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A Juice Cleanse And Some Thoughts On Moderation

I sat down to write a totally different post, but this is what it turned into. Creative juices were flowing, I guess!

Let me preface this by saying I’m not a nutritionist. I have no kind of health or medical background whatsoever. I’ve gone through various phases in my life; some where I’m super motivated to eat healthy and exercise, and some where I’m…not.

Generally speaking, I’m comfortable in my skin, and I embrace the curves and the extra meat on my bones that I’ve always had. I’ve always put more value on how my clothes fit and how I look and feel versus the number on the scale. In fact, I don’t ever step on a scale unless I’m at a doctor appointment. For the past few years, being active has become increasingly important to me. I’ve tried several boutique studios (I’m currently hooked on OrangeTheory) and I’m always training for my next Susan G. Komen 3-Day, but your body can only do so much and you can only see so much progress when you’re not giving it what it needs.

Something clicked earlier this summer. I accepted that I wasn’t making good choices when it came to what I was putting in my body and managing my time (because – believe it or not – the two go hand in hand), and I was paying the price with breakouts, low energy, sleepless nights, a messy apartment, etc. It’s so easy to make excuses (late nights and busy weekends, a new-ish relationship, vacations, a social life, a general love of food, etc.), but I was ready to make a change.

SO CHUNKY

For me, that meant doing a juice cleanse to give my body a mini detox and start my mission to take better care of myself out on the right foot. I’ve tried some cleanses in the past, but have never had much luck; either I felt like death, I couldn’t commit to juicing (aka no food) 100%, the juices tasted terrible, or a combination of all 3. That is, until I found Jus By Julie. I chose Jus By Julie’s 1 Day Cleanse at the recommendation of my sorority sister Jordin, the voice behind West Loop Soul.

What sets these juices apart from others is that they are blended rather than cold pressed, which means “you’re getting 100% of the whole fruits and vegetables that go into the JÙSes. That means you’re consuming powerhouse vitamins & nutrients, plus lots of fiber, which plays a major role in absorbing and flushing toxins from your body.” In my experience, it also means that you feel a little fuller when you’re cleansing than you would with cold-press juices thanks to the fiber (and that some of the juices were a little chunkier than a cold-pressed juice; more smoothie-like, if you will, but more on that later).

My cleanse included the following juices, and I drank them in this order (they’re all numbered, so it’s foolproof):

  1. Sweet Spin
  2. Spicy Lemonade
  3. Raw Green Protein
  4. Chia Berry
  5. PB and Jus
  6. X-treme Greens

Another thing that made these juices a little different than others I’ve tried is that they were SO YUMMY. I loved the Sweet Spin and the PB and Jus, and the Spicy Lemonade, Chia Berry, and X-treme Greens were also super tasty. The only one I had a hard time with was the Raw Green Protein, not because of the taste but because of the texture. SO CHUNKY. I literally had to choke it down with mouthfuls of water. Definitely not my favorite, but 1 out of 6 isn’t bad!

The best part is that I found it pretty easy to stay on track with this cleanse and I DIDN’T FEEL HUNGRY OR have an upset stomach. Starting at 8 AM with the Sweet Spin, I drank a juice every two hours. I drank a ton of water all day, and I had a cup of hot, unsweetened, caffeine-free green tea around lunch time. The only thing I would have done differently is spaced out the afternoon juices a little more so that I wouldn’t start to feel hungry at bedtime, but – honestly – I’m not sure that’s avoidable when cleansing.

I highly recommend this cleanse, and I’m looking forward to doing another one (maybe the 3 Day) in the near future!

P.S. Be sure to follow the pre- and post-cleanse instructions for maximum effectiveness. And, join the mailing list before you buy. There are ALWAYS coupon codes and promotions running, so you should never have to pay full price!

Post cleanse, I’ve been following the 80/20 rule as strictly as possible. I try to eat really clean and healthy 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time, which I equate to 1 solid “cheat” (ugh I hate that term) meal/week. Sometimes, it’s Mexican food and a margarita (always worth it), sometime’s it’s pizza from Kenny’s (OMG so yummy), sometimes it’s a boozy milkshake from The Pharmacy in Deep Ellum (not worth it), and sometimes it’s a glazed donut filled with ice cream and rolled in chocolate chips (more on that coming soon)!

Bottom line: it’s working. I’m not sure if anyone else notices a difference yet (let’s be honest – it’s only been a little more than a month), but I do – both in how I look and how I feel. I wore a dress recently that I hadn’t felt comfortable wearing in almost 2 years. And that feels pretty freaking awesome.

I’m trying to find a balance, because that’s what life is all about, after all. The good with the bad. The sweet with the sour. The indulgence with the discipline. Nobody is perfect 100% of the time, and – if they are – they are probably miserable.

Bottoms up!

What cleanses have you tried? Do you prefer to go the juice route or make your own concoctions at home? What’s your experience with everything in moderation? I’d love to know!

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