Spring has sprung and longer, warmer days are brightening up our routines. For most Chicagoans, the essence of Spring comes to life when we finally put away our heavy coats and boots in exchange for cardigans and sandals. Caitlin and Danielle spent time this Winter reflecting on grace, gratitude and our personal evolution. For the Dolls, Spring has a very symbolic meaning… It is a time for the rebirth of mind, body and soul. Outside the flowers are beginning to bloom, trees are starting to grow leaves, birds are singing in the mornings and inside it’s time to start cleaning.
Caitlin and Danielle are wearing boho tops and flared jeans from Fabrik in Wicker Park.
Our digestive systems were longing for a break from our winter regimes and an epic wine journey that seemed to entail a lot of comfort food and wine (for warmth, duh… ) A juice cleanse is our favorite way to let it rest! We’re not talking your average juice cleanse. This is a real, raw, organic, fresh juice cleanse.
There is a healthy gem in Chicago that is literally filled with gems – it’s a crystal and juice shop – InfiniteUS. Nestled in the Wicker Park/ Bucktown neighborhood at North and Ashland, this is the perfect spot to meet a friend for a (healthy) drink. It’s a fabulous alternative for when you want to get buzzed on nutrients instead of alcohol.
We opted for a three-day green juice cleanse. A week before the juice cleanse we prepared ourselves by eating only fresh and nutritious foods. We also cut down on our coffee addiction, eliminated alcohol and removed meats from our diet. Each day we consumed four juices, one superfood water elixir and one almond milk to conclude the day. All the juices are delivered to your door each day to ensure freshness and quality.
A week before the juice cleanse we prepared ourselves by eating only fresh and nutritious foods. We also cut down on our coffee addiction, eliminated alcohol and removed meats from our diet.
Doll Day 1
Both Dolls are very motivated by food so completely removing the chewing sensation was difficult. We admit that our cravings were really intense on the first day. There was a lot of fantasizing about pizza, pasta, burgers, burritos, sushi and wine, most of the day to be exact. Instantly, we realized that we have very specific routines and schedules we’ve made in our lives based around food. Most of our work meetings, social events, family events and overall lifestyle involve food – and it’s not always the healthiest options. By the end of day one, drinking the almond milk was a chocolatey reward. Sleeping was a little challenging but after some guided meditations on Spotify, we were soon floating in dream land.
Doll Day 2
The cravings started to subside on day two and our minds and bodies began to realize that they’re actually consuming high potent nutrients. We started to feel more full after each beverage. Since our regimented workout routines is a bit rigorous, we decided to take a break during the cleanse in order to let this change settle in. More waste leaves your body on the second day and a sensation of “light” becomes prominent. We did experience little headaches from a possible caffeine and carbohydrate withdrawal. Being quiet and meditating on this day was very important. Most importantly, day two intensified our connection to the universe. It seemed as if our senses were being washed, our hearing and smell sharpened and our chakras were pulsing from the root to crown.
Doll Day 3
You can do anything for just ten more seconds, right? (Hello Kimmy Schmidt fans) There is a sense of accomplishment on day three. The finish line is in sight and you’re determined to complete the race. We started to look forward to the routine and each juice flavor.It’s important to not letting your mind wander to far is important on day 3. On this day all your senses feel very heightened and sparkly clean. Again, it was difficult to sleep, for two reasons 1) feeling very light 2) planning the next days meal.
The day after is semi-equivalent to Christmas morning for foodies! Imagine yourself as a 7-year old Doll and all the gifts are really a buffet. “What will I eat today?” is the question you can’t seem to turn away from. Suddenly, you realize you want a salad, maybe a small turkey sandwich or even better a warm bowl of Pho soup. All the naughty foods you dreamt about on day one don’t seem as appealing anymore. We recommend easing back into food consumption – take it easy introducing organic veggies and meat. If you suffer from food allergies, this cleanse may help you make a more conscious effort to avoid certain foods that cause inflammation (just ask Dani Doll about food allergies).
Infiniteus’ new menu is filled with delicious, healthy and wholesome items. Here are a few of our favorites:
This take on the classic PB&J is delectable. This sandwich is filling and healthy, featuring organic strawberry and Infiniteus butter (cashews, almonds, watermelon seeds, hemp seeds).
The Chick Pea Salad is delightfully fresh with an added boost of protein.
VLT is a classic American sandwich. We love the combination of flavors. Order it without the organic cheese to make this sammie vegan.
The juice cleanse results are endless – but the most prominent is an awareness of food consumption. We are firm believers in a balanced lifestyle, but we all need to check ourselves sometimes! The three day juice cleanse from InfinteUS was just what we needed to kick start our summer body motivation. We highly recommend doing the juice cleanse when you have a calm three days available.