For some reason I’ve always been interested in doing a cleanse. Not to lose weight, I’ve always thought stronger, not skinnier, is better. I did it out of curiosity, a challenge. So after months and months of contemplating it, a girlfriend and I decided to Just Do It. It happened from one minute to the next
As you can probably tell I’m a big eater. I like food. I think about food all the time. I get mad when a meal is wasted. So the challenge for me was about figuring out if I could 1) go three days without thinking about food and 2) see if my body felt different (or better) and possibly make a change to my diet accordingly.
I’d had Pressed Juices before and loved every one I’d tried so, naturally, I thought I’d absolutely kill it. I’d pass with flying colors. Random people would high five me on the street. Easy!
That didn’t happen. I failed. Big time. I belly flopped into a pool of earth juice #2 (a delicious veggie based juice that I called lunch for 3 days).
With the three day basic cleanse I “did” you are given 8 juices per day. All 8 juices are freshly made and packed before you pick them up in the morning. Two of those are water based (aloe vera water and chlorophyll water)(don’t get thrown off by the black color of the chlorophyll). The others are a combination of fruit smoothies, green juices and earth juices that you choose.
In my defense, and the defense of those delicious juices, it was my first time doing a cleanse. I really hadn’t prepared; I should have researched it and planned. I was eating and drinking as normal until the first day of the cleanse. Two strong coffees in the morning, a glass of red wine at night, three meals through out the day and snacking in between. My body went into shock after the first few hours of day one, feeling angry, alone, and disoriented.
Not to be throwing out excuses at you straight away, BUT!… I always knew I liked planning meals, I just didn’t know how much. Some people plan their outfits for the next morning, I plan my breakfast. No matter how hard or long the day at work is, I’m excited to cook for Jack and I at night. It relaxes me.
I know, I know. IT’S ONLY A 3 DAY CLEANSE! What’s the big deal? If I knew, I would tell you. I was perfectly fine and feeling good until dinner on the second night. I turned into a monster, a silent and unpleasant one. To be honest, my throat just could not take another juice, so I had one small taco from La Condesa instead. I kept on juicing the third day anyway. I did feel lighter by the end, and the girls at work said my skin was glowing, but my body didn’t feel significantly different in any way.
I did learn one very important thing through the experience and that is that snacking is for dummies. While I desperately missed solid meals, I could have cared less about snacking. That bag of sweet and salty popcorn, that mandarin, the box of chocolates in my third drawer, the salted nuts in the kitchen, my secret stash of sour patch kids – they meant nothing to me.
When I went back to normal eating I noticed those snacks I was unnecessarily putting in my mouth before, felt like a nuisance now. I have sworn off snacking now and I honestly do feel a difference in my body after that.
Is juicing for people like me? No, Probably not. What was my favorite juice? Zest juice #4: Coconut, cucumber, lemon and pineapple. Yummo! Would I do it again? Absolutely, but only after a bit or research and training.
Have you done one?