I woke up yesterday morning genuinely looking forward to cleanse. I was curious to try the juices and see what they’d be like as the extent of my vegetable juice drinking goes as far as Bloody Mary’s 😉
At 6:30, my tummy started rumbling. I had a cup of decaffeinated green tea and it calmed down for a little while. The handy How-To guide that came with my juices said that I was to drink one juice every two hours, so I wanted to start promptly at 8:00 am. This idea kind of scared me because that would mean my last juice would be at 6:00 pm… How would I survive the rest of the night?!
At 8:00 am, I had my first green juice, which was a blend of leafy greens, ginger, and lemon. This juice was loaded with chlorophyll and all 5 servings of vegetables AND fruits for the day! Talk about a super juice! The verdict…It wasn’t terrible! it was actually very refreshing–I could definitely taste some parsley in there. the best way I can describe it is that is tasted like a salad–with no dressing or extra veggies in it haha! After I finished the 16 oz at about 9:30, I felt really great. Energized, alert, bright, and light. Shortly after, I got a mild headache but it only lasted a couple minutes. My tummy started rumbling at about 10:30, just in time for the next juice.
I had been hearing about that crazy lemonade with cayenne pepper and maple syrup concoction for years and I always had mixed feelings about how that would taste. And now I had one in my hand ready to be drank. This was definitely interesting. It tastes like lemonade, but there is a sharp bite from the cayenne after you swallow. It’s very odd. I was a little afraid about the maple syrup being in my drink, but I really couldn’t taste it at all. After that one, I was feeling pretty good.
I was surprised at how full I felt. And I was especially shocked by how much I was not obsessing over the food I wasn’t eating. If I got a little hunger pang between juices, I would just drink tea or hot water with lemon in between. I was feeling on top of the world! But then, at 11:00 our building manager refilled our candy bowl with Twix, Snickers, and M&Ms. And then someone put a cookie cake in the kitchen. And then a group of people ordered Chinese food food for lunch–one of my favorite things! The smell was intoxicating… So I ran away! I went out for a little errand running during the lunch break and when I returned, the smell had just about subsided. And I had conquered the cravings! Don’t get me wrong–I love food. LOVE IT. But in those few hours, I learned that I don’t need to give in to every offering of food presented to me. If this were any other day, I would have had a couple candies, a slice of cookie cake, and been a part of that lunch order, all before noon. I felt even better after that 🙂
Then came the trying moment. The red juice is the worst one for me, I learned. It’s a beet juice with carrots and watermelon, but the beet juice is definitely the most prominent. And I hate beets! Ugh. It took me about an hour and a half to drink it, I’m not kidding. I had flashbacks to my mother trying to get me to take cough syrup or finish my last bites of food I didn’t want: “Ok. Now take four sips. GOOD GIRL! Now take a break. … Ok, now FIVE sips!” How embarrassing! I rewarded myself with my new favorite thing: hot water with lemon! I seriously feel like an old lady saying that, but it really is perfect. It’s light and refreshing and totally warms you up! So good.
It was at this point that I realized I had been drinking my juices too slowly. I was supposed to have four while I was at work and I ended up only drinking three–I had my fourth in the car on the way home. But then I had to have another red juice in about an hour. By this point, it was already 7:00 and I was still full–and I still had my cashew milk, the light at the end of the red juice tunnel, to go! The cashew milk was heavenly–smooth, rich and creamy with some cinnamon and nutmeg. It was a very sweet and protein-rich end to my day. I wish they sold it by itself because I’d drink it all the time!
By 10:00, I had finally drank all of my juices. Overall, it was a great day. It was much easier than I thought it would be. I felt great all day and if I ever craved food–usually when someone else around me was eating something awesome–the craving would subside with in a few minutes anyway. I feel like everything around me is somehow clearer–my head and my vision are more focused and clear. I never felt tired or irritable. I felt like my usual self all day, just a better, healthier version. I felt very clean!
Now that all this is said and done, we’ll see what is in store for my next two days… I hope I didn’t jinx myself! 😉 Wish me luck!