Here it is! The long awaited post! I received so many messages and tweets in anticipation of this post, so I'm glad I can finally get it up here. As a veteran to juice cleansing, I really wanted to be as detailed and thorough as possible for beginners or for those nervous to try- like I was! The (almost) lawyer in me wants to start off with the necessary disclaimers first!
I decided on a 3 day cleanse to take care of my post-holiday sluggishness. I actually ordered the cleanse back in November on Black Friday, but had the shipping put off until January 5th (one of the many great things about this brand). This is what it looks like shipped:
Like most things, the first time you do something is always the hardest- and cleansing is no different.
Here was my schedule:
9:15AM- 1st juice
1:15PM- 2nd juice
3:00PM- 3rd juice
4:45PM- 4th juice
7:45PM- 5th juice
9:30PM- 6th juice
Coffee: 1 cup
Because I'm still on winter break (thank you, law school bridge classes), my schedule will not look like an average working person's schedule. And that's fine. These time estimates were based on how my body felt. You don't need to drink if you don't feel like your body needs anything! You don't need to follow a rigid schedule, but for a first timer you might want to follow the three (3) hours in between schedule. The hardest part of the first day is limiting the caffeine (if you're a drinker). I don't think I have done a cleanse yet where I didn't have a headache by the time I went to bed that first night, but I drink a LOT of coffee so part of the headache is from withdrawal. I felt good enough to exercise because my usual classes were in the morning before my body had time to adjust to the new system. Again, it is not recommended you exercise, but you can. Keep it light and definitely stop if you feel it taking a toll on your body. Aside from cutting back on the gym if you're a dedicated fittie like myself, one of the downsides to cleansing is you'll find yourself in the bathroom A LOT. This is one of the reasons I try to plan my cleanses around my class schedule so I'm not leaving classes to pee. On top of the required juices (which equates to about 96oz total), you also need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water- about half your body weight in ounces a day is recommended by health advocates! This helps further rid your body of toxins and flushes everything out- plus, all the other great benefits that come with staying hydrated! As for my supplement, by the time evening rolled around I was starting to feel the effects of the gym and knew I needed something more. Avocado is not on the approved Jus list, but it had been on the list from another cleanse and was all I had in terms of raw fruit/veg. I figured I needed the good fats after having worked out that morning. I had an early night my first day- retiring about an hour after finishing my last juice, but had a wonderful sleep. Whether you exercise or not, it is normal to feel extremely exhausted and/or worn out by the end of the first day. Even as a veteran to juicing, I still feel worn out after my first day. So, take some breaths and enjoy the sleep you'll get!
I've included a close up of a selection of a day's worth of juices. Juices 2 and 5 can vary by order! My personal favorite for juice 2 is the spicy lemonade and the coconut for juice 5!
I woke up feeling normal, but refreshed from a great sleep after a taxing day before. The first day is always the hardest because your body is adjusting to the new schedule and not working as hard as usual to digest food.
Here was my schedule for day 2:
10:30AM- 1st juice
12:15PM- 2nd juice
2:20PM- 3rd juice
4:45PM- 4th juice
7:30PM- 5th juice
9:00PM- 6th juice
Supplement: Steamed broccoli and lemon
Coffee: 2 cups
After getting over the shock of not eating from the first day, day two definitely gets much easier because you've already rid yourself of the motion of eating. I find the best way to distract yourself if you find it hard to stop thinking of food (this will happen the first time you cleanse!) is to keep yourself busy. If you're at work, this might be the most productive you've ever been because you need to preoccupy your mind. It really is mind over matter. If you're on a different schedule or choose to cleanse on a weekend- get out of the house! Get some errands done (not grocery shopping), go to the mall, window shop with a friend, etc. I knew I was going to be out most of the day, so I popped two juices in the freezer early in the morning and let them get super cold. The slim bottles make them very portable, and I just grabbed my second and third juices before I went out for the day and they stayed cold. You definitely want to make sure you drink them while they're cold, not only because they're perishable, but they taste the best. If you're in school, and I'm sure many readers may be heading back for spring semester soon, I'm going to get to how to manage cleansing while in class. At the end of the day, while I didn't need to eat, it's always a bit awkward to sit with your family and watch them eat while you drink a juice. I opted for some steamed broccoli (Jus approved) with a bit of fresh lemon on top. Cleansing is not about starving yourself. Eating some of the approved raw veg can help physically in terms of cleaning your plumbing (!), as well as mentally by allowing you to enjoy the action of chewing without ruining your hard work. Don't feel bad or guilty for opting to supplement. Trust me, you're not negating the effects of cleansing if you stick to the list of approved foods. Supplementing will help a little with the chilled feeling you might experience. This is completely normal. You will feel cold on and off throughout your cleanse due to your body not working as hard to digest and the fact you're consuming cold drinks all day. Supplementing may help alleviate this to an extent.
10:30PM- 1st juice
12:30PM- 2nd juice
4:00PM- 3rd juice
5:30PM- 4th juice
7:30PM- 5th juice
9:00PM- 6th juice
Supplement: Cucumber and lemon
Coffee: 2 cups
Ahh, here it is! The third and final day. I'm sitting here writing my last days' notes whilst my brother sits next to me eating pizza. He says it's for "control purposes." Typical scientist. *eye roll* But, do I feel tempted? No. Do I feel cravings? No. In fact, if anything I crave grapes and apples and kale and chicken- which is the perfect balanced meal right there. The great part about Jus is they don't leave you hanging after you've just had a tough few days. Each packet of information includes a post cleanse menu that I highly recommend you follow, especially if you're a first timer. You've just given your digestion system a break, so the last thing you want is to tax it heavily right away with fatty, processed, and/or super rich foods. You want to proceed into your healthier lifestyle with TONS of fresh veg and fruit and lean proteins. One of the main reasons I cleanse is to get back on a great healthy eating track after a period of special events, like the holidays. 99% of the food I consume during the holidays is food I do NOT purchase during the year, so I make sure I enjoy it. You can't feel guilty about eating something and if you do, there's already a problem that cleansing isn't going to fix. Enjoy your foods, continue exercising to maintain your metabolism, and then plan on cleansing to get back to your pre-holiday routine! It's really that simple. I can't tell you how AMAZING I feel right now. You wake up on the third (or fourth or fifth) day and just feel so... clean. I have so much energy today and I feel as if weight has been lifted off my shoulders- and some really has! While a juice cleanse should NOT be used for weight loss, I would say I see a difference of 3-4 pounds every time I finish one- depending on the length of the cleanse. It's not a significant loss, which is why you shouldn't use it as such, BUT it is a great way to jump start a weight loss program because you've already seen progress and it motivates you. Now, for those of you who are still in school, the next part is for you.
Cleansing While in School/Work/Anywhere Outside the Home
This section is for those of you who may have been convinced to try a cleanse, but are still worried about the convenience of it. If you are a worker/student with access to a fridge- you're all set. Bring the needed juices to work and keep them where you normally store your perishables. Unlike that leftover Chinese or pizza, the likelihood someone will take your juice is probably pretty low! Now, the people without access to refrigeration- have no fear! I have completed about four (4) cleanses where I had to bring juices to school, and while it's a little inconvenient, it's definitely doable. Jus includes these wonderful freeze packs within your package- save them! First thing is to plan out your day. If you have classes from 11-5 (a usual day for this law student) you probably only need to bring two (2) juices with you. Drink your morning juice at home and pack your other juices with those freeze packs in a lunch bag. That's it! Jus recommends you consume the juices about three (3) hours apart, so until you figure out how your body feels, bring at least two (2) with you and possibly a third. It's better to have an extra than to feel miserable. The same plan goes for everyone else who might not have access to proper refrigeration. Keep 'em cold with those freeze packs, and you're all set!
The Pros and Cons
If you're still on the fence and really don't want to reread my novel, here's a super convenient recap:
If this wasn't the most detailed juice cleanse play by play that you've ever read- then I didn't do the job I wanted to. My goal here was to encourage anyone who was thinking about cleansing to take the plunge and do it! I can only tell you so much about how great it has been for me- it's up to YOU to experience it for yourself. I promise, you won't be disappointed. In fact, Jus still has a great deal going on RIGHT NOW! So don't delay- go make that order you've been putting off. Let me know if this post helped by taking the quick poll below or by leaving a comment. Feel free to ask any questions I may not have answered! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram!