I started 2018 off with a bang.
The holidays definitely caught up with me, and I was ready for a change of (food) pace. I have always..ALWAYS loved sweets. Sugar is my drug and try as I might, it is so hard to kick. I am learning to have a better relationship with sugar, but it is still a struggle.
In an effort to try and scale back my habit, and change the relationship, I decided to do a 3 day juice cleanse. Not only was my stomach pretty messed up lately- queue heartburn, bloating and upset stomach- but I needed help on making changes. I have never done a juice cleanse, but have always been intrigued by the concept. I know some people may argue that is not a great choice, and that three days is not long enough. But I felt for me it was a great option to take a step back, still receive nutrients (vitamins and minerals) while helping cleanse my GI system and liver.
For my cleanse I focused on green based juices with limited fruits. I also incorporated beets for their ability to calm inflammation and support the liver. For my last juice of the day I choose to finish with a homemade almond milk for minerals, and the ability to help me feel more full before bedtime. I spaced my six juices about 2-3 hours apart and had a minimum 12 hour fast overnight. Between my juices I had water and herbal teas depending on my mood. I ended up drinking quite a few teas or warm lemon water because my body was craving the warm liquid. I can tell you this, I have never felt more hydrated than I have during this cleanse!
My three day cleanse was definitely a success! My bloat reduced drastically and my sugar cravings, although still present, are less. Coincidently I feel like my portion sizes have decreased. Probably due to my appetite resetting, the amount of food I eat in one sitting is less and leaving me fuller longer. –Now if only I can break the mom/RN habit of inhaling my food– I will be set! Most importantly, I went back to cutting out almost all dairy because I am lactose intolerant.
I made my juices with an Omega Pulp Ejection Juicer, although it took some prep work, the cost savings was worth it. Total cost for three days of juices was $54. I shopped at Costco and Frys, buying organic unless no organic options were available. Some of the popular juice cleanses can range from $99-$139. The savings alone made the effort of making my own juices worth it! Here are the juices I made…
I wasn’t sure I had the will power to only drink juices for three days, but turns out I do! It was incredibly satisfying knowing I completed the cleanse with success.
If you have ever been interested in doing a juice cleanse, but hesitant because of the cost, this cleanse will definitely save you money and help you feel great! I am looking forward to incorporating juices more into my daily routine.
PS… All juice recipes were from Juice Recipes-for your health