My juice cleanse experience started many years ago when I went to live in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I was going to work as a live in nanny for a friend, when she suggested I do a juice feast. Her downstairs neighbor (who was also her friend) decided to do it with me.
It turns out I had always struggled with my weight, and was ready for a change. I was 50 pounds overweight and was feeling it! I went into it with an open mind to see what would happen. Little did I know, the positive changes would surpass my expectations. I lost weight and it cleared my mind. I also normally experienced pain in my body on a daily basis, especially when I ate. During the juice cleanse I felt no physical pain of this kind at all.
Some Juice Cleanse Tips and Information
The first three days are the hardest of any cleanse, and believe me, I was no exception! When I was living in Mexico I could smell all the wonderful aromas of the food, it was so challenging. We would go out to dinner and I would have to watch my friends chow down on tacos. Let me tell you, if you can handle going out to dinner with people and not eat any food, you are doing great!
One of the major mistakes many people make while doing a juice cleanse is that they do not drink enough juice!! They will feel very hungry and then quit because they think it’s a load of bologna. You have got to drink a lot of juice! Whenever you are hungry, make one. At first, I did not drink enough juice and felt tired and hungry. I talked to my friend and she said that I was not drinking enough. I increased the amount of juice and felt a lot better. This is not a starvation diet, this is a juice feast!
Another mistake people make is they think they can only drink fruit juice, or the proportions of fruit to vegetable are favoring fruit. To get the most out of a juice feast and to be healthy you have got to mainly drink vegetable juice with some, to little, fruit.
If you are going to do a juice cleanse talk to people who are knowledgeable and successful in this field. It’s so important to have a support group when you’re juicing. There are websites out there like ours, that will be able to help you when you have any questions. We also have a Facebook page that you can follow if you are on Facebook.
I found out that throughout the cleanse, I was detoxing. I got headaches and pains. At first, I was worried there was something wrong with me, maybe this juice cleanse was a bad idea. Once again I talked to my friend and she said I was detoxing. You might go a week without detoxing, and then one day you feel it. Some people do not feel the detoxification at all.
It depends on what kinds of foods, drinks, medications you have put into your body before the juice feast. You have to trust your gut on what to do with your cleanse, and talk to others about what you are experiencing. Personally, I went through waves of detox. Before I moved to Mexico I was eating frozen pizza and drinking a lot of coffee. Those were not very healthy choices!
My Health and Weight Loss Results!
Week 2 I stepped on the scale, 20 pounds lost! It was amazing! Before I started the juice feast I had headaches and stomach pain just about every meal I ate. 2 weeks in, I had no pain at all! Even on my menstrual cycle I did not have any cramps or physical pain. I was in shock. How could drinking just juice have such a positive impact on my health?
I was drinking fresh vitamins and nutrients that helped my body heal. I felt renewed, refreshed, and ready for life! By the time I finished my 30 day juice cleanse I had lost a total of 45 pounds. I felt so much lighter and happier!
After I finished my juice cleanse I craved and was eating foods that I didn’t like before. I ate green olives, pears, and other fruit and vegetables I could not stand before. The cleanse changed my food palate. I’m not saying this will happen to you. I think that results vary with each person.
I just hope that you’re able to adopt (and keep) a healthier lifestyle long after you finish your cleanse. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to comment in the comments section at the bottom of any page.
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