(Intentional) Success!

I MADE IT 5 DAYS ON MY JUICING CLEANSE! I (intentionally!) went off the juice cleanse on Day 5. And I’m good with that. I tentatively planned to go for 10 days… until Abby’s friend who was visiting and who lived in Thailand during his gap year, offered to cook us Thai food before they headed back to college last week. How often do you get an offer like that? So I decided that 5 days of a juicing cleanse was better than no days… and even better than 4 days.

Here are some of my thoughts during and after this 5 Day cleanse:

  • If I can do this, anyone can do this.
  • I DID IT!
  • It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. The dread is often worse than the doing, and that was certainly the case here.
  • There are some juices I liked better than others.
  • Any task is easier with the proper tools. I tried to do the juicing with my Vitamix and then strain the juice away from the rest of the pulp. This lasted one day. One day too many. On Day 2 of the cleanse I bought a juicer. What a difference the proper tool makes!
  • I was amazed by the amount of energy I had on Day 2. A shocking amount. Like I haven’t felt that good since I was about 20-years-old. It was a crazy amount of energy.
  • In thinking about the energy I had… it made me wonder: maybe my not feeling like doing things (like decluttering my house) isn’t just a mental thing (i.e. I don’t feel like doing it). Maybe it’s also – or really – a physical thing (like I really just don’t have the physical energy to do it).
  • I also wondered if maybe I’m anemic and my low energy is simply an iron deficiency. Both thoughts made me go hmmmmm… and are worth further investigation.
  • This cleanse helped me reset my portion sizes. I don’t need as much food to feel full as I thought I did.
  • This cleanse was helpful in getting me to think about eating differently; for example, eating six smaller meals does make sense since I’m never allowing myself to get super hungry in between.

This was the first time I’d ever stayed with something like this before, and it feels great to be able to say I did it! Would I do it again? Sure. Maybe once or twice a year; maybe once a season; maybe every other year… I have a juicer now, so why not?!

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2 Responses to (Intentional) Success!

  1. Linda Heikkila says:

    In this family we should all be aware Grandma Salmela had Pernicious Anemia and had to have iron shots once a month. . .

  2. Mary Tuominen says:

    Glad to hear you had a successful experience. I think our bodies respond well to fasting now and then. I go on a gluten and sugar fast every fall and spring when it get my seasonal adjustment blahs. I feel I have more energy. Sometimes our digestive systems just need a rest. I don’t know if I could do the juice cleanse though. I’m so accustomed to eating 3 (healthy)meals a day, and i get pretty grumpy when I feel hungry.

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