Our recent family vacation took us through a variety of climates and altitudes. We went from sea level to Bryce Canyon National Park (8400 feet elevation, HOT & dry) to Colorado (9000+ feet elevation, moderate temps, & dry) to Zion National Park (4000-6000 feet elevation, HOOOOTTT, & DRY).
We were SUPER active during our trip with hikes, bike rides, trail runs, and more. Although we were diligent about hydrating and eating healthfully (most of the time), I could tell that my GI system needed a little rest and hydration following the change in routine and climate.
I planned out a 3-day smoothie cleanse and am on the last day of it today. My GI system has responded well to the hydration.
I made three big smoothies each day, and drank A LOT of water.
I wanted to keep things simple and not be too restrictive, so the following foods got the green light during this cleanse:
-black coffee - I was not willing to eliminate caffeine right now. :)
-protein nut milk (cashew/almond) and oat milk - I used these as the base for my smoothies.
-whole and frozen fruit - I used bananas, mango, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, açaí, and blackberries.
-kale and spinach - I mixed these into my afternoon and evening smoothies.
-plant-based protein powder - I used Vega and Garden of Life proteins & greens powders.
-WATER, WATER, & more WATER
I continued my exercise routine during the 3-day cleanse and listened to my body regarding intensity and duration.
I plan to slowly introduce solid food into the rotation over the coming days, but I am going to try to focus on whole foods and limit processed foods as much as possible for at least 2-3 more days.
If you have any questions about my 3-day smoothie cleanse, feel free to message me or comment below.
*Disclaimer: If you are thinking about a cleanse of any kind, I recommend seeking out the advice of a professional with credentials in nutrition. If you have any existing medical conditions, I recommend including your healthcare provider(s) in the conversation.
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