Cleanses: Do or Don’t?

Well folks I am on day two of my 48 hour Acai Berry cleanse, which I was convinced to do from a friend in a moment of weakness (think: Monday after a weekend away) and then was able to convince my bf and co-worker to join as well and I must say… I feel no different.  In fact, I may even feel worse and one out of our four-person cleansing brood has already dropped out (won’t mention any names).  I have done the Blue Print Cleanse once before and swore off cleanses after that “fun” experience. But then somehow forgot about my disbelief and decided to jump on the band wagon once again.  The Acai Berry cleanse basically includes a juice which you combine in water (4 oz juice, 4 oz water) four times a day in between meals.  The juice is meant to detoxify, restore metabolism and give you more energy.  The upside?  This time I can eat… vegetables, fruit and simple whole grains.  Which means I am basically just eating healthy and drinking juice and tea a lot more than I would normally.  Oh, and did I mention no caffeine?  No coffee….not happy.  After day one I felt, um, not great.  Too many fruits and veggies and too little carbs is something my body is not used to.  I am hoping by tomorrow I will feel fantastic and totally regret writing this post.  To be honest I don’t think that’s going to happen, but here’s hoping!  This is the breakdown of my 48 hour “cleanse”:

Day 1:

Breakfast – oatmeal with raspberries

Drink#1

Snack – banana

Drink#2

Lunch – salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, a squirt of lime and a pinch of salt (could be cheating but I don’t care)

Drink#3

Snack – carrots and celery

Drink#4

Dinner – brown rice with broccoli, peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms with a little olive oil and some salt and pepper

Dessert – dried mangoes

Day 2:

Breakfast – oatmeal with raspberries, lemon ginger herbal tea

Drink#1

Snack – banana

Drink#2

Lunch – salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, a squirt of lime and a pinch of salt (could be cheating but I don’t care), chamomile tea

Drink#3

Snack – apple

Drink#4

Dinner – Soba noodles with broccoli, peppers and mushrooms with olive oil and salt and pepper

Dessert – dried mangoes

So…as you can see, not horrible, but I think just the thought of not being able to eat certain things is just annoying and the reason why I never try to constrict myself with certain foods – it just makes you want it more.  Exhibit A, I have never wanted coffee and a turkey sandwich so badly in my life.  I have to say the Blue Print Cleanse did make a noticeable difference in my skin and I felt lighter, but that was short-lived.  So far I can’t put a finger on anything this cleanse has to show for itself, besides being light-headed from lack of caffeine (bad sign?).

What do you guys think?  Have you ever tried a cleanse?  Do you think they are healthy for you or a marketing ploy?  My co-worker’s dad is a doctor and told us we would have the same results and be better off financially if we bought a bottle of blueberry juice and drank it all day.  He’s probably right.

Almost the weekend!

XOXO