The holidays have come and gone, and I, for one, am feeling the repercussions. Alcohol, sweets, and saturated fats are just a few of the indulgences I’ve had too much of throughout the past month. The holidays also tend to bring a lot of stress, which is not healthy for our bodies or our minds, so for me, it’s time to flick the switch, hit reset, and give myself a little of the TLC that I need to get back on track. For me, that means a juice cleanse. I’ve done them before, and this month I partnered with Pressed Juicery for a three day reset. If you’re interested in doing a cleanse yourself or even just wanting to add more fresh juice to your diet, read my tips below, and be sure to scroll to the bottom for a special offer!
The first day is the hardest.
It’s so true. A cleanse is like climbing a mountain. The first day is the ascent, and the second two days are downhill stroll. Prepare yourself by eating clean and scaling back your portions leading up to the cleanse. Making it through the first day is always hard for me, but if I do, it’s easy sailing from there.
It’s tough to push through the hard parts of a cleanse if you don’t have a clear intention. I lay out my reasoning ahead of time, so that I can go back to it when things get rough. Are you looking to rid your body of toxins and sugars? Do you want more energy? Or maybe it’s a chance to reconnect with your mind and body? Either way, a juice cleanse should not be about losing weight. A juice cleanse should be viewed as a reset. Reaching a healthy weight is about long-term changes, not what you do over the course of three days.
Cleansing should be personal to you.
Cleansing is different for each and every one of us, and you should do what works for you. If you’re really hungry, and you want to eat some almonds, do it! If you want to juice throughout the day and have a raw salad for dinner, that works too. Some people also decide that juice cleanses just aren’t for them. We are all unique and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you need to eat, by all means EAT.
Indulge in other ways.
Find other ways to give yourself a treat. A big part of why I do a juice cleanse is about returning my body to it’s natural rhythm — noticing my body, how I feel, and what’s going on inside of it. In my opinion, gentle yoga goes great with a cleanse, as do steam rooms, facials, and massages. Cut out technology. Pick up a book. Spend time reconnecting. A juice cleanse is like my own little retreat without the airfare and big ticket price.
Get in touch with your thoughts.
Even if you’re really in touch with your thoughts, keep a journal with you so that you can take notes throughout the day. What juice are you drinking? How are you feeling? The journal will help you pay attention to what is going on in your head. It may bring up some things you weren’t expecting, so just pay attention and see what that is. This is an opportunity to learn some really profound things about yourself and your body.
Thanks to our friends at Pressed Juicery, we’re giving you the perfect chance to try out their juices for yourself. They’ve kindly extended an offer exclusively for BLDG 25 readers to receive the ‘3-Day – Cleanse 2’ for $149 including shipping (Receive the Discount Here). That’s $50 off the retail value of their most popular cleanse.
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