A few months ago we received a post card advertising a raw-food-organic-juice cleanse. This seemed like quite the interesting idea. Note the word “seemed.” Anyway, I didn’t throw out the card, I just tucked it away, not really expecting to take it out again anytime soon. Then DH mentioned it last week…and I said casually, “yeah, sounds interesting.”
He ordered it. It arrived this week. So the instructions said to drink one juice every 2-2.5 hours. There were six bottles of juice per day. No food. Just the juice. Fine. Alarm bells only going off mildly at this point. Then, I get to the section in the instructions that say-NO COFFEE. What???? I cannot function without caffeine. Come on. I think I even did a blog post a while back about a new coffee maker. Coffee is a very important part of my life!!! I did manage to give it up for two pregnancies, but after that last baby was born, I vowed never again to be without coffee!!
Day One: The juice didn’t taste so bad. The green one was a little um…nauseating, but I was a trooper. But the caffeine withdrawal headache? Let’s just say, it was powerful. I can’t even remember that day clearly. But we got through it, and didn’t eat a thing.
Day Two: I almost threw up that green drink. I had to plug my nose so I didn’t have to smell it. The caffeine withdrawal headache was thankfully gone-but so was all our energy. We actually fell asleep on the sofa as the kids ran around the room. We almost caved and ate dinner. Almost. I went to bed gagging on the last juice of the night.
Day Three (today): I had to pour half the green juice down the sink. My stomach is churning. BUT, I did have a cup of coffee-and manage to write almost 2k in 1hr in my new WIP. So, see I really do need coffee to write! It’s part of the job. Oh, we’ve also decided we are eating a giant dinner tonight!!! Technically we’re not supposed to eat until tomorrow. But hey, I think we gave it a fair shot!
So, would I recommend a 3-day juicing cleanse? Maybe if your life is pretty calm, and you can sleep extra hours and not have to look after children. Maybe.
Tomorrow morning I’m drinking a massive cup of coffee and plan on enjoying every last drop!