Healthy by Heather

3 Day Juicing Cleanse – Day 1 #juicing #cleanse #detox #rawdiet

Today my fiancé Brian and I started a 3 day juice cleanse. Let me start by saying this is not something that I would normally partake in. However, with the start of the new year and starting a new chapter in my life, I agreed to go along with this. At the end of each day I will keep you posted on my progress.  Here it goes.

I’m sure you’ve heard all about juicing and the endless pros for this diet. If not the following are some of them:

• Jumpstart weight loss
• Boost your immune system
• Promote beautiful, clear skin
• Promote detoxification
• Increased energy
• Better sleep

Day one is finally over and I’m exhausted. Not only because I haven’t really consumed that many calories but because I’ve consumed 5 very large juices over the course of 8 hours, plus a vegetable-only meal which consisted of spaghetti squash with homemade tomato sauce. That’s it. Vegetable and fruit juice all day. This cleanse requires that you start the day by drinking 16oz of hot water with lemon and ginger and end the day with a cup of herbal decaffeinated tea. Brian and I didn’t realize we were supposed to start the day with the hot water so that will have to go in tomorrow but we are finishing it with strawberry hibiscus herbal tea.  I will admit I haven’t experienced any severe hunger pangs but I am craving every kind of food that isn’t vegetables. I’m salivating to my junk cabinet smelling like Nuts on Clark popcorn and watching television due to all the food commercials. It definitely takes will power. Everything I’ve read says that day one is the hardest. I hope this is true.

Let me go into some cons that I have discovered over the course of the day.  First of all my day has been spent running to the bathroom due to excessive urination. When I say excessive I mean at least 2 times every hour. Juicing can also cause headaches, low blood pressure, and nausea and vomiting. If you experience any of these things you should stop juicing. Juicing for Brian and I wasn’t very expensive, about $2.00 a juice but we shopped at our local WinCo and anyone who knows what this chain is knows they have the best prices. So if you plan on doing this cleanse I would recommend finding the most economical supermarket otherwise it’ll cost a lot more. Finally, juicing requires a lot of planning, proper timing throughout the day so you aren’t starving, and it requires a ton of time! All I could think today was who has the time for this. It requires cleaning all the fruits and vegetables, organizing them along with the recipes, making the juice, and cleaning the machine.  It literally consumed my whole day. Thankfully, I had nothing to do today and work the overnight so I have plenty of time to make juices. For the average person I would think this diet would be very hard to stick to or at least would consume a majority of their free time.

Stay tuned for day two progress.

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