One of the challenges I had last month was doing my first juice cleanse. Well, technically it wasn’t the first. I had tried a one-day cleanse before, but I didn’t feel like it did much for me. So I wanted to try a five-day cleanse. K laughed at this because he didn’t think I’d make it through the first two days, let alone five. In the end, he only lasted for three days (ha!) and I finished my five day cleanse.
So here’s what a juice cleanse is. Basically, it’s a cleanse where you will drink six 500ml juices a day, replenishing your body with all the vitamins and minerals it needs. The juices are (preferably) cold-pressed juices (juices made with a hydraulic press, optimizing the nutrients in the juices) and have tons of fresh fresh organic vegetables and fruit.
The reason why I wanted to do a juice cleanse is because K and I have become more conscious of what we put into our body lately. The world consists of processed foods, containing chemicals, preservatives and large amounts of salt and sugar – things our body don’t necessarily need (and definitely not in that quantity). And with our busy lives, it’s easy to reach for fast food or processed foods, anything that is quick and easy to consume. On top of that, as a food blogger, I am aware I eat more food than my body needs and not everything I eat is necessarily nutritional. So with a juice cleanse, I wanted to reset my body again. And to fill it with good nutritional ingredients.
Three days leading up to the cleanse, we did a pre-tox by cutting meats, wheat, dairy and sugars from our diet and eliminated caffeine and alcohol. We did the same three days after the cleanse. We tried the juice cleanse by True Story Juices. They offer the cleanse in three levels: level 1, with juices containing lots of fruits to level 3, with juices containing mostly vegetables. I opted for level 3 (high five) and K for a mix of level 2 and 3.
The juices are delivered to your house by True Story Juices in the morning. The first day was quite easy. The pre-tox helped my body prepare for the cleanse so the cleanse wasn’t that hard on the first day. We felt energized by the juices (even the vegetable juices were delicious). For K, a big meat eater, it wasn’t hard either. Oddly enough it wasn’t the eating part we were missing – we weren’t hungry at all because the juices are quite filling. But we missed chewing on something. When you’re drinking juices the whole day, you feel like you’re not taking in anything. And that makes you want to look for food.
Day two, I woke up feeling slim. You know that feeling when you’ve eaten too much and you feel bloated the next morning? Not with a juice cleanse. The second day was when we were presented with a real challenge though – we both had headaches. It’s an effect from your body detoxing and experiencing withdrawals from sugars and caffeine. We tried to drink lots of water in-between the juices – it didn’t help. We also felt fatigue and cranky, so we tried to avoid each other as much as possible! Then at night, what would make us happy, was the California Dreaming juice, a juice containing cashew, rice, agave, vanilla, cinnamon and dates.
The third day was the hardest. I felt dizzy, moody and still had a headache. It was good in the morning, but the headache came back again by lunch time. K’s mix of level 2/3 juices got him the beetroot juice in the afternoon. The thought of tasting something sweet again, made me want to steal his juice for a moment. But my fruity Naked juice, a juice of lemon, agave, cayenne pepper and filtered water, made things good again, even if for a while. K decided this would be his last day – he couldn’t last any longer. He sorely missed eating something substantial. I did notice my skin feeling smoother and much more radiant than usual (big love for this).
The fourth day I was all alone but this was when I started feeling fresh and energized. I did not care about food anymore. I began seeing food as nutritional values your body needs. I could picture a future of the world eating just to serve your body and not your taste buds. Who needs a butter rosemary steak or foie gras mousse desserts with torched pineapple? At this point I was sure my food blogging career was over. All I could think of was how many vitamins my body was taking in. And I felt good.
Day five was the easiest. My body had gotten used to eating in liquid form and I was again energized, even more than before. Day five was when I began a spiritual journey. I had reset my body and gotten rid of the built-up toxins. On the weighing scale, I noticed I had lost a total of 3 kg. They say when you go on a cleanse, your body resets to its natural weight, to what you’re supposed to weigh. Losing weight wasn’t a primary goal but it was obviously a nice bonus. And I saw it as a new beginning. My mind and body were in balance. It was as if I had taken full control again over my body.
So how am I feeling now – three weeks after the cleanse? The first day after the cleanse, I actually missed my juices. I felt like I could have gone on longer and was almost convinced it was all I needed for the rest of my life. Four days after the cleanse, I had my first food review again, so I had to eat. But I limited my portions.
Now, three weeks later, I notice we have fallen back to our patterns again. We are eating healthier and are incorporating more sustainable food. But with every processed food we eat or less refined sugars we take in, the more we feel drawn again to eat more.
With the juice cleanse we have started a new way of living and we’re curious where it will take us in the long run. For now, we’re looking forward to our next juice cleanse. I will probably stick to my five day cleanse, level 3, while K promised he would try a five day cleanse next time. We also bought a cold-pressed juicer recently so I guess that’s a start!
So, have you guys tried a juice cleanse? Or is a juice cleanse something you’re thinking about doing yourself? Let me know in the comment section below!