Juice Cleanse: The Prep

Tomorrow I will start my first-ever juice cleanse. I can image some of you rolling your eyes and muttering hipster under your breath already. Before finally committing, I read articles and talked to my uber-healthy roommate, who juices and does cleanses, for advice, thoughts, words of wisdom and recommendations. Curiosity got the best of me, so I’m going to give it a whirl.

Why a juice cleanse? I don’t actually have a good answer. Some people swear by them. Others think they’re unnecessary if you maintain a healthy diet. Part of the reason is skin-related. I’ve suffered from problematic skin for, oh let’s see, five years, if not longer. Four dermatologists, one failed clinical skin study and thousands of dollars on products, treatments, prescriptions and copays later, I’ve simply had enough.

Thinking these things will help, I recently started to cut bread from my diet, increased my H2O consumption ten-fold over the last year and consumed more greens, but to no avail. I’m hopeful that maybe maybe this cleanse will rid my body of gross toxins and help fix my pesky skin issues.

The other part is simply curiosity, as I mentioned. Will I gain more energy? Will I flush those toxins and start with a clean slate (I use that term loosely)? Will I feel better? Will I hate it? Will it help me think differently about cooking and the foods I consume? There’s only one way to find out.

One thing is for sure: I’m NOT trying to lose weight. I can’t afford to lose weight. I’m actually worried that I will lose weight.

Over the last few days I’ve been prepping my body for this upcoming cleanse by eating light meals. For tonight’s “last supper” I’m literally “eating” butternut squash soup and a juice smoothie.

Fortunately, there’s a juice bar right around the corner from my apartment and on my way to the train so I can pick up my juices each morning. 3 Roots is a pretty new addition to the neighborhood, and I admit, this will be my first time visiting the establishment.

3 Roots has a six-juice-a-day juice cleanse. I plan to cleanse for three days. To make the most of it, that also means no alcohol, no smoking (I don’t and have never smoked), no strenuous physical activity and no coffee (I don’t drink it anyway) during this time.

Juice cleanse, I’m ready for you! I’ve been thinking about it for weeks now, but wanted to wait until my soccer season ended (it did; my team missed playoffs by one point). I’ll be blogging about the cleanse each day, so be sure to check back for my thoughts and whether or not I’m ready to chomp into a giant chicken wing. If you’ve cleansed before, I’d love to hear your results, thoughts, advice, notes and comments. Wish me luck!

*Image courtesy Thedabblist via Flickr

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