Life is about enjoying, experiencing and best of all, eating. But once in a while, I think it’s important to recharge and reboot and give our tummies a little rest, while allowing our minds to refocus. And so came my desire to do a juice cleanse. I brought the idea up with my trainer, who was very excited that I was keen on trying it. But whoever suggested I do this for 10 days must’ve been insane! Oh wait, that was me…
Reality hit around lunchtime. And I kept thinking, I could murder a curry right now. Instead, this is what I got for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The good thing is I could drink as much of it (along with water, and any other fresh veggie juice) as I wanted.
Everyone around me kept commenting on how awful my green juice looked (it’s not that green in real life) and how they couldn’t believe I was ‘starving’ myself. They came up with all these reasons for how bad it was for my body. Fresh vegetable juice bad for me? You’ve got to be joking! I started to fade a little during my normal meal times but overall, I stayed focused and energised throughout the day and am keen to try it again, perhaps make it a weekly thing.
I assure you, it’s really not as bad as it seems and the juice was actually quite lovely. Tasty, really. Next time I will add kale. And this is all coming from someone whose mantra is “I don’t eat to live, I live to eat”. Not to mention, I feel great! I woke up this morning feeling refreshed instead of groggy. Just to be clear, I ate a normal dinner the previous night and my cleanse officially began when I woke up the next morning and ran through this morning (essentially 36 hours without solid food).
If you decide to give this a shot, here are a few first-timer tips:
- Make all of your fresh green juice and veggie juice blends the night before.
- Use vegetables that contain a lot of water, like cucumber and celery (but don’t overdo the celery as it contains a fair amount of sodium). Don’t worry too about not getting enough ‘nutrition’ for a one day cleanse. It is, after all, just one day.
- Choose a day that you have a lot to do. Work days are ideal, as you will be busy and less tempted by weekend activities that usually involve a lot of dining out.
- Drink lots of water in addition to the juice. A good measurement would be half your body weight (pounds) in ounces. Often times when we think we’re hungry it’s our bodies telling us that we’re dehydrated.
- If you do feel faint, you can ‘cheat’ with a handful of unsalted nuts.
If I managed to get through an entire day of rest from eating, so can you! Do let me know how you get on!