The juicing trend shows no sign of slowing down, and like many women, I have been sucked into trying several juice cleanses. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about health-related topics, so today I will share my experiences of the cleanses, how I’ve found a happy middle ground to incorporate cold-pressed juice into my daily life, and my obsession with juice.
Why I Decided to Juice Cleanse
I’ve done two juice cleanses – one was for 5 days, and the other was for 3 days. I am not going to lie, but I’m not very good at cleansing. Ok yes, a lot of it is simply a mental challenge. But juicing for several days gets boring very quickly! Seriously, how much kale juice can one drink?
I decided to try it out for several reasons:
- It removes the stress and toxins from your body.
- It helps with weight loss.
- You feel energized.
- Your skin will glow.
My First Cleanse
The first time I decided to do a cleanse was two years ago before one of my best friend’s weddings. I bought a 5 day cleanse for $350 through the Juice Shop. Each hour of each day was a different experience. There would be moments when I felt super energized and refreshed. But, as high as those highs were, I felt equally as low at some points.
The biggest change that I saw most quickly was with my skin. It had never felt so smooth! However, towards the end of the cleanse my skin started breaking out a bit. I did some research and found that this could have been due to my skin pushing the toxins out.
Overall, I didn’t see much weight loss, and I spent the entire time craving food. To make myself a little less crazy, I treated myself to a few raw unsalted almonds per day. However, I really missed the sensation of eating food, and enjoying the flavors. I realized what a sensational experience eating food is – and how hard it is to give it up!
My Second Cleanse
The second time around, I felt like I was ready for all of the ups and downs. I knew what to expect, and so it was less scary. This time I did a 3 day cleanse through the Plant Cafe, which has slightly more reasonable prices. Even though it was a shorter cleanse, I still experienced the same hunger. Part of me wonders whether my daily schedule had something to do with it… Meeting people for lunch and dinners had to be eliminated from my schedule. Three days doesn’t sound like long, but when you’ve got an active social circle, it’s best to just cancel everything during your cleanse.
Trust me – you don’t want to be sitting in a restaurant and not be able to eat.
My Happy Medium
Finally, a realization took hold: why not include juice as a part of my daily routine, rather than a challenging and expensive cleanse? Over the past few weeks, I’ve decided to either do a day of juicing, or simply skip a meal and substitute juice for it.
My results are pretty incredible – my skin glows and feels soft,and in general, I feel healthier and skinnier. Plus, I don’t have to sacrifice