Dear loyal cleansers,
Thank you for joining us in the fourth annual mind/body/spirit reflection during the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Our New Year seems to be creeping up on us faster than ever!
We’re switching things up for year 5776. We’re ready for an additional challenge. This year, along with the regular food rules, we’re asking you to spend no more than the national average food stamp benefit – $4.10 daily – on food for the ten days of the cleanse. We expect that nourishing our bodies with a whole foods, vegan diet (reminder of rules below) will be nearly impossible on this budget. So, we’re be asking people to match the amount spent over the allotted budget in a charitable donation to the American Jewish World Service. We’ve built a donation page for our cause here.
Access to healthy food in America is a challenge that can be easy to ignore. It’s important to feed ourselves with nourishing foods, and we feel it’s important to remember how difficult it can be for others to do the same .We hope that this cleanse will not only spark reflection on our own, personal health, but also on how we can contribute to the health of others. I think that this challenge will inspire gratitude for the current abundance of resources in our lives.
We know that this year will be more challenges than previous ones, and we want to provide support and a forum for dialogue. We will continue to post recipes and send resources that we find related to food justice — we encourage you to do the same. Shoot us an email with a reflection, recipe or question, and we’ll it em up on the blog (and give you credit unless you specify otherwise). When you send recipes, please include a cost breakdown or rough estimate of cost. We’ll be posting examples soon!
Vegan foods – no products derived from animals (no meat, eggs, dairy, honey, etc.)
Gluten-free foods – nothing made with wheat
Unprocessed foods – nothing packaged with more than three ingredients
Unsweetened foods – no added sugar, honey, agave, etc.
An exception to the above rules above is the inclusion of organic eggs and yogurt that is organic, plain, stabilizer- and additive-free. This is a personal choice.