It is the last day!!!
I'm not going to lie to you, dear readers..... I totally cheated. As soon as I hit "Publish" on the last entry, I brewed a pot of coffee and drank it all.
Here's my logic: I'm doing this for myself, and if I'm not going to advocate for myself (and the poor folks around me), and listen to my drug-dependent body, then who is? I have decided I can survive on any crazy diet, as long as my good pal coffee is beside me.
For the rest of the day, I stuck to the cleanse and felt fabulous! I even was able to hold off on dinner until a little later, so I wasn't freaking out at the end of the day. I even managed to be proactive and craft today's juice last night so I could just put it in my work bag today. Caffeine: it works, people. Actually, it probably has worked even better on this cleanse, because it hasn't had to fight with the other carbs and calories for my attention!
So let's end this with a bang: Day 3 - Liver & Kidney Flush!!!
1 beet + roots
1 bunch celery
1 handful of failure spinach
My finished product! It looks exactly the same as yesterdays, except not as pretty. Sorry, folks.
So, I did that all day, and came home and had my chicken + broccoli + spinach dinner. Again. Tomorrow, I don't have to do anything, but I'm PLANNING for this to roll into some more responsible eating at home and at work. I've got a lot of leftover veggies and fruits for one thing. I also have some lunches at the ready.
Here are my takeaways:
1. Using a juicer is pretty fun, and even though the prep and clean-up can take some time, if you've got a system down (and employ some life hacks), it can be a fun and exciting experience for the food nerd!
2. I definitely felt like I was wasting a lot of food. If you think about the fact that I've taken all these beautiful ingredient pictures and reduced them to about 40 ounces of juice, I start to feel like a wasteful monster.
3. The juices were delicious, and definitely tasted fresher and healthier than any commercial juice! I usually don't drink store-bought juice because they are always too sweet and jam-packed with added sugar. I may be a freak though, because I still diluted these juices for being too sweet, even though they were just the naked ingredients.
4. Although juicing itself is cool, and I will employ the machine in the future, I don't think I could do any type of juice cleanse or fast again. I need to chew food! I need to eat! Liquids aren't food.
5. This actually wasn't as expensive as I expected, especially considering all I have left over. I spent about $38 through Peapod to get the fruits and veggies (and chamomile tea!) for this. It may seem like a lot, but when you consider the fact that I still have two crisper drawers and then some full of extra produce which I can use for other purposes, and weigh that against what you might pay for food (and the extra!) on an average 3-day weekend, it isn't insane. Again though, I felt like I wasted a lot, but there are many things I could have done with the pulp and chose not to!
Final Thoughts: Do I feel cleansed and flushed from yesterday's Colon Cleanse and today's Liver & Kidney Flush? I'd say this video accurately describes how today has gone: