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!