in which I tell you about my juice cleanse

I did a juice cleanse this week.  If you can catch a glimpse of my messy desk in the picture that I snapped, you might see why.  There’s a box of Day-Quil, which is leaning against a (hidden) bottle of Excedrin Migraine, with a little container of ibuprofin in front of it.

In short, I have not felt all that well.

I know that I have legitimate reasons for not feeling well (grief, stress, the fact that the temperature in our office is such that I’m shivering even when it’s sixty-plus degrees outside), but I was really tired of it.

Enter the juice cleanse.  Three days of juicing later, I feel much, much better.  The week before last, I had been so tired all the time that I only half-jokingly suggested that I might have mono.  When one of my good friends came up from DC to visit, I could barely keep my eyes open past midnight.  Post-juice, however, I have so much energy!  (And in an exciting use of that energy, I think I might actually clean our apartment today!)

I was initially a little skeptical of the whole thing.  Three days on just juice?  That didn’t seem like a particularly good – or even feasible – idea.  But my friend (who has done the cleanse before and was doing it again with me) encouraged me, and I found myself picking up eighteen bottles of Cooler Cleanse juice at the Juice Generation in Soho on Monday.

The idea is this: you get six juices a day and you drink them about two hours apart.  We did a “custom cooler” to avoid the beet-based juice, so my schedule included two green juices, one sweet green juice, two fruit-based juices, and one nut milk.  Surprisingly, I didn’t get that hungry.  I certainly did get hungry when it was almost time to have another juice, but it wasn’t any different than the way I get hungry before lunch or dinner.  The most uncomfortable part was the caffeine headache I had the first day.

And now I’m off to put my boundless new energy to good use before it wears off.  Happy Saturday!

4 responses to “in which I tell you about my juice cleanse

  1. Why did you skip the beet juice? I make a beet-apple-carrot and it is DELICIOUS. I probably hated it the first time, but man do I love it now.

    • Because beets taste like dirt and blood, obviously! :) Despite my best intentions, I only like beets when they’re cut up very small and roasted with olive oil and salt. And even then I can usually only manage a few bites before they start tasting like dirt and blood again.

      The juice that I skipped was beet, apple, carrot, and lemon. Being a beet-hater, it seemed a little intense for me. I did try the “essential veggie” juice one day, which includes beets – and carrots, celery, cucumber, spinach, parsley, tomato, kale, red cabbage, and romaine, all of which helped camouflage the beet flavor. One of these days I’ll be able to handle beets!

      • Haha. I absolutely will not eat beets in their non-liquid form. But give that beet/carrot juice a shot sometime, it will grow on you so fast.

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