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I cleansed (sort of) and lived to talk about it (barely)

Juicing and juice cleanses have been around for years, but it seems like 2013 is going to be the year of juicing (good job juice!). Everywhere I look, there are ads online for new juice companies, my friends on Instagram take daily photos of their juice, and Pinterest is a goldmine for new recipes. Never one to miss out on a trend, I hopped on that juicing train faster than Amanda Bynes jumps on her Twitter feed.

I wanted to get all the benefits of juicing so I began with a 3-day cleanse. I don’t really think a cleanse is necessary.  I mean, we have built-in cleansers otherwise known as our livers and kidneys for that.  However, I’ve always been curious about what exactly happens to your body during a cleanse. I’ve had friends tell me they feel SO ALIVE!!! and fresh during and after a cleanse. I wanted to experience the awakening for myself.

After doing some research, I ordered a 3-day cleanse from Suja Juice. Suja did not pay me or Fit-a-licious to write this article. I chose them after hearing good things from friends and comparing their flavor selections to other cleanses that were available online.

The Suja Juice cleanse included 18 juices that I was to drink at different times throughout the three days.  I decided to cleanse during the week because I figured work would distract me from thinking about eating actual solid food.  I began my cleanse on a Monday with a green juice that the Suja people had named “Glow.” It was…okay? A little tart and a lot liquid. I’m used to eating oatmeal in the morning and it was weird not to feel the oats sticking to my ribs, but I felt great.

Once at work though, I couldn’t stop thinking about everything I wasn’t going to be eating that day. I couldn’t stop looking at the clock to see if it was time for my next juice.  The four-hour mark was sitting in front of me on a little digital clock on the bottom of my computer screen. It finally got to the point where I hid the toolbar on my computer screen so I could stop staring at it drooling like a baby waiting for her feeding time.

I was supposed to drink some sort of carrot juice for lunch but drank the chocolate one instead.  The rest of my workday dragged on as I fought an internal battle not to order take-out. After work I went to a yoga class and drank the carrot juice in the car on the way. I was nervous about taking a yoga class running on only juice, but it was fine. I didn’t feel any different, but the silence only made me focus on the leftover pasta from a date the night before sitting in my fridge that I wouldn’t be eating.  Thoughts of ziti ruled over my savasana.

When I got home, I showered, drank a juice and watched an episode of House Of Cards on Netflix (best show ever! do you watch? do you know if there’s a season 2?). It was a pretty standard evening, but I couldn’t relax.  I wanted to work out in the morning, but was nervous about working out on the cleanse.  I finally fell asleep a little bit after midnight.

I woke up with a splitting headache, but I don’t think that was from the juice. I chalked it up to the lack of sleep and anxiety. I decided to give up the cleanse right then and there. I didn’t want to spend another day stressing out about when I was going to eat, what food I wasn’t eating or what other people thought.

It’s tempting to think we can just cleanse our bodies back to health or lose a few pounds by simply sipping for a few days, but it’s not true. A healthy body doesn’t happen in three days. It might be a good start, but it’s not something that’s lasting or something that I could see being very good for mental health.

So while I might not have lasted the full three days, it wasn’t a complete waste of money because the juices did taste quite good and I decided to drink them in the morning in place of my oatmeal.  I’ve been eating a healthy, clean diet in the weeks since I tried the cleanse and I’ve never once felt as deprived as I did doing that supposed healthy cleanse.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.