Spring break is upon us so time to step up the game. It seems like during the new year and spring time juicing, dieting, and other food fads hit an all-time high on the Google machine. With bikini season just ahead diet fads and juicing cleanses seem the easiest way to shed those extra few pounds of water weight. 😉 OR as I like to call it, 4 years postpartum. If you’re on social media you’ve probably seen the celery juice cleanse pop up on your feed at least once. It makes a number of claims for helping with chronic illness, weight loss, and inflammation to name a few. But is the celery juice a fad or are there legit health benefits in those green stalks we’ve been overlooking?The celery juice trend claims to have a number of health benefits and since I already had a juicer at home, I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve seen it around on Instagram and I wanted to see what all the rave was about. Just consider me your trusted guinea pig…
According to this article, drinking celery juice is said to have a number of health benefits for your skin, IBS, migraines, fatigue, sinusitis and more. By drinking 16 oz of celery juice on an empty stomach each morning this magical vegetable is said to be a cure-all from chronic pain to digestive issues and skin conditions.
With claims like those who isn’t down to drink some green juice that may or may not taste like grass?!
Here’s what I did:
Every morning I had one, 8 oz glass of celery juice on an empty stomach. I waited at least 15 minutes before having breakfast. I drank over 100 oz of water every day and still ate well-balanced, high fiber meals. I allowed myself one cup of coffee and did not consume any alcohol during this time. After 8 days, I saw results.
Celery Juice Shopping List:
1 bunch of organic celery yields one 8 oz glass
Make sure to rinse celery thoroughly and cut off all leaves (they can leave a bitter taste). If you don’t have a juicer, don’t worry! I’ve read these almond/soy milk bags work just as well! If you’re using a blender, just place blended celery in bag and squeeze out it’s juices. You’ve still got yourself some celery juice to gulp up! The juicer I used was given to me by my grandparents a few years back and I honestly can’t find the brand anywhere on it! I think it was a QVC purchase, but I’ve read good things about this juicer and this juicer.
I personally didn’t love the taste of the celery juice. I’ve read some people loved it…I am not this person. To help get it down I kept the celery in the fridge and then about 5-10 minutes before juicing I would throw it in the freezer (colder = better). I tried to just chug it, but I found using a straw (I use these) really helped to suck down that celery juice quickly! Quick and painless.
Celery Juice Results
So what were my results? After 8 days of drinking 8 oz of celery juice every morning on an empty stomach I lost 7 pounds. I also kept up with my Weight Watchers points to make sure I was still eating healthy meals and portions throughout my day and cut out alcohol. I don’t think weight loss (ie water weight) like this is attainable if you’re not drinking your recommended daily water intake or eating crap food. I will say though, it did give me a boost in energy, helped me start my day feeling clear and disciplined (which I can lack from time to time). I also noticed clearer skin and improvement with my ‘digestive issues’ I’ve had my whole life.
All in all, I thought it was a positive experience and I wouldn’t mind drinking celery juice on a regular basis to help with the above improvements I saw. While I do think a juicing a day can keep the gut doctor away, I’m also hesitant when it comes to dieting fads and diets. It’s also important to note that this is not a meal replacement and there should still be healthy portions of nutrition and fiber throughout your day.
I through together a little video of my celery juicing routine below, hope you enjoy! Have y’all tried celery juicing before? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!
Thanks so much for reading and following along! The fam and I are headed down to Auburn this weekend for a fun spring sports getaway. To follow along, visit me on Instagram @lindsaygcottrill. Have a great weekend y’all!
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