After three days of drinking pureed vegetables, I can say that I’ve officially completed my juice cleanse! Let’s just get down to business and talk about what I learned:
1. I hate beets. Thank God only one of the four juices every day contained beets, but that bottle was a challenge in itself.
2. I committed, and I succeeded! If I’m being honest, I was fully prepared to write a blog post about how I slowly, but surely, gave into my hangry state and ended up grazing through a Chinese buffet and frozen yogurt bar. Luckily, that didn’t happen. I am really proud of myself for making it through. It helped having support via text, in person, and on Facebook. It’s going to be a while before I do another one, that’s for sure, but I’m glad I did it.
3. It’s not life changing. And I don’t mean this in a totally negative-Nancy kind of way. Everyone asked me, “How do you feel?” after I finished the cleanse. Again, being honest, I didn’t notice any significant changes. I did feel a little lighter (I mean, I lost 5.5 pounds), but my head felt clearer and I did have slightly more energy. It was nice to just cleanse my body of junk and that heavy feeling. Would I go shouting from the rooftops that it changed my life? Probably not. Would I recommend it if you’re looking to re-start your body or jump working out/getting healthier? Yeah, definitely.
4. It’s fun doing something new. I enjoyed the whole process: learning how to eat clean, drinking vegetables for 72 hours, sharing about what I’m doing, enjoying people’s reactions. Especially that last one. I usually got eye rolls, or “I’ve been wanting to try one of those…”. My favorite question was, “How hungry are you?” Actually, my hunger never got crazy-out-of-control. Don’t get me wrong, I had dreams about Wingstop, Outback, and pizza, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t power through. New experiences are usually fun I’ve found, I should do more of them!
Overall, I’d rate it about an 8 out of 10…I’d consider it a success!