What Gets Me Through a Juice Cleanse
It’s Day 8 of my juice cleanse, and here are some of the things that I use or consume on a daily basis.
Although there are a lot of fruits represented here, some vegetables I’ve juiced constantly include carrots (of course), cucumber, celery, beets and kale. Fresh and frozen fruits include strawberries, blueberries, pineapple (my absolute favorite), gala apples, mangoes, fresh limes and lemons. Store bought juices include Pom pomegranate and 100% Acai juice. I’ve also relied on ginger root and fresh mint to give the vegetable juices some warmth and kick. Supplements such as protein powder and vitamins are also necessary. Finally, because of the level of detoxing that comes as a result of juice cleansing, lots of filtered water is vital. Here are a few of my must haves:
I still continue to workout every week day, and the act of sweating totally helps my body with its ongoing detoxing efforts. Because I get majorly hungry after a half hour of cardio, I follow up with a rich thick smoothy featuring bananas, coconut milk, organic yogurt and blended fruits of choice.
There are other ways of helping my body detox and right about now I’m feeling pretty good. I no longer have cravings and have reached that place where I feel that I can go on indefinitely.
Ironically, because I do want to continue to lose weight, I’ll probably break my fast sooner than later. I’d like to push the calorie burning envelope and it’s too hard to do while fasting–I can’t keep up with my body’s need for calories and focus on my work. As I mentioned last week, this is the first cleanse where weight loss is a goal, so I had no idea the level of hunger I experience in the middle of the day after a medium cardio burn (roughly 250-300 calories) would feel so uncomfortable. If I wasn’t keen on burning more fat and toning muscle I would probably continue to 100% juice for a few more days. But for now my body’s telling me to start ramping down (re-introducing raw foods) over the next couple of days while continuing to enjoy juice and smoothies. All in all, this cleanse was definitely one of the easiest ones I’ve done. I can’t wait to juice cleanse again over the Summer!