I did it. I made it through my first juice cleanse. I jumped on the yuppie bandwagon and sustained myself on an exclusively liquid diet for two days. And you know what? It was exactly what I needed.
I completed the two-day Rookie Cleanse by Vitality Juices, a new home-delivered juice service provided by Edmonton natural food chef, Bianca Osbourne. Bianca is a lady-about-town who is not only founder of Edmonton food and health blog, Vitality Guide, but also one of the it-girls from lady DJ trio, Girls Club.
Bianca delivered my Vitality Juices right to my door along with a package of delish pre-cleanse and post-cleanse recipes. On the menu for each day were four freshly pressed juices, one coconut water infusion and one green smoothie. The cleanse is very personal in that each morning I received an email from Bianca with tips and motivators to keep me feeling positive and on track - with an opportunity to ask questions. So, did I cheat? Would I do it again? Here are the answers to all your juice cleanse questions...
What's the point of a cleanse?
From the Vitality Guide website: "Juicing allows the body to absorb nutrients better and gives your digestive system a rest from working on fiber. They say that juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help you remove toxins from your body, aid digestion, and help you lose weight; not to mention that a cold pressed organic juice cleanse has the power to kick start a healthier lifestyle."
How did the juices taste?
In two words, fresh and electric. I liked all of them. My favourites were "The Red Light Special" (beet, pineapple, pear, ginger, lemon ) and the "Spicy Lemonade" (distilled water, lemon, cayenne, raw honey). The creative juice concoctions have me excited to try my own recipes at home.
Was I hungry?
Day one went really smooth. I actually had difficulty getting through all six juices, which provide approximately 1000-1200 calories in a day. Drinking lots of water in between each juice also helped me feel satisfied. It wasn't until my evening snack attack hit - around 9:00 pm - that I had a serious debate go on in my head about whether or not I should go eat half a jar of peanut butter. I ended up eating some celery around 11 pm and patted myself on the back.
Day two was fairly smooth sailing, but again, in the evening I started craving something more substantial. I drank about 3 pots of tea and stuck it out until the morning.
Did I cheat?
The celery was technically "cheating", but my real weakness showed itself on day two when my friend invited me for an afternoon cocktail... I ended up downing two vodka-waters. My will power is pretty much non-existent when a pretty girl invites me for a drink.
How did I feel on the cleanse?
I felt great! Some people report fatigue, headaches or weakness, but I never experienced anything like that. It's important to remember everyone reacts differently on a cleanse, especially depending on your lifestyle and pre-cleanse diet.
I chose to avoid any excessive exercise while on the cleanse since I was taking in less calories than normal. I went on an hour walk each day, and that seemed to be manageable.
How did I feel after the cleanse?
Again, I felt great! But I kind of always feel great, so I don't want to imply it rid me of all my toxins and now I'm a poster girl for health. The biggest benefit of the cleanse was kicking me in the ass to get back on a healthy path, and the post-cleanse recipes provided are especially helpful in ensuring that.
One change I really noticed since completing the cleanse is my sensitivity to caffeine. Prior to my two day juice-a-thon, I would easily drink three to four cups in a day. During, pre and post cleanse - a total of about six days - I abstained from it. A few days after the cleanse I drank an americano and was buzzing on some alternate frequency. I've now cut back on my caffeine intake, which is definitely a positive. I really believe the cleanse increased my awareness of how my body reacts to certain foods.
Would I do it again?
Absolutely. The biggest gain I felt from the cleanse was a feeling of pushing "restart". It reminded me how wonderful it feels to eat a clean, healthy diet of mostly fruits and vegetables. Every once in a while, we all fall off track, and for me this juice cleanse was more of a mental motivator than anything.
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