I had a bit of an epiphany between day 2 and day 3.
I was consuming roughly 1100 calories drinking the cleanse juice, it was low, but I certainly wasn’t staving myself.
What if the cleanse is more about consuming good, nutritious whole food and less about limiting food intake and starvation?!
Light bulb moment there, folks!
So – I decided to shake things up a bit on day 3. Sure, I still had some juices to drink, no biggie, but I also wanted real whole food – like protein!
8am – Cashew milk. I figured some fat and protein would be beneficial in the AM
10am – PAM. Because this drink is the bestest drink evah!
Noon – salad for lunch. Mmmmm. Real food!
2pm – Green juice. I brought it with me and thought it would be a good snack supplement.
6pm – steak dinner with my cousin and his girlfriend. The Cowboy cooked. It was amazing.
Weight Wednesday: 145.1
Weight Thursday: 142
Weight Friday: 143.1 (probably from the pizza consumed at 9pm)
Do I think cleanses work? Yes. And no. I don’t think they’re a way to drastically lose weight; I think, if done properly, they can be a way to reset eating habits resulting in more mindful choices around food. Yes, I did eat pizza on the cleanse, but I made a conscious choice to consume the pizza, ate once slice, and stopped. Feeling full is not a feeling I like and this cleanse helped to reinforce that. I don’t have to eat food just because it’s there. I can make mindful choices and, heck, sometimes even choose something different than what everyone else is eating. Just because they’re all eating chocolate, doesn’t mean I have to, right?! Right.