And you know what?
They are not healthy.
And they do not work.
But because I am a little bit obsessed with wellness, I still keep an eye out for the newest trends and diets. The biggest one I have been seeing lately is the five day juice cleanse. Juice cleanses consist of all veggie and fruit juices. No chewing allowed.
The first juice cleanse I was ever introduced to was The Master Cleanse; a mixture of water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. I tried The Master Cleanse years ago and after a few hours I was feeling horribly ill. You should never feel horribly ill when doing a cleanse, detox or diet. Never.
After years of experimenting with different diets and eating habits, I know what works and what doesn’t work. I know what is healthy and what is not healthy. I know that juicing for more than one day is not healthy. Juicing removes the fiber (which is in the pulp). Fiber helps to remove the toxins in your body. We need fiber. We also need protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
So while I do not recommend juice only cleanses for any more than one day, I do recommend adding juice to your every day clean eating.
Let me break this down for you.
You can find juice cleanses like the popular BluePrint Cleanse, which will tell you that drinking just juice is totally healthy but I’m not falling for it and neither should you. I do one day juice cleanses, but I also eat real food with the juices when my body is craving it. Like a nice hearty salad for lunch and a veggie soup for dinner. For me, the juice is an added bonus to clean eating. The combination of clean eating and green/root based juices gives me loads of energy and a well-rested sleep.
So the next time your bff begs you to do The Master Cleanse or a new (more than one day) all juice cleanse don’t fall for it. Instead, suggest you add it to a real food detox, like this 5 Day be SOULful Detox.
On The Fly Tips:
- Just Say No to just juice cleanses
- Add fresh veggie/root juices to your REAL food detox or clean eating
- Make your own fresh juice, it’s way cheaper and tastes better
- If you must do a just juice cleanse, stick to just one day
And because I love a good laugh, check out this Buzzfeed article about juice cleansing.
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