When you’re feeling down, have some chocolate!! Chocolate, as in raw cacao, is the purest form of chocolate you can consume and is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants of all foods. Cacao boosts the level of serotonin, the feel good chemical, in the brain and therefore acts as an antidepressant, promoting an overall sense of well-being.
First, “detoxing” is a myth. Unless you are kicking a drug addiction, you will never need to detox your body. In fact, your body can detox itself using those fancy kidneys and liver your doctor always raves about.
Second, juice cleanses don’t help you lose weight – at least not in a healthy, long-term way. Most juice cleanse programs have you consume about 1,000-1,200 calories a day; way less than the 2,000-3,000 calories an average adult should be consuming. So yes, you will lose weight on a cleanse, but you’ll also be starving (something that you can do just as well by not eating). And when you go off the cleanse and start eating normally again, you’ll quickly regain the weight. Ugh, now you feel all gross and fat. Which means it’s time for another juice cleanse!
The “energetic rush” people feel on a juice cleanse is likely just a sustained sugar high. “Cleansing juices” typically have 75-190 grams of sugar per serving, whereas a can of Coke “only” has 39 grams of sugar. The juices are also low in fiber and protein, which means a lot of the weight loss people experience is actually muscle loss, rather than fat. Honestly, if you want to stop eating food, lose a bunch of muscle, and burn money at the same time, just take up meth. At least your house will be clean.
Green up because greens are like liquid sunlight. The greens transform your bloodstream, so if you have high blood pressure you’re going to lower it. The greens calm your nature so if you are very up emotionally or stressed out it will repair your nervous system. The greens repair the cells at the cellular level and can heal cancer cells. The greens help your skin to become more radiant. The anahata or heart chakra is green so it balances out your relationships from the past. A lot of the burdens we carry in our hearts can be purified through the green. Greens aid in our growth as BEings and help us overcome. So start with the green.
It’s been two weeks since I last posted, and I’ve missed you terribly. The truth (part one) is, I didn’t know what to say. I’ve been heartbroken in so many various and sundry ways, and silence felt like the only possible response. The truth (part two) is, I haven’t wanted to reach out. I’ve wanted to stay very quiet, and very still, to possibly be so still and so quiet that I would not feel all the layers of hurt that have curled themselves up around my heart. But I know I can’t stay silent forever, and I know that now is as good as two days from now. So here we are. I want to tell you a bit about what’s been happening, some of which you know, and some of which you don’t.
And I made us a juice to get through. It’s wintery and light, packed with immune system boosting vitamin C and fresh ginger, and hydrating cucumber. It’s quick and delicious and you only need a blender to make it. It’s colors and zinginess have given me hope in the midst of much darkness. So. Juice-equipped, let’s talk.
Here’s what you don’t know:
Today, the mother of one of my dearest friends in the world will be laid to rest. As you read this, I might be standing in a rain-soaked cemetery in Mill Valley, or sitting shiva in a betrayingly bright apartment in San Francisco, or continuing to sort out the pieces of my grief in this loss from my grief in the losses that came before.