I started doing 3 day juice cleanses in July 2013, and I just completed my 5th 3 day juice cleanse this past weekend. Let me tell you, I’m hooked! I bet you want to know why or maybe you are sitting there thinking you already know why–and no dramatic weight loss is not the reason I do it.
So let me tell you why I’m hooked. I’m hooked because when I juice I feel less pain and I feel alive and healthy. I’m giving my body a rest from breaking down and digesting food. I’m taking it back to the wholesome goodness of fruits and vegetables in their purest and RAWest form.
Over the last 8 months, I’ve been learning more about juices and what all these simple juice blends can do for me. Now, I am not knowledgable enough to do my own juicing because there is a different in juicing at home and using a cold pressed juicer. **Chart credit goes to my local juicery**
One of the best parts of the cold press juicer is NO pulp! It doesn’t hurt that there is no added sugar, water, or any other additives. It is purely fruits and vegetables at their finest.
((I do want to state that I am not an expert on cold press juices, and I am NOT a personal trainer, nutritionist, or licensed in anything fitness or health related…this blog is a place for me to share MY JOURNEY and what I learn along the way. If it happens to help someone, that’s even better.))
In the 3 day cleanse, you drink 6 juices a day for 3 days. You are supposed to drink them every 2 or 3 hours with an 8 oz. glass of water between each juice. If you get hungry and have to have some food RAW fruits, veggies, or nuts are acceptable to consume. After the cleanse it is recommended to ease RAW whole foods back into your diet. When I decided to juice, I decided I was going to help save my body from that hungry feeling that is inevitable when you are “drinking your food.” So I decided I was going to eat fruits and vegetables the 3 days before my juice cleanse and I would also do it for the 3 days after to ease back into whole food. I thought this would help shrink my stomach and allow for an easy transition, and this has worked perfectly for me. It might not be for everyone, find what is best for your body. Now I won’t say that I have never been hungry, but about the time that my stomach growls it is time for me to have another juice. So it works out nicely.
I’m sure you will want to do your own juice research and explore all the options you have if you are considering juicing. I do want to make sure that you find a legit juicery with nutritional value and integrity. A cleanse should not be all fruit blends. Green leafy vegetables are needed in juice cleanses as a source of protein and balance for the cleanse to truly help. Simple ingredients are key, remember that.
I would also like to share with you some of the blends that I had in this last cleanse kit. All of them I enjoy and feel great after drinking them. Like I said earlier, I’m not a nutritionist and I don’t know what all the different types of blends can help with medically such as lower inflammation, detox, etc. I do know that ginger helps with lowering inflammation and so do most blends with leafy greens. If you are like me, the more you learn the more fascinated you will become and you will want to share your journey too!
1) apple, carrot, ginger
2) spinach, celery, green apply, lime
3) kale, pear, spinach, cucumber
4) pear, ginger
5) cucumber, spinach, green apple, parsley
6) green apple, cucumber, lemon
Bonus juices I had from another local juice place (not part of my kit just added goodness):
1) pineapple, orange, green apple, lemon, lime
2) carrot, sweet potato, orange, green apple
Just to name a few of the ones I enjoy….when you find your favorite blends and feel free to share them with me!
Before I sign off for the night, I do want to point out one of the more popular reasons people might initially consider juicing…weight loss. I cannot say that juicing the last 8 months has not helped me with weight loss, because I did lose weight. I have lost a total of 15 pounds in the last 8 months I have been doing the juice cleanse. I did not start juicing for weight loss, it was just a pleasant perk of the experience. The first time I did the whole 9 days of my individualized program/cleanse I lost 7 pounds. I kept it off. Then over the next few months I lost the additional 8. I did fluctuate a little but never a pound or two out of initial weight after a cleanse. I eat clean, which helps my body not have a dramatic response while juicing. If I don’t loose weight, it is not a big deal for me because I eat clean regardless and I really do it for the healthy feeling and less pain. I can’t emphasize that last part enough!
So please consider all options and do you research before you go on your own journey, but I hope you enjoyed mine. I hope you learned something new and that I inspired you in some way.
Happy and healthy living everyone!