Being Healthy Is A Journey

Once I started juicing, It took me six months to lose the weight I gained during menopause. It wasn't a straight downhill process either. There were times when getting on the scale was a roller coaster ride.

I successfully completed a seven-day juice cleanse on my very first try. I was surprised that I wasn't hungry during that time. I missed chewing food, so I did eat celery which was very satisfying. Within a few days, I felt very peaceful and was able to sleep well which I hadn't done in a long time. I don't think I even weighed myself during that cleanse.

On the eighth day, I ate Chinese food, and a lot of it, which was not a good idea. However, I didn't feel guilty. Instead, I ordered another seven-day juice cleanse. I fell into a pattern of doing a juice  cleanse and taking few days off in between which lasted for several months. The juice cleanses gave me the nutrients my body needed to sustain clean energy. The more I juiced, the less I craved sugars and processed foods. I started shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. My body craved lean meats and vegetables. I would cook them in a wok with homemade ginger sauce that is very healthy. I could eat large portions and still lose weight.

Another key factor was exercise. I wasn't in the greatest shape to do anything strenuous when I started juicing. So, I incorporated short walks into my daily routine. It took me a while to be able to walk a mile. Over time, I slowly increased my distance until I was walking between six and ten miles a few times a week. Now, I look forward to hiking or walking just to enjoy nature and clear my head.

Being healthy is a journey, not a destination. I won't say that I eat completely healthy today, but I have learned to do things in moderation. I try to do at least one seven-day juice cleanse every month. It's no longer a challenge. Whether we do things that are good or bad for us, we make each decision based on the rewards or benefits we receive. I feel blessed that something resonated with me to try juice cleansing as not only a way to lose weight but to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. 



Kelly Cashen

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