I first tried the Crazy Sexy Diet Adventure Cleanse in January 2010, and although I finished successfully (for the most part), I swore I'd never do it again. But here I am in 2012 embarking on cancer survivor/author/unicorn goddess Kris Carr's 21-day cleanse once again. No caffeine. No alcohol. No gluten. No sugar. No processed food. And of course, no meat or dairy (but that's the easy part). Instead, I'm drinking loads of green juice and eating as much alkaline plants as possible.
Unlike last time, I understand why I'm doing this cleanse. So I think I'll take it more seriously. This time, I read all of Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet book before starting. Since the book wasn't out yet in 2010, I first read about the cleanse on Carr's Crazy Sexy Life website. But in doing so, I skipped all the boring stuff, like all that talk about ph balancing the body. Well, now I realize that balancing the ph is sort of the whole point of temporarily giving up all the good stuff, like booze and sugar.
I've been testing my pee on little ph litmus strips for a few weeks now, and my body is way out of whack. I'm, like, pure acid ... probably because I've been living on caffeine, fried food, and sugar all throughout December.
Anyway, I think the cleanse will be easier this time since I know why I'm doing it. You can read more about ph here, but I won't bore you with the deets. Instead, I'll show you what I ate on day one today. All recipes are from the Crazy Sexy Diet cookbook.
My morning started with this tall glass of Make Juice, Not War — kale, romaine, broccoli stems, ginger, pear, and cucumber — served in my favorite beer glass:
By mid-morning, I was FAMISHED!! But Carr suggests trying to make it until noon on green juice alone, if possible. So I thought I'd give it my best shot. I made it until 11 a.m., and I had to eat this Green Apple:
The apple helped, but it didn't really satisfy. However, I waited until noon to chow down on this massive veggie plate — Choosing Raw "Peanut" Noodles made with zucchini, carrots, pepper, and cucumber and Steamed Broccoli with Nooch:
I needed some protein by about 2 p.m., so I snacked on an ounce of White Chocolate Sprouted Nuts from Living Intentions Gone Nuts. My dad ordered these for me (along with other goodies from Vegan Essentials) for Christmas:
Before hitting the gym, I snacked on two brown rice cakes with garlic hummus, but I forgot to photograph them. Those kept me pretty satisfied until dinner, which was by far the most delicious meal of the day. I had this Buddha Bowl with brown rice, chickpeas, broccoli, carrot, olives, onion, hemp seeds, flaxseed, avocado, and cayenne:
And this big ole salad, which I'm calling the Kris Carr Salad:
The salad isn't from a recipe in the book, but it's mentioned in the daily readings Carr provides throughout the cleanse. She says this salad of romaine, olives, tomatoes, snap peas, hemp seeds, and agave-mustard dressing is a standard in her house, so I gave it a try. Delicious!
Well, day one was a success. Even though I was hungry for most of the morning, my lunch, snacks, and dinner kept me satisfied. Carr suggests adding a heartier mid-morning snack or smoothie if you can't survive on juice alone, so I'll probably be doing that for the rest of the cleanse.