I always said I would never do a juice cleanse. It just didn’t seem healthy to me. However, earlier this year I did a 5-day detox and I felt amazing when it was over. It dramatically changed the way I eat. I have been seriously slacking over the past few months, allowing some unhealthy habits to creep back in. After an awesome weekend at Disney that included way too many indulgences… I felt like it was fate when I found a coupon in my mailbox for a juice cleanse discount. I had been thinking about trying one, since a new Raw Juce location opened up near my house. I decided to give it a go.
Monday morning I went in to order my cleanse and they helped figure out which one would be best for me. (I selected the beginner option) They were super helpful and talked me through the process and told me which juices I was able to switch out if there was something I didn’t like. I asked if I could start the next day and she said, “Oh.. sure.. but have you prepped?” I said yes. I figured, I am here. I decided I wanted to do a cleanse, what other prep do I need? Take my money.
I picked up my first day of juices after work that night and quickly realized the ‘prep’ they were talking about. Apparently, you are supposed to eat only light meals in the days leading up to your cleanse. (does Taco Bell count?) It also said no alcohol or caffeine the day before. (I was drinking my wine as I was reading it) No big deal. I wasn’t going to let my failure to prep bring me down.
Here’s what one day of a juice cleanse looks like:
I started my day with my first juice, called Raw Green. It was a delicious blend of kale, spinach, parsley, kiwi and so much more. I get two of these a day, so I was happy that I really liked them. Around 10am I drank my Thirst Quencher, which is pineapple, apple, cucumber a mint. Holy moly is this drink amazing. Since I cut way back on my sugar intake since my last detox, I don’t drink juice very much. So this sugary sweet goodness really hit the spot.
The cleanse allows you two ‘boosts’ which are mini juice shots. I drank my detoxifier boost around 11:30. Around 1pm, I had my third drink, Namaste Green. The cleanse comes with a different drink Ginger Green, but I don’t like too much ginger. I had Namaste Green before so I knew I liked it, however I wish they would have pushed me to select something a little less sweet. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was a pretty fruit-heavy green drink. I would have liked something with more veggies.
Around 2:30pm, I drank my second boost called beta-immunity. It was a bright orange carrot concoction that didn’t taste as bad as it looked! 😉 At 4pm it was time for my spicy lemonade. I get these normally when I go to Raw Juce since they are so good! I drink my second Raw Green on my way home from work, around 6pm. Once the kids are showered and bathed, I sit down for my final drink of the day. The deliciously rich and creamy Almond Joy. This is the only ‘milky’ drink in the bunch and it seriously saved me from quitting. It is very filling and helps you get through the night.
You basically repeat that for three days and then you are done. I wanted to quit about a bazillion times, but I wouldn’t let myself since the cleanse was expensive! (this was not something comped to me for my blog, I paid for the cleanse and didn’t even mention my website) I was hoping the cleanse would get my healthy eating back on track and I knew I needed something drastic to get me motivated. I hated the first detox I did, while I was doing it… but it really did help me break some bad habits and I wanted a clean slate once again.
My goal was not to lose weight and a juice cleanse is not for you if weight loss is your main goal. My husband is a registered dietitian with a masters in sports nutrition, and I’ve been with him long enough to know that if you lose anything on these things… it is just water weight that will come right back.
I did the cleanse a few weeks ago, and I have a feeling it will be my last. The other detox I did involved smoothies and one clean meal a day. This was just juice and I was miserable. It didn’t break my cravings (in fact, it was probably more sugar than I have had in months!!) and I didn’t notice any changes, other than being hungry. I know lots of people who SWEAR by juice cleanses and do them at least one a year. I just happen to really like food so I guess it just wasn’t for me.
I will say I think Raw Juce is amazing and I still love their juices. The “Popeye” smoothing is the bomb. Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? What did you think?