I have a love-hate relationship with being healthy. My favorite food is any flavor and type donut. Give me a yeast donut or give me a cake donut, I don’t care, just give me the dang donut. I could never ever give up sugar, gluten, and meat. How so not trendy of me, huh? Food makes me happy. That’s why this post isn’t about giving something up. This post is about being the best YOU. This post is about moderation. This post is about cleansing your mind, body, and soul. My hope is there is something in this post for everyone- the person who is looking to do a three day juice cleanse, the person who can’t possibly go a whole day without solid food, and the person who just wants to be healthier.
I’ve never been the type of person who could go a long time without eating- i’m happiest and feel the best when I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and multiple snacks throughout the day. So when Garden of Flavor contacted me about trying their juice cleanse, I almost said no. “How could I go all day without eating?!” I asked myself. And then right after that, I asked myself “Would I even have friends at the end of the day?!” You know that term that is circulating the internet, hangry (hungry and angry). That’s me when I don’t eat- i’m not pleasant.
So how could I ever do a juice cleanse when “just juice” wasn’t an option for me? I simply decided that I would stock my fridge with healthy options to have throughout the day that I know I love- keeping in mind the importance of eating many different colored fruits and veggies. The above photo is what I had on hand. Most of these items find themselves on my grocery list week after week with the exception of the watermelon and pineapple. Those were suggestions from Garden of Flavor if you need a little something to eat since they are easy on your stomach. They were a welcomed change from our apples, pears, blueberries, and raspberries, which are our normal go-to’s. My goal for the cleanse was to do something good for my body, so this is what worked for me. More power to you if you can do a cleanse that is just juice! I envy you a little, please teach me your ways ;)
I would like to specify two things here that I did with the above food that isn’t just the obvious “I ate it”. For the red bell pepper, I cut it in half and cracked the egg into it. I then placed it in the oven at 400 and baked for roughly 25 mins. When I am not cleansing, I add salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder on top before popping it in the oven. Then, i’ll sauté roughly two cups of spinach in coconut oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika while the egg is baking. I have this for lunch a couple times a week. Yum, yum! For the cleanse, I simply stuck with an unseasoned roasted bell pepper + egg. As suggested from Garden of Flavor, the lemon was used to have a cup of hot water with a couple slices to start off my cleansing day. I liked this so much that I started adding a lemon slice to my favorite teas!
So, the juice part of the cleanse. I drank all six of the juices throughout the course of the day. For me, that meant I always had a drink in my hand, whether it was a Garden of Flavor juice or water or tea. Combined, the six juices had twenty pounds of cold pressed fruits, veggies, and nuts. If you are asking yourself, “Why should I do a juice cleanse?”, this is the reason. It would be impossible to fill your body with that many nutrients if you had to eat them. Vitamins! Nutrients! Enzymes! Yaay! ;)
There’s way more to cleansing than just your physical body. I fully believe in the importance of mental health. This is a huge topic (and one that I don’t feel qualified to talk about!), but I would like to talk about a couple things that help me and are great additions to a cleanse/healthy lifestyle.
Reading. The day of my cleanse, as suggested to me by Zack, I started “The Power of Now“. Practically every single sentence has spoke to me in a powerful way. It’s definitely worth giving a read. I’m so glad I added this additional element to my cleanse because I found it very beneficial. The book is a cleanse for the mind in and of itself.
Yoga. Possibly the best thing i’ve done for my mind, body, and soul is yoga. Yoga took me awhile to really get into. I practiced on and off again for roughly three years before I found a studio and teacher that was a perfect fit for me and my lifestyle. I needed a place that would hold me accountable, a place that took the practice seriously, and a place that would provide me with more than a “workout”. I also needed to find a style that I loved. Personally, I fell in love with Ashtanga as my main practice, but I also love a good Vinyasa class. The two styles really complement each other. The day of my cleanse, since I wasn’t consuming my typical diet, I did an easy flow at home. Yoga instantly puts me in a great mood, so this was another great addition to my cleanse. One of these days i’ll get around to writing a full post on yoga because I could go on and on..and this post is already getting a little long ;)
Unplugging. Another thing that deserves a mention here is unplugging. Putting down your phone during your cleanse, or simply unplugging from your phone as a cleanse in of itself, is extremely important. This is another thing I could write a whole post about, and most likely will, because I can’t stress it enough. I chose to unplug from instagram for a complete week leading up to the cleanse. And it felt SO GOOD. I love that app and find it very inspiring, but stepping away was actually just as inspiring. This was a great addition to my cleanse.
There’s a little bit about my experience with cleansing. Will I do another (not just juice) cleanse? Most definitely. I believe 100% in the importance of practicing preventative medicine..and filling your body with 20 lbs of fresh fruits, veggies, and nuts in one day is the epitome of practicing preventative medicine. We are closing in on the time last year when I came down with a bad case of the flu that turned into pneumonia which had me stuck in bed for last three weeks, and it has me thinking how I don’t want to ever go through that again. I have made a commitment to my body that I will treat it well because I know it will treat me well right back. You can bet (not just juice) cleanses will become a bigger part of my regular routine for this reason.
* a full disclosure: I am grateful that Garden of Flavor gifted me a one day juice cleanse to try. I enjoyed their product so much that I knew right away I had to share it here. Garden of Flavor currently is available throughout Michigan and Ohio. If you are looking to try a juice cleanse, but don’t live in those areas, I highly suggest only buying an organic, cold pressed cleanse as this will be best for your body.