Paleta Detox

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

When I was in college, the Master Cleanse became a thing. Or, probably more accurately, I told myself it was the latest thing. I was fascinated by it, and I'd spend hours reading stories of people who had completed the diet. The founder of it all claimed vigorous good health if you did it. I was sold, but my friends were against it. My boyfriend at the time claimed I couldn't skip a single meal, how would I skip 30 (10 days, folks. Nothing but lemonade)? The laxative before bed is where I drew the line, and I let it go.

But as juice cleanses became popular over the years, I became eager again. I begged Brian and Sara to do one with me last year. But again, no luck. Luckily, PALETA came to the rescue last month. I was offered a juice "cleanse" (which PALETA calls a detox), and some funky stuff happened...

Before we left for Italy, I was feeling a bit bloated. TMI? Sorry. But really, it didn't make sense. I was exercising a bit for the first time in my life, I was trying to eat healthier, eat less, and I just felt so sluggish. On top of that, those close to me know, I am a slug. I am always tired. People joke that my prime hours are 11am-2pm, and honestly, even that's pushing it. I can sleep anywhere, at any time. I slept 18 hours on Sunday on our way back from Italy. Are you with me? Bloated and sleepy. PALETA couldn't have offered this at a better time. 

The wonderful people there let me choose a detox of my choice. They recommended I keep it to three days, since it was my first time, and choose the sip 'til supper detox because it includes a dinner (provided by PALETA) at night -- again, easing newbies into it. 

The night before I began the detox, PALETA sent me everything I needed, refrigerated in the biggest and heaviest box I've ever received. Four juices for each day, two boxed waters, a vegan dinner for each night and a snack for each afternoon. Most importantly, instructions on what to do all day. Here's what was in the juices:
-- Sonic Tonic: Collard greens, spinach, romaine, celery, pear, cucumber, lemon
-- Kale Kooler: Jicama, pineapple, kale, cilantro, serrano, lime
-- Red Roots: Beet, carrot, apple, lemon, ginger
-- Sunshine State: Grapefruit, orange, blood orange, ginger, cayenne

Juice three, the beet juice, was rough, guys. It'd take me three hours to finish. I like beets, but ginger liquid for lunch is rough. But as hard as that one was, the second one, Kale Kooler, was delicious. I thought drinking these and doing this at work would be tough, but it helped! My coworkers kept asking me which number juice I was on and making sure I was drinking my water and eating my snacks. 

The snacks and the dinners made everything so easy. Each night I'd come home and pop one in the microwave. The quinoa dish was my favorite. 

Because I'm a raging carnivore (arguably why I'm so sluggish), a lot of the ingredients in the vegan snacks and dinners were new to me. They helped me finish a 25 at 25 challenge (trying new foods!). 

So I did it. I followed the instructions for three days, and strangely, I was never hungry. I kept saying I was, and one afternoon when I was complaining to my dad, he made me realize it was all mental. I was consuming enough calories, so often I just think I'm hungry out of boredom or because I see others around me eating. In fact, I didn't finish all of the juices any of the days. I'd get a bit hungry around 11 am, but as soon as I began the third juice I'd be alright for the rest of the day. Not only was I not hungry, I had a lot of energy. I wasn't wired, I just felt alert. I felt really good, and I'd wake up every morning ready to get out of bed (that has never happened). I'm not sure I could do it more than three days (drinking is good, but chewing is great), but it was really worth it. On top of everything else, it was a good lesson in willpower. 

Since I told you I was bloated, can I tell you something else? Three days of beet juice does some WACKY stuff to your digestive system, guys. Google it. It was one of the most frightening things I've ever experienced. It's completely safe -- but it's nuts. We're talking red

I fulfilled my dream of completing a cleanse, and I'd recommend PALETA in a heartbeat. They know what they're doing. Drinking lemonade for 10 days can't be good for you, but this detox is different. Everything is organic, from local farms, cruelty-free ranches and responsible fisheries. Everything is fresh -- that's why it has to be consumed immediately after delivery. It's healthy and makes you feel healthy.

Would you do it? Which detox would you pick? You can find out more about PALETA and pricing here. Thanks, PALETA!

(I received a complimentary detox from PALETA, a meal service company I look forward to using again. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Make the Most.)

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