For the past two months, I’ve been living in a make believe world where calories don’t count. Between two major holidays, a new year, my birthday, and Andrew and mine’s anniversary, the wining and dining has felt endless. As much as I would love to ride that food wagon forever, things needed to come to a halt. With that being said, I decided to make February my fresh start, literally.
A couple close friends of mine were on the same page. We asked around, did some research, and decided to embark on a three-day juice cleanse together immediately following the Super Bowl. Needless to say, our Monday back at work was a tad bit rough. Where were the little weenies and chips and salsa we so desperately craved?
As you can imagine, there were some ups and downs during the first part of this week. Did we have moments of invincibility, as well as irritability? Oh, you bet. In the end, was it worth it?
I made a list of some pros and cons, so I’ll let you be the judge!
- I have never felt so hydrated in my life! When you’re not drinking a ton of juice, you’re drinking a ton of water, which I noticed was something I lacked in doing prior to the cleanse. When it was all said and done, my skin felt so much less dry and it had such a beautiful glow to it. Not only that, but my hair looked great as well! Who doesn’t love that?
- My usual end-of-the-day bloat disappeared altogether. There are so many salts and sugars hidden within the foods we eat and, when you take those two factors out of the equation, you’re tummy looks flatter, end of story. By no means is this a long-term weight loss solution, but it is a great kick start to a healthy lifestyle and really gives you the motivation to keep you on track.
- It should come as no surprise, but eating healthy, or in this case drinking healthy, can be quite pricy. If you choose to go down the pre-bottled route, say from a Whole Foods, you’re looking at about $45 to $75 per day. If you already have a juicer at home, then you’re most likely going to spend $20 to $35 per day on fresh fruits and vegetables. I have a secret, though. In some larger cities, there are produce stores catered for lower to middle income families who happen to be on food stamps, like Superstition Ranch Market. You can get a head of broccoli for only fifty cents! How cool is that?
- Working out is almost impossible. Personally, I like to run anywhere from three to five days per week, as well as lift free weights. When all you’re taking down is plant-based liquid, not only do exercises like these turn borderline painful, but it’s not safe for you either. You tend to get a bit lightheaded and fatigued, which is the last thing you want to happen, especially if you’re on a treadmill or out on the open road. My advice? Take the stairs and go on an occasional walk.
- You cannot have any caffeine whatsoever. I’m talking coffee, tea, 5-Hour Energy Shots, sodas, or anything else for that matter. The intent of a juice cleanse, no matter the duration, is to rid your body of toxins. This was a really tough one for me because I’m usually sipping two to three cups of Joe every morning. Let’s just say I was a bit foggy, for lack of a better word.
So, for the most part, I would have to say that our three-day juice cleanse experience was a positive one. Yes, there were some trials and tribulations that came with the territory. Also, if I can be completely honest with you, I did sneak in an apple and a handful of soybeans from time to time, but if you’re looking to give yourself a slap in the face and make an immediate change for the better, then is a great option.
The next time around, I’ll probably only do a one-day cleanse. It’s just the right amount of time that my body (and patience) needs. I will tell you this, though. Always, always, always do it with friends by your side.
What about you? Have you ever done a cleanse or a detox of some sort? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts and any tricks to the trade you may have gained during the entire process. Here’s to juicing!