Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Survived a 3-Day Juice Cleanse

It's January and for most of us, that means it is time to snap back into reality.  The last few months of the year is a dreamy haze filled with carbs, gravy, desserts and booze.  Am I right?  Just me?  Even if you did not go overboard, after the New Year is a good time to buckle down and get back on the healthy train.  Everyone has their own idea of what this means and there are countless programs and methods to help you.  For myself, when I eat carbs, sugar and dairy for too many days in a row, my body begins to crave them and I have a hard time turning them down.  So, what has helped me in the past and very recently, is a 3-Day Reset and Detox Juice Cleanse.  This allows me to physically curb the cravings and, probably more importantly, mentally get back on track.  The particular cleanse I chose is one by Ritual Wellness, called the Seasonal Reset Juice Cleanse.  This one comes with six 14.5 ounce bottle of juice.  Three are green, one is a fruit juice, one is a lemonade and one is the otherworldly cashew mylk.  I found this cleanse through the gym I belong to, The Dailey Method.  They have a partnership with this company and will run specials for members of the gym.  Because, let's be real here, it is not cheap.  In fact, it is quite expensive.  I did a lot of research on cleansing and this company before I could even fathom spending that kind of money.  Ritual Wellness uses nearly 20 pounds of organic, cold pressed produce for each day of the cleanse and claims it will flush out toxins, curb unhealthy cravings and reset your metabolism.  While the scientific jury is still out on if this is actually the case, one thing most everyone agrees on is it is not going to hurt the average, healthy person.  Obviously, this is not going to be for everyone for many different reasons, but it has worked for me and I want to share with you how and why.   Also, I paid for my cleanse (both times I have done it) and every opinion is 100% my own.  So, lets get to the good stuff!

The 3-Day Cleanse consists of six juices per day, so eighteen total.  It is strongly recommended to forgo all food and caffeine the entire time.  Each bottle is 14.5 ounces and are supposed to be drunk every two to three hours.  In between each juice, it is recommended to drink eight to sixteen ounces of water.  There is a lot of liquid happening. 
Front view. 

With all that liquid, you may be wondering if I needed to be near a bathroom at all times.  The answer is yes, I did have to excuse myself more than normal, but nothing that was extremely crucial.  My point is, I didn't have any close calls.  You may also be wondering if many bathroom breaks were needed other than for the liquid kind.  Shockingly, the answer is no.  Nothing more than "normal."  It is not that kind of cleanse.

Another question I get all the time is if I am just a starving, weak, crazy lady who can't focus on anything other than food.  I can tell you that truly was not the case.  I was able to work out each day at my barre studio and chase after my kids.  The volume of liquid that I consumed is so high, I never really had the opportunity to be starving.  I would be lying if I said there was not a time throughout any of the three days I was not hungry, but I never even thought of cheating.  I have two small children and a husband that I still had to prepare food for, so it's not like I could just avoid being around food.
On the first day, I was just excited to start the cleanse and try each juice.  The second day was the hardest and by the afternoon, I may have been slightly more irritable, depending on who you ask (my kids or my husband).  I also was a lot more tired than usual, and not just from lack of caffeine.  I think my body was going through some sort of unhealthy food withdrawal, and I could feel it.  However, by the third day, I felt much more energetic and in a better mood.  Possibly because the end was near, but I like to think because my body and mind had slightly repaired itself from the damage I had done to it over the holidays.
When I woke up the day after my cleanse had ended, I felt refreshed, healthy and energetic.  And, wait for it...not famished!  I felt like my appetite and attitude had been reset, which was exactly the results I was after.

However, the most popular question I get is, "how much weight did you lose?"  Honestly, not that much.  I lost 2.3 pounds in three days.  But, here is the thing, both times I did this cleanse, I kept it off.  Which leads to me to believe it was not all water weight and my body was not starving and eating itself.  The reason for this is the amount of nutrients that are packed into each bottle and there is still quite a bit of natural sugar, carbs and healthy fats that are consumed.   Let's break it down.

Each juice is conveniently labeled 1 through 6, so you know which juice to drink in what order.

The first juice of the day is "Green Lemon."  It tastes how it sounds, very lemony and earthy and a little sweet.  It is good pick me up in the morning. The full bottle has 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 26 carbs, 16 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
Lemon, kale, spinach, romaine, celery, cucumber and green apple.

The second juice is fruit based and rotates as to what is in season.  Mine was "Potion 10" which was delicious.  It tasted like a spicy pineapple with some greenery.  The full bottle has 160 calories, 1 fat gram, 40 carbs, 24 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.  
 Pineapple, pear, ginger, cucumber, lime, kale and turmeric.

The third juice is "Green Lemon Ginger" and it is very green tasting with a spicy ginger kick.  I would say this one was my least favorite.  Not incredibly easy to get down, especially on the second and third day.  The full bottle contains 110 calories, 1 fat gram, 26 carbs, 16 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.
Green apple, spinach, romaine, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon and ginger.

The fourth juice is "Spicy Lemonade" and it is absolutely fabulous.  I happen to love spicy things and it definitely has a kick!  You may have heard about the Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet.  Which is drinking only lemon water with cayenne pepper and maple syrup.  I personally could never survive that, but the drink is delicious.  The Ritual Wellness one is a perfect pick me up for the late afternoon, when the fatigue sets in.  I looked forward to this juice each day.  The whole bottle contains 50 calories, 12 carbs and 8 grams of sugar.
Raw agave, lemon and cayenne. 

The fifth juice of the day is "Sweet Greens" which is a very green and earthy tasting juice that has a touch of sweetness.  Again, I would not seek this juice out on my own, but with all the wonderful green and healthy ingredients, it certainly makes it easier to get down.  It is not that it tastes bad, it just tastes like you are drinking kale juice, which you are.  The whole bottle has 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 26 carbs, 16 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein. 
Kale, romaine, cucumber, spinach, green apple and celery. 

The last juice is "Cashew Mylk" and I could write a book on how absolutely delicious this juice is.  It is thick, creamy and sweet.  It is the perfect juice to end the day on because you can literally feel it coating your stomach and it allows you to not go to bed hungry.  Many have described it as tasting like Horchata, which is an extremely popular Mexican drink.  It is divine and if I could live on it, I would.  The whole bottle contains 290 calories, 22 fat grams, 20 carbs, 10 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein.  
Cashew, vanilla, nutmeg, raw agave and cinnamon.  

Each day I consumed a total of 830 calories, 26 grams of fat, 140 carbs (all natural but still, whoa), 90 grams of sugar (all natural) and 19 grams of protein.  So no one is completely starving here.  Which explains to me why this isn't some sort of crash diet.  

Like I said, I completely understand why this is not for everyone, and many people feel quite passionately that a juice cleanse is completely absurd and useless.  On the other hand, there are people who swear by them and shout it from the rooftops.  Me?  I am somewhere in the middle, leaning to the YES side.  Personally, I see and feel the benefits and do not have a juicer or the time to make my own. 

If you are considering one, the important thing is to do some research and consult with a doctor.  I found these articles useful when I was debating doing one: 

There is a ton of information out there and plenty of ways to make them yourself.  If you want to make a juice cleanse at home, here are a couple plans:
How To Do Your Very Own DIY Blue Print Cleanse

For more information on the cleanse I did, head over to Ritual Wellness and follow them on Instgram to catch the many different promotions and deals they offer.  And you can follow me right here!

Now, did I miss anything?  Please feel free to comment on your own experience or ask any questions regarding mine!

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