What I Learned After Juicing For Only 3 Days
I think everyone over-indulges over the holidays, whether they like it or not. When they're over, they usually gained around 5 - 8 pounds and having a difficult time getting back on track. I was no exception.
While taking part in another one of my horrible habits, Netflix, I came across a documentary called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Looked interesting enough to add to the collection of things I've watched on Netflix, so I decided to watch.
Joe Cross is an Australian business man who had the same struggles that MANY have today. He was overweight, eating whatever his habits had wanted, and thought he looked 'great'. He even contracted a skin disease that would give him hives all over his body with just one touch of someone's hand.
He decided to team up with Breville, head to New York City, travel the country and juice for the next 60 days while documenting the whole thing. He showed days where he didn't want to get out of bed, a juicer in his trunk for eating drinking on the go, and having a juice while friends were eating in a restaurant. All of this just sounds super depressing for me.
In the end, Joe was able to lose a ton of weight (which isn't hard when you weighed so much before and cut to juicing), go for weeks without a hive outbreak, educate people on the benefits of juicing and having a healthy lifestyle, and even recruit a morbidly obese man to join the juicing train.
My juicing journey:
So, after feeling just horrible with all the crap I had eaten over the holidays, I decided to give it a shot. I bought a juicer, tons of veggies and fruit, and juiced for three days. FYI: Juicers are not cheap and you shouldn't buy the cheapest one out there. The cheaper it is, the more pulp you'll get in your juice and the bigger the mess will be. Don't skimp on this if you're giving it a shot.
Buying so many vegetables can also be, unfortunately, costly. You can be smart about it and buy day-olds or go to local markets and buy in bulk. Juicing can be affordable! The vegetables I bought were:
Each vegetable has a ton of vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Plus, without the juice I wouldn't get enough of the nutrients I need from Carrots and Celery, simply because I extremely dislike the taste on their own. You can find juicing recipes here.
They tell you the first three days are the hardest, and they weren't lying. Not only was it difficult to have to juice 5 - 6 times a day, but you also have to clean the juicer the second you're done. All that extra fibre makes for a messy kitchen. You also have to make yourself a little anti-social because no one is going to like going to lunch/dinner with you if you just bring your juice.
Without being too informative, I've always had problems with my digestive system and having it cleaned out was the best feeling in the world. I was able to get the nutrients from tons of vegetables that I normally wouldn't eat (like celery, beets and carrots) and effectively clean out my liver, digestive system, you name it.
I began to crave salads. All I wanted was a crunchy salad to satisfy my "sweet tooth". Juicing starts to change your taste buds so you begin to crave healthy food instead of cookies, crackers, etc.
After it was over, I was ecstatic, but felt like I could continue. The hardest part was done and I was used to juicing, cleaning, and doing it all over again. I did miss exercising, as it's not recommended when you're basically fasting.
I researched a lot about juicing before trying and made it clear to myself that I wasn't doing it for weight loss but was doing it as a way to detox my body from all the junk I just put into it. It's important to detox your body once in a while to strengthen your immune and digestive system by flooding your body with just healthy nutrients. It will help prevent diseases in the future and make you feel incredible when it's done. It's also a great way to make change your diet from complex carbs, fats, sugars, and sodium to 100% fruits and vegetables in a delicious juice.
I also read that juicing can be a very spiritual practice as well, which is important to understand. Going without food for a certain time after eating food your entire life can have you really appreciate the little things. As exercise is not recommended while juicing, going for long walks/hikes outdoors can really open you up to new ideas and start to think about what really matters.
Overall, I lost 3 pounds while juicing and completely detoxed my body and mind. I did lots of research about how to come off a cleanse appropriately and spent my first day post-cleanse eating whole and raw foods. I recommend starting your day with a smoothie, snacking on nuts, having a salad with seeds for lunch and a lentil soup for dinner. It's definitely not a good idea to shock your body by eating a cheeseburger and purging after you've just put it through a cleanse. It won't know what to do with all that processed foods and cause problems with your refreshed digestive system. I will definitely do this again when I want to clean out my body.
I recommend anyone who is struggling with eating healthy and losing weight to try juicing for 3 - 5 days (make sure to consult a doctor if you're on any meds or have serious health problems like diabetes). It's not only a fast way to start the weight loss process but it will completely reboot your body and change your taste buds to stop craving sweets. I wouldn't recommend doing it for longer than 5 days or if your only intent is to lose weight.
I now juice once in a while when I see day-old's that I can use or some of my fruit and vegetables are getting old, if I feel I need a detox or if I simply want a nutritious snack or drink to go with a small meal.
Have you tried a juice cleanse before? Tell me your experience!