After I got back from a two-week vacation in Greece, which involved lots of pastries and wine, my digestive system needed some TLC. I had read a lot about detoxes and the Glow juice cleanse in particular and was curious to try the experience. I chose the Glow brand first because the juices are organic but also because they are a Montreal based company. Plus, I have to admit that their cute packaging didn’t hurt either.
The physical experience
I did the two-day cleanse. On the first day, I woke up hungry as I always do. I had my first juice, the Sun Dose. I felt refreshed and energized but my tummy was still a bit rumbly. A couple of hours later, I took the Cacao Elixir before my lunch hour yoga session. I was wondering how my body would react to exercise given that I only had juice in my system and I was happy to see that it went really well.
I felt strong and powered through the class with ease. The only difference was that I felt a little light-headed when I stood up but nothing dramatic. I continued with the juices for the rest of the day feeling great although a tad peckish.
For the second day, I have a confession to make. I caved and had a small bowl of plain oatmeal for breakfast. I felt quite hungry when I woke up and was afraid I wouldn’t have enough energy to do all I had set out for. I decided to take it easy from a physical activity point of view and skip yoga and just went for a nice walk to the market.
When I got back home I realized that I could have totally gone to my class, as my energy level was the same as usual. Because you are drinking a juice every 2-3 hours throughout the day you are giving your body enough fuel to sustain it. I’ll be honest though, food was constantly on my mind but I think is normal for this type of experience and especially for me since I am someone who eats frequently.
The psychological experience
The most interesting part of the cleanse was observing my own behaviour and thoughts. When I first got up and didn’t have to make breakfast (which can be quite a process for this healthy foodie) I was excited by all the time I would be saving since I didn’t have any meals to prepare or dishes to wash.
Later that day, things got a little more intense. I had some financial stuff to take care of and almost as soon as I thought about starting this task I wanted to head to the fridge. Hum, that’s interesting. I wasn’t actually hungrier than a few minutes ago. It was the anxiety that surfaced because of thinking of money that made me want to take comfort in food.
This also happened in the evening when I was alone and kind of bored. I started to realize that we often numb our feelings (loneliness, sadness, anger, stress) with food. As soon as we feel a sense of discomfort we want to move out of that space and an easy way to do that is to grab something to eat.
This cleanse also taught me that when you go without something even for a short period, it really makes you appreciate it when it comes back into your life. Because it’s so plentiful in our part of the world, we take food for granted. We get hungry, we just open the fridge and grab what we want.
And finally, I enjoyed this experience because it not only gave my digestive system a much needed break but it also allowed me to do a reset with my eating habits. Lately, I had been snacking more than usual partly because I now work from home and have easy access to food but also because I am in a new phase of my life which involves some financial insecurity. I had been eating my emotions when I started feeling a bit scared or anxious.
Now that I have had the discipline to push through those moments, I have gained confidence and found ways to deal with whatever surfaces. I also love this type of health challenge because it helps me set a very clear goal and I get a great sense of satisfaction when I respect the promise I made to myself at the start of the process.
All in all, I would recommend to those who have been curious to try a cleanse to give it a go. Glow made the experience easy with home delivery, detailed instructions and numbered bottles but they also make it fun with tasty juices in their cute, colourful packaging. Here is a recap of the juices in my order of preference:
1- Cacao Elixir
2- Sun Dose
3- Berry Boost
4- Dream Infusion
5- Green Cure
6- Vibrant Prescription