I might be doing things a little differently from the average folk, but I actually love to use the weekend to rebalance my diet and get the next week started off on the right foot. Weekdays are usually a minefield of bad-eating opportunities from sweets in the office (someone always has to bring them in!) to “just one glass” of wine at after-work events. During the weekends, however, things are usually under my control, especially since my rage-out Saturday nights are long in the past and I now prefer unwinding on the couch with Netflix. So when I had the opportunity to try a selection of juices from Juice Press, I opted to start on a Friday and conclude on Sunday night, leaving me much more motivated to tackle Monday with a healthier outlook. (Plus, for weekend cleansers, Juice Press will deliver twice–once on Friday morning and once on Saturday morning, to make sure that juices are at their freshest. Gotta love a company that’s looking out for us!)
If you’ve been reading this site for a while (or know me in real life), you’ll know that I’m not one to shy away from juice cleanses. It’s not because I completely buy into the whole “toxins” thing–it’s simply because I actually like how fresh juices taste and it gives my body a break from the way worse things I could be (and probably am) eating. Plus it’s medically proven that an occasional fast is healthy and safe, and might even help you live longer–and I’m definitely not going to say no to that. But as someone who has drunk a lot of juice, whether as part of a cleanse or just for breakfast, I’ll be the first to admit that variety is the the key to keeping it interesting–and frankly, to help you stick with it for the duration of your cleansing goal. That’s why I was really excited to discover Juice Press, because they have more than 50 different types of juices (check it out!), including ones containing coffee if giving up your morning joe is just not an option. And there are about ten different types of green juice, so lovers like me can alternate through them without getting bored.
At Juice Press, you can customize your own cleanse or choose from a selection of pre-made menus. For beginners, the company offers a half-day cleanse, which is fairly light on the wallet and a great way to make sure your day doesn’t start off on the wrong foot. I tried the Alternate Cleanse, a 6 juice per day regimen blending green juices and fruit juices with a couple smoothies thrown in for extra sustenance. This cleanse was a particularly good fit for me because the “red” juice, Fountain of Youth, is created with berries instead of beets (ick), and it replaces the usual “spicy lemonade” with a green juice (I have nothing against with spicy lemonade–in fact, I love it–but always felt a little bamboozled playing $10 for that). Plus all the juices are actually really delicious and the company makes no claims about needing to drink them in any specific order, so I just reach for whatever I’m feeling at any given moment. I would even go as far as to say that they’re a juice company that doesn’t feel judgmental -and that can be a rare thing in the world of health and fitness. The flexibility, plus tasty beverages, make it a lot easier to keep you on track.
The one thing I didn’t love about the Alternate Cleanse is that it is a bit on the sweeter side–but that can easily be fixed by replacing some of the sweeter green juices with ones that contain less fruit such as the Complete Source or another Gravity. After all, since having options is the name of the game here, you can customize however you want–whether just one juice or a one week regimen–to make it an enjoyable cleanse for yourself.
For more info, check out JuicePress.com.