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I woke up at 9am (Yes!!!) feeling quite refreshed. After a massage and epsom salt bath last night, who wouldn’t? I woke up clear-headed, in a positive mood, ready to take on the day…and that Chisel class I’ve been talking about. Right now I have tons of energy. It’s SO nice not to wake up bloated like I often do.
9am: Berry Chia Smoothie Same as the other days, still just as good. I was hungry for breakfast after I took the dog on a short walk, but I wasn’t starving. I think I’m starting to make peace with my hunger pangs. I just had a thought that I’m sad this is the last day!
12pm: Watermelon Gazpacho watermelon, cider vinegar, potassium broth, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, parsley, herbs Well, I made it through my Chisel class with tons of energy. I did notice that I wasn’t as focused in the class, but that could be attributed to other things. I meandered home, stopping to do some errands, and even though I was hungry, I didn’t have the feeling like “I must eat NOW otherwise I’m gonna kill someone.” It was a gentler, kinder hunger. The soup was good, and I loved the sweet watermelon. I added some brown rice and avocado to it. And guess what? I didn’t finish it! I was like 3/4 of the way through and I just didn’t want to eat any more. I took a break from eating, took my dog on a walk, and when I came back, took another bite just to make sure. Nope, still didn’t want anything else to eat. WEIRD. Seems as though my blood sugar and body is settling into this!
3pm: Green Joule Drink You’re not gonna believe this, but I was so busy that I forgot to have this until I glanced at my watch and saw it was 3:30. What a big difference from Day 1 and 2! I still have not had any cravings during my 3 days, which I am pleasantly surprised about.
5pm: Citrus Cleanser I find I am liking this drink more and more, and I look forward to the spicy afterkick. It’s really refreshing, cooling, and just the right amount of sweetness. I’m sad that this is the last one! I’ve been snacking on some carrot sticks to curb some of the uncomfortable hunger. I think I need a major break from carrot sticks this week!
7pm: Detox Pitta: potassium broth, fennel, celery, carrots, ginger, flax, parsley, celtic sea salt (also some bean–I think mung beans?) This was a chunky soup that grew on me as I ate. I really liked having to CHEW the beans…something other than carrot sticks. I added avocado and brown rice. I ate the entire bowl and was very satisfied afterwards. Not hungry, not full…just perfect. I can’t believe I have my dessert left and then I’m done. I wish I could do this 5 days!!
I just got an email from Yvette about the end of my cleanse. Booo. The email gave some “rules” on how to maintain the cleanse, such as how to incorporate protein back into my diet. She also gave me a menu if I wanted to continue the cleanse on my own, which I will definitely do.
8pm: Cookies That’s all folks!
I’m done! I’m done! Wow…I think back to how crappy I felt on Friday to how AMAZING I feel today. I was apprehensive about doing this cleanse, not eating as much food, but there was definitely no cause for concern. I do feel it was a bit easier for me because I have a very healthy diet (mostly vegetarian, whole foods) and I don’t drink coffee. I do, however, eat chocolate and having intense sugar cravings was something I was afraid of. But as you’ve seen, I never had one craving.
I completely understand why this is titled the “Kickstart” diet because after 3 days of feeling my body nothing but the finest, purest ingredients, it’s almost impossible to eat anything but. Any bloating or GI issues are gone, and I am going to try hard to find the causes and eliminate them from my diet.
I’m sure you’ve noticed how I haven’t mentioned weight loss yet. Truth is, I don’t weigh myself so there’s no way for me to tell. However, I do notice that my stomach is flatter and I FEEL lighter. Who cares about the pounds…I just feel fantastic.
These 3 days were a wake-up call for me, to remind me to pay attention to how I feed my body. I learned that hunger is not a bad thing and that it’s nothing to fear. I learned that I don’t need as much food as I was eating before. And I learned that when fed well and rested, my body works like a perfect machine.
So, would I recommend Joulebody Kickstart for someone who wants to push the “reset” button on their diet and get in touch with their body? Yes, yes, yes.
I will definitely be doing this again…only 5 days next time!
7am: Wakeup I woke up this morning (sans alarm–yes, I’m one of those annoying morning people) feeling….strangely GREAT. I went to bed hungry so I was curious (and yes, a bit apprehensive) as to what this new day would bring, but I’m feeling GOOD! Took a long walk with the dog this morning and had some hot water with lemon before my morning smoothie.
9am: Raw Smoothie Same as yesterday’s. Love it, very hearty. I wasn’t even hungry for breakfast, strangely enough. Let’s re-assess in a few hours before lunch.
10:45am: I am starting to feel a little..well, woozy. I haven’t moved from the sofa since breakfast (catching up on Project Runway) so it’s not like I’ve been active. I think I’m just hungry. Going to snack on some carrot sticks to tide me over till lunch.
12pm: Root Ginger Soup carrots, lentiles, ginger, herbs, potassium broth, salt, garlic, parsley, collard, flax OMG this soup was amazing! Creamy, thick, tasty, warm. JUST what I needed. I added some brown rice and 1/4 avocado to the soup (OK per my personalized modifications) and after eating I am completely satisfied.
Another reason why I think this lunch was so satisfying is because I know that Yvette, the founder of Joulebody, made this herself, in her kitchen. It doesn’t come from a big facility and I can actually taste that this cleanse was made specifically for me. Makes me feel special.
I also noticed that I haven’t had any cravings yet. I figured I’d be yearning for chocolate or something sweet but in all honesty, I haven’t. I’m very sensitive to when there’s no sugar in my diet but yet I haven’t felt those intense cravings. Score!
3pm: Green Joule Drink Same as yesterday, just as good! Very refreshing, and love the chia seeds to give it some texture.
3:45pm: I went for a 90 minute walk with my dog and for me, that’s about all I could muster for exercise today. Even though I’m feeling good and clear headed, I’m still a bit tired and I don’t want to push myself. I’m hoping tmw I will make it to chisel class. I’ve been snacking on some carrots to tide me over because I’m slightly hungry. This cleanse is also answering the question: When food isn’t part of your day, how do you fill your time? I’m so accustomed to always cooking, preparing, and thinking of where and what I’m going to eat. If I’m sad, bored, tired, etc., my first reaction is to turn to food. Now, during this detox, I don’t have that option. It’s quite eye opening for me to see how much I turn to food in my life.
5pm: Citrus Cleanser Same “master cleanse” as yesterday. Love the spicy aftertaste kick. I am definitely more hungry today, perhaps from the long walk I took. I was getting a manicure just before drinking this juice and I was grumpy and cranky and had NO patience for the manicurist who was too slow. I quickly walked home to be in the comfort of my own home. Cannot wait for dinner!
7pm: Protein: Dandelion and Lentil onion, celery, parsley, garlic, fennel, potassium broth, cayenne, collard, dandelion, tumeric, cider vinegar, lentil Now this is what I call a good dinner! See pic and video below:
I was amazed that I was satisfied by a small portion of food. This makes me realize that I’m normally eating too much!
8pm: Fiber Cookies Same as yesterday, a welcome sweetness to the day. I enjoyed them after my massage.
Hooray, day 2 completed!
Recap: Today was WAY better than yesterday. My energy and mental clarity increased. I did experience some moments of crankiness, but nothing like yesterday. I still do not have any cravings for sweets. I experienced more hunger pains, but was satisfied with the juices and the meals. The carrots, brown rice, and avocado really helped me get through the day.
What’s becoming clear: I’m beginning to understand why this is called the Kickstart…it’s like pushing the reset button on your diet. I’m hyper aware of what I put into my body and how I feel afterwards. Eating fresh, unprocessed, wholesome foods just makes me feel good (ie. no bloating, etc). I’m realizing that I can be satisfied with less food on my plate. And, I’m re-familiarizing myself with the sensation of being hungry. Somewhere along the way I started believing that hunger was something bad, a sensation to fear. I realized today that I haven’t been truly hungry in a while, and I love feeling how my body is checking in with me, telling me what it wants.
Day 2 done….one more day to go!
Before your mind starts to go places it shouldn’t, I’m doing a food cleanse (or detox, however you prefer to call it) for 3 days starting today, Friday.
I’ve selected the Kickstart Program from Joulebody, designed by wellness coach (and super sweet) Yvette Rose. My interest was peaked when I saw the cleanse reviewed by Vital Juice and I thought I would give it a go. You see, I’ve never done a juice-only cleanse before because I don’t believe that your stomach and intestines need a break from processing food (Actually, that doesn’t make sense to me AT ALL.)
That being said, I’ve always been curious about doing a juice cleanse, especially one from those fancy delivery services. I’ve been so close multiple times to signing up, but at the last minute chickened out. What’s attracted me to Joulebody is that there is FOOD. Yes, FOOD! Each day there are juices, an electrolyte rich soup, a vegan protein dinner, and a little dessert (Yes, dessert!).
Joulebody offers shipping in Manhattan, so my 3-days worth of goodies were dropped off in pretty glass bottles (although my physical therapist is going to kill me for lugging the package all the way back to Brooklyn).
Let’s see what the food looks like, shall we?
So, for the next three days I will be blogging, videoing, and tweeting my experiences of this cleanse, so please check back for updates often! Although I am a healthy eater, I have no doubt that I am going to be humbled by this experience. I’m thinking of this as a science experiment, with me as the human guinea pig!
Check out video #1:
Already I’m nervous because it doesn’t look like much food or protein, but we’ll see how I fare. I promise to give you the honest truth. And in full disclosure, I paid full price for Kickstart, so reset assured that I will be straight forward with you!