My Juice Cleanse experiment
Today I am eating, or I should say drinking “Mellow Love”, Organic Avenue’s juice bottle #2 on day two of my 3-day cleanse. Mellow Love is the juice extracted from cukes, celery, lettuce, spinach and parsley. The guy in the office next to me is downing a burger and fries. If I have ever said I didn’t have will power, this puts that theory to the test.
Three months ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, basically my thyroid went kaput some time last year. I didn’t know what was wrong with me but over time I noticed I was gaining weight and was extremely tired all the time, even after a good night’s sleep. On top of that I was incredibly depressed. I felt like my heart was melting inside my chest. Luckily I switched to a new general practitioner who suggested running some blood tests which led us to find some answers-my thyroid was not very active at all which is the cause of the malaise I was feeling and the fatigue. It is a hugely important driver of the metabolism so if it ain’t working, many other things are not working. My dr also saw vitamin D and B12 deficiencies in my blood so she suggested I take those along with an antioxidant, plus a thyroid medicine.I immediately felt better, thank God. I mean, really better, like back to normal better. I bet many people go undiagnosed with this same problem so ask your dr to test you for thyroid issues if you are suspicious.
None of this helped my weight loss, so I decided to call for drastic measures and go on a diet, kicking it off with a three day cleanse, just to feel better.As it turns out, these are all the rage. I found so many options and so many stores that make their own fresh veggie and fruit juices, I was amazed. I had already gotten into green juices and other kinds as a supplement to my diet, but this time I wanted to go for a serious juice diet and give my system a break from digestion. I chose to go for the “Deep Love” cleanse offered by Organic Avenue. Each day I got a box of juices they have freshly pressed. They range from straight fruit, like watermelon or pear, straight veg like cucumber, tonics like lemon/lime/ginger and finally a nut “milk” like cashew or coconut.
Here are my post cleanse conclusions:
- This was one of the hardest things I have ever done, so in that sense it was a cool mental challenge.
- This is not a weight loss plan, although you will drop some bloat
- The juices tasted delicious
- I was starving some of the time, but getting over that was an accomplishment, and learning not to eat every five minutes like I used to was a great adjustment.
- My skin totally cleared up and I looked younger.
- I didn’t feel at all “amazing” like everyone said I would, but maybe I would after 5 days. What I did feel was nothing. No bloat, no gas, no aches, no fatigue. I felt how I probably should feel all of the time if I weren’t eating junk.
If you have a juice machine, you could do this at home. Otherwise I am sure you could find a local juice place. The best thing I got out of it was it made me just pause and think about what goes into my body and it did inspire me to eat better for the future.
Let’s see how long this lasts…
Rosemary Maggiore is our Last Minute Lady. A single mom of two kids plus a full time job (she runs this website!) keep her busy and usually pushing things to the last minute. Somehow she manages to keep her cool and her sanity while she enjoys good food, wine, friends and most importantly, family.
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