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Day 1: Is it worth it?

It has been just over 24 hours since I have chewed solid food…four bites of a delicious chicken quesadilla from Qdoba, to be exact. Do I miss food? Yes. Am I hungry? A little; more so mentally than physically. So why tease myself? You’re probably thinking, “that can’t be healthy.” I would have been right with you if I hadn’t done a little research. It was an inspiring documentary on Netflix that ultimately pushed me to believe in the, “Juice Cleanse.” About two months later, here I am, sitting in my bed thinking about all of the great things I’m going to eat in seven days. Apparently the first three days are the hardest, and so I keep telling myself that in the end, it will all be worth it. The prize: glowing skin, a controlled appetite, increased energy levels, a renewed appreciation for fruits and veggies, and obviously, a hefty helping of pride.

Through this blog, I vow to give you an honest account of my seven day journey. Now pause right there. Feeling light-headed…time to juice! My first tip:

  • Juice ahead of time. When you drink a juice, you feel great right after but the bad feelings (nausea, light-headedness, etc.) also come very fast. Having a few juices ready in the fridge helps make that feeling fade quickly, rather than having to slave over a juicer while feeling weak and loopy.
  • To go along with that…avoid that feeling in the first place! Drink plenty of juices throughout your day, not just three ‘meals’. Have snacks in between (maybe fruity, simple juices), along with herbal teas and LOTS of water. Therefore, be prepared to take many bathroom breaks.

Sunday, the day before my cleanse, was suppose to be a normal day of eating for me but for some reason I didn’t have much of an appetite. I drank a Bolthouse Farms juice I had in my fridge in place of a normal dinner. Side note – do not be fooled; I eat a lot. I made a trip to the grocery store, spent 49 dollars, and started creating my drinks for Monday. I followed recipes I found online (I will share the good ones when I finish), ending up with 3 meals and 2 snacks. I work full-time, so making them ahead of time is vital. I packed them up along with some herbal teas, and headed to bed. I woke up feeling pretty groggy, and I’m guessing it had something to do with eating poorly. On my way to work I sipped on my first juice: a combination of lemon, grapefruit, sweet pepper, and carrot. It was a little sour but refreshing. I felt about the same as I usually feel after my usual bagel or egg. I tend to be cold at the office, so I am always sipping on hot tea or coffee. This didn’t change (but I am only drinking tea this week). Around ten o’clock I had a slight headache and my eyes were burning. I think this mainly had to do with the seasons finally changing in MI, flaring up my allergies, but for research’s sake I am including it. I enjoyed my favorite drink of the day around 11: a pineapple mint spritzer, made with pineapple, fresh mint leaves, and then topped off with sparkling water. I will definitely be making that again. The afternoon dragged a little, as it always does when I’m working. Every time I looked at the clock, I couldn’t help but think of what I wanted to cook and EAT for dinner. I love cooking…I love food…this is tough. I got another small headache around 5, so I drank my fifth juice of the day on my way home from work. Since then, I have had a Venti Iced Green Tea from Starbucks and am still sipping on that juice from the beginning of this entry: kale, spinach, green apple, lime, and celery.

My motivation is lacking. I didn’t expect that. I should be doing laundry but I just don’t feel like I have the physical energy to move around. I might be heading to bed pretty early tonight. So, cheers to tomorrow – to a smoother, more satisfying day. I can do this.

 

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