Although I’ve always thought that an important component in decluttering is to clean the body, it has taken me to age fifty to finally do a juice cleanse, and only a one day one at that.
I figured I’d start small- I can do just about anything for one day! And I wasn’t looking for any dramatic shift in health or habits, but rather just a simple, quick and efficient rebooting of my body’s energy.
Since I don’t own a juicer and didn’t think my current once-every-fifty-years schedule of juicing was adequate incentive to purchase one, I was happy to hear about a locally owned juice bar: http://purejuz.net/
I ordered my one day juice cleanse 24 hours in advance, and the next day I left Pure Juz with five mason jars labeled and ready to be consumed, in a specific order.
Here is what they contained (12 oz each & very palpable):
#1 cucumber, apple, lemon, celery and parsley
#2 cucumber, carrots, beet, celery
#3 apple, celery. Lemon, romaine, kale
#4 apple,lemon,romaine, spinach, parsley
#5 pear, celery, lemon, ginger
On the morning of the juice fast, I still had my one cup of coffee. I need that burst of caffeine to get my running sneakers on. This made it not a total juice fast, but I was okay with that. I wasn’t aiming perfection, just a moderate detoxifying.
I was advised to drink water all day long (even though I’d be consuming 60 ounces of juice) and to eat raw nuts or whole fruits or veggies if I got too hungry. And guess what? I got too hungry.
So I ate some raw nuts.
And two scrambled eggs.
I was not your model juice faster. Perhaps I should call this the Juice Not-So-Fast.
But despite it being an imperfect and brief juice fast, I learned a couple things:
Feeding my cells nearly 60 ounces of vegetable juice gives them a happy buzz that surely has health benefits.
and I can indeed get through an entire day without any processed sugar or gluten and feel better for it.
I felt lighter and clearer and the desire to maintain this energy carried into the next day, and the next.
Plus I get to keep the mason jars.
A clean getaway.