Juice Cleanse Reflections

Day three last juice!  Blender Bender was YUMMY
Day three last juice! Blender Bender was YUMMY

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.

First real meal day 4
First real meal day 4

Juice Cleanse Day 1


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.

xoxox y'all