I’m so excited to share this post with you. As we get ready to grow into a lifestyle site. I wanted to get started by talking about my experience with juice cleanses. I’ve really been focused for the past year on getting healthy. I learned late last year that I was borderline pre-diabetic. This occurs when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as full-blown diabetes. I have a genetic predisposition to diabetes (my mother and all her siblings including her parents were diabetic). That was all the warning I needed to get serious about my health. So, I became a pescatarian (fish-eating vegetarian), and started working out regularly.
I’ve researched a lot of juice cleanses. There are so many on the market, and I wanted to make sure I found something I could finish. Juice cleanses aren’t cheap, and I wasn’t going to waste my money. So, as coincidence would have it, I stumbled upon The Juice Bar of Winter Garden while on Facebook. I checked out their page, and the rest is history. Or at least a new found obsession :).
The Juice Bar of Winter Garden is now one of my new favorite places to go. They have the best cold pressed juices, wraps, smoothies, vegan desserts ever. So, I was stoked to do their three day cleanse. From the moment they took my order (during which they cover any health issues, fruits you like don’t like, tips, etc.), they really take pride in making sure you have an amazing cleanse. Since the cleanses are freshly prepared, you coordinate your pickup around your start day. I started on a Monday, so that meant I would have to come on Sunday (the day they are closed to prep) to pick up day one, and then I would come back on Monday to pick up day two and three. That was another stellar moment for me. Knowing I was getting fresh pressed juice was awesome. Most juice cleanses are pre-packaged and shipped. This method guarantees freshness!
My three day cleanse consisted of fifteen cold pressed juices and three bottles of homemade “Almond Mylk” for dessert. Yes, they make their own delicious “Almond Mylk” that consists of a yummy blend of almonds, dates and vanilla. These were the last bottles of each evening, and they were a great way to end every day.
The cold-pressed juices were labeled one through five. You drink them in order every two to three hours to keep your blood sugar levels stable. You also want to make sure you drink lots of water to keep you hydrated. The great thing is that every day was a different set of juices. The Juice Bar of Winter Garden’s philosophy is “healthy shouldn’t be boring and always taste great.” So, it was an extremely welcome surprise to have a new set of juices to drink every day. That is something the other cleanses don’t do. I loved that, and it helped me not feel deprived.
I honestly can say I liked every juice I had during my cleanse. I thought I was going to have juice that I had to force down. I didn’t force this at all. I was satisfied and completely relaxed. This cleanse centered me. I realized that this was something that I was doing for myself. So, I couldn’t let myself get stressed, or I would lose focus and eat (recovering emotional eater). This cleanse helped me sleep better, and refocus my energy. I recommend everyone do it. Our bodies are temples, and we have to treat them as such. So, take time to clean out your temple. If you do, the Juice Bar of Winter Garden is the perfect place to go!
Until we meet again!