Always one to try out new diet regimens – especially after a holiday season of eating – I decided to do a juice cleanse to kick off the new year. I have mentioned before my 80/20 way of thinking. With that lifestyle, I enjoy taking time once a quarter to detox.
I look at juice cleanses or raw food meal plans as a great way to detox – something to kick start a new season, get me back on track, or reset my diet after a vacation full of indulgences.
The first time I ever did a juice program, it was hard. It was six juices every day for three days, and no food. The juices consisted of foods like beets, apples, spinach, kale, cucumber, cashews, agave, ginger, etc. I definitely had enough energy to get through my day and workout, but my jaw was sore from chewing all those crunchy veggies, some of the juices were not so tasty, and I had a few headaches (probably from the lack of caffeine.) Despite all these issues, by day three, I was feeling very energized and had looser clothes; the end results were worth a headache or two for me.
Some people thought I was crazy doing another detox about six months after they watched me make it through juicing. Let me tell you – the meal plans that involve juice and raw or mainly raw foods are absolutely AMAZING! I love every new food item I have tried and in the past nine months have completed three of these programs! When you follow these meal plans partnered with juices, you’re able to eat a dinner and dessert!
Why do I keep doing this?
One of the nicest perks for me about the juicing and raw food meal plans is that they are typically made with local, organic food items. Most of the people I talk to about these meal plans think the food can’t be delicious, but in my opinion, it’s great! Some places, like Lithe Method, offer great options at similar prices to grabbing takeout anywhere in the city.
Besides that, the positive side effects I have experienced after only three days of a detox are enough to get me hooked and make me want to try to incorporate more raw foods and juices into my daily life. Not only do I have tons of energy but my chronic psoriasis clears up, my skin glows, and my hair shines!
What are your thoughts about raw food meal plans and juicing? Are there any other methods I should incorporate to start fresh this year? Please share!