All Juiced Up!

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Every bride-to-be deserves to look and feel her best on the big day. It’s common for women to try celebrity fad diets to slim down quickly, but lately many have found local juice cleanses to be a healthy alternative. Ingredients for cleanses are typically a blend of fresh fruits, veggies and sometimes nuts. Between juices participants are expected to subside regular food cravings with water, or depending on the program, hot tea or coconut water. Most juicers offer one-, three- or five-day programs.

Results, naturally, vary depending on the bride’s weight, activity level and everyday diet. Dietitian Mindy Black suggests using a cleanse to reset unhealthy cravings or jump start a more long term diet program, versus to quickly lose a lot of weight.

“It’s a tough thing for some people—not having the action of chewing. I recommend chewing ice to take away the craving,” says Kathleen Gascoine, owner of Nourish Juice Café.

Cravings or not, juicing for a day or three offers a great way to start or end a longer term wedding day nutrition plan. For starters, it helps one to learn to eat for fuel and not emotion.

Jacksonville juice shops by location, and what they charge per day to cleanse:

• Nourish Juice Cafe: Riverside, $39 a day

• Watts Juicery: Jacksonville Beach; St. Johns Town Center, $52 a day

• Pulp: San Marco, $29 a day

• Blue Print: Whole Foods in Mandrain, $45 a day

By Shannon Green • Photo by Agnes Lopez

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