In need of a “reboot” and somewhat cleanse from unhealthy eating for the past few weeks, I will be starting a 15-day juice and smoothie cleanse. Last fall I took a Jus by Julie 3 Day Smoothie & Soup Cleanse from Groupon and it definitely helped. Benefits of taking a juice cleanse include lower calorie intake, energy improvement, and reduction of appetite. If you’re looking for a healthy option to lose weight or to just incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, here are some tips for taking a juice cleanse.
Ask a Doctor
If you’re on medication or have health issues, consult with your physician first. There’s nothing wrong with a reboot or trying to be healthier, but if it’s not for you, talk about other methods that would work.
The Jus by Julie cleanse I took last fall is 100% Vegan. If you’re a meat-eater, transition slowly by incorporating more vegetables into your meals. On this cleanse I will be eliminating meat and including raw fruits and vegetables in my meals starting with one juice or smoothie a day and having a total of 3 juices or smoothies on days 10-15.
Don’t Starve Yourself
If you get hungry, don’t starve yourself until the next Juice or Smoothie! The Jus by Julie plan I took allows you to eat steamed vegetables or egg whites in between. Since I am eliminating meat I will be eating nuts, raw fruits, and vegetables in case I get hungry during the day.
Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated, but it also cleanses toxins from your body, reduces headaches, and keeps you alert.
Exercise if You Can
As with transitioning to a juice-only diet, I suggest moderately increase exercising. Start by walking for 10-15 minutes and increase to jogging or running for 30 minutes a day. While I didn’t fully finish, the Jus by Julie juice cleanse last fall, it was a decent alternative to eating meat & carbs for a few days. It was also less messy than making my own juices.
Have you tried a juice cleanse before?