After moving to Orange, California from San Diego, at the end of July, I had quite a bit of time on my hands. I can’t say that I used it wisely, actually no, scratch that. I think any time you spend enjoying yourself and relaxing is not time wasted. However, was I what you’d call productive… not quite. So I began watching numerous documentaries on Netflix, one being, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”
To summarize, the documentary is about a man who, after living an unhealthy lifestyle and paying for it, decides to go on a 60-day juice cleanse. I know, when I heard 60 days I couldn’t help but think, “This is madness!” No one can argue that his transformation is anything less than amazing, he and others he convinced to try the juice cleanse (not all for equal lengths of time) raved about how great they felt, how much energy they had, and how much weight they’d lost.
Intrigued? Yes. Enough to actually try it? No.
This was my attitude after finishing the documentary. I mean why would I pay at least a $100 dollars for a juicer and pile on expensive fruits and veggies on top of that? I’m a poor college student who hasn’t yet found a job. Pshhh… no way. Nope. Not happening.
Cut to me at Best Buy purchasing Juicer.
Okay so I have a fault. When I want something it’s very difficult for me to put it out of my mind until I get it. I feel like that statement made me sound like a potential home wrecker…. But this only applies to clothes, décor, and gadgets.
I couldn’t stop thinking about juicing. I HAD to try it. The thing is I don’t think I’m an unhealthy person. I’m not overweight or taking any medication for any illnesses, although I do have very unbalanced hormones, or so my mother and doctor tell me. I enjoy exercise and get the recommended 30 minutes 3x a week at least.
Even though I don’t think I’m an unhealthy person I’m not some health guru. I still indulge, too much at times. The week before I began this Juice journey my habits had gone down a slippery slop thanks to Aunt Flows visit and a trip back to San Diego for a concert. So between those factors and the first day of school fast approaching I just thought I needed to do something radical. Juicing seemed like a good option. Originally I thought I would do a 10 day juice cleanse but later knocked it down to 7 due to school starting and not being able to realistically bring juice with me for 2-3 meals a day. So here was my experience with this mini health journey.
I woke up exited to start my new mini journey. It is recommended that you wean yourself off of unhealthy foods at least a few days before so as to experience fewer “side effects” such as headaches, exhaustion, and just feeling like sh*t for days 2-3. I however took my own approach. I hate ice cream, a burrito, and some candy. This obviously isn’t my normal meal plan but hey, if I was going to do this then I also was going to go out with a bang. It was delicious. I actually think this is what made it easier for me in the beginning. I knew I had not been good to my body and was more eager to make amends.
All in all day 1 was very easy besides the fact that my first concoction was TERRIBLE. Ughh it was so awful, I was constantly on the verge of gagging and in the end I had to plug my nose to drink it and brush my teeth right after. Not the best start and a tad discouraging. Luckily I realized I’d added too much ginger and after that it was pretty smooth sailing as far as drink prep goes.
I was dreading these two days. I woke up in fear for my life. What I had read indicated your body will be ridding itself of toxins and going through a sort of withdrawal and this would result in you feeling less than stellar. Fortunately, I didn’t have school or work so I could stay in bed all day if need be. Weird thing was I felt perfectly fine. Seriously. No headaches, body aches, nothing.
What I was really surprised about was that I had no urge to eat more. Three classes of juice a day and I was full and satisfied.
Woke up on day four feeling more or less normal. Some say they woke up with an exuberance of energy. I felt I had no more, no less. This day was really going to test me though because today was orientation at school.
Chapman University was giving away so much free food. Muffins, croissants, pizza, sandwiches. Couldn’t have anything. Didn’t have anything. I can’t really say it was that difficult. I wasn’t craving anything they were serving it was just disappointing because it looked good and as a college student free food is always accepted to save some money. So I had to pass breakfast and lunch (I had juice before I left and drank more right when I got home.)
Then later that night I attended a student event at an upscale bowling alley where they served gourmet sandwiches, pizza, fresh fries, chicken wings. Let me emphasize this was a super nice bowling alley and the food looked wonderful and expensive. It was all FREE for us students. *sigh* Except me.
I made it through the day without too much difficulty. Just bummed I couldn’t enjoy some good food.
Very much like day 4, passed up on a lot of food. By this point all I wanted was broccoli and an omelet. Seriously would have assassinated someone just to have it! I think that’s my body begging for some protein. I had to deny it. Also the fact that I hadn’t chewed anything had really started to mess with my mind a little haha. You don’t realize how much you miss chewing until it’s taken away from you.
That night I attended a transfer student photo project meeting at Starbucks and we could get whatever drink we wanted for free!!! When I turned them down I was seriously asked three more times if I was sure I didn’t want anything. I turned down the possibility to get a free venti white chocolate mocha… I deserve some kind of metal or something.
After I went to a Panther club night… thing. There was music, a movie, and more free food. Including fondue. Okay, how many times do you ever go somewhere with fondue? So my commitment went from 100% to 97%. Okay, sue me! I had one piece of pineapple and 1 strawberry with some chocolate drizzled on it! I admit it!
Phew, the guilt was killing me.
Well that summed up my day and after the slip up I was back on.
I woke up at 6:50 a.m. I’m an early riser but even this was a tad unusual, especially since I hadn’t gone to bed till 2 a.m. I actually felt great though. Had a lot of energy and was ready to start the day. I personally think it was the magic of the chocolate drizzle the day before but what do I know it could have been the juice. I really did feel pretty good. I think I noticed my skin looking a tad brighter. I’m on Accutane already so I can’t say whether my skin actually cleared up.
By mid day I was kind of over juice. I feel like juicing really put food in perspective but I think 3-5 days could have yielded the same results. Either way 6 is a weird number to end on so I went to bed ready for one last day.
The day started out really weird. I didn’t set my alarm correctly so I woke up very foggy and became disoriented when the clock said 8:30. If I wanted to make it to church on time I had to leave in twenty minutes so unfortunately my morning juice had to be put off. Once I got home I did my first juice of the day, thrilled to see the end in sight.
Knowing that actual real food will be in my stomach tomorrow I used this day to kind of prep it. Consuming a plum and peach in between my juice.
So I still have one juice left for today and I’ll be happy when it is finished and I can look forward to food tomorrow.
Oh yeah, by the way school starts tomorrow. I think I may be more exited for the food.
Positives of the juice cleanse:
- Doing this juice cleanse really opened my eyes to how much I ate out of boredom. I constantly snack throughout the day, yet when all I was consuming was three classes of juice I had no urge to snack whatsoever. It was weird but was a testament to quality over quantity. The right nutrients are what fills you up and because your body isn’t lacking you then don’t crave it in the form of junk foods.
- Skin seemed a tad more… glowy? Not 100% sure but I feel like there is a small difference
- I wasn’t doing this for weight loss since I don’t even weigh myself but my pants fit much better.
- Besides wishing I could chew solid food I often got light-headed when standing. This started on day 4 and continued from then on.
- Most annoying was when I didn’t eat and people asked why, as soon as I mentioned I was on a juice cleanse they just laughed. Since I’m not overweight I think people just scoffed at what they thought was some crash diet to be thin.
My Mistakes with this adventure:
- Besides my little fondue fiasco I think the reason I didn’t see a noticeable difference in my energy level, skin, and just overall feeling was I know I wasn’t taking in enough juice to sustain my body in the long run. My calories intake was probably around 900-1000. I know. I know but I honestly was never hungry! I didn’t crave anything and didn’t feel like I needed anything more. My energy levels stayed mostly even, perhaps a little elevated which told me that perhaps I wasn’t consuming enough since everyone seemed to have an exuberance of energy.
All in all I’m glad I gave the cleanse a try and it put food and my consumption of it in perspective for me. I’ve always been a fruit lover but never really got my recommended vitamins. So in order to keep up the benefits of juicing and getting in my recommended veggies I will try and replace 1 meal a day with juice. Doing things for your body to make it stronger and healthier will only add to your happiness. Whatever that step is go for it (after consulting with a physician of course). Treat your body right and it will carry you through the long days. Find a way to make your body a little bit healthier this week! Whatever it is cut out soda, caffeine, or make a commitment to eat one more serving of veggies a day. I know you can do it!