I just finished the 7th day of my raw juice cleanse, and I feel so great...and I'm down 8 pounds (officially weigh in tomorrow).
So, why a juice fast you may ask? Well, I've been struggling worse than ever with my sugar addiction. I felt out of control. I did my best to keep it under control, but lately I was giving into it for one reason or another. I also have been dealing with pain, fatigue and I was even starting to feel a little depressed in recent weeks.
I felt like I needed to "start over" - "Reboot" my body. Clean out the bad stuff, heal, and let my body recover from the junk I put in it, then start eating healthy after that. I know it sounds cliche but I need to change my life style. I don't want my children to see me eating junk, and think it's ok, or see my weight fluctuate up and down their whole lives. No. They are going to have a healthy mom who makes healthy whole food meals for everyone and we all have treats only occasionally. (Lately, my children have been fed very healthy whole food diets, but mommy has been getting a lot of treats)
My husband has also struggled with his weight (we eat together). So we bought a juice for ourselves for Christmas and started our cleanse the day we got back from Indiana after spending a week there for Christmas.
The first day was just ok. We were tired from the week and a little hungry, but not bad. We were hopeful for the benifits of starting our fast. Late the first night my husband got a killer headache and was nausaus. So he went to bed early while I took care of the kids bed time routine solo...I knew my time was coming soon.
Sure enough on the afternoon of the second day, I was so irritatable, I wanted to slap someone, and then the headache came. I took a relaxing bath and nap while Daddy took care of the kids. I woke up feeling better.
By the third day we were both feeling amazing. I really expected the detox side effects to last longer. I mean, I've really been junking it up lately! But so far no. My energy has been better than it's been in a long time. My cravings are completely gone!!! Let me say that again...MY CRAVINGS ARE GONE!! I feel so much more in control and capable of making good food choices now, when I go back to eating again. I have better mental clarity and wake up feeling more rested. I almost can't believe how fast I started feeling so good!
So that's the cleanse so far. I'll keep you all posted more later.