I never thought I could survive on liquid until now.
I will be the first to admit that I LOVE food. Not only do I love food, but I love to eat. I was blessed with an endless appetite and speedy metabolism that encourages me to grub regularly.
My love for food has inspired me to learn how to fuel my body with the best food I can. Cold-pressed juice is one of my healthy favorites for the energy and nutrients it deliverers to my body. My body flourished off juice, so much so that I have been in a serious relationship with my juicer since I was gifted it last Christmas.
With this being said, I never would have believed you if you told me that I would one day try a juice cleanse. But here I am about to embark on my second juice cleanse journey. Like many, I had many concerns about strictly consuming juice and no solid foods for such a lengthy period of time. But I am here to tell you that if I can do it, so can you and your body will love it.
Disclaimer: Juice cleanses are often marketed as a weight-loss hoax. If that’s your motivation for embarking a cleanse, reconsider your reasons and know that losing a lot of weight in a short period of time is unsafe.
Juice cleanses are somewhat like a ‘restart’ button. By strictly consuming juice, your body absorbs a ton of nutrients while giving your digestive system a break. Longer cleanses might give your system more of a break, but I find a one day cleanse is perfect for me. Before and after the cleanse, you are encouraged to eat whole foods, no meat or dairy, and no processed foods to ensure you get the benefits from the cleanse.
As I embark on my second cleanse, I will share what juices I drank, how I felt, and all the things I wondered before my cleanse. Let’s juice it up!
You’ll have to pee…a lot.
This may be TMI, but I only write the truth. Being on a strictly liquid diet means having frequent potty runs but not for what you may think. Having to be pee is the norm of a juice cleanse without your normal bowel movements.
You will crave anything that is chew-able.
The most annoying part for me about the juice cleanse was only drinking. Strictly drinking cold juices and water gets boring so I mixed it up with hot herbal tea and hot lemon water when cold beverages seemed unbearable. One of my juices had chia seeds in it which made it something fun to chew on and a different texture than just straight up juice. If your body is absolutely craving food, it is okay to snack on some carrots or cucumber sticks to ease your craving. But try your very best to not chew anything for the duration of your cleanse.
Take a break from the gym.
Since your calorie intakes dramatically decreases while you’re on a juice cleanse, extra physical activity should be avoided during your cleanse. If you absolutely have to, going on a leisurely walk or yoga is an easy way to stay active without straining your body.
Incorporate nut milk into your juice cleanse.
If the company you are purchasing your cleanse through offers a nut milk, DO IT. In my cleanses, I love to incorporate two milks for a few reasons. First, they are my absolute favorite. They tend to be sweeter, nuttier, and more comforting to sip on than just plain ole green juice. Also, if you are used to being on a high calorie or high protein diet, these milks will help keep you fuller while you’re on your cleanse and lessen the shock to your body from dropping your caloric intake.
Don’t worry about being hungry.
For a girl who loves her food, a juice cleanse was intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. As long as I spaced out my juices evenly and hydrated in between each juice, I actually wasn’t starving. Did I have a few tummy rumbles? Here and there. But overall, I wasn’t as starving as I thought I would be.
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