Monday, August 20, 2012

21 Day Cleanse...We Can Do It!!!!!!

Life presents you with lots of things that you cannot control.  You can't control what other people do, those pesky things that pop up when you least expect it, like needing new brakes and tires for your car all at the same time, and you can't control the fact that you have cancer.  You have all heard the saying 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade', or my favorite, 'when life gives you tomatoes, you make Bloody Marys'.  And if you know me, then you have probably heard me say more than once 'it is what it is'.  I have learned that I must relinquish my control and a lot of aspects of my life at the moment, because I can't do anything to change it.  I just so happened to be reading Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet book at the same time I was thinking about the lack of control I had in my life as it relates to cancer.  I realized that eating healthy, or more importantly, stepping my healthy eating up a notch was something I could totally control.      

If you are familiar with Kris, you already know she is passionate about healthy eating and emphasizes the vast health benefits of eating vegan and drinking green juices.  If you are interested in changing your diet and getting healthy, I recommend picking up this book and giving it a shot.  It's an easy read.  I guarantee you will think about food differently even if you don't embrace every aspect.

Steve and I are dipping our toes in the world of juicing and some of her vegan recipes (the black bean burgers were delicious).  We attempted juicing during my first phase of chemo to help keep my strength up, but it was hard for me to stomach any of the juices Steve attempted to make.  Now that I am over that hump and feeling pretty good, I am able to enjoy the green juices.  Now, I know what you are thinking.  There is no way Steve will be able to go without meat and dairy.  You are probably right, but we are cutting back to only a few days a week and even Steve has noticed a difference.

In her book, Kris includes a 21 days cleanse that includes eating raw veggies, fruits, gluten free breads & pasta, green juices & smoothies, and no SUGAR, caffeine, or animal products (meat, eggs, dairy).  I have been talking about this for weeks now, and I have inlisted several friends and co-workers to join the fun.  We are starting the cleanse 9/17.  It's still a few weeks away, but I wanted to give everyone lots of time to prepare, and I also wanted to get through all my chemo treatments before I cut out meat and dairy completely.  I am maintaining my weight, but not gaining, and I don't want to loose any more prior to being done chemo.  I always say the more the merrier, so if anyone is interested in the 21 day cleanse let me know.  I am excited to hear what everyone thinks and how they feel once we are done. 

                                                              Cheers to the green juice


  1. What an awesome & healthy initiative to be taking! I always feel amazing when I juice...I juiced religiously every day for 9+ months while I was going through all of my treatments & I really thinked it helped my body stay healthy. I would love to do the cleanse with you, but I have too many "events" on my calendar. Perhaps, I just need to get back into the healthy habit of veggie juice for breakfast.

    Good luck with this endeavor. It is cute that your husband is trying it too - Brian always looked at me like I was crazy when I offered him one of my green concoctions :)

  2. Fantastic thing to do, Erin! We, too, love our green shakes and juices. Mmm! 21 days is a long time to commit to for your first time - please let us know how it goes. You've amped up my desire to do another blog post re: juicing + recipes. A virtual "cheers" to you and Steve!