Last week, I started a three day juice cleanse. I was hoping for a few things as a result of the cleanse namely, a little weight loss, a detox from my crazy sugar addiction, clear skin and boundless energy. Juice cleanses seems to be the rage these days and they all tout those things. I decided to go with a local juice supplier, Sara Fresh Juice (in Sarasota, Florida), as I didn’t want my busy lifestyle to get in the way. I wanted to pay my money, get my juice and then have a healthy three day cleanse.
I started my cleanse on a Tuesday morning but I had given up coffee the Saturday before and I was really feeling the effects of the caffeine withdrawal. Regardless, I was kind of excited that first day to try all of the different juices I had waiting for me.
For $60 per day, you get 6 bottles of juice and Sara Fresh recommends drinking them about every two hours. I have to admit I was not hungry at all. There were times I wanted to eat, but I really think that was more due to habit and wanting to eat with my family, rather than drink my juices.
The first day was the easiest for me. Like I mentioned, I was really excited to try out the different juices and looked forward to each one throughout the day. I did feel a little achy and sick but I attributed that to the lack of coffee and influx of major amounts of nutrients and vitamins.
The second day was a bit harder. My aches and pains seemed to get worse and I really did not like some of the juices. When I talked to Lynn at SaraFresh about that she mentioned that those were probably the ones I needed most. And, she is probably right. I had not problem with the Papaya Smoothie or the Lemon Ginger Aid but the Kale, Collards, Cilantro, Cucumber and Lemon was a little bit harder to handle. I really thought I would crack on that second evening. I wanted to eat chips with the kids. I wanted to eat food. Real food. Aaron was a really good supporter and he kept telling me to just stick to it–that I could handle it, no problem.
The third day, I was not hungry at all and I didn’t want to drink my juices either. Instead of my six juices, I drank three. Only my favorites and pawned the others off on Aaron. I really thought I could continue on the cleanse for a longer period of time. Thoughts of doing it for a week or two weeks entered my mind. I had this! No problem!
But, the idea of food got the best of me . I broke my cleanse after the third day with a small bowl of brown rice and I was so excited to eat it. It was warm, it had texture, it had salt!
All in all, I lost six pounds (although it was mostly water), did have more energy, and felt great during the cleanse. I do want to add green juice to my diet as I think that is a really good way for me to make sure to get my green nutrients in. Aaron even liked it and wants to buy a juicer for the house.
SaraFresh Juice can be found at Detwilers Produce, Louie’s Modern and at the Sarasota Farmers Market. I went last weekend and she had a Pina Colada (coconut water, young Thai coconut, and pineapple juice)–so good! I had to fight Nova for it.