May 25, 2016

A 3 Day Juice Cleanse & Thoughts on “Detoxing”

A few weeks ago, I shared an article on the non-detoxing impact of juicing. After the article, I received some comments and emails about the benefits of juicing… several women told me that juicing had been a positive experience for them, and they every recommended I try it.

So I did.

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I started with a 3 day pack of juices from Kale Me Crazy, and planned to cleanse Monday-Wednesday, eating mostly vegan the two days leading up to the cleanse. My sweet husband agreed to juice with me for the first…. day 9 hours, but after that, I was on my own.

I want to be totally clear: I did eat a few raw fruits and vegetables. My juice bar said this was “okay” and for me, I needed it. Eating that bit of carrot/apple/spinach/banana allowed me to maintain workouts and sanity.

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Below are my day-to-day reactions, but here is my overall takeaway:

Juicing was a lot for my body. My body needs food, and skipping food is hard. I felt lower energy on days 1 & 2, and had a hard time focusing. Post cleanse, I do find myself craving more fruits and veggies, and drinking a lot more liquid – both positives. A week later, and I am still starting my day with lemon water instead of coffee and enjoying a mostly-vegetarian diet. 

Yet I am not sure I would recommend doing such a cleanse. Instead, I think choosing a vegan diet for a few days would better maintain energy and focus, while still giving your body only clean foods. Even more importantly, I think focusing on maintaining a diet rich in produce is better than having a diet you feel the need to “detox” from.


Day 1.

7:30am – With no workout, I slept in late. I got up, drank a glass of water, and made some warm lemon water for AR & I. I sipped on the lemon water while checking emails.

8:30am – I took the first drink – a Painkiller Shot of Ginger, Lime, Turmeric, and Raw Honey. To be honest, it was horrible. AR got his all down in one shot, but it took me 3 sips and it BURNED all the way down. About 15 minutes later, I felt amazing though.

9:00am – I reached for my first drink. Juice 1 was The Glow [Pineapple, Grapefruit, Turmeric]. It was a little sour, but not bad. At this point, I decided not to open instagram because I didn’t want to look at any photos of eggs or oatmeal.

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I wasn’t thirsty for my next juice until around 12. I sipped it while I ran errands – Juice 2 was a blend of Beets, Apple, Ginger, and Lemon. AR texted me to say it tasted like “sweetened dirt.”

I wasn’t really hungry the rest of the day – just craving something other than juice. Every time I thought about opening another bottle, I was just uninterested. I spent the afternoon reading about juice cleanses, which only further reinforced my belief that these can’t be a great wellness tool. I was so unproductive and unmotivated. Juice 3 was Pear-adise: Pear, Pineapple, Spinach, and Ginger.”

I munched on some raw cucumber slices (per the advice of my juice bar) and made it through 2 more bottles of juice before bed. Juice 4 was the Fire Fighter [Carrot, Apple, Celery, Ginger, Cayenne]. I kind of liked it, despite the burn. I just couldn’t get the last kale juice in. 5/6 isn’t bad. Juice 5 was a watery, unsweetened almond milk.

AR repeatedly asked me to stop while he enjoyed a big salad & a crunchy roll for dinner. Apparently his juice cleanse ended at 7pm.


Day 2.

I slept almost 10 hours, which is surprising. I thought I would wake up in the night starving, but I really wasn’t even hungry when I woke up. I made lemon water and grabbed my Painkiller Shot, which was easier the second go around. Aaron stopped getting ready to come out and watch me chug it, because apparently my reaction was “hilarious.”

I opened juice 1 [Kale Yeah: Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Apple, Lemon] around 9:30am and slipped slowly. Everything tastes like some combo of lemon/apple/ginger to me right now. Everything.

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I kept busier on Day 2, and even survived a gentle yoga class. Before class, I chugged Juice 2 [Beet Up: Beet, Apple, Lemon, Ginger], which I liked a lot more than I did the day before. I felt tired during yoga, but okay. At home, I sipped Juice 3 [Revive: Kale, Cucumber, Pineapple, Ginger] And ate some carrot and apple slices.

I was only on Juice 4 by 5pm and drank the Apple, Carrot, Beet, Celery, Lime, Ginger drink on the way to a Junior League meeting.

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Confession: They handed out cupcakes at the end of the meeting and when I got home, I licked the frosting off mine. I completely understand that this is likely a failed juice cleanseBut the frosting was excellent and I was not feeling so hot after all that juice.

I drank one more juice before bed, again only 5/6, and this one was terrible. Juice 5 was Go Green [Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Chard, Celery]. It tasted SO green and that, combined with the frosting, was a terrible mix.

Overall, I did not feel good on Day 2 was was generally sad about my choice to do a juice cleanse.


Day 3.

AR begged me to be done on Day 3, but I decided to drink my juices and eat a few more raw fruits and veggies. I drank more Beet’l Juice and Kale Juice in the morning, along with my Painkiller shot and hot lemon water.

At lunch, I took my almond milk juice and blended it with ice, spinach, and a banana. Again, this is not part of the juice cleanse procedure. But it was so filling and left me energized for the day. Because the juice bar said raw fruits and veggies could be incorporated, I felt this wasn’t a complete loss, but some purest would disagree with me. Frankly, without the addition of some cucumber and apple slices, I can’t imagine surviving this thing.

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I met a friend for coffee in the afternoon and sipped on some herbal tea. I didn’t even miss the coffee, or want a pastry.

By late afternoon, I was still feeling full of energy. I chugged another spicy Fire Fighter juice and went to hot flow yoga. Yep, Day 3 of the juice cleanse, and I am powering through yoga in a 98* room with added humidity. The most surprising part? I felt really strong and comfortable. For dinner, I grabbed another Green Juice and some more carrot sliced.

 

 

Juice Cleanse Done. 


So you want to do a juice cleanse?

  • Think about your motivation. If you are doing this to lose weight, pick a different method. Starving doesn’t create good weight loss, and people generally put the weight back on.
  • If you want to do this as a “reset,” consider incorporating raw fruits and veggies as a way to keep up your energy and allow you to keep working out.
  • Think about your schedule. I could not have survived day 1 while going to work. I would have produced nothing of value at the office. Perhaps do your cleanse Saturday-Monday, so your two hardest days aren’t at work, because it will be harder to focus.
  • “Detoxing” may not be a good reason to juice cleanse. Odds are, your body is already detoxing sufficiently on its own, and unlike a clogged sink, doesn’t need to be cleared. If for some reason, your body is not removing toxins effectively, you should seek medical attention rather than juice. Note that breakouts and weight gain are not a sign of toxins.
  • Post juice cleanse, I am still skipping coffee (except for a cup on Saturday!). I think a cleanse can be a great way to refocus on health foods and remind yourself you don’t need a bunch of caffeine or sugar for energy.

If you are looking for more reading on juice cleanses:

What are your thoughts on juice cleanses? 

Comments

  1. Sounds like you had it rough, but good for you for listening to your body and incorporating veggies as needed! I did one three day one (but I have to say the juices sounded a lot better than yours) and it was an experience I’m glad I did! I don’t think I’d do another three day one, but maybe a one day w/ incorporating raw veggies as a way to re-set my cravings after the holidays or another time of really unhealthy eating.

  2. Hi Hannah,

    Glad you made it to day 3 without giving up 🙂

  3. Did this cleanse keep you running to the bathroom?

  4. Hi Hannah, I’m a beginner at juice cleansing. Great tips for newbies like me on what to expect at juice cleansing. I’m really glad I found your site.

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