Some of you who follow me on Twitter may know that for the past 6.5 days I’ve been on a raw cold pressed juice cleanse. I’ve blogged about juice cleanses before (check it out!) and almost everyone I encounter when I’m on one of these cleanses has tons of questions.
What: A juice cleanse consists of consuming only raw cold pressed juices, meaning that the juices are not pasteurized – therefore, the juices still contain all vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
Why: Drinking raw cold pressed juice is one of the quickest and easiest ways to flood one’s body with nutrients. Did you know that your cells actually absorb the nutrients in juice as quickly as alcohol enters the bloodstream? Normally when consuming solid foods, nutrients are not absorbed until after the body goes through the lengthy digestion process. Juice cleanses also help detoxify and reboot your system. Be aware that you may feel nauseated or have headaches and other detox symptoms on the first couple days of your cleanse.
I usually do about 4 of these cleanses a year, but up until this point, the longest I had ever done was 3 days. My good friend Marcia – who is a warrior and at one time has done a 10 day cleanse, convinced me after eating many veggie corn dogs and drinking several bourbon drinks over the course of a weekend at a music festival in Kentucky that we should do a 7 day cleanse.
I reluctantly agreed, totally questioning my ability to give up solid food for an entire week. Somehow, I’ve managed to get through the past 6.5 days with no solid food, coffee, or alcohol.
And I didn’t even kill anyone!!!!
As long as we’re talking about this, I might as well get real – were there a lot of times where it was hard? Yes. Is eating solid food one of my greatest joys and passions? YASSSS. Was it an exercise in discipline, willpower, and sticking to a commitment? Absolutely. Am I so proud of myself for committing and proving to myself that I could do it? YEAH. Like I said, I didn’t even know if I was capable, but after the first few days, cleansing starts to feel incredible and it does get easier. Let just TELL you, I am feeling healthy, hydrated, well rested, energetic, and on cloud 9 – and in addition, completing something that was such a challenge has made me feel like I can do anything.
I highly recommend looking into a raw cold pressed juice cleanse if you haven’t done one before. As I mentioned in my other post about my cleanse with Juice Nashville, my inspiration for my first and subsequent cleanses came from the documentary, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” I am a total documentary fiend – and this one is my absolute favorite. Well made, informative, entertaining, inspirational. If you have Netflix, seriously, it’s worth your watch. Check out the trailer:
How: I have a juicer at home that I use a lot, but am so thankful that I live in a city that is so on board with healthy eating. I wanted to shout out some of my favorite spots to get juices and healthy smoothies here in Nashville. Check them out if you haven’t already!