Hoorah, hoorah; spring is definitely in the air, hooray!
… and with that came an overwhelming urge to do another green smoothie juice fast / feast…
Since my first one last summer I’ve been wanting to do another one for a while now: but honestly, just couldn’t bear to do it whilst it was so cold / rainy / wintery…
But then I woke up last week: saw I had a free weekend; so a perfect window of opportunity – and ran with it… It was only after I’d mentally committed to doing it that I realised the seasons were definitely shifting, and it was a new moon… funny how that works out, huh? ;-)
Anyway – aside from the desire to do a detox; my numbers were also kinda telling me it was time to as well…
.. I gotta say; this was just before my “ladies holiday” – and my numbers do have a tendency to run higher on those days – but still, this was a little higher than average/I was comfortable with and just compounded my decision to get green smoothie going…
Though not gonna lie… at points it was pretty tough – and I definitely don’t recommend trying this if you’ve got a highly taxing job/life in general that you’ll be trying to maintain whilst on these 5 days… I basically cleared my diary as much as I possibly could: and resigned my myself to just resting whilst my body got busy resetting itself…
This time, I’d say the first and second half of the third/first half of the fourth day was hardest for me: today (which is day 5) I’ve pretty much felt good – but this could be the excitement of eating foods tomorrow that are keeping me jujjed today :-)
Anyway, without further ado, if you want to try it then these are the three green smoothies I had for the five days: they’re essentially adaptations of the Gabriel Cousens There Is A Cure For Diabetes recommendations – and of course, if you aren’t diabetic/focused on reducing your blood sugars, then you could add some fruit… which I so would recommend, just a little, if you don’t have an absolute need not to!
Morning Green Smoothie:
- A generous handful of spinach;
- 3 or 4 sticks of celery;
- 1/2 a cucumber;
- 1/2 an avocado;
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon;
- A generous chunk of ginger;
- A teaspoon, building up to a tablespoon over the five days, of Super Greens (see pic below)
- A pinch of Himalayan pink salt.
Midday Green Smoothie:
- A generous handful of spinach, rocket and watercress leaves;
- 3/4 sticks of celery;
- A generous slice of fennel;
- 1 medium sized tomato;
- The juice of 1/2 a lime;
- A small handful of parsley;
- 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric;
- A pinch of cayenne pepper.
Evening Green Smoothie:
- 1/2 a romaine lettuce;
- 4 red radish;
- 1/2 an avocado;
- 1/2 a cucumber;
- The juice of half a lemon.
As you can see, the smoothie’s became less “green” as the day went on: which was intentional as I didn’t want to have anything too cleansing / detoxifying before bed… you’ll also see I used ginger and cayenne quite generously; this was to help keep me warm – and I think definitely helped… but of course you don’t have to include them if you don’t like them.
In addition to the above, I also had a glass of warm water with 1/2 a lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper about an hour before my first smoothie: to help cleanse my system from the night before, and to help get the digestive fire stoked (plus, again, to keep warm!).
I also had sparkling mineral water when I felt really hungry: the bubbles seemed to help! And lots and lots of the aforementioned tea :-)
The timings I did were approx 8/9am for the warm lemon drink, 9/10am for the first smoothie, 1/2pm for the lunchtime smoothie and 6pm for the evening smoothie. Again, if blood sugar balancing isn’t your focus, you could add more in… but I was aiming to leave “rest” times of about four hours between each smoothie to allow my insulin levels to even out and give my pancreas a break.
Here are my fasting numbers as the days progress: you can see they don’t drop suddenly – but gradually, day by day… I’m pretty sure if I’d continued to the seven days as I did before, I would have been in the low 5’s or 4’s again: but life – and me – didn’t allow that this time. Besides, as a fasting blood sugar range for a non-diabetic is between 4 and 5.9, and a pre-diabetic is between 6 and 6.9 – with a diabetic reading being 7 or above, then 5.6 is a pretty decent number; I’ll take that :-)
My pre and post smoothie daytime numbers, after the first couple of days, were constantly in the 4’s or 5’s…
I’ve always found it harder to get my fasting bloods down: so the bigger reason I wanted to do a reset was because my daytime readings were also hovering in the 7’s/8’s/9’s last week…
So… Pretty happy with the overall results: now to keep ’em stable… if last time I did this is indicative of what’s likely to happen; I’ll might go up a point – but not a whole lot more… Will keep you posted!
… And if you’ve any questions about my experiences; post them in the comments box below and I’ll do my best to answer them… and/or tell me about your experiences trying something similar! As ever; I post more regularly on my Facebook page: so do come and follow me there too…
With much green love, SP’s
PS: I wrote this yesterday; on day 5 of my detox – but it’s now the day after – mmmm; food tastes good! Nom nom nom… ;-)