The jury’s still out on the long-term health value of following a juice fast. Sure, a single serving can contain a ton of vitamins and nutrients, but when you eliminate much of the fiber found in a fruit or vegetable you get rid of a lot of the digestion benefits too. However, a brief juice cleanse can act a short-term solution, mentally and physically allowing you to reset your health habits after, say, an overindulgent holiday season.
Most full-day juice plans contain about 6 juices and a total of 1,200 calories, well below the typical caloric intake of an average adult. Following such a plan for 1 to 3 days may help you lose weigh and reset your tastebuds to crave healthy foods.
If you want to try a day or two of juicing around the start of the new year you could try DIY juicing. But if you don’t have the patience or fridge space for all of that produce a subscription service may be best. If you have a local juice company consider asking what packages they offer. (Many offer their own short-term juicing cleanses.) If not, two large juicing companies offer nationwide delivery: Blueprint Cleanse and Cooler Cleanse.
January 2nd, 2014