My 10 Day Cleanse – Don’t Worry Folks, I’m Still Alive.

First and foremost, I’m not overweight, I’m not crazy, and yes…I’m still alive! All jokes aside, why did I go on a 10 day cleanse? I wanted to experience the mental and physical challenge. I was curious to see how my body would respond to not eating for 10 days, letting my digestive system take a break, and getting the maximum amount micronutrients from my cold-pressed juices into my body.

When I First Started Juicing

I’ve been juicing for over three years now, and this is the first time I’ve ever cleansed for 10 days. It seems impossible until it’s done. For the first 2 years, I included juicing into my daily diet. Using a $50 juicer I bought off Amazon, I began exploring the realm of juicing. Then and now, I make my juices the night before, store them in mason jars, and drink them for breakfast and/or lunch.

In my 3rd year of juicing, I started a monthly ritual of going on a 3 day cleanse to reboot my digestive system and reset my cravings for processed foods. After 7 months of doing that, seeing my clients go on their 5 day cleanses inspired me to try it for the first time. The 5 day cleanse was a lot easier than I thought. Luckily, I had a good momentum going after months of cleansing religiously, and my body was adjusting well to the process. I felt like Super Woman after my 5 day cleanse. I hadn’t run in over 6 months and I had the energy to run 5 miles that next day.

Result from completing a 3 Day Cleanse continuously  for 6 months.  Lost  8 lbs and kept it off.

Result from completing a 3 Day Cleanse continuously for 6 months. I lost 8 lbs and kept it off.

My Inspiration for a 10 Day Cleanse

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I drove 8 hours from Orange County to Emeryville (near San Francisco) to see Joe Cross.

Lately, my eating habits aren’t as healthy as I would like them to be. Partly because of my busy schedule filled with friends visiting from out of town, traveling, stress from running a business, and my duties as a newlywed.  I found myself craving sweets and comfort foods that don’t support my goals and lifestyle.  I had low energy and wasn’t being as productive as I usually am.  I realized it had been over 2 months since my last cleanse.

When I met Joe Cross on his “Reboot with Joe, Fully Charged” book tour, he recommended a 10 day juice cleanse for the average person looking to reset. Following a weekend of overindulgence, I asked my husband how he felt about joining me on a 10 day juice cleanse.  To my surprise, my husband was excited to take on the challenge. We were ready to take our bodies to the next level, and challenge our mental capacity.

The Lessons I Learned from This Experience

In all honesty, even though we’ve been cleansing for some time now, that doesn’t mean it’s an easy process. Some days were hard. Day 1 and day 2 were difficult because we hadn’t been eating very healthily, and our bodies had a lot of work to do. We experienced detoxing symptoms including headaches and fatigue. It sounds scary, but it’s normal because our bodies were in shock, and were tapping into our body fat for energy.

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In order to get through the next 10 days, we focused on following through with the routine. We tried not to think about drinking juices for that whole day or for the next 10 days. We focused instead on 2-3 hours at a time. When we felt hungry, we got to drink a juice. If it wasn’t time to drink a juice, we drink a lot of water. Henry (my husband) said that whenever he drinks a juice, he imagines his cells absorbing all the nutrients from the juices and they are dancing, celebrating and being thankful for the goodness that entered his body. What encouraged Henry throughout the process was looking in the mirror, and noticing the results that show him changing for the better.

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This is my husband's result from Day 9. He dropped from 185 lbs to 178 lbs.

This is my husband’s results at Day 9. He dropped from 185 lbs to 178 lbs.

The 7th day was extremely difficult for me. I hit a wall on this day. I was in a social environment and there were delicious foods; candies, cookies, and different type of desserts (my weakness) were readily available to me. I was starving and experiencing a massive headache. I was miserable and wanted to give up. Then I realized that if I cheated and took a bite of a cookie, I was only cheating on my results and myself. No one told me that I had to go on a 10 day cleanse, I wanted to take on this challenge, I would be letting myself down. This process taught me to hold myself accountable and it tested my self-discipline in ways I could have never imagined. Any time I wanted to eat, I went to the fridge and picked up a juice.  I made sure to savor every sip. By day 8, each juice tasted heavenly. I had a new-found appreciation for my juices. They were the best things ever. I didn’t feel miserable while on a cleanse. I was grateful to have the opportunity and resources for this experience. I realized that most people either can’t afford to cleanse for 10 days, have never heard of it, or don’t have time to make the juices. Most people don’t even know where to begin. I felt blessed that I had the chance to create this experience for myself and my husband to nourish our bodies to be in good health. It’s also about loving myself and doing the right thing, instead of seeking instant gratification at any given moment. Also, it didn’t hurt that my juices tasted so good that it was more pleasure than pain. Thank goodness for that. Can you imagine drinking juices that didn’t go down well for 10 days straight?

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My Results

The lessons learned from this journey were so worth the experience. It was an amazing way to practice delayed gratification. I was more focused on my commitment than the distractions around me.  When I started, I weighed 113 lbs.  I ended the 10 day cleanse weighing in at 105 lbs. I’m expecting to gain between 2-3 lbs as soon as I get back to eating. My new diet goals are to eat a more protein and nutrient dense diet so I can lift more heavily, and start building muscle. Feeling like I am “skinny” is not my goal. I’m working toward being fit, strong, and energized. Our 10 day cleanse ran from June 15th  to June 24th. It’s July 8th today and I’m maintaining my weigth at 109 lbs by eating plenty of protein and vegetables, but still indulging here and there. The myth that you’re going to gain all the weight back after a cleanse simply isn’t true.

My husband, Henry had a great experience. He felt accomplished after completing his cleanse. Overall, he lost 7 lbs. While we noticed that he lost some muscle mass, it was a good way to cut and tone his body. Now, he’s back to eating clean and lifting heavy. For him, it was more of a mental challenge than anything else.

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10th day of my cleanse

You’re more likely to complete a cleanse if you have a partner, whether it be family or a friend, who is willing to join you in the journey. It’s an amazing support system and you work to hold each other accountable. It’s easy to give up when it is just you, but much harder when another person is counting on you to stick to your joint commitment.

What’s the longest you’ve ever cleansed? Share below!

Xo,

Mimi

 

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  • Jayda M
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    What were some juicing recipes you used? I plan to do a cleanse and I would love to have some great tasting juices!!

    • mimi
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      Hi Jayda!

      That’s so great to hear that you’re getting ready to do a cleanse! Henry and I own an organic cold-pressed juice delivery business in Orange County. So the juices are from our company http://www.juicemigourmet.com. I am in the process of releasing a 7 Day Cleanse program ebook with tons of recipe. I can let you know once it is released!

      Xoxo,
      Mimi

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