The feelings of fasting on a juice cleanse

What Happens on a juice cleanse

The feelings of fasting.

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If it wasn't for the fact that I get married in the next 11 days, I probably wouldn't have entertained trying a three-day juice cleanse. Alas, desperate times call for desperate measures, and I would consider not being able to fully zip my wedding dress as a Class A desperate time.

For some backstory, I have been engaged for a little over a year, and I purchased my dress sometime last year. When I did, it fit like a glove and it was made to be mine. I was so confident in the fit, I never even brought it back for alterations or a fitting. *Pro Tip # 1 - Do not to what I did, get your wedding dress altered accordingly.*

Not only did my dress fit beautifully, I was maintaining a fitness routine to support it. A minimum of five days a week I spent in the gym doing a mix of weight training, pilates, yoga and cardio. That is of course until I fractured my elbow by falling off a bicycle. *Pro Tip # 2 - Do not get cocky while riding a bicycle.*

After a month of body shaming, disappointment in myself, and a distract lifestyle change, I no longer knew how to support my body in the same way. It was a very fast, slippery slope down, or up, technically, if you're looking at the scale.

Slowly by surely, I regained strength in my arm and my elbow is starting to heal. I am still not completely fixed but well enough to start getting back into a routine that won't harm me from healing. After feeling big and bloated for so long, I was ready for a kick start to help me get back on track. What better way to do that than cleanse! Out with the old, in with the new you.

Monday morning began my motivation. I went to my local grocery store that has a juice bar inside (Shout out to Goji in EHT, NJ) and picked up their Signature Cleanse package for the day. This included several of my favorite juices and Kombucha! I thought to myself, how great I was going to feel after this one day.

Even though I bought the juice and had a plan in my mind, I wasn't as mentally prepared for this as I should have been, which is probably the reason I fell short my first day. Along with juicing all day long and taking my first class in over a month, (using very light weights), I snacked on foods that I shouldn't have.

Feeling defeated, I knew I had to try again. Tuesday morning, I went back to Goji and picked up their Pro Cleanse. I made a schedule and tracked all my water and juice intake. Even found a new obsession of mine for Chocolate, coffee cashew milk - It was better than Starbucks, and it wasn't cheating! This is something I like to call #winning.

By the time I went to sleep Tuesday, I felt great. I knew I was feeding my body the good it needed. I was ready to wake up Wednesday morning feeling lighter and ready for solid food. After a good nights rest, I got up and went to the scale, only to be disappointed again. I did everything right, I followed the instructions, how could there possibly not be even the slightest difference. *Pro Tip # 3 - Stop stepping on the scale, just stop, don't do it, it's a trap.*

So here I am writing this, 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning. So far today, I have started day three with, 20 oz of water, my first bottle of juice and I am about to have my second. I still feel great and I am not as hungry as I thought I would be. I am looking forward to slowly and carefully reintroducing food into my diet tomorrow, and I 100% know I will try juice cleansing again, or perhaps just actively add juice as a meal replacement into my life more often.

Either way, I am extremely proud of myself for sticking to this three day cleanse challenge! Thank you Goji Juice bar for making delicious, crisp, fresh juices and enabling me on this journey. I couldn't have done it without you!

To visit Goji's website and to learn more about their products and the cleanses I used, please click here!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.

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Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

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