The Great Juice Debate









I wasn’t intending to challenge the cult of juice fasting. (I was going to post this article about healthy prepackaged snacks.) But then I spotted this article on HellaWella:


I thought I was alone in my (silent) criticisms of juice cleanses. I mean, it’s rare to see a health & wellness blog de-bunking them!  In the past years, juice cleanses have become like a David Guetta song: popping up everywhere, overly hyped, tough to get through, but yet everyone’s seemingly into it.  Honestly- I’ve been anti-cleansing simply because I love eating food.  And because this to me sounds like hell:


I spent the evening drinking broth and messing about with this programme that lets you put your face on a celebrities body! Bit silly I know, but the first three days of a juice fast I tend to just chill out, maybe do a bit of yoga but not anything too strenuous.


Anyone who’s unsure about juice cleansing should read up on the subject and know your motives.  Quick fix? or foundation for permanent lifestyle change? Without strong commitment to a healthier lifestyle, you’re experience will likely go like this (see #6 & 9):

Although I didn’t have any more or less energy than normal, here’s what DID happen:

  1. I went to the bathroom A. LOT.
  2. I was never, ever, not one time hungry. I had to drink 4, 20-ounce drinks a day plus 2, 14-ounce coconut waters and then other water in between.
  3. I gagged every time I had to drink coconut water (aka rotten water).
  4. Beet juice turned my pee pee pink and tasted like dirty dirt nastiness.
  5. My stomach was super flat.
  6. I lost 6 pounds and gained back half of those (see #9).
  7. My skin looked great.
  8. I learned that I use food as a solution for boredom and social opportunities and I need to be much more mindful of the things I eat.
  9. I broke my fast with a Diet Dr. Pepper and some fajitas and I didn’t die.
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  • Myacano25

    I found that it’s best use to break some habits. Going without having caffeine and letting my body recover from weeks of business travel and poor eating has made me feel better and more energetic. Two days was as far as I could go. Some people do longer but that was not for me.

  • PurpleRain619

    I think you’re right on the money. I tried a juice cleanse once and gained all the weight back within 2 weeks. Mindful eating should be something you practice all the time, and IMO it is that + a solid workout regimen that will really give you long-term results.

  • lisa

    100% AGREED! Waste of time and money!

  • Erica

    You told me this months ago in USq. Glad you posted!

  • Cheila

    Don’t do it! Juicing slows down your metabolism. Translation you lose 10lbs and then gain 20lbs back. So don’t juice just chew it

  • Red Carpet Cleanses

    Juice cleansing was never meant for long term..most people are in a rut and need a serious re-set or jump start where the results can be seen almost immediately and that is what you get with a juice cleanse…no powders, no processed bars ..pure pressed juices …liquid sunshine. If it didn’t work why is everyone doing it..because it jumps starts and motivates a stuck sad potentially depressed person who does not knwo where to begin. Then there are those that do not want to commit to a healthy lifestyle and this does become a bit of a yo-yo from binge- party to hard core health nut…for 3 days. Anyways I am on Day 8 of my juice cleanse and am absolutely in love…I was in a fat rut and am so motivated now because what comes with feeling better makes me want to exercise and make right choices…thank god for Juice Cleanse Companies !!

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