I never thought I would see the day where I would attempt a juice cleanse. I think about food more times a day than I think a normal person should, that’s how much I love it. But I got this hardcore industrial strength Ninja blender for my birthday and suddenly I found myself flirting with the idea, and it materialized pretty quickly from there.
I didn’t want to do it to lose weight. It was really just something new to try and I was interested to see how my body would do for several straight days without caffeine, processed foods, added sugar, etc.
I will qualify that the ‘cleanse’ that I created was modified and did involve a healthy solid food dinner every evening. I didn’t think it would be remotely healthy for me to only drink juice because I knew I would still be exercising to some extent throughout the week. But breakfast and lunch would be three different veggie/fruit juices. The cleanse was supposed to last three days.
I found some recipes and bought essentially an entire grocery cart filled with produce. I did what anyone who is trying something potentially crazy does and enlisted a friend to do it with me (thanks, Chelsea!).
Juice cleanse, Day 1
I was ready to go with my pre-blended juices for the day lined up in the fridge. I drank one before work and strategically planned to drink my other ones every 3 hours or so.
By 1:30 PM on Day 1, Chelsea and I were sending each other cranky text messages. They only escalated as the day went on.
By 5:00 PM on Day 1, I caved and ate crackers and some guacamole and then texted Chelsea to confess.
By 6:00 PM on Day 1, Chelsea and I had reached a mutual agreement that juice cleanses suck and we were going to jump ship and have to find a whole lot of clever ways to utilize a whole lot of produce.
Juice cleanse fail, Day 2
I ate a black bean burrito for lunch, pawned the remaining beets in my fridge off on a co-worker because I had no idea what the hell to do with them, and roasted all the carrots to eat as a side dish for dinner.
I have heard some people say that juice cleanses are great – but they definitely aren’t for me. It wasn’t that I was hungry all of Day 1 (at least not until my late afternoon whiny texts and snack), it was just the way my body and brain reacted that I didn’t care for. I thought about food WAY too much – yes, even more than I normally do. My mind felt really foggy most of the day and my energy level was all over the place.
If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. So I think the decision to claim juice cleanse defeat was the right one. But I guess it was worth the experiment.
Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? Ever failed at a juice cleanse on day 1 like me?