I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle: workout 3 times a week at a bare minimum, I prefer more of a 5 day a week workout – but I’m being honest here on what really happen. Between last minute scheduling conflicts, the dreaded week of brutal cramps + interfering with a fresh blowout or mani/pedi appointment, I could go on and on but, these are just a few things that may take me out of my usual workout routine – or really the laundry list of easy outs to not go kill myself in the gym [laundry, thats another good one]. Anyway, over the past few months I’ve completely cut alcohol out of my diet. I never was a big drinker, minus a short lived stage in my twenties, so it wasn’t a biggie. I just figured what’s the point if I work out so hard, eat healthy, obsess over my green juices and daily supplements [you can read the full list here]. I’m all about trying to stay hydrated to keep my skin looking it’s best and my body working at full potential, so it’s just not worth it for me. As Mike puts it bluntly, it just messes with my gains. Haha, but it really does.
I’ve been becoming more and more interested in healthy lifestyle changes with age. I LOVE a good green cold pressed juice in the am – kale + ginger + lemon are my absolute favorites. I have definitely tried my fair share of juices from suja to blueprint and my favorite by far, the honeydrop cayenne manuka honeyade. Even though I can’t start my day without a superfood green juice, I really never felt the need to jump on the full blown juice cleanse bandwagon. That was until I met Robert over at Jersey Juice Guys. He is an owner, and juicer, over at Green Juice + Ham [cute name right?!] and a sweet guy. Mike and I actually met him through social media and popped over to his shop in the Old Bridge farmer’s market. Since the day we stopped in for our first ginger shot we’ve been hooked! We started off with just adding his juices into our daily regimen, mostly in the mornings – I would use it as a breakfast substitute and still do [when I’m not traveling – currently in NYC with Mike as he works on a project]. Each time we’d pick up our juice, about every 3 days, Robert would give us tidbits on the benefit of juicing and we’d get talking. He recently began his very own 60 day juice cleanse [I know, aggressive] a little over two weeks ago and has been impressively committed to his goal. Clearly, the amount of time you set for your juice cleanse is very personal. Depending upon what you’re doing it for, to lose weight, to give your body a quick reset and boost, or preparing for a special bikini-required trip or a once in a lifetime wedding gown? There are endless amounts of reasons you could do a juice cleanse, about just as many as there are excuses for skipping the gym. Seeing him so commited to his goal, as well as watching the weight fall off him on the daily, inspired me to try it out for myseld. For me, it was my first time on a full cleanse, so I just wanted to start small and be realistic. Three days was my goal. Did I want to lose weight, absolutely, but who doesn’t?! I’m not that crazy though, I would have been ecstatic to drop 5 lbs, that would be an excellent success for me. I didn’t set a goal amount of weight to lose because I didn’t know how my body would respond. The 3 Day Cleanse went a little bit like this:
16 oz of the pressed juice listed above for breakfast, water, water and some more water all the livelong day.
16 oz for lunch, followed with, you guessed it, some water for dessert and snacks.
finally 10-12oz for an [early] dinner. Early because the juice does contain natural sugars. You don’t want to go to bed with a belly full of sugary juice if you’re not going to burn any of it off. I pulled back on the amount for dinner, I would just have it until I was full and then I would continue with my water if I became hungry.
Day one really wasn’t so bad, I was excited to see and feel what would happen with my body. My stomach was definitely flatter and seemed less bloated at bedtime, which I was pleasantly surprised with. I went to bed excited and curious as to how I’d feel in the morning.
I woke up totally fine, not starving as expected. I started off with a huge bottle of water [which I try to do every morning regardless of being on a cleanse or not] and then had my breakfast: the same juice blend from the prior day [the green kale one]. After the water and juice my stomach felt full and I headed out for the day. Within the first hour or so into my day I got a major headache. I’m a pretty big coffee drinker and I could tell this was from my caffeine withdrawal. I sucked it up and got through the day.
Day two’s blend was a little rougher for my taste:
local raw honey
I wasn’t in love with this one. It was really deep red in color, like blood red, and reminded me of the Twilight movie, the one where they feed Bella blood through a styrofoam cup. So yeah, not my cup of tea, but I made it work. I stuck to the same schedule…16 oz for lunch and another 10-12oz for an early dinner. I went to bed exhausted and passed our very early.
local raw honey
The morning of Day 3 I woke up with a lot of [unexpected] energy and felt great. The past two days went by a little slower compared to the third. By day three my stomach had shrunk and I was getting full off of my juice intake. I didn’t workout on Day 1 or 2, however I did teach barre class both days. I just made an appoint to not get too into it. However, Day 3 I had a jam packed power pilates class booked and ended up getting really into it throughout the hour long class, probably due to the fact that I had an energy boost from my juicing and was ready to get back to working out. I caught a glimpse of myself while instructing and definitely saw changes in my waistline. Everything seemed slimmer and much more pleasing to my eyes haha. After class I hopped on the scale, to my pleasant surprise I had lost 7 lbs. I was shocked. At first I didn’t think it could be accurate but I used the same scale from the start [at the gym since I don’t own one for mental health purposes ha] and it was true. I was thrilled to have lost weight and accomplish my goal of a solid 3 Day Juice Cleanse.
Now I’m back to [solid] food. I used this opportunity to boost my body by detoxifying my system with juice and becoming more aware of everything I put into my mouth. I’m now trying to cut back drastically on my carb and dairy intake. I don’t have too much of either of those, but I know it’s what will change my body and health dramatically if I am able to eliminate both of those. Now did I gain all that weight back? I honestly don’t know. I’m sure I did a little, but I didn’t really need to lose so much. Either way, I’m feeling happy healthy and refreshed. Not to mention, I’m thrilled knowing now that my body responds quickly and great to juice cleanses. Next time I’m not feeling bikini ready or want to drop a few pounds quickly I know how to get it done. Best part, for me, is that I really LOVE green juices. If you’re not into those flavors it will definitely be more challenging. But then maybe don’t start with a full juice cleanse, first get your body and taste buds used to juice once a day. Then it won’t be so bad once you are limited to only juice. I will say, I was getting a little sick of it by the end of the third day. I almost didn’t want it the 4th day for breakfast but I stuck to it. After one day back to eating I was able to go back to appreciating both juice and food on the daily.
If you’re looking for a juice cleanse to try, I’d highly suggest contacting Robert over at Green Juice + Ham. He can customize the cleanse to your goals and tastebuds. If you’re not local I’d suggest a few of my favorites below.