It was May 21, 2016 and I decided that I will officially start my juice cleanse on the following day.
I had no good reason for doing it – I just wanted to. So I bought four orders of my favorite eel and salmon sushi, chomped them down knowing that it probably isn’t the best way to prep for a drastic life change.
Usually, folks set their mind + body about a week beforehand, during which they cut caffeine, meat, dairy and processed foods. But that’s by the book. Thankfully, I am quite in tune with my body and mental prep was all I needed.
On the first three days, which are considered “the most difficult,” I purchased bottled juices. I wanted to get into a habit of juicing and knew that I wasn’t going to have the time to make them at home. I spent on average $40 daily in that beginning. Three days later, I was using my own juicer and spending approximately $20/day on organic produce.
The strategy worked. My body accepted juices very well and I felt fantastic. Once I created a new habit, and adjusted to the lack of “hard food”, body began to beautify itself. It didn’t take long to see results. My eyes brightened (due to new intense hydration), under eye bags disappeared, and skin continued to clear up amazingly.
I loved the results, so I kept going. I had no obvious timeline, because I wanted to juice for as long as my body felt right. This journey lasted for 11 days, and for the next three, I incorporated fruits and vegetables into my routine, while still juicing.
It is impossible to “detox” or do this to “lose weight” in such a short time frame. Detoxing for what? So tomorrow you could start stuffing your mouth with disgusting oily pizza and pouring alcohol into your system? That makes zero sense. Losing weight through a juice cleanse will pile back the pounds faster than the speed of light once juicing wraps up. The point of juicing for me was about the EXPERIENCE and a light re-set button.
I stopped the cleanse because I was under calories given my amount of physical activity (minimum 8 miles every day, and very active work lifestyle). I did not feel like drinking extra juice to make up the calorie loss because I simply didn’t want any more hydration.
My results were such:
- “crows feet” under eye wrinkles smoothed out
- dark circles went away
- skin became clearer and more radiant
- cellulite decreased
- muscles on arms and legs felt more toned (even though I didn’t work out)
- bowel movements were normal and daily (tmi, but nevertheless – an interesting fact).
- complete re-set which allowed me to understand what my body likes and doesn’t
I don’t know how much weight I lost, I never weighed myself, because weight was irrelevant to me. Here is what I mean:
I see juicing as going for a job. If I start a job solely on the monetary reward- where is the enjoyment of the ride/experience/developing/learning about myself and the world I’m living in? Money is a result, not the goal. Same thing was going on in my mind when I started juicing – weight loss would happen either way, but it wasn’t the goal nor a reason.
I came out of this transformation with NO cravings for dairy, meat, or fish. I now eat fully vegan and avoid gluten. I haven’t had coffee/decaf coffee or green tea since the beginning of the cleanse.
I now start my mornings with a green smoothie (fiber included) which includes: handful of romaine lettuce and spinach, 1-2 stalks of celery, lemon, mint, cilantro, broccoli sprouts (and apple or pear if I feel like it). Call it my beauty mojo.
Lately for lunch I’ve been eating vegan sushi – quinoa and brown rice roll + avocado + cucumber / optional edamame and goji berries for dessert. For snack, I mix powdered and de-fatted peanuts with almondmilk, hemp seeds, chia seeds and cinnamon.
I indulge in delicious fruits, berries and salads. I feel more fantastic than ever, even compared with the time when dairy was a large part of my past diet plan. It has become obsolete at this point. Will I ever eat it again? No one is preventing me from eating dairy or meat. If I feel like it – I will eat it.
And the same goes for the whole experience. What is the use of entering debates about benefits or dangers of juicing? Who really cares? Do what you want to do – it’s your life, it’s your movie, it’s your body! Enjoy it while you have it!
Kimberly Snyder – Beauty Detox Solution