How to use a Juice Cleanse as an opportunity to dive deep into self care.
As spring is finally upon us my entire being is craving a period of total nourishment. Mind. Body. Soul. Every part of me is yearning to be nurtured – to be taken care of in a way that allows my body and spirit to feel healthy & rejuvenated.
Although I eat a clean, plant-based diet, my main focus in life is balance not perfection. Last night my kids wanted pizza and that sounded like a mighty fine idea to me! Socializing with friends, celebrations, and just enjoying the absolute pleasure that goes along with good food means being restrictive or too controlling with food doesn’t equate to enjoying life to it’s fullest. I subscribe to the 80/20 way of eating. 80% of the time, or 80% of the foods I eat are clean and wholesome, and the other 20% is for everything else.This means there are certainly times when I just kick back, relax and enjoy – guilt free, and then there are times when I like to pause and spend a focused period only putting clean, wholesome, plant-based foods into my body.
A juice cleanse, or as I have been calling it lately, a juice feast, is an easy and effective way to do just that. The only thing going into my body is the nutrients from amazingly fresh produce, raw nuts, spices and super-foods. I typically drink 6 fruit and vegetable juices plus one nut milk each day. That equates to the vitamins and nutrients from
about 15-20 pounds of produce, each day!! Forget about the weight loss, the clear mind, the increased energy, the glowing skin, the shift in cravings and all the other benefits; this spring my main focus and drive is a focused period of loving myself in every way possible.
A juice cleanse is an opportunity to focus on your self-care routine and rev up every loving habit you have and possibly introduce a few new ones. Here’s what I’ve got on my self-care menu.
- Dry brush
- Tongue scrape
- Salt baths
- Nature walks
- Get a massage
- Get a colonic
- Sleep, rest, hydrate
During my 7 day spring juice cleanse I plan to take my time as I dry brush my skin each day. I tend to skip this self-care practice when I am running late or just half-ass it without really putting any intention or love behind it. Ultimately, I will use this time as an opportunity to recite a positive affirmation with each stroke. Spirit junkie or not, that s**! works! Fake it till you make it baby – when I keep telling my self certain things, sooner or later I start to believe them and reciting them while doing something to care for your body can be very powerful. It’s like using an uplifting mantra as your intention in yoga class – darn good medicine!
Lately I am really into salt baths while I read spiritual books. Hot damn – I’m loving my hippy-dippy self more just thinking about this! Epsom salts and dead sea salts mixed together are amazing for helping release tension and increase circulation in your body. Add a few drops of essential oil if you have them for even further relaxation.
I believe when you spend a few days nourishing every cell in your body, flooding it with enzymes + nutrients from fresh produce, nuts, spices and super-foods it opens the mental door to welcome feelings of pride, love and peace. This in turn helps create a mental state where I am focused on nurturing my soul and lifting my spirit. I find that while juice cleansing I am able to go deeper in my meditations, and just crave that time to my self to sit and breathe. If you are still struggling with starting a meditation practice I highly recommend activating the podcast app on your phone, and getting Gabby Bernstein’s “Adding more Ing to your Life.” There are about a dozen free mediations and each one is 3-5 minutes in length. That’s all it takes to get you hooked!
Moving your body while on a juice cleanse is key, and yoga and nature walks are my top picks. Although I love running and circuit training I think being gentle has its place while cleansing. Plus, yoga and nature are both amazing ways to connect to your inner guide and just listen. They both allow you to really connect and bring everything together for a beautiful and deep experience.
You may be wondering where the heck I am going to find the time for this yoga, self-care, love fest? Good Question! Rise and shine baby. 5AM is my jam. Which basically makes me an old person who can’t really stay awake much past 9:30PM, but cest la vie. I have 2 little kids, own a business and make exercising, socializing and spending time with my hubby a priority. Before I get my kids to school and start work I need to fit in meditating, journaling, reading a page of something uplifting, and exercising. Otherwise they probably won’t happen. . . and my days are way more happy and productive when I do make them happen. I am more kind & patient to myself and others. Trust me when I say, I am not saying this toot my own horn. I am saying this to remind you that anything is possible when you really really want it, and you have no idea how much I like it when I speak kindly to myself. When my inner voice is boosting me up as opposed to pushing me down.
Although I would love to say that each day of my life I take great care to nurture my soul and nourish my body on a deep cellular level, that is just not the case. But whenever I do a juice cleanse I make that my top priority. It is not a time for stress, negative thought patterns or self doubt. It’s a time for positive affirmations, lots of rest, hydration and relaxation. I do my best to clear my schedule, book a massage, book a colonic and get dive deep into self-care. Because I don’t know about you, but I need it. I am working on releasing my need to control everything in my life and my need for everything to go perfectly. I am working on loving my body exactly as it is, and believing I am good enough. I am working to release being judgmental – of myself and of others. Taking care of my self, spiritually, mentally and physically is a practice I love and one that I take to next-level-awesome when I do a juice cleanse.
Andrea Dershin is founder and CEO of Good Life Juice – Vancouver Island’s premier cold pressed juice company. In 2009 Andrea received her 200hr Yoga RYT in Brooklyn NY and has been teaching Vinyasa yoga ever since – she can currently be found at Moksha Yoga in Nanaimo BC. Her classes focus on using positive affirmations along with a vigorous Vinyasa flow to help her students find a little extra peace each week. In 2012, Andrea received her certificate in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and began working as a wellness coach. She is an avid yogi, devoted mama, spirit junkie and loves blasting good tunes and dancing with whoever is in the mood to join her.