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I Want To Do a Juice Cleanse…Now What?!

 

So you’ve read my post HERE about why I think it’s worth considering a juice cleanse (or ANY type of cleanse!)!  You’ve checked with the doc if you have any health conditions, and you’re ready to get rolling!  This post is going to contain some recipes, tips, and resources for you to jump into this great habit.  So here we go!

BEFORE YOU GET GOING – 

Schedule some time off of work or take a long weekend.  Juice cleansing is amazing, but it’s also going to initiate some detox, which is going to lead to some possibly unpleasant symptoms.  You may feel extra tired, need some extra sleep, deal with some headaches or possibly even have some body aches.  This is how your body deals with getting rid of the extra toxic load that it’s been carrying.  My personal experience is that I’ve been tired for 2-3 days, and I usually get a good headaches around the middle of day 2.  These symptoms don’t last more than three days for me.  This will depend on your toxic load and how intensely you are doing your cleanse.  Get some help with your kids, plan in some extra naps, and be sure to drink so, so much water!  It will be worth it in the end!

SUPPLEMENTS AND HYDRATION –

I stay on all my supplements during my juice cleanse.  Fish oil, food based supplements, probiotics, and my green powder stay on the diet!  I make sure to drink at least 8-10 ounces of water (I love it with lemon!) in between each juice, and I drink even more if I’m dealing with detox headaches.  I’ve also found that essential oils are a really great support to help with any discomfort.  Peppermint can help support if my head is feeling less than optimal, and Lemon Vitality and Grapefruit Vitality help to support the liver and decrease any cravings.  I also used Deep Relief if I was dealing with head and neck tension, which is usually something that pops up when I’m working through detox…even if I’m just cutting out coffee for a week or two!  Click HERE for more info on essential oils for support.

PLAN YOUR SHOPPING LIST – 

Making sure you have all the fruits and veggies you need will be SO helpful as you jump in.  Running to the store when you’re already working hard to make your juice can be a real pain in the rear.  Plan out your recipes or at least have ideas for each one throughout the day.  You’re going to want to juice anywhere from 4-6 times per day with tons of water in between.  I’m usually pretty darn hungry through the first day and then my blood sugar settles after that.  We tend to do veggies in the morning, always include greens in the juice, and allow for some fruit juice in the afternoon.  Some homemade almond milk can also slow the detox a little if you’d like to include that once or twice the first couple of days.  I’ll include a recipe for that one as well.  

RECIPES

Detox Morning Veggie Blend

4 stalks celery

1/2 cucumber

2 cups spinach

4 small carrots

1 small lemon (peel taken off)

 

Mid-Morning Toxin Flush

6 medium carrots

2 small beets or 1 large beet with tops

1 red apple

1 small lemon (skin cut off)

2 stalks celery

1 handful spinach

 

Lunch Pick Me Up

4 stalks celery

4 oranges (peels cut off)

3 medium carrots

2” slice turmeric (skin left on)

3” slice ginger

 

Afternoon Sugar Craving Blend

1/2 medium pineapple

3 medium carrots

2” slice ginger

1/2 cucumber

1 small beet (no tops)

1 small lemon (peel cut off)

 

Evening Juice Blend (sorry…no clever name for this one!)

2 stalks celery

1/2 pineapple

1 nectarine

1/2 cucumber

1 handful spinach

 

Almond Banana Pick Me Up

2 Cups Homemade Almond Milk

1 green banana

1 handful spinach

2 teaspoon organic cocoa powder

1 teaspoon maca powder 

If you’re doing a modified cleanse, a small portion of lean chicken in the evening can be a good support or a raw protein powder in some of your juices.  While I’m nursing, I also let myself have a little lean protein or I allow myself some almond milk with a banana.  And I would not do a cleanse at all if I were pregnant.

OUT OF THE HOME OPTIONS

If making juice is not an option for you, there are a few options available.  The first is available to anyone in the US.  Rejuv Juice is a great resource, and they ship for anyone who orders more than $69.  Their fit cleanse is a great juice detox intro for anyone trying it for the first time.  They have some hemp and almond milk smoothies included for the end of the day, which would make this a little bit of a less intense juice cleanse.  Their juices in the beginning of the day really are packed with great nutrients, veggies, and fruit.  And they bottle in glass bottles!!!!  These are straight up raw, unpasteurized and not treated juices.  

Juice from the Raw is also a great resource, but is only available to those in certain states on the East Coast.  They also do a lot of “smoothies”, so you’d want to make sure that you’re getting the cold pressed juices for your cleanse instead of their other products.  They do freeze them to ship them, so that’s something to consider.

Pressed Juicery is also an option.  They have a high pressure cleansing process, which I normally tend to shy away from.  But they enlisted some help from the UCLA School of Medicine, and the study shows that it’s still full of nutrients, antioxidants, and high in fiber.  They also have varying levels of cleansing, which can be great for a beginner or an advanced cleanse.  Feel free to check them out HERE.  As far as I can tell, their products are not organic and they are bottled in plastic.  So that’s something to throw into the decision!

There may also be a great, organic juice bar in your town that may not be online.  Poke around locally if you are looking for some support with getting a juice cleanse going!  

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