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I SURVIVED My First Juice Cleanse (and You Can Too!)

By Erika Brechtel @smallshopstudio

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5 REASONS WHY IT’S TOTALLY WORTH IT

In my last “MomME Files” post I mentioned I was going to kick off my summer with a 3-day juice cleanse from Ritual Wellness. I just completed it and have to say, it was easier than I thought! Granted, I don’t eat a lot of junk as it is, and when I do, I do it right (gourmet burgers and microbrews for me!). But even still, here are my five reasons why doing a juice cleanse was definitely worth my while…

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1. I kicked my morning coffee and afternoon sugar cravings.
You are allowed on the cleanse to have organic green tea. By mid-morning the caffeine headache definitely set in on Day 1 and Day 2, so I did have half a cup. But by Day 3, it went away on its own. The day after the cleanse, I didn’t even want coffee — a very good thing for my anemia, since caffeine actually extracts iron from your blood! Additionally, I didn’t really have any sugar and carb cravings throughout the day by the end of the cleanse (although Day 2 was dicey!).

2. I’m thinking more clearly by day, and sleeping more soundly at night.
Probably partially due to the above (and due to all the nutrients I packed in), my brain seems to be functioning more fully and equally throughout the day without the ups and downs — to the point that I’m wiped out at night and sleep soundly through the night. That hasn’t happened for many years because of my daughter’s frequent 4am wake-ups. (Moms, you know: good ol’ sleep training leaves mom with the sleep issues!)

3. I’m now a cheap date. (woot!)
My stomach definitely shrunk! I’m just not as hungry to begin with, and I fill up fast. I’m sure that will change over time, but for now, I like that it keeps me from getting that “overfull” feeling. And bonus: I’m a lightweight! (That will definitely change over time…umm like this weekend.)

4. I slimmed down. (double woot!)
I don’t own a scale so I can’t report how many lbs. exactly, but a very noticeable difference after only three days? I’ll take it!

5. I got a fresh & healthy lunch salad recipe out of it!
If you really need food, you are allowed to have organic romaine, avocado, celery and cucumber with lemon juice. On the night of Day 1, I was out to dinner with a group, and so as to not make everyone else uncomfortable, I had a “Caesar Salad…hold the Caesar” (thankfully the restaurant was very accommodating and didn’t think much of it…ahh, the O.C.). But surprisingly, I didn’t want much of it. Day 2 evening I did feel pretty tired, so I made this little salad at home, and it was so delicious I had it the day after the cleanse too! It is now officially added into my lunch salad rotation:

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Overall, I was really impressed with the whole package from Ritual Wellness, from the ease of ordering and pick up, to the nifty cooler bag, to the detailed and well-designed instructions, and of course, the juices themselves. Each juice was quite flavorful and unique — you could really taste each ingredient.

Verdict: I’d definitely do it again!

Have I convinced you to try it too? Why not, I say!

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*This is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed here are my own.

I SURVIVED My First Juice Cleanse (and You Can Too!)

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