Everyone has their two cents to put in about juice cleansing. Is it great for you? Is it horrible for you? Does it serve a real purpose? Is it totally redundant since your body is constantly detoxifying itself? Who knows! All I know is, I love it. In moderation of course, as with everything.
The longest juice cleanse I have done has been 4 days of nothing but juice, water and herbal tea, so nothing extreme. More frequently, however, I have done 3 days, 2 days and even just 1 day. I have tried all 3 of the popular Pressed Juicery cleanses and I have also tried BluePrints 3 day cleanse, as well as Georgia based Arden’s Garden’s 2 day cleanse, and I have also put together my own cleanses using the juices available at the supermarket. So I’m no expert, but I do know a thing or two about the popular juicing craze and I’m here to share my ~juicy~ philosophy (or philoSophie, if you will):
I want to start by laying it all out there, my feelings about juicing for me and for everyone else, as well as my reasons for juicing and my personal connection to it.
I’ll say it again: I love juicing. Short term juice fasts are great for me for so many reasons; they help cut cravings, they flush me out, they give my sensitive digestive system some time off, they pump me full of nutrients, they clear my head, they force me to regulate myself and listen to my body extremely vigilantly, they’re basically just a big reset button for me. I have learned that sometimes my body just needs to take a beat, and this is the method that works for me.
That being said, I’m not under the impression that juice cleansing serves some overarching, pivotal, medicinal purpose or that it is something that my body couldn’t go without. I would never pressure anyone to juice with me or claim any kind of superiority over someone who doesn’t like to juice. My recommendation when it comes to juicing is to listen to your own body, and respond to it. Who knows, you might be like me and feel refreshed and rejuvenated. You also might feel irritable and deprived, no shame in that, just remember it’s not a competition so there’s no shame in quitting! Sometimes it feels like my body is begging for a day of juice, so that’s what I give it. Other times, it feels like my body is begging for a beer and a basket of fries, so that’s what I give it! Long story short, if juicing isn’t your jam then forget it, who needs it if it sucks?
To give you a more in depth history of my emotional relationship with juicing, I have to give you some back ground info. This may come as a surprise, or maybe it won’t, but I used to struggle with an eating disorder. All I ever thought about was food; when I would eat next, what I would eat next, how I could avoid eating, or how I would punish myself if I did overeat. Needless to say, I would find myself in some crazy psychological funks surrounding food. I knew full well that I needed to provide my body with nutrients in order to live, but I also had the eating disorder devil on my shoulder telling me to forget about that and to do whatever it took to avoid ingesting anything. At this particular point in time, it was finals week at my University so I needed to study and just take my mind off of food. Having juiced in the past (before my ED had become serious) and knowing that it worked for me, I decided to do a 3 day cleanse during finals week for the soul purpose of taking my mind off of food. And guess what? It worked! It was the first time that I felt truly “reset” by cleansing, and from then on it was a method that I employed very frequently when my ED would become unbearably overwhelming. Right or wrong, juicing was a tool that I used to help pull myself out of my eating disorder. As a result, it’s something that I feel strong gratitude for and that I feel very lucky to have found.
Lately, I have enjoyed cleansing for just one day here and there (I would say once a month or so) to reset my palette and apatite when I notice myself having lots of cravings or when my body just doesn’t feel right. I like to think of it as my way of hitting the reset button for my innards. Since I work right near two Pressed Juicery locations, that’s basically my go-to for juice. When I do my one day resets I choose the most advanced set of juices (pictured), which consists of 5 green juices and 1 almond milk. If I have an active day, I’ll stop by and grab a 7th juice or almond milk to keep myself from feeling deprived. Contrary to what you might think, these juices almost always last me through the day as long as I pace myself – I like to make a juice schedule when I start my first juice – and keep me feeling full and relatively satiated. They’re also tasty, especially the almond milk, and they have the ingredients listed right on the front so you know exactly what you’re getting!
After I finish a cleanse even as short as one day, I experience a multitude of benefits: cravings significantly diminish, bloat decreases if not vanishes, I sleep soundly and I wake up with ease, I can think more clearly, I don’t feel tempted to overeat, my senses are heightened, and those are just the benefits I can think of off the top of my head! Sometimes the benefits might seem to last longer or to be more or less intense, but no matter what I always feel overwhelmingly refreshed and reenergized.
On a more serious note, there are many stigmas attached to juice cleansing that brand it as some torturous, depriving, quick-fix weight loss tactic. I hope this post will serve to show that if done correctly it can be much more than that, and that it could be something to consider trying if your body or mind feel clogged or foggy. For a first time cleanser, the Pressed Juicery and BluePrint both have awesome beginner options (you can even get them delivered right to your door) – and don’t feel like it’s the end of the world if you need to snack on a raw almond or two while you’re cleansing. Ultimately, any type of cleanse you do is for YOU, so don’t let anyone tell you what’s wrong for YOUR body. Feel it out, and have fun with it!
So my conclusion? Juice cleansing is worth the hype from where I stand! We all stand in different spots, however, and I would love to hear new perspectives on this topic. Whether it’s a green juice, a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, cheers to listening to your body and doing what’s right for YOU!