16 Mar Daily Greens Juice Cleanse
I’m typically not a fan of juice cleanses because I feel like many of them are based off of a yearning for fast results and a small amount of education. I’ve seen girls practically starve themselves in the name of detox, which is not the point of a cleanse. You do a cleanse to give your body a break and to rid it of the toxins you’ve put in it and you nourish it back with the right foods to help it reset. Yes, you may lose a few pounds, but that shouldn’t be the reason behind you choosing to cleanse. Disclaimer: I am by no means a healthcare professional or expert, so make sure you consult your doctor before trying something like this.
I chose to cleanse because I felt like I had been especially hard on my digestive system over the past few months. I’ve overdone it on alcohol and caffeine and, especially during the holidays, I went to town on sugars and fats. I hadn’t given my body enough rest [but I have a toddler, so that’s hard to find these days] and I had noticed that everything from my anxiety to my skin and hair was fairing a little bit worse. I had overdone it and my body was paying the price.
I had only gained a few pounds over the course of the last few months, but I was most definitely thicker in my abdomen. Like, the kind of thick where you could burn all the fat you wanted and it wouldn’t make a difference… The kind of thick where you’re certain it’s coming from the inside. That bloating thickness. Ugh!
The Daily Greens cleanse fit my checklist because it was based on science. It placed the importance of ORGANIC ingredients at the top of its list and encouraged me to consider not just what’s natural, but what’s IN SEASON. The cleanse is designed to be done seasonally, so four times a year, and the book provides you with awesome juice and dinner recipes highlighting the best produce from each season. PLUS, if making your own juices is just not your thing, you can buy Daily Greens juices at Whole Foods. I also chose this cleanse because you can snack throughout the day on raw fruits and veggies and you also get to eat DINNER! Yes, a full meal at dinner [only raw foods and no protein, but still!] You get a glass of lemon water in the morning, a cup of green tea instead of coffee, three juices, snacks and dinner! Yeah, I can do that, right? I figured that 4 days was DEFINITELY do-able, so I went all in!
Now, DISCLAIMER… I started this cleanse on a Monday morning. The Saturday evening before, I felt a cold coming on. By Tuesday, it was a full-fledged sinus infection and I was out for the count. I took an antibiotic, it was THAT bad. Anyways… I don’t know if my experience with the cleanse was easier or harder because of it. I definitely wasn’t as hungry as I think I normally would’ve been, and I came home and slept a lot, which removed the need to continuously head to the kitchen for a snack. BUT, I felt TERRIBLE, so I don’t think I reaped any of the benefits of the cleanse until day 4. I know the first 2 days of a cleanse can make you feel flu-y, but I can’t tell you if this one did or not, because I was already flu-y times 100.
weight: 126.7 lbs
How the Day Went: I’m typically not super hungry during the school day because I’m so busy, but today, I found myself thinking about and craving foods I NEVER crave. I wanted a spoonful of peanut butter and chick-fil-a waffle fries and milkshakes and tacos. I think I honestly knew I would be cleansing so my mind went to what it knew I couldn’t have… I hate when it does that. I ate an apple mid-morning which helped a bit. The juices are actually so good. I drank all of my juices from the bottles and loved each one. I looked forward to the next juice! For dinner, I had a huge kale salad with olive oil and lemon juice and yummy veggies on top. I didn’t finish it because I honestly wasn’t super hungry, but I did have cravings.
weight: 124.2 lbs
How the Day Went: I just wanted to survive the day. I even left school early. Sinus infection monster had attacked and honestly, I don’t remember much from the day outside of misery. I came home and fell asleep, woke up to finish the rest of the salad from the night before and went back to sleep.
weight: 123.0 lbs
How the Day Went: 12 hours on antibiotics did the trick and I was feeling MUCH better. I typically HATE green tea, but I found myself really enjoying the lemon water in the morning followed by my green tea. Like I said earlier, I couldn’t wait for it to be juice time as I really loved the taste! I could tell a difference in my belly, like it was working better. I was very mindful of the detox on Wednesday, like I could feel the bad stuff leave and the nutrients work in my body! I made a salad from one of the recipes and it was SO GOOD! It had walnuts on it and apple cider vinegar was the base of the dressing. Cabbage and kale galore and I ate half of it and saved the rest for dinner.
weight: 119.8 lbs
How the Day Went: I felt SO MUCH BETTER and overall amazing! My body felt strong and my mind was clear! I had a ton of energy. I was also much more hungry and ready to incorporate some protein back in my diet. When I got home from school, I ate the rest of my salad from the night before. I also had a big salad for dinner and ate the whole thing! I was hungry!!
After the cleanse: On days 5 and 6, I continued drinking juices and added a little coffee in the mornings. I also included protein during dinner, but kept it as clean as possible. I added some starches on day 6 and a small glass of wine. I definitely recommend being kind to your body after a cleanse and making sure that you ease back into incorporating foods like dairy, sugar, alcohol and starches back into your diet! Since the cleanse, my weight has settled at 123 lbs.
The cleanse was a huge success and I would definitely recommend it to anyone! I love the way I feel and look after it. However, if weight loss is your goal, a cleanse may not be the safest way to achieve that. If you choose to cleanse, make sure your end goal is a healthier body, not weight loss.