If you checked my recent Google search history, you’d most definitely find “how to steam vegetables,” “how to steam vegetables without a steamer basket” and “how to cut asparagus.” Life after a juice cleanse has made me aware of a couple of crucial things: I’ve apparently never steamed vegetables sans microwave in my 27 years of existence and I don’t know how to prepare asparagus, because, let’s be honest, when have I ever actually gone to the grocery store to buy fresh asparagus?
It’s been approximately 72 hours since I completed my three-day juice cleanse, and I’m feeling [insert adjective here]. I mean, I kind of feel exactly the same as I did before I started the cleanse except now I feel guilty for eating or drinking anything that’s not a vegetable, a green juice or a glass of water.
Aside from feeling well rested and, sorry TMI, a tad bloated currently, I haven’t noticed any other results. My skin still continues to feel softer and smoother, which is great, but I guess I expected to feel super energized and all of these other awesome things.
Results, or lack thereof, aside, this is what I’ve eaten since I completed the cleanse: yogurt, two amazing smoothies from 3 Roots (Minty Monkey, tasted like mint chocolate chip ice cream, and Blu-Grass with peanut better, tasted like a PB&J sandwich), one homemade smoothie (fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas; orange juice; and mango Greek yogurt), steamed vegetables, cucumber and avocado sushi rolls with brown rice, a glass of pinot grigio, split pea soup, tomato bisque, a tiny piece of a cronut (NYC’s most sought-after dessert; OMG yum!), a cupcake and a half a glass of champagne.
I admit, I could have probably gone a little easier on the food intake, but everything in moderation, right? In my defense, we celebrated two coworkers’ birthdays today and I couldn’t not eat a pretty flower cupcake. I’m weak! But I totally feel guilty. To make up for it, I stopped by the store on my way home from work and bought fresh broccoli, kale, string beans, asparagus, Granny Smith apples, four Greek yogurts, carrots, a cucumber, peppers and lemons. I’ve never done that before.
Perhaps this cleanse has changed me after all, even if ever so slightly.
After I posted my Day Three recap, I experienced an excruciatingly painful headache (maybe a migraine?), which is very rare for me. Friday night I soaked in a hot bath, drank some peppermint tea to help settle my stomach and went straight to sleep. I woke up Saturday and felt simply exhausted so I stayed in bed until 1 p.m., which was about the time when I realized I was wasting a beautiful, warm fall day.
I guess I needed the sleep. Overall, I have to admit, the cleanse was quite an experience. Given this experience, I’d like to keep the juicing going, even if it means grabbing a bottle of the green stuff on my way to work a few days a week. I watched a documentary called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead Saturday night and was simply amazed at how cleansing can actually transform people and their lives. If you have a chance, I highly recommend watching it, especially if you’re considering doing a cleanse of your own. (You can watch it on Hulu for free.)
I certainly can’t speak for everyone, and, no, this cleanse didn’t change my life per se, but I’m really glad that I tried it. Now, how do I sauté kale?