My First Juice Cleanse

Posted January 26, 2016 in juice cleanse, juicing, cleanse, detox, healthy eating, Suja

I recently completed my first juice cleanse!

I've always wanted to try a juice cleanse, but I've never taken the leap to invest in a bottled juice cleanse and I've never done the research to do a homemade juice cleanse.

But by mid-January, I was feeling like I needed an energy boost. With more grey days than sunny days and working extra hard toward my goals for 2016, I was feeling a bit run down. I had already cleaned up my diet a bit after the holidays, but I just wanted an extra nutrition/energy boost.

Since it was my first juice cleanse experience, I decided to try a one-day cleanse...and the BF decided to join me! 

We picked up five Suja juices each at Target. But, you can also order their one-day or three-day cleanses online. We chose Suja because it was very affordable.

What are the benefits of a juice cleanse?

Juice cleanses are meant to be a pathway to a healthier lifestyle. 

Many people claim that juice cleanses can detoxify your body, however medical professionals argue that your body does this naturally through your kidneys and liver. 

Others say juice cleanses can help rebalance the bacteria in your digestive system, can increase blood flow, help with digestion, help neutrialize free radicals and give you a boost of antioxidants. 

Another benefit is that juice cleanses are like pushing the reset button on your cravings.

My One-Day Juice Cleanse

I'm going to be honest, I thought the day of my juice cleanse would be miserable. I really love to eat, and typically experience headaches if I don't eat regularly.

I started my day with the Organic Daybreak Probiotic, which is a combination of water, maple syrup, lemon, vegan probiotics and cayenne. I didn't love the way this tasted, so it took me quite awhile to drink.

Mid-morning, I had Organic Berry Goodness, which is a combination of apple, water, banana, blueberry, strawberry, orange, blackberry, lemon and chia seeds. This was my favorite juice. It was delicious and really filling.

I was surprised that by lunch, I wasn't feeling terrible. I actually had lots of energy, I wasn't starving and I felt very clear-headed and motivated.

For lunch, I had the Organic Noon Greens, which is apple, celery, cucumber, kale, collard greens, lemon, ginger, spinach, chlorella and spirulina. I really wanted to love this, but all I could taste was celery...and I hate celery.

I had another green juice around 5 p.m., and again, the celery was too much. I was really surprised that I wasn't starving by the early evening.

I even had a client consultation (I had some cinnamon roobios tea) and I did yoga.

Around 7 p.m., I made some Carrot Ginger Soup because the BF and I were both a little hungry and we were cold. The warm soup was perfect.

About 9 p.m., I had my last juice of the day...the Organic Twilight Protein, which is apple, strawberry, almond milk, banana, pea protein, chia seeds and vanilla. I thought I would like this one more than I did. It actually tasted too sweet.

I went to bed feeling pretty good, and slept better than I had slept in weeks.

I was worried that I would eat everything following day, but I woke up feeling full of energy and only a little hungry. I ate scrambled eggs with goat cheese, sauteed spinach, mushrooms and onions and homemade bread toasted and topped with butter.

I ate normally for the rest of the day, and never overate, and even had fewer cravings for sweets.

I was full of energy and just felt healthy overall. 

The BF's experience was similar to mine. Although he waited too long in between his second and third juices, and got pretty hungry. He sent me some hangry text messages. But he said he felt energized and healthy the rest of the time and the following day. He even said he would do another one, and maybe even try it for up to three days!

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? What was your experience like?

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