why did i think juicing for 15 days was a good idea?
i'll be the first to tell you that a juice cleanse is really difficult. especially because i couldn't really get into green juices. green juices are made with mostly vegetables and are the healthiest for you—they're also disgusting, in my humble opinion. so i was living of fruit juice from day three to day five, and it was taking a toll on my emotions, i think.
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day four was worse than day three. day five was worse than all of them. i was having cravings...for a hamburger. NOT GOOD. i made a conscious decision to stop the cleanse because i did not want to be craving meat. it was highly uncharacteristic and i was actually afraid of the cravings to follow. so i made a medium-size plate of salad and ate it. i was full after about five bites!
in five days i lost 6.4 pounds. since switching to solid food, i've gained back exactly two pounds (which i expect is mostly water weight). in the last few weeks, i've been very aware of how my body reacts to the foods i eat, which is a fabulous lesson to have learned. i don't think i was very in tune with my body before the juice cleanse, but i've found that my digestive system is even more sensitive than i thought.
overall, the juice cleanse was an awakening, albeit an unpleasant one. i would recommend it to someone who has a period of time away from work and temptations—living with someone who religiously eats six or seven meals a day did not help my cause. if you do decide to juice cleanse, good luck. you'll need it.