My juice cleanse #IKHLW

I wrote a blog a month after starting my juice cleanse to explain why I started and how I felt in the beginning entitled cleansing.  To briefly recap.

  • I started my juice cleanse on November 5, 2016
  • A week before I started the cleanse I stopped drinking coffee and I ate clean raw vegan
  • I watched the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 
  • The purpose for starting the juice cleanse was to improve my digestion

I started my cleanse on a weekend so if I went through any detox symptoms I wouldn’t have to experience them during a work day. The first couple of days I had a slight headache and low energy. Nothing major. I didn’t exercise during the cleanse because The focus was on resting and repairing my digestion.

For the first five weeks of the cleanse I got colon hydrotherapy. To read about my experience, click here.

I started my juice cleanse drinking green juice. The recipes I used is:

  • 6-8 Kale leaves or spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch of ginger root

Another juice recipe I drank often was beet juice.

  • 1 beet (greens and all)
  • 7 stalks of celery
  • 1 lemon

I love beet juice! Beets are good for the blood. They have iron an help cleanse the blood.

I also made a citrus juice that is good for reducing cellulite.

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch of ginger

I used a juicer not a blender. The juice should be free from pulp and fiber. If you use a blender, you have to strain your juice.

I used a juicer I got from GNC

I drank at least 60oz of juice per day. I had a juice for breakfast lunch and dinner. Between juices I drank water and non caffeinated herbal tea. If I was still hungry, I drank more juice.

Towards the end of my juice cleanse I drank mostly celery juice.

  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 1 lemon
  • Sometimes I would add a clove of garlic for flavor and garlic has healing properties and is an immunity booster

The first few days or so, I did have some cravings and I missed chewing. Then I started really enjoying how I felt after drinking a juice, energized and nourished.

I didn’t go into the cleanse with a set end date, I just decided to listen to my body and give my digestion a break. The more I juiced the more normal it got and I had to consciously ask myself when I was going to stop juicing.

One of the obvious side effects of my juice cleanse was weight loss. I lost 20lbs in the first month and 34 more pounds over the next two months.

I don’t really see it as weight loss, I see it as healing. Not only a physical healing, but a mental, emotional and spiritual healing as well. As I was healing my body by juicing, and releasing old hurts and negative emotions, my body was returning to it’s normal weight.

I did make some mistakes during the juice cleanse.

I didn’t realize that I would stop having bowel movements and needed to either continue colon hydrotherapy do regular enemas or use a herbal laxative to remove toxins and waste from my body. So about half way through the cleanse I made the necessary adjustments and began drinking smooth move tea to help with elimination.

I wish I had of done some walking or yoga during the juice cleanse to improve my circulation and tone. Losing the amount of weight I did has left me with some loose skin, it’s not real bad but some low impact exercise may have prevented it all but together.

I’m glad I did this juice cleanse. I plan on doing it once a year as a New Years system reset. I plan to incorporate juicing into my daily diet.

Juicing is the best way to get nutrients into your body in a concentrated form and give your digestion a rest. I would suggest giving a juice cleanse a try. If you are interested in doing a juice cleanse read my blog post on how to start.

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