What I ate for dinner last night:
(I promise it was delicious-it was from Red Orchid– I am not a photographer by any means!)
My day started out like this.
How does one go from attempting a juice cleanse to ordering Chinese?
The answer: a Tale of Two Adriennes
Chapter 1: The First Adrienne
Last Friday, a group of friends were talking and decided to do a 3-day juice cleanse from local juice company, Sweet CeCe’s.
Peer pressure aside, I have always been interested in a cleanse. I have heard such great things about them, how you feel when you are done, how your skin looks, how it makes you want to eat healthier when you are through, how you can quickly loose 3-5 lbs…etc.
I decided to join in on the fun.
Over the weekend, I really tried to pump myself up for it. “You can totally do it” and “If you can run a marathon, you can certainly drink juice!” and “The juices will make you feel awesome!” and “Prove to yourself (and others who expressed doubt) you have what it takes!” and “You are awesome!”
I felt optimistic. Excited about the cleanse. I felt like a team player and a goal setter. I was on a mission and I wasn’t going to fail.
This particular cleanse is supposed to work like this: Each day you have 6 juices. You can drink 2 juices at each meal and drink water. That’s it. No coffee. No wine. No almonds. No Chinese food.
Sunday, I went to my friends house to pick up my 3-day supply of juices (so 18 bottles of juice total). The price for this 3-day cleanse we were told was $72. A little pricey, but not too bad. About $24/day and $4 a juice. Definitely not bad when you think about all of the local and organic ingredients in each bottle.
However, I was soon met with my first set-back. The order was messed up and they only gave our group enough juices for each person to do a 1 day cleanse (6 bottles of juice). This was disappointing. What was even more crazy is that the cost was messed up as well. They tried telling my friend that they meant it was $72/day. UM WHAT? So, $12 per juice? That’s insane. Luckily, my friend has some negotiating skills and was able to talk the manager of Sweet CeCe’s down to $45 for each of us.
Oh well, things happen in life and I decided that it would just be an expensive experiment and move on. Having never done any cleanse before, I rationalized that maybe it’s best to start with 1 day before moving to 3.
The packaging of the juices was really nice. They gave us a card that explained the ingredients in each juice and the benefits of each juice, as well as the order in which to drink them. They were numbered and labeled.
Unfortunately, this is when early set-back #2 started. Mine were mislabeled. My last two juices were supposed to be “Reboot” and “Winding Down”. I had two bottles that said “Relax” on them. Both with different juices inside. Okay- not a huge deal. I sighed, but hoped they were the right ones, with just wrong labels. “I’ll get to them Monday night” I thought.
With optimistic Adrienne still in tact, but slightly bruised, I awoke on Monday morning ready to begin!
I drank the first juice “Supreme Green” in lieu of my morning coffee. It was good. I could definitely taste the apple, which made it taste slightly sweet.
I got to work and moved onto the second juice “The Rookie”. This was a mix of carrot and apple juices. It was sweet and yummy. I was feeling good about the cleanse at this point, despite all the ordering snafu’s. I wasn’t hungry, craving food, or anything. It was nice to start the day with something I new was really healthy. It was also nice starting the cleanse with two juices I found delicious. I was feeling positive and excited to try my lunch juices.
Noon: Starting to feel tummy rumble for lunch, I started on juice 3, “System Detox.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t stand it. I got through about half of it and couldn’t drink anymore.
I moved onto the 4th Juice- “Memory Activator”. I liked it, though I had to force it down. The ginger was overpowering and it was spicy. Not necessarily what you want when you are actually feeling hungry. I was super busy at work, and really needed something with substance. All I could think about was food, and I really needed to think about my projects. In came a handful of almonds and Adrienne # 1 was out the window.
Chapter 2: The Second Adrienne
2 pm was bad. Really bad. I was low. Felt tired. Felt cranky. Felt shaky. I felt negative. I started to doubt myself, my ability to do anything and I was quickly spiraling away from my positive, happy self. Maybe this was because I didn’t have both of the juices for lunch, or I was starting to feel the effects of not having food. I joked with a co-worker that being scared and being hungry are my two least favorite feelings.
I let myself have a few more almonds to get over the hurdle. I figured that I was still doing okay. Not technically a cleanse anymore, but what does a few almonds hurt?
Luckily, around 4 pm things started to swing up. I had some client calls and a couple of work “fire-drills” that distracted me enough from the cleanse.
In fact, I had so much work that I was at the office till 6:45 pm. This is where I think I made a critical mistake. I left my two dinner juices at home. (I thought I would be home by 6 pm to drink them.) The intense, grouchy, hungry- monster- Adrienne emerged from the cave.
I made a deal with myself during the drive home. I would get home, try the last 2 juices, and if I liked them, I would drink them both back-to-back and drink a ton of water to try and fill my stomach. Hop in bed and fall asleep.
Unfortunately, CeCe disappointed again. My mislabeled juices were awful. I couldn’t drink them. I even let my husband taste them to confirm that my taste buds weren’t crazy. He thought they were so-so. He said he could drink it, but wouldn’t find it enjoyable.
So there I was at a crossroads. A food devil on one side and a juice angel on the other.
I could drink my terrible $7.50, negotiated, bottles of juice and storm off to bed to toss and turn in fits of hunger rage while I curse my friends, my husband, my life (hey- I called myself “Monster Adrienne” for a reason) or I could just eat dinner.
I was so hungry, I couldn’t remember the point of it anymore and the devil won out.
I grabbed my phone and placed an order at my favorite local Chinese restaurant. Veggie lo mein, general tso tofu, and veggie spring rolls. IT. WAS. AWESOME. I also proceeded to eat a banana and a peanut butter sandwich before bed.
And so ends the tale of how I failed my juice cleanse. Adrienne number two has retreated into the abyss and regular Adrienne has returned to stay.
Today, I’m back to eating the way I usually do.
Light and healthy meals, frequently. I had some granola cereal for breakfast, an apple/cheese plate for a snack, hummus and pita chips and a protein bar for lunch. Future afternoon snack will include some olives, organic popcorn and dinner is likely a large salad and some salmon.
I’m just happier this way and proud of it.
Have you experimented with a cleanse before? How did it go? How did you feel? Let me know below!