Juice Cleanse – What Happened? | Two-Week Juice Cleanse: Day Three & Four — How?

Juice Cleanse – What Happened? | Two-Week Juice Cleanse: Day Three & Four — How?

Thinking about doing a two-week juice cleanse? I did one and this was my experience.

There are six juices a day. There are two handfuls of herbal supplements a day. Fourteen days is a very long time. The owner of the now-shuttered House of Alchemy suggested that I try a juice cleanse, and my first thought was “yes, right.” I have a job that requires me to dine out so how could I do a two-week juice cleanse?

Never one to shy away from a wellness challenge, I decided to give it a go and did a two-week juice cleanse. 

I have participated in juice cleanses before. I did a three-day cleanse in March of last year. But, a juice cleanse for two weeks? Is that even possible?

“Yeah, ok,” I blurt out as we sit at the community table inside the airy juice bar I love.

You are starting on Monday.

I wonder what I have gotten myself into after leaving House of Alchemy that Friday afternoon.

Two. Weeks.

Two-Week Juice Cleanse

Pre-Cleanse

I didn’t eat for two weeks before the cleanse, but I came to terms with that. I put calories in my face with dishes.

I will get my first two days of juices on Sunday and Monday when I meet Brendan at House of Alchemy.

He tells me that I will probably lose about 20 pounds. You are going to feel incredible. You have to get few the first few days.

I clear my calendar for the first day of the cleanse because I am also cleansing parasites, which is 85 percent of the population. There is gross.

I’m not sure how my body will react to the herbs — a mix of Black Walnut Hull, Wormwood and Clove.

I hope I can make it through the two weeks, as I walk out with my juices. Since I announced I was doing it.

For my last meal, I head over to The Pasta Shop for some spinach parpardelle and bread coated in garlic and olive oil.

Then, it’s time.

Two-Week Juice Cleanse: Days 1 – 3

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I am excited to wake up on Monday.

I know that this is the reset I need. The challenge is what I need. The first two cleanse I did, I was excited but focused on what I couldn’t do, like eating.

I am excited for the changes I am about to go through.

The first two days are easy to navigate. I have nailed the other cleanse I have done, and I have prepared for this one as well.

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I take full responsibility for the third day, which is a bit harder.

Despite being warned not to go to the gym because of low calories, I still go.

I can feel the difference right away. I feel tired and winded, and am moving slower than normal.

I try to power through the day, but it is difficult.

I promise myself that I will not work out the rest of the cleanse because I will listen to my body.

Two-Week Juice Cleanse: Day Four

As you know if you read this, you know I run Vegans, Baby. You may know I also have two other websites, write for Vegas Seven and also do brand consulting and social media.

With my hands in so many different pots, it gets overwhelming and stress-inducing.

Stress maxes me out on the fourth day.

It is a part of cleansing the body from toxins that you also cleanse your emotions from them. I built up a lot over the past year of being anentrepreneur and they have decided to rear their ugly heads as I embark on the cleanse.

The minor hysteria lasts for about an hour, and then I am calm. They pulled back together again. My next juice is on the way.

Two-Week Juice Cleanse: Day Five

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On the next day, I am exhausted.

It doesn’t happen, I’m nervous, but I’m waiting. I went to the gym instead. I do my job through work. I treat myself to a shopping trip to kill time. I have been confined to home and away from people, so I am a little bored.

I realized that I need to go about my life and not eat for the rest of the cleanse, because operating out of fear lands me in a boring path.

Two-Week Juice Cleanse: Day Six and Seven

I thought I was done with the emotional purge, but I was not.

I am not blaming the cleanse for this. I blame this on external circumstances which landed in my lap and threw a nasty little curve to me. I am certain that days six and seven would have been easier if that had not happened. My emotions are heightened so that’s why the curveball took the center stage.

I was forced to be social, be alive, and let the juice fuel me rather than hold me back from experiences during these days.

Saturday night, I went to Mumford and Sons. I had my last juice before I left for the show and watched as everyone around me drank.

My friend told me that I was not drinking as we stood inside The Joint waiting for the British band to take the stage. Do you really want a water?

I replied that I was good. I really, really was.

I went to the market the next day with food vendors.

Isn’t it hard for you to be here? A friend asked a question.

I reply that yes, but no.

I head over to pick up another round of nut milks.

Brendan put the juices into my bag as he said, “Got to give you a little reward.”

Two-Week Juice Cleanse: Days Seven – Fourteen

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As I start the second week, the challenges I faced in the first week disappear.

Days seven through 14 are filled with energy. Clarity like I’ve never experienced. Crisp, clear energy. I host my meet up at The Pasta Shop surrounded by homemade Italian food. I sit at Panacea as my friend sips a smoothie and another eats a wrap. I go out to dinner and drink water as my companion eats.

It doesn’t bother me at all.

The 2.5 hours between juices are very long.

The juices are like nature’s second nature.

They become friends with each other. I’m looking forward to drinking them. If I want to feel the cold, I have to go down my throat and work their magic. To give me a sense of well being.

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I have dropped weight. There is a lot of it. My skin is glowing. I sleep like a newborn. My dreams are very vivid. I feel amazing, most importantly. It was sensational. It was productive.

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It’s all worth it as I feel so much better the second week after the purge.

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I feel sad as I sip my last juice, a Golden Karrot.

But also incredibly proud.

I. Did. It.

I was never done fighting. I saw my life with new eyes as I powered through the challenges. I wondered if the juice cleanse had changed my life. You are right.

How?

How a 14-day cleanse changed my life

The Food Relationship

We base our lives around food. Coffee. Alcohol. My days pre-cleanse were filled with coffee meetings. Lunch meetings. Wine with girlfriends at Whole Foods after a long day.

When on a cleanse, that all changes.

I had to change something.

To learn how to operate without these things.

I worked harder than usual. I spent more time with people sitting and talking and being in the moment, rather than eating or drinking. I didn’t eat for two weeks, and that was the first time I had experienced that before.

My cravings were also changed by it. What will a ton of green juice do for you? All I want now is healthy, whole foods. Brown rice with some vegetables. The salads are very vibrant. Colorful plates of food make me feel good.

I noticed that I was still alive during these two weeks. How powerful I felt when I drank clean and pure drinks.

Sure, I will always love pizza and bread, but I also know I don’t want to put it into my body.

The desire for a lifetime of being good to myself came from the two weeks of being good to myself.

Being kind and loving is what it’s about.

I don’t want to eat fries or desserts now, but I look at the idea.

My Relationship With Myself

I mentioned that there was an emotional cleanse.

It changed me a lot. There was a lot.

I realized during my cleanse that I am good at keeping things away that I don’t like.

Is this a single thing? It’s a bit Meh. Go down into the “don’t care zone.” Are you tight on money? No worries, that’s all. That gets placed there as well.

At some point, I have to deal with the things that cause me to not be in contact with my family and friends. At some point, I have to see things for what they are and address them, instead of ignoring them.

Thanks to the cleanse, I finally acknowledged the things in my life that I am not thrilled with and am dealing with them instead of hiding them.

Being able to honor and accept things in life that I would like to improve on makes me stronger than before.

A two-week cleanse can be difficult for a person to mentally handle.

You have to get over the lack mentality and think you are getting something.

Every 2.5 hours, there is a reminder that you are juicing. Not chewing at all. Picking your meals is not something you should be doing. Sometimes it is hard to see that you are doing something good for yourself, but it is a challenge.

But at the end of those 14 days?

Wow.

It was one of the proudest moments of my life to complete the cleanse. I let my strength and will take hold after I swallowed the fear of failure and rose to the occasion. What about that? That is the best of both worlds.

The Bottom Line

I would go through the struggles of the cleanse on a daily basis now that I have seen how wonderful it was.

It was one of the best weeks I have had in a long time in terms of both mental and physical wellbeing. I am incredible and have been for a long time. I dropped around 15 pounds and will continue to do so as I eat cleaner and healthier and go back to the gym.

I can’t wait to continue the hard work and kindness to myself because of my newfound gratitude and existence.

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