I’ve been a big juicing fan for the last few years. And because so many of you have asked me to elaborate on it, I’ve decided to share what my juice cleanses look like from start to finish! Before we get this party started, here’s the deal… I am not a nutritionist and I don’t claim to know everything. I just know how my body reacts to juicing and it’s nice to shed 5-7 pounds when I’m feeling bloated and pudgy after some serious holiday indulgence. I also know it’s not for everyone – so if you’re totally anti juicing, might I suggest you check out these healthy quinoa salads I’ve been whipping up!
So now that we’ve got that out of the way… let’s get into the actual juicing!
I usually juice for about 5-6 days. 3 years ago when I first started, it was a 3 day cleanse. Which really means 9 days… because there is a 3 day pre cleanse and 3 day post cleanse schedule that I follow. That means, in the 3 days leading up to the cleanse, I cut out basically everything except fruits and vegetables. I eat loaded salads with different veggies, drink boat loads of herbal tea, and hydrate with large amounts of water to prepare myself.
After the 3 days of pre-cleansing, it’s time to get serious.
Let’s talk equipment. I have the Breville Slow Juicer. It’s amazing. I’m obsessed and I like the “slow” juicers because you actually extract more fiber and nutrients from the fruits and veggies which gives you more pulp and gives you a bit of a thicker juice and all that jazz.
So during my 3, 4, 5, or 6 days of “juicing” I drink about 6 glasses of juice a day and 6 glasses of water. I make 3 kinds of juice throughout the day and for lack of better names, I call them by color:
I usually have 3 large glasses of green juice, 2 orange juices and 1 red juice. And then there is the strawberry almond milk I have at the end of they day.
So here’s what a day would look like for me:
7:00 am wake up – drink some white ginger tea
8:00 am – Green Juice #1 + Water
10:00 Orange Juice #1+ Water
12:00 Green Juice #2+ Water
2:00 Red Juice #1+ Water
4:00 Green Juice #3+ Water
6:00 Orange Juice #2+ Water
8:00 Almond Milk and some more white ginger tea
And that’s about it. Then it’s off to bed where my dreams are usually filled with food. Just kidding, kinda, not really. It’s hard when I live in the food world not to dream about food!!
Post juice cleanse I slowly work my body back onto normal food. I eat lots of raw veggies to start and then slowly work in fruits, quinoa etc. I usually try to stay off of meat for a few more days because I never really crave it anyways and I feel too good to want to indulge.
If you’re new to juicing, I’d say start with a 3 day cleanse. They aren’t easy – and you want to make sure you aren’t going crazy all the time! So I vote for starting on the shorter side and seeing how your body reacts. And for sure, don’t skip the pre and post cleanse – I’ve done it before and it’s not pretty. Your body basically kicks you in the butt. Trust me.
Day 1 is always the hardest for me because I am “head” hungry. Which basically means I think I’m hungry… but really I’m not. I’m just bored and want to eat. Truth is, I’m packing my body with so many micronutrients, it has plenty to run on. I just start day dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches and then I go crazy. So if you’re juicing, you should probably stay off the food section of Pinterest.
By day 2 I feel like a million bucks. I sleep better at night, wake up in the morning ready to go. I have tons of energy when I wake up and while this might sound weird, I actually see things more clearly. Not figuratively… I mean literally. Things are sharp and crisp and you’re just ready to take on the day!
So… you might be wondering why I juice? Well, I love it. I do it about every 2-3 months as a way to re-set my body and let it rest. And have you guys ever seen that movie, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead? It’s kinda life changing. I’d highly recommend it if you’re into this kinda thing. It’s super inspiring.
Alright. Ready for some recipes… I am going to give you recipes for all 4 of the liquids I drink during the cleanse. And each recipe is enough for 1 glass. So if you’re like me and want 3 green juices a day… multiply the ingredients by 3 so you can make a big batch up front and then space it out through the day.
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