I for one have been on a health kick recently. And no, it’s not because spring break is approaching, it’s because I want to be fit, strong and healthy, dammit. So when I scrolled through Pinterest, I came across a ton of pins that talked about the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar (ACV). The list goes on for what it does for your skin, your metabolism and so on. I decided to try it out myself and take a shot every morning so you don’t have to.
I was super excited for my first day. Maybe a little too excited to be drinking a smelly vinegar before breakfast. Originally, I read to start off small so I planned on doing only 1 tablespoon of ACV on my first day. I accidentally misread my measurement and put in only half a tablespoon on the first day. So it’s safe to say I had it easy my first day.
Another rookie mistake I made was having breakfast right after – nothing like a bowl of oats and almond milk to go with your acidic shot. After that, I went to the gym where I had probably the worst migraine ever (no, literally). Full disclosure – I admit I burped more than I ever would have in public. After I got that out of my system, I actually had a killer leg session.
Going into day two, I knew a little bit more of what to expect. I poured my shot (the correct amount this time – one tablespoon) into a mini solo cup shot glass to pump myself up like a bro. I ended up coughing a lot – as if I were taking an actual shot of alcohol (yes, I’m that girl). My throat was burning afterwards. Granted, I do have the sniffles and/or the signs of a cold to come. I waited to have breakfast today for a half an hour so no burping for me.
Today I upped the ante by doing two tablespoons (which is what most people do in the morning). This time, I chased it with some almond milk. I’m not sure if that was the best idea – the flavors of vinegar, apple, and almond don’t really mesh well. I took it before my breakfast and it had no effect on my appetite.
Again, I did two tablespoons in the morning. I wonder if my housemates are curious about why there are shot glasses to be put away every day before noon? Yes I have continued to use my mini solo shot glass to make me feel like a boss when taking these.
I’m obviously on a health kick right now and so I took my hair/skin/nail vitamin right afterward (gummies FTW) which left my stomach feeling acidy. I have never experienced heartburn before, but this is what I think it would feel like – if it was in my stomach.
I got to see my mom this weekend and she was a witness to my fifth ACV shot. This time, I tried the organic brand to see if it made a difference. After measuring the vinegar (still two tablespoons) and slurping it down, my mom was horrified. She wasn’t freaked out by the ACV – she too had heard of the benefits – but she had never heard of taking it straight. Mixers are for the weak, mom.
So this day kind of doesn’t count… because I didn’t take my ACV. Why, you ask, did I fail? Was it too much to bear tastewise? Was the daily burping getting to be too much? Nope. I overslept and had just enough time to make it to my morning class. I didn’t want to take my shot in the middle of the day in between meals. So sue me.
So today was the final day of my apple cider vinegar cleanse trial. I have to say, taking the shot this morning wasn’t bad. Again, I burped my way through the morning but I also felt accomplished.
While I wasn’t 100% successful in my attempt, I’m happy I tried this out. Would I recommend this to a friend? If you have the time and money for some ACV, then go ahead, it’s not going to hurt. I do have to admit that I was disappointed when I didn’t see a change in my skin or weight for that matter. I did notice a little less bloating but I’m not sure what to attribute that to.
All in all, I kind of knew that taking this shot every day wasn’t going to turn me into the perfect specimen of human health. I didn’t expect taking it to make me so mindful of what I ate afterwards. Sometimes that’s what we need to kick ourselves into high gear.