Daily Greens Cleanse: Round 2, Day 1 & 2
Day Two: Day of Reckoning
I was sick all weekend with a nasty head cold and went straight from that into a juice cleanse. I can’t say I’m noticing much of a difference yet, aside from some caffeine pains in the morning. I think I’m still kicking the cold, and won’t notice much else until it is over. That being said, I feel better having stuck with the cleanse. Right now it’s more of a mental thing than physical, but…
Is it weird that my pee has changed color? You decide!
As of 54 minutes ago I began a raw food cleanse on the behalf of in.gredients and Daily Greens. I’m pretty stoked to get through the next 4 days on only a raw food diet and Daily Greens juices. If I begin posting about unbridled joy or infinite sadness, this is why.
Gotta say so far, my aversion to spending more than 10 minutes to prepare a meal at home is paying off in spades with the raw food cleanse. I’ve only had to remove yogurt, raisin bran, hummus, quinoa, eggs, tabuleh, the daily half cup of coffee from the staples I eat frequently.
This is my second time around with the Daily Greens cleanse, so I kind of know what to expect. I cut out coffee 4 days before the cleanse to prepare, as ridding my body of toxins AND battling a horrible caffeine headache was something I really wanted to avoid. Besides feeling a little sleepier than usual, I feel good. I am making sure to drink a lot of water, and am being mindful with how my body is feeling. I am sleeping more, drinking more liquids and being kinder to myself. I’m looking at this cleanse as a way to restart my path towards health, which had been derailed, and so far so good. I have found that I keep bottles of liquids around me at all time (juice, water, tea), so when the cravings come, I just sip on some peppermint herbal tea. Sure, it’s not the bowl of popcorn I REALLY want, but it’ll do.
The thing I really like about this cleanse is I don’t feel deprived. Last night I made a raw sunflower seed pate and made vegan, raw sushi. I threw in avocado, carrots, cucumber, sunflower sprouts and red pepper and wrapped it up in seaweed. It was completely satisfying. I ended the night with my last Daily Greens, which was the perfect evening “snack”.
I think that I’ll probably try to stick to a much cleaner diet post-cleanse, as I know my body is in desperate need of a nice break from sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
I prepared for my juice cleanse by partaking in the great Austin tradition of brunching with a friend. I enjoyed every bite of my savory shrimp and grits with bacon, every sip of my rich and delicious bloody mary. It was a beautiful weekend, and I consider that brunch a deliberate exercise in relaxation and self-care.
Then, on Sunday evening, I went to the grocery store. I filled my cart with the produce aisle, returned home, busted out my food processor, and got to work preparing for the next four days. I shredded and salted cabbage, peeled and chopped cucumbers, and onions. I diced tomatoes and minced garlic. I filled up my airtight, reusable containers with spreads and salads and other delightful concoctions that I haven’t named yet. The colors were so stunning that I couldn’t help but text my coworker and co-cleanser, Chelsea, a picture of my cutting board.
I am using this cleanse as an opportunity to reacquaint myself with clean, simple, crisp preparation of fresh foods. Ever in awe of the life cycles of food, I want to spend some intimate time with cabbages and carrots. What am I going to do with this radicchio? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to find out.
The lemon water tastes so lemon-y. When did I last take the time to think about what a lemon tastes like? I feel a bright yellow vibration running up and down my core after drinking it, and I realize I’ve never considered what a lemon feels like before.
Time to juice up!