Do I feel cleansed?

Today is the day after my juice cleanse was scheduled to end.  I should be telling you about how awesome I feel, how clean my insides are (TMI, sorry) and how I’m ready to eat only nuts and berries for the rest of my natural life.

Yes, yes I do.

Except, I can’t say those things.

My name is Annie and I am a juice cleanse dropout.

The day started out well enough.  I woke up a half hour early (Am I the only one who has trouble doing that if they’re not going for a run?) to juice and be healthy.

First good thing to happen in the juice cleanse? I overcame my fear of not knowing how to cut fresh pineapple.

Made all of my juices….

All of my “meals” for the day…so much green.

And started my first juice of the day…the “green juice.”

Green juice
Yummy? Actually, yes.

And not to toot my own horn but (toot toot) I was a ROCKSTAR at work.  While the rest of my office was basking in the glory of free catering (all of the administrative assistants out there know what I’m talking about), I was diligently drinking my many juices.  The green juice? Not bad.  I wouldn’t say it’s like having pancakes, but I’d drink it again.  The pineapple juice?  DELICIOUS.  My second green juice of the day?  Still good.  I wasn’t hungry, I wasn’t cranky, I was ready to go.

And now, I begin my downfall.

The lemonade, Master Cleanse-ish juice?  DIS. GUST. TING. I wouldn’t even make Chris Brown drink it (I was going to say “my worst enemy” but it’s better to put a face to the name).  Seriously.  Just don’t do it.

So around 5:30, I go home to make my beet juice for dinner.  Originally I thought it was because I had never eaten a beet in my life, but I thought the juice tasted like someone had thrown dirt in a glass and made it purple.  Later, I come to find out that it’s actually what raw beet juice tastes like.   Interesting.  I wasn’t warned.

After sipping on that, I fell asleep for three hours…not my normal routine, especially when I have my final paper for my graduate class due next week.  I was absolutely exhausted.

I woke up only to juice for the next day, brush my teeth, and go to bed.

Fast forward to the morning, when I’m lightheaded and sitting on my couch drinking yet another green juice…

And I decided this was not for me.  I am used to being an active, awake person and apparently I can’t sustain that while only juicing.  One greek yogurt later and I was feeling like a new person.

I’m not saying juicing is bad, it’s just not for me.  I’ll likely incorporate the green juice into my diet, but I can’t go without protein and solid foods.  Call me crazy.

I have noticed that I have far less sugar cravings after only a day and I’ve been maintaining healthier eating habits since juicing.  Maybe it’s all the veggies I have left in my fridge.

P.S. – Roasted beets?  Not bad.

3 thoughts on “Do I feel cleansed?

  1. Cyd June 7, 2013 / 1:46 am

    Yay for Annie’s blog!

  2. Susan @ Travel Junkette June 7, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    Hey Annie! Thanks for the shout-out in your prior blog post. Way to be honest about your juicing experience. It’s definitely not for everybody, and it’s awesome that you listened to what your body was telling you! I agree with you that the spicy lemonade was AWFUL — that’s why I cut it completely out. Best of luck with the blog, and keep in touch!

    • annibanani2 June 7, 2013 / 7:32 pm

      Hi Susan! It’s so great to hear from you. I’m a huge fan of your blog and your travels! Other than the lemonade and the beets, I loved the juice recipes you offered and I’m planning on incorporating them into my regular diet…extra veggies never hurt! Can’t wait to read about more of your adventures!

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