Today I’m starting a New Year’s Juicing Challenge! I’m joining a few friends who have committed to juicing for 30 days. I’m inspired by their discipline and commitment, I love juicing, and the new year is a great motivator for starting out with healthy practices. Some of my most successful and juicing experiences have been with friends, so I’m joining in on their juicing fun!
BUT, I’ve set a few guidelines to make sure this remains a healthy challenge.
1. I will not starve myself. There is nothing healthy about ignoring hunger signals. I have done many juice fasts and have learned a lot about hunger through them. Sometimes we misinterpret our bodies’ signals and eat when we’re thirsty or just plain tired instead of hungry. That’s one of my favorite things about a juice cleanse. I become more in tune with my body’s signals. When we’re truly hungry our bodies need fuel. I will not let myself be hungry. So I need to be prepared to make a lot of juice.
2. I will not step on the scale. I honestly don’t care what numbers pop up on that contraption. It has taken a long time for me to learn that true health can not be measured by a number. We have numbers in our minds that equal thinness or fitness, but those numbers tend to be unrealistic or represent periods in our life that had difference circumstances. It would be so easy to lose focus by a number and what I think that means, so I will not be stepping on the scale.
3. I will listen to my body. The Husband is a bit concerned about a 30 day commitment, and so am I. The longest that I’ve ever juiced is 13 days. Since I felt incredible at the end of the 13 days, I think I can go longer and still feel good. But 30 days is a long time to exist on a liquid diet. So I’m giving myself permission to make changes along the way. If I start losing energy and strength I can modify the number of days or continue juicing but supplement with pure vegan foods.
4. I will incorporate nut milks and raw protein powder. I have found that adding raw protein powder to juices gives staying power and reduces loss of muscle while fasting. Homemade nut milks like almond milk or hempseed milk also provide protein and fat that pure vegetable and fruit juice can not.
And I’m going to try to share my experience, resources, and juice recipes here at Gluten-Free Cat, so I hope you’ll follow along!
I’d also like to challenge you to dust that juicer off and use it this month. You don’t have to commit to 30 days to reap the benefits of fresh juice. Start small!
- Begin your day with a green juice.
- Juice for a midday snack.
- Try a one-day juice fast. (I started 2013 with a 1-day juice fast and loved it!)
- Try a 5 or 7-day juice fast.
- Have you ever done a juice cleanse? What was your experience?
- What kind of juicer do you have?
- Would you like to join in some kind of a New Year’s Juice Challenge with me?