A few months ago, I was following a spirited little feisty mama on Facebook doing juice cleanses for people. I was curious, but not enough to ask or try it for myself until earlier this month when I saw a former co-worker do it. That was the push I needed to finally do it. I had many excuses not to do it. I had many important reasons to do it. March was a difficult month for me physically as I was sick for the majority of it and my body was filled with two sets of anti-biotics, inhalers, and other meds. I’m also overweight. My BMI is more than I care to share and it is because of an inconsistent workout, inconsistent diet, and sitting for long periods of time – all of which are my fault.
So on Sunday, April 19, 2015, I met with Gee Gee Garcia to pick up my 3-day juice cleanse. I had no idea what I was getting into. I saw 18 mason jars gently plopped in front of me with directions of how often to drink, what to begin my day with, and what to end my day with. I felt overwhelmed and inspired by the time Gee Gee and I parted ways and looked forward to it.
Before I tell you about my journey, I wanted to give a little background on Gee Gee. I went to her home to watch her in action and pick her brain after I finished my cleanse. Gee Gee has been juicing for years from her Ju-Tox days. She’s always juiced for herself but it wasn’t until January 2015 that she started doing it for others. Little did she know how much of an impact it would be
In 2010, Gee Gee was in a terrible car accident. She was t-boned and the impact reversed the vertebrae in her neck. Had the impact been harder, she would’ve been paralyzed from the neck down. During her time of physical therapy, she was on a lot of meds, gaining weight and feeling bogged down. Her small frame could not handle it. She started taking matters into her own hands and researched natural ways to heal, restore, and reclaim her body. That’s when she came across a raw food diet. She decided to try it for 60 days to see if this was the change she was looking for.
The closer you are to your goal, the more violent the opposition
Just when she was about to start, Gee Gee received news that her sister was diagnosed with cancer. Gee Gee packed up her things and went back home to California to take care of her for a few months. It worked out for both of them and their mother to try this raw food diet together. It helped for accountability amongst them, and beneficial to their health. Gee Gee admitted the first two weeks were not easy. Her body went through what is called a healing crisis , which was painful at times but she endured it because the body is designed to heal itself. After two weeks of rashes, eczema, and other toxins leaving her body, her body accepted the new diet. To this day, Gee Gee has not had any problems with eczema!
Ladies: Gee Gee had fibrosis in her twenties and had to have a blood transfusion and dealt with an unpredictable cycle. Since she has changed her eating lifestyle, her cycle comes every 28 days like clockwork and she does not get any discharge. Just thought I’d put that out there.
This one-woman show is passionate about juicing. She is passionate about her product and her brand. Gee Gee is very hands on. She buys the produce, she comes home and prepares them (washing, cutting, slicing, etc). Then she jars and brands them. You see the positive energy she puts into every order and the vibrancy in which she does it. Everything is organic and fresh. She believes nutrition and fitness are the marriage of a healthy lifestyle. “We need to be accountable and tell the truth about food. Disease starts in the mouth. All these people that are sick, what are they eating?”
Gee Gee’s short-term goals are to take her business on the road. She wants to go to cities/states that have high obesity rates like California, Louisiana, Tennessee, Chicago, and Florida to name a few and have juice mixers to teach and show a better lifestyle and how to do it.
So back to me. I was a virgin cleanser and didn’t know what to expect. I knew I had toxins and to expect frequent bathroom runs, but that was it. I was looking forward to giving my stomach a rest. Little did I know what else I would endure over the next few days. Please note, this is not everyone’s journey – JUST MINE! Every person is different and it depends on what is inside of them.
Day 1: Weigh in 160lbs. I was also on my cycle that decided to come a week early but overall, I was in good spirits. I woke up and drank a cup of hot lemon water. At 7am, I drank jar #1 at which was green. As I popped open the lid, I looked at it and thought here goes nothing and took a sip. I was surprised that is was delicious. Her combo of fruits and veggies was equal and light and easy to drink. I happily gulped it down and packed up the other jars to take with me to work.
My drive to work of course was extra long so by the time I arrived to the office, I literally was running inside to the nearest bathroom. It was also during my commute to work that I realized I could not have coffee! At 8:55am I was sleepy. At 9:25am I got a burst of energy and an intense bowel movement. My body went through a roller coaster that day and my stomach definitely had words with me. A dull headache was showing up due to the lack of caffeine. I was drinking a new jar every two hours and each jar was different and just as surprisingly good.
By the end of the day, I noticed two things: 1. I wasn’t hungry like I thought I would be. 2. I needed to bring lotion with me for the many times I went to the bathroom and washed my hands. I thought overall, Day 1 was a very successful day.
Day 2: Day 2 was my worst day. I had very low energy, I was very cranky and irritable, and that dull headache was still around. It didn’t help that I could not take any over the counter meds for. I was so moody that I closed my office door and cried my eyes out. It felt like being on my cycle was magnified 100%. However ladies, I noticed my cycle was bright red. It had been years since I saw it look so red and fresh. I did not have any cramps and I did not have a migraine (a migraine is very different from a headache). I continued drinking my juices in the order and on time anyway. My movements were no longer intense I guess because it was getting the last of the solid food out of me. The hellacious part of Day 2 came that evening when I made it home and took a shower. I scratched my skin for 2.5 hours. I text Gee Gee with all sorts of questions and that’s when she told me about the healing crisis and that my body was going through withdrawal and I would have to deal with it. That was the first time and I hope the only time I will ever scratch myself to sleep.
Day 3: I woke up feeling like I was reborn! The dull headache was gone and so was the itchy skin. I had marks on my body from the scratches though. I finally felt energy and went for a morning walk. I found myself smiling! I went through the day drinking the juices and even considered going longer but said naaaah! When I finished the last jar, it was such a feeling of accomplishment and such a reward for my body. It felt renewed and refreshed.
The next morning, I went to the gym and went straight to the scale to weigh in and nearly passed out when I saw it say 153lbs. I couldn’t believe this worked. I am now a believer in how this works. It has changed my mindset on how I look at food and my body intake. It makes me look at my self worth and how I see myself now and how I want to see myself in the future. I’m turning 40 in a few weeks. I only look like a spring chicken but I want my body to stay fit for as long as possible.
Gee Gee’s website will go live soon. Look for it at www.VitaminG2Vitalit.com. In the meantime, you can find her on Facebook or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has various packages to choose from. Look out for her summer juice cleanse. It is guaranteed to cleanse and hydrate and from what I hear, it is even more delicious than her year round cleanse!
Now that I have a better understanding of what goes on in a juice cleanse, I will continue it on a monthly basis in addition to healthier eating. Personally, I think this path will help my body rid of most of the allergies and ailments I’ve suffered for most of my life. I’m ready for the change. Are you?