Nine Days

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That’s how many days I officially have left on The Rose Cleanse.

bottles of pressed juiceAnd I couldn’t be happier that it’s almost over.

To be honest, I’m really missing lunch lately. This week has been particularly hard on me, coming off my culinary training with Doris last weekend–> where I did eat lunch for 3 days. (Not passing up that opportunity, thank you very much!) While in New Jersey, I managed to juice until noon each day, then enjoyed a mostly-raw lunch, and later a properly-combined dinner, finishing our meals by 6pm each evening. I loved finishing our meals earlier, with plenty of time for digestion before bedtime.

It was actually a very nice contrast to The Rose Cleanse, which is scheduled just the opposite–> on most days, I’ve only begun my first meal by 6pm!

And by then, I’m usually famished.ย 

Perhaps I’m feeling this way right now because Austin and I had a rough weekend, with less food than we’re used to. Saturday night, we attended a social event with his co-workers, where we assumed there would be fish and veggie options for us to nibble on throughout the night… only, there wasn’t. And we were starving. This was, admittedly, poor planning on our parts, but it was frustrating to feel hungry the whole evening, only to get home at midnight, which felt too late to eat. We ended up going to bed hungry, having only munched on a couple pieces of dark chocolate and a few raw almonds that I had stashed in my purse for the evening. Not fun.

And, boy, did we make up for it at dinner on Sunday! It was embarrassing how much we ate, probably to compensate for the evening before. LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

Despite our rough experience this weekend, though, I’m still committed to seeing this cleanse through. After all, I love a good challenge! It’s funny, because when I started this three weeks ago, it didn’t feel like much of a challenge. I was convinced I’d love this way of eating so much that I’d want to continue long after the 30 days was over!

Now? Not so much.

I actually felt much more balanced eating lightly throughout the day, like we did with Doris, than how I’ve felt juicing until dinner lately. Maybe it’s a blood-sugar thing, maybe it’s a mental thing, or maybe it’s a little bit of both. So, while I’m still happily going to consume my fresh vegetable juice each morning when this is all over, I’m really looking forward to eating lunch AND dinner again, come February. Even just having a smoothie for lunch sounds like a real treat at this point!

Oh, and full disclosure…

pouring coffee into a blue mugI’ve had a few cups of coffee this week, too. Yes, it’s probably slowing down my cleanse a bit, but I don’t care. I find that coffee REALLY helps me focus in the early morning (and I work EARLY, people), and there is also something so emotionally comforting to me about my morning cup o’ joe. Tea just doesn’t do it for me, so if drinking coffee keeps me on track with the rest of my cleanse, I think it’s worth it for now. I just make sure to keep it far away from all my alkaline juices!

Something else I’m looking forward to when this cleanse is over?

pancakes stacked on a plate with syrup poured on topThese pancakes. I made them for Austin this weekend, and I was SO JEALOUS that he could eat them during the day while I was sipping on my juice!

I can’t wait to enjoy weekend brunch again. ๐Ÿ˜€

Reader Feedback: How are the rest of you “Rose Cleansers” doing? Do you plan on continuing the cleanse past the 30 days? Looking forward to eating lunch again?

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Paula

I just want to say how awesome it is that you are so finely tuned into how the food you eat makes you feel physically, mentally and emotionally — most people haven’t the faintest clue. I know I didn’t, and learning how hasn’t been easy, and I’m still figuring things out, but boy is it worth it!

I also want to mention, and you’ve probably read the arguments somewhere before, but there is a strong case to be made for eating your biggest meal in the middle of the day. You might try juice for breakfast, then a nice big and satisfying lunch, followed by juice for dinner (and afternoon if needed). You get in a 24 hour juice fast, breaking it each day for lunch! A good book I’ve read that advocates for lunch being the main meal is “The 3 Season Diet” I recommend checking it out!

Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Oh wow, after the experience you’ve been through I don’t know how you managed to make those pancakes and eat them all yourself!! Sounds like you guys had a tough time at that social get together, but good for both of you for sticking to your challenges! I think it’s so interesting how experimenting with the types of food and the timing that we eat it can make us feel either so great or so off-balance. Like Paula said above, being so finely in-tune with your own body is a fantastic thing! Good luck for the rest of your cleanse!

Kris | iheartwellness.com

Awwwww, honey, I feel your pain! Its the worst when you can’t eat anything when out at an event, but I would have shoved my face at midnight when I got home so you have willpower!!

These pancakes look amazing!!! I’m going to rock them when I feel I can eat banana’s again!! YUM!

xxoo

Ana

Thank you for this beautifully honest post!

I’ve been on the Rose Cleanse for 23 days now, and this past week has been pretty hard on me too. Just like you, I didn’t think this was going to be much of a challenge at first, and the days have definitely varied. It’s hard to be around people, socializing, when I am juicing until dinner. I have found that i want to be on my own more than anything else.. which my boyfriend who is also cleansing at his own level has found difficult to deal with. I am looking forward to eating late lunch again (or just a smoothie, which i have to agree sounds like a decadent treat right now ๐Ÿ™‚ ) if only for the ability to connect socially again. Ideally I really want to eat fruit throughout the day, so I will probably vary my days. How has your experience cleansing as a couple been?

Rande @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen

Oooh it’s so frustrating to end up somewhere where there’s nothing to eat! Usually when I end up in these situations I’m mostly mad at myself for not preparing well : / As far as the cleanse, I am not missing lunch at all! I’ve had moments of missing coffee (and tahini!! That will be one of the first things I eat post-cleanse). It’s strange, even days when I’m particularly hungry I just end up wanting a lot more juice. I’ve found it to be incredibly liberating to not have to stop and think about food during the day and to immensely enjoy my food at dinner. It hasn’t been all kittens and rainbows, there have been ups and downs, but I’m looking forward to making this a long-term thing ๐Ÿ™‚

Jamie

I haven’t been on the Rose Cleanse per say but I juice until dinner daily and keep it low sugar most days (except for when I am at that time of the month when dried fruit and cookies is all I want). I have been doing that for a year or so now and I have to say I just love it! I enjoy eating but I was never hungry really at lunch but just ate for emotional satisfaction and now I feel liberated from that. I know how disappointing social outings can be where there is no food. I went to a wedding last year and it was a disaster but thank goodness I had avocados and lemons in my purse! And the whole idea of eating earlier (being done by 5/6) really appeals to me.I hope you have a smooth rest of your cleanse ๐Ÿ™‚

Jamie

sam

Hi

Have you ever want to try paleo? I mean I was food combining juicing for over year, but did not have that result as with paleo. I was so hungry all day for me only juice (I was drinking 64 oz for breakfast) does not fill me. I love food and it was opposite when I was hungry I had to think all day about food. Now I have juice in the morning but also eggs salmon salad and regural lunch and dinner. I do not combine anymore I have much more energy eating more than 1000cal then before (now about 2300cal) and lossing 8 pounds in one month. I do not want to loose more so I eat enough to keep my weight. I do not think about food I know I can eat whatever I like in the morning for lunch and for dinner too:-)

    Megan

    I’m glad it’s working so well for you, Sam! I find that I like to “pick and choose” my favorite concepts from diets– so while I won’t be following strictly a Paleo diet, I most likely will be avoiding grains and processed foods, because I simply feel better eating that way. I also plan to eat more throughout the day when this cleanse is over, which I’m really looking forward to. ๐Ÿ˜‰

LizAshlee

Wow, I can’t believe you were able to make those pancakes for Austin and not partake…it’s nice that you have realigned what works for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Megan

    They smell so freakin’ good, too. I can’t wait to eat them!!

Linda Wagner - Nutrition to Invigorate Mind, Body & Spirit

You’re almost there!! I bet once you are done with the 30 days, you will find it a little more relaxing to juice until dinner!! Sometimes it’s that feeling of wanting what we can’t have!! OR maybe not…since I finished my juice feast I have some days where I am munching all day and some days where I just have one meal without thinking about it! It’s funny how our minds and bodies work! I’m posting a blended corn soup today that you may like. Can you have blended foods during the day or just juices?

    Megan

    Yes, Linda, I think you’re right. I’ve actually had no problem juicing until dinner in the past… so I’m pretty sure it’s the feeling that I “can’t” have lunch is what’s bothering me lately. Such a mental thing! Even just giving myself “permission” to drink coffee is enough that I don’t need it on most days– it’s all about knowing how your brain will react. LOL

    We’re not having blended foods during the day, either, hence my strong craving for smoothies lately! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Emily

I’ve had coffee too. To be fair it didn’t feel that great and I know I wanted it more for emotional reasons than because I wanted the stimulation or anything. I am going to keep with the intention of continuing this cleanse to the extent that I’m not going to plan or expect to eat until dinner time, but if I’m hungry or am impulsed to, then I’m not going to stop myself either. I do better with less boundaries in the long run and a little more intuition/tuning in. Some days at lunch time I have really, really wanted an avocado, so have had one as soon as the sun goes down. It feels so nourishing and hydrating! And of course, is so delicious. I am looking forward to just having those again ๐Ÿ™‚

    Megan

    I agree– the coffee doesn’t feel that great, and I know I don’t “need” it. It’s totally an emotional thing, and even just giving myself permission to have it is sometimes enough that I don’t really need it!

    I think your mentality around this cleanse sounds so great, having the intention of juicing till dinner, but eating if you need to. I seriously can’t wait for lunch to be a regular thing again! An avocado or smoothie sounds SO GOOD. ๐Ÿ˜€

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