Apr 01

Spring Cleaning: 7-Day Juice Cleanse – Recap

juice cleanseAbout two weeks ago, I went out on a limb and asked you to join me on a 7-Day juice cleanse that we’d be calling “Spring Cleaning”.

To my surprise, people started lining up to go elbow deep in piles of kale and cucumber, step up to the plate on Day 1 and say goodbye to toxins.

Though, as expected, we all had unique experiences, we started this process in community and that’s the way we’re going to end it.

So today, I’ll share with you some experiences and takeaways from my juice cleanse. It’s important to note, this is actually the first time I successfully completed an entire week. If you fell short of the 7-Day goal, know that you can fall short…and get it next time.

With that, I’m going to pose a few questions for you. Please feel free to answer in the comments, hit me on the Facebook page or, frankly, just answer to yourself.

I’ll provide my answers here.

How’d You Feel?

The first two days were rough!

If I hadn’t started to make the turn in Day 3, I’d be shocked if I would have made it the whole seven.

Once the energy comes back, you really to start to feel pretty normal.

Now, I probably have a small advantage over some people because, going on a multi-year weight loss journey, I became pretty good at flipping that “food as fuel” switch. I can really distance myself from the “real food” mentally. I know that would have been tougher for me a few years ago when I lived on a steady diet of fast food and barrel-sized jugs of Mountain Dew.

By the time the end of Day 7 rolled around, I wasn’t feeling like I was desperate to eat, but I did feel like I’d gotten enough out of the juicing experience to be done.

What Was Your Favorite Drink?

Full disclosure… I don’t really LIKE any of them.

Drinking vegetables, to me, is counter-intuitive and, since giving up sugary soda years ago, even fruit juice is too sweet for me.

However, since I’m going to ask you to share, I will pick one.

I’m going to go with the fresh fruit concoction that my girls and I developed.

  • Red Apple
  • Juicing Oranges
  • Lemon
  • Pineapple
  • Cucumber

It was super sweet!  But, the fruits really came through.

What Would You Do Differently?

I honestly think the only thing I would change would be to give myself the first two days off of exercise. As I told you on the Day 3 recap, I hurt my hamstring on Day 2, likely due to dehydration.

I’d made a goal to exercise during the juice cleanse, despite some “expert” recommendations that you do nothing strenuous.

Luckily I healed up pretty quickly and was able to finish strong, but I knew better.

I could have sat the sidelines for two days.

Do You Feel or See Any Changes?

I’ve talked about it before, but, if you’re new, I don’t use the scale as a measure anymore.

I just think it’s counter-productive once you’ve really gotten adjusted to your body.

That being said, I absolutely lost weight this week.

It wasn’t the goal, but I can tell you, because I know me, I probably lost 5 or 6 pounds.

I do feel very good. I think I legitimately got some toxins out of my system.

Digestion seems to be good.

I feel lighter.

Energy is high.

I feel like spring…. I know that sounds cheesy… but I feel like I got a lot of the winter baggage off of me.

Will You Juice Cleanse Again?

I knew going in that it would never be a part of my normal cycle.

I may drink a juice from time to time, but I don’t see juicing as a longterm part of my diet.

I do really, really like the idea of a “spring cleaning” and will certainly revisit the idea next winter. But, with marathon training starting, I don’t see juice cleansing in my immediate future.

That being said… I love the experience! And, even if I’m not actively juicing, I’d love to support you in your cleanse!

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How did your juice cleanse go?

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this first community juice cleanse! I appreciate you all!

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