So I’m almost done. I can see, taste and smell the food on the horizon. I’ve even already decided on what I’m going to eat tomorrow. I. Can’t. Wait. But to be honest, this cleanse hasn’t been half bad. In fact, I think I actually enjoyed it.
I had decided in the last year that I wanted to do a juice cleanse. I have been vegan and semi-gluten free for a year and a half now and wanted to up the ante on the healthy eating. I recently began substituting smoothies for meals and boy have they become my favorite thing in the world. A refreshing smoothie with all sorts of fruits, a bit of juice, almond milk and tons of leafy greens? It sounds gross, but it is seriously the best thing ever. As I’ve been drinking more and more of my meals, I thought it was time to test out a juice cleanse.
Arden’s Garden, an Atlanta based juice manufacturer, had quickly become my go to for juices and smoothies on the go. It was delicious and a lot less expensive than the $8 per bottle from Blue Print Juices. Are they crazy?! It was inexpensive, delicious and good for you. What’s not to love about that? So that’s who I looked to for my first cleanse.
I initially looked at the two day cleanse but I quickly discarded that when I learned that you have to drink the same thing for two days straight (plus my friend told me the citric acid was hard on her stomach). The ‘Love Your Liver’ cleanse looked a little more appetizing with 6 different types of juice over 3 days. I went for it.
I think the only thing difficult about this cleanse is having delicious looking food constantly around you. I’ve gotten pretty good at resisting these urges considering more than half of the food I see on a daily basis, is not vegan and therefore off-limits. But when your coworkers are eating that awesome tempeh curry and your fiance is chowing down on some scrumptious-smelling vegan dumplings, then it gets hard. When the day is done though, I wasn’t hungry. I honestly feel like I had plenty to eat. There were often times when I didn’t feel like I could possibly drink anymore, my stomach was so full. The juices, I have to say, were not as delicious as my morning smoothies but were fine to get me through the day. My favorite? Red Apple. My lease favorite? Ph Solution. Definitely not recommended for those who don’t like the idea of drinking a salad.
All in all, I think it was a great success. I’m not quite sure if I’m feeling the full effects yet. I do feel like I have more energy but I’d have to let you know if people tell me my skin is glowing. I would, though, do it all over again. Maybe not in the next couple of months but, I could see myself doing it this year. And I will continue to substitute meals for juices when I can, but I’m still really looking forward to my Rawesome Remix salad tomorrow!