Juice cleansing and it’s benefits have been everywhere from social media to documentaries. I’ve known a few people who have done them and the idea has always intrigued me. It’s been a long time coming but I decided it was time to try my own spin on juicing. I bought Nathan a Hamilton Beach Juicer for Christmas two years ago, so that part was already done for me. If you don’t own one, check with friends or co-workers. I’m sure someone you know has one you can borrow.
If you Google juice cleanse most articles are all the same in regards to the regimen you should follow. Most state to drink 5-6 juices throughout the day, including a ton of water, and to have no food intake. I set out to do this just as I had read. No problem right?! Wrong! Confession, halfway through day one I was already having regrets. However, I had already told numerous people and snap-chatted my juice making, therefore I had to follow through. It wasn't that I didn't want to do it, I was having regrets because not eating for three days just didn't feel doable to me. I’m not that hardcore. I wish I was! I quickly knew I needed to change my mind set. If you've read our fitness posts you know Cat is a preacher of all things Jillian Michaels. The biggest thing she’s preached to me over the years is Jillian’s motto of 80/20. If you set yourself up to do something fittness/diet related, or just about any area of life, 100% of the time you will probably fail. No one can be perfect all the time, nor should we be. We all need a little spice in life and have to live a little. Living healthy 80% of the time is a lot more doable. This is the mindset I decided I needed to take after starting my juice cleanse. I’ll be using this same regimen before a big vacation, a special event or even the holidays. It’s a great way to jump start feeling great and regulating your system.
My spin on the juice cleanse went as follows:
No coffee or caffeine. This might have been the toughest step for me. I allowed myself to drink one cup of green tea in the morning (no sugar).
Drink 3-4 juices throughout the work day between 8-4:30pm. Recipes below.
Drink at least 64-96 ounces of water throughout the day.
If I needed a snack during the day I only allowed myself to eat a few almonds or an apple. (Like I said, I’m not that hardcore.)
Dinner is where I allowed myself to eat. No meat, dairy or breads though. I made myself a very large, veggie filled salad. Each salad started with a base of romaine and kale and then I topped it with roasted veggies, tomatoes, broccoli, avocado, or any other veggies I had on hand. I make my own dressing (no store bought fat filled ones...put the ranch away!). Recipe below.
A few of the nights I made this drink for an evening snack. It was listed on almost all of the juice cleanse articles I read. I thoroughly enjoyed it after a hard day of juicing.
Minimal to no working out. I was preparing for a 10K during the time of my juice cleanse, so I let myself walk two of the nights, but only up to 2 miles and at a slower pace. Your caloric intake is much lower than a normal day of eating, so take it easy.
It goes without saying, but no alcohol. This alone will help you start feeling great, but obviously easier said than done!
Repeat however many days you decide to do. I ended up doing 6 full days.
I felt great! My expectations were low going into this, but just like most report, I felt incredibly refreshed after 6 days. The only reason I ended my cleanse was because I was out of the vegetables and fruits I needed to make more juice, otherwise I would have kept going. Had I known I was going to love it, I would have budgeted more grocery money that week.
What girl doesn’t want to lose a couple pounds? Your main goal for doing this shouldn’t be to lose a ton of weight, but it was a benefit. I lost 6 pounds.
Increased energy. Drinking water and feeding your body with fruits and vegetables gave me more energy than any cup of coffee could. Sugars and processed foods only leave you with a sugar crash later.
My body regulated itself which is something I constantly struggle with. I’ll spare you the details, but it should be noted your body feels extremely clean and regulated during and after the cleanse.
I juiced the following fruits and vegetables and poured equal parts into each of my 6-8 mason jars:
1 Grapefruit 3 Oranges 1-2 Mangoes 6 Carrots
4-5 Apples 1 Whole Pineapple 1 Cucumber 3 Beets w/ roots
1 Container of Strawberries 2 Handfuls of Kale 2 Handfuls of Spinach
Many of the recipes I found are either green based, vegetable based or fruit based. Kale and Beets aren't my favorite flavors when they are juiced, so I found it was easier to mix all of my fruit and vegetables together, rather than creating different juicing recipes. I actually enjoyed the taste of them this way.
In a mason jar add the following and shake:
- 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- Kosher Salt and Pepper and any other seasonings you like (red pepper flakes, Italian, etc)