What to expect during a juice cleanse
10 things no one told me about ingesting nothing but pulverised fruits and vegetables for three days
About three weeks ago, our office received a shipment of sweet, glorious bak kwa all the way from Ang Mo Kio, followed by a basket of love letters, prawn crackers, and pineapple tarts that melted in your mouth. At least that’s what my colleagues told me. You see, I couldn’t have any. I was on a juice cleanse, meaning that I could ingest nothing but 6 bottles of meticulously crafted liquids a day for three consecutive days.
In retrospect, signing up for a cleanse right before Chinese New Year was probably a bad idea. But apart from the inopportune timing, abstaining from solid food wasn’t a complete nightmare. For three to six days, you drink juices blended from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The process flushes your body of toxins while eliminating unhealthy cravings, giving your digestive system a break, and yes, contributing to natural weight loss. By flooding your body with juices, you’re essentially pressing the “reset” button on your system so that when you do reintroduce solid foods, your body can break them down more effectively. Plus, after abstaining from candy, carbs, and red meat, you're supposed to feel less drawn to them than you were during the throes of your dependencies.
A juice detox presents the opportunity for you to start over on a clean, rested, and refreshed digestive system. But in the meantime, you’re going to feel really, really hungry.
Want to know more about what it’s like to go through a juice cleanse? Keep reading.
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