Breakups do weird things to your appetite. For the first two weeks, I didn’t really eat much. Then, I ate a lot. And fashion week meant lots of champagne and even more weird eating (i.e. having two miniature grilled cheeses and three miniature tuna tartares as “dinner” at a party and then waking up starving and having a bagel.) I am generally a pretty healthy eater but have been all over the place these past few weeks. For that reason I decided it was time to hit “reset” and do a juice cleanse. So many of you asked me about it on Instagram that I thought I’d put together a little diary for you.
Before we dive in, here are a few things to note. This was my third juice cleanse. It had been a while since my last one. I forgot how much it heightens your senses. All food smells more amazing, and you do get really, really hungry. Also, a big question I get is about weight loss, and if it is a good way to lose weight. No, it is not. Do not do a cleanse for weight loss – you will gain it right back. To me, the best reason to cleanse is to reset your system. Doing a cleanse helps to eliminate cravings, helps you sleep better, and is just a good thing to do every now and again when you feel like you’ve been going too hard.
9:15am: I overslept. The night before I’d had a dinner party and then decided to rearrange my apartment because my new rug arrived. I was up late. My face is puffy and gross. I need this cleanse like nobody’s business. (Yesterday’s food intake was positively gluttonous in the best way possible; involving Melt Shop, a Milk Bar Compost Cookie, and an indulgent dinner at Soho House topped off with two hearty glasses of red wine.) I feel puffy, gross, and unhealthy.
10am: I have my green juice. I actually really love the green juice… sometimes I buy it on my own.
11am: The green juice is gone. Somebody called “coffeenbagels” replies to one of my tweets. I want a bagel.
noon: It’s on to #2… Pineapple Apple Mint. I forgot how good this one is. The mint makes it extra refreshing. I sip it slowly through my conference call.
1pm: My coworker is eating a string cheese. I feel ragey.
1:20pm: And now she is eating a huge, leafy salad from Sweet Green. I’m jealous. Lunchtime is the worst. So many heavenly smells emanating from different areas of our open-space office.
2pm: Hungry, hungry hippo. On to Green Juice #2.
3pm: Still drinking my green juice. Somehow green juice isn’t quite as appealing when you have more than one in a single day. I want cheese. I tweet at Blueprint.
3:30pm: I cheat. Encouraged by my enabler coworkers (she said something to the effect of, “It’s your cleanse, you can do it on your own terms!”) I have a handful of Popcorners Chips. I feel like a horrible person. Disappointed, run to Starbucks for green tea. At Starbucks, even the processed bagel that has probably been sitting out since 6am looks good.
4:10pm: I forgot how much I love the Spicy Lemonade. Mmm…
5:53pm: Feeling hangry, I reach for the last green juice of the day. Yuck. I now hate the green juice.
6:10pm: A messenger shows up at my office. I can’t make this stuff up. A thoughtful friend (who had no idea about this little cleanse of mine) sent me the most delicious looking box of macarons. FML. Into the fridge they go… they will be mine on Monday. Back to the green juice… at this point, all I am slowly sipping it.
6:45pm: Leave the office, head downtown to meet Alicia. We are getting our ears pierced to celebrate our upcoming birthday. I am drinking water and so hungry.
8:30pm: Our piercings are complete. I am starving. The cashew milk tastes like a (filling!) piece of heaven.
10:30pm: After a mug of ginger tea, Alicia heads home. I’m still hungry so I have a few slices of cucumber, topped with sea salt. I do some blog stuff and things around the apartment and go go bed around midnight.
9:30am: Okay, maybe this is not so bad. I slept like a baby. I haven’t slept that well in a loonnng time. I get up and have my green juice.
12:00pm: Shooting outfit photos with Lydia and realize I haven’t had my next juice. Cleansing on the weekend is so much better as I think about food less when I’m not at work. Time for the Pineapple/Apple/Mint.
2:45pm: I wake up from a little cat nap (fell asleep watching The Mindy Project on my laptop) and have my green juice. I have to say, three green juices a day is too much for me — next time I do this, I’m going to do the level below.
4;oopm: I run out to do a few errands and take the lemonade with me.
7:00pm: More green juice! I have a really terrible headache. Probably going through caffeine/sugar/processed foods withdrawal.
9:00pm: This is where things go wrong. I eat a big piece of goat cheese. It tastes like heaven. (Why did I leave cheese in the apartment??) Serious guilt ensues.
10:00pm: I have my cashew milk (yum) but still feel guilty about the cheese. Fall asleep on the couch reading my book, wake up at 1am and put myself to bed.
11:30am: I wake up. At 11:30. What the what? I can NOT believe I slept this long. I’m known for sleeping in on the weekends but considering that I haven’t had a sip of alcohol or been up that late, this is crazy. I slept really well AGAIN which doesn’t happen very often for me. Time for green juice. This morning, I actually like the taste.
1pm: Time for the second juice. I feel light, headache free, and not even that hungry.
I drink the rest of the juices throughout the day and am shocked at how much easier it is now. No crazy headaches, no hunger pains… day three was easy. Maybe next time I’ll try the five day (okay, probably not…. three days was long enough for me!!)
Disclosure: Blueprint Cleanse sent me a complimentary three day cleanse but I was not obligated to write about it here. Your curiosity on Instagram is why I wrote this post!