I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! I had a wonderful holiday on Thursday that transitioned very nicely into my birthday celebrations on Sunday! So needless to say…my tummy is going to be full until my next birthday.
I’ve seen a lot of articles circulating about “Detoxing”. Which means a bunch of different things to a bunch of different people. For a lot of people, that means a juice cleanse.
I’ve always been an avid despiser of juice cleanses. How could lowering your calorie intake, and taking all the fiber out of your food possibly be good for you? However, through my course I learned about the benefits of a liquid diet. The biggest one; it lets your body focus on running correctly as opposed to digesting sludgey food. A lot of people have had great success on juice diets. So all this information led to, despite my skepticism, trying a juice cleanse the week before Thanksgiving! (That, and the 5 pounds I put on from post-election stress eating. Oops). Time to see what the craze is all about!
I did a 3 day juice cleanse from Pressed Juicery. They’re not organic juices (booo), but they’re all non GMO with no added sugars, and didn’t kill my wallet. 6 juices a day, I did the highest level for their cleanse which was about 800 calories a day.
PROS: The juices taste delicious, I was never starving, and Hey! I lost 5 pounds in 3 days! Plus it’s a much easier alternative than having to pack a bunch of prepared meals in your bag when you’re out of the house all day…which is the unavoidable reality when you’re on a diet. 6 bottles is preferred to 6 medium sized tuberwear containers. Also, the natural fruit juices give your body that sweet fix it craves. And it’s a quick and easy way to get all those excellent nutrients from pounds and pounds of fruits and veggies in one little bottle.
CONS: While I wasn’t starving, my blood sugar got very low. I wouldn’t suggest doing a juice cleanse if you’re going to be running around all day. I felt scatter brained, and really cold. Plus NYC in the middle of fall is NOT the time to be drinking juices filled with tropical fruits. My body felt so out of whack. This specific cleanse suggested that if you need a snack, then snack on almonds and cucumbers…so I did occasionally in small amounts…and I can’t imagine going from a strict prolonged all liquid diet and then incorporating food back in. That’s hard on your digestive system. Lastly, while the results are quick…they’re not lasting unless you keep up with the low sugar high veggie way of life. Which I did poorly at during the many celebrations.
Final Thoughts: It was an easy weight loss trick, but I know every body will react to it differently. I didn’t get the shakes or feel sick because I eat low sugar and high veggie to begin with. But I know those are both common side effects of a juice cleanse. Anything that stops your life isn’t worth it. And my life definitely had to be put on pause while I was cleansing. I didn’t have the energy to go to the gym. Something is wrong with a meal plan that can’t work along with an exercise routine. As with any diet plan, if you drop it entirely once you get the results you want…then you’ll quickly drop the results too. Every culture has a reason to fast, usually connected to a spiritual practice. Sometimes your body needs an intake break, and humans have known that for thousands of years. But unless you just want to fit into a certain dress size for a night or two…dropping your calorie intake under 1,000 calories a day is unnecessary and definitely not a diet plan for sustainable detoxing and weight loss.
Keep an eye out for my next article to learn what I suggest when you feel the holiday sludge weighing you down. It’s my tried and true detox that inspires me to run around all day and yell DETOX YOUR LIFE!!!! Maybe it will inspire you to do the same! ( I just wouldn’t suggest doing it on the Subway. Not a good way to make friends). Detoxes rock…and hopefully they turn into more than just a week long project for quick weight loss!
Whatever you dined on at your Thanksgiving Holiday I hope it was equally joyful as it was delicious. Ultimately, Don’t focus too much on the size of your tummy, focus on the memories you made while filling it up.