A couple posts ago I talked about a juice cleanse I was embarking on, so I thought I would hit you with the results. First things first, I love food and trying to cut it out for 3 days was torture. Oh did you notice in my original post I said I was doing it for six days? I LIED. It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be to be honest. The juices were delicious and I felt really light and fresh after the first day. I wouldn’t recommend doing a juice cleanse for more than three days if you aren’t an experienced cleanser, or if your coworkers are habitual McDonalds breakfast eaters. You will go into a blackout rage and threaten someone’s life for a bite of their hash brown.
I bought the Hamilton Beach 20oz Juice Extractor from London drugs for $89.99. I’m no expert, but I think it did a good job and it was easy to take apart and clean after. It is a pretty big appliance so unless you want it to live full time on your kitchen counter (I’m a minimalist in that sense so that’s a no go for me) then finding a cupboard to store it in can be a bit of a B.
THE SHOPPING LIST:
I know this sounds like a crazy amount of produce but you would be surprised at how little juice comes out of an apple or even an orange. It was definitely a reality check to think I was casually crushing 20 oranges when I slam a glass of OJ on Sunday morning. What was even more shocking was the bill (IN A GOOD WAY) and that happens never, so this was a win. I picked up everything at a little produce market down the street for me, which is always way cheaper than the big chains, and the bill was about $35CAN. Not bad when you think that’s covering your consumption for three days.
I loosely followed the vitae juice revamp cleanse. Except I opted for a 2nd citrus instead of an almond drink. I went heavier on the veg, lighter on the fruit, and adjusted to taste. I don’t think there is a perfect formula to this, any fresh juice cleanse is going to be beneficial. Obviously you want more veg than fruit so there isn’t a TON of sugar causing you to crash during the day. #science
I made 6 juices for each day. I started each morning with hot water and lemon and then had one juice about every 2 hours starting at 9 and ending at 7 in the order listed. I also drank lots of water throughout the day. The constant sipping definitely helped edge off the hunger pains. Juice 3 was definitely my fav. Grapefruit, watermelon, lime and mint over ice? DELIGHTFUL. (This will be my summer vodka optional cocktail of choice. See how much I learned doing this?!?!?)
I felt good
I felt fresh
I lost 7 lbs
I craved fresh produce after
WHAT I LEARNED:
I did this right before Christmas so I didn’t expect for a second to keep off the weight I lost. MASHED POPTATOES AMIRIGHT? Although I think you easily could keep it off if you were diligent and didn’t swan dive into a box of wine and a wheel of brie (which is what I did – no regrets). Next time I do this I will go raw vegan 2 days before and 2 days after so my system eases in and out of the cleanse. This will also extend the benefits and help avoid the regaining of weight as I transition back in to my normal eating routine (KD and goldfish crackers. I’M MESSING WITH YOU.) I couldn’t work out. Maybe the first day I could have, but this was an experiment for me and I didn’t want to overdo it. So if sacrificing your gym sessions for three days is a big no no for you (freak) then I would advise adding a couple light raw meals throughout the day so there is a bit more sustenance there and you don’t pass out on the elliptical and embarrass yourself in front of your friends. The last thing is; next time I do this I will look up recipes for the pulp. There was a TON of waste and I felt guilty about it. I talked to a couple girlfriends who have since gotten into juicing as well and they said the same thing.
So that’s it that’s all. I will definitely do this again. I think it’s a great way to flush out your system and get your cravings in check! Do you juice? Cleanse? Have pulp recipes? Interested? Have questions? Lets taco bout it.