Juice cleanse diets-with their potent blend of fresh vegetables, fruits and spices-promise a renewed vitality and better health in as little as three days. Unfortunately, you have to give up whole foods and stick solely to juice (hence the name). The question that most wonder is whether it’s just a gimmick or a necessary part of life.
“Even if you already have a healthy diet in place, cleansing helps clear the body of waste accumulated through eating, drinking and the environment,” says Manhattan-based celebrity nutritionist, Oz Garcia. “After a cleanse you may notice you have more energy, clearer skin, better concentration, deeper sleep and an overall feeling of lightness.”
If you’re a no-noshing novice, there are two things to note:
A) It doesn’t hurt to cheat a little-I had half a cup of black coffee in the a.m., sans milk and sugar, which kept me motivated to stick it out.
B) You’ll have limited energy to workout or do anything extremely social, so plan to juice during your least busiest days. I chose Tuesday to Thursday so I could prep on Monday and ease back into regular (healthy) eating habits again on Friday. “You will want to taper off breads and other processed foods, meats and dairy before starting and then slowly reintroduce these foods afterward so to not shock your system,” advises holistic skincare guru Tammy Fender.
After shopping around, I settled on BluePrintCleanse’s Foundation Cleanse ($65 per day) because it was simple (six juices a day for three days), the formulas sounded tasty (spicy lemonade, anyone?), and the company’s approach to first-timers was one of genuine care. Plus, they delivered.
Throughout the process, I received motivating emails from the BPC team to help me re-focus whenever a bout of nausea or utter lack of energy consumed me. I must say, a little TLC definitely went a long way in the cleansing world where chocolate and bread cease to exist. And while I certainly felt lighter and skinnier post-cleanse, the most noticeable difference was my skin. I was on a pimple breakout roll for three weeks in a row (with each week more severe) and the cleanse not only banished my blemishes, but gave me a natural glow.
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