Juice cleanse reflections

by Christina on June 12, 2013

One of my projects over vacation was to do a 3-day juice cleanse. It’s always something I’ve been interested in, it’s something I’ve attempted a few times but never fully completed, and something I’ve found impossible to do while working a job fueled by coffee and calories.

Why a juice cleanse? For me, I wanted to get unstuck from my coffee addiction, practice discipline, feel healthy, and get a physical and mental flossing. I also saw it as a symbolic cleansing of the end of this year of residency, and a rebooting for the beginning of my final year.

I knew I wanted to pay for a program so it would all be prepped and as easy as possible. I found this article on different options in the Bay Area, ended up choosing between Thrive and CAN CAN Cleanse. I decided on CAN CAN in the end because they had good yelp reviews, I liked that they provided 8 drinks a day, I liked Teresa when we spoke on the phone, and the pick up was easy and in my neighborhood. It was pricey, but they all are. In some ways I think paying that much made me even more committed and motivated to actually follow through on it.

Overall, it was easier than I thought it would be. The caffeine withdrawal headache was worst on day 1 and gone by day 2. I never felt ravenous and didn’t even finish all of the drinks each day. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked some of them (Spring Root Soup, Grapefruit Mint Juice, and Almond Milk were favorites). I felt alert and energetic (except on day 1 when I felt the opposite). I slept deeply. I felt light and agile and could twist like never before in yoga (no intestinal contents opens up a lot of potential space). Finally, I felt a sense of accomplishment at actually doing it, and finished the three days feeling healthy and happy.

 

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Jenny June 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm

So inspiring, I can’t wait to do this!

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