JUICE BACK: My return to juicing

I’m back…

It has been 3 years, and two babies since I did my last juice cleanse. However, I made a vow that I would not wait as long to get it together after my second like I did with my first baby.

It was this vow that made me explore the juice cleanse once again.  I know what you are going to say, I thought that you didn’t believe in fad diets. The thing about me is I am a ‘go big or go home’ kind of person. When I decide to make a lifestyle change or to lose weight I do it ALL the way.  I commit myself to it, and juicing is not a diet it’s a cleanse.

Like most sequels, it’s not so great

Like the first time, I am not going to be juicing forever just jump starting myself when it comes to my healthy eating.  So the thing I notice this time around dieting is that my self-control for food is non-existent. This is why I chose to juice at the beginning of Lent. I needed to give up sweets for those 6 weeks.

I notice that this time around I could not for some reason commit to my juice only cleanse. It could have been my two pregnancies or I’m just at that age where I just could not commit. In the last post, read it here, I mentioned how messy it was. I thought this would be an issue again, but it wasn’t because now you can buy already made cold-pressed juices at the store. I don’t know what it was it was just not happening for me.  

Can I get a redo…

So my new adventure began walking down Costco. I saw a cold pressed 3-day juice cleanse from Suja that ran at 20 dollars. I looked and it came with 3 days of juices and a meal plan booklet. Guess what, I didn’t buy it.

I went home and the first thing I did was Google this 3 day cleanse and the meal plan.  The meal plan came with 3 meal options for 3 days and the juices looked ok, but I know that if they did not taste ok it was going to be 20 dollars down the drain.  

Then I saw the dinner juice for the cleanse, the Suja Mighty Greens, had a 46oz bottle for 8 dollars at Costco. I figured 8 was cheaper than 21 and went with it. I tried the juice by itself and it was not unbearable. It was missing something, so I decided,  instead of eating the boiled egg for breakfast (which is part of the meal plan option)I would add a banana and ice to my juice and it filled me in the mornings.

I would eat the eggs for lunch and added mixed berries or pineapple on the side of my eggs. I would do the same for dinner but instead of eggs, I would eat canned tuna.

Where am I getting these food ideas you might ask? Here’s the link for the 3-day cleanse.

The results

I lost about 4 pounds after it was all said and done, and went thru the same side effect as my first juicing experience (read the last blog post here). Most importantly it got me to break my bad sugar addiction and helped me in choosing healthy alternatives.

I now try and juice once a week, usually after I have a bad day.  However, I don’t experience the side effects that I did before from a long term juice cleanse which makes it better, and I feel like for one day at least my body is recovering. Two months into doing this, and  I love it! It’s definitely a permanent thing for me.
– J

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