© 2012 Jessie Kaufman
I've always been one of those people that's curious about juicing. I also think it'll be a great way to continue with my diet.
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Day 1: Eating the Cooler Way
Cooler cleanse recommends that you eat the "Cooler Way" for three days before your cleanse, but insists you at least do one. I chose to do one, and started yesterday. Yesterday I ate salads, yucca, and for full disclosure, had a cocktail or two. (They don't recommend the cocktails) I know I'm used to eating vegetarian, but for some reason didn't get around to cooking anything I really wanted to eat yesterday, so I went to bed pretty hungry.
Day 2: First Cleanse Day
I woke up around 7 this morning and had two glasses of water with lemon, as Cooler Cleanse recommends. I read the New York Times and answered emails while I waited for the FedEx package to arrive. Cooler Cleanse ships over night, and you start your cleanse as soon as you get it. Mine came around 11am, so I was pretty hungry at that point. I started out with the Sweet Green. It sort of tasted like bananas, and I really don't like bananas so I was put off... once I read the ingredients and saw that there were none, I talked myself into thinking that flavor was the apple and spinach. Overall, it was ok. Right now I'm drinking the watermelon & lime. It's really good. It'd be even better with a little tequila. I'm not feeling tired or hungry, and the juices are pretty filling. So far, so good.
*It's 2:30 and I'm waiting until my next juice @3:00. I have a slight headache. I'm not sure if I'm hungry or if I just want french fries. I've been wanting french fries for days.
*5:30 I cheated and had a little bit to eat. My headache was too intense and I wasn't prepared to take a tylenol without something in my stomach. I don't feel worse, but my headache has dissipated, and for that I'm grateful. I also just had the Young Coconut Water. I'm really surprise now nutty it is. I like it. I haven't had a problem with any of the three other juices I've drank so far today.
*11:00pm I'm having cravings for the most ridiculous foods. Like Chic-fil-A, I haven't had that since College. Day 2 ended fine. I'm not hungry at all, but I miss the satisfaction that I get from eating. There's no 'Wow- this is really good!' when you're drinking juice.
I woke up not really hungry still, and I braved the scale and I'm down two full pounds. That's motivation enough to keep going for me. Two things- I did not sleep well at all last night, and my face is breaking out.
*1:30 I've been doing my typical weekend cleaning, dusting, laundry, vacuuming, dishes- nothing crazy, and have noticed that I'm sweating a lot. Nothing I'm doing should warrant sweating- it is really humid in Chicagoland today, so that could be playing a role. I'm also feeling very present. If you've read any of Eckhart Tolle's books you'll know how he talks about living in the now. That's exactly what it feels like. Still not hungry. I've had two juices so far today, I'll be drinking my third in a half hour.
*5:30 half hour until my 5th juice. I'm feeling tired. I was hungry earlier and had two big glasses of water. That helped a lot.
I slept really well last night, despite there being thunderstorms. I also did a mud mask before I went to bed last night and my face has cleared up. As far as weight loss- I didn't lose anything yesterday. Which is odd, because I was moving around a lot yesterday. Today I decided that I'm going to keep this going by transitioning into 10 days of mostly vegan, 100% vegetarian. Usually when I'm doing my 5-meatless days I'm craving beef. With this cleanse I'm craving salad. I figure, it's a perfect opportunity to take advantage of that.
*4:00 again with the unnecessary sweating, dizzy, and really hot. I ate an all-fruit popsicle after this and it stopped.
*8:00 just drank the last juice.
I can see a sandwich in my future.
Day 5: Overall thoughts & total weight loss
After doing this cleanse, I've thought about two things- 1. I get too much of my satisfaction from what I eat. Even if I make a healthy salad, I try to make it one of the best salads I've ever tasted. I've really gotten into a routine of making something that is really hard for dinner -knowing it'll be good and feeling happy, excited, etc about it. I really noticed that when dinner was juice. 2. Cravings will go away. Usually I succumb to them if it's been a day or two, and on cleanse day 4, they had all basically stopped. Overall, I lost 4lbs. The biggest side effect was the dizziness. Keep in in mind I have an inner ear problem and was taking my medication, but I don't know if the juicing interacted with that. I'd probably do it again, if I found myself needing a reset. I also want to note, some of the reviews that I read about Cooler Cleanse said some of the juices tasted horrible. Other than one, the Brazil Nut Juice, I didn't think any tasted bad.
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