So aside from all the drink recipes and articles about juicing on this website, I realize what was really lacking here was someone’s first hand juicing experience. And what better candidate is there than yours truly?
I’ve decided to take my dive into the world of juicing by doing a 3-day pressed juice cleanse from www.vitaejuice.ca. They are a cold pressed juice company located in Vancouver, Canada and offer a few juice programs to choose from depending on your needs. The one I have chosen to do this time is their REVAMP Cleanse Package.
For those of you wondering why I chose to buy my juice instead of making my own, the main reason is due to my hectic work schedule. My day job usually leaves me exhausted and pressed for time, so I’ve decided to save myself some headaches and buy my juice already pressed and prepared.
I hope this journal gives you some insight of how a juice detox plays out. I’ll be updating my journal for the next few days, so be sure to come back to read about my updates. So without further ado, here is my 3-day detox journey…
The Juice List
My juice package came with a total of 21 bottles that will sustain me for the next 3 days. The following is the list of juices and what they contain:
Spring Greens – Spinach, Romaine, Cucumber, Apple, Lemon, Ginger
Brisk Yellow – Pineapple, Apple, Ginger, Mint
Crimson Rush – Beets, Apple, Kale, Cucumber, Ginger
Dark Greens – Spinach, Romaine, Kale, Cucumber, Apple, Celery
Dark Cocoa – Almond, Cacao, Sea salt, Dates, Filtered water
The order in which I’m supposed to drink the juices is like this:
Spring Greens (Breakfast) → Crimson Rush (Snack) → Spring Greens (Lunch) → Brisk Yellow (Snack) → Dark Greens (Dinner) → Dark Cocoa (Dessert)
I drank my first juice Spring Greens, and was seriously tempted to take a bite out of a rice cracker or just about anything that was crunchy. I would normally drink a protein shake, consisting of isolated whey blended with avocado, spinach, celery, and cucumber as my breakfast, but today I had to leave for work with only juice in my system. Oh, I miss my almond butter already.
9:00 AM – Heading to work I think to myself, should I drink my second juice Crimson Rush or not? If I don’t, my stomach is going to start to rumble. If I do, I am going to keep going to the toilet. My bladder is SO small. In the end, I decided to drink my second juice because I am used to eating a small piece of fruit and some almonds around this time and I need something to sustain myself.
11:00 AM – My stomach is growling. I held out until 12:30 PM to drink my third juice Spring Greens. I am feeling gassy and really cold from drinking juice all day – But I am still awake.
3:00 PM – I headed out to lunch with my friends and while they are eating, I am sipping on my fourth juice Brisk Yellow as a snack. I start to feel light headed and had to take a nap in the car while my friend drove. This is something new to me because I rarely ever take naps. I am used to drinking at least eight cups of water during the day but noticed I had barely drank any today. I am already drinking so much juice and peeing so much, I don’t think I can ingest anymore liquids.
6:00 PM – My dinnertime usually happens around 7:00 PM but I was too hungry, so I decided to drink my fifth juice Dark Greens. If you get cold easily like me, I recommend leaving the juice out from the fridge for 10-15 minutes before drinking it. I still feel hungry after my dinner juice so I’ve been taking intermittent sips from my sixth juice Dark Cocoa.
So far, I don’t really miss having meals but I do miss having a bite out of something. I even miss the texture of chewing on almonds. Although, I feel a lot more energized at this time then I did at 3:00PM
Now it’s time for me to hit the gym..
Last night, I fell into the deepest sleep ever. It has been a while, since I slept like a baby.
7:00 AM – I felt like I did not drink enough water last night, so this morning, I woke up and drank two glasses of water right away. The temptation of having my pre-workout food (rice cracker & almond butter) is still there – but I told myself I need to stay strong.
I ended up going to the gym for a half hour to lift weights on a hungry stomach. However, the whole time I was thinking how my muscles must be lacking protein in the last couple of days to really maintain any muscle growth.
I drank my first juice Spring Greens at 7:45 AM and it went down my throat and into my stomach like the speed of light.
10:30 AM – On my way to work, I drank my second juice Crimson Rush. I didn’t feel hungry yet, but I figured it was time to refuel my body with some juice. I felt good here. However by 12:30 PM, I started getting really HANGRY (Hungry + Angry). My stomach was growling and I felt really easily irritated, I drank my third juice Spring Greens immediately. I am super tempted to grab a handful of almonds and shove them into my mouth.
3:00 PM – I drank my fourth snack juice Brisk Yellow. I am not sure if my afternoon nap yesterday was caused by this juice. The Brisk Yellow is particularly sweet since it is made of pineapple. I wonder if it could be a sugar crash that made me sleepy yesterday?
I had a slight headache today, along with some sniffling and feeling super cold. I drank more water to re-hydrate myself.
6:30 PM – I had a meeting today so I tried to drink my juice Dark Greens slowly by taking interval sips. This is my “dinner” and I really wanted to savor the moment. It was a very busy day so I did not notice myself being too hungry or maybe I am now getting used to my body not eating.
8:30 PM – Had my last juice Dark Cocoa. I didn’t feel too hungry but I drank it anyway because I feel my body could use some extra nutrients. The Dark Cocoa contains some almonds, so I figured there must be some protein in there to feed my body.
Overall, I am still adjusting but today was a lot easier than the first day
10:00 AM – I am at work and I am about to see a client at 10:30 AM. It is the best time for me to drink my juice before work gets busy. This drink Crimson Rush, is probably my favorite juice because it is not too sweet.
Right around 12:30 PM, I go straight for my lunch juice. As hungry as I am, I still have tons of energy. However, I do miss chewing and biting on something but that’s due to my habit of snacking in between meals. Another problem for me, is that I am not drinking nearly enough water because I feel there is just too much liquid in me. I do recommend everyone attempt to continue drinking eight cups of water per day on their juice cleanse.
3:30 PM – Snack juice time! I am almost so scared to drink this one, because it contains a huge amount of natural sugar. It tastes so good but at the same time, I feel like I am on sugar high. One thing I noticed is that I don’t crave for sweets as much – maybe because I am drinking natural fruit sugars. I thought I would want to eat something sweet after this detox; however, I almost crave for more salty food.
7:30 PM – I just finished drinking my last green dinner juice. I feel somewhat satisfied and surprisingly I don’t feel like reaching out for solid food. My energy level is still good so I decided to go to the gym. I haven’t really been pushing myself too hard at the gym because I know I haven’t eaten any solid food for days.
8:30 PM – Came home from the gym and I took a sip of my last juice. Only a sip. I felt like it was too sweet and that I had enough of sugar. Could my detox possibly be the end of my sweet tooth? My stomach felt pretty content so I didn’t feel like I wanted to finish it. I do feel pretty tired and I am almost ready for bed now.
I would say my overall experience with this 3 day juice detox was not that bad at all. Although I did miss the habit of eating, I had a lot of energy to do most of my usual activities except for strength training at the gym. I never weighed myself during or after the detox because weight loss was not my goal. I had partaken in this cleanse to give my body a well deserved rest and to allow it to flush any residue toxins I had lingering in my body. For those of you that are just starting your own detox journey, I hope you find this journal relatable to your experiences. Please know that the urge to eat, the headaches, and the initial tiredness is something that we all experience. I hope you have gained some insight into what goes on through the mind of a fellow detoxer 🙂