Because why not?

3 Day Juice Cleanse - Day 1

21 October 2014
Last week I watched Kitsch Snitch's video on doing a juice cleanse. You can watch it here.

When she said she did it because she was feeling lethargic and crappy I was sold. I have been feeling so shit lately, not the 'I'm sick and need a doctor' shit but the 'I've been eating badly and not exercising' shit, I've been doing this to the point where I know and want to make changes but I simply struggle to get off my ass during the day, I just have no energy.

When I heard how much a pre-made juice cleanse would cost I immediately decided that I would be doing my own juicing. I researched some DIY programs, settled on my recipes and set my start date. Every day in the lead up to my cleanse I researched, reading everything I could find and I was PUMPED, seriously felt excited to do this.

I wasn't doing the cleanse to lose weight, I have a healthy BMI but I think that is just dumb luck because putting on weight is not a thing in my family, we are consistently slim. I can eat what I want and it doesn't effect my weight, just the way that I feel. Laziness has bought me here, determination and juice will get me out.

Day 1 

8;24 am - So tired, set my alarm for 7am but fuck that. Have spent the last 10 minutes prepping a salt water flush. Now I have to drink it.

8:26 am - It's not as bad as I thought it would be, all the research I did had people saying it was horrible. I think the hard bit is going to be drinking a liter of it, not because it tastes like shit but because I have to some how fit a liter of fluid in to my body which I can't be sure that I've done ever let alone first thing in the morning. Excuse me I have to try to drink more.

8:29 am - Ok I have managed to get half way through the liter and I'm starting to notice some side effects but I'll let that be for a minute and explain a salt water flush in case you don't know what it is.

Warning: I'll be talking about poo and stuff. If you don't want to know about this bit just skip to where the writing is in the normal blog format (not centered)
Basically a salt water flush is a solution that you drink and then you shit out. 
A backwards colonic maybe?
When the salt level is right in the water your body rejects it and you poo it out.
I'm not an expert on this
I very well could (and most likely will)
Regret it, terribly.

8:36 am - Side effect of the salt water flush are nausea and vomiting but the goal is to clean you out, at the moment my body is saying 'don't drink any more of that just yet' and I will listen, I was told that I could drink the solution over 30 minutes so I'll just give myself a little while before I go in for more. It doesn't taste as bad as I thought. It's salty like chicken broth and I put in the juice of half a lemon to help with the taste, it's drinkable but after half a liter I feel full and a little nauseous. I used the 2 teaspoon to 1 liter of water option, others say to use 2 tablespoons but fuck that, it doesn't sound right to me. Some say it should taste salty like the ocean, others salty like chicken broth. I've thrown up sea water before but never chicken broth so this was how I made my choice.

Fucking salt water flush.. at least I'm having a good skin day.
8:49 am - Every time I drink the SWF I feel like I won't be able to drink any more but a few minutes later I manage to get a few more gulps down, I have got through about 750ml so far, already impressing myself.

9:04 am - I finished my jug of no while doing my morning skin routine. I think because I knew I was so close to being done it was both easy and difficult, I knew it was just a few mouthfuls but I also knew that I was so fucking over it. This better work and if I vomit I'll be pissed. This was recommended to be done every morning. I will not be doing this every morning.

9:14 am - Feeling ok, not so nauseous but definitely am noticing that I haven't had my morning coffee, my body has energy but my head feels tired. No results with the SWF yet. Hurry up I have shit to do today! Ha! shit to do, I'm hilarious.

9:20 am - My stomach is talking to me and it's not from hunger.

9:25 am - The SWF works. That is all.

9:48 am - The SWF works reallllly well. My stomach is talking to me again but this time it is hunger chit chat. About to go prep my first juice.

10:46 am - Half way through my first green juice of the day, I'll have 3 of these a day followed by 2 orange juices (colour, not the fruit) and one red juice and end my day with a strawberry almond milk. I'm already behind time wise because of sleeping in and the SWF but I think I'll be able to catch up, my stomach is welcoming the "food".

11:42 am - Have made my first orange juice with the intention of taking it with me to Chadstone but it's so delicious that I may have to drink it before I leave, problem is I'm not hungry so I feel like I'd be defeating the purpose of a juice cleanse, instead of overindulging with food I'll be doing it with juice.

12:46 pm - Want to eat, drinking orange juice instead. Most of what I read said that I would need a juice every 2 hours. Clockwork!

3:56 pm - Starving. Just made red juice, hate beetroot but on my first sip I am in heaven, it tastes like beetroot and beetroot is food and OMG I'm in heaven. It also tastes like ginger and I hate ginger but I don't care! Chadstone was a mistake. Food everywhere. I really didn't think it would be this hard so early on, I really do want to eat everything I see. I had my orange juice before I went out and made another green to take with me so I wasn't even hungry to start with, it was more just a desire for solid food but after finishing the juice a headache settled in and the smell and sight of food just followed me. I was hyper aware that everywhere I went someone was eating and that was really tough! Feeling a bit better now, could still eat solids but the juice has helped to fill a hole. I'm feeling a bit meh at the moment, my head hurts and I'm reluctant to take painkillers because they have a tendency to make me hungry as they start to work. I think I will go make my almond milk for the next few days to keep busy.

5:22 pm - Just finished making my almond milk, it's a little time consuming and messy but it smells and tastes delicious. Once I was done I then proceeded to SPILL THE WHOLE FUCKING CONTAINER OVER THE KITCHEN BENCH.
Here's a little piece of info that no one on the internet tells you; making your own almond milk will leave you with slippery hands. I'm furious, I said fuck over and over until the word no longer made sense. 
I managed to tip the jug upright just in time to save about 3/4 of what I should be drinking tonight so I'll just have to deal with it, tomorrow I will make more. *sigh*

6:37 pm - My headache has turned in to a migraine, not unusual for me. Have taken painkillers. Going to wash my face and settle in for the night.

7:20 pm - So fucking sick of juice.

8:27 pm - Was unable to finish last green juice, the thought of it was making me sick so working on my last orange juice, after this I can have my almond milk and go to bed. Mum had to run to the shops for an onion while dinner was on so she asked me to keep an eye on it. They are having tacos, my favourite. The kitchen is hell right now.

9:10 pm - The almond milk is just what I need, it's a little thicker than the daily juices and tastes fantastic. Looking forward to finishing it off and calling it a night.

I'm majorly shocked at how hard the last half of the day was. I know my body was getting enough of what it needed because I had energy, I didn't feel like my body needed to rest and I was never dizzy or shaky (major signs that I'm starving). I think most of my issues were coming simply from the habit of eating solid foods, perhaps my body was wondering where that packet of chips was, or the couple of pieces of toast with whatever delicious topping it was craving, or the salad with dressing that I like to have with my steak, fish or lamb.. All I know is that hunger is a powerful thing, I could have chewed on someones face while I was at Chadstone, if I felt like this after one day of having sustenance but no solids how the fuck do these people feel who are actually starving!?!? 

I want these posts to go up the day after they are written and if it weren't for this migraine I would write out the recipes I used but that will have to wait for tomorrows post. Day 1 has been hard, the worst part? The Migraine, then the cravings for solids and finally needing to take a piss every 20 damn minutes.

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? If so fill me in on your experience!

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4 comments on "3 Day Juice Cleanse - Day 1"
  1. I've never tried a juice cleanse before, and probably won't. If I even miss one meal I start feeling weak and sometimes shaky. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'd be tempted to try the salt water thing, I wonder if it's worthwhile even if not doing the juice cleanse.

    1. I get weak and shaky if I miss meals too Indie so I know exactly what you mean! I would never do this again unless I was back in that shitty place that I was before I started it because it really isn't a whole lot of fun, but I haven't had that shaky, faint feeling since starting the cleanse so I know I'm getting enough of what I need and I really do feel so much better, I don't regret doing it.

      The salt water flush can be done without following with a cleanse, but it is a good idea to eat light the night before (some people said to fast but I didn't) and follow up with a lot of water afterwards and a light meal a few hours after doing the flush. Research will tell you a lot more, while it's not pleasant drinking the solution it definitely worked really well for me and I would do it again if I felt the need.

  2. I've never done a juice cleanse, but I tried "detoxing" once using this book I bought for inspiration (luckily for me, I could eat food with it) & lasted all of about 36 hours before my body was like "gimme fat & sugar & in that order please". So that night I gave in & obeyed my cravings & have never attempted any kind of diet/detox/cleanse ever since...and I have no regrets about my lack of willpower!

    I can get a bit shaky if I don't eat a proper meal either...and weak...and I lose concentration...and I can get headaches if I don't eat enough or I'm dehydrated. Same thing happens if I eat too much sugar & I haven't had a proper meal. Not nice at all.

    1. Hahaha! Yeah I won't be in a rush to do another one, I'm craving protein and fat but not really sugar, I actually don't eat a lot of sweet stuff, only when the craving gets me and even then just a few bites is enough.

      Cleansing/detoxing is hard, I'm really proud that I stuck with it and it's worth it to feel good but my god I will be so happy to eat food again!!