[Check out how it went! Day 1 here, Day 2 here]
One of the "New Things I have to do this year" was a cleanse. I have always wanted to attempt cleaning out my intestines and also wanted to know what it might feel like to be "cleansed." Will my hair be shinier? Skin smoother? Excess weight gone? Will I be rejuvenated? I didn't know...and therefore, I must cleanse.
I felt this particular week of the year was well-timed for a cleanse. I have just gotten back from Portland where I consumed way too much bad-for-me food, I had just run a 10K, so I didn't need the extra calories, and my yoga class card ended, meaning I won't need energy for that. This was the opportunity to clear out the belly and "purify" or "detoxify" or "whatever-ify" my body.
I found a place close to my apartment that has called Arden's Garden, which is a fresh juice store with a couple of cleanse programs. They've got all sorts of juicy concoctions that range from delicious sounding (apple!) to retch-inducing (wheat grass).
They've got two kinds of cleanses, a two-day and a three-day. The two day involves drinking two gallons of one kind of juice over the course of two days.
Benefits: two days only, Downfall: Same freaking juice for 48 hours.
The three-day requires you to eat raw for one day, have a variety of juices over three days, and eat raw after the cleanse too--which sounds an awful lot like five days to me.
Benefits: Different types of juices, Downfall: That's a long freaking time to think about juice.
So I opted for the two-day. I can do anything for two days. With that decision, I bought two gallons of grapefruit/orange/lemon juice from Arden's Garden.
Want to cleanse with me? Here's the recipe, from their website!
48 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
32 oz. fresh orange juice
16 oz. fresh lemon juice
160 oz. quality steam-distilled water
Empty 1 gal. jug for mixing
What To Do:
Mix together for each gallon:
24 oz. fresh grapefruit juice,
16 oz. fresh orange juice,
8 oz. fresh lemon juice and
80 oz. distilled water
- the detox mixture -
Drink 8 oz. every hour -til the total 128 oz. have been consumed- and that's it! No food.