The Juice Cleanse
Let me start with the why. I have done juice cleanses before so this isn’t the first one. The number one reason I decided to do another was to give my digestive system and my organs a rest and some support. I write this knowing that my friend, Tim Shieff, has completed a 28 day plus water fast which is meant to be the ultimate in healing and rejuvenation. I’m not there just yet, so committing to a 5 day juice cleanse was enough for me.
I have written about it before but let me reiterate here, I am a food addict. I eat when I’m happy, sad, excited, anxious, depressed and for any other reason I can think of. I started over eating at a young age and after my mums death when I was 9 food was one of my main sources of comfort, pleasure and stability. This level of emotional eating has followed me. After 10 years of binging and throwing up, my relationship with food was pretty messed up. I have spent along time working to put it right. I now very much feel in control and I know that I have the power to not eat things. In the past I didn’t think like that. I didn’t feel in control, it felt impossible to stop. There are still times I fall into old patterns but for the most part I’m getting there.
I have lots of pain in my stomach and I have it pretty much all the time. I have had various tests and nothing shows up as a problem but clearly there is one. If I’m honest I feel my biggest issue is still that I eat too much in one sitting and my stomach just can’t handle it thus, it results in trapped wind, constipation, bloating and low energy. During the cleanse I had no pain at all. It was so beautiful.
PRIMROSE SPECIAL CLEANSE
Glowing Melon, Grapefruit, Lemon, Ginger, Turmeric, Orange
Purifying Kale, Parsley, Mint, Cucumber, Lemon, Ginger
Detox Kale, Parlsey, Mint, Lemon, Ginger, Apple, Pear, Celery, Cucumber
Green harmony Apple, Cucumber, Kale, Turmeric
Cleansing Beetroot, Carrot, Lemon, Apple, Ginger
I really loved this juice cleanse. In the past I have felt really crappy on day 2/3. Sugar withdrawal is a bitch. This time round I just kind of sailed through. I missed food but I wasn’t hungry. I started to notice where in my body I felt what I would normally call hunger and I noticed the intense feeling driving me to eat was in my chest and not in my stomach. I noticed that this is the feeling that in the past was so strong I felt powerless to not do what it wanted, which is to eat. I noticed it, I allowed it and I reinforced that I don’t have to do anything, I am in control and I have chosen to do this juice for me and thus, I will. I felt very strong, I felt very grounded and it felt really good.
My energy levels were great. It was during some crazy hot days and I have low blood pressure anyway. On a few occasions I felt a little light headed but water, herbal tea and of course the juices really helped. I felt pretty blissed out, energetic and open. For the first three days I was in bed by 9/10pm but, I was waking up easily at 6am and feeling very clear and energetic. I really felt a need to look after myself and take care of myself during this time. I went to the gym once and as I was dog sitting, I also went on a good few walks. I felt calm and gentle.
I didn’t do this in any way to lose weight but, figured some of you might be interested. My weight went from 76kg to 73kg and now I’m back eating it has dropped to 72kg. This could be for lots of reasons. Water retention, muscles loss from lack of exercise etc etc. What I realised during this juice is that I want to eat more simply and naturally. Being vegan it’s so easy to eat cake, chocolate, ice cream, burgers, bread etc but, these are the very things that don’t serve me well. It’s when I start eating these things that I find myself feeling bad physically and it impacts my mental health too. I have had so much pain from my digestive issues that having none for 5 days was such a blessing. I realised the pain is self inflicted because when I eat smaller amounts of unprocessed food I don’t have any issues. When I listen to that urge in my chest that can sometimes seem over powering I end up eating things that my body later rejects.
Making better choices – Since the juice ended 3 days ago I have been eating fresh salads, home made vegetable curries, fruit and nuts. My stomach has been fine. My period pain has been reduced and I am feel determined to eat food I love but food that makes my body happy. I am always preaching that our bodies are our best friends. It’s time I started treating my body as such.
My first meal
I did my juice with Primrose Natural Foods and Juice Bar in Chelmsford, Essex. They are knowledgeable, helpful and supportive. This is the second juice cleanse I have done with them and I very happy with the ease and the results. Join their mailing list at the bottom left of their homepage for updates, offers and information http://primrose-naturalfoods-juicebar.co.uk
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