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how to succeed at your juice cleanse {a wellness journey}

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With the hurried life of the holiday season, I have forgotten myself in the shuffle of kids, events  and traditional requirements society I put on myself.  …and it’s only Dec 1st.  Sound familiar?

With Thanksgiving behind me (and most of the leftovers eaten) and a moment of breath before Christmas, it seems like the perfect time to switch up my fitness routine and start a fresh juice cleanse.  Feel me?

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My first step in re-focusing on my wellness journey is to drink more water.  Yeah, everyone says it, but do you REALLY do it?  It can be really inconvenient, which is why I had the brilliant idea to fill our glass sangria/punch dispenser with water and fresh herbs/fruits.  We’ve had it out for about a week now and my whole family is drinking more water.  It’s there, it’s delicious and it gives us a daily goal to finish it.  We love it so much, it has turned more into an entire infused water station on the weekends!

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It will come as little surprise to most of you that I am an enormous fan of juice cleanses.  I do them so often (about once a month) that I find my body craves them if I go too long without.  That time is now.  Thanksgiving left me feeling bloated and fatigued, which I just can’t live with.

There are so many great options out there for juice cleansing – both online and locally.  Check out your local juice bars because a lot of them will give you a great deal when you buy 3 or more days worth of juice.  I only know that because I went in to my local shops and asked — it’s a steal of a deal compared to online.  OR if you are feeling 100% in, juice your own.  I like to do a mixture where I buy locally and then supplement with my homemade juices.

After dozens of juice cleanses, I’ve learned a couple key tips on how to succeed in a juice cleanse because Lord knows, I have failed before.

  • Forgive yourself.  Just do it now because in the first 2 days you will slip up, you will have negative thoughts, you will cheat, you will snap at your husband – sometimes.  It’s okay.
  • Have safe cheat foods ready.  You won’t always need a cheat snack, in fact most times you won’t, but prepare one anyway.  If you don’t have healthy cheat snacks that won’t wreck your cleanse, you’ll be reaching for that bag of cookies you hid in the depths of your pantry, which will set you back to square one.  Make homemade broth as sometimes that warm savory flavor is all you need for relief and it is still easily digested.  A green smoothie can squash your desire for a chew with it’s thicker texture – your digestion will welcome the fiber!  When you have to have that crunch, opt for a peeled cucumber (but try not to eat the whole thing).  Okay, some cleanses I’ve caved and had a small fresh veggie salad.  It happens and it’s fine.
  • Prepare your body.  A couple of days before the cleanse, avoid dairy, meats, alcohol and definitely anything processed.  Your body will have already started to detox, meaning a smoother transition!
  • Have reasonable expectations.  I recommend starting with a three day cleanse and then see how you do.  Next time, try 5, or stick at 3.  In fact, a one day cleanse will do wonders for your body as it allows your body a rest day.  It will strengthen your immune system, sharpen mental clarity and hyper-boost your energy levels.  That said, obviously you reap more benefits the longer you cleanse — just don’t bite off more than you can chew (HAHA) or you are destined for failure.
  • Protein-packed nut milk.  Growing weary of green juices?  Dairy is a big no-no so when you want a creamy “milk” you must look to the nuts.  Now, I don’t drink cow milk (I’m intolerant) but I don’t love the grocery store options either.  I’ve heard that you also shouldn’t drink too much soy, which IMO, tastes the best.  And now – no rice milk because of the arsenic scare!  I’ve made almond milk before but it is a pain and not really worth my time… that’s when I tried Cashew Milk (thanks to the lovely Cookie + Kate).  WOW – creamy, delicious, packed with nutrients and the PERFECT vehicle for a protein powder like Aloha Premium Protein Powder, a plant-based superfood protein.

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Aloha Vanilla Cashew Milk

Ingredients

Cashew milk (yields 5 cups)

1 C cashews, soaked in water overnight
4 C filtered water
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 Tbl agave nectar or honey
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp true cinnamon

Aloha Vanilla Cashew Milk

1 packet Aloha Vanilla Premium Protein Powder
2 C homemade cashew milk
1/2 Tbl coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tbl honey or agave nectar (to taste)
1/4 tsp true cinnamon

Directions

  1. Drain your cashews that have been soaking overnight and rinse.  Add cashews to a high-power blender with 2 cups of filtered water.  Blend until cashews are pulverized (about 2 minutes).  Add in the remaining two cups of water, vanilla, sweetener, salt and cinnamon and blend until perfection.  The cashews should be totally broken down and integrated.  This milk is good stored in the refrigerator 3-4 days.
  2.  Add 2 cups homemade cashew milk to blender.  Add in all other ingredients and whirl.  Blend until combined, serve.  I served mine in a honey cashew-crusted rim, but that is optional for you fancy folk ; )

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 Have you tried a juice cleanse before?  If no, what’s holding you back from trying?

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8 Comments

  1. December 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    I definitely need to start with a one day cleanse and see how it goes.

  2. December 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm — Reply

    I’ve never tried a juice cleanse, but they sounds appealing. I love the idea of giving your body a refresh and a restart. It’s especially needed after the pans of fudge I’ve been eating.

    • December 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm — Reply

      Right? I’m there with ya! Go for the cleanse – you will love the burst of natural energy that comes. I tend to clean the entire house during my cleanses (and that is not typical for me!)

  3. December 2, 2014 at 9:32 am — Reply

    I have done juice cleanses and really felt they were beneficial. These Aloha Vanilla and Chocolate packages would even be great to include in stocking this year to get everyone back on track.

    • December 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm — Reply

      GREAT idea Grace! I think I might stuff a few in my husband’s stocking this year.

  4. December 2, 2014 at 10:24 am — Reply

    I just did one and I loved it. I’m going to check this one out!

  5. December 2, 2014 at 11:30 am — Reply

    I have never tried a juice cleanse before but I have heard great things about it. I wonder if it safe while breastfeeding.

    • December 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm — Reply

      Good question! I don’t know that answer but I’d be worried about the release of toxins in a 100% juice cleanse. I’d stick to adding more water and juices to my diet while taking out anything gross like processed foods. Once weened, I’d go for the full cleanse!

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