PHUKET NUTRITIONAL CLEANSE
Six years ago a friend of mine went on a juice fast. Her observations? The drinks were nasty, but she lost a bunch of weight and did, in fact, feel “cleaner” afterwards. The experience sounded magical.
Now it’s six years later and the juicing thing refuses to die. Juice-based businesses have popped up in many places. Juice-fasting proponents claim that fasting helps with weight loss, rids the body of toxins, reduces cancer risk, aids digestion and boosts the immune system. Where I live, juicing is no longer solely the province of aspiring actresses, hippies and health freaks.
My skepticism gave way to curiosity. I’m active, I usually eat healthy foods…but let’s just say I could lose a few pounds. My Midwestern upbringing led me to eat a lot of red meat over the years, and while I’m pretty good about getting regular exercise, I have the portion control skills of C.C. Sabathia. I know what I should do to lose weight, but often don’t. My problem is willpower.
Which is why the idea of a nutritional cleanse appealed to me. Health professionals say that you shouldn’t think of a nutritional cleanse as a long-term weight loss solution, and I didn’t. Instead, I was drawn to the challenge. Could I go three days without food? For most of my life, I hadn’t gone much more than three hours between meals. If I could complete a cleanse—going 72 hours without chewing anything—the improvement to my willpower would far exceed any temporary weight loss I might experience.
In the end, I have to confess that there is a magic property to juice fasting. It’s something that’s not for everyone but since my juice fast I have taken up healthier habits because of it.