Juice cleansing

So after doing quite a bit of indulging in Taiwan, I decided to do a juice cleanse. Some of the many benefits of juicing include: better absorption of the nutrients in fruits/vegetables, increased energy levels, ridding the body of toxins, improvements in sleep and strengthened immunity.

I’m planning on doing the cleanse for 2.5 days. I’m only doing a half day on Friday because you are supposed to reduce your activity level during juice cleanses and I want to go to CrossFit after work.

The goods:

beets, carrots, cucumber, kale, celery, apples, pears, oranges, mint, ginger, strawberries, cantaloupe

beets, carrots, cucumber, kale, celery, apples, pears, oranges, mint, ginger, strawberries, cantaloupe

Here are my tips for a successful juice cleanse.

1. Be prepared. Get enough veggies/fruits to last the duration of your cleanse. Trust me – you will not want to go to the grocery store a few days into your cleanse.

2. Chop your fruits/veggies ahead of time (and try not to cut any fingers off). I usually chop everything up and throw the fruits in one bowl and the veggies in another. I typically wait until I’m ready to use the apples/pears to cut them up because they will turn brown if they sit out.

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3. Clean the juicer immediately after using it. Juicers usually have approximately 97 pieces to them so they are kind of a pain to clean but I’ve found that I am way more likely to use my juicer if it’s clean and ready to be used.

4. Drink a lot of water with lemon and (non-caffeinated) tea. Yogi makes some great detox specific teas.

favorite mug

favorite mug

5. Try to avoid temptation. The only food that’s currently in my house is a bunch of fruits/veggies so even if I wanted to stray from the cleanse it’s not like I’d be chowing down on pizza and chips. I would definitely try to avoid restaurants/grocery stores if at all possible.

6. Include green veggies in all juices and try different combinations of fruits/vegetables. There are plenty of juice recipes out there but I usually just throw a bunch of different things in the juicer and hope that it turns out ok. (It always does!)

7. Drink your juice out of a boot. Just kidding, but I’m pretty sure everyone enjoys drinking out of a boot!

juice in a boot

juice in a boot

Happy cleansing!

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