Juice #1 (Formula 2) Kale, cucumber, Lemon Apple, Basil
Review: This is so much better than Formula #1, and so yum. It doesn’t taste super sweet, or too much like grass. It feels healthy though, light and refreshing. Great start to the day.
Juice #2 (Formula 4) Cucumber, Celery, Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne
Review: NOPE. This one was a nope. It was like trying to drink a spicy salad that someone liquified. Awful. I love all things ginger (ginger chews, ginger kombucha) and I don’t mind the Cayenne/Lemon drinks, but this whole combination was just awful. Seriously. No.
Juice #3 (Formula 3): Apple, Pear, Pineapple, Mint, Wheat grass
Review: I could drink this baby all day. So much sweeter than Formula #2, but I totally get that its basically all fruit juice so that’s to be expected.
About ten minutes after finishing this one the nausea hit. And the headache. I figured this was all part of the mystical detox that people warn you about. But then the lingering sore throat I’ve had for a few days ramped its vengeance up and attacked full force. I felt dizzy and all around gross. I figured I wasn’t going to get much done at work, so I visited my local walk in urgent care just to be on the safe side.
Diagnosis: Sinus infection. The doctor specifically said, “Eat a ton of food with this medicine or you’ll regret it.” Jerk sinuses. So I have no idea if my plague made me feel like butt, or the cleanse; what was helping and what was hurting will be a mystery. But I didn’t want to just throw my positive choices out the window, especially with a beach trip coming up next week.
So I ignored my fourth juice, ate some almonds while waiting at the doctor and then came home and fixed this simple salad up. I was afraid that eating anything too heavy might be worse than eating nothing at all, so this seemed like a really safe compromise.
Shredded romaine, steamed sweet potato, avocado, pico de gallo. I did have juice #5 (coconut water, pineapple, lime) with this, and some antibiotics. Unfortunately, the doctor was right about regretting not eating a lot with the meds so I forced myself to eat a handful of Ritz crackers for dessert.
Today I’ve decided to stick with eating the best I can to help my body heal, and to work on improving my nutritional intake at the same time. I know I need to focus on eating more whole foods, and limiting processed items, sugar, and snacks.
I started Juice Cleanse Day 2 with half a cup of oats, cooked with cashew butter. Followed by my meds and a Formula #2 juice. So far so good.