Me: hey, do you want to do a juice cleanse?
If only all decision were made that easily.
Why a juice cleanse? I'd been wanting to try it for a variety of reasons: health, energy, detox, and weight loss being primary among them. A reset of sorts.
Some basic searches led me to a diy version of the Blueprint Cleanse. The Blueprint Cleanse is around $165 for 3 days. Per person. So obviously we were going to diy.
I decided to follow this particular blog's directions. They were simple and easy to follow with dedicated grocery lists.
These 6 daily juices are as follows:
Cashew or Almond
In addition to the above juices you can have water and green tea.
First, of all, this requires a TON of produce and a TON of prep and a TON of cleanup. We spent several hours washing/cutting/juicing our juices for the next day. It is definitely not quick and easy.
I figured I would be hungry. Starving, actually. And I was not disappointed. I was indeed starving for the better part of 3 days. Here's the thing-I read a lot of reviews and experiences and nearly every single one said they thought they would be starving, but they weren't. They actually had tons of energy.
I was so hungry it was difficult to focus on anything. I was at times light-headed. It was just an overall feeling of foggy-ness. Rob felt the same way. Instead of moving my focus away from food-which I had hoped the cleanse would help with-I was obsessed with food and could think of little else.
So how did the juices taste?
The green juice was horrible. Let me rephrase; the green juice tasted like celery. I hate celery.
The PAM juice was delicious. I could drink that all day.
The spicy lemonade. Not good. Not good at all.
The CAB I like to refer to as "beet juice of death." I drank it once and only once. That was enough for me to decide I'd rather go hungry(er) thank drink said death juice. To clarify, Rob got a little heavy-handed on the ginger, which made it very spicy. I'm talking burn-your-throat spicy, fiery gullet spicy. I choked a glass down-gulping water in between-heaved on the last sip, and decided that was where the road ended for me and the CAB. We had made 2 days worth of the fiery beet juice, and there was really no way to fix it.
The almond juice was delicious.
So did I cheat? I had a handful of almonds and a few cucumber slices on the second day. On the third and final day I made it until lunch and called the whole thing off (I had already decided to ease out of it that day). Rob had a salad on the night of the second day, and I think he ate normally on the third day.
Did I lose any weight? Yeah, we both lost weight. And we've probably gained it back.
How much was it? Honestly, I never totaled it up (I went to store several times) but less than $100.
Would I do it again? Eh. Modified. I would do it for a day. Or replace two meals a day with juice and eat one meal. No food for three days is too much for me, personally. But I do love the reset and the influx of vitamins and nutrients. I like juicing. But I will definitely hold off on any juices that contain celery or beets.