Juice Cleanse Experience
Dear Ndugu, I'm on day 5 of 10 of the Love Cleanse and feeling so good. I'm having mysterious urges to roar at squirrels and challenge strangers to thumb-wrestle. I view these as positive developments. I started the cleanse on the first day of my paternity leave for newborn twins, and the extra energy and calmness have been invaluable. BABY POOP IS NO MATCH FOR ME! My motivation here ranges from not wanting to be so magically fat to using this as a jumpstart to eating/being healthier in general. I wanted to change my relationship with food a bit, and I want to set a good example for my brood. Everyone is different, I'm sure, but really, this hasn't been very hard for me at all (other than one minor issue; see below). For the week prior to the cleanse, I ate almost entirely fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts, which may be why this has gone so smoothly. PROTIP: Don't be an idiot like me and forget to drink water. You're so full of liquid all the time that it's easy to forget, like I did for day 1. Doing so leaves you feeling hungover. I've since read that you should actually drink twice as much water as usual (no idea whether that's true, though). FULL DISCLOSURE: I'm a caffeine addict. I didn't want to deal with withdrawal while also doing my first cleanse, so I've been drinking four tea bags' worth of yerba mate in the morning. That sounds like a lot, but it's far less caffeine than I usually drink. Sweet blawg, amirite? That's enough for now. If you're on the fence about doing this, I'd highly recommend it. I even met friends out at Liberty, didn't drink, and watched them eat East Side Kings. If I can do that, the rest is easy.