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I Survived My Very First Juice Cleanse

BY: FAVIN THE MAVEN | 1.15.2014 |

This year, one of my resolutions is to be more mindful about what I eat. So this past week, I gave up solid food, caffeine, and alcohol for a three-day juice cleanse with Peeled, a Chicago-based juice retailer. (You can find them featured on Groupon periodically. Explore all our health and beauty deals.)

If you’re curious about food-free life, read on for details of my experience. If I can do it, anyone can—although to be honest, I didn’t do it all the way. To prime your body for the detox, Peeled recommends going vegetarian for three days pre-cleanse. I skipped that part. Whoops. Steak!

The Juices

Four types of juices, which I drank in the same order each day. My favorite was the cashew milk, a thick, belly-coating concoction of cashews, vanilla, dates, agave, and nutmeg. I was also pretty into Maroon Five, which got its color from beets, and some sweetness from apple juice.

Haute Lemonade was the most challenging. The spicy-sour mix of lemon juice, cayenne, and natural sweeteners didn’t taste as lemonade-y as I’d hoped (although it purportedly helped clean my intestinal walls).

The Highs and Lows

DAY 1, HIGH: Halfway through the day, my energy was high and I was barely hungry.

DAY 1, LOW: My deskmate ate a cookie, and I died a little inside.

DAY 2, LOW(S): I woke up hungry, and back-to-back meetings made me late for my second juice. By that point, all I could think about was cheeseburgers. I just wanted to chew something.

DAY 2, HIGH: I ate zero cheeseburgers, and maintained normal energy levels.

DAY 3, HIGH: I knew I was in the home stretch!

DAY 3, LOW: I worried I had forgotten how to use my teeth.

The Rewards

The cleanse was definitely difficult. I missed food a lot. The smell of it got especially distracting on days 2 and 3—I almost dove into my friend’s taco salad.

It paid off, though, too. I felt energized, and I was 5.6 pounds lighter than when I started the cleanse. (Not all the weight has stayed off, though—I’m only 2 pounds lighter now.) Most important, though, it helped me make strides on my mindfulness resolution: I realized that in my day-to-day life, I mostly eat because it tastes good. Now I’m done cleansing, I’m going to try to pay more attention to when I’m actually hungry, and stop snacking just to make my Goldfish crackers feel appreciated.

Photo by Mahreen Younus; video by Ben Nissen, Groupon

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