Juice Cleanse, the end
Friday, June 14, 2013
First of all, what I think most people want to know: How much did I lose?
Well, strictly seen I lost 4lbs. However, I gained 2lbs the day before the cleanse (water weight from eating too much sodium? Who knows ...), so really, I only lost 2lbs. I did meet my goal of getting out of the 260s. I was 259lbs. For one day. Yesterday was the day after my cleanse. I stuck to a mostly raw, vegetarian diet. Veggie soup for breakfast, a Chipotle vegetarian salad for lunch, a green juice as a snack and a vegan quinoa bowl for dinner. I consumed under 1600 calories that day. I ran around town for 6 hours straight. Still, I woke up a pound heavier this morning, putting me back into the 260s. Very frustrating. But I have to remind myself that I did lose almost 20lbs in the last three weeks and that is quite an achievement.
Maybe it's because my period is due tomorrow and I usually gain between 3-6lbs in the week before my period due to water retention. It doesn't matter.
I didn't feel "cleaner inside" either. I eat a very clean diet, I make almost anything from scratch, even bread. Coffee is my only vice. I might have ice cream once or twice a week but that's half a cup of gelato which I share with my daughter. I think that's OK.
Still, just from consuming 500 calories less three days in a row, I should have lost weight. It's strange.
As for other side effects - my skin looked very good but that's probably from consuming so much liquid. My eyes were also brighter, the white of my eyeballs was whiter.
I did end up really craving juice yesterday and not the sweet, processed kind. I wanted a fresh green juice. Luckily I walked past a juice bar and they made me fresh juice with pear, spinach and cucumber. It was so good, better than all the juices from my cleanse. Today I am craving juice again but I am nowhere near a juice bar unfortunately. So I am not sure if that's a good thing that I am craving juices now. Part of me actually yearns to go back to juicing full-time. It is very strange.
Today is my wedding anniversary and my husband and I are going to a very nice restaurant and we will have a 20 (!) course dinner. To be honest, I am not so excited about this. All I want to do right now is NOT eat.
Would I do that juice cleanse again? Yes but different. I think I'd like to do it again someday (but first I'd like to get pregnant, have the baby, nurse, ...) but I would do it longer, maybe 5-10 days and I would eat nuts as snacks and a salad with some healthy oil and avocado for dinner. I didn't miss chewing so much but I was craving protein rich foods like beans and meat.
If you have any questions about the juice cleanse, let me know!