In my 29th year on planet Earth, I popped my juice cleanse cherry … and I liked it!
If you have a physical Yoga (asana) practice, then you’ve probably experienced the desire to eat healthier. As you’d expect, juice cleanses are a popular topic in Yoga communities – some studios even hold workshops on the subject.
Doctors the world over have debated for decades whether or not our bodies truly need to do a cleanse. Some say that our bodies possess advanced systems that were designed to cleanse themselves.
On the other hand, some say that because of the countless unnatural/man-made chemicals we consume nowadays (via water, soda, alcohol, modern agriculture, processed food … etc.), we can benefit from doing the occasional cleanse.
Off-hand, I mentioned to Marine Corps husband that 1 of my goals for 2014 was to do a juice cleanse. Imagine my surprise when he said,” Oh, I really need that too – can we do it together? I’ve been thinking about it for years.”
If you’re like me or my husband, you’ve heard a lot of conflicting info about of juice cleanses + have been curious about them for a long time … but where do you start? Is it hard? Won’t you be hungry/tired/cranky? Who do you buy juice from?
Good news! I did all the work for you 🙂
Why Suja? Lots of reasons:
- They’re Certified Organic
- They’re Non-GMO Project Verified
- They’re Dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free
- They’re local
- I could buy the juices at my local Whole Foods (avoiding shipping charges)
- Whole Foods occasionally has the juices on-sale (+ they did when I bought mine!)
- The 1-day cleanse includes 6 different juices, which prevents flavor boredom + getting too hungry
So … how did it go? How did the juice taste? Did I or my husband ever get hungry/tired/cranky? Any other side effects?
Most importantly: should YOU do a juice cleanse?
3 Reasons You SHOULD Do a 1-Day Juice Cleanse:
1) To Give Your Digestive System a Break
My digestive system is not my best friend – it’s more the strong, silent, non-moving type (if you get what I’m saying). I could eat all the fiber in the world and we’d probably never be BFFs.
WARNING! BLUNT CONTENT AHEAD!
During my 1-day juice cleanse, I pooped 3 times. Oh yeah! I’m lucky if I go once a day, but sometimes it’s every 2-3 days. The more processed food I eat and less exercise I get, the less I poop. Drinking 1200 calories of juice in 1 day definitely shook some stuff loose and I’ll be forever grateful for that.
My husband didn’t have quite the same experience, but he did see an improvement that lasted for nearly a week.
If you feel like you are “clogged up”, try doing a 1-day juice cleanse instead of reaching for laxatives.
2) To Temporarily “Reset” Your Tastebuds
For me, I’m a sugar maven … especially if it has anything to do with chocolate. When I realized that I’ve had chocolate every day for nearly a month, I knew it was time to give myself a break – even if it was just a day.
Notably, I was a bit taken aback when I started the juice cleanse because of the intensity of the juice flavors. I’m used to green smoothies, which include a heavy dose of natural fiber and fruit that tame the vegetable taste. While Suja’s juices do have a bit of fruit in them, they still have a strong vegetable flavor. Half way through the day, I began deeply enjoying the vegetable flavors and even craved it!
If you feel like you’ve been overindulging in sugar, salt, white-flour-carbs … etc., the structure of a 1-day juice cleanse can temporarily “reset” your tastebuds to crave fruits and vegetables instead of processed junk. The morning after my 1-day juice cleanse, all I really wanted was some whole grain toast and a green smoothie!
3) To Transition to Healthier Eating Habits
At the end of 2012, I found out that I had “elevated cholesterol.” Yeah, at my age – I was pretty shocked too. Since then, I’ve been progressively working to improve my eating habits. Over time, I’ve made significant changes that has given me more energy, sparky more creativity, helped me sleep better, and even lose weight.
That being said, sometimes life gets away from you and food is the last thing you are focused on, which is exactly what happened to my husband + I. It was time to reconnect with why we loved preparing fresh food: it affects every other part of your life/well-being + is a fun way to spend quality time together.
After the 1-day juice cleanse, we cooked a simple dinner together that we truly enjoyed and appreciated on a totally different level (you know, after not eating anything solid for 24 hours!). We weren’t craving anything processed or high in salt or sugar.
If you feel ready to change your entire life for the better by transitioning to a healthier way of eating, doing a 1-day juice cleanse can we an extremely helpful nudge in the right direction (along with cleaning out the nasty stuff in your kitchen + replacing it with easy-to-eat/cook fresh ingredients).
FINALLY! Why you SHOULD do a 1-day juice cleanse + why you SHOULD NOT (CLICK TO TWEET!)
3 Reasons You SHOULD NOT Do a 1-Day Juice Cleanse:
1) To Lose Weight Overnight
There are no magic pills (or juices) that will help you lose weight overnight. In terms of a 1-day juice cleanse, it may feel like you lost weight by the following day. In actuality, you probably simply lost water weight, as well as excavated some waste/poop weight.
2) To Magically Change Your Eating Habits Forever
Much like losing weight (see above), changing your eating habits won’t happen in just 24 hours. While a 1-day juice cleanse can be a great kickstart in a healthier direction, you still have to put in the effort to eat well at every meal, every day. Keep it simple + don’t be afraid to experiment with spices, new vegetables, and more!
3) To Cure a Medical Condition and/or You Follow a Diet From Your Doctor
I am not a doctor. I am not a nutritionist.
If you have a medical condition that you are taking prescriptions for or follow a specific diet from your doctor, don’t all the sudden decide to do a 1-day juice cleanse without consulting a medical professional first. Only you and your doctor fully understand everything your body is managing. Together, you two can make the decision if a 1-day juice cleanse would be a safe + healthy option for you.
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