“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
I just concluded my first juice cleanse this week, using a 3-day plan from The Juice Works here in the Twin Cities. It actually turned into almost a four day cleanse because I felt so good yesterday and this morning that I didn’t want to start transitioning!
Waking up to clearer skin, a flatter belly, and a feeling of overall lightness and energy was really rewarding. Just a week ago my skin felt dehydrated and dull, I felt bloated and flabby, and had that sort of numb, zombie-like sense about what I was putting into my body (which was anything and everything, as you can see here). The detox made me way more aware of how my body felt and clearly highlighted times of the day when I am prone to eat mindlessly.
My co-workers were very curious about the whole thing, and they were shocked that I was not feeling starved or horrible. Yes, on Day 2 I did get an annoying headache by the afternoon, but it wasn’t awful. I actually went to my tennis drill and played for 90 minutes with no lack of energy! I was afraid I might be light-headed, as I can be playing on an empty stomach. But, I think that is because normally I’m “crashing”, coming down from caffeine and carbs, whereas this time I was not.
I will definitely do this again, and strongly recommend trying this if you’re the least bit curious. Even if some argue the benefits are imagined, you’ll never know unless you try it. And, there is a huge rush knowing that you set a goal, and pushed through the temptations and headaches to reach it (when they busted out the chips and cookies at work Wednesday I thought I was a goner!). It gives me hope that I can retain a few healthier eating habits out of this experiment. For one, I’m going to limit my coffee and Diet Coke intake. I used to drink both almost daily. Think of the $$ I’ll save too!
To celebrate my successful detox I decided to try out Tao Natural Foods Cafe for lunch with my 4-year-old. In Uptown, Minneapolis, it’s a cozy and friendly spot with lots of tasty vegan, gluten-free, and whole food options. Plus, a juice bar, so I could get my fix of green juice. YES, you heard it, I actually got another green juice (kale, cucumber, celery, and parsley), to help with the transition.
The food was tasty and I felt healthier just eating it, and full. We actually ended up taking home a lot because I was instructed not to eat too much solid food or grains first day off the cleanse.
P.S. Parents, my daughter had the kids menu veggie brown rice bowl, and actually LOVED it, ate the cabbage, broccoli, and carrots. She thought the soup was a little spicy (it wasn’t, but she’s 4) so I scooped out the chick peas and she gobbled them up – that was the first time she ever had them and said she liked them a lot. Maybe there’s hope for her yet!