I have followed the trend and decided to participate in a juice cleanse to jump start my desert body goals. There are some local health stores in Seattle that sell a 3 day juice cleanse for around $200. I decided to get a discount from Groupon.com and bought a 3 day juice cleanse through Juice from the RAW. It was $89, which was discounted 54%. I also had to pay $29 shipping. Juice from the RAW have two stores in Brooklyn, NY and one in Oakhurst, NJ. They only use organic produce and cold press their juices to keep the nutrients and enzymes intact, then they ship their juices frozen.
I have done this juice cleanse once before, but only lasted two days because I had a dinner party to go to on the third day. My mother drank the last six juices and did her own one day cleanse. The idea is to drink six 16 ounce bottles of juice a day. There are two green juices that are not so yummy, but the other four taste good. I am not a green juice fan. It tastes like dirt to me. I have a strategy to drink it down though. I don’t breathe in when I gulp it, then I exhale a couple of times before I inhale to minimize tasting the yuck. Just doing the cleanse for two days I did notice a flatter abdomen, more energy, and a smaller appetite. I was sold!
Juice from the RAW recommends to prepare your body before a cleanse by not smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating processed foods. The rationale is that you will making your body work harder to remove these unhealthy toxins. It is also recommended to not work out during the cleanse since you are not consuming enough calories. Each juice has 14 grams of sugar so it is not ideal to do if you have diabetes. They give you guidelines on which juice to drink in what order and to space it out 2-3hrs.
- Detox Greens: Apples, celery cucumber, wheatgrass, dandelion, watercress, wild arugula, lemon, and ginger.
- Piney Apple Mint: Pineapple, apple, and mint.
- Sweet Greens: Apples, celery, cucumber, green kale, spinach, swisschard, romaine, lemon, and ginger.
- Spicy Lemonade: Filtered water, lemons, organic agave nectar, and cayenne pepper.
- Root Veggies: Apple, carrot, beet, lemon, and ginger.
- Coconut Fusion: Organic young Thai coconut water and organic young Thai coconut flesh.
Day 1: I started the day with the Detox Greens and drank it quickly using my strategy to not taste it when it went down. I drank the rest of the juices every 2 hrs. It was not difficult to just drink juice. I was even okay making food for the family. Smelling the food was not torture, it actually helped because I could pretend that I was eating with them. I did have to use the bathroom more frequently and I had to remember to drink plenty of water, since the juices do not replace water intake. Also my body was extremely cold.
Day 2: My abdomen was already flatter; probably from loosing water weight. I followed the juice guidelines. I had to stop watching my favorite Food Network shows on TV and I started to dream about what I will eat after the cleanse is over. I still felt pretty good overall. No headaches and no stomach pains. I did miss eating and my body was still colder than normal.
Day 3: I have lost 3 lbs total and my mid section is slimmer. I continue to drink my 6 juices in the day. I got through it knowing it was my last day but it was really tough, I want to eat real food! Avocado toast for breakfast is my plan for tomorrow, which is my favorite thing to eat any time of the day. My internal temperature is still pretty cold, from downing all the cold juice.
Overall, I feel pretty good doing this juice cleanse. I got a jump start to slimming down and moving forward I will eat CLEAN and work out. Here is some information about juice cleanses here. I think with everything I do, moderation is key. I will not do a juice cleanse more than 3 days because I know bodies need food to thrive. This cleanse helped me by curbing my appetite and overcoming my addiction to junk food. My body needed a reset! I probably will do more juice cleanses in the future.