New Year should be about resolutions, right? Well, I have one that I actually already started working on back in 2016. For the last few months I tried… drinking more juice! I’m not talking about pre-packaged sugary ones that you can find at soda section, but rather raw green juices that I started incorporating into my everyday diet. You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes to the condition of your skin! I was totally blown away how my skin detoxed ever since I started drinking more green juices and I’m planning on continuing doing so in 2017.
Drinking juices as a part of a healthy diet is especially great for vegans. I recently started logging in what I eat in a food journal so my trainer can see if I’m getting enough protein and calories (which actually could be a problem if you are vegan as fruits and vegetables are low in calories) and I feel that adding just one juice a day helps to ensure that I receive all of the nutrients my body needs, especially when I’m doing strength training. Moreover, greens such as kale and spinach have been in the lexicon of professional bodybuilders for years as it’s a convenient and delicious way to get all the vitamins you need, even when you are on the go.
While drinking more juices have been already on my agenda, I’d like to tell you a not that successful story about a juice cleanse that I went through last year. It was one of the popular juice cleanse that I started when Ben was away for the weekend. I was bored and it was the beginning of December so I felt like I can use some detox time before all the winter holidays begin. With this thought in mind, I signed up for a 3-days cleanse at the nearby health store and tried really hard to follow all of the instructions.
First and foremost, it was hard to eat (aka drink) the same thing every single day. I can’t say that I am a foodie in general, but repetitiveness in dishes is something that I really don’t like. Even though I didn’t have any people around me eating, I felt limited and bored from my kale, beet, and apple juices. These were delicious, but all the same and at the end of the first day I couldn’t even look at my boring juice bottles.
Second, I’ve figured how much I love coffee and gum. You are not allowed to have caffeine and artificial sweeteners while on a juice cleanse and I missed my morning routine of drinking a cup of soy latte so much! Also, don’t expect a pleasant taste in your mouth while you are juicing. My tongue turned green or red depending on which juice I was drinking. I constantly brushed my teeth, but still craved some gum so I can eliminate that unpleasant aftertaste (even though I rarely chew it on a regular day).
On a positive note, the cleanse did deliver the promised energy level and I didn’t feel tired at all from not eating solid food. When Ben came back home from his trip, he found that I finished all of the projects that we were planning on doing (but never did) at home. Moreover, I moved furniture in the dining room, cooked meals for the rest of the week, and practiced yoga every day. The best part is that this energy boost lasted for approximately two weeks after I finished my cleanse!
Looking back at all the struggles affiliated with the juice cleanse (like restricting your diet and feeling limited in your options), it’s definitely not something I will do (or recommend doing) again. It was a great experiment to try, but on a long run I feel that such reboot of the system will actually make more harm than good. In my humble opinion, it’s just too restrictive and I’d rather enjoy all the benefits of juices daily!
Have you tried juicing before? How was your experience?