Well, I am done with my 6 day juice cleanse! I certainly learned about myself as I was cleansing my body from the inside, that’s for sure! Here’s a quick run down on my week.
Day 1 – felt great. Tons of energy, and worked out as normal. This thing is easy peasy!
Day 2 – started out fantastic. And then hit a downward spiral of headache hell. Worst ever and I was an unhappy camper. Not a hungry camper…but still miserable.
Day 3 – No headache, which was great. It was a Saturday, and did a lot of running around. Started getting epiphanies about relationships with food, and felt very existential about the whole thing.
Day 4 – started getting angry that I “couldn’t” eat. Still not hungry mind you…but my life sort of revolves around food and I wanted some. Had to stop reading all blogs since they all involved food, and it was just pissing me off. Watched a lot of TV which annoyed me too. BORED AS HELL.
Day 5 – work day. Felt amazing, tons of energy, and no desire for normal meals. Came to the conclusion that I also want to eat when I’m bored and my kitchen is where I play. Figured that’s why I got so pissed on Sunday. Another existential moment. Went out with colleagues to an Italian restaurant where everything smelled wonderful, I watched people drink red wine…and I had water and was the designated driver. I personified will power. Yay me.
Day 6 – also a work day. Also felt wonderful all day, but really was missing having a normal meal. Spent a lot of time daydreaming about what I was going to eat/cook. Oh…and day’s 5 & 6 were work travel days, so that was interesting too.
Post-Cleanse Day 1 – everything I ate was the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten. I love food.
So…how do I feel, and what are my conclusions?? Well, I felt amazing. I lost a few pounds, but not an unhealthy amount (that’s not sustainable nor healthy anyway). I was clearly getting complete nutrition. I certainly experienced many of the detox symptoms (refuse to get into gory details here), but that just showed me that my body was healing from the inside out. I enjoyed a disturbing happiness about that. I will say that I saw the most physical benefits through day 3, so…other than learning more about my feelings about food…a 3 day cleanse in the future will be my goals. I do plan to do this a few times per year, or as I feel the need to re-set my body. Perhaps 6 days on a first-time cleanse was just too much.
Most of the cleanse all I did was yoga. I focused on poses that stimulated my digestive and “elimination” organs. It was a nice balance mentally to what I was experiencing emotionally. It was also all the effort I wanted to exert, so I listened to my body on that.
Today though…woo hoo. Back to “me”. And M and I hit up Crossfit when I got out of work. The hour was tough and totally intense, and I loved every second of it. Running, jump rope, pull-ups, ab work, running, holding handstand positions against the wall…all brilliant fun.
Life has been mostly work. I had to be away from home for 3 days…still sort of local-ish (Williamsburg), but still in a hotel and working long hours. Very fulfilling hours…but long. I have an extensive amount of travel coming up beginning in early Sept through at least mid-Nov. It’s all for great reasons, but I hate being away from home so much. At least most of those trips will let me see my sister and her kids, which I’m very excited about!
Around here we’re trying to get things organized for the kids to start school and for my parent’s visit later this month. Otherwise, it’s life as usual. Which is totally cool.