For 10 days every July my city goes absolutely wild, cowboy style. It’s called the Calgary Stampede, which translates as a solid week of work parties, going out with friends and ingesting novelty foods (this year they had scorpion pizza alongside regular favourites like funnel cake, deep fried Oreos/mars bars/peanut butter cups and more. If you want food at Stampede it’s fried or nothing.)
I did a phenomenal amount of drinking last week and completely screwed up my body’s schedule – I was eating late at night and it was unfortunately junk to compensate for the drinking.. To give you an idea, I had one night where I spent hours telling my boyfriend and friends that I desperately needed to ingest some lettuce as soon as we got home (following eating a funnel cake), but somehow my lettuce craving turned into a hot wing craving instead and that was what I ended up with. All said and done, Stampede is basically a work-sanctioned bender that wrecks your body and leaves you wondering how you managed to survive.
Now, my body needs a serious detox! I desperately need to get back to my yoga class, but I think there needs to be some deeper healing than just sweating it out, so cue my latest and greatest idea to try – a juice cleanse.
I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a juicer for a while now but haven’t gotten the guts to take the plunge. My NutriBullet was a neat substitute in the mean time, but I decided to take the plunge and ordered myself a juicer last night.
I did lots of research (think reading customer reviews, calling my parents – who are now vegan/raw, and watching YouTube videos) to figure it out and eventually settled on the Breville Two-Speed Juice Fountain Plus (which I got for $145+tax from Amazon – they have all juicers on sale!! – it was like fate)
If you’ve seen the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” (you can watch it by clicking the link) this is the juicer from that, which is probably why it had so many reviews to back it. The guy in the documentary literally juices in the back of his car with the Juice Fountain! It’s definitely worth a watch, and while this guy was juicing for more than a quick detox it certainly highlights what juicing can do for you for health and weight loss.
I’m still trying to choose a cleanse – a task for tomorrow – but if any of you have done one and can recommend, please let me know!
More on my juice cleanse coming soon…