Part 1 of My Juice Cleanse Series
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that last week I attempted and successfully completed my very first juice cleanse! For three days, I eliminated all solid food from my diet and only consumed fresh, cold-pressed juices and water. Now, I’m a girl that LOVES her food, and especially carbs. I don’t like diets and I’ve failed at almost every single one I’ve tried. So how did I get through three days of a juice cleanse with no hunger pains and absolutely no cheating ? Well, I’m here to share my secrets, so you can do it too!
Today, I’m talking preparation for the cleanse. And tomorrow I’ll be back with my 10 tips for a successful cleanse.
Why A Juice Cleanse?
First off, my juice cleanse was NOT a diet. It was not about losing weight or denying by body of food to reach some trivial weight. This cleanse was purely about feeling better and kick-starting a long-term focus on better eating and nutrition habits.
Prior the cleanse, I really hadn’t been eating that great, and by body was beginning to feel like crap because of it. I was eating out multiple times a week, attending multiple hour “happy hours” regularly, and craving and indulging in sweets way more than I should have been. I’m typically a pretty healthy eater, and my body is just not used to functioning like this. Feeling bloated was becoming normal, I had less energy than I was used to, and my body just really didn’t feel like itself.
Something had to change.
My decision to juice cleanse was as much mental as it was physical. I wanted to a defined period to break some bad habits, start good new ones, renew my mind, and infuse my body with nutrients that would put it back on track to healthy and happy.
Why 3 Days?
When researching juice cleanses, I noticed that the majority of cleanses offered by retailers were 3 days or 5 days long. I found that 3 days was the number of days recommended for beginner cleansers. It was long enough to detox my body adequately, and to start forming some better habits.
And, let’s be honest, I also chose 3 days because as a beginner cleanser and a food lover, that was as long as I thought my body could realistically go before passing out from starvation.
Starting Right: The Pre-Cleanse
As I conducted my research, I also read that one way to ensure you get the most out of your cleanse was to begin eliminating certain foods from your diet 2-3 days prior to starting the actual juice cleanse. This includes removing processed foods and meat from your diet and focusing primarily on fresh fruits and veggies. Some say go 100% raw vegan prior to cleansing. So that’s primarily what my diet looked like — raw fruits and veggies, nuts and water. I also eliminated alcohol.
I really think preparing my body like this was essential to having a successful cleanse. Over those two days, my appetite started to shift and cravings for unhealthy food started waning, allowing me to move into the cleanse ready for the healthy nutrients I was in store for.
Which Juice Company?
Now there are a few options for juices when you cleanse. You can make them yourself or purchase cleanse juice packs from juicing companies. I decided to purchase my juices for convenience.
After researching several juice companies, I settled on Juice Press for my cleanse. There were a couple reasons I went with them:
- The wide variety of their juices – Juice Press has dozens of juices to choose from ranging from pure green juices, to tasty fruit and veggie combinations and even some juice options that go down more like a smoothie and include protein. And while they have a couple pre-set cleanse combinations they offer, they encourage their customers to get customize one that works for their personal goals along with the help of their staff.
- The quality of their juices – Juice Press juices are all freshly cold-pressed (the juice extraction method which is said to keep more nutrients in your juice) and their juices ingredients seemed quite substantive. I read reviews from some other companies where people said the juices tasted and sometimes even looked watery. But Juice Press consistently had great reviews and were praised specifically for their great cleanse options.
- Their location – Juice Press has numerous locations across NYC, including one ultra-convenient location one block from job, which was perfect for me.
The price for their cleanses ranges from about $60-$70 per day for 6 juices, depending on which juices you purchase. Each bottle was priced individually. Juice Press was within the range of a lot of other companies, but was not the cheapest — I spent about $185 for all three days. I was not looking for the cheapest though, as the reasons I listed above were more important to me than just price. I definitely feel I got what I paid for with Juice Press.
So, I had properly pre-cleansed and I had I selected a juice plan and company that met my personal needs. But, as a beginner juice cleanser, I was still pretty skeptical about how I would last the entire 3 days without food.
Stay tuned for part two of my Beginner’s Juice Cleanse Guide tomorrow where I share my 10 tips for success during your juice cleanse.