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Surviving a Juice Cleanse

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Juice Cleanse Juices

Whenever I thought about doing a juice cleanse I always envisioned the movie “The Exorcist”.  A cleanse, I imagined, involved a health zealot pelting me with quinoa or chia seeds (or whatever health food is trendy at the time) and yelling “The power of green juices and 64 oz of water compels you!”, as I vomit something green and my head spins around. Unpleasant indeed. But a couple of months ago I was covering a ribbon cutting for the opening on a new juice bar, I Love Juice Bar and the people where so nice a normal I got looking into juicing.  I Love Juice Bar offers these nifty pre-made juicing packages, so I could just pay someone make the juices. I debated for a couple of weeks and finally just decide to go for it and do a three-day juice fast/cleanse. pre-made

untitled_9Thursday: I picked up my juice cleanse, went home and immediately tasted each one. I wanted to know what I was working with. My favorite was the orange, didn’t love the fresh, but all of the juice was pretty tasty.  Untitled-1

I had done zero research on doing a juice cleanse so I didn’t know I was supposed to eat any differently before a cleanse, so I had everything bad for me the day before, sugar, coffee, booze, etc.  Oops.  untitled8

Friday: Starting my juice cleanse! I was quite worried as I am an avid coffee drinker and this was apparently not allowed, but my the end I was off from coffee.  2 weeks after the cleanse I still have one cup in the morning, but I am much less dependent on the caffeine.  Untitled-5

I decided to start with the beet juice.  It was yummy and a beautiful shade of red.  I had a couple of sips and then immediately dumped half of the juice on my white sofa.  In a panicked frenzy I start cleaning my sofa.  The juice cleanse was not off to a good start, but I learned that Oxy Clean stain remover is a miracle substance.  It took out the beet juice amazingly well!!!!  Go buy some today!Untitled-2After the beet juice debacle things went a little more smoothly.  I wasn’t dying of hunger, but my mouth would start watering every time a food ad came on TV.  I’ve never even eaten at Popeye’s, but I commercial for their fried chicken came on and man what I would have given for a piece of  fried chicken.  And I almost never eat fast food.

I slept exceptionally well that night, better than I had in months.  Could be the hunger, but I was too tired to care.

Untitled-10Saturday-I felt pretty good in the morning, well rested and craving veggies.  I did NOT start with beet juice, but opted for a less stainable green juice, which I successfully drank without pouring on anything.  Drinking water has been the hardest part. Having to drink so much water has made me realize that I normally don’t drink enough H2O.  waterI go to the grocery store to get veggies in preparation for eating solids again and my mouth starts watering uncontrollably when I see a cucumber.  A cucumber!  Already I am healthier.

Sunday-At this point I don’t really miss having food in my stomach, but I do miss the texture and the process of eating food.  I’m starting to get really excited about drinking my juices, as if it is Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner.  But I am SO tired of the constant cycle of drinking water followed by a visit to the bathroom.

I’m not really having any cravings and don’t feel hungry.

Monday-I somehow ended up with an extra juice, so on my first day of eating solid foods I opted to have my last juice for breakfast.  For lunch ate a light salad and it was glorious.

I’ve survived my first juice cleanse!  Thank-you I Love Juice Bar for helping me with the process!!!

 

 

 

Author: Sarah Bélanger

I am a freelance photographer and writer, working for various magazines, cookbooks and blogs. I love what I do, but I have a lot of restrictions depending on which brand and publication I'm working for. This blog gives me the opportunity to have fun. I'm also a pretty terrible cook, so this blog is forcing me to learn some kitchen skills, which is both thrilling and infuriating. I hope you enjoy reading the blog, half as much as I enjoy making it.

10 thoughts on “Surviving a Juice Cleanse

  1. You make me laugh, I think if I were doing a juice cleanse I would do the same thing and eat and drink everything and anything really bad for me before I start. Well, congratulations on completing the cleanse. It actually looks good, never tried one before but have wanted to. I know I would be healthier for it.

    • Thank-you! I highly recommend doing a juice cleanse! I felt great afterwards, though I was hungry (a bit) during the cleanse. It is easier if you can get pre-made juices.

      • I would more likely do it for weight loss rather than a cleanse I think, not sure I could do without my coffee in the morning though, I have a organic juice bar right near my house, am thinking of trying it starting tomorrow, You inspired me,

      • So did you do the juice cleanse. I’ve still been eating pretty healthy since then, so I am feeling better and losing a bit of weight. We’ll see if I can keep it up.

      • I lasted one day I am going to do it again. I had to travel a lot this week and it is too hard to do when I am so busy. Next week will do it again. The one day was pretty hard I was hungry.

      • Congrats on surviving 1 day! It is hard to do when you have things going. I planned it on a weekend that was really calm. Keep me posted on your progress!

  2. This sounds amazing! I would love to try one of these. We have a really great blender and I could probably do something like this, but I have zero will power and would end up eating anyhow.

  3. Sarah! Thank you for giving our cleanse a chance, we’re very happy to know you enjoyed it. See you again soon!

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