For the holidays, we went on multiple out-of-town trips. We went to the Smokies with my in-laws, traveled to Florida to see our grandma, and spent the New Year in Charleston. Hubs and I are food lovers. We tried out new foods and ate out for every meal. Of course, I gained a few pounds, but I also felt like I trashed my body.
My New Year’s resolution is to live healthier. I started incorporating ‘Meatless Monday’, stopped eating after 7, and started doing cardio at the gym 3-4x a week. After trashing my body during the holidays, I wanted to start a juice cleanse to start fresh.
Before starting a juice cleanse, get educated. I read blogs, reviews, tips, advices, and anything that could help me decide on which company to purchase the juices from, what to expect, and if I even can do this!
I chose to do a 3-day juice cleanse because a 1-day was too short and 5-day seemed too long to do for a first timer! I chose the company Pressed Juicery, a California-based company, from reviews online.
Prepping my body before cleansing meant only drinking one cup of coffee instead of two, eating a salad for lunch, and having dinner at 6pm. I, also, chose to do the cleanse on my 4 days off to lessen any temptation. This turned out to be more than just a physical cleanse for me; it was also spiritual.
Juice 1: Greens 2 consists of kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon
Juice 2: Citrus 2 consists of pineapple, apple, lemon, mint
Juice 3: Greens 3 consists of kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger
Juice 4: Roots 3 consists of beet, apple, lemon, ginger
Juice 5: Didn’t have a name, but consists of lemon, cayenne pepper, alkaline h20
Juice 6: Vanilla Almond consists of almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt (my favorite & most calories)
I, also, bought the chlorophyll h20 (recommended to drink throughout the day) and the aloe vera h2o (recommended to drink before bedtime- not that good!)
Day one was the toughest, mentally. There were a lot of prayers this day! I never felt like I was starving, though. I drank the juices every 2 hours as recommended and plenty of waters. I didn’t do any cardio this day, just a minute plank. I went to bed at my usual time, and I was actually full!
I felt pretty dang good on day two! Mentally, I was stronger. If I could finish day one, I knew I could do this! Hubs took me on an afternoon date, despite my hesitation. We went to mall to grab some things we needed and to the movies. I sneaked my little cooler in the movies with my next 2 juices. I totally forgot to sit in the aisle, though! Oops! I just did a little cardio this day.
Day three was the toughest, physically! I think it would have helped if I picked my juices because by the third day, I was over the flavors! We went grocery shopping and I cooked gumbo for hubs’ dinner. SO TEMPTING! It smelled so good; I wanted it so bad! It took a lot of self-control to tell myself ‘no’. Hubs wanted to watch a movie, again, so I packed my little cooler. This time, the smell of popcorn got to me. I really, really wanted it! Ahh! But I toughened it out. I just kept drinking my juice and water. It was almost the end of the cleanse, I COULD DO IT! I repeated to myself, just a few more hours, just a few more hourssss!!! I did a minute plank before bed.
Being a food lover, I was really surprised that I was able to stick out. My body and mind felt pretty dang good. I did lose a couple pounds (more like water weight), but that really isn’t the point of a cleanse. I didn’t get a headache from the lack of caffeine and didn’t feel tired. I was still able to do things around the house, run errands, go on dates with my husband, and do a light work-out. I did start saying things that people on a cleanse typically say, for example, one of our friends invited us for dinner on Friday, my reply “Sorry, I’m on a cleanse!” or when my hubs wanted to go to a coffee house Saturday morning, “Ugh, I’m cleansing!”.
I didn’t realize how much hubs and I go towards food for a date activity. It was hard to decide what to do without involving food. Also, I felt like ridding my body of toxins helped me grow closer to Jesus. Is that silly? When I eat junk, it affected my body, mind, and spirit. I get moody, impatient, and lazy. Indulgence and gluttony is of a sinful spirit and to hold strong for a fast is so good for a spiritual awakening. One of my best friends said, “Your body doesn’t have the energy to waste on silly and petty things and instead your eyes and mind are open and closer to the realm of Heaven.” Ain’t that the truth!
Today was my first day off the cleanse. I ate light: small bowl of cereal with almond milk for breakfast and a turkey pinwheel with Laughing Cow spread. I did drink a small hazelnut latte… Mmmm. After our little coffee date, we went on a hike. It was a peaceful time.