Happy Spring Cleaning!
Of course by that I don’t mean vacuuming your mattress (a good idea, though). I am talking about getting your body feeling great and looking great and charged for swimsuit season. I read on one of my favorite blogs, my new roots, that the best time to do a juice cleanse is during the change of seasons. She says,”This is a good time of year to go on a juice diet because the weather is warming up so our bodies can take more raw foods, fruits and veggies are coming into season, and as the seasons make their transition outside, it feels so right to make one inside.” It’s not scientific, but it sounds nice and I’m going with it.
Why Cleanse? Well, many claim that during a juice cleanse, you ease the digestive process by replacing regular meals with delicious, cold-pressed vegetable and fruit juices, raw coconut water elixirs and silky smooth nut milk blends. Consuming only liquids for a few days frees energy in the body, which can then return to the essential jobs of deep inner cleansing and healing.
When you feel better on the inside, you look better on the outside. Glowing skin, bright eyes, the disappearance of hard-to-lose pounds, as well as a newfound sense of optimism and enjoyment of life, are all common results of juice cleansing.
Disclaimer: this is only my second juice cleanse. I posted here about my first one back in 2011. I don’t know why it took me so long to do it again. I really enjoyed it (esp as soon as it was over) and I know it helped me cut back on sugar and meats. For me it felt a bit like recalibrating my appetite. I posted a picture on Instagram today of my juices and realized from the comments, a blog post might be helpful.
Today is my 1st day of my 3 day cleanse. To be honest, I’m feeling it. I’m a bit tired and distracted. At least I’m not hungry, yet and the juices are yummy.
If you decide to try it out, and I hope you do, remember to start small and be kind to yourself, always. A good way to start might be to do 1 or 2 days and see how you like it.
Since I have done this cleanse before, I knew I loved the taste of their juice, but there are lots of other good looking cleanses out there. I really want to try the yummy looking Suja Cleanse. All their juices are different and they are more reasonably priced. So pretty!
Any other good ones you love?
Preparation for the cleanse is important. In fact, Blue Print sent me a helpful email a few days ago:
PREPARE FOR YOUR CLEANSE
Prepare, prepare, prepare – we can’t stress this enough. The more prepared you are before your cleanse, the smoother your transition will be. This means: starting today, cut down on all those delicious indulgences we love to love… phase out the coffee, the sugar, the meat and the dairy, and add fresh fruit and veggies at every meal.
LISTEN UP! NO farewell-to-solid-foods-with-a-steak-and-martini dinner the night before you start. You will NOT be a happy camper by the end of Day One. And that’s a promise. So start now!
A sample prep menu:
Think raw. Think vegan. Think fruits & veggies.
- - Breakfast: Fruit – melon, mango, watermelon or other fruit (try not to mix fruits as it gives your digestive system extra work!).
- - Lunch: Fruit again or any combination of the following: cucumber, avocado, leafy greens, celery – add some lemon juice & olive oil to make a salad.
- - Dinner: Warm vegetable broth (low-sodium!) cucumber or avocado salad, mixed greens salad, arugula or spinach salad, lemon juice, olive oil (you get the picture).
Now tell me, what do you think of cleansing?