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When I say “juice” what immediately comes to mind? Apple, orange, or even grape? That’s kid stuff. I’m talking about the healthy juice. No sugar added, not from concentrate and that definitely does not mean Juicy Juice — the original Juicy J before there ever was a rapping Juicy J. This is about sipping on that good stuff — kale, beets, spinach, parsley, cilantro, mint, and lime.

Do you remember when people were detoxing with the Master Cleanse by drinking lemon juice, water, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper? It was all the hype – a bottle of Master Cleanse and a side of cabbage soup cooked in bacon, please. Between cayenne pepper water, cabbage soups and Atkins fat binges we’ve seen a lot when it comes to health trends. Most of it all just sounds awful to me as well as unbearable. But normal cold pressed juices made with real fruit and vegetables? I can get down with that. Juicing is quickly becoming a great alternative for cleansing your system. It’s painless, tasty, allows your body to absorb nutrients while ridding it of toxins and you can avoid hot peppery poops. About a month ago, I decided to it was time to challenge myself to a juice cleanse. I’d been overindulging in sweets and fried foods, and I was feeling sluggish. At the time, exercise alone was cutting it, so I knew I had to take different measures to feel good again. This is my juice fast experience and how I survived.

I decided to start easy. I’d been frequenting a few juice bars and decided to go with one of my favorites, Juice Served Here, since they offering a special on one day juice cleanses. Don’t miss that – one day. I know myself and one day was a good start for my own personal version of “going all in.” For this particular cleanse you have the option of easy, medium difficulty, and hard. I opted for the easy one. The kit included six different juices some of which I’d already tried and they were yummy. The rules of the cleanse were simple: no food, avoid alcohol and prescription meds, and if you must have caffeine, drink black coffee with no milk or sugar. Drink the juices in order according to the numbers on the bottle and make sure you drink water in the morning and in between your doses of juice. Oh, and don’t forget to poop.

The first juice up was 02:Sweet Greens. I usually get this one when I’m running around LA and I need a pick-me-up. It includes cucumber, apple, romaine, kale, spinach, parsley, cilantro, mint, and lime. Yum-may!

The second dose was 08: The Pipe Cleaner. It’s got apple, lemon, and lots o’ lots of ginger. I drink this one normally too. And boy, does it pack some punch. Whew! I really like Juice Served Here because the drinks don’t have all that added sugar that many other companies put in their juices. Like, it’s actually good for you instead of pretending to be good for you. Through out the morning Kitty kept wondering what I was sipping on. I caught him sneaking around and sniffing my bottle. Bad kitty! He loves juices, so you can’t leave anything unattended around him.

The other juices for the cleanse are Block Rockin’ Beets, Green Milk, Green Easy, and Charcoal Lemonade. The caps of each bottled are numbered so you know exactly what order to drink them in. How nifty. Juice Served Here offers some juicing tips on its website if you need extra assistance.

Somehow I thought the whole thing would be impossible. I figured that I could make it through the morning, but around lunchtime I’d start craving a burger and fries. It was actually not so bad. Whenever I got hungry, I grabbed a juice. Whenever I was thirsty, I drank water. I was still able to do my usual routine and even exercise. In fact, aerobic activity and sweating is highly encouraged to get your blood flowing and help release toxins. Honestly, the only trouble I encountered was when I was trying to edit photos of food. I was having some serious Homer Simpson moments but honestly, I never felt sluggish or super hungry. The next day, I eased into normal food but stuck to the healthier options. I couldn’t let all that hard work go to waste.

If you’re thinking of doing a cleanse, try it out. Don’t spend your hard money and punk out though. Go slow, and even if it’s one day that’s still fine. Sample the juice before you start the cleanse that way you know you’ll be consuming something you actually like. Avoid juices with added sugars and stick to cold pressed juices. There is a lot of back and forth about whether juicing works or not, but I felt great during my juice cleanse and think that when done in moderation it can be extremely helpful.

A cleanse is a great option to resetting yourself after a long weekend of junk food or even when you want to just feel energized. It’s easier than a colonic and definitely not as awkward. Once you’ve gotten through a one-day cleanse, you may want to try it once every few months or even try it for three days instead of just one. If you do a healthy cleanse, your body will thank you and you’ll feel so much healthier.

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