Disclosure: Although the juicer I used for my juice cleanse was provided to my by Hurom, all comments, opinions are strictly mine.
In the past, when I heard the words “juice cleanse”, admittedly I did not think kindly about it. I imagined gagging down gross juices and pretty much being miserable the entire time.
Recently, after having a conversation with a friend about him adopting the habit of drinking celery juice and actually seeing results from it, I thought I would check it out. I remember at the beginning of the year celery juice was all everyone seemed to be talking about. I didn’t hop of the bandwagon at the time as again, I imagined it tasting awful. I was completely skeptical about the whole thing but my friend, who’s opinion I trust, made me give things a second chance. I figured if I was able to conquer the celery juice, I could take it a step further and do a juice cleanse.
The juicer that I have been using is the Hurom HP Slow Juicer. And it has been perfect for my needs. It’s compact, so it doesn’t take up a ton of space on my counter. It uses a patented Slow Squeeze technology which basically mimics the motions of being squeezed. This method ensures the juice stays fresh and in it’s most natural state. The auger squeezes out every drop of juice resulting in bone dry pulp. This was something that I was actually impressed to see. I was worried that it would be noisy but it is surprisingly quiet and the best part it is it super easy to clean. I knew that if it was something that took forever to clean afterwards I wouldn’t end up using it. I have been using it daily since I got it.
So the first thing I tried with the juicer, was the celery juice. The friend who started me down this path, said that he used an entire bunch of celery each day for his juice. That seemed pretty overwhelming to me, so I started with half. I was surprised how much juice only half made and glad I started small. The juicer kept it’s promise in delivering a pure tasting result. I can’t describe what I was expecting celery juice to taste like but it really tasted like a liquid version of super fresh celery. It was actually really good. Of course there are conflicting theories on the benefits of celery juice, but I can say I have started trying to incorporate it into my daily morning routine and it seems to be making a difference to me.
With that being said, after about a week or so, I thought maybe the next step would be to try a juice cleanse. I’ve really been struggling with my weight and as much as I have been trying to work at it, I found I would be on track for a day or two and then one bad choice and I would revert to my old bad habits. Restricted style “diets” have never worked for me, I like to be able to make choices for my meals, so I wasn’t sure how well a juice cleanse would work for me.
I knew I wanted just something that would give me the kickstart that I needed to continue down the road to making healthier choices. My thought was if I saw some results from the cleanse and it made me feel even remotely better I would continue to make better choices.
Not knowing where to start, I decided to look on Pinterest to see what I could find. With 3, 5, 7 and 14+ day cleanses there were a lot of options. I knew that a 3 day cleanse would be my best option and perhaps less chance of quitting partway through. I stumbled across a three day cleanse that looked fairly easy to follow, was easy to make and wasn’t going to cost me a fortune in supplies.
The basic premise was you made a different juice each day for 3 days. You drink a cup of the juice once an hour for 8 hours, with water in between and then a dinner of lean protein and greens for dinner. The first day was a green juice, day 2 a colon cleanser, and day 3 a liver and kidney flush. I had trouble finding the original owner of this cleanse so I have no science behind it to see if the claims are true as to their combination and resulting areas of cleansing. All I know is it looked like it was chalked full of healthy items combined in a juice and that was something my body needed.
So I wrangled up my friend April to do this along with me to do the cleanse. And here is what I found.
- 1. It was easy to make. Having a good juicer and April to help me with preparation definitely made a huge difference. Making the daily batches for the both of us took about 1/2 an hour.
- 2. It contained items that were easy to find and all things that I liked.
- 3. The juices were tolerable. Out of the 3 juices, day 2 was my least favorite. I think the apple juice in the other 2 made a huge difference.
- 4. I didn’t feel too hungry and having an actual meal at the end of the day really helped.
- 5. The constant inflow of nutrients each hour helped me avoid that 2pm slump I always seemed to get.
- 6. It appeared to clear the brain fog.
- 1. Having to drink every hour was a bit cumbersome if you planned to go anywhere. Either you were out for less than an hour, or you took it with you.
- 2. Drink the juice + water meant you spent a lot of time going the the bathroom.
- 3. It got kind of boring drinking the same drink all day. I think I would have rather changed it up throughout the day.
- 4. If you don’t like a particular day’s drink, it became a very long day.
- 5. If says to avoid caffeine. If you have a caffeine addiction, you will probably get a wicked headache.
I was able to follow through and complete the cleanse as the directions stated with one small change. I had a coffee each morning. I know my limits and knew that by end of day one, I’d have a raging migraine so I avoided the inevitable.
At the end of the cleanse, I was down 6 lbs. I am sure a lot of that was water weight but it was definitely the kick start that I needed and I haven’t gained the weight back. So far so good.
It was actually much easier to follow than I had anticipated. On day 2 of the cleanse, I had made plans to have dinner out with a friend. Finding lean protein and greens was easy to find on the menu and was able to stay on track.
Since the cleanse, I have started each day with either a celery juice or a carrot/apple juice combo and I plan to continue doing so. It seems to be helping with energy levels and the brain fog.
Is this something I will do again? Yes.
Did I learn a lot about my current eating habits? Yes.
Will this experience help me make changes to my diet? Absolutely!!