Today is Day 7 of the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse!
It’s been going pretty well so far. The first couple of days were quite enjoyable (I’m assuming because of the novelty of it). Day 3, on the other hand, was tough. That was the first day that I drank decaf tea instead of my usual chai green tea, and I’m not sure if it’s because of the lack of caffeine or because my detox symptoms were finally kicking in, but I had a headache for a good portion of Day 3.
Day 3 was also challenging because it was the first day during the green smoothie cleanse* that I felt strong cravings, as well as very fatigued. I even tried just sitting down on the couch and reading a book, but I was having a tough time focusing on the page—I just felt exhausted. It probably wasn’t the best idea to go for a 5-km run that day and also walk for more than three hours over the course of the day, but the exercise had been feeling so good that I didn’t want to cut it out.
By Day 4 of the 10-day green smoothie cleanse, however, I was feeling much better. I woke up feeling rested and did some light yoga. I also gave into temptation and weighed myself that morning, the first time since Day 1 of the green smoothie cleanse. And it turned out that weighing myself was a very good idea, because I was down 4 lbs and 1.1% body fat since Day 1! It definitely provided me with extra motivation to keep going.
Day 4 was also the day that I really began to enjoy the simplicity of the 10-day green smoothie cleanse. I liked that I made my smoothie the night before or first thing in the morning, and then had a few snacks to choose from (apples, baby carrots, and sugar snap peas).
If I wanted something with more sustenance, I could take the time to hard-boil an egg or two, or have a little handful of nuts. And I drank tea if I needed something warm, or water when I was thirsty. Sometimes, when I get hungry, I just want to open up the cupboards and eat everything. Or I just get the munchies—and I’m not truly hungry—and so I eat cheese or popcorn or candy in large quantities. But things are different, being on the green smoothie cleanse.
I like that the 10-day green smoothie cleanse is kind of like hitting the reset button; it enables me to really think about whether I’m hungry or just have the munchies, and to choose a healthy snack.
I was nervous about Day 5, because I was going to a friend’s birthday that evening. So I planned ahead and decided that I would have one glass of wine that evening, which worked out well.
What was more challenging for me was Day 5 of the green smoothie cleanse*, when the fire alarm went off in our building (there wasn’t a fire) and wasn’t turned off for a good hour, much to the chagrin of my poor ears—on top of that, in the middle of the fire alarm, the mother dear very kindly brought cupcakes over for us, not realizing I was doing the cleanse. So that certainly tested me for a moment!
Yesterday, Day 6, felt much the same as Day 4—I just felt good for most of the day (albeit a little hungrier).
If you want to check out what I’ve been eating on the green smoothie cleanse, visit my food diary blog. Next week I’ll post my 10-day green smoothie cleanse results here on the health blog!
What are you eating this week? How do you feel about green smoothies and / or cleanses? Are you trying the 10-day green smoothie cleanse? Share in the comments section below!
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