Why I am Totally Doing Another Juice Cleanse


IT MIGHT BE ABOUT TIME TO STOP CALLING THE JUICING TREND A TREND—making green juices has become a way of life for so many. Veggies that were once the domain of the health obsessed—wheatgrass, kale, the whole chard family—are now being blended into juices and smoothies every day across America. I’ll admit, I was initially skeptical about the whole thing. That tends to be my reaction whenever something becomes too popular. But it turns out that the whole juicing and smoothie craze was actually a trend that I could and should get behind, and when I did a 3 day juice cleanse myself it made such a noticeable difference in my appetites that I knew I’d be getting into it myself.

I have an issue with texture, and the thickness of smoothies can be too much for me. I find myself preferring to juice rather than blend my vegetables for that reason. In my last post about juicing I was pretty candid about the experience—the good and the bad. So given the fact that I almost peed my pants on the way home from the post office the last time, what's making me do another juice cleanse? The fact that juice cleanses help me to regain control and awareness of what I’m ingesting. Here are three reasons why I’m totally doing another juice cleanse:

  1. Doing a three day juice cleanse proved to me that I did have self-control. Lately I’ve been feeling a complete lack of self control, and I feel the need to rein in my appetites again. Juicing helped to slow me down in terms of my consumption. I went into the juice cleanse not thinking I could actually do it. Proving myself wrong felt awesome!
  2. Juicing helps to remind me of what food truly is about—and that is nutrition. So instead of eating because I’m bored or having a particular craving, juicing reduces it all to the bare essentials my body truly needs.
  3. It helps to kill my sugar cravings and my unholy desires for white processed foods. After my juice cleanse experience, I felt like I learned how to eat right again and it helped to reset everything. Now to just somehow manage to keep it up, forever!

I'm about to go on a decadent vacation to South Florida, where I’ll be consuming mass quantities of Caribbean and Cuban food, all washed down with sugary sweet cocktails. When I get back I totally plan to get my mind and my body right with the three day juice cleanse, and a focused exercise regimen. Summer’s coming and I want to be ready!

Are you into juicing? Have you tried a juice cleanse? What were your results?

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.