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.