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I Did a 3-Day Juice Cleanse and Didn’t Die

For a person with a typical attention span of only 3 days when I’m excited for something new, this experiment was perfect. For a few months I have been feeling more lethargic and cloudy, fueled by the occasional coffee to jumpstart my fatigue. And my gastrointestinal system has some serious room for improvement. While I believe a lot of the former symptoms to be related to some mild seasonal affective crap popping up, I was willing to try a bit of a system clean-out.

During a serendipitous conversation with a friend I learned that she and her husband had completed Dr. Oz’s 3-day cleanse and felt pretty flipping great. Her husband hasn’t even felt compelled to return to his serious coffee habit – quite a successful sign. After hearing her review of the experience I decided to give it a go.

Dr. Oz, while certainly not being someone from whom I would take serious medical advice, did seem to put together a helpful, simple plan that appeared to be satisfying. Each drink included fruits, greens, flax, and healthy fats. Four drinks a day (smoothies, juice, or a combo) were accompanied by a morning “detox” green tea and an evening lavender epsom salt bath (which was wooooonderful…).

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I started on a Sunday, which included staying at home, doing chores, and writing. It was a nice, relaxing beginning to the cleanse, yet I found myself hungry at the start and having to preoccupy myself while I adjusted. The following two days I was at the office and felt super-energetic and satisfied as I sipped my drinks throughout the day. I added in some kombucha to provide my tummy with healthy probiotics, as well.

The drinks were not too bad, either. Both the breakfast and dinner drinks are heavy on tart berries, which is not what my palate appreciates (give me sweet, creamy bananas in my smoothies, please!), but they still were tasty. I left out the throat-burning cayenne from my dinner drinks on the last two days and regret nothing. Instead of repeating “my favorite” cleanse beverage for my snack, I chose to make a PB&J smoothie of bananas, cherries, peanut butter, and almond milk. I also ate an avocado with salt and pepper in the evening for a snack. Both gave me something to look forward to at the end of the day and prevented me from going to bed hungry.

Overall, I felt pretty wonderful during the cleanse and the day after. I made sure to eat very clean yesterday to go easy on my stomach, but really that part wasn’t too difficult. Simple, homemade soup and falafel burgers during the day and some veggie sushi and edamame for dinner hit the spot.  I don’t crave sweets at all and feel like I am eating to be satisfied instead of to clean my plate.

If you’ve tried any juice or smoothie cleanses before and have notes on how they worked for you, please comment below!

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