8 a.m.: The headache was gone when I woke up. I definitely wanted some coffee, but I got ready and made my way to Pure Green for our second round of juices, instead. It's recommended to get fresh juice each day for the best taste and optimum nutrients. It seemed like every single person I passed was waving a latte in front of my face. Kayla was very encouraging and told me that she and the rest of her staff were on a cleanse, too, except they couldn't eat dinner. So, after pausing a little too long to watch an employee make an almond butter and jelly sandwich, I went on my way feeling lucky that I could at least look forward to a salad in 9 hours or so. I drank my first juice on the subway, while juggling four Pure Green bags. Even I was rolling my eyes at me.
1 p.m.: I've been trying to remember to drink more water today. I'm drinking fancy French sparkling water (Badoit) to make myself feel better. It comes in a big, green, glass bottle that kind of look like a Champagne bottle. I really did not feel like drinking another juice. The "skin glow" (carrot, cucumber, zucchini) tasted more vegetable-y than it did yesterday. But once I drank it, I actually felt the most awake I had felt all day! And though I hadn't looked in the mirror, I was pretty sure my skin was glowing.
3 p.m.: I opened my drawer to get my phone charger and saw a bag of Reese's peanut butter cups. I cursed this cruel, cruel universe we live in. I wasn't craving candy, really, but I would have loved some solid food. Alison very generously offered me some egg, but I could not do that to her and still sleep at night.
6 p.m.: I decided I would eat dinner early this time. Alison told me about a new, healthy Mediterranean place down the block, Nanoosh, so I got a "power bowl." It included kale, hummus, grilled chicken, cucumbers... and feta. Oops on the feta, but come on, I'm improving.
8:30 p.m.: After eating, I was able to get some more work done. But now, for the true test. I was getting on a train and going back home to visit my parents for the next 24 hours. My parents are Italian. Do I even need to say more? When I came home and told my mom I wasn't hungry, I think she almost fainted. I basically ran to my room in shame. I'm 25.
11:30 a.m.: I was already hungry when I woke up this morning, but my headache from yesterday (which felt like a million tiny jackhammers trying to actually carve the toxins out of my body), has subsided a bit. My favorite juice so far is the coconut hydrate with lemon, pineapple, chia seeds and coconut water, because it's tart and refreshing, and if you chew the little seeds, it's almost like eating. Almost.
2 p.m.: I broke down and ate a hard boiled egg. I know that's cheating, but I think I'll do a modified cleanse for now on. Between the juices and the egg, I feel so much better and more alert (and I am nicer to my co-workers and mother). For your first ever juice cleanse, this may be the way to go.
4:20 p.m.: I am on my third juice today and getting a little juiced out. My headache is definitely manageable today, and I'm feeling more energized. But then my friend Keira, forgetting I was on this cleanse, bought a chocolate peanut butter cookie from Levain Bakery for us to share and then told me all about how she just downed an espresso and ordered sushi. If this was yesterday, I would have told her to leave and not speak to me again. But my new, healthier attitude just laughed and asked her to save me a piece for my Friday morning breakfast (when this cleanse is over).
4:40 p.m.: Nina and I are now taunting each other with emojis of our favorite foods and drinks... I guess it's good to laugh about it.
8 p.m.: Just getting home from work and ready to eat DINNER. I had a questionable avocado but made the most of it and smashed it on top of a piece of toast. Topped that with a fried egg (mmm) and some vegetarian bacon. This is the meal I typically make for myself after spinning class, so I was very happy to have this again. I longingly eyed the ice cream in my freezer, but then I went to bed. (Credit: Nina Ruggiero)