I never thought I'd be able to do it, but was really shocked at how easy it was. Day 3 and Day 11 and 12 were probably the most challenging. After Day 10, I started to feel the emotional ramifications of not eating. However, when I started to get upset over something it was often because I needed my next juice! I loved the simplicity of my life. I didn't have to think much about what I wanted to "eat" or about preparing food. The difficult choices were which juices to buy! I learned to love some new Juice Press flavors (Gravity, Simple Green, Anti-Aging, The Meal - only sometimes....)
I felt alive. My dad kept telling me I was "glowing". I definitely could have gone 3 or 4 weeks total. What's interesting is that in the 2nd week, I became much more sensitive to sugar. I was less a fan of the green juices that had apple or pineapple or grapefruit and liked the simple "all green" versions (with a little lemon and ginger, of course). That is also when I began craving more of the hearty juices -- the Black Labels of the world where I got some nut milk and coconut meat and/or oil. At the end of the day, these really satiated me.
|Chia seed filled Glo|
Rarely did I feel hungry. A few times my stomach would grumble, but I came to see that not as a sign of hunger, but just as my body speaking to me in some way or another. I felt very "full" and there were not 1 day when I finished all 6 juices and wanted more.
One of the most difficult parts of the cleanse was keeping my daily juice menu interesting! I didn't want to drink the same things over and over again and I wanted to keep it exciting and fresh. Luckily, Juice Press has such a wide range of juices that, depending on my mood, I could find anything I wanted! Smoothies were also really really good. Usually if I had a smoothie, I could stick to 4 juices for the day.
|Smoothie in the making!|
|The Guru. Love love looooove the Hemp seeds!|
Will I do this again? Yes. Absolutely.
As I transition back into real food I'm already feeling the burden. This morning I woke up lethargic and tired. During my cleanse I went to bed because it was late and I wanted to, not because I felt like my body could not stay awake for another minute. I'm certainly more concious of what I am putting into my body and realize how little I like "eating on the run". Grabbing a juice is much easier and so much more satisfying. Eating a meal (or a snack) should be a ritual and something that we appreciate. If you're lucky, the food before you at a meal is something that was not taken out of a package. I think it's important that we "honor" that food and try not to just scarf it down. I believe in eating for nutritional purposes and eating (not over-eating) for pleasure, enjoyment, entertainment, gathering of community.
Breathe. Look around you. Be happy. Eat.