Bikini season is quickly approaching and I have never felt more unprepared for it! Being in the real world and not having a spring break didn’t help because that usually was my motivation to get rid of that winter fluff. (Who else thinks that the corporate world needs a dedicated week of spring break?!)
To get my butt back into gear I decided to increase the intensity of my workouts and switch things up. I haven’t been eating well lately so I decided it was time to get that back on track because we’ve all heard it…..”abs are made in the kitchen” and “you can’t out train a bad diet”. There is nothing more true than those statements! So to get my clean eating jump started again I decided to try out a juice cleanse from Clean Juice. (Speaking of Clean Juice, if you’ve never had one of their smoothie bowls or avocado toast you better run there right now!)
But first lets talk about the advantages and disadvantages of doing a juice cleanse..
- Reduces your appetite. A juice cleanse reduces your appetite by eliminating the habit of comfort eating. It helps you feel satiated with less food than you’re used to which helps with changing eating habits.
- Eliminates harmful foods. It eliminates dairy, gluten, and fermented foods. Being off of these foods and then reintroducing them can help identify which foods are an issue for you.
- Lose weight. You may lose a few pounds, it can decrease bloat and water weight. But, this is not something to do if you’re hoping to lose weight and keep it off.
- Improves energy. Because you’re most likely getting more nutrients than you’re used to you should find yourself more energized.
- Re-hydrates the body. If you are one who doesn’t drink enough water this is a way to help re-hydrate your body, eliminate toxins, and start forming a healthy habit of drinking enough water.
- Maximum detoxification. An organic juice cleanse gives the body the resources it needs for all the phases of a detoxification.
- Easy Absorption. Your body can easily absorb all of the nutrients because there is no insoluble fiber in the juices.
- Expensive. Because it’s all organic, juice cleanses can get expensive. Mine was around $70….that’s usually what I spend on groceries for a WHOLE week for two people!! A full two day cleanse with 6 juices would cost you over $100! It’s pricey but that’s what also made me push to finish every drink, drink enough water and not eat any food during the day!
- Hard to workout. The first day of my cleanse I didn’t work out because I didn’t feel like I’d be able to. The second day I worked out but took it easy!
- No protein. There’s little to no protein in the juices so if you’re one that eats a lot of protein for muscle then you won’t want to do a juice cleanse for long!
- Side effects. Everyone is different therefore, you may react differently to a juice cleanse. Some people may be starving the whole time and others may have an easy time with it. Side effects could be headaches, blood sugar spike, fatigue, irritability or nausea. If you have health problems you will want to consult your doctor before trying out a juice cleanse!
There are different cleanses but I decided to do the juice ’til dinner for two days. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to go a whole day without eating real food. The juice ’til dinner is 4 juices. One for breakfast, one for a late morning snack, one for lunch, and one for an afternoon snack. You drink the first juice and then you drink the next juice at least 3 hours later. In between you need to drink at least 16 oz. of water. And then you get to eat dinner. But, you want to make sure you eat a healthy, low carb dinner and don’t over indulge!
The first juice you drink is the sweet greens. (I forgot to take a picture of just it) On the first morning this one was the hardest for me to get down. It didn’t taste that bad but I was having a hard time just chugging a drink with no food in my stomach! I did get some gum to chew which helped my issue with feeling like I needed to chew on something. I drank the first juice around 8:00 am.
The second drink was the orange. This one actually ended up being my favorite one of the four! It tasted kind of like orange juice. I drank this juice around 11:00 am.
The third drink of the day was black. This one had lemon, organic maple syrup, and activated charcoal in it. I thought this one was going to be my favorite but it was odd. It seemed kind of gritty, I guess because of the charcoal but it wasn’t unbearable. I drank this juice around 2:00 pm.
The last one of the day was the red……the one with beets.. On the first day this one was so hard for me to get down. I felt like I was drinking a bottle full of dirt. I actually had to plug my nose and just chug it! But I can tell you that this one actually made me feel the best. On the second day it was actually a little bit easier for me to get it down, it’s just a little bit thicker than the others. I feel like this one did the most to really clean out your system. I drank this one around 5:00 pm which is right before my workout!
For dinner on the first day I made low carb, buffalo meatballs with green beans with parmesan cheese. And the second night I made chicken topped with pesto sauce and parmesan cheese with a salad on the side. I wanted low carb meals so that I didn’t ruin the cleanse. Each night I was so excited for dinner but I was also excited to be trying out new, healthier meals.
Going into the cleanse I expected to be hangry and irritable but I honestly was only starving right before being able to drink the last juice. Once I drank it, it held me over until dinner. This may be TMI but I’ve never had to pee so much in my life! But it definitely felt like it was helping clean out my system. I forgot to weigh myself before starting the cleanse so I’m not sure if I lost any weight from it but I wasn’t doing the cleanse to lose weight. I definitely felt like my system had been rebooted and I was more than ready to start eating a lot healthier. It actually made me crave healthier foods so I think it was the perfect thing to do to jump start my diet! If you’re looking to start a diet or a healthier life style a juice cleanse might be exactly what you need to get yourself going. But if you have any health concerns make sure you check with your doctor first so that you don’t have any complications! I think the juice ’til dinner is a good option for everyone because it allows you to still be able to eat one meal which definitely made it a little more bearable!
There are different lengths of cleanses and I think what you decide just depends on you. The longest one that Clean Juice advertised was a five day cleanse. I personally feel like that’s overkill, plus I love food so there is NO way I could go five whole days without eating. But if you’re daring enough to do that go for it! I think five days is probably the max for a juice cleanse, it wouldn’t be healthy to do it any longer than that!
If you decide to try it out I’d love to hear what you thought about it!!
**Disclaimer, I am not a nutritionist or doctor. This is just my personal review of a juice cleanse I did. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your doctor before doing a juice cleanse!**