We had talked about doing a juice cleanse a few years ago but it never happened, not sure why. I think I was worried about having an upset stomach or some such nonsense.
When I started seeing posts on Instagram recently, my interest was reignited. I think it was the posts from vegangirlfriend.com (check out their blog and IG page) that finally inspired me to try it.
At first, both James and I looked into companies that offer juice cleanses, they send you prepackaged juices which you consume in a particular order and everything is nice and easy but boy are they expensive! The cheapest option we found was by freshii but it still seemed a lot of money to pay for juices, and you had to collect them each day of the cleanse.
So, we decided to do it ourselves! After reading countless reviews and watching demonstration videos, we chose to buy the Salton VitaPro low speed juicer, just under $200 including taxes and shipping. We then studied Joe the Juicer’s reboot guide and settled on his 5 day plan http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/RBWJ_FREE-5DAY-2015.pdf
Then we had to write a grocery list! I have never bought so many fruit and veggies in one shopping trip before. Other shoppers were looking at us like we were mad! Buying 20 cucumbers, 23 lemons, 50 apples etc. will have that effect!
The juicing was fun at first but it very quickly became a chore. Preparing the juices the night before helped a lot and James was great; he made lots of them while I was out at work during the day so I didn’t have to in the evening. What a good husband J
We had planned to start the juice cleanse on a Monday, but making a snap decision on Sunday morning, decided to start it that day instead. I think that was a good decision.
That first morning was fun. We made the juices right before drinking them but it was not long before the hunger set in. I think that first day was probably the easiest for me since I was in work Monday to Thursday. Being at home and having support helped a lot. When I was at work, I just kept counting the hours until I could eat again.
Each day we had 5 juices, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and dessert. We also had a coconut water mid morning and lots of herbal teas.
Day 2 and 3 were pretty tough and at times I felt quite emotional, hunger will do that to you. I kept hearing that day 2 and 3 are the hardest to get through so was looking forward to day 4 and 5. I seriously contemplated quitting after 3 days.
Day 4 and 5 were slightly easier; I was still hungry, but we were approaching the finish line, so I stuck with it.
I had been planning all the things I wanted to eat on Friday! It was interesting how what I craved changed as the days progressed. At first I wanted big meals, mac and cheese, fries, chili, big hearty meals, then I craved salty snacks like olives, by day 4 I was craving hummus and veggies.
We had heard that when you start on food again you have to be careful not to upset your stomach. I didn’t think we had to worry about that, but despite all my cravings, the first food I had was a fruit smoothie! And that was followed by carrots, celery and hummus. AND I craved juice!
The downside of the cleanse was the hunger, but I also had headaches for a lot of the time. My back ached a little towards the end of the 5 days and I did have a slight upset stomach at times. I also was really thirsty which was strange because I drank a lot of water and tea. Much more than I usually do. I was also extremely bad tempered. (Sorry James, I was hangry!)
So for anyone who is planning on a trying a juice cleanse, despite what I wrote about it, I would recommend. Although I felt horrible for those 5 days, afterwards I felt amazing so it was totally worth it! Obviously there was no caffeine, and I had weaned myself off it the week before we started. Not having the dependency on coffee was a great feeling. I woke up on Saturday morning feeling refreshed and full of energy. And I lost 5lbs, bonus!
I really liked the look of the cedar juices (cedarjuice.com) and would consider trying them in the future if i was feeling particularly lazy.
Would I do it again? It’s funny how easily I forgot how bad I felt during the cleanse. The day it ended we both swore never again, but just a week later we decided to incorporate juice Mondays into our diet. One day a week, just juice. Totally doable right? I’ll let you know how that goes!