Juice Cleansing: Halfsies Pros & Cons

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I just completed my first ever juice cleanse, & I’m having mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong – I loveeee juices and can spend hours on end reading nutrition labels at Whole Foods & learning about cold-press techniques at pop-up juiceries. Several times per week, I’ll easily replace a late dinner with a green juice (Suja <<above>> is my fave because it’s crazy delicious and nutritious and doesn’t taste like green vom like some others). I’m a huge fan of the meal replacement philosophy, because juices are a great way to get nutrients when you just don’t have time for a  meal. But ONLY. DRINKING. JUICE?!

Let’s talk about that…

Before starting my three day cleanse, I boldly claimed that I couldn’t imagine that I would miss chewing things. Note: I did. Especially while everyone around me was carelessly nomming away. Find a buddy to juice with you and I promise you’ll appreciate the moral support! And even though you’re supposed to drink more juice than I was able to stomache, I never really felt satisfied. I wasn’t ever hungry because I was always full, but it was more of an I’m-so-bloated-with-juice full than an I’m-not-hungry full.

In the end, I felt super clean and rejuvenated and healthy and… OH YA: light-headed, crabby, ready for some vino, and down to chew on some almonds or kale or the carpet or my fingernails or ANYTHING I could get my hands on.

My ultimate conclusion: Juicing feels great if you need to detox from a vacay or if you’re looking to kick-start a healthy lifestyle change. But for someone who’s already pretty health-freakish, I really just missed eating quinoa and steaming my veggies. Sure, you can’t jam as many nutrients into your stomach when your veggies are in solid form, but there’s a certain happiness that you get from eating food that makes the process irreplaceable. Happiness is a nutrient too people!!!

I love the way I felt after juicing, but think I’ll probably stick to drinking juice for snacks or skipped meals here or there. I’ll save the intense cleansing for post-Vegas trips and other detox worthy times!

In case you’re interested in doing your own cleanse, I suggest trying Suja, Nekter, Organic Avenue, or Pressed Cleanses.

If you’re down to weerrrkkk for it, you can make your own juices with some of our fave recipes from Health.com. Well & Good kills it too, with tips & inspo to get you through the process

Have you done a juice cleanse? Where from? We’d love to hear about your results & tips!

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Restaurant Review: Daily Dose Cafe

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Restaurant Name: Daily Dose Cafe
Location: 1820 Industrial St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Great for: Brunch, quick bites, outdoor dining, groups

What I loved: Fresh juices, daily specials, large portions, ambience

What I’d improve: Parking can be tricky and combos get a little pricey

What I’d recommend: The “white juice”, nutella mocha, and farmer sandwich

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Above: Nutella Mocha & “White Juice” (coconut water, coconut meat, bananas, dates)

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Above: Kale couscous

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Above: The Farmer Sandwich (Vegetarian and stuffed with goodness! This makes any carnivore happy to forego meat)

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Above: The Butcher Sandwich (Dijon mustard with sopressata and pickles)

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Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Daily Dose Cafe is super artsy. Rustic exposed brick and an overgrowth of verdure and flowers define the cafe’s “look”, while untreated woods make for great art pieces and mismatched tables. The  Cafe is located in an alley full of light – there are candles to line the walkways and brighten tables, string lights are laced overhead, and vintage chandeliers hang along the ivy. While most guests sit outside along the narrow alley, there are options for indoor seating as well.

Beyond the atmosphere and decor of the place, the food is delish. The menu is super simple, totally fresh, and LA-healthy.

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Restaurant Review: Daily Dose Cafe

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Restaurant Name: Daily Dose Cafe
Location: 1820 Industrial St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Great for: Brunch, quick bites, outdoor dining, groups

What I loved: Fresh juices, daily specials, large portions, ambience

What I’d improve: Parking can be tricky and combos get a little pricey

What I’d recommend: The “white juice”, nutella mocha, and farmer sandwich

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Above: Nutella Mocha & “White Juice” (coconut water, coconut meat, bananas, dates)

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Above: Kale couscous

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Above: The Farmer Sandwich (Vegetarian and stuffed with goodness! This makes any carnivore happy to forego meat)

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Above: The Butcher Sandwich (Dijon mustard with sopressata and pickles)

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Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Daily Dose Cafe is super artsy. Rustic exposed brick and an overgrowth of verdure and flowers define the cafe’s “look”, while untreated woods make for great art pieces and mismatched tables. The  Cafe is located in an alley full of light – there are candles to line the walkways and brighten tables, string lights are laced overhead, and vintage chandeliers hang along the ivy. While most guests sit outside along the narrow alley, there are options for indoor seating as well.

Beyond the atmosphere and decor of the place, the food is delish. The menu is super simple, totally fresh, and LA-healthy.

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