I started a 3-day juice cleanse today. Why?
- I’ve always wanted to try a legit one; it’s an extra convenience that these are pre-made and by more knowledgeable people than me (I have a Nutribullet but have been ignoring it lately).
- There was a pretty good groupon for it, so why not? Haha.
- I want to lose weight/see how much weight I can lose going on this sorta quick detox.
- I want to go through a detox - see what happens to my body and mind.
I got it from Peeled Chicago. I had heard about it awhile ago, but it was way too expensive for me to really invest in so I held off. Then thankfully, a groupon came along so I had to try it. Even though there are already a lot of reviews online, just wanted to share mine :) (maybe I’ll add pictures later)
8:15 AM | Green Lantern
This drink is made of "…kale, cold pressed with chlorophyll rich romaine lettuce, young spinach leaves, vitamin C-rich cucumber, iron packed parsley, the alkalizing qualities of celery stalks and fresh lemon, immune boosting ginger root and naturally sweet organic green apples."
It was difficult to drink at first; I think the celery and the parsley are what made it hard to swallow. Some sips I “chased” with water. The final swig was the hardest, I almost thought I wouldn’t make it. But phew, first one down!
12:05 PM | Haute Lemonade
This drink is made with lemonade, cayenne pepper, "organic agave nectar and grade A maple syrup… that works to further cleanse the intestinal walls of the digestive track and increase alkalinity of the blood and water in our bodies. Lemons diminish the oxidative effects of free-radicals."
From what I’ve seen on other people’s reviews, this was one of their least favorites, but to me it was one of the tastiest! Almost like Sprite. I was worried at first because of the cayenne pepper, but it was hardly spicy at all.
But just like people’s reviews, I definitely made more trips to the restroom than usual. So much liquid going through me!
2:55 PM | Maroon 5
According to the description, "This maroon concoction will leave you feeling renewed and refreshed. The betacyanin of the beets and carrots are natural anti-cancer agents, while the juice itself acts as a diuretic. Beet juice along with the lemon and ginger aids in elimination of excess fluid from the system while this sweet kick gives you energy. Antioxidants stream straight to your blood stream, liver and for continued detoxification and furthered alkalinity."
This is my least favorite drink. I was already worried about it because of people’s similar reviews on it, and because of that beet factor. I pinched my nose a lot while drinking it and chased it a lot with water. This took me the longest to drink - almost 2.5 hours! I also chased it with green tea. For sure this is one I’m not looking forward to drinking. I saw that there was the option to replace it with a watermelon drink but unfortunately I didn’t have that option. Maybe next time? ;)
6:20 PM | Green Lantern
This one a second time wasn’t so bad. Nose pinching really helps haha. I continued to chase this one with green tea. By this time, I still wasn’t feeling deadly hungry. Them people at Peeled really aren’t lying when they say you won’t feel hungry.
8:30 PM | Maroon 5
Ugh. You again. After reading other people’s reviews, I saw that some people had a hard time making it past the Haute Lemonade! Some would drink only as much as they could (which they said was what you should do during a cleanse - listen to your body and not drink more than you can). Some mixed it with other things. My goal for this one was to drink at least half, but somehow I was able to drink 75% of it. Again - nose pinching helps so good haha. I was able to take multiple long swigs of it. I did chase it with green tea again though. But once you unpinch your nose, you can definitely taste the ginger again.
I also drank half because I wanted to do at least one of my T25 workouts. I did it modified because I didn’t want to hurt my tummy with all the liquids and everything. Did pretty good :) I wanted to finish the night with a workout and ending it on the final drink…
10:25 PM | Cashew Milk
As the description goes, "You did it! Your blood and body are running on high. Brimming with the nutrients introduced throughout the day. This is your body’s energy in its most natural state. Listen to it and relax into our deceptively decadent cashew milk - a creamy protein-rich smoothie full of healthy lignans and vitamin E. This is the perfect nightcap to a day of healthy ‘drinking.’ Your belly and mind will thank you for this gentle and most welcome indulgence. The combined scent and taste of sweet and spice work to comfort the sense’s and prepare the body for a good night’s sleep."
This one is quite the tasty also (as everyone’s reviews say haha). I read one blog that said they slept eight solid hours after drinking the milk. Now I know I can’t do that because I have to wake up early tomorrow for work haha, but I hope I’ll have a good night sleep! Interested in seeing how my body reacts tomorrow to no solid food the day before.
All day, I never felt hungry. I only wished I could taste food: for lunch, my sisters and cousin had Sbarro and the smells and thought of pizza, pasta, and breadsticks were just like drooooooool. We’d pass by an IHOP and I’d think, Mmmm, pancakes… Later for dinner, my dad was making fried rice with some scrambled eggs and I just thought, Ughhh, my dad is challenging me so hard… I became very more aware of how good food smells!
But, at the same time, I was already thinking about what I’d want to eat when I was finished. I’d want to start off slow (and as recommended by Peeled) with vegetables, fruits, and vegetable soups, so most likely I’ll get some broccoli cheese soup for lunch at work. I thought of eating some nice steamed broccoli or asparagus, maybe some nice grilled chicken, maybe even broccoli and quinoa (and I’ve never even had quinoa!). But I also thought of pizza, pasta, Olive Garden breadsticks, Little Caesar’s crazy bread, Tyson chicken nuggets, fried rice, fried breaded shrimp (that my dad made and so inconveniently laid before me while I drank my drink with my family as they ate dinner). But I know I’ll have to start slow when I finish.
Day 1 is in the bag. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!