Juice Cleanse – Day 3

The magic happens now.

I woke up this morning before my alarm clock refreshed and energized. Per my usual Wednesday routine, I got up and went to teach yoga and felt a lightness in my step. Came back home, drank my first juice (which is just coconut water) and jumped in the shower.  Today was a particularly stress-fill (but not stressful) day. The fact that it was stress-filled but not stressful is in no small part due to the mental clarity and physical euphoria that I felt all day. There was no hunger  (I actually forgot to drink one of my juices so ended up drinking two within two hours), no headache, no body aches, and no irritation. Here are the highlights.

Oodles of Energy: buckets of energy. I was running around from office to office, meeting to meeting, work to yoga, yoga to pick up my next two days of juices, etc.  None of it phased me. I was radiant and energetic.  I actually started bouncing up and down while teaching which never happens; I always try to keep a sattvic and almost stoic disposition, but I couldn’t help myself today.

Mental Clarity: this is the really impressive effect of cleansing. All the muck that stockpiled in your system also blocks the mind. I found it easier to focus on tasks, distractions were not as distracting, I held my morning intention in my mind all day, and people’s actions did not affect me.  This alone is worth the juicing.

Sense of Calm: either I’m calmer or everyone else at work suddenly got less intense. Even through the passive aggression that can sometimes arise at work, and the endless meetings, I stayed calm. I wasn’t getting rattled by other people’s actions or emotions. I was truly turning into myself – being present, mindful and aware – and that felt amazing.

Subtle Glow: I’m apparently glowing.

Juice Cleanse- Day 2

Ok, so we all knew this would happen.  Day 2 is usually the worst day of the cleanse… though for me, not by much when compared to Day 1.  Unlike Day 1, I felt no hunger today. In fact, by the time 9pm rolled around, I still had one juice left and didn’t feel hungry enough to drink it. I drank it anyways because it’s important to keep the formulations exactly as prescribed.  Also unlike Day 1, I wasn’t as cold. I was physcially chilly on Day 1. I also decided to treat myself to a massage which was divine. So, here’s the summary of the key takeaways.

Heightened Senses: seriously, you’ve never seen colors like these. All of my senses were practically vibrating. The most noticeable was my sense of smell… good and bad. I could smell things from FAR away, but also smell them so well that it was overpowering. Nice scents were magnificent. Cigarette smoke as someone passed me on the sidewalk made me gag. Not sure if my hearing changed but lets just say it did for the hell of it.

Energetic Euphoria: this was felt about 15-20 minutes after I drank each juice.  The energy pumped through my body and as the detox starts to take effect, I can feel exactly what gorgeous, natural, raw foods do to my body. It was glorious.

Calm and Peace: as I do this cleanse, I’m making some big changes in my work life while balancing two proposals and a heavy teaching schedule. Normally I would feel more stress but I’m so calm. We all know that food is medicine… but this really seals the deal. Good nutrition = good life.

Headache: yet, that’s still there but I can feel it subsiding.

Here’s the caveat. I firmly believe that the cleanse as been so “easy” and relatively painless because I am a vegetarian. The body has less detoxing to go through so the benefits were felt earlier in the process. This process really drives home just how much the foods we meet matter. Juice cleanses are not for everyone because everyone’s body is unique and respond to stimuli differently. Try it out and see what it does for you. Don’t write anything off without experiencing at least once. 🙂

Juice Cleanse – Day 1

Oh boy has it been a long time since I wrote a post.  Updates are that I’ve been teaching a lot of classes (yoga, meditation, and philosophy) and volunteering at another organization, all in addition to my day job. So, getting back on the bandwagon and making sure I keep my priorities straight, I am doing a 5-day cleanse — what I refer to as my “spring cleaning.” I get questions about fasting, juice cleansing, raw diets, etc a lot so I thought I would document my experience here for everyone to see. I’ve done a 5-day cleanse before but never wrote it down, so this should be interesting.

Day 1

I have a headache. That should be the end of the post.  As with any detox, the most prominent symptom tends to be a dull, persistent headache. Thankfully, mine is not pounding like some people have reported.

The morning started off well. I’m typically not famished when I first wake up so that was pretty normal. I went to teach my 6:30-7:30 Flow class and came home to drink my first of six juices (coconut water). Feeling pretty good. By mid-morning, I drank the second one (a blend of nut milk) and was still feeling pretty alright. That second juice is pretty dense, not be mention delicious.

Lunch time came around and that’s when my body’s normal patterns kicked in in the form of hunger and irritability (I’m a pitta for those who know Ayurveda, which is the ancient Indian nutrition-health-wellness way of saying hangry). I grab for the third juice which is a light green juice and chug it down. Here’s where the magic of juice cleanses begin. Within 30 minutes, I can feel the energy coursing through my body. It’s amazing how much more in tuned we become when there is less “stuff” in the system to process. However, the “green high” lasted only an hour and then the headache started.

After the fourth juice in the afternoon (another veggie based one), I decided to take a nap and hope that my headache would go away. The nap definitely helped and I managed to teach my evening 5pm yoga class with no problem.  In fact, my meditation was deeper, calmer, and happier.

I met a friend for “dinner” (which meant we met at a juice bar so that she can juice with me) where I drank my fifth juice. This time a fruit-based juice. She also decided to get some chipotle spiced nuts and I found myself pining after them like a ravenous sloth: some cross between cute, pathetic and really slow moving. Finishing the night with the last fruit juice I put myself to bed accompanied by the pesky headache.