Going on a juice cleanse, or drinking nothing but pressed juices extracted from fruits and vegetables for a few days or weeks, has been all the rage over the past few years. The idea sounds like a good one — after all, who wouldn’t want to combat the effects of a wild night out or a life of indulgent eating with a few days or weeks of “detox” to rid your body of lurking toxins? They’re backed by celebrities and celebrity doctors alike, so it’s no wonder that drinking your diet has been steadily gaining popularity.
It’s not unusual for people to go on a juice cleanse hoping to drop a few pounds, but be aware that weight-loss doesn’t happen for everyone.
I don’t do juice cleanses to lose weight nor do I do it to “detox” my body. Rather, I do it to cleanse my mind, body and spirit. As always, it’s important to have a plan for when the cleanse is up. I do a juice cleanse once in a while to encourage myself to continue to eat healthy and to jump start a commitment to a healthier diet.
How to do it right
If you’re convinced that a juice cleanse is right for you, first do your research. Do your research so you know whether or not you’ll be getting all the nutrients and calories you need, and talk to your doctor before you start a detox program.
Once you’ve found a good option, don’t just go straight from greasy foods to green juices. It’s recommended that you never start a juice fast without first ensuring that you are eating a normal nutrient-rich diet for at least a month. Many juice cleanses involve a pre-cleanse program of eliminating foods like dairy, caffeine, and alcohol before starting the cleanse, so be sure to follow their instructions.
The Joe Cross 3-Day Juice Cleanse
I’ve done juice cleanses before and this by far, is my favorite one to do when trying to reset my diet.
For 3 days, you will drink a total of 5 juices per day – and eat one meal that consists of only fruits and vegetables. You will have:
- Breakfast Juice: Carrot Apple Ginger
- Mid-morning Juice: Mean Green
- Lunch Juice: Gazpacho Juice
- Afternoon Snack Juice: Citrus-Inspired Green Juice
- Pre-dinner Juice: Sunset Blend
- Dinner: Eating at the end of the day is essential during a short cleanse of this nature. This will help you feel full so you won’t fall prey to cravings or feelings of deprivation or starvation. Meals should consist of only fruits and vegetables.
- Entire article: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/joe-cross-3-day-weekend-juice-cleanse
Tips & Tricks
- Do this over the weekend when you have NO plans. None. You’ll want to resist the temptations. I was fully committed to adhering and completing this juice cleanse so I had no issues with some minor socializing and running around. I do not work on the weekends so on Saturday and Sunday I basically did some chores around the house, went for a nice bike ride, did some yoga, took the boat out (which is a rarity in November so I definitely had to take advantage of the gorgeous weather) and overall just relaxed. This is not just a cleanse of your body but of your mind and soul too. Relax. Avoid noisy malls or large gatherings. Reflect. Have some quality “me” time.
- Food prep – wash all your veggies, sort and bag them for each juice. I used large Ziplock bags and labeled them then tossed in the fruits and veggies needed for each specific juice. This made it so easy to just grab a bag and juice it up!
7:30-8:00am – 2 cups of hot water with lemon
8:30am – breakfast juice
11:00am – mid-morning juice
1:00pm – lunch juice
4:00pm – afternoon juice
5:30-6:00pm – dinner juice
7:30pm – dinner (I did a yummy frozen banana, blueberry, and spinach smoothie)