This week, I did my first-ever 3-day juice cleanse, with Tomgirl Juice Co, based in Burlington, Vermont. I have had a little bit of cleansing experience in the past: I did the 21-day Clean Program (which was a major undertaking!), but I was eager to try out a period of only juice, simply out of curiosity. I sometimes feel that in the early winter, my healthy-eating commitments can get a little bit lazy, as I generally just want to snuggle in front of the fireplace with bread and cheese, and then make spice cookies. So, for me, the intention of this juice cleanse was purely to re-invigorate my body in the new season: to pack it with vitamins, nutrients and freshness, to consume not a single processed or cooked thing, and to re-set my guts microbial balance (yes, that is something I think about). It wasnt to lose weight, which is an important point, since that would have probably very much changed my perspective on the experience. It was just to see how it felt, and to try to feel good.
Well, Tomgirls juices are extraordinary, and I got to enjoy 6 a day. Their flavors are powerful – I mean, so, so powerful – especially the Hawaiian Ginger Lemonade and the Beet Carrot Cayenne. The spectrum of color and taste was beautiful and fulfilling. I started each day with her Winterbor Kale & Pineapple, which was bright, happy, and energizing – then, the VT Greens juice, which feels as nourishing as it sounds. Around lunchtime, I had the Hawaiian Ginger Lemonade, which is just about the most tart, delicious, intense thing I have ever drank in my life! After that came the Pear and Apple juice, followed by the Beet Carrot Cayenne (which was a little too spicy for my taste), and last was her homemade almond milk, spiced with yummy things like vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg – mmmm.
So, the verdict? I felt fairly normal the whole time – my spirits stayed high, and I felt light, buoyant, and generally good – but I was hungry. I was just really, really hungry. I drank a lot of coconut water, a lot of filtered water and also herbal tea in between juices, but around 5 pm each day I was literally salivating at the thought of a crunchy sandwich. I missed the act of biting into something solid with an intensity that really surprised me! It was distracting, and I continually tried to pull myself back to the reality that I was doing my body good. Still, the morning after my cleanse, I set my alarm 30 minutes early, and went downstairs to cook myself a huge bacon, avocado, egg and arugula breakfast sandwich on crunchy toast and it was so, so divine.
What I learned from this cleanse? That juices are energizing, delicious and pure, but that I am a foodie. I just want, need and love delicious, healthy, real food.
I read on Hannah Bronfmans instagram recently that she has asked herself the question, My relationship to food is ______. (Fill in the blank yourself – what would you say? Tell us below!) Before this cleanse, my answer would have been something like, balanced but maybe sort of boring. Now, my answer is, full of curiosity, excitement and gratitude. It sounds ridiculous that just three days – a relatively short period of time – of deprivation (obviously I was not deprived at all, I was completely nourished and this was totally by choice) could make such a difference, but it really has.
What has your experience been with juice cleanses? Have you ever done a longer one, like for 5 days? What did you think?
Author: Tata Harper Team
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