Last summer Jonathan and I did a juice detox through a local company called Integrative Wellness, now known as Peel’d. We thought it might be a great way to clean out his body after chemotherapy. Plus, I needed a re-charge too. After 20 months carrying or nursing a baby, I figured my system could also use a big dose of vitamins. Jonathan and I met with a holistic nutritionist and then embarked on a detox adventure.
One thing I loved about our juice cleanse is we were allowed and encouraged to eat real food along with the juices. Of course there were many restrictions to what we could eat (mostly organic veggies) but we certainly didn’t starve. At the end of three days we both had more energy and felt really awesome. I’d be open to doing another juice cleanse (with food!) if I felt my body needed one. All that being said, there’s a lot of debate about whether juice cleanses are more harmful than helpful.
“Statistics don’t exist on the precise link between eating disorders and juice fasts, but Debbie Westerling, director of nutrition services at the Renfrew Center, one of the nation’s best-known eating disorder treatment facilities, says that among the program’s 60 residents, discussion of juice fasts has “exploded.” During intake questioning, at least half of patients now report experimenting with juice fasts.”
“Digging around, I found that the majority are really—like really—high in sugar. While you might lose weight if you have nothing but pineapple and lemon juice for three days, you’re also going to be taking in around 150 grams of sugar, which is like diabetes in a bottle.”
“The euphoria and mental clarity many juice fasters report on the third day of the fast isn’t about good health but a simple result of starvation. At some point your body shuts down that feeling of immediate hunger, you become lightheaded and dizzy, and that euphoric feeling starts to come on,” says Marjorie Nolan Cohn of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “I work with a lot of anorexics, and they feel euphoria, too.” She believes the primary motivation fueling the current frenzy isn’t health, but weight loss. She says the average person will lose about 5 pounds through the cleanse, but it will be mostly water loss, and easily regained.”
I’m curious if you’ve tried a juice cleanse, or if you’ve purposefully stayed away from this growing nutritional trend? And, if you have done a juice cleanse before would you be less open to doing one again based on some of these growing concerns?