I feel like a million bucks! Seriously. I feel like I could just karate chop my way through the rest of my days. It works I tell ya, it works!
So let’s talk about it. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Was I recommending it while in the thick of it? Not so much. For example, here’s a synopsis of my mental state during the three days: Day One – Not bad. Day Two – Not all that fun, but not terrible enough to cave. Day Three – Delirious existential crisis.
Now of course doing it was hard, but not in the ways I thought it would be. I thought I would miss chewing food. I didn’t. I thought I would feel super hungry. I didn’t (And at no point was I ever really, which was an awesome surprise.) The hardest part was the mental part, which at the end of the day is what makes any diet and/or conscious healthy eating decision hard.
But now that I’ve come out on the other side, I feel amazing. I feel light and energetic and motivated to keep riding this wave. And can we talk about my skin!? I am actually not someone who is super concerned with their skin (which I probably should be). However, I am the type who has bumps on my upper arms and I swear, I got out of the shower on night three and felt my arms – not even thinking or anticipating a change – and they felt noticeably smooth. Like, stop and stare at myself in the mirror and mouth what the? in astonishment kind of smooth. In that moment again I thought, I totally and completely get it.
However, I now feel the need to admit one thing to you. I did eat dinner at the veeeery end. It was honestly a hard decision. On the one hand I was like, I really want to do this, do it and see it completely through. But on the other hand, I had choked back all my juices and it was only a matter of hours before I was going to let myself go crazy. And I’m talking crazy. At the very end, when I was holding on by a string, I told myself if I just made it through, I could wake up early the next day and go to Starbucks and order as many egg sandwiches as I wanted; I could even order a salted caramel mocha, which is basically liquid cake. But that would have been so dumb! I would have undone all that work! And in the end, I was so afraid that I was going to go too nuts because I was too desperate to indulge. So I went ahead and let Kenny persuade me into splitting a veggie burger and quesadilla from a local vegetarian spot. But making that decision actually revealed another hilarious surprise: At the end of the meal, I thought the best part was the arugula! I remember taking a separate bite of the lettuce that fell from the burger and was like this is so good, there’s no way this is so this good. And with that, I was scooping up all the leafy remnants and savoring every last bite. And that’s all I needed to ensure that I would not wake up the next day as Augustus Gloop.
So it is easy to sing its praises once it’s over, but anything worth doing will be hard. Nothing good for you in the moment is ever as awesome as it is post moment, but there are definitely things that are worth doing and I’m adding a three-day juice cleanse to that list.
images from The Weekly Juicery
And congratulations to Nicole Wilson! You my friend are the winner of the one-day juice cleanse! Woohoo!