I completed my very first ever juice cleanse yesterday and am super excited to share my review with all of you! As you may know I recently won a smoothie recipe competition put on by Greenhouse juice, so I was given a credit to use at any of their locations. It was pretty exciting and the first time my recipe has been published outside of my blog. I’d been wanting to try a cleanse for sometime just to see if I could handle it and to help me detox a bit more from anything I may be eating that bothers me. I know one day cleanses are pretty light and most healthy people won’t notice too big of a difference, but for those new to cleanses or the healthy lifestyle its a perfect way to start!
I did the one day greens cleanse, as I usually eat pretty healthy (no refined sugars, no gluten, plant-based, dairy and meat free) but it was still a bit of a challenge. My morning routine usually begins with lemon water and then a giant fruit & veg smoothie, which doesn’t have refined sugars but still has natural sugars from the fruits. I also usually have dried fruits or a complex carb with lunch and dinner too so cutting out natural sugars was probably the most difficult thing during this cleanse.
The morning started with a detox juice (lemon, alkaline water & liquid cayenne) which was pretty spicy but somehow refreshing. I was good with that until mid-morning and went for my first green juice of the day. I was surprised at how filling the juice was. All the bottles were 16oz in size so it was a good serving of organic veggies.
Late morning is when I start craving something crunchy(but healthy) to snack on, but I fought the cravings and took my E3 Live shot and then began sipping on the unsweetened almond milk. I must say that was the most delicious almond milk I’ve ever tasted! and I make my own free of preservatives and fillers, but Greenhouse juice cold-press’ their almonds with a (expensive) amazing Norwalk juicer and adds real vanilla beans. There was another green juice for lunch, I found this one was the most nourishing and rich as they added juiced sprouts. My least favourite juice of the entire cleanse was the aloe shot. pure, unrefined, unsweetened aloe. I’m not a fan, but I chased it back with a bit of almond milk and all was ok.
The cleanse finishes with a final green juice and a chia hydrator. I must say the concept of drinking chia and water was very odd to me as I’ve never do it before. The texture was a bit different to get used to but it was kind of nice to have a bit more substance with the last drink of the cleanse. And I needed it as dinner time rolled round and I really started craving some sautéed veggies and complex carbs.
I’m going to be honest and say I almost cheated, the entire day. But I didn’t. I made it through and I’m really glad I did. I woke up this morning and felt amazing, refreshed and ready to go. If you’re looking to try your first cleanse ever, I may recommend another cleanse that includes natural sugars like fruits and dates, but the one day cleanse was a perfect way to introduce juice cleansing into my lifestyle. I am already excited to start my next one!
Have any of you done a cleanse before? How did you find it? What are some of your favourite cleanses/juice bars?