I’m sure you’ve heard of them. the good. the bad. and perhaps the ugly.
I’m not entirely sure of where I stand regarding their nutritional value – all I know is that sometimes a gal just needs a fresh (get it? fruit. fresh. ya.) start.
As of last monday, I am exactly 56 days until the sunny beaches of St. John. Needless to say, I cannot wait!! But, my body could probably tell you differently. For the past few months I feel like I haven’t been sticking to my guns the way I usually am, and have definitely been sneaking in the additional sweets or glassES of wine. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with enjoying yourself, however, if you start to feel yourself slipping from the goal you set in the morning, or feeling guilty about what you’re eating, then it is time to re-evaluate.
8 weeks out and I’m fully dedicated to taking care of my body and revitalizing it with veggies, healthy grains, lean proteins and much lower amounts of processed sugar. So – what else! I decided to kick start with a juice cleanse.
Moving from NY to Philadelphia, there are definitely less options for fresh juice cleanses available. However, I still opted to find a local vendor who was recommended to me by a friend; Pangea Earth Foods. Erika owns Pangea Earth Foods and makes the juices right before you pick them up. I’m all for supporting local vendors, so I figured what the heck.
The 3 day menu was the same each day and consisted of the following:
- Green Earth Smoothie (spinach, apple, lemon, ginger, banana, spirulina)
- Pear Love (pear, apple, cucumber, fennel, lemon)
- Miracle Tonic (carrot, apple, celery, lime, ginger)
- Spicy Lemonade (lemon, water, hot pepper, agave)
- Almond Lover (almond, date, cinnamon, agave, vanilla)
I loved all of the juices, especially the thicker ones. Considering there were only 5 juices a day, vs. 6 as in most juice cleanses, the smoothie-esque drinks definitely held me over longer, which helped. However, look at the ingredients. So much fruit/agave! Each drink had a large amount of sugar in it, which I could literally feel on my teeth after the first day.
You aren’t allowed to choose which juices you get from the website, but I honestly wish I could have. While I don’t consider myself a hardcore “juicer” persay – I could have dealt with some more veggie-based ones.
Overall – I felt good once the juice cleanse was over – and also maintained my same workout routine throughout. As long as I had a tooth brush and mouthwash on hand, I was ok.
Have you ever done a juice cleanse? Which one? Did you like it?