Good Lord That’s a Lot Of Liquid!
Mike and I just completed a 3 Day Juice Cleanse (Disclaimer: This cleanse was accompanied with light dinner). We were not the annoying people who post their updates to Facebook and tell everyone incessantly about it… (except for my daily voxing to Keri, Megan, Holly and Molly – oh and my mom. And my friend Shana. OK, maybe I was the annoying juice person!)
Thing is, if you know me you know I don’t do diety stuff. Or sporty stuff. I like my wine and my cheese and of course my bread. In fact my favorite hobby is “wining” with friends while eating delicious appetizers!
If you think this post is about how fabulous we felt on a juice cleanse you are wrong. If you are assuming I am going to talk about how easy it was and how I can’t wait to do it again you are incorrect. The point of my juicing blog is to talk about something entirely different.
The night before we began our cleanse Mike got us an obscene amount of our favorite takeout. I decided I should probably drink more wine than a group of 6 would drink and I completed the night with a few Twix bites. After all a cleanse was beginning.
The first day was gag worthy. It could have been the hangover or possibly the chunks of radish and celery. It certainly didn’t help that something in the juice had a sand like texture so drinking it was a bit like sanding my throat. 8 ounces every hour, 16 ounces of water every hour, fluctuating every 30 minutes from 9am to 5pm. Then in the evening we were able to have a light dinner sans carbs, sugar, dairy, fat, alcohol… umm did I forget anything? Basically grilled chicken and plain vegetables.
By the time 5:30 came I had the table set and was waiting for Mike to finish making the chicken. I was literally salivating at the sight of steamed veggies. In a matter of 12 hours I had morphed from a completely rational human being to:(photo cred: happyorhungry.com):
I tore into the chicken like a dinosaur and inhaled my steamed vegetables. And they were the most delicious morsels I can remember eating in a long time. Just one day prior I would have considered this bland dinner the low point of the week. However, fasting for almost 24 hours reset my thinking to be so damn thankful for any morsel I could put in my mouth. The broccoli was so tender, the simple spices on the chicken beckoned me to lick the plate. It was amazing.
Over the next few days we continued to drink our 64 ounces of juice and 128 ounces of water every day. Mike and I would wait patiently for our boring chicken and vegetables and clamored about how delicious the carrots were (we did have a little hummus on day 3). We were just so damn appreciative for the food in the evening.
Now that we are finished I have been thinking a lot about the effects. The cleanse didn’t just reset my body but also forced me to acknowledge the reset in my mind. I had to admit I don’t like going without. I had to think about what a baby I am and how much I complain about the most trivial crap. But the most interesting take away was how quickly we adapt to survive. I was shocked how thankful and satiated I was with so much less and that when we “reset” our lifestyle and needs we can see past ourselves. The things we take for granted on a day to day basis should be appreciated.
Honestly, I don’t know if I will do a juice cleanse again. But I would recommend everyone to try it. Taking time to not grant yourself everything you want is good practice for life. Going without your favorite vices for a bit forces you to think inward and more important think of those who are not blessed with what we take for granted.
I have done my time, and my day 4 cleanse (pic above) is calling my name 🙂