by Guest Writer
I have been a chronic dieter for most of my teen through adult life. I would jump on the latest fad (anyone remember the cabbage soup diet? Just me?) and hope for a miracle that would transform my body into the one I desired. After years of failed attempts and yo-yo weight loss and gain, I finally came to learn that eating healthy and exercising are the key to weight loss. You are probably wondering what that has to do with a 3 day juice cleanse. The truth is that sometimes my body holds on to those extra pounds and I get discouraged when the numbers on the scale don't move. I know all the right answers but a little kick start is usually the motivation I need to continue down the right path. That's where a 3 day juice cleanse comes in.
I have done Bodhi Bar cleanses a couple of times and I average around a 5-7lb weight loss at the end of 3 days. Seeing that happen gives me the motivation to stick to a healthy lifestyle and make positive changes to my diet and exercise routine when I "fall off the wagon". Is it about the weight loss? No, it's about getting my willpower in check. Years ago I used to smoke and when I quit I spent months having mental conversations with myself about why I didn't need a cigarette and telling myself how terrible I'd feel if I smoked again. I quit using willpower and for me eating right is the same. When I hit a wall and can't stay on track, I need to see some tangible results and then the willpower kicks in.
The first time I did a cleanse I drank coffee and ate right up to the last minute (against the advice of Naiomi, the owner of Bodhi Bar) and of course day one of my cleanse, I suffered a major headache as the caffeine and sugar that usually fuels my days was missing. I was a bit hungry but drank lots of water and herbal iced tea to keep my mind off Starbucks (LOL). The second day the headache subsided and I felt pretty good with only linging thoughts of lattes. By the final day (3 if your counting) I felt amazing. I had lots of energy and was no longer thinking about eating all the time. I considered extending my cleanse for another couple of days but opted to stick to 3 for the first time.
Post cleanse, I did have coffee (sorry that's not negotiable) but I didn't want to eat all the time. I had lost 7 lbs and I didn't want to gain it back. Having a desk job, I was used to routinely nibbling all day then convincing myself I didn't really have a "meal" so I could have a big dinner and treat myself. Post cleanse I was happy to continue my new habit of drinking water and sipping herbal teas and taking time to eat a proper (healthy) lunch. I was more conscious of what I was eating and my sugar cravings were down.
The hardest part of the cleanse for me was dinnertime when my family was enjoying a meal and I was having a juice but it was only 3 days and the end result was really worth it.
You are probably wondering if I have kept up with my healthy lifestyle changes. The truth is not really. Sometimes life gets in the way with work and kids and hormones and you fall back into bad habits. That said, I will be doing another cleanse soon and I will challenge myself to be the best I can be and to make my health a priority.
If you've ever considered a cleanse I would highly recommend Bodhi Bar. Naiomi is so passionate about helping people and you really do get what you pay for. I spend at least $150 a month on take out coffee so why wouldn't I spend that to help improve my well being?
Want to know more? Check out their cleanses here or give them a call - they are always happy to answer your questions.
Comment below and let me know if you've ever done a cleanse and how it went.