I know what you're probably thinking. A juice cleanse? Isn't that restrictive? Aren't juices terrible for you? Don't you actually get less nutrients?
Hear Me Out
I was definitely skeptical of doing any juice cleanse for a lot of reasons. I was just gonna be full on...liquids? I'm recommended to snack on almonds or cucumbers if I got hungry? Wouldn't I just be in a cranky mood all day as I literally cleaned out my bowel system?
These weren't all wrong assumptions to make, but I'm glad I proved myself wrong. So why do people do juice cleanses? A lot of reasons! Some people think of it as a mental health day for your body. Do you know it takes half of our bodies energy to digest food? Think about it, whenever you eat a huge meal, you end up getting the "itis" later. With juice, our body doesn't have to digest that--it's just the nutrients from the fruits/veggies. Juices are raw and beautiful because they contain live enzymes, so we can just kick back and let our digestive systems do the work for us!
Give me the benefits
When you give your body time to rest and reset from digesting for a day, this means you give it the opportunity to focus on other activities your body already does, but can do at a faster rate! In just one day, you let your body
How the day went
I chose to do my 1 day juice cleanse on one of the busiest days of my week, not the smartest decision I’ve ever made, but I charged on regardless. I used the Pressed Juicery 1 day cleanse for first timers and honestly it was great! There wasn’t a juice I didn’t like. Starting the day with Vanilla Almond helped coat my stomach and make it feel full while ending it with Chocolate Almond was like a dessert I didn’t know I needed.
I did some research beforehand to prepare myself for this cleanse. The biggest advice I got was to sip the juice through straws to avoid chugging the juice. This will help you almost “chew” your juice as it goes down as well. I drank a lot of water throughout the day, staying hydrated and full was extremely important—just lead to a lot of bathroom trips. I kept busy while being at work, teaching two yoga classes and running errands. There were a few times I got a little hungry throughout the day, but I just ate a few almonds when I wanted.
Overall, I liked it
It’s obvious we live in a features obsessed world. There is always some new fad, some new diet, some new pimple cream to try. I would say, don’t be fooled by that stuff. Try stuff because you want to, not because you want to fit in. I have my own issues with food that I acknowledge and looking back on the other side of this juice cleanse, I feel okay. A 1 day juice cleanse to reset my gut (with all the 17439284 problems I have with it) was a good thing for me to do and I was able to ease myself back into my regular diet the next day with no issues. Let me make this perfectly clear, every body is different. My experience may not be your experience and that’s okay.