Itchy watery eyes. Hives. Rashes. Sniffles. Asthma.
That is what awaits me every spring. Often I can’t tell the difference between a cold and allergies until I take some medication and see what happens, but who wants to be popping pills all of the time? I know I don’t.
This year when things got bad, I decided to take matters into my own hands and attempt to deal with my allergies naturally. I am a strong believer in treating food as medicine, so after doing some research I decided to try a juice cleanse. I am leaving on vacation a week, so I decided to do a three day cleanse rather than a longer one.
I started my day with a cup of green tea with fresh squeezed lemon juice, then had an orange smoothie for breakfast. It contained an apple, pineapple, sweet potato and carrots and it was surprisingly good.
For a mid morning snack I choked down a glass of coconut water. Enough said about that.
Lunch was a green juice with kale, cucumber, celery, apples, lemon and ginger. It was also pretty good, even though I’m not a huge fan of ginger. My afternoon snack was another orange juice, only this one was made with carrots, apples, lemon, romaine and strawberries. It was delicious. I could drink that one every day!
Supper consisted of a green juice made of pears, grapes, spinach and cucumber. I found this a little sweet for my taste, but my husband loved it. I finished off the day with some herbal tea. I also drank water all day long.
Day one went well. I wasn’t hungry or tired at all.
After my green tea with lemon, I had an orange juice made with an orange bell pepper, a red bell pepper, carrot, apple and lemon. I could tolerate it, but it wasn’t my favourite.
I blended my coconut water with some lime and orange juice (fresh squeezed) and ice, and it was much easier to drink.
For lunch I had a green juice made of spinach, pineapple and lemon, which I really enjoyed. My afternoon snack was a red juice made with oranges, grapefruit, beet, sweet potato, lemon and ginger. It tasted like beets, and I don’t like beets, but I drank it anyway.
Dinner was a juice squeezed from cucumbers, honeydew and celery. It was quite good. I forced down some more red juice after that, and had my herbal tea before bed.
Day two was hard for me. I wanted all the food! I am certain that the internet conspired against me that day and every status, blog post and tweet contained a picture of some mouth watering food that I needed to have. I may have grown horns and spit fire too, but the jury is still out on that.
My morning started with the usual green tea with lemon. This is actually something we do every morning, even when we’re not juicing, but it’s usually followed by coffee. I was missing my coffee a lot during the cleanse.
I made a juice with celery, cucumber, carrots, tomato, orange and peach for breakfast. It tasted like tomato juice and I didn’t love it. The coconut water was mixed with lime and orange juice again, and lunch was another green juice with kale, cucumber, zucchini, parsley, celery, grapes, apple and lime. It was quite good.
My afternoon juice was made with fennel, carrots, bell peppers, kale and ginger. It was tolerable at best. It was also my first time eating fennel.
Supper was a juice made with pineapple, celery, romaine, spinach and lemon that I thought was okay. My evening snack was a juice made of sweet potato, cantaloupe, pears, cinnamon and ginger root. I loved this one. It reminded me of pumpkin pie.
I had a much better attitude on day three, and most of my cravings were gone. I realized that somewhere along the way my eyes and skin cleared up too, but I couldn’t pinpoint when that happened. Things were going well enough that I went ahead and juiced for another day and a half. I lost five pounds in the process and felt really good at the end of it, but it’s not something I would want to do often.
If juicing is too extreme for you, try eating a diet of raw fruit and vegetables for a few days. Removing those processed foods and additives from your diet can do you a world of good. You can also look for nature remedies like the Liver Cleanse and Seasonal Allergies tinctures from Orange Naturals. They help you reach your best health in a natural way.
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