Well, I’m officially past the halfway mark! It’s the morning of Day 6 of my 10-Day juice cleanse. This is my Day 5 recap.
If you’re just joining me now….
Well well well. Day 5. I’ve learned that a lot of things, physical and emotional, can get stirred up during a cleanse. There’s just something about cleansing that causes you to go inward, and sometimes that brings up emotional stuff that you need to release. Just like releasing toxins through the physical detox.
It wasn’t an insanely crazy emotional day or anything, but there were definite feelings cropping up out of the blue. In the morning, I felt some heavy emotions and even some anxiety. I was replaying scenes from my past, thinking about the future, and making up fake “what if” scenarios in my head. Yeah – I know you know what I mean. All the classic stuff. And you know what? The worst part about having those emotions is when you try to avoid them. It’s like they just get worse. The truth is, the quicker we just allow ourselves to feel an emotion and stop trying to banish it, the quicker we can release it and move on with the day and drink some freakin’ juice.
Being oh-so-solution-oriented, I decided to sit down and read the day’s meditation from Melody Beattie’s Journey to the Heart. It was like it was speaking directly to me!
“Your next step – the answer to the question you’ve been mulling about – the direction for your next stage of growth, where you will live next, what you need to do about work, money, or that problem you’ve been struggling with – will come. If you’re fussing or straining, you may not hear it. Relax. You’re on a journey of discovery. Let life reveal itself to you.”
Whoa! Good, right? Yeah. So this is the kind of day I had. Contemplative. Inward. Questioning. Releasing. Detoxing is a funny thing.
After reading that, I threw on “Shine” by Collective Soul, called it my song of the day, and made some spicy green juice (recipe below). Of course, I felt a bit better immediately after getting some nutrients into my system.
Anyway. I had a business mastermind call during the day which ended up being really inspiring, I reminded myself to take things one day at a time, and my mood lifted out of funkytown. I went about my day, and I made a regular green juice for dinner. I drank it by candlelight with classical guitar music playing while I read Danielle LaPorte’s blog. And cried. I know. I’m a loon.
Wiped my eyes and went to yoga at 8:15pm. The room was hotter than usual (it wasn’t hot yoga, the room was just oddly hot) so I got to sweat some more silly toxins out. That was very nice and I felt great after the class.
Oh yeah, hunger wise I didn’t want food at all today. I even started thinking today about extending my cleanse to be longer than 10 days! But again. I’ll just take it one day at a time. I was quite happy drinking liquid all day, though. My body is starting to feel more clean and efficient, and the thought of putting solid food into it doesn’t appeal to me at the moment.
Total for the day, I had about 32oz of spicy green juice, 20oz of regular green juice, 8oz of almond milk and some coconut water and tea. Beverages galore!
Day 5 stats:
Energy level: Physically felt good. Had big bursts of energy. Was able to exercise and get through the day and was totally satisfied on the juice.
Exercise: 60 mins walking outside, 90 min open-level vinyasa yoga
Sleep: Slept great – this is the first day of the cleanse that I didn’t have interrupted sleep.
Weight difference since Day 1: 5.6 lbs (mysteriously gained .6 lb over the past day – odd). I think I should probably up my water intake.
$ spent today on juice ingredients: $12.02 (had a bunch of ingredients leftover from the previous day)
Feeling: With the negative comes the positive. Even with the feelings of emotional detox, I also had a long period of time during the day where I felt meditative, peaceful, relaxed, inspired and hopeful. It’s all a big colorful rainbow.
So, let’s talk about the actual juice already.
The spicy green juice and I had quite an adventure together. When I first decided to create a spicy juice, I wanted to have tomato and red pepper in it. But when I went to the store, the tomatoes and peppers looked dismal and wilty. I didn’t want weird, old energy in my juice. Nope. Only freshies!
So I made a spicy green juice with romaine, cucumber, celery, onion, garlic and jalapeno. I tasted it and felt like my throat was on fire. Too much jalapeno!!! I diluted it with more cucumber, but the juice still just tasted gross. I tried to choke it down, almost threw it out, until I had an epiphany: add some lemon and ginger, fool!
So I added lemon and ginger and voila! Great tasting spicy savory juice.
Spicy Green Juice Recipe:
Makes about 20 oz of juice, depending on juicer and produce size.
- 1/2 head romaine (about 6 leaves)
- 1/2 head cilantro
- 1 cucumber
- 1/2 a jalapeno, seeds removed
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 small onion
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/2 lemon
- small piece of ginger
My favorite juice so far still is the regular green juice. I’m gonna try a new, somewhat wild juice for Day 6. 😉
Oh- a note on enemas and colonics, since a few people have asked me: I think they are a very good idea during a cleanse. All the toxins that are getting stirred up need to be washed out. Yes, I’ve done both. But I’m still getting comfortable with the whole concept, so that’s all I’m going to say about that! If you want to learn more, Kris Carr gives tons of details on both in Crazy Sexy Diet.
Thanks for bearing with me through this post! I’m very psyched to keep on going, because today I felt much more connected to my inner world. I like that. When I was in Costa Rica last summer with IIN, our yoga teacher said, “Dive deeper into your inner world by closing the windows of your eyes.” I loved that. So. Let’s keep going deeper, shall we?
So, please let me know how you’re doing. I know there are cleansers out there…and you’re inspiring me! Thanks for being a part of all of this madness.