This past month I experimented a couple times with juice fasting. Taking a 3-day break from food is challenging to say the least, but it was a beneficial experience that taught me a lot about my relationship with food. It reinforced the large role that food plays in my life, and its effects on me physically and emotionally. It made me stop and really focus on what I’m putting in my body.
The idea of abstaining from food to detoxify the body is not a new one. Many ancient cultures and religions across the world have cleansing rituals that purportedly allow the body to rest and heal itself.
Juicing is the latest incarnation of humankind’s quest for purification. Unlike the austere Master Cleanse which consists of sipping on lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for 10 days straight, the newer juice cleanses are kinder and gentler.
So what are the benefits of juicing?
The idea of a juice cleanse is to provide your body with a massive dose of nutrition in a highly absorbable form that your body uses to “repair the damage” so-to-speak of the less than healthy food and lifestyle choices we all make. Juicing vegetables and fruits is a good way of getting large doses of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that would otherwise be impossible to consume in one day.
In fact most juice cleanses on the market tout having almost 20 pounds of fresh produce in one day’s worth of juice!
Cleansing for a few days can also help renew commitment to a healthy lifestyle motivating you to eat well and make good choices in the future so as not to undo all your good work.
While people may opt to make their own juices, being able to buy pre-made freshly pressed juices is a convenient and foolproof way to try cleansing; and two companies that have been making headlines with their juice cleanses are BluePrintCleanse and Cooler Cleanse.
They both offer a delivery service of 5 freshly pressed juices per day plus one nut milk for “dinner.” In my quest to discover the benefits of juicing for myself I decided to test out both cleanses (not back to back, in case you were wondering).
Have you ever done a juice cleanse before?