My boxing trainer was on day three of his juice cleanse and he felt great. Next time, he would extend it to more days. He also had been working out every day since the COVID-19 quarantine which is more than usual. I was training with my friend Melissa and she had done multiple juice cleanses in the past.
The COVID-19 quarantine had the opposite effect on me compared to my trainer. While I did exercise 5 times a week which was more than normal, it was less strenuous than boxing and mostly consisted of taking my dog on 1.5-mile walks. I rarely ran part of the hike like I used to when I was more fit. I coupled the walks with Pamela Reif‘s ab and butt 10-minute workout videos and on, rare occasion, Dawn Davis’s yoga sessions.
It was time to try my first juice cleanse. I wanted to get some pudge off my middle and jump-start a healthier routine. Melissa and I decided to do a two-day juice cleanse. Two days did not sound too bad. We opted for Juice Press Signature Cleanse. It’s meant for light exercise. Note that our boxing trainer did the Power Cleanse which is for those who want high energy for rigorous exercise. His included a nut milk at the end of the day that made him feel full.
I started out with the Ginger Fireball, just eight ounces of what feels like a metabolic jump start. It’s like spicy ginger lemonade. I liked it. I drank this first thing in the morning.
Every two hours, it was time for the next 16-ounce juice. The fruit and veggie ones agreed with me but Melissa found them to be too sweet. She preferred the veggie ones. Mother Earth gave me an instant headache and I didn’t like the bitterness of that juice.
Our boxing trainer cautioned us to drink plenty of water throughout the day. He recommended the same amount of water as juice. That proved to be an impossible goal for me. I could barely finish my juice in the two hour time allotment. My headache could have resulted from dehydration but I swear it was that Mother Earth juice that I hated.
By the middle of the first day, I was eliminating just like I did for my colonoscopy. By the second day, I started to get diarrhea and butt got sore from wiping. I ended up finishing all the juices, but I had to eat rice porridge by the end of the second day as a remedy. Neither my boxing trainer nor Melissa suffered from my issue. It could just be that this was too much for my system to handle.
Our juice cleanse instructions said that we could eat raw fruit and vegetables. I ate cherries but next time I would include bananas for diarrhea. I didn’t have any at home at the time. Cherries probably contributed to my diarrhea though.
I did end up feeling like my middle tightened up and I wasn’t really that hungry for most of the two days until the evening of the second day. My takeaway is that two days of just juice is too much for me, but I could do three half-days or even five.
I am glad I tried the juice cleanse. It expanded the juices that I will drink in the future. My half-day juice cleanse will now consist of Ginger Fireball, Doctor Green Juice, and Lucky Seven. I also liked Love Me and the Aloe Water.
How about you? Have you tried a juice cleanse? How did it go for you? Would you do it again?
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