Over the winter I developed some eating habits I didn’t like. I was eating out way too much, not getting enough vegetables and drinking more than was necessary. My cravings for sugar were starting to become absurd.
Three full days of nothing but juice and I stuck to it. Day one I was exhausted, but that's a normal feeling for me. Day two I felt pretty darn great until I unexpectedly had a date with my boyfriend and got to watch him eat sushi and drink wine while I sat across from him sipping caffeine free tea. Day three was similar to day two.
Was it hard? yes, and no. Not when I was at work with lots to do, or when I was home alone. There were times when out of habit I'd think "I'd like to go eat real food" but I wasn't really ever hungry. I stayed very hydrated and it was fine. What was hard is that I love food, I'm a foodie. I like the experience of eating, dining, of drinking wine. It's a social thing too, breaking bread with your friends and family. At the end of a long day sitting down to dinner and a glass of wine with my boyfriend is a common shared experience and removing myself from that ceremony was hard. By the end of day 3 I wanted to have a meal, to eat food that I chewed very badly, it did take a lot strength and willpower not to ask my boyfriend for a glass of his wine or a spoonful of his dinner.
Was it worth it? yes and no. I learned a lot about my eating patterns, and how much I actually do or don't need to consume. I feel fresh and cleaned out. I'm feeling a little refreshed. My skin is clearer for sure. What I hoped to feel was amazing! I had high hopes that this would completely change how I was feeling physically. Re-charge my body. People talk about how AMAZING you feel after a juice cleanse. I feel mostly the same with more awareness, heightened sense of smell, and a better understanding of myself.
I'm feeling good, but nothing extraordinary. I do eat pretty darn well normally so maybe that speaks to the fact that I'm mostly on the right track already? That's what I'm going to tell myself anyway.
It's not a quick fix. Would I do it again, yes. It's an interesting exercise that can teach you a lot about yourself so yes I'd do it again. Should I have had lower expectations? Probably yes.
Have you done a juice cleanse? What was your experience? Would you do one again? Would love to hear from you.
Looking at my kermit green juice at 4:40am this morning, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't full of apprehension.
Would it taste ok? would it be hard to drink?
Here goes nothin...
I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted good. I wasn't hungry through the yoga class I taught this morning, but by the time I got done teaching I was ready for another one While getting ready for work I gulped another, it had been about two hours from the first one so I figured that was about. Did I mention there are 6 a day for me to consume?
Running to work I pulled two bottles out of the fridge to take with me and soldiered on. So far not as hard as I thought it would be. The juice is tasty as far as juice goes. I was fighting fatigue hard in the early afternoon. Thought about having a coffee around 1:00pm, and distracted myself with work and water after a few yawns. Alisha 1 Coffee 0. (for the record I love coffee, this is just a temporary parting)
When I got home from work I poured the red beet juice into a very large wine glass to make it feel more festive and sat on my porch enjoying the hum of early evening.
After a shower and a super short personal yoga practice I had desert! "blender bender" Almonds, filtered water, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, himalayan salt. Better than tasty, it was GOOD.
The big question, how do I feel? A big part of doing this cleanse was to feel energized. Today I wanted to crawl to bed and go to sleep. In short that means no change from how I normally feel, but hell it's only day 1. I'll let you know how I feel tomorrow.
Tomorrow begins a 3 day juice cleanse. I'm nervous and excited. I've been feeling chronically exhausted and sluggish. This is my attempt to correct that. I'll let you know how it goes...