Monday, April 28, 2014

29) Do a body detox

I originally intended to do a week-long body detox, but decided to dip my toes in with a 3-day detox / juice cleanse, and to be honest, I don't think I could handle a full week of it.

A few weeks ago, I bought a Groupon for a Peeled Juice Cleanse.  The cleanse came with six juices per day for three days.  The instructions were clear - no food, no alcohol, and no coffee/caffeine other than green tea.  The juices:

Green Lantern - kale, romaine, spinach, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger
Haute Lemonade - lemonade with cayenne pepper
Maroon 5 - carrot, beet, lemon, apple, ginger
Cashew Milk - cashew, vanilla bean (maybe something else - I don't remember)

The juices were to be consumed in a very specific order: green, lemonade, beet, green, beet, cashew.  In between, you were to drink just about as much water or green tea as you could handle.

I thought that the green juice was.. alright.  The first one was refreshing.  The next five were ok, but certainly do-able.  I found this one to be quite filling, and knew that if I had that one coming up, that it would help satiate my appetite.

The lemonade was fabulous - I really liked it.  It was basically a spicy lemonade.  I didn't find it particularly filling, but since it was the second juice of the day, I drank it fairly close to the green, and thought that was a good strategy.

The Maroon 5... UGH.  Just thinking back to how it tasted gives me shivers.  I hated it.  I hated it from the first sip to the last.  I gulped each of them down without hardly tasting it because I thought it was so disgusting.  If you like beets, this one might be better for you then for me?  I don't like beets, and I didn't like this juice.  At.  All.

The Cashew Milk was the exact opposite - fantastic.  I loved it.  It was sweet, filling, and really like dessert.  It was a nice thing to drink in the evening, as it left me filling very full to last the rest of the evening.

So the purpose of a juice cleanse.  Some renewal, I suppose.  Detoxifying.  And a little bit to see if I could do it. In terms of tangible results, I got two random compliments on my skin in the days after the cleanse, and felt like I dropped a bit of water weight, but nothing too significant.  I really liked doing a few days of this, but don't know that I will do it again. From nearly the first sip of the cleanse, I was counting down until the last.  But... I did what I set out to do and am happy to have this accomplished!

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