My experience on a 5-day juice cleanse...
You should know that this was not my first cleanse. Not even close. I used to offer juice cleanses to my clients and I have done handfuls of juice cleanses, anywhere from 1-60 days. In fact, some of you who are reading this probably know me from my days as the cleanse specialist for Organic Squeeze, or even from the juice retreat center I worked at in Turkey. So, that said, my experience will be much different than others. I believe it is 100% mental.
Last week I was feeling like I needed to hit the re-set button, so I decided it was time for another cleanse. It had been 2 years since my last cleanse, which was for 60 days. I knew I didn't have the time to juice it all myself , so I reached out to Wheeze the Juice in OKC. They were able to customize my cleanse and have it ready within 24 hours, which was AWESOME.
I had a phenomenal experience with their juices and absolutely LOVED the cleanse. I felt energized, strong, clear-minded, and noticed a difference in my skin in just 5 days.
Before I break it down by day, some of you may be wondering "WHY would I ever not eat for 5 days and want to live off juice?" There are multiple reasons. When you give yourself a complete digestive rest- your body is able to reset, rejuvenate, and detox at a much quicker pace. The amount of energy we expend on digestion is insane- so if your body can use all of that energy elsewhere, you will notice a drastic difference in how you feel. Everyone has their own reasons for doing a cleanse, but mine was to clear my head and increase my energy.
Each day I drank 5 juices (mainly vegetable with minimal fruits) plus vegetable broth. In the fall and winter months I find it easier to cleanse with vegetable broth instead of a 6th juice because it adds some warmth to the cleanse.
I went to my bootcamp class in the morning like usual
I felt tired for most of the day and I had a caffeine headache. I stayed strong with my juices and tried to get to sleep earlier than usual because I felt like my body was asking for rest
Woke up with a small headache
Went to my bootcamp class per usual and felt surprisingly strong and energized
Increased my water intake and felt great all day long!
At night I definitely wanted food, but I wasn't hungry. It just sounded like fun :) However, I heated up some vegetable broth which satiated my desire to eat
I slept like a ROCK
Woke up feeling GREAT
Went to bootcamp
I only drank 4 juices plus vegetable broth this day - for some reason I was not very hungry at all
Increased my water intake even more, I think I drank nearly a gallon
Felt extremely energized and clear-minded all day long
Woke up with a very random desire to go for a run- so I skipped bootcamp and ran 2 miles with my roommate. I felt extremely good during and after this run, much to my surprise
My energy was up all day and I was not very hungry. Again, I only had 4 juices plus vegetable broth and a lot of lemon water
I did a colonic on this day which was AWESOME. I'm a huge believer in colonics during cleanses due to the amount of toxins your body is trying to eliminate
Woke up feeling sad that it was my last day on the cleanse
Went to bootcamp and continued to feel very strong during my workouts
I felt great all day, but in the evening I was definitely tired and was ready for bed by 8pm
Slept great and woke up early the next morning ready to take on the world and eat :)
The Days After
I started by just drinking a lot of water, eating fruit, and eating my homemade superfood bars
I didn't eat very much on Saturday or Sunday because I felt very full, very fast!
I continued to notice a drastic difference in my skin and mental clarity, which is a huge perk!
As you can see, my cleanse experience was smooth sailing! However, that is not always the case. Each time I do a cleanse I have a different experience, as will you. So, want to know more? Shoot me an email and I'll fill you in on the deets:)
If any of you are considering doing a cleanse, please reach out to me and let me know if I can help in any way! For those of you who have done cleanses with me in the past - stay tuned for January cleanse dates, as I am working on planning another group cleanse (back by popular demand)!