Spiraling Quickly Towards Madness: My Experience on a Juice “Cleanse”
Let me preface this by saying I think everyone probably responds differently to fasting and cleansing. I had many responses of great experiences with juice cleansing, and my roommate has nothing but good things to say.
My experience, however, was not positive. In short: I quit my 3 day juice cleanse after 1 day. I’m not sure what I was thinking, and to be honest, I’m feeling pretty silly. I’ve given this a lot of thought now, especially last night during my evening of hunger-induced insomnia. I generally eat every 2 to 3 hours during the day because if not I turn into a hangry monster. I’m not sure why I thought abstaining from food for an entire day (except in juiced veg form) was a good idea. The right thing for me to do would have been switching back to my normal, healthy diet, and forcing some short exercise time into my schedule.
The BluePrint juices have a high sugar content - it probably amounts to more sugar than I intake on a daily basis. Most of the sugar is naturally occurring in the fruit and vegetables in the juice, but sugar is still sugar and my body definitely did not like this new influx of fructose.
I felt okay until around 3pm when hunger, weakness and queasiness took over. I couldn’t focus on my schoolwork, I was grumpy, I was tired, and I was beginning to get a headache. My body was in shock from the sudden change in diet — and there is no way that can be a positive situation. While the goal of a cleanse may be to give your GI tract a break from all the junk you’ve put down there, your other systems still need protein, carbs, and fats to function properly. Especially your brain! My brain was not functioning properly.
After a restless night filled with… I kid you not.. dreams of eating big, fluffy pancakes, I woke up dizzy, weak and nauseous. That was it for me. I didn’t care about all the juice still in my fridge — there was no way I was putting my body through another day of this torture.
Let me point out that meanwhile, my roommate has also been doing the cleanse. And she’s fine. The girl went to SoulCycle this morning. So like I said, everyone responds differently.
Today I kept my food intake light to slowly transition out of the fasting phase - I had fruit, spinach salad, avocado, a slice of wheat bread. I also drank one of the green juices. Tonight I’ll probably drink the cashew juice because it actually is quite tasty. And I’m also ordering some veggie noodle soup from my local vietnamese restaurant because THIS GIRL NEEDS SOME CARBS.
So ends my experiment of juice cleansing. I’ll be reverting back to my original opinion on them, and next time I’m feeling out of sorts I’ll just eat more carrots, less cheese, and lace up my running shoes.