Juice Cleanses Now!
People all over the country are taking advantage of the COVID-19 epidemic to spend more time doing the things they want to do - walking the dog, cleaning the closet, reading a book, etc.
Myself, I’m taking this opportunity to reset my body with a juice cleanse.
I have done two cleanses in the past, the first one in 2014 and the second one in 2016. Both were five-day cleanses sold by BluePrint Organic.
I made it through the first cleanse with flying colors (no cheating), but I failed the second cleanse on Day 3.
Here’s why I failed:
Before I tried the first cleanse, I spent two weeks transitioning to a clean diet with limited caffeine and alcohol. I did the cleanse during a period when I was working from home and could limit physical activity. I refrained from going out to bars and restaurants during the cleanse.
When I had the itch try to another cleanse, I didn’t prepared myself and did not take time off work. I was a waitress at the time, and the calories in the juices weren’t enough to keep me going at work. To make matters worse, I went to a bar with friends and saw them eating cheeseburgers while I was trying to sip cashew juice. Needless to say, I caved in and ordered fries.
This time around, I’m trying a three-day cleanse while everyone is avoiding each other due to the coronavirus. I currently work from home and do not plan on going out with friends or working out during the cleanse. My diet hasn’t been the best lately, so I expect to experience headaches and other mild side effects during the cleanse.
I chose Suja Organics this time around because I like how their juices taste and the program is only $99 (compared to BluePrint’s $310).
The cleanse features one apple cider vinegar beverage and six cold-pressed juices. Unlike the BluePrint cleanse, Suja includes an optional “overnight oats” breakfast to help keep you full. This is appealing to me because I plan to take long walks each day and don’t want to feel weak or lightheaded.
If you have never done a juice cleanse before, I recommend starting with a three day program.
If you need a snack during the cleanse, choose one of the following:
- Unsalted almonds
- Half an avocado
- Raw fruits and veggies
- A baked sweet potato
- Broth-based soups.
It can be hard to drink water when you’re drinking so much juice, but it is very important to stay hydrated during the cleanse. If you find yourself experiencing caffeine headaches, choose unsweetened tea.
In my opinion, the real benefit of a cleanse isn’t necessary what you’re consuming during the cleanse, but what you aren’t consuming.
For the next three days, my body will have a break from coffee, alcohol, dairy, red meat, sugar, GMOs, preservatives, white flour, and bread products. This will make it easier for me to practice clean eating after I finish the cleanse (clean eating refers to a diet that focuses on whole, unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural state as possible).
Other benefits to expect from a juice cleanse:
- Toxin removal
- Less stress
- Better sleep
- More energy
- Clearer skin
- Improved gut health, especially for people with IBS
- Weight loss
- Reduced inflammation
If you decide to go with the Suja cleanse, I recommend buying it directly from SujaJuice.com (not from Amazon). As the reviews suggest, Amazon’s shipping of this product has resulted in incomplete delivery.
Let me know in the comments section below if you decide to try a juice cleanse, if you have tried a juice cleanse, or if you have any questions!