This is my recap of Day 3 of my 10 day juice cleanse! I’m using a Breville Elite juicer and juicing different things each day.
For those of you just joining me now:
Day 3 I actually felt pretty good for most of the day. Much better than Day 2. I was hungry, but the feeling of hunger was more like a gentle reminder rather than a ravenous beast. So that’s progress. I am not having headaches anymore, so I’m pretty sure yesterday’s all-day headache was from caffeine withdrawal.
It’s funny because Day 3 is usually the end of a cleanse for me. This time it’s still the beginning. Oy.
Mentally I felt a little spacey, it took more concentration to do normal tasks like email, and I will say my moods were definitely up and down all day…but physically I felt OK enough to go for a 30 min run outside. I had enough energy to run longer, but it was freezing outside and my body was numb so I dipped out at 30 mins. Moving my body did feel kind of exhilarating though. I already feel cleaner and lighter. I’m hopefully gonna do some more jogging, meditating, yoga, reading and blissing out as much as possible over the next week.
I even felt stable enough to cook dinner for my boyfriend – I made him a veggie brown rice stir fry with egg. I added coconut oil, onions, garlic and kale and seasoned it with tamari, cayenne, turmeric, red pepper flakes and black pepper. It was the first time I’ve ever cooked a meal and served it to someone without even tasting it at all! While I was serving the dish and waiting for his response, I had the thought that it could be a cool Top Chef challenge to cook and serve a meal without tasting anything the whole time. I’d like to see that. Just cooking by your intuition alone. Good stuff. I’ll alert Tom & Padma….
Anyway, he loved the dinner, and I didn’t feel tortured by cooking it – of course it smelled delicious and I wanted to eat it, but I didn’t actually consider eating it. So that was good.
I planned on going to an 8:15pm yoga class and felt completely fine up until I actually stood up to get ready to go at 8pm. All of a sudden I felt a huge wave of nausea, which is very strange because I pretty much NEVER get nauseous. It was bad enough that I had to lay down and wait for it to pass, and by the time it passed it was 8:12. I took that as a sign that I wasn’t meant to be at that yoga class and that maybe I was pushing it.
Day 3 stats:
Energy level: Physically ok, mentally spacey. Felt nauseous at 8pm and then hit a wall around 8:30pm and got REALLY tired. Went to bed early.
Exercise: 30 min jog outside, felt good
Sleep: Didn’t sleep well. Kept waking up a bunch of times throughout the night feeling hungry. I realized that on every other cleanse I’ve done (pre-made cleanses) there’s always a nut milk at night (almond or cashew). This is the first time I’ve done a cleanse without a nut milk at night, which I think is making me hungrier. Maybe I’ll experiment with making almond milk. Although it’s technically not a fruit or veggie juice, I think it might help me sleep.
Weight difference since Day 1: 4.4 lbs
$ spent today on juice ingredients: $30.44 (bought some ingredients for Day 4 too)
Feeling: Emotions are a bit up and down. A few moments of bliss and inspiration, and a few moments of crankiness and feeling very blah. Can’t believe I still have 7 days to go, but I’m hoping it’ll keep getting better. My sister is on a “Reboot” cleanse right now, which is eating only fruits + veggies (raw and cooked) and when we talk on the phone I’m so jealous that she can make guacamole and eat brussels sprouts. Oh man oh man oh man.
Oh, the juice! As promised, I made cilantro juice and it’s my favorite juice so far. It was SO good! If you like cilantro you’ll love this. I drank it all day. I juiced 4 full heads of cilantro!
I didn’t add any apples because after yesterday’s carrot juice I was kind of sick of sweet tasting juices. I did add coconut water to the cilantro juice to give it a little sweetness, but it was much less sweet tasting than the juices with apple.
I drank about 60oz of juice again. All cilantro juice. Plus detox tea and water. Lots of lemon water. I really like warm lemon water and herbal tea. The warm drinks are helping to balance out all the cold juice and water. I kind of want to try a SPICY juice next. With warming spices. Hmmmm.
By the way…cucumbers put out a lot of juice! I am really impressed by them.
Cilantro Juice Recipe
makes about 16-20 oz juice, depending on juicer & produce size
- 2 large cucumbers
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 lime
- 1 cup coconut water (mix in after juicing the rest of the stuff)
I’m really thrilled to be done with Day 3. Day 2 was definitely the hardest day so far, energy and hunger wise. I know the first few days are always the hardest and it’s (often) smooth sailing after that. Let’s hope.
I was reading this guy‘s juice fast experience blog and I thought it was hilarious that he said that a juice fast is sort of like clearing the old cookies from your browser. Ha…I love techie jokes.
I have to think of what kind of new juice to make for Day 4. I have all the ingredients for green juice waiting in my fridge, but I’m definitely thinking a more savory, spicy veggie juice is in order. One of my blog readers who is also on a cleanse, Ali, gave me the idea to do one with tomato, red pepper, garlic, onion, and a bit of jalapeno. That actually sounds pretty awesome. Maybe I will do some kind of riff on that.
So…how are YOUR cleanses going? What’s the good word? Ups & downs? Let’s hear em.
Thanks again for following along…posting my updates here is truly my motivation to keep going. xoxo