After continuously hearing about this new obsession which seems like EVERYONE is talking about these days, I decided to join the latest fad – Juice Cleansing. After finding a Groupon for a 1-day juice-cleanse by Jus by Julie for only $30, I decided to do it. I most likely would have done a 3-day cleanse, but being a college student and completely dependent on my parents money, there was no way I was going to ask them for a few hundred dollars to spend on a multi-day juice cleanse. So I kept it simple and went with one day.
First of all I want to give Jus by Julie kudos for her juices – I’ve heard some horrible reviews on other juice companies where people had to literally hold their nose just to guzzle down their juices. The great thing about this cleanse is that I truly ENJOYED drinking the juices. They were all delicious!
So here’s how my 1-day juice cleanse experience went:
9:30am – My stomach is growling and I am ready for my breakfast – oh wait! Just kidding, no breakfast for me. I go downstairs to drink my first juice of the day hoping it will fill me up at least a little bit. This juice was “Morning Glory,” which consisted of romaine, celery, spinach, apples, kale, bananas, strawberries, and water. Well, I drank the whole thing pretty quick since I was pretty hungry, and it didn’t make much of a difference. I was more than ready for my second juice, which I was instructed to have in 2-3 hours.
11:00am – I’ve managed to stick it out despite being pretty hungry. I treat myself to a soothing detox bath using one cup baking soda and two cups Epsom salts mixed with peppermint, lemon, and rosemary essential oils. At least being in the bath was one way to keep me away from the kitchen. It also ended up really helping me sweat out toxins, which promoted the whole “detox experience.”
12:00pm – FINALLY my second juice – This one was called “Spicy Pome-nade” which had pomegranate, lemon, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water. It was delicious and I was able to take my time drinking this one.
12:30pm – Kundalini yoga time! I had so much energy at this point so I decided to do do an hour of Kundalini yoga.
2:00pm – At this point I was starving again – so thank god it was time for my third juice. This one was “Sweet Spin”, which had spinach, kale, pinapple, banana, mango, and water. This one was my favorite! Best green juice I’ve ever had.
4:00pm – At this point I was getting some ridiculous food cravings and I was hypersensitive to EVERYTHING. I vividly remember cringing when I could hear my roommate downstairs snacking on chips. I was so envious of her. Anyways, time for my fourth juice. This one was called “Chia Berry” which had strawberries, chia seeds, lemon, pomegranate, and water.
6:30pm – I finally got myself to go out with a friend. Of course, I was excited to see him, but I was not really sure how to tell him that I wouldn’t be eating anything on our way to go get dinner. I took my fifth drink with me which was called “Choco-nana.” So good! It had chocolate, banana, strawberries, and water. Tasted like chocolate mousse and definitely helped with my cravings for sweets. I sipped this at dinner, and my cravings at this point went away. But of course that’s when the worst headache took its toll on me and I had to cut the evening short.
9:30pm – I actually only had half of my last juice and saved the rest for the morning. This one was another green juice called “X-treme Greens” consisting of kale, spinach, lime, pineapple, orange, hemp seeds, and water.
I ended up going to bed early since at this point my headache was impossible to deal with.
I wake up at 7am on my own and totally ready to start my day. My mind seemed to be less groggy then it normally is in the morning and I didn’t need any coffee or tea! Its 2:30pm now and I haven’t had any caffeine yet by some miracle.
If I ever have enough money to invest in a multi-day cleanse I am definitely interested in trying it but I’m glad I eased into it. My cleanse required so much willpower and it made me realize a lot of my eating habits are based on emotional eating versus healthy eating. I am driven to keep up with healthy choices and this cleanse definitely helped give my system a quick break and I still can’t believe I made it all the way through!
Of course I still make fun of juicers even though I technically am one myself now – so here’s some humor to add into the mix: