I woke up feeling a buzzing sort of energy. Today was the last day! I had an absolute inordinate amount of energy and was awake an hour earlier than normal. After unsuccessfully trying to go back to sleep, I decided to start my day at 3:15 AM.
Unlike previous juice cleanses, I did not necessarily feel myself counting down the minutes and seconds till it was over. With the exception of a few salt & vinegar chip related moments, I think I have done pretty well at staying in the present and being OK with my decision to carry out this cleanse, and feel at peace that it was only temporary; it was OK if everyone was enjoying delicious food around me. I have enjoyed plenty of food in my lifetime, and will have many more moments of food enjoyment, right now has been about enjoying detoxing my body and learning a little bit more about the strength of my mind.
Day 7’s juice ingredients are listed below. All ingredients listed are for 2 juices, approximately 16-20 ounces, each.
1. 1 bunch of kale, handful of mint, 1 bunch of celery, 2 green apples, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger, 2 tablespoons of spirulina
2. 3 cups of probiotic coconut water, a few pieces of turmeric, 1 inch of ginger, 1 lemon, a generous shake of cayenne and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
3. 4 Carrots, 2 red bell peppers, 2 oranges, 1 bunch of red radishes, 1 bunch of kale, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger
4. 3 beets, 1 bunch of broccoli, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bunch of parsley, 1 bunch of celery, 2 green apples, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger
I felt particularly productive at work and clear minded. I felt more focused than I had in a long time and got quite a bit of organizing and planning done. This may very well be because it was my first work day without students (they finished school last Friday and I have one more week of work), but I think the cleanse definitely contributed to my high energy and mental acuity.
The main theme of the day was ENERGY. I felt so amazing and unstoppable. It’s rare for me to have such sustaining energy throughout the entire day. I usually have an afternoon crash around 3, and constantly crave a nap.
At the end of my work day, I buzzed around and did some errands, then bounced into a 90 minute hot yoga class, at 5:00 PM. Normally, I would have to talk myself into going. It was a hot day already and normally by this time, I am sluggish and not looking forward to moving and holding poses in a heated room. I am always grateful I went, when it is over, but it generally takes some inner motivation and pep talking to get me there. However, I could not wait to start class and I felt a HUGE difference in the fluidity of my poses and movements. It was an amazing experience to do this class, after 7 days of juice cleansing.
After class, I chugged my last juice and headed home. This is a pretty unflattering picture of me with a beet mouth and hot yoga hair, but I think it captures the utter bliss I was feeling.
I came home, showered, and re-watched the previous evening’s episode of Game of Thrones (because I am still not over it!). My energy was still high until later in the evening, which is absolutely unheard of for me! I tend to be an early riser, but with a 3:00 AM wake up time, I was sure I was going to be ready for bed by 7:00, but I ended up not falling asleep till a little after 9:00.
Additional detox of the day: social media
I took a break from social media for the entire day; no instagram, facebook, twitter, pinterest or bloglovin’. I think staying away from these distractions also contributed to the focus I felt and one pointedness my mind had on tasks, as opposed to being in 20 other places. I realized how distracted I get with these apps and it was almost embarrassing to discover how much time I actually spend on them each day. I would like to take more breaks from them or really start to scale back on my use.
Does social media affect your focus?
That’s awesome that you felt so invigorated with your cleanse – way to stay dedicated to it, girl!
Thank you! It has been a very eye opening experience.
You’re so inspirational! I totally want to do a juice cleanse, and I want to be committed and stick to it! I also want hot yoga hair 😉
You could totally do it. Start small. I never ever thought I could go this long, but I just started with one day and progressed from there. 🙂
I happily live without a smart phone or apps (I truly, seriously have an old-school flip phone and no plans or desires to upgrade). Even without that I still feel like I spend too much time online and love get-aways where I don’t have access. My brain craves the break as much as it craves the connection and it’s difficult to find the balance sometimes.
I definitely need to find more balance, it was a pretty eye opening experience.