The bad news first: When you begin a juice cleanse, it is important to mention that you may not feel fantastic right away. You may in fact, feel pretty awful; but don’t let that scare you. You may feel hungry at first, but it will pass and if you can get past the first day, you will succeed, so stick with it and be strong! Also, not everyone does, but some people may unlock stagnant or stuck energy during this time as the body can trap emotions, as weird as that sounds. Cleansing taps into your body on a deep level and it certainly is possible that stuff may come up for you. Your body is literally dumping toxic waste, so you may be irritable, sad, angry or moody. It’s important to note what comes up for you, if anything, so you can honor it, and let it go.
Now, the good news: Some results you can expect to experience from doing a juice cleanse can include the following:
-body becomes more alkaline
-taste and other senses become more heightened
-blood and lymph get detoxified
-vitamins/minerals are directly absorbed into the blood stream since your body does not have to use energy processing food
A word about juicers:
Juicers differ in shape, cost and functionality, and most you will find on the market will be centrifugal, which is fine if you are new to juicing. Some decent centrifugal juicers are the Breville juicer, which is great for beginners, and not too costly, or a Jack Lalanne juicer These spin the fruit around and produce juice that way. A step up would be a masticating juicer, which essentially chews the produce, and I recommend the Champion brand, as it’s an extremely reputable machine. Expect to spend somewhere between $100-250 for a decent juicer. Citrus juicers are not recommended, as they will not juice greens or other fruits. It’s not a bad idea to have a small hand citrus juicer on hand to add a little “zest” to your juices from things like lime, oranges or grapefruit. Also, I always get asked about the difference between having a blender vs. a juicer; again, not the same thing. I recommend having your kitchen stocked with a good juicer and and good high powered blender, such as a Vitamix. I can’t live without my Champion and my Vitamix!
One other important thing to note is that how you break a cleanse is almost as important as the actual cleanse itself. If you come off of a cleanse and automatically go back to eating the foods you ate before, it could cause some major discomfort. This is where the guided help of a Nutrition Coach can come into play. It’s important to have someone helping you along the way so you know what you’re doing, have a personal cheerleader rooting for you, and so you can achieve success with the cleanse!
It helps to give your body a break from food once in a while. Juice cleansing presents a beautiful challenge to simplify and use foods that will truly serve you. Fresh juice gives your body what it can use right away and can help you reach your peak potential! If you or anyone you know has been thinking about starting a juice cleanse and would like guidance or coaching, please contact me and I’d be happy to help you get started!
Cheers and happy juicing!