why cleanse?

A juice cleanse is an effective and wonderful way to reboot your system if you are feeling lackluster and low in energy. It can also act as a powerful motivator if you are about to start a weigh loss programme. Toxins in our food, homes and environment interfere with our own internal detoxification process that nature gave us and can make it difficult for it to operate optimally. Continue reading “Why should I do a Juice Cleanse?”

The benefits of a daily juice practice

IMG_0310.jpg

I can tell you straight away what attracted me to juicing in general and vegetable juice in particular. The very fact that you can get a whole day’s supply of vital nutrients disbursed into your system within a couple of minutes.  To be clear,  I am not talking a small glass here but a good 250ml or ideally 500ml, on an empty stomach. But then you’re so done! Continue reading “The benefits of a daily juice practice”

The 5 Minute Lunch

IMG_9920I am an optimist by nature, always have been. Of course things can get me down, I am a human being, but in the end my disposition tends to point to sunny which saves the day. But optimism alone can’t combat a bad diet which in the past meant that no matter how cheery I was, I still kept getting the common cold, flu and bouts of the dreaded noro virus on a pretty regular basis. Boring, boring, boring… Continue reading “The 5 Minute Lunch”

Coconut Soup with Squash and Sweet Potato

IMG_5451Don’t you just love seasonal produce? It is something marvellous about eating that which has just been freshly harvested and turning it into a meal. It makes you feel in tune with nature as well as the distant past, when eating seasonally was all that one could do.

Continue reading “Coconut Soup with Squash and Sweet Potato”

Oumph has launched in the UK

A fun and thought provoking product launch took me to Whole Foods  in Kensington last night. The cool Swedish outfit behind the launch, Food for Progress, has managed the unmanageable by turning a bean based meat substitute into a sexy, tasty and remarkably meat-like product called Oumph. Forget bland tofu and Quorn. This is as close to meat you can get as a vegetarian. Continue reading “Oumph has launched in the UK”

Why I love Kombucha

kombucha bottles

Fermented foods, filled with good bacteria, are all the rage at the moment and rightly so. With over 80% of our immune system situated in our gut it seems incredible that we don’t talk more about it. And with scientists linking gut health with brain health, there are new and interesting facts about how influential gut health really is for our general well being and state of mind. Continue reading “Why I love Kombucha”