To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse
Juice cleanses are all the rage right now, especially with it being the new year. So is it really worth your time and expense? I had the opportunity to test out my first juice cleanse ever (eekk) and to be honest I was nervous and excited and mainly already missing food..haha.
After doing some research, I decided to go with a company called Juice Supply here in Dallas, TX. Their juices are full of amazing ingredients and all freshly made in the store. Another great benefit is that their juices do not go through HPP (high pasteurization process) and they also add in nutrients so overall you are not missing out on the major things your body needs to function at its best.
I chose to do the Slim & Glow 3-day cleanse. I didn’t want to get too aggressive since I had never done a cleanse before but I also wanted to see how I felt after more than just one day. Most of their cleanses are 1, 3, 5 and 7 days however they have people that will stay on these juices for a month at a time (no idea how they have that self-control)!
The daily structure looks something like this:
Noon-Forever Glowing (favorite!)
7pm Cruciferous Free
To be honest, most people say the first day is the hardest and I would say that is sort of true. I was excited to be starting and mentally prepared to only drink my meals but when it came down to it, that was easier said than done. My days are fairly busy and I am out of my house a lot so I carried my juices around in a lunchbox (so elementary school chic of me) so that I was never out unprepared. Having a meal every few hours was nice though. It would take me a least an hour to drink some of the juices so by then I would only have another hour or two till the next one. For someone who really (I mean really) loves eating, this was a nice cadence.
Day Two was a little harder, I missed chewing food and since I already knew how everything tasted, there was little newness involved with the juices. However, I did feel great. I am a tea addict and will even throw in coffee on those long days, but the main thing I noticed was how much energy I had sans caffeine. This was awesome, and considering my days start around 5am, a welcome change. Also, by mid/end day two you’re already half way there, so there was an extreme sense of accomplishment and determination to finish all three days.
On day three I had a love/hate relationship with the juices. I felt awesome and loved the convenience of having all my meals ready and waiting, but I just missed chewing food. I think some people have an easier time with that than others however, I didn’t miss it to the point where I had any interest in stopping. I did attend a happy hour that evening and did not drink or eat anything there (victory!). Truthfully, that in a nutshell was one of the best parts of the cleanse. Proving to myself that I had the self-control to only drink juices, fill my body with wonderful nutrients and not be starving.
Overall, my juice cleanse experience would be a win! I really did love it. My husband might tell you I talked about food too much since I missed it (whoops) but other than that I wouldn’t say the lack of food made me cranky or irritable. I definitely noticed an increase in energy without any caffeine, which I loved because all I was feeding my body was fruits, veggies and spices. The convenience was also unbeatable and made staying on track and being healthy that much easier. My favorite part about the cleanse overall was being able to break those daily habits and cravings so that my eating was not dictated by what I wanted but more by what my body truly needed. If you are looking for a great way to not only reset your body but also your mind, then a juice cleanse is the way to go! There will definitely be more cleanses in my future!
If you are interested in trying a cleanse from Juice Supply but don’t live in the area, do not fear, they can easily ship it to you! They also deliver through Favor all over the city of Dallas!
Check out DFW Beauty Guide's latest review on our Slim & Glow Cleanse below. We are super excited they got to enjoy one of our cleanses!
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ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO I DECIDED TO TRY A THREE-DAY JUICE CLEANSE. THE HOLIDAYS HAD JUST FLOWN BY AND I WAS FEELING MORE SLUGGISH THAN EVER. NOW, MORE THAN EVER, I NEEDED SOMETHING TO WAKE ME UP AND GET ME READY FOR THE NEW YEAR.
JUICE SUPPLY, (FORMERLY ELIXIR JUICE BAR) THE DALLAS-BASED COMPANY HAD AN ORDER OF THE "SLIM & GLOW" CLEANSE ALL READY FOR ME TO PICK-UP, AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED TO START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT.
THE 3 DAY CLEANSE PROMISED NOT JUST A DETOX BUT MENTAL CLARITY, WITH THE IMMENSE AMOUNT OF NUTRIENTS "MOVING YOUR BODY AND MIND TO A MORE PEACEFUL PLACE, AND GIVING YOURSELF A CHANCE TO DETOXIFY NOT ONLY YOUR BODY BUT YOUR SCATTERED THOUGHTS WHILE ENJOYING LESS UNHEALTHY FOODS." SOUNDED LIKE AN A-OK PLAN TO ME.
HERE WE GO!
FOR THREE DAYS I WAS LIMITED TO CONSUMING THE FOLLOWING JUICES AND WATER, OF COURSE!
8AM THAI DETOX
CONSISTS OF: YOUNG THAI COCONUT WATER, PINEAPPLE, CILANTRO, DANDELION, LEMON, TUMERIC ROOT (MY FAVORITE)
10AM YOGA PURIST
CONSISTS OF: SWISS CHARD, CILANTRO, PARSLEY, DANDELION, KALE, SPINACH, CELERY, CUCUMBER LEMON
12PM FOREVER GLOWING
CONSISTS OF: SENCHA GREEN TEA, LEMON, COCONUT, SCHIZANDRA, ASTRAGALUS, GOJI BERRIES, LUCUMA, VITAMIN E, RASPBERRIES
3PM PEARL MYLK
CONSISTS OF: COCONUT MYLK, FRESH WATER PEARL POWDER, CHRYSANTHEMUM TEA
CONSISTS OF: GINGER ROOT, TUMERIC ROOT, CAYENNE, PINEAPPLE (BRACE YOURSELF!)
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7PM CRUCIFEROUS FREE
CONSISTS OF: SPINACH, DANDELION GREENS, ROMAINE, CELERY, CUCUMBER, PARSLEY, CILANTRO, LEMON
8PM OVERNIGHT REJUVENATION
CONSISTS OF: BULGARIAN ROSE WATER, COCONUT, MULBERRIES, MAGNESIUM, BLUEBERRIES, HOLY BASIL, VALIARAN ROOT, DATES, SUNWARRIOR RAW, VEGAN PROTEIN, PROBIOTICS WITH PREBIOTICS
I WILL MOST DEFINITELY DO THIS CLEANSE AGAIN, NOT ONLY DID I FEEL LIGHT AND READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD, MY SKIN IS STILL GLOWING. CLEANSES AND DETOXES SUCH AS THESE GIVE YOUR BODY A QUICK PUSH IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AND THAT'S ALWAYS A GREAT THING! HERE'S TO GLOWING ALL YEAR!
SLIM & GLOW CLEANSE IS PRICED AT $75.00/DAY.
FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO GET PRICING FOR THE OTHER CLEANSE PROGRAMS OFFERED VISIT JUICE SUPPLY TODAY!
8084 PARK LANEDALLAS TX 75231214.361.2252
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From MindBodyGreen by Simone Samuels:
7 Benefits I Never Expected When I Went on the Raw Food Diet
Back in 2010 I decided to go on a raw food detox. I’d been on a yoga retreat in Bali and had eaten raw foods the whole time I was there. I loved the food, and it got me curious to learn more, so I decided that when I returned home that I would try and go 100% raw for a while.
It was partly because I wanted to lose weight, partly because I felt like my body needed a cleanse after many years of partying it up and not treating it so great, and partly because I love a good challenge.
I threw myself into this new raw food lifestyle. However, in order to be able to follow it, I couldn’t live the same way anymore. It really meant overhauling everything I ate and the entire way I lived.
Without my even realizing it, going raw became the catalyst for dramatic positive change in my life, bringing more benefits to me than just weight loss and a cleaner body. Here are seven benefits that I did not see coming:
1. Going raw got me back in the kitchen.
Eating out or ordering in every night was the first habit I had to break. Raw food restaurants in Jakarta (where I now live) are nonexistent, and the closest menu item I could find that was suitable to eat at most places was a very unsatisfying garden salad (which just doesn’t cut it for an evening meal!).
So I started going grocery shopping again, began making green smoothies for breakfast, packing my own salad for lunch at my office, and then experimenting in the kitchen at night.
This habit alone was one of the best things I could have gained from my year on raw. Eating home cooked meals is not only better energetically, but it means consuming better ingredients. It saves heaps of money, too.
2. The raw food diet helped me discover food intolerances.
Following a raw food diet means the common allergens in food are completely avoided: eggs, soy, wheat (gluten), sugar and dairy. These get cut out completely. By not including those items in my diet anymore, I started to feel amazing.
3. Eating raw made me more intuitive.
I started to eat such a clean diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting out all the processed crap and the above-mentioned allergens, that something changed inside me spiritually. My clean body seemed to open the passage for my intuition to soar.
It's like my mind was no longer hazy from drinking too much booze the night before, or my brain fogged up from eating gluten, that I could see things with clarity. I could tap into my intuitive side, and I started to notice the beauty in the world around me. I became more focused and started to see the world differently, noticing the small and beautiful things around me.
4. Going raw changed my taste buds.
I stopped craving coffee every morning, and no longer needed alcohol to end my night. Sugar cravings got replaced by more savory ones, and if I did crave sugar I’d feed myself a super indulgent yet still healthy raw dessert, which did not have the same negative effect as eating a whole roll of Mentos or Skittles, my former vices. I now miss it when I don’t have a green smoothie for a few days if I’m traveling, and junk foods don’t even factor into any of my decisions around food anymore.
5. Following a raw lifestyle meant cleaning my act up.
The raw food lifestyle changed all my former party girl ways. The thought of sitting in a smoky bar while drinking all night seemed absurd when everything else in my life was now so clean. I much preferred to stay at home experimenting in the kitchen on a new recipe, learning about raw foods and healthy living, and practicing yoga and meditation than going out partying on a Friday or Saturday night. I had found a new passion, and that really fueled me more than any of more former bad habits had.
6. Eating raw foods taught me about diet and nutrition.
As I started to change my diet and lifestyle, I began fielding questions from curious friends and colleagues. So I started writing a blog to share recipes and other aspects of my experience.
This led me to begin learning even more about food, nutrition and health. My thirst for this new knowledge was almost insatiable. Reading novels got replaced by reading nonfiction books on nutrition and diet, and I became obsessed with healthy, raw and vegan cookbooks as I devoured all the information I could get my hands on.
7. Going raw led me on a new career path.
I then discovered a new career I could have: health coaching. I never knew that this job even existed, but as soon as I found out about it, I just knew that I had to become one.
So I did my diploma, trained as a raw food chef and started teaching classes in my home. Then I started seeing clients and decided to take my career in a whole new direction.
These days I eat a mostly raw diet, but it's actually a plant-based diet mixed in with raw and cooked food. But if it hadn’t been for raw foods I don’t think my overall well-being would be the way it is now, and I certainly wouldn’t be writing this article. It really is amazing how things can change by making one decision. All it takes is the first step, and it can lead you to just about anywhere!