About a month ago, I decided to do a juice cleanse for three days. My sister-in-law was doing it with her office, so my husband and I decided to give it a go. After the holidays, after all that eating and indulging, I just felt like it was a perfect time to reboot the body. Belmonte Raw is a local plant based raw food and juices shop that makes and delivers to you daily. They have six cleanses to choose from; three which are strictly juices, and three that combine juices and raw, vegan food. I opted for the intermediate one, the Deeper. This cleanse consists of 6 juices and a liver cleansing tea. It claims to rest your digestive system, boost energy and promotes cellular repair. You can look up all the juices here, but they full of healthy, nutritious ingredients like beets, carrots, ginger, spinach, cucumber, cashew milk, and even a shot of aloe! So here are my thoughts on the whole process.
My pros: I think doing a juice cleanse for three days is totally manageable. They provide you with a schedule that shows you just about when to have each drink. Five of the six drinks are 500ml, so trust me, you really don't feel hungry. Your day also starts off with 1L of lemon water right when you wake up. So when you add it all up, there's a whole lot of liquid. I always felt full. To be honest, I even had to stretch the schedule a bit because I wasn't hungry at times. By the end of the first day, I had a lot of energy. I'm not sure if it was from the juices or if it was just because my mind knew I was doing good for my body. Still, for the entire three days, I was feeling really good.
My cons: the first has to be the price. This cleanse runs you about $75.00 per day, but through a group discount, we did for $55.00. Yeah... its not cheap. But you could definitely do it yourself at home if you have a juicer. I'm definitely thinking of doing that if I do it again. Even though you don't actually feel 'hungry', it's really hard not to reach for food if you're a snacker. I'm an evening snacker. I know, I know, it's the worst, but I am what I am. And that was the hardest part of this. When you're chilling out on the couch at the end of the day, and you're craving gummy bears out of pure, joyous greed and gluttony, it's hard to say no. Really, really hard. And lastly, I'm sure you guessed it, there was an outrageous number of trips to the little girls room! So be prepared for that.
Would I do it again? I would! Aside from feeding your body insane amounts of nutrients, I really did learn a lot about my eating habits in these short three days. I love eating. Don't get me wrong, I eat pretty well enough that I don't usually feel guilty about my 'cheat meals'. But I'm one of those people who preps dinner in my head while I'm eating lunch. So I really noticed just how much I think about food. Overall, this was a pretty cool experience and I would recommend it. I don't see myself doing it for more than three days, however, but it's definitely something worth trying.