I have never done a cleanse, but with all the hype, I thought, "WHY NOT?". If it's something that may help me, then let's give it a try. Here is my honest feedback and thoughts on the cleanse. If you have cleansed before, let me know what you think!
What is a juice cleanse? A cleanse in layman's terms is when you drink juices for a couple days to give your digestive system a little break from the everyday grind, literally. A friend, Chris Gonzales, says “When you cleanse you are activating the body’s natural healing abilities, ridding built up toxins, and giving your digestive system a rest from all of the not so good foods we eat day in and day out. Juicing instantly floods your system with powerful nutrients and antioxidants, resulting in less inflammation, clearer skin, and more energy. - See more at: http://www.coldpressedraw.com/blog/post/cleansing-for-runners#sthash.Q8Pu5F1M.dpuf”
How did it taste? Surprisingly delicious, the smell, taste, texture. My senses seemed to by on hyper mode, as they tried to identify what in the juice was giving it the unique taste.
Was I hungry? Yes, but then again, I’m always hungry, hence the hashtag: #ieatmorethanitrain But I loved the new flavors I was exposing by mouth to and the fruits and veggies that I was introducing to my system.
Did I feel different? I didn’t feel like a was glowing or re-energized, but i did feel empowered. I felt more conscious of what I was placing in my body. I was more aware of different tastes, almost as if my taste buds were sending more signals to my brain.
Did I lose weight? Yes, two pounds. However I think it’s a great way to jump start a new weight-loss regimen or training program for a specific upcoming event.
Did I continue exercising? YES. It is recommended that you limit your exercise during the cleanse. I did a 10k adventure run one morning. I felt a little tired, but then again, it was a HOT trail run. The day after the cleanse, I did a 30 mile Trail Ride which I felt great and strong throughout the entire ride.
About the Juices themselves:
Green Juices: I was nervous to try this one but it smelled a little strong, tasted like cucumber water, and had a lemon kicker at the end that lingered in your mouth.
Phyro-fruit- refreshing, sweeter than the Green Juice.
Mexi-Cayenne- I am not a fan of spicy foods or drinks but I enjoyed the unexpected spicy taste of this juice.
Zen-ahoria- Tt a familiar and comforting taste, refreshing and smooth.
Almond mylk- My boyfriend actually drank this one, not realizing that it was part of my cleanse, but he loved it. He said that it looked like milk but had a thinner consistency.
Tips: Set an intention for the cleanse to help you mentally get through the hard times. An intention is a commitment to change a portion of your life that is either acting against you or is no longer benefiting you. Perhaps think of something that you want to fix, alter, work on...like a relationship, negative thoughts, an area in your body that ails you, and focus on improving that during the cleanse.
One thing I did notice was that I was a lot more sensitive during the cleanse. I'm talking full on waterworks. I wish I would have known that it was a possible side effect of the cleanse, so that I wouldn't have felt a little Bipolar.
Conclusion: Every time you sacrifice a little, you are less willing to throw your hard work away. Think about the last time you had to work really hard to earn a couple bucks. Did you go out and spend it on the first thing that you saw? Hopefully your answer is NO, so you can understand my analogy.
I think what this cleanse did for me was allow me the opportunity to be more appreciative and conscious of the food with which I am fueling my body. My body is my main channel for movement in any of the three disciplines of the triathlon, yet I find that I'm more focused on perfecting form or getting a lighter more aerodynamic helmet to improve my times than on the fuel that is propelling the WHOLE BODY.
This was my first ever cleanse and I look forward to learning more about the process, about the different types of cleanses and feeling for the differences in my body. Just like our training, we won’t see differences or improvements in our body or performances unless we are consistent and committed. I encourage you to do your own research, ask lots of questions and try out a cleanse. It may be the reboot button that your system needs to really begin to assimilate all the hard work and hours that we put into our training!
For more information about their juices, and cleanses, check out COLD.PRESSED. RAW's website: www.coldpressedraw.com. #reviveyourself