I have been getting a lot of questions lately from friends and fellow bloggers about juicing. I’m definitely no expert but I’ve done my fair share of juicing so here are my thoughts!
FAQ’s of Juicing
How do you go a day or two or three without eating solid foods?
I would only suggest doing juice cleanses that provide at least 1,200 calories for your diet. At no point during a cleanse have I ever felt faint or so weak and I thought I needed to sit down and neither should you. The 1,200 calories are dense with nutrients and they definitely keep you going. Juicing is much more about mindset than anything. Go into a cleanse with a positive mindset and you will do great.
How do I get started?
Start by testing some juices to see what you like. For example I really don’t like carrot or cucumber juices. But I found that I LOVE kale and spinach. To my surprise even though I’m not a fan of beets, beet juice is pretty tasty. It’s all about trial and error. Grab a juice or two for dinner to test them out. This way you can pick a cleanse with juices you will enjoy and not have to hold your nose to drink them!
Is it good for you?
I have no formal training in any medical field so I’m not authorized to answer that question. Feel free to chat with your doctor if you have concerns. I know that I always feel fresher and better after a cleanse. When I was still struggling with blood sugar issues in February the last two days of the cleanse were the best I had felt in a long time.
Do you lose weight?
Yes you will lose a couple of pounds, but most of it is water weight. I lost 5.5 pounds the first time I did a cleanse simply because I had more excess weight to lose. The second time I lost 2.5 pounds but I was lighter to begin with. Do not expect to keep all of the weight off and be realistic with your results.
Can I workout while juicing?
Most juice cleanses suggest you do light yoga or spend some time in the sauna. I have done some easy weight lifting workouts while cleansing and some light cardio with great results. The fast of the matter is you want to get a bit of sweat going at some point but don’t over do it.
What do I do after I cleanse?
Be careful what you eat in the days after your cleanse. If you head right back into beer and carbs not only will your stomach hate you, you are just asking your body to store all that crap.
Do you enjoy cleansing/ Is it worth it?
I absolutely believe juicing is worth it. The first day is always the hardest because your body is still processing the idea that you will not be eating solid foods. Once you get past that you really start to understand the whole “food as fuel thing”. I think that it is worth while to experience that feeling so you can properly address your fueling needs!
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Let me know if you have any more questions!