Surviving a Juice Cleanse 101

Happy Monday everyone!

Per my last post – I promised a follow up on my juice cleanse and I am ready to report back. The cleanse went from Wednesday – Friday. 72 hours. Keep in mind this cleanse did allow you to eat once a day (thank God). I waited until now to write about it because I wanted to see how the weekend went after the cleanse.

Day 1 – Wednesday

The first day was definitely the hardest. I stayed home all day and did not leave the house until around 5 pm. I probably should have been out doing productive things and distracting myself so I wouldn’t be as hungry but I’d rather torture myself !! I drank two juices which was a total of 32 oz and plenty of water and honestly after the second one I felt ill – so around 2 pm I fell asleep for two hours while re-watching Stranger Things. After I woke up I felt super lethargic and just out of it, but not super hungry. I was not physically capable to take another sip of juice so since it was dinner-ish time I made a morning star protein burger. Only about 4 net carbs (grams of fiber minus total grams of carbs = net carb) and 17g of protein!! I had also planned on making brussels but I was too lazy.

I made myself tea to drink around 7 pm since you are not supposed to eat after then and that was tough. I was super hungry. My stomach was growling but I had to stay strong. I know I had two more juices to drink but I could not fathom drinking more, 100%  would have thrown it up. I ended up falling asleep around 10 pm and day one was finally over.

Day 2 – Thursday

Shockingly I woke up feeling GREAT. I was super energized and proud of myself for doing so well my first day and not cheating at all. Once noon rolled around though I felt very hungry and started to feel shaky. I drank one of the leftover juices I had and ended up eating a bowl of strawberries. Oh and added one scoop of that berry nut butter that I am in love with. Here is a picture.

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I had to listen to my body at this point and I would have not lasted until dinner without eating. This is the part of the cleanse where I started making my own rules. I also cheated again and ate around 2-3 pm for a late lunch versus dinner time but as long as I am only eating one full meal it does not really matter. I was shopping around with my cousin and she was hungry too. We ended up going to chipotle… is it the healthiest? Probably not but if you choose the right ingredients it can be. The rules said few carbs as possible. I ordered a bowl and did brown rice, steak, some cheese, and lettuce. Very plain jane and simple. I also had some guacamole. I am not sure if that is considered cheating but that was all I ate the rest of the day besides the juice.

Again, only managed to drink two again that day. I then ordered a peach tranquility tea from Starbucks later that night. It was SO good. Drank it plain. I felt great all that night and was not hungry at all.

LAST DAY. Day 3 – Friday

I ALMOST made it. I honestly forget how I felt this day, I should have written it down. I remember it being very cold (I am still in Buffalo and it has been snowing too frequently for April, makes me even more happier to know I will never deal with this weather again). I made coffee this morning and also had a juice. They said to avoid caffeine but I had gone two days so I treated myself. I needed some warmth on this snowy morning. I was super lazy this day (shocker) and just stayed in and watched movies.

I was not too hungry but I did end up having some more fruit this day again around noon, it seemed to work better for me and I realistically I can’t skip a morning – after noon snack. I ate around 6 and I hate to say it but I went back to chipotle and ordered the exact same thing again. I am such a creature of habit it is so bad. But again, sooo lazy!! I did not feel like cooking. This was a much easier option. I then went to Starbucks right after and ordered my tea again and I wish I could say I went to bed early but I had to bartend at 9 pm so I did not go to bed until 5 am.

Saturday – Day after cleanse

I woke up around noon on Saturday and immediately ordered a double shot espresso on ice from Starbs. I survived my altered version of the cleanse! Later that afternoon I ate a slice of my favorite avocado toast with some strawberries on the side and that lasted me until dinner time.

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Here is an old snap of the avo toast I make since I forgot to take a picture. It is my favorite

I came to a realization during this cleanse that it is really crazy how your schedule and routine can revolve so much around food. It is truly a mental game and half the time I eat solely just to eat! This cleanse showed me to just listen to my body and eat when I am hungry.

I am working on my diet still and restricting carb intakes and sugar. I definitely crave the feeling of drinking the juices and will also probably make smoothies as meal replacements.

Will I do a cleanse again? Probably not. It is super hard. Even my personalized version. I give people credit. I just saw on snapchat that Chelsea Handler is on a 5 day fast. No thanks. I would die.

So if you ever consider doing a cleanse, I say go for it! It is a great challenge for yourself.


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