When you blog food there are going to be times when you crash and burn from heavy meals. I have been a part of pairings and tasting menus that a professional sumo wrestler would easily have said “Watashi wa yameru” (I quit). There are even regular dinners I had that left me asking for a wheelbarrow for my stomach with the check. I am not svelte by any means, but even the big dogs can crash and burn after a heavy meal. It’s an occupational hazard of blogging food. You get to eat some of the most amazing meals from the best Chefs at the best restaurants in town, but the downside is you can not only pack on the pounds, but you can really do a number on the insides. During the week I try to eat healthy when I know I am going to throw the hammer down the next weekend. I do salads, smoothies, and much lighter meals at home. However that just doesn’t cut it sometimes. Sometimes you need to hit the reset button and I am lucky that in Cleveland we have that reset button. Her name is Anna Harouvis and she not only owns Good To Go Cafe at the IMG building downtown but also Anna In the Raw; a speciality line of raw foods, and juices.
Her juices are simply amazing. A 24 hour cleanse includes 6 bottles of fresh squeezed (it’s not really squeezed I know, it’s masticated but we don’t need to get all technical here) juice packs in 20 pounds of raw organic produce. If you try to imagine what 20 pounds of produce looks like it’s amazing to think of what goes into those 6 bottles. I do stress this is all organic too. No GMO’s, pesticide free, hormone free, additive free goodness. Anna has several programs. If you want to try it out and do a 24 hour, she has you covered. If you want to try a three day cleanse she has that covered. You want to go 7 days? You’re a lunatic, but I salute you and she has you covered on that as well. Some people can go the distance, I’m a sprinter. I choose the 3 day. The 24 hours is a nice kickstart, but the 3 day for me is perfect. It’s just enough time to completely detox.
When I say detox I don’t mean go on a weekend bender of cocaine and whiskey and think you can juice. You need to ease into it. There is a science to this and in order to reap the ultimate benefits you really need to get the body prepared for it. Try to cut out the sugars a week before, cut out the wheat and gluten, ditch the caffeine, lay off the processed foods and snacks, and stay off the booze. Then go ahead and juice until your heart’s content. Not only will your heart be content but so will your liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines and colon. Your body is going to love you when you juice. But wait…did I just say the “C” word? I have read hundreds of blogs on juicing but for some reason they shy away from the colon. The biggest fear in juicing is “am I going to be in the bathroom every 7 minutes”. I think it varies from person to person but I really had no bathroom related issues. If anything I have read there might be slight constipation if anything.
When you juice you feel better. Your skin will glow, you’ll have extra energy and you’ll feel incredible. There are some side effects with your first juice experience. You might get a headache, you might feel fatigue but trust me it gets better. My best advice is to drink a glass of water per juice. Don’t think you can just skip drinking water just because you are drinking all that juice. You still need to hydrate. When you do actually drink your juice chew it. It sounds silly, and feels silly too but chewing helps make saliva to break everything down. I am not a medical doctor, consultant or anything remotely close to that to give advice on if this is right for you. All I know is I have tried multiple juices and the one that does it for me is Anna In The Raw. Others travel in bottles, and sit on shelves for God only knows how long. Odwalla, Naked, Bolthouse Farms make drinks. Those are in no way what I am talking about when I say juicing. You might as well drink a gatorade.
When you juice you do it in 2 hour intervals. I never felt hungry at all during my juice fast when I followed the only rules. Juice every 2 hours, drink a glass of water with or after the juice, chew the juice. Anna’s juices taste amazing. They are crisp, refreshing and just taste downright healthy. There wasn’t a juice that I had to power through with the exception of the Apollo because I seriously hate beets. They are so good for you but I am just not into beets at all. I can eat anything in the world, throw a beet at me and I’ll make the face that a two year old makes at creamed spinach. I have tried other brands and they made me feel super bloated and gassy, not the case with Anna in the Raw. Do it the right way, and you’ll be Good To Go…
If you have any questions at all Anna is going to be there for you every step of the way. She stands behind her product. She will educate you on everything I am telling you and more. This is not a fad. This is not something to jump into lightly. As corny as it sounds juicing truly is a life changing experience and Anna in the Raw is right here in Cleveland for you make that leap. I can’t say enough about Anna and her product. It is an amazing way to give your body the kick in the ass it needs to start off with a clean slate.
On to the Juices:
Hercules (this is a twice a day, first thing in the morning and then around lunch):
Kale is the king of super foods and like Hercules, full of strength. Packed with anti-oxidants, fiber, beta carotene, calcium, and Vitamin C. This powerful juice will give you all the strength you need to work through the cleanse.
Ingredients: organic apple, organic celery, organic cucumber, organic spinach, organic kale, organic parsley, organic lemon.
Serving Size 1 Bottle, Servings Per Container 1, Amount Per Serving % Daily Value, Calories per serving 130, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g 0%, Saturated Fat 0g 0%, Trans Fat 0g 0%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 40mg 2%, Potassium 650mg 19%, Total Carbohydrate 31g 10%, Dietary Fiber 3g 12%, Sugars 28g, Protein 2g
Aphrodite (mid morning):
Packed with Vitamin C, folate, copper, manganese, B Vitamins and the enzyme Bromelain, which helps with inflammation. This juice enhances your beauty from head to toe! Everything from plaque on your teeth to healing bruises and that healthy glow — this juice will make you shine! Ingredients: organic pineapple, organic apple, organic mint.
Serving Size 1 Bottle, Servings Per Container 1, Amount Per Serving % Daily Value, Calories per serving 210, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g 0%, Saturated Fat 0g 0%, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, 0%, Sodium 55mg 2%, Potassium 410mg 12%, Total Carbohydrate 52g 17%, Dietary Fiber 0g 0%, Sugars 45g, Protein 1g
Apollo (mid afternoon):
Great source of iron, potassium and folate. Word on the street is that Olympic athletes have been drinking this elixir in hopes of a performance boost! Get that blood pumping and become your own daily Olympian!
Ingredients: organic apple, organic carrot, organic beet, organic lemon, organic ginger.
Serving Size 1 Bottle, Servings Per Container 1, Amount Per Serving % Daily Value, Calories 190, Calories from Fat 5, Total Fat 0g 0%, Saturated Fat 0g 0%, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 85mg 4%, Potassium 620mg 18%, Total Carbohydrate 44g 15%, Dietary Fiber 0g 0%, Sugars 37g, Protein 2g
Hades (around dinner):
Cayenne pepper’s active ingredient capsaicin can help stimulate the circulatory system and support a healthy metabolism. Bring up the heat, Hades, and burn that fat!
Ingredients: filtered water, organic lemon, organic agave nectar, cayenne extract (Mexican habanero, jalapeño, African, Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Japanese peppers in distilled water).
Serving Size 1 Bottle, Servings Per Container 1, Amount Per Serving % Daily Value, Calories 110, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g 0%, Saturated Fat 0g 0%, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 10mg 0%, Potassium 0mg 0%, Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%, Dietary Fiber 0g 0%, Sugars 21g, Protein 0g
Athena (after dinner but 2-3 hours before bed):
Raw cashews are potent antioxidants and good sources of copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and fiber. You’re smart enough to know that a healthy heart is the best thing you can have!
Ingredients: organic cashew, filtered water, organic agave nectar, organic cinnamon, organic vanilla extract, organic vanilla specks.
Serving Size 1 Bottle, Servings Per Container 1, Amount Per Serving % Daily Value, Calories 300, Calories from Fat 170, Total Fat 19g 29%, Saturated Fat 3g 15%, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 45mg 2%, Potassium 130mg 4%, Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%, Dietary Fiber 5g 20%, Sugars 21g, Protein 7g
Visit Anna here: http://annaintheraw.com/