Last week I did the seemingly impossible: I survived a three-day juice cleanse. That’s right, I lived on nothing but cold, pressed, raw juice for three whole days in an effort to detox my system and kick start some healthy eating habits before the holidays kick into full force. And for the life of me, I am not quite sure how I did it. But, I will tell you this much: It’s one of the best, healthiest, most satisfying decisions I have ever made. As some one who LOVES food (especially the not-so-healthy kinds), I was so skeptical about actually getting through this, but with the help of local organic juice retailer, Pressed Juicery, the cleanse was seriously not that big of a deal. Today I am sharing my detox diaries with with all of you, in hopes to provide an honest, first hand account of what a real juice cleanse is like and what actual benefits it can provide to you.
My coworker and I decided to go with Pressed Juicery to do our cleanse because it’s local and the juices taste SO good. This was my best decision. because I learned that if you’re going to live off juice for three days, with no other food, you better freaking LOVE those juices. Pressed Juicery offers three cleanses: (1) a beginners cleanse, (2) an intermediate and (3) HARD CORE version. I chose cleanse 1, since this was my first cleanse ever. You can do the cleanse for one, two, three or five days—we chose three days, because if you are truly looking to detox your system and get serious about a healthy lifestyle change, three days is how much time you need. A three day cleanse at Pressed Juicery is pricey— $220 if you do it on your own. But I did it with my coworker and we got a daily deal— so it came out to $147 each, which actually isn’t bad. Just under $50 a day, and if you’re willing to make the investment, I whole-heartedly believe it is worth it.
I cannot stress enough how essential it is to be sure to sample EVERY SINGLE juice you will be drinking on the cleanse before you start, you need to make sure you like the juices you are consuming, because juice is all you have to rely on for sustenance. You do not eat food on this cleanse, so you better like your juice, because it’s all you got! I made this mistake and totally regretted it!
On day one I received 8 bottles of juice and water for my cleanse. For Cleanse 1 you get 2 greens-based juices, 2 roots-based juices, 1 citrus-based juice, 1 almond milk, 1 chlorophyll water and 1 aloe water. You start the day with a greens-based juice, I chose greens 2 from pressed juicery and LOVED it. I was SO surprised, but throughout the cleanse, the greens 2 juice was my very favorite. It has kale, spinach, romaine, celery, cucumber, parsley, lemon and apple. Amazing combo!
For my roots juice, I chose Roots 3 which has beets, apple, lemon and ginger. I will be dead honest with you and say that the roots juices are by far my least favorites. Something about the thicker texture of the juice and the harshness of the ginger really got to me. These are the juices that made the cleanse hard for me to get through, simply because I was not used to them. These juices also made me realize how important it is to sample every juice before you do the cleanse. I did learn to love Roots 3 after the cleanse though— it’s really the lesser of all the roots evils.
Day One went by without a hitch! I drank 1 juice every two hours and always felt like I was drinking something, I never felt like the juices were too far apart from each other, but this also might be because I am a slow drinker. I did get hungry around 2pm and around 4pm, I got a NASTY caffeine headache because I am so addicted to coffee and couldn’t have any (this was the very hardest part of the whole cleanse for me). Hungry I can totally deal with, but lack of energy is TOUGH. You are allowed to drink de-caffeinated herbal tea if you like, which I totally did. And if you are too hungry to function you can have half a cucumber or an apple. I like that these options are available, it makes the cleanse super do-able for first timers. My favorite part of every day was having my almond milk at around 8pm, it was like a dessert! And the vanilla almond milk from Pressed Juicery is by far my favorite one.
Day 2 started off strong, but it was also the hardest day for me. Since at Pressed Juicery they recommend that you pick up your daily supply of juices every morning, rather than getting a three days supply all at once (fresher juice when you pick it up daily), the daily pick ups allowed me to change up my juices each day and also the cleanse type (you can bounce around from Cleanse 1 to 2 or 3). And while I loved this, because it kept my juicing more interesting, it also allowed me to make the biggest mistake of all— which was switching from Roots 3, to Roots 4. Roots 4 is carrot, apple ginger juice…and it is the bane of my detox existence. WHY I decided I would enjoy 2 huge bottles of carrot + ginger juice in one day, I have no idea. This juice is TOTALLY not my cup of tea and made me dream of the Roots 3 juice (which I thought I hated on Day 1). I disliked it so much, I didn’t even finish the second juice, which also happened to be my last juice of the day. Big mistake
Imagine this: you have had no food for about 48 hours and your only source of calories is a very concentrated carrot juice that you cannot stomach because you are gagging at the consistency. So you are hungry, have a caffeine headache and hate the only source of caloric intake you are allowed. I was in a rough place, folks, But instead of crying, I just skipped my juice, downed my almond milk and went to bed. Best choice I could have possibly made because I slept like a baby the entire cleanse.
On Day 3 I woke up and it was as if Day 2 was nothing more than a bad dream. I had so much energy and was totally motivated to hit the ground running for my final day of the cleanse. This was probably due in part to the fact that I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. But also due to the fact that I felt AMAZING. I felt like I had so much energy, it was so easy to get up out of bed. And by Day 3, my body was used to my adjusted caloric intake, so I wasn’t nearly as hungry all day. The chlorophyll water that I drank throughout the day along with the juices also helped a bunch. I decided to switch my cleanse to cleanse 2, where you get 2 greens juices, 2 citrus and only 1 roots (which was so much better for me, since none of the roots are my faves). I ended up sticking to my favorite flavors on Day 3— Greens 2, Roots 3 and Citrus 2. I did try the Coconut Mint Chip Milk instead of Almond Milk (bad choice— it’s so…chunky! yuck.)
I was in a great mood all day and I think this was because I had so much of the BAD STUFF out of my system at this point and was running on nothing but raw, pure, whole foods. This made me realize how amazing a juice cleanse really is for your body and how important it is to fill your body with as many whole (unprocessed) foods as possible. Day 3 changed my life in a way (as silly as that might sound), because it showed me how great it is to feel healthy. And this is the main reason why I think everyone should try a juice cleanse, because you don’t know what pure, healthy energy is until you fill your body with nothing but good for you nutrients for 3 days straight. It’s honestly amazing.
After the cleanse you are supposed to eat light, so as not to shock your system. All I wanted for those three days, if you can believe it, is watermelon, egg whites and coffee. That’s seriously what I craved—more healthy food. It was pretty hard to eat more than a few bites at every meal on the day after the cleanse— I was so excited to get a giant salad for lunch and I could barely get through 1/3 of it! This was an amazing feeling, especially for me, because it was like my body changed. I actually lost 7 lbs on the 3-day cleanse and since then, I have lost another 3 lbs. In total from last Monday, in just one week, I’ve lost 10 lbs! 10 lbs in one week! And I just keep losing, because now I am in the zone.
This cleanse has motivated me to really focus my diet on whole foods as much as possible. The cleanse made me realize that I can seriously get through any kind of “healthy lifestyle change”, as long as I put my mind over matter and focus on the foods and choices that make me FEEL GOOD. It’s seriously all about feeling your best, and that’s what it should be about. Post-cleanse, I realized that if I can go 3 days with nothing but raw, whole juices— I can literally do anything when it comes to food! It’s not hard to be healthy, it’s a choice that you make for yourself and it’s completely your own decision.
And that, friends, is my detox diary. It seriously is worth it. Worth the money, worth the effort, worth the painful Day 2, worth everything. Because the cleanse changed the way I think about the food I put into my body. And a change in mindset is honestly all you need to make a great change for a healthier lifestyle.
So—who wants to jump onto a New Years cleanse with me!?
HA. Happy Monday!
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