I wrote this post throughout my three day juice cleanse- to journal how I felt/what I drank. Waited to post until the end- read if you are interested, skip if you are not! 🙂
I went to work Monday morning with my tote all packed up with juice:
My breakfast juice consisted of oranges & apples.
This juice tasted delicious during my first glass in the morning. Around 9AM I was feeling pretty hungry and had a headache to boot. Drinking more of the orange juice was starting to upset my stomach- I think it was too much orange/acidic juice at once. I’m forcing myself to drink a lot of water- I’ve had about 24 oz. so far today.
(Two 1-qt. containers for lunchtime/the afternoon)
4 Kale leaves
2 Cups of Spinach
4 Granny Smith Apples
1 Tiny piece of ginger root
A handful of grapes (they were still out- and green, so I threw them in!)
By the end of the school day, I drank the orange juice and one container of green juice. I got through rehearsal with just water, and then drank about half of my 2nd bottle of green juice while driving to Whole Foods to pick up more organic veggies.
The 4:30-6:00 window was the toughest. I was hungry, cranky with Tim because he got to eat real food, and had a massive headache. I’m not taking any headache medication (I read that I should try not to), so I’m trying to tough it out. I did not feel a trip to the gym was a good idea- being spacey and kind of light headed. But I did use my 15lb Kettle Bell at home to do a few arm exercises. This helped kill some time & got my mind off of being hungry.
For “Dinner” I drank pure carrot juice. It was really, really good- and carrot juice comes out a bit thicker so it felt more substantial.
I went to bed at 8:30 rather than sit awake thinking about food.
I woke up feeling fine and not very hungry. I made three different juices (it took forever to clean the juicer each time).
Breakfast: Clementine juice. Simple- a bit sweeter than all the orange I drank yesterday (which made me queasy). The only problem is it took about 9 clementines to make 10 ounces to drink pre-work.
Morning snack: Pear & Cantaloupe. Pear juice is delicious, and I had some chopped cantaloupe from Whole Foods I wanted to try out. The combination was great- very light tasting & easy to drink. I drank about 20 ounces of this between 10 – 11 AM. Still forcing myself to drink lots and lots of water… which means lots of trips to the bathroom! Lol. Headache is gone & I’m feeling pretty great!
12 organic carrots (which are a bit smaller, so you need more)
1 orange bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper
Spinach (a big handful)
This combination was pretty good- the peppers gave it an interesting & new flavor. I drank this for lunch, followed by a lot more water.
When I got home from work (around 5:30- after a quick stop to pick up some more produce), I made myself a super delicious ‘snack’ juice:
2 Pineapple rings
Yum, yum, yum!
Around 7 PM I set about making my ‘dinner’ juice, and I was craving savory tastes & thought I would experiment with garlic (which I read in some recipes). I used half of a small clove… still too much. The juice tasted ok at first but the garlic flavor was SO strong- I couldn’t finish it. I hated wasting the juice (lots of carrots & spinach went into the concoction), but I just couldn’t drink it. By the time I made a new juice of carrots, spinach, kale & a tomato- I was not even that hungry anymore. I’d say I drank about 5 ounces, then lost my appetite for juice and just drank water until bedtime.
Wednesday morning started off with a juicing disaster:
I must not have screwed the cap of my carrot juice container (the square-ish one) tightly enough- and by the time I got to work and went into my tote bag for my water bottle, carrot juice (my lunch…) was flooding the bottom of my bag. Fortunately, though my computer case got a bit wet, my laptop was ok- and all important paperwork survived.
The corner of my Into the Woods score has a bit of an orange tint to it… oops.
So breakfast survived, which was deliciousness:
2 Pineapple Rings
4 Strawberries (what I had left)
1 Green Apple
Rather than attempting to run home at lunchtime and juice/clean/get back to work on time, I decided to try out a healthy cafe that offers fresh juices in town.
I bought some fantastic juice stocked with the following veggies:
Tasted great- and I didn’t have to clean up! Bonus!
I drank carrot juice for dinner, and went to sleep satisfied that I completed my goal of a 3-day cleanse!
On Thursday morning, I was down 4 pounds since Monday. That brings my total “post ring” weight loss to 10 pounds- which is right in line with my 4 lbs per month goal!
While juicing I went through periods of feeling very hungry, had some headaches, and moments of crankiness. Overall, I loved drinking the fresh juice, and realized my body definitely could handle the break. On Thursday, I was thrilled to eat a fresh spinach salad with carrots and peppers for dinner. It was the most excited I have ever been to eat a salad! 🙂