Spring is *very* late to arrive this year; it’s actually still freezing out! Yesterday, April 10th, we had big fluffy snow flakes. At least the days are starting to get longer and I’m enjoying how light it is in the evenings.
I’ve been dragging me feet about doing a spring juice cleanse because of the cold, but I’m finally getting around to starting. I’ve done long cleanses or “juice feasts” before but this time around I’ll just do one of my little weekend juicing whirlwinds.
During the cleanse, I’ll drink at least 3 (though I should drink more) mason jars full of vegetable juice each day in place of any solid food. I always use fruit incredibly sparingly, usually just a lemon and possibly a little green apple. Occasionally I’ll add a strawberry or something for a hit of flavour but it’s a very minor part of the cleanse. The goal is to keep my blood sugar steady and fruit juice can easily throw your balance out of wack.
Since I’ve been feeling so chilly, I’ll need to follow one of my biggest go-to tips for this juice cleanse:
Manage The Temperature of your Produce
“Unless it’s a heatwave outside, it’s a good idea to let your produce come to room temperature. Particularly in the winter when it’s cold outside, you might not realize that your juice is giving you a chill until it’s too late. Keeping your produce at room temperature before you make your juice is a good idea, especially when you’re juice feasting.”
You can read more of my tips about juicing on this page.
Why Do a Spring Cleanse?
I like to do a juice cleanse in the spring to freshen myself up, blast my body with nutrients, and give myself a break from all of the heavy foods that accompany cold weather. I don’t use it to try to lose weight, people rarely keep the weight off when they try a cleanse for that reason, but it does help to “cleanse my palette” as I move into lighter spring fare.
Most of all, it just feels great to drink juice and welcome the sunshine!
Have you ever done a juice cleanse? What was your experience with it?