Apologies for the delay in getting this post up - Thursday was was the final day of my 3-day juice cleanse and I'm playing a little catch up!
That morning I headed down to Liquiteria to get my last batch of juice and drank away throughout the day.
I was feeling a little dehydrated, so I focused on increasing my water intake, but no matter how much I drank, I never felt hungry, or wanted for anything more than what was in front of me. That means no cravings either!
By the end of the day I felt nowhere near as bloated as I usually do. My stomach felt flatter and my body overall felt lighter and stronger (having done no exercise). More than that, everything seemed sharper and brighter. Can't explain it, but man did I love that feeling!
Overall it was a fantastic experience. I felt like I really achieved something great. Why? Because I did something I actually never thought I could do. I didn't think I had the will power to stay away from the treats that I succumb to every other day of the year. But I did, and I am so proud of myself and pleased with the results.
Many people have been asking me questions throughout my juice cleanse, so I thought I would take the time to answer them here. Let's start with the most popular, why?
Why did you choose to go on a juice clease? It's something I have been thinking about for about a year and was introduced to me by Mr. J. Since then I have seen documentaries, read books and spoken to people about their experiences. More recently, I made a commitment to myself to start treating my body better - improving my posture, getting enough sleep, moving more during the day, and filling my body with nutrients. Juicing was just another way I could do that and kick start my efforts. I wanted to begin with something that focus my body and mind. And I was simply curious to see if I could do it. I honestly didn't think I could.
"Usually you just can't eat enough raw fruits and vegetables in a day to nourish your body properly. Juicing is an easy and quick means to increase your intake of these foods, and is recommended in addition to a high fiber diet."
Did you weigh yourself before and after? No. I didn't do this to lose weight (though I'd be pleased if I did) and because I didn't weigh myself I don't really know whether I did. I do know I felt 1,000 times better than I normally do on any given day. That says it all for me.
Would you do it again? Definitely!
If I want to juice how do you recommend I start? I am certainly no expert, but I have picked up some tips which will help you get on the right path.
Read and absorb as much as you can about juicing so you are prepared with the facts. I read one of Cherie Calbom's books, Juicing for Life (she has many more) on the benefits of juicing which also has specific recipes for different health problems (think everything from acne to PMS, varicose veins to the common cold & cancer).
Watch the great documentary by Aussie, Joe Cross, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Joe also has some great cleansing programs and recipes listed on his website Reboot with Joe. Watch the extended trailer below and hear why and how Joe got his health back on track...
So, what now?
If you're inspired to try it, but are uncertain for whatever reason, do what I did and buy the juice already cold pressed and bottled - it's so much easier, especially for your first time.
That way you can focus solely on drinking juice, and not only shopping, preparing and juicing juice to then drink. It's quite time consuming and you need to be prepared. The important thing is to ensure the juice you are drinking isn't the sugary syrup you buy from a corner store. Ensure it's cold-pressed. As the New York Times' Jeff Gordinier writes that cold-pressing "…is a painstaking, decades-old process…Fruits and vegetables are ground into a slurry, placed in a permeable pouch, then squeezed with tremendous pressure so that nearly every viscous drop of juice bleeds out, leaving behind a pulp that is almost dry."
Where to get an already bottled, cold-pressed juice cleanse:
- If you are in New York try Liquiteria (where I got my juice from) or Organic Avenue.
- If you are somewhere else in the US, BluePrint juices in Long Island City, New York but ships across the country.
- If you are in Sydney, check out Lucky You - they deliver across the city and even Miranda Kerr is a fan!
If you want to do it yourself, buy a great cold-press juicer, download some recipes (Reboot with Joe is a good place to start), buy stacks of fresh (preferably organic) fruit & veggies and go for it!
Remember to drink a tone of water, enjoy every minute and tell me all about it here!