Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Embarking on 5 Days of Juicing

One of my goals this year was to be kinder to myself, and that goal extended to my overall health and well-being. It's been up and down in each area of my life, but I've never let go of the intention to be a little more patient with myself, to put myself first sometimes, and to follow my passions. The truth is, this has been a very stressful year in many ways, some good and some bad.
I committed myself to focusing more on my freelance and blogging work, but with a toddler home full time I've been less than thrilled with my progress on the blog front. I know that I just need a little more patience before some extra time will open up for me, but it's been tough. At the same time, I also know that my little one won't be at home with me all the time forever, and that makes me a little bit sad too.

When my husband and I decided to sell the house and embark on a move overseas, it kicked off a whole new phase in our lives. At the same time, it added some extra stress. The biggest stress is coming from the prospect of being away from family and friends for an extended period of time. We put our house for sale in June, and experienced many, many viewings before it sold in July. During that time we spent many evenings eating in restaurants while strangers tramped through our home, and all of that eating out had an impact on my waistline.

I've found myself craving saltier foods and items that are higher in fat and less healthy for me. I've been so busy and occupied with the home sale, having both boys at home all day, preparing for my dad and sister's party and the arrival of my mother in law from El Salvador, that my healthy eating habits went out the window.

So a few weeks ago I decided to try a 2 day juice cleanse. I don't actually like the term "cleanse" because I think it implies that somehow my insides are dirty and some juice is going to make it all better, but since that's the term that's used most often, I'll use it here. I really like smoothies and fresh juices, and was curious to know how I would react to a short cleanse. Turns out that I loved it, and was actually craving more at the end of it.

So today I embark on a five day one. Maybe I'm crazy, but I had a lot of energy and felt great after two days of juicing, so I'm curious to know how 5 days will go.

I know there are people who believe that juicing can cure everything that ails you, but that's not actually the approach I'm taking. I don't really believe there's one miracle cure for everything. I do, however, believe that consuming fresh fruits and vegetables and eliminating excess salt, sugar, and fat is good for my health. Unfortunately, after over a month of frequent restaurant meals, I'm finding it difficult to get back on track. I'm hoping that this 5 day juice "cleanse" can help diminish the cravings and help ease me back into some better eating habits.

At the very least, it will be 5 days of not needing to worry about what I'm going to eat. I'll know that I'll be getting a ton of vitamins and minerals, and that I won't be consuming excessive amounts of saturated fats, salt, sugar, or other unhealthy ingredients.

That's good enough for me.

I ordered my juice cleanse through a local company called Total Cleanse that delivers the juices right to my front door, taking the effort of making the juices out of my hands. I'm not getting the cleanse for free or working for the company, in case you're wondering. I researched several companies and found that they were one of the most competitive, with convenient service and even the option to customize which juices you want. Considering we're moving out of our house in three weeks, I don't have time to make my own juice. I need simple, convenient, and delicious. I'll let you know how it goes.

I start today. Wish me luck!


  1. Wow. I'm definitely interested in hearing how this turns out!! I've had some friends who weren't able to complete the juicing cleanse, so I'm interested to see how you feel after you do complete it! I don't know if I'd be able to do it, so I'm crazy in awe of you right now!! :)

    1. Thanks! People aren't in awe of me often ;) Day 1 went well, except that there was a family emergency. Events like that typically send me running to the fridge, so it was a bit tough not to give in to the urge, but I feel better today having managed to stay away.