superfood kale slaw

superfood kale slaw for supper

as i sit writing this, i watch wet, heavy, lazy flakes of snow fall to the ground, dusting what had been clear of winter. trees and birds and grape hyacinths had been spring hopeful in vain.

the calendar says spring but the weather does not. my mind sometimes drifts into warm sunshine-lit morning runs but that is for another day.

my body and spirit, however, know it is time for a spring cleanse; an opportunity to dust off my liver, unclog my intestinal tract, squeegee the mucous, shine up my skin and hair, get good sleep.

green smoothie for breakfast - 3 cups of kale in there!

green smoothie for breakfast – 3 cups of kale in there!

this time around i chose to follow the thoughtfully planned, pleasingly presented For The Glow Spring Cleanse by the most effervescent and naturally wise Jennifer Jordan.

Jenn provides health, fitness and nutrition services and information. i followed her work for a while now and i really appreciate her wholesome approach and her sense of style –  her work is infused with fun and wisdom, simplicity and compassion.

i selected this cleanse partly because it takes me into nutrition places i’ve not really ventured before. as a paleo/ancestral/low inflammatory/low carb eater for over a year now, the thought of green smoothies for breakfast, mostly raw meals, and no meat was an intriguing experiment for my body and mind, my spirit even.

green shooter - water, spirulina, acai, lemon juice

green shooter – water, spirulina, acai, lemon juice

so, today is day 6 of the two week mini cleanse. week one , in Jenn’s words,

features a high raw, (almost) vegan diet that aims to give your digestive system a bit of a vacation.

thus far this week, i’ve single-handedly consumed 6 bunches (i’ve taken to calling them clumps) of raw kale and a clump of raw collard green, 10 lemons, and a goodly sized knob of ginger root.

i’ve added spirulina, acai, and maca — all previously  untried ‘superfoods’ — to my daily intake.

i’ve spurned all meats, dairy, coffee, and alcohol. processed foods are also verboten on the cleanse, but i’ve been away from most processing for quite a while now.

i’ve attempted to step away from all technology an hour before bedtime.

cranberry kale salad topped with poached egg

cranberry kale salad topped with poached egg

the only cooked food i’ve consumed in 6 days has been one hard-boiled egg, one poached egg, and kale chips (though drying them in the oven can’t really be called cooking them, can it?).

so, what’s been happening with my body, mind, and spirit? there isn’t drama, but there are effects.

there was an almost immediate change in my skin, commented on by a few people. it has been better hydrated and there has been an improvement in skin colour and tone.

there was also an almost immediate change in my bowel regularity. in a not good way. i’m not sure why that is. i’ve always eaten loads of veggies though never this amount of raw greens. all the roughage, however, has been accompanied by the daily swilling of litres of lemon-ginger H2O.  the bowel, sluggish like late fall house flies at the beginning of the week,  is now active, but lacks a sense of smooth rhythm – there’s clanging in the pipes, though diminishing amounts, at odd and random times of the day.

swilling H2O with lemon & ginger instead of wine is rather pleasant

swilling H2O with lemon & ginger instead of wine is rather pleasant

my energy levels neither slumped nor jumped. they’ve been fairly unchanged and generally steady across the course of the day.

i’ve been hungry. that isn’t necessarily or inherently a bad thing – knowing the feeling of hunger has merits. on the other hand, i start most of my days between 5:30 and 6:00am (that’s the start of the work hours) and end them between 6:00 and 8:00pm. the three prescriptive meals aren’t enough to get me through the day and so i’ve had to add in snacks, which are available, if needed, on the plan.

i’ve learned that spirulina is slightly short of vile but oh-so-good for me.

i suspect i am down a couple of pounds, though i’ve not weighed in on that yet.

my body feels more awake, perhaps more freshly nourished and lighter. must be that my cells are happier!

raw taco - with salsa verde & guacamole in a collard green leaf

raw taco – with salsa verde & guacamole in a collard green leaf

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