I most confess that until recently, I thought detox was just a snob word pretentious people used (the kind of thing Gwyneth Paltrow loves) One of those health trends like putting linseed into everything and pretend it cures cancer, burns fat, DEPOSITS millions in your bank account, and also makes your bed. Maybe I though that because of all those bullshit miracle diets, where you loose a lot of weight but you gain it back in less than three days.
However, life is wiser than I am, and once again it proved me, that when you trash something, it manifests in your life. In a moment where I had just finished an emotional detox, one of my best friends invited me to lunch. He didn´t eat a thing though, because he was doing a cleanse. And after hearing his testimony, I decided to do the same.
After a quick investigation in Google, I learnt that there are at least four trustworthy companies that offer cold pressed juice cleanses in Mexico City. Among all of them, I chose Vivant.
A couple of days later, two cardboard boxes arrived to my APARTMENT. Each of them contained six juices (each one with a number from 1 to 6), a power shot (mini juice) and a plastic bag with chia seeds. They also send a thermal lunchbox.
The next day, I started my three day cleanse. Vivant also offers a one-day and a six-day plan, but they recommend the three-day plan for those that have never tried the cleanse before. And as that was my case, I listened to their advice.
I started day one with a glass of warm water with lemon juice, then I drank the shot and the green juice (it has spinach, cucumber and -hipsters favorite ingredient- kale. ¡It was really delicious!
Then my friends called me to invite me to have lunch at El Parnita, one of my favorite restaurants in town, so I decided not to go, and instead walk around.
I was outside a castle (Castillo de Chapultepec) when it was time to drink the second juice. This one was a mixture of pineapple, apple and mint (it tasted like a Piña Colada). And I drank the third one while walking to Polanco (one of my favorite neighborhoods)
Then I decided to visit Soumaya´s Museum, and there I drank the third juice. After a couple of hours, it was time to have the forth juice, so I tried it before going to Pedro Reyes´s play at Jumex Museum.
After the play, I drank another juice, and walk home where I taste the last juice of the day, one with cashew and cinnamon (it had too much cinnamon for my taste)
The next two days, I repeated the routine, but now at my office. The second day I appreciated more the consistency on the chia seeds in my Alka Lima juice (lemon and cayenne pepper). And the third day, I was completely in love not only with the green juice, but also with the Agua-Cate, a mixture of lemon, pineapple and avocado, that thanks to its thickness reminded me of a milkshake. However, the last day I BROKE up with the Poder Violeta Juice; I wasn't fond of its mixture of beet, carrot and lemon anymore.
The three-day cleanse was a great experience. I didn´t suffer; no head ache, no weakness and definitely no starving. The 72 hours period is enough to feel the positive changes, but not enough to cause anxiety. It was a great way to give my body a break, and a way to understand that I control my cravings and no the other way around.
A cleanse is not a miracle diet, it is a healthy opportunity to acquire better eating habits, and I look forward to do it again. So if you are indecisive between doing it or not, I really encourage you to do it (responsibly)