I am preparing for detoxification and I wanted to share my process in case anyone would like to join me! Now, I’ll admit that I was seduced by one of those Jack LaLanne juicer infomercials….I can be kind of a sucker for those types of ads despite them being a waste of money half the time but I actually love my juicer! Since most of the so called health benefits are unsupported by medical evidence I was skeptical and thought juicing was more of a fad than anything. However, I was pleasantly surprised by not only the weight lost but also how much “cleaner” I felt after juicing for just a few days. I actually felt the detoxification effects and benefits! Cross my heart and pinky swear! So, since I’ve been struggling to rededicate myself to my weight loss efforts I think this is the perfect time to detox.
Detox diets are extremely popular – juicing, Master Cleanse, green smoothies, infused water…the list goes on and on. My point is there are many ways to detox, you have to find what works best for you for your lifestyle and goals. My major goals are to jump start my weight loss, rededicate myself to clean eating, and do a moderate colon cleanse. Juicing will help me to accomplish each of these.
To prepare for my detox juice diet, I mapped out a clear and specific plan. I intend to juice throughout the day and eat a sensible clean dinner – my beloved salad in a jar for example – for three days. I only plan to detox three days per week, not go on a strict liquid diet because I’m not using juicing as a quick weight loss fix. This is the plan that works best for me, my aim is not to drop a ton of weight fast – instead I want to clean my body and completely switch gears on my eating habits. Feeling clean inside definitely shows on the outside, in everything from my belly being flatter to my skin being clearer and even my hair looking healthier. I want to incorporate juicing into my lifestyle for long periods of time, not just as a quick diet fix.
I originally stopped juicing because it can be expensive and time consuming. The infomercial did lie about the clean up being fast and easy – keeping all the way real with you, its not. But the benefits far outweigh the cost so I’m going back to it. My brother and mother are doing it along with me, they volunteered after I spoke about how great it made me feel. So, it helps to have “company” along with me!
I’ve learned through research and experience that juicing vegetables are healthier and help with weight loss and detox more than fruits, but of course fruits – with their natural sugars – taste better! So I try to go 75% veggie and 25% fruit for a balance of health and taste. Below are my favorite juicing combinations, they are my own variations of my favorite juices I’ve tried over time. I don’t have precise amounts, I simply “eyeball” the amount I need and try to stick to my 4:3 ratio.
The most important thing when you are juicing is to prepare by purchasing all the fruits and veggies you need, have them washed, chopped and ready to go, and to utilize mason jars to help keep the juices as fresh as possible for a few hours (something I just learned). I only make juice once per day and the vacuum sealed jars prevent the juice from oxidizing too quickly. I alternate between 12 and 8 ounces between breakfast and dinner (12 for breakfast, 8 as a mid-morning snack, 12 for lunch, 8 as an afternoon snack) and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Again, dinner is solid foods but a clean meal consisting of protein and veggies. No dairy, carbs or processed foods.
I’ll be back for next week’s Fitness Friday to report my results. If anyone plans to join me, please let me know!
I’m sure some of you are juicing experts so by all means share your experience and tips for preparing for detox!
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