Juice cleanse
I’m almost there. Two more juices, for lunch and dinner, and I’ll be done with my five day cleanse.

No more hauling in a basket of fruits and vegetable from the fridge in the garage three times a day.

No more taking apart my juicer and spending 20 minutes cleaning up the kitchen. Three times a day.

And no more days without chewing.

I never doubted that I would make it through the week. Especially since I made myself accountable to the entire world Internet.

And surprisingly, I was not very cranky even though I was premenstrual. And hungry. (Interestingly enough, I haven’t had any of my usual sweet cravings.)

So my family still loves me.

Here’s a day by day recap:

Day 1
I was working from home and the morning went well. Starting something new is always adrenaline boosting. But by the afternoon, I needed to take a nap. No coffee. Luckily, I could because my daughter went home with a friend from school and my son had a lot of homework.

Day 2
I had an awful caffeine withdrawal headache when I woke up in the morning so I popped three Advil. I spent the day working at my clients’ house and found that being out of my house, and extra busy, definitely made the day go by faster. But I was exhausted at night and fell asleep in my daughter’s bean bag while reading a really good mystery.

Day 3
At work again. I still had a caffeine headache, and may have trembled a bit when I made my husband’s morning espresso. But when I stepped on the scale, I had lost three pounds. That was motivational. I wasn’t hungry but felt a little empty, in a good way. My son had a baseball game that night and luckily, the concession stand was closed. I went to bed early and slept fast and hard.

Day 4
Worked from home but it was much easier than Monday. I sipped juice and herbal tea all day. And took a quick cat nap before I had to pick my daughter up from school. Thursday nights, the kids are with their dad so it’s usually date night with my husband. We stayed in for a change and I was really relaxed. I got to watch the American Idol results show and finish my mystery novel.

Day 5 (Today)
No caffeine headache! And I feel really good. I feel much lighter even though I’ve only lost four pounds. Clothes that were a little tight are now a little loose and that feels great. It also feels great to know that in less than 24 hours, I’m going to chew again.

When I wake up tomorrow morning, I’m going to have a hard boiled egg and some fruit. Everyone says to be careful adding whole food back in to your diet. That your digestive track may rebel so I’m going to try to not eat a whole sausage, pepper and onion pizza by myself. (I just salivated as I typed that.)

And I think my way of eating has been altered. Hopefully for the long term because I learned a lot about myself. About my body and my psyche. And my relationship with food.

  • A lot of my life, both online and off, revolves around food. I love food. Not always a good thing but hard to avoid when you consider that my husband owns a restaurant and is an excellent cook. (It’s always the man’s fault.)
  • I have a lot more willpower than I thought. And that is empowering.
  • I normally eat way more than my body needs me too. That should stop.
  • Feeling a little hungry won’t kill me.
  • I don’t drink enough water.

A few things I would do differently if I do this again? Wean myself off coffee before I start the cleanse. Those caffeine headaches, combined with hunger, were a bitch. I would also prepare a few meals ahead of time and freeze them so my family didn’t have to live on subs for a few nights. And so that I don’t feel guilty about it.

But better, I think, than doing a full cleanse? I’m going to try to juice for one meal a day. Eat healthier choices. And be more cognizant of what I put in my mouth.

Except of course when I’m in Vegas. I don’t think you can juice pork jerky.