"If you are hungry, eat!" This is what I was told by Grateful Juice owner, Kimberley Landini, and that I did. I ate while on a juice cleanse and still reaped all the benefits, if not more, from the process than someone who doesn't eat while juicing.
Have you ever tried a juice cleanse, but weren't given any instructions on how to juice cleanse properly? And when you were done with that juice cleanse, what did you do? Did you eat something really bad? Probably. I have had this same experience. I juice cleansed for three days, ate absolutely nothing, and when I was done ate a cheeseburger... oops!
The Grateful Juice cleanse isn't like that. Landini will be your cheerleader through the whole process, texting and emailing you to make sure you are still going strong and eating! She will guide you through the process with juice cleanse instructions and recipes for healthy smoothies, meals, and snacks.
I tried a Grateful Juice cleanse and followed Landini's rules to a T. I prepped for three days and cleansed for three days and let me be honest, I felt great! I wasn't ever starving, though I still had cravings (but I was strong and didn't give in) and I was eating REAL foods that provided me with energy to get through the day. When I thought about eating something bad, I thought about Landini telling me "look at food and think 'do I want you because you will give me energy or do I want you because you taste good?'" When you actively ask yourself that question, your choices in food change drastically.
One rule I had during the cleanse was that I could not eat anything that was processed or ever had eyeballs. Essentially, I was vegan for three days. Also, I could not have alcohol or caffeine. (Side note: Landini says if you are a big coffee drinker, you can have your coffee, but get 8 oz. of coffee and do half decaf, half regular and skip the creamers).
First, I will walk you through what I ate during prep days and what I had during cleanse days.
Prep Day One and Two:
- Breakfast: Ezekiel Bread with 1/2 an avocado and 1 egg
- Snack: Cucumber with Majestic Basil Garlic spread
- Lunch: Salad, loaded with sprouts and veggies with oil and vinegar dressing
- Snack: Organic plant protein smoothie ( 2 scoops protein, 8 oz. of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 tablespoon of almond butter)
- Dinner: Another salad loaded with sprouts and veggies with oil and vinegar dressing
How I felt: I was motivated and determined to get through prep so I could start drinking the juices.
Prep Day Three:
- Breakfast: Ezekiel Bread with 1/2 an avocado
- Snack: Apple with almond butter
- Lunch: Salad, loaded with sprouts and veggies. I added a tiny bit of Bragg Liquid Aminos for dressing
- Snack: Cucumber with Majestic Basil Garlic spread
- Dinner: Salad, loaded with sprouts and veggies. I added a tiny bit of Bragg Liquid Aminos for dressing
How I felt: Okay, I kind of wanted something bad...but I didn't do it! I wasn't bloated and felt energized throughout the day.
Cleanse Day One, Two and Three: (I am a creature of habit, so when it came to my meals, I prepared one big salad for the whole cleanse)
- Drink Blue Majik Juice -- Blue Green Algae, Apple, Lemon, Alkaline H20
- Breakfast: Papaya
- Drink Beta C Juice -- Carrot, Watermelon, Ginger, Lemon, Alkaline H20
- Snack: Cucumber
- Drink Glow Juice -- Watermelon, Strawberry, Lemon, Alkaline H20 (This was my favorite juice)
- Lunch: Big salad with lots of veggies!
- Snack: Protein smoothie (same recipe as in prep days)
- Drink Love Juice -- Red Beet, Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Alkaline H20
- Drink Bella Juice -- Strawberry, Ginger, Cayenne, Organic Agave, Lemon, Alkaline H20
- Dinner: Another salad (I like salad-- it's a quick and easy option)
- Drink Green Goddess Juice -- Cucumber, Celery, Spinach, Lemon, Liquid Chlorophyll
How I felt: The juices are DELICIOUS! It was easy to get them down, they had lots of flavor, and didn't taste like I was just drinking veggies. I wasn't starving because I was able to eat good, nutritious foods. A lot of people suffer from headaches during juice cleanses but that wasn't a problem for me. My stomach flattened from having absolutely no bloating and my skin felt and looked clearer on the third day.
After my cleanse was over I was motivated to keep eating healthy. I have incorporated the Ezekiel Bread with avocado into my breakfast almost daily, I drink the protein smoothies on the regular, I have a new obsession with cucumbers, and I have bought multiple juices to just have throughout the day.
If you are looking for a way to detox your body after stuffing it with turkey, ham, potatoes, casseroles, and pie, a juice cleanse is the perfect way to kick start a new healthy lifestyle or just get you back on track to how you felt before the holidays.
"My whole thing is I just want people to feel good," says Landini. "So many people walk around and they don't feel good. There are so many people in chronic pain and so much of it is related to our lifestyle and the food we put into our body. Taking care of yourself is so important for the quality of your life and I don't know about you, but if I'm going to live a long time, I want to be healthy," added Landini.
If you are not interested in trying a cleanse but want to try a juice, you can purchase them at Junction Bakery in Del Ray or Pop's Ice Cream in Old Town, but I highly, highly recommend the cleanse -- you will not regret it!