It seems like no matter what you read right now, there’s a celebrity, model, or trainer talking about how a juice cleanse changed their life. Well before you run out and order a ton of bottles of green juice, know a few things about doing one successfully.
Boost your weight loss
This is the season when everyone’s thinking about summertime fashion and heading outdoors in small clothing, so it’s normal to want to boost your weight loss goals. Juice cleanses can help with that and definitely shed a few extra pounds if done right. A juice cleanse should only be a few days and shouldn’t be used to yo-yo diet from a fast food binge. To get the most out of it, reduce your diet a few days before starting the cleanse and try to eat only organic fruits, veggies, and broth soups. This will make the adjustment to juices much easier on your system and you’ll get the full benefit of the cleanse. And don’t do the cleanse for more than a few days since doing so will slow down your metabolism. When we stop eating, our bodies go into conservation mode. Although we’re cutting calories and having immediate weight loss, it’s not good to do it for an extended amount of time. Cleanse, and then get back to healthy, nutritious eating. If you need ideas for healthy recipes, check out our blog here!
Scheduling is important
Doing a juice cleanse for a few days is for detoxing your body and cleaning your system, so it’s going to be quite an adjustment fro your normal routine of eating and drinking. Depending on your current diet, you may experience various symptoms like fatigue and headaches, so don’t plan any big work meetings and try to scale back your social engagements. Beyond just the physical symptoms you might experience, it will be too tempting to be out at a restaurant and surrounded by food and possibly alcohol that could derail your juice cleanse. And you might even enlist the help of a friend or spouse – everyone could use a little detox and it’s much more fun to do it together!
It’s mental, too
When we purge our bodies of toxins, chemicals, and all of the other bad stuff we put into our bodies on a daily basis, we not only have physical symptoms, but mental reactions, too. Have a journal handy so you can jot down daily how you are feeling before, during and after the juice cleanse. This is a great idea to get those thoughts, feelings, and emotions out as well as to see your progress and note any trends that you see with your relationship to food. Reflecting and rereading your journal after the cleanse will help you stay on track with your regular diet and motivate you to eat healthy the rest of the season.
If you are going to do a juice cleanse, here’s some good ingredients to have on hand:
- Baby Spinach
- Herbal teas
- Chia Seeds