I’ve been wanting to do a Juice Cleanse for a very long time and this has never been related to weight loss for me. The thing is, I suffer from a few food intolerances, which makes eating healthy while I travel a bit complicated. I normally try to maintain a somehow healthy diet and I watch out for those foods that give me horrendous stomachache because my body can’t process them. I am not really fuzzy with food at all, I have never been, but throughout the years I started discovering I was lactose intolerant, I had an intolerance to garlic and onion too, which sucks since I love both. I can’t eat Nutella because I have a hazelnut intolerance but overall I am lucky I am not necessarily allergic to any food in particular, I am just intolerant to a few and I try to keep off them. Its very hard to stick to this while I travel though, specially because I cannot be asking every place I go to remove the onions, the garlic, the lactose and so on. My point with this is that after so many trips in the past few months, I’ve left my stomach very upset with me and while I was on the flight back from Key Wes, I decided it was the right time to do a detox cleanse and restart my digestive system, flush all toxins and start from scratch.
I knew that it was going to be tough to give up on solid food for 3 days, but at the same time, I was doing my cleanse with Juice Brothers (chose the “deepest” option) and I knew the 6 juices I had to consume per day were specially design for each particular stage of the day, with the right amount of vitamins and energy I needed. I didn’t do the juices myself, you need to be able to do it with someone who knows what they are doing to avoid any problems, so I went for the safe bet.
I shared the process with you on Snapchat but I got a lot of emails and comments on Instagram asking me to share the whole experience with you so here it goes:
I woke up to the first juice of the day and I felt super excited to start my cleanse. -My stomach had been hurting me all throughout my trip to Florida because of over eating (Isn’t that what you are supposed to do on a holiday though?), so I felt yucky most of the time. The food was amazing don’t get me wrong!-
Anyway, I was super psyched to start this and I didn’t think 3 days was a long time anyway.
I am very used to drinking coffee, even though I don’t over consume it (max 2 cups a day), so by midday I felt VERY tired…You are not supposed to have anything apart from the juices and drink A LOT of water, perhaps some herbal tea but thats about it. The lack of caffeine was really getting to me and that with a mix of jet lag had me on zombie mode the entire day.
I have to confess I never felt physically hungry, mainly because the juices were packed with vegetables and I had to consume one every 2 hours so my stomach was always full. The HARD part was the physiological hunger, meaning that my brain was always like; Where is the food! Have a chicken wrap, now!…When the end of the day came I literally started to question why I was doing this at all, but then I realised I hadn’t had a single stomachache all day and that felt GOOD!
I woke up feeling very tired -again-, but my stomach felt AMAZING! (it was the first time I haven’t woken up with an indigestion in 2 weeks). I normally try to work out at the gym at least 3 times a week and go for a run at least 4 times a week but I just had ZERO energy. I knew you were not supposed to do any intense exercise while you were cleansing so I tried so stay at home, catch up on deadlines and do my laundry from Key West, but being at home wasn’t distracting enough and ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS FOOD. Again, I wasn’t actually hungry, but my brain was and it was sending me: EAT NOW signals all day, which I think was the hardest part of the whole thing.
Day two was the most difficult one because it was the middle one, where the Detox actually kicks in but to my surprise, I wasn’t suffering from any aches at all. I have heard that doing these type of cleanses can often give you bad kidney and liver pain because both organs are working their ass off to clean your body and that can cause pain, but surprisingly and luckily, I never had a single ache which makes me think that I am actually quite healthy in the way I normally eat after all.
I couldn’t wait for day 2 to end and by this point I was missing coffee and craving food I normally don’t eat like you can’t believe. I started making recipes in my head. I even went to one of my favourite food stores with my fest friend to window shop, he wasn’t amused at all hahaha.
Day 3 and my last day was the day where I started to feel like I wasn’t a zombie. My energy wasn’t fully there but I managed to cycle to the city to meet a friend and keep myself occupied. I started to notice that my skin was looking very bright, like it was glowing, must be all those vitamins!. The hunger brain signals weren’t bothering me anymore, but I did hear that day 3 gets a lot easier. All in all I was just so happy it was the last day and I was proud I went through with it. I spent the past 3 days watching 2 movies per night to try keep my brain occupied from the late night cravings, so by the time I had to open my 18th and last juice, I was SO FREAKING HAPPY! I had done it!.
I have read in many places that the results of this cleanse can be seen through a period of 2 weeks, it’s not immediate but it gives you a huge boots on your immune system and digestive system. It’s mentally hard to go through it because you have to deal with all the craving, believe me, its very hard but I am so happy I did not cave.
This experience has been a very good experiment for me, because I want to see how my stomach reacts in the long term, I’ve also heard this can help with some food intolerances and that is something I want to explore more. I am even considering doing this every 2 or 3 months, to click that restart button again and hopefully the next times will get easier and easier.
I did A LOT of research before I started and I found THIS ARTICLE super interesting, in case you are thinking or doubting on wether you should go ahead with it or not. Its very important that you do it the right way, so you don’t starve your body not giving it enough vitamins and energy so I would suggest doing it with a company that are specialised in cleanses. I have to be honest, I read somewhere that some people are still able to work out while doing the cleanse but that wasn’t the case with me at all, I didn’t have the energy and whenever I tried to do some squats or sit-ups at home the past 3 days, I was exhausted after literally 5 reps, so I laid off any exercise and tried to rest as much as possible.
I am on day 1 post cleanse now and I literally got up at 7:30 am because I COULD NOT WAIT to have my morning coffee and some oatmeal. Apparently the first couple of meals you have after your cleanse have to be somehow “liquid”, so I went for a mushy porridge with chia seeds, linseed, blueberries and agave syrup to start with. They recommend to add a bit of fibre to kick start your digestive system again, hence why I added the linseed. I will probably have a pea soup for lunch and finally, go to my favourite Vietnamese restaurant in town to celebrate the fact that I was strong enough to go through this without cheating!!!
If you want to do this, make sure you do it for the right reasons, for well being and health, not weight loss, that is not the goal of this. Some of you might be wondering if I lost any weight and the answer is I don’t think so. I didn’t weight myself before I started because that wasn’t the goal of my cleanse, but if I did, it must have been a minimal amount, which is normally after only consuming liquids for 3 days, but I will probably put it back on the moment I start eating solids again. This cleanse is not about weight loss, for that, got to the gym my loves, like that you can also get toned in the process ;).
If you have any more questions fire up on the comments! I would love to clear them out for you and thank you for following my progress and being supportive on Social Media. LOVE YOU GUYS!