As much as I LOVE food, really really love, I truly believe in a healthy lifestyle: daily exercise, a healthy diet of nutritious food, and an adequate amount of sleep. (I personally don’t do well in the sleep department… oops). When I feel good … I look good = the CONFIDENCE FACTOR.
I am NOT into crash diets or something harmful for your body. However, I may have enjoyed life a little bit too much lately (tis the season for an ice cream date night) and thought a short cleanse might be in order. I’ve been tempted to try a juice cleanse for a long time now. I’m sure you’ve read about them in magazines, heard about some of the famous celebs partaking in them, and even see your grocery stores carrying some of the most popular juice cleanse brands. It’s hard not to want to try one!! After gushing to my fit friends about my desire to cleanse, they were 100% on board with juicing some concoctions for the most natural/unprocessed detox in town. #lucky
So what is a detox?
A Detox is a period of time where you commit to drinking (in some cases eating) fruits and vegetables in order to regain or sustain your vitality, lose weight, and kick-start healthy habits. During a Detox, you’ll consume only fruit and vegetable juices for a few days or more.
A detox is the perfect way to power up your system with fresh, clean, plant-based energy. When you consume more fruit and vegetables, your system is flooded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – plant compounds that help your body stay strong and fight disease. It can:
- Reset your system to crave healthy foods
- Jumpstart weight loss
- Boost your immune system
- Promote beautiful, clear skin
- Promote detoxification
- Ease digestion
This week I went ALL in! I am going to be honest with you, juicing is NOT for wussies. I am going to give you some tips for Before, During, and After a Juice Cleanse. (I am clearly not a doctor or nutritionist – just a friend that has your best interest)!
Juicing is no joke and you want to be fully prepared before going into one.
– Cut down to no caffeine. Yes, NONE. This is HARD but during your cleanse you will no longer be able to have that delicious ice coffee and your body will not take this well if you stop at the SAME time you start your cleanse. Believe me… no caffeine before you start is important and you’ll thank me. #youarewelcome
– Stock up on herbal tea, coconut water, and vegetable stock. These are great things to have during your cleanse and in between juices. Stay hydrated before and during. Drink tons of water, at least 64-72 ounces.
– If you are going to start a personalized cleanse, these are things to share with the person or company crafting them:
- Height, Age, Current Weight, Goal Weight
– If this is your first cleanse, don’t go all PRO. If you’re like me then “Go Big or Go Home” is the usual mentality you have with life. I promise this is not the time for it. Incorporate fruit into your first cleanse because you don’t want to shock your body with 0 sugar (plus they taste SO much better with some fruit incorporated).
– Try to cut back on social engagements during this time. You may have the best will power in the entire world but you still won’t want to see your best friend eating a cheese burger or a salad because BOTH will look so. incredibly. delicious.
– Download an App for guided meditation. It truly helps when you feel like caving and giving in.
– Doesn’t hurt to check in with your doctor, especially if you are on any type of medication!
– Be confident and focused during your cleanse. You will more than likely experience some detox side effects. I am going to get REAL with you. I was not the happiest camper. I actually avoided talking to people as much as possible during. Here are some VERY natural feelings and reactions:
- Mood swings
(I told you…. Not for wussies). Your body is cleaning house. Your metabolism is about to hit the RESTART button and this is the result.
– Moderate exercise (if you are feeling a little badass) or no exercise is recommended. A spin bike, gentle yoga, or any form of light cardio is okay.
I personally had detox brain bad. Working at a computer was quite the challenge and one of the reasons I could not write this blog until I was officially done and eating food again.
My advice, take deep breaths, realize this will pass, and understand that you are filling your body with so much goodness. #BOOM
First off, congratulate yourself!!!! This is a huge achievement. You challenged yourself to be a healthier version of you and you did it.
After a few days of the cleanse you are PUMPED UP to eat again. Remember that as hungry as you may be, it is important to ease back into food. Try to stick with fruits and vegetables and keep it light! No meat, refined sugar, or wheat for a few days. You don’t want to tax your organs and digestion by eating heavy right away.
I am now eating fruit, veggies, salad, green smoothies, and protein shakes.
If you are thinking about your own cleanse, do your research! It is important for you take make the best decision for YOU! Big thanks to my #fitfriends for my personalized cleanse. It was HARD but I’m feeling healthy and wonderful!