“Herein is wonder of wonders:
he came below to raise me above,
was born like me that I might become like him.
Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to him he draws near on wings of grace,
to raise me to himself.”
–The Valley of Vision
Many posts ago…or maybe it was on Twitter? Hmmm. Anyway, I’ve let it be known to the big world out there, or at least those who follow me on Twitter, that I’ve done a couple of liquid fasts. I’ve done several fasts and cleanses that follow specific guidelines like The Master Cleanse or The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush (doesn’t that sound delightful?), but those are not the fasts I was tweeting about.
Last summer I thought I would do something to give my tender (wimpy) digestive system a break and I had some specific goals in mind. First, I didn’t want to feel like I was dying. Sorry Master Cleanse, but you made me so physically weak. I could barely walk by day six. Secondly, I wanted to, yes, lose weight. Thirdly, I wanted to only consume the very highest nutrients out there.
Hannah’s Superfood Liquid Fast of Amazingness was born. I’m pretty sure it’s not an official fast (yet) and someone else has done something to its extent, but here is what I did. I made a one quart superfood smoothie with all or most of these: spirulina, cacao, maca, goji, coconut (oil, meat, water), fresh aloe vera, hemp seeds, chlorella, kelp, and honey. I would drink a pint at a time and during the rest of the day, I would allow myself any fresh juice. I made some Master Cleasnse Lemonade, which was great if I would be out and about. I also made lemonade with stevia, but the second best nutrient packed drink I made was fresh juice.
With that, let me introduce the best green juice combination I have ever had. I first tasted it at a little health food store in Wisconsin over three years ago. Today, parsley orange lime juice still takes first place.
Parsley Orange Lime Juice
1 bunch parsley
1 bag oranges
For anyone like myself with a less than incredible juicer, a tip to ease the sometimes frustrating task is to juice the oranges and limes, blend the citrus juice with the parsley, and then pour that through the juicer. Saves a lot of time and reduces heating the juice, which is important to maintain its nutrient quality. Keep as many enzymes as possible!
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