I’ve been back from my European Adventure for a little over two weeks now. I certainly am going through post-traumatic trip nostalgia but I think I’ll be okay. I few great things happened after my return:
- I graduated! So now I have a lovely $20,000 certificate that proclaims I have an English B.A.
- I bought a new car (A metallic black 2012 Chevy Cruze) …still trying to come up with a name for it! Black Beauty? Black Beatle? Definitely up for some suggestions…
- I am now working full time for REM (a group-home corporation).
Summer 2016 should be exciting and hopefully not too bogged down with work.
Last week one of my friends asked if I wanted to do a “juice cleanse” with her. She used to them often when she was in high school swimming. I have done them before but not really the right way since I cheated literally the entire cleanse with stashed granola bars, beef jerky, etc. I did a little background research to let myself know what I was getting into. Unfortunately, I did the research AFTER purchasing all my juices so hopefully the juices I bought will work!
So… what is the point of a juice cleanse?
Many people turn to cleanses because they feel off—they’re bloated and sluggish, dependent on caffeine and junk food cravings, breaking out,” says Stephanie Middleberg, a New York City-based registered dietitian. “When you eliminate toxins from your system, your entire body feels better and reacts both internally and externally.”
Advocates say juice cleanses made from raw fruits and veggies are safe as long as you check in with your doctor first and keep it to three days at a time. I’ll be doing it for (hopefully) four days. It’s certainly going to be an interesting experience. Wine counts as juice right?! From my understanding it’s important to have juices that are made from real fruits and vegetables with some fiber content as well. All of my juices match this description. There are plenty of “juicing sets” you can buy but they’re all around $50.00 for a five day supply. I’m not about that life. I bought mine from a local store where I got all of my juices for under $30.00. The goal is to drink 6-8 a day so I might have to go out and buy a couple more. Time will tell…
Here’s the juice I bought:
I bought a couple different kinds because I get bored pretty quickly with any kind of food so I’m going to assume that will be the same for juice.
- Good Belly Tropical Green Probiotic Juice
- Probiotics make your belly feel much better so this is my morning juice.
- Naked Mighty Mango
- I got the extra large container so it should enough for an entire day.
- Mama Chia (Blackberry Hibiscus and Cherry Lime)
- The beverages are full of healthy omega-3s, dietary fibers, complete protein, calcium, and magnesium. You get your full day of Omega-3s in every chia drink plus 25% of your dietary fiber and 4 grams of complete protein. Plus they’re super yummy! (Personally, this is my favorite juice.)
- Here’s their link: http://www.mammachia.com/
- Organic Raw Kombucha Lavender No. 3 Juice
- Bhakti Chai
- It’s technically not a juice but it is pretty healthy and soooo freaking good.) #noragrets Also, the mission behind Bhakti is really inspiring.
- Water with Grade A Maple Syrup, Cayenne Pepper, and lemon
- I have heard this is a really good detox recipe so I’m going to be drinking a bottle of this a day as well… can’t hurt right? 😉
My end goal is to have more willpower, feel energized, and to rid my body of any toxins that might be making it difficult to digest and process food.