It’s Day 4 of my one week Juice / Cleanse / Detox program. Holy shit this is hard. Like really, really hard.
My intention when I started this on Monday was to take all my meals, for 7 days, in the form of juice. Late that afternoon, when a massive headache took its vice grip-like hold on my skull, I started to rethink the viability of my plan.
I decided not to take pills for the headache as that seemed counterproductive to doing a detox. By midnight, when I found myself both still in pain and also shivering with the chills, I began to rethink my logic.
Day 2 started out much better. The vice grip had loosened, leaving only a dull ache at the base of my skull. That level of pain I could handle. Not like the nonsense of Day 1.
Piece of cake, I thought to myself, I have got this! 7 days… p’shaw! Not a problem!
I mixed up a big batch of spinach, ginger root, blackberries, a pear and an orange for breakfast. Yummy. Well, not really, but better than just spinach and carrots and beets. I’ll take it.
By noon, I still felt pretty good, relatively speaking, but felt those familiar pangs of hunger. I considered my options and settled on a smoothie. It would offer more substance than pure juice, as I would get the pulp of the fruit and veg and not just the liquid. I mixed up a greenish, purplish concoction and settled in to drink my lunch.
And then Mr. Enthusiasm came to the kitchen to make his lunch.
A fried egg and bacon sandwich.
And for the first time since I started thing, my first thought wasn’t how much I wanted to eat something salty or sweet or crusty or flaky. Rather, my overriding thought was, how can I kill this man in a way that inflicts the most pain?
Somehow I managed to fight through my urge to assassinate him for being so. flipping. mean. And the bright side to all of this was that it was the first time that something overshadowed my urge to eat.
Day 2 actually ended up being a not-so-bad day, at least not compared to the hell that was Monday. I made a tomato and cucumber ‘salad’ – and by salad I mean raw tomatoes and cucumbers – for dinner. Mostly I craved bread at this point. Way more than I craved any form of sweets.
On Wednesday I took a stroll through hell again.
The headache came back with a vengeance. This may have been due to caffeine withdrawals or possibly sugar. I don’t know, and I don’t care. I just wanted the pain to go away. So I caved and took two ibuprofen at noon.
Oh sweet relief.
The joy of no longer feeling pain temporarily removed my desire to chew actual food.
That lasted for all of 4 hours, at which point I was ready to gnaw my own arm off. Instead I made myself a chick pea, parsley and onion salad. The legumes really made me feel full, and gave my jaw some much-needed exercise.
That evening I had a giant craving for popcorn. I’m actually glad I had none in the house because I would have absolutely thrown a bag in the microwave. The craving was that strong.
There were kettle chips in the pantry. How I managed to not rip that bag open is a mystery to me.
Instead I ate a small handful of raw almonds. They didn’t even begin to hit the spot, but they did make me thirsty.
After downing another big glass of water, I felt full and ready to call it a night.
As of the writing of this post (Thursday /Day 4 at mid-day) I’ve gotta say I’m feeling pretty damn good.
There is a clarity in my head. I don’t know how to describe it exactly. Physically it’s the first time in nearly 3 weeks that my sinuses are completely clear. Even my vision seems a bit clearer today. Apart from the physical though, mentally I just feel very sharp, clear-headed. It’s a good feeling. And makes me ponder how much of a fog I’ve been in for a while now.
Out of curiosity I jumped on the scale this morning, and I’m down 3 lbs since Monday.
My goal for this week wasn’t weight loss, as you’ll recall from the previous post. It was simply to reboot my system after a lot of really bad food choices over the holidays. It is interesting, and a bit curious to me, to see any pounds drop because I’ve been eating a ton of fruit and veg, which is all carbs, and I’ve kept my workouts very light because of my low energy this week. It could just be water loss. At any rate, it was a nice surprise, especially after 3 very hard days.
With 3.5 days to go, I dare say I may be able to see this through. At least with my modifications (eating raw fruit and veg, some raw nuts when I need it) it seems possible. I may steam some veggies (carrots, broccoli, etc.) for dinner tonight. The act of chewing does wonders for me, it seems, in terms of convincing my brain I’ve actually eaten.
I’m hoping that my next post (Monday) will be recapping a successful week. And also that there will be no assassinations in the interim.