So pumped for a fun Q&A sesh about JUICING with Williams-Sonoma!
1. What was my experience with a juice cleanse like?
About a year and half ago I started hearing about this new food phenomenon. Juicing.
Tons of different health blogs and documentaries all preached the newest superfood that was the actual elixir of life. If you drink it, you’ll get super skinny while simultaneously becoming healthy and strong and full of vitamins.
Count me in.
Then I heard that some people even do this crazy thing where they only drink juice instead of eating for days at a time. But of course you don’t even get that hungry because your stomach is full of juice…
I had worked up enough gall to take on the experiment in full force. Once I set my mind to it that I was going to do a juice cleanse, I became a stubborn juicing warrior. I was going to do this thing and I was going to do it right.
I started with a juice cleanse grocery list and the local farmers’ market.
New food sparked learning about different vegetables and herbs and about what they looked like.
Trying something totally new (beets!) blew my mind and made me feel proud of my formerly-picky self.
Terrifying mishaps (TOO MUCH ginger) clouded the end of the cleanse and I struggled with the idea of – gasp – quitting. What kind of a person would I be now, eating solid food? Who had I become?
There was definitely a sense of clearing out all the crap from your body and starting fresh. I had become knowledgeable about what I was putting in my body was going to be totally renewed on this awesome foundation of nutrients and health.
I was hungry. And kind of lightheaded.
After a few more juice cleanse cycles and attempts, I’ve come to my own personal conclusion about how juicing best works for me. I like supplementing my diet with juice because it makes me feel good about myself, like I’m doing my body a favor.
I never would have thought that picky old me would consume 8 ounces of green juice daily.
2. For someone who is starting their juicing journey, what are some tips and tricks for beginners trying a homemade juice cleanse?
- Buy organic
When your body is experiencing the initial shock of nutrients during a juice cleanse, it’s really important to make sure to watch the quality of those nutrients. Since your whole system is feeling a little on the fritz, you want to make sure you’re not using poor quality produce with possible bacteria and pesticides.
- Use produce bags from the grocery store as a “trash bag” in the pulp canister
Makes pulp cleanup amazingly simple and you are so earth-conscious with recycling.
- Add some apple
Any juice that needs to be sweetened will immediately taste way better if you add APPLES. Nature’s best packet of sugar for sure. Pretty much every juice has apple in it: green juice, root juices, and fruit juices!
3. Which is better? Store bought juice or homemade juice?
Hands down, homemade. Homemade juice is fresh. You know exactly what is going into it. It has way less sugar and added ingredients than store bought juices.
I am guilty of purchasing store-bought juice though, but in moderation it is definitely better than the non-juice alternative! One good note: do not a cleanse with store bought juices, because pasteurized juice does have a higher sugar content and isn’t meant for complete meal substitution.
Become your own juice barista!