I’ll admit it: Though I had an incredible time in Colombia being a vegetarian there was hard — I didn’t eat well. Most of the times we ate out my choices were limited to rice, beans, plantains, french fries or arepas, in other words carb central. As a result I came back to tighter jeans & knew I wanted to reset my system & feed it whole, delicious things. Enter juicing! Last summer I tried the Blueprint Cleanse for three days & really enjoyed it, it gave me a nice jump start, however, it’s an expensive cleanse. This time around I opted for making the juices myself, following the Blueprint Cleanse framework for the juices.
I mentioned my three day juicing detox to a friend who asked me a ton of questions about juicing in general. I have gotten some questions from readers of The Peas before so I wanted to share what I shared with my friend. Below is everything you need to know before juicing:
Enter Lightly. The day before you start a juicing cleanse you should eat light, starting to prepare your body for the cleanse. I like to eat a lot of veggies, greens & fruits as well as cut out beans & grains.
Clean Produce. Since all your body is getting during a juice cleanse is produce make sure you buy the best you can. If you can’t afford organic consider filling your sink up with water & vinegar & letting produce soak for 15 minutes or so & then rinsing them out. This will help remove any of the pesticides on the top layer of the fruits/vegetables.
Prep. It’s a lot easier to juice every day if you do some of the legwork beforehand. Most people stop juicing when they don’t have stuff on-hand to juice, so make sure you peel & cut your vegetables so they’re ready & waiting for you when you’re ready to juice.
3-Day Rule. Although juice is best when consumed fresh most juices will keep for three days when stored in a sealed glass container. For this cleanse I pre-made my juices & stored them in mason jars, that way all I had to do every meal was pick one up from the fridge & enjoy!
H2O. Just because you’re having liquid all day doesn’t mean you don’t need your water, you should always strive for at least half of your body weight in ounces (ex: you weigh 200 pounds you have 100 oz of water).
Weight Loss. You will lose weight during a juice cleanse but it’s really easy to gain it all back if you don’t ease yourself back into food. Don’t throw all your hard work away by eating french fries the day after you finish a cleanse. Make sure the day after is similar to the day before you started juicing, eating mostly veggies & fruits.
Juicing can be challenging but if you know ahead of time what you’re getting into it’s totally doable. In addition to restarting your body, juicing helps clear up your skin, improve sleep & give you a boost of energy. Let me know if you’re planning to juice, I’d love to answer any questions you may have. Stay tuned for some of the juice recipes I’ve used this week!