People get really ambitious with their New Year’s resolutions–no dessert or alcohol for a month, go workout everyday, go vegan, etc, etc. But these goals are pretty restrictive, and it’s easy to go astray after 2 weeks of denying yourself. And, before you know it, one slip-up turns into a day-long binge of eating away your failures.
But here’s a New Year’s resolution you can actually keep–going on a juice cleanse for 3 days! After indulging in a pork, spam and rice diet in Hawaii, I felt like i needed to hit the reset button on my eating habits asap with a juice cleanse. I’ve done the BluePrint Excavation cleanse before, which I really liked, but I wanted to try something different. The most difficult part about a juice cleanse isn’t necessarily the hunger but the monotony of drinking the same thing for several days straight, and the thought of drinking 15 bottles of green juices wasn’t that appealing. Luckily, Liquiteria’s 3-day Juice, Eat & Repeat cleanse package was on sale at Gilt City, and not only was it economical, but it provided more flexibility by allowing for solid foods at the end of the day, so I decided to move forward with it.
The Juice, Eat & Repeat program consists of 4 juices–coconut water, all greens, all greens with apple and beets me. You start off with the coconut water, and then drink the other juices spaced 2-3 hours apart. The sensible dinner option is pretty open-ended, although they recommend that it be at least 50% raw. Here’s an overview of what to expect from each juice:
Coconut Water – This is the first drink of the day. The coconut water is sweet, refreshing and pleasant. Getting that shot of coconut water in the morning really makes you feel like you’re clarifying yourself internally.
All Greens – This is the worst drink in the rotation. Most green juices have a little fruit in them to make them more palatable, but Liquiteria’s is straight up greens. No spoonful of apple to make the medicine go down. I felt like I was eating fresh grass and cucumber milk–not very pleasant. This all greens juice was the most painful part of the cleanse.
All Greens with Apple – This is such an improvement from the all greens. Much more in line with the sweeter green juices that I’ve become accustomed to. Every sip is so salubrious and refreshing. Plus, you’re so grateful to have something that tastes good after that awful All Greens predecessor, that it tastes even more amazing.
Beets Me – This is earthy and spicy, which I really liked. This juice feels more substantial than the other ones, probably because of the beets and the heat from the ginger. It certainly helped me get through that mid-afternoon low I always get at around 3-4 pm.
You probably want to know, did it make a difference? It most certainly did. Short term benefits included losing 3 pounds of water weight and getting a self-esteem boost from stepping on the scale, although of course, I gained a pound after resuming a more normal diet. My skin noticeably improved and my stomach was also flatter. The most important change is that I now consciously make healthier choices when it comes to eating, since I don’t want to undo all the hard work that went into cleansing my system. I’ve stuck to a diet of fish, fruits and vegetables, and I haven’t had the same cravings for sweets and refined carbs.
In terms of clarity of mind and energy, though, I certainly did not get any of that. There were days when I almost fell asleep in the afternoon because my body probably wasn’t used to running on just liquid calories. And sometimes I found myself very inarticulate and unproductive during work meetings, which is not so great! As for workouts, there was no way I could exercise during those 3 days, and my run the day after the cleanse was pretty sad. But the pros outweigh the cons, so if you want to kickstart your goals to eat better, than juicing can help promote that.
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