So you’ve decided to do a juice cleanse. It may be your first one, or maybe your second, or third. As humans we all have expectations for ourselves, for others, or possible outcomes. Relating this to juicing, you may have some ideas or expectations on how this is going to play out.
Let’s say you are expecting to lose 30 pounds after doing a 30 day juice cleanse. At the end of the 30 days you lost 25, or 20 pounds. You feel let down. You start beating yourself up because you could not lose all 30 pounds. Maybe you have an unrealistic goal. Like you’re gonna fly to the frickin’ moon and lose 80 pounds in 15 days. Believe me, I KNOW!
Sean and I are both perfectionists and are working on accepting things as they are, and letting go of expectations. Of course this is not always easy! It takes time and patience. Don’t beat yourself up because of it, you’re human and cannot always be perfect. Feel good that you lost 20 pounds. Hey, you could of done nothing at all and not made this huge progress. Putting that much pressure on yourself is very stressful and doesn’t feel good. Come on people, let’s give ourselves some credit here!
Moving on, here are some tips and ideas that will help you be realistic with your juice cleanse experience.
Tip #1 Do your research.
Jumping into your first juice cleanse is great, but it’s better when you have an idea what it’s like. If you look on the web there are countless sites that have great information about juice cleansing. You may have to weed through some information because not all of it is balanced or healthy. It’s best to go with blogs or websites that are trusted resources, like rawjuicecleanserecipes.com . If you’re wanting to learn more about juice cleansing you can read the articles on this page, or if you want to get right to the point and have all of the info gathered together in one place you can pick up our complete guide to doing a juice cleanse.
Tip #2 Be realistic with your health goals
If you have this idea or expectation that it’s gonna be perfect and easy, and everyday you’ll drop 4 pounds, that may be a bit of a let down. Like I said above, do some research so you can get an idea of what it’s really like to do a juice cleanse. Through this you can really look at your goals and make sure they are realistic. It needs to work for you and your schedule. Also, results vary from one person to another, so don’t compare your journey to someone else’s.
Tip #3 Don’t weigh yourself everyday
This is just some advise that you can take it or leave it. Weighing yourself everyday may not be the best way to go about it, especially if you are gonna do a longer juice cleanse. The truth is the scale will fluctuate, so one day you may see a 3 pound weight loss and the next it looks like you’ve gained a pound. Don’t be discouraged, it’s normal. The thing is that you lose weight in increments, so the number on the scale will seem wacky. You’re also taking in a lot of juice, so some days your have more liquid in your body than others. Just be patient and keep going! This is why I advise you not to weight yourself everyday. Try doing it once a week, if you can. Oh, by the way here is a more in depth article about not weighing yourself during a juice cleanse.
Tip #4 Manage your time wisely
In this day and age most of us folks have busy lives. That’s why we have to manage our time to make sure we get everything done. This is no exception with a juice cleanse. Although you may not be cooking (unless you have kids/family) it still takes time to juice. Over time you will become more efficient at juicing and you will get a hang of it. Oh, here’s an article that may be a game changer for those of you who really don’t have a lot of time but want to do a juice cleanse.
Tip #5 Keep your kitchen clean
This tip is a big one. Let me tell you from lots of experience my friend, it’s important! Make your kitchen a hospitable place for juicing. You can store away toasters, microwaves, anything that will give you more room when juicing, cause believe me you’ll need it! I wrote an article why it’s important to keep a clean space and (here’s the link for it). Also, it’s important to clean your juicer everytime you make juice so:
A) You don’t attract insects.
B) Your kitchen doesn’t smell, and it can get smelly!
C) The juice and pulp from the fruit and veggies don’t get stuck on everything, including your juicer which is a pain in the rear end to clean.
Tip #6 Not everyday during your juice cleanse will be a walk in the sunshine
You may have read success stories about people who have done a juice cleanse and now you’re amped up to do one yourself. That is awesome! It can be a life changing experience, or another step to you a healthier you. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you have a doable and realistic plan so you can make this experience a good one.
Most juice cleanses include ups and downs and it’s good to know a bit about both of these before you get started! I recommend you read this article about the realities of doing a juice cleanse as it’s got some very straight forward information about what to expect during one.
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