How'd you spend your Labor Day weekend? I attended a huge, wonderful, joyful wedding in which Mike was a groomsman. For us, then, the wedding was a three-day affair, complete with a rehearsal dinner, the wedding itself, & a day-after brunch at the groom's family farm. We had a great time, but I was feeling pretty busted come Monday.
So how do you recover from a weekend like that? I created my own little mini self-care ritual to get myself feeling back up to speed, mind, body, spirit, & otherwise. Here's what it entailed:
- Mind: Post-wedding, I slept for almost 14 hours. I didn't set any alarms, just let my body do its rest & recovery thing.
- Skin: After a loooong shower to rinse the weekend away, I did a face mask to purify & rehydrate my skin... especially because I slept in some of my makeup!
- Hair: I treated my hair to an upgrade with a Shea Moisture rinse that has made my usually straw-like hair nothing but soft & silky.
- Body: OK, here's the big one: On Tuesday, I did a juice cleanse to help my body reset itself after a weekend of pizza & booze. That's what this post is really about!
My one-day juice cleanse came from Cleveland-based company Garden of Flavor (#buylocal!) & included six raw, vegan juices per day, labeled with the order in which you should consume them:
- Goji Pineapple (pineapple, goji berries,, apple, ginger, mint, lemon)
- Green Harmony with Probiotic Cultures (cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, romaine, apples, lemon, parsley)
- Mean Green (cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, romaine, lemon, parsley)
- Twisted Roots (carrots, beets, lemon)
- White Knight (cashews, agave, vanilla, cinnamon)
- Turmeric Tonic with Probiotic Cultures (Hawaiian turmeric root, ginger root, lemon, agave, cayenne, mint)
To my surprise, my favorite juice was Twisted Roots. I don't like beets at all, but somehow, this juice tasted very balanced & not at all earthy, as beets sometimes are. It was sweet & robust, & I was devastated when I spilled the last of it all over my floor (narrowly missing my white rug, thankfully!)
Other concerns I had upon starting: Six juices is a lot of juices in one day, especially for someone with a pea-sized bladder & some weird digestive issues, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that body-wise, it felt like any other day. Another concern was that I'd be hungry all day, but given that six juices is a lot of juices in one day, I was actually so full that it was tough to get through all of them! I did miss food, but that was mostly mental, I think, because I was definitely not actually hungry.
Full disclosure, though: At one point, on autopilot, I dug into cold Indian leftovers - rice, cashews, & yellow curry - & three bites in, I realized my mistake. Luckily, it was a pretty soft, digestible food that I don't think interfered with my cleanse - though my failure initially had me riddled me with guilt. I tried to forgive myself, given that it was my first try cleansing, but I'm still mad that I messed up!
At the end of my cleanse, I felt healthy, rejuvenated, & full. It was a great experience that helped me reset my body for an autumn of better eating. My boyfriend has started making homemade pierogis, which complicates my resolve, but post-cleanse, I'm feeling a lot more committed to fruits, veggies, & my overall health.
Want to try your own cleanse? You can snag Garden of Flavor juices at stores across the country, including Heinen's, Whole Foods, & Giant Eagles throughout Northeast Ohio. You can also find them in cities like Washington, D.C., Chicago, & NYC - so go get your drink on, friends!
Thanks to the kind folks at Garden of Flavor for providing me with a one-day juice cleanse in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. Yes, I actually really loved this juice cleanse.