Here are some of my favourite vegetable juices to get you started. You can really let your creativity go wild! Almost anything can be juiced, even sweet potatoes, onions, garlic and cabbages! Just remember to use seasonal produce and preferably choose organic. If you're using conventional produce, washing the ingredients with white vinegar-water mixture (with a ratio of approximately 1:3) might help reduce the amount of toxic residue.
Green Beauty Juice
1/2 bunch of celery (with leafy tops) 1 long cucumber a knob of ginger juice of 1/2 lemon
1. Wash all the ingredients well. Juice the celery, cucumber and ginger. Squeeze in the lemon juice. Drink immediately (or preferably within 2-3 hours).
1 portion of Green Beauty Juice a large handful of spinach 1/2 avocado, chopped 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil 2 teaspoons Super Greens
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately or within 2-3 hours.
Gorgeous Beet Juice
2-3 beets (can use the leaves as well, if you wish) a knob of ginger juice of 1/2 lemon
1. Juice the beets and the ginger. Drizzle with lemon. Drink immediately.
Other tasty flavour combinations include:
carrot ginger lemon
cucumber broccoli ginger lemon
bok choy parsley ginger lemon
Other tips for cleansing
I try to dry-brush my entire body every day or at least a few times a week. Here is a good guide for dry-brushing.
I love having a (rather large) range of herbal teas in my pantry at all times. Some of my favourite flavours include licorice root, peppermint, different warm spice mixes (like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves) and dandelion root tea. Herbal teas are a great caffeine-free alternative for coffee.
Exercise-wise, it probably goes without saying that rigorous training, whilst cleansing, might not be the best idea. I prefer walking, swimming and yoga (even when not cleansing), but I also allow my body to rest more during the cleanse.
These are just some of the books I've been reading lately:
Dupont, C.M. Enlightened Eating - Nourishment for Body and Soul (2006)
Deepak, C. Perfect Health - The Complete Mind/Body Guide (2001)
Junger, A. Clean - The Revolutionary Program to Restore Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself (2009)