I had complete confidence in succeeding for at least 5 days. I made it three. Could I have kept going? I think so. I made a final decision last night to go back to eating solid foods. I will continue to work juices into my diet, and that will be the greatest benefit of the whole experience. I advise to anyone interested to be ambitious and go as long as you can (if you are feeling reasonably well and making HEALTHY choices). I am proud of myself for making it three days, considering how many food cravings I had over the course of those 72 hours. Sure, I had a couple of snacks during that period but my sole source of nutrients and energy was 100% raw, natural juice. I am surprised by what vegetables and fruit can do for us, even when stripped down to their liquid components.
Although I have converted back to a ‘solid food’ diet, I feel both a need and desire to eat more whole foods. I had a small granola bar (at just 90 calories), a handful of almonds, and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Then for lunch, I decided to treat myself to Panera with the extra tips I made at my restaurant job last night. My chioce: a Mediterranean Veggie Cafe Sandwich…
- If you have not tried this sandwich before, please do so. It is the best! I don’t even like red onion or large pieces of raw tomatoes, and I can never get enough of this zesty, fresh sandwich. Perhaps the bread contains a few too many carbs but I feel good about all of the vegetables I’m consuming and the absence of fatty meat.
…AND an apple, rather than chips. The apple was my favorite part. It was crunchy, cold and sweet, and I was sad when I got down to the core. I don’t usually care for apples too much, especially when they’re not cut into chunks. (I hate the sensation of biting into fruit. I know. Weird.) I am crossing my fingers, hoping that I choose wisely for dinner. Since I work at the restaurant tonight, I will probably eat whatever the kitchen prepares for the staff. As long as it’s not the chicken fingers, it should be a decent meal.
I hope that I have not lost your support after ending my juice journey early. I did not intend to promote nor demote any type of cleanse. I simply wanted to give you a firsthand, honest account of its ups and down, so that you may have at least one more source of information on the matter. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!
Thanks for reading!