My 3-Day Suja Juice Cleanse + a Giveaway for You!

Suja Juice 3-Day Cleanse

If you know me or if you’re a loyal reader of A Big Mouthful, you’re probably wondering, “Am I reading this right? Adrienne is doing a juice cleanse?! This can’t be right.”

Your intuition is correct. Doing a cleanse is so far from anything I’ve ever done, it seems crazy.

However, I was introduced to Suja Juice earlier this year when I attended IFBC. Their juice was my favorite thing I tried at the conference, and I found myself thinking about it months later.

Since it’s around the holidays, I’ve been wanting to consciously decrease the amount of the typical kinds of foods we eat around this time of year and increase fruits and vegetables. Think of it as a body reset. Also, I like the idea of starting fresh for the New Year.

The good folks at Suja hooked me up with a complimentary 3-day cleanse, and I’m here to share with you my honest opinions, thoughts and experience with their 3-day cleanse. Disclaimer: Yes, I received the juices for free, but all opinions are my own and I was not paid for this post. Also, I’m not a doctor. This is not meant to be medical advice; just my personal experience with this juice cleanse.

Suja Juice Cleanse

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get into the real deal details of Suja Juice’s 3-Day Cleanse.

Suja Juice is available at Whole Foods, but they can also ship to you, which is great because that makes it super easy. I received my box of 18 Suja Juices, packed with ice packs to keep them fresh until I could get them into my fridge. I was super excited to check out the flavors and read all about their suggested guidelines for the cleanse.

There are six 16-ounce juices a day, and Suja suggests an order so that your body can properly absorb all the nutrients. Flavors include:

Glow: 2 apples, 6 celery stalks, ½ a cucumber, a handful of spinach, 3 collard leaves, 3 kale leaves and a sprig of mint
Fuel: 9 carrots, 1 orange, 1 apple, slice of pineapple, ½ a lemon and an inch of turmeric
Purify: 7 carrots, 1 apple, 2 celery stalks, a ¼ of a cucumber, ½ a beet and ½ a lemon
Fiji: 2 apples, 6 celery stalks, ½ of a cucumber, a handful of spinach, 3 collard greens, 3 kale leaves, a squeeze of lemon and a hint of ginger
Green Supreme: 2 apples, a bunch of kale and 1/2 a lemon
Vanilla Cloud: 1/2 a coconut’s meat, a spoonful of honey, 12 almonds, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of vanilla and a pinch nutmeg

Obviously, this is way more fruit and vegetables than I could ever eat in one day. It’s also a lot more liquid than I would normally consume. Both of which are good things.

How it went down:

Day one was great at first, then turned a bit rough. Suja recommends you do a pre-cleanse where you decrease caffeine and certain foods in the days previous, which of course I didn’t do because that would make too much sense. Since I’m a coffee drinker, I anticipated the caffeine headaches. For me, it started around 10 a.m. and progressively got worse throughout the day. By 4 p.m., my head felt like it was going to explode. So there’s that.

I found out pretty quickly that all the juices are best super cold, and I had to drink them with a straw. The acid from the fruits was bothering my teeth, but drinking them with a straw solved that problem.

By about 3 p.m., I had a raging headache, I was tired and moody. To be honest, it was had to concentrate on work, and nearly impossible to be nice to anyone.

I also started to get really congested in my nose and ears. I hadn’t ever heard that getting stuffy was a side effect of a cleanse, so that seemed a bit weird.

To be honest, I was feeling pretty defeated about the whole thing. How was I supposed to function and do a juice cleanse at the same time? When I got home, I had a few pieces of roasted chicken breast because I thought it would help my headache (it didn’t),  and then drank the (super delicious) Vanilla Cloud and went to bed. At 6 p.m. No joke.

Now, I don’t blame this on the juices or lack of solid food. I completely blame this on the lack of caffeine. Migraine city.

Day two, thankfully, was easier than day one. I had decided on the night of day one that if I still felt that bad the next morning, I wasn’t going to continue on with the cleanse. Luckily, when I woke up, my migraine was gone. I did start to get a bit of a headache around 10 a.m., but I took an Ibuprofen and it went away. I did, however, continue to be congested.

I knew I’d be having dinner with a girlfriend that had been planned for a while, and I wasn’t going to cancel. I’m also not going to be the person who goes out to dinner with a girlfriend I haven’t seen in forever and say, “I’m not going to order anything because I’m doing a juice cleanse.” That’s just not me. So I ordered a salad, no big deal.

Day three was interesting. I began to crave the juice. The headache was still there, but I actually was looking forward to drinking the juices. I’d been feeling like the Green Supreme juice was too sour the first two days, but on day three, it tasted better. I did get a couple of zits by this time (apparently a side effect of cleanses), and my nose was stuffier than ever. I’m still not sure what to make of that.

It’s Over – Would I do it again?

The interesting thing is that throughout the three days, I didn’t feel hungry at all. The juices taste really good and are surprisingly filling. The only thing that killed me was the lack of caffeine, leading to headaches.

The bottles were super convenient and made it easy to do the cleanse even while at work. It was nice not to think about cooking or what I was going to eat for three days. My favorite flavors were Fuel, Fiji and Vanilla Cloud. You wouldn’t believe how good the Vanilla Cloud is. Cleanse or no cleanse, this is delicious, healthy treat.

At the end of it all, I felt lighter and did lose a few pounds. Food tasted sharper, and I began to slow down and appreciate more of what I was eating. I’m taking away a “simpler is better” approach to fueling my body.

Would I do this again? Yes, but not during a super busy work week in the middle of the holidays. It affected my productivity too much because of the caffeine headaches. If I do it again, I’d definitely taper the caffeine intake before starting the cleanse. I’d be more inclined to do Suja’s 1-day cleanse more often, as it seems more manageable, and a good way to keep things in check more often throughout the year.

Now, for the giveaway!

Would you like to try Suja Juice’s 3-Day Cleanse for yourself? One lucky reader will win a Suja Juice 3-Day Cleanse shipped directly to them from Suja Juice, worth $162.00, plus shipping! US readers only, please.

To enter, simply comment on this post by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, December 27 about why you would like to try a Suja Juice 3-Day Cleanse. I’ll pick a winner via random.org and notify you via email.

To learn more about Suja Juice, check out their website, Facebook and Twitter.

Good luck, and happy holidays and best wishes for you in the New Year!

Author: Adrienne | Categories: Leftovers | Comments: 42

40 Comments

  1. Posted December 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM | Permalink

    Interesting to read about your experience! I’ve been super curious about juice cleanses for a while, just intimidated because I’m concerned about being cranky and hungry the whole time. But three days doesn’t sound so bad! I’m lucky in that I don’t drink caffeine every day, so I think I could handle that aspect of it. And I’d like to experience it for myself to see how it makes me feel, with the hope that I’d come out of it craving more veggies. I eat plenty of fruit, but probably not enough veggies.

  2. Meguire
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM | Permalink

    Ohh boy – I can only imagine the caffeine headache. I’d be right there with you! Kudos to you for trying it and successfully completing three days. Now I kinda want to try… 🙂

  3. Cindy
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 8:07 PM | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted to try a juice cleanse but never have. Fingers crossed!

  4. Marisa
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

    I would be interested in trying – I experienced a terrible caffeine headache weekend so I’d be curious if I got them when doing a “reset” like this.

  5. Heather
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

    I would love to try a juice cleanse from Suja! I tried doing the juicing thing at home (fresh produce + juicer) but it wasn’t sustainable since it is so time consuming. Suja’s fresh pre-made juices seem like a great alternative – once the caffeine withdrawals are over!

  6. Megan
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 7:31 PM | Permalink

    Hi! Very interested in the suja give-away! I’m a fairly new mom ready to start 2014 off right, and get my body back! I think this cleanse might be a perfect way to begin my new way of living and finally take care of myself! Thanks for the opportunity and God bless!

  7. Susan Lee
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM | Permalink

    I want it for my husband. He’s had many digestive issues and a good cleanse is in order!

  8. Janice
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM | Permalink

    I would love to try a cleanse. I am recovering from achilles surgery and want to get my body back on track for the new year.

  9. Faith
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM | Permalink

    I’d love to try the 3-day cleanse…interested in starting the year off right, and am starting to think about cutting caffeine and alcohol before potentially starting a family in 2014!

  10. Yoojin
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    i have read and learned alot about juice cleanses and have always wanted to try one (especially after this holiday season!) to detox my body. i don’t know how i will feel, but the benefits i hear from doing a juice cleanse seem very applicable for me and my digestion.

    i’ve had a few of the suja juice flavors and love them so much! i’d love to start the year with a cleanse 🙂

  11. Cynthia
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 11:46 PM | Permalink

    Would love to be able try suja juices. I have been wanting to purchase some, for a cleanse, but budget constraints don’t allow. Hope I win the offer!

    Thanks,
    Cynthia V. Garcia

  12. Heather
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 2:45 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been looking at Suja Juices for months and following them on social media- which is how I found you! I’ve really been wanting to try a cleanse that is tasty and keeps me full, and this is the best I’ve found. I absolutely love that they’re gluten and dairy free (I’m lactose intolerant with celiac disease). The cleanse would be idea for me because it will cleanse any allergens left in my system- woo! Haha the only thing stopping me though is the price :/

  13. Nicole
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    I’d love to win!! I’ve enjoyed the juices on their own, so I know i would love the cleanse.

  14. Posted December 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM | Permalink

    This would be the perfect start to the new year! I would love to reset my body so that it is easier for me to maintain a high raw vegan diet!! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win, my fingers & toes are crossed! 😉

  15. Amanda
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

    I would love to win the suja cleanse because the juices are delicious and nutritious! Eating too much fruit on its own gives me a stomach ache but with 1 bottle I get 2-3lbs of fruit! Plus I really need to detox- you can’t out exercise a bad diet!

  16. Grace
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

    Ths would be a great way to detox after the holidays and kickstart the new year! For a more long term perspective, substituting breakfast or snacks with a juice might be more sustainable. Now finding the right juices that work for me is the hard part! Hope to be the lucky winner!

  17. Debra
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM | Permalink

    I would love to try this is right now I feel the holiday bloating already,

  18. Tammy
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 2:14 AM | Permalink

    I just stumbled upon Suja’s website and now I’m dying to try this… but I’m a college student and it’s so darn expensive! GAH! This could be my chance to segway to a healthier lifestyle (and maybe discourage me from eating the cafeteria cookies every day…)

  19. Sarah
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 3:12 AM | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted to try a juice cleanse– fingers crossed that this will be my chance!

  20. Mary Jenkins
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    I like to do a cleanse around New Year’s just because I feel so gross after Christmas over-eating. But, cleansing is hard for me. I would love to try these and see if they give me the energy boost I need!

  21. Cori
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 4:16 AM | Permalink

    Hi Adrienne 🙂 I really enjoyed reading about your experience with the Suja juices. I’ve been wanting to do a cleanse for so long, it seems like just what I need after months of stressing at work and school and not having the time to take care of myself. I’ve heard so many good things about the Suja 3-day Cleanse and would love to be able to try it out! Such an amazing opportunity, if I won I couldn’t thank you enough!

  22. katie
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted to try a cleanse and this one sounds amazing. I would love to kick off the new year with more energy and knowing that I’m taking care of myself! What a great giveaway:)

  23. rayray cartucci
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

    My sister really wants a cleanse so I would like to win this for her. She has a few minor health issues and she feels this has helped her in the past. Thanks!

  24. Natalie
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM | Permalink

    I definitely need a kick start and reset after this holiday! So much bad food, feeling awful! Good honest review, much appreciated!

  25. Daphne
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM | Permalink

    I’d love to do this for New Years! It would be the perfect motivation to start a healthier year 🙂

  26. Tova
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 1:09 AM | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted to do a juice cleanse, and this would be a wonderful opportunity! Thank you so much for the review! 🙂

  27. Ellie
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 1:19 AM | Permalink

    I’d love this for the new year… may have put on a few pounds this holiday season and I have track season starting soon! Not feeling up to snuff.

  28. Valarie D.
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the honest and thorough review Adrienne, always enjoy your posts.

    I’d love to be picked to try this out. I’ve been hearing about it for months now but haven’t tried it yet because of the cost. I have a few medical conditions that prevent me from losing weight as easily as others, so it’s really frustrating. I’m hoping a cleanse like this could jumpstart me into the direction I need to be heading.

  29. manda
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

    I would like to get healthy for fertility purporses.

  30. Kaycie
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM | Permalink

    I have been wanting to try a cleanse. I’ve read a lot about the Suja Cleanse, & it seems like a great one to try for a first cleanse because the juices sound delicious! Thanks for your honest review of the juices & your experience!

  31. Jana
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

    From all the reviews on Suja that I have read, yours is by far the most detailed. There are things that people wouldn’t think of when juicing; at least I wouldn’t think of drinking the juices with a straw! Kudos on trying this out and telling us about it. I can’t wait to try it!

  32. Dianne
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 9:31 PM | Permalink

    I would like to do this but just can’t take the caffeine headaches! What if you had just one cup of coffee in the morning then faithfully followed with the juices for the rest of the day???

  33. Victoria
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM | Permalink

    Loved reading about your experience with the cleanse. Migraine city is right. The headache started at you said around 10am and got dramatically worse. I also became congested. Seemed strange to me as well. I wasn’t hungry while on the cleanse but the juices actually made me feel slightly nautious. And I hated the taste of all of them, especially Glow which tasted like grass. I am a pretty healthy person, caffeine aside, so I was surprised that I had difficulty stomaching the juice.

  34. Posted November 9, 2014 at 4:28 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been steadily gaining weight since I started college. This has had a negative effect on me in several ways. I have lost all sense of self confidence and my immune system has really taken a beating due to my bad eating habits. It’s reached a point where I miss weeks of class due to being ill because I do not consume enough healthy nutrients for my body to function correctly. I really need help jump starting my path to wellness! As a college student, Suja products are out of my price range. Please pick me!

  35. alex
    Posted November 28, 2014 at 8:13 PM | Permalink

    So interested in trying a juice cleanse– eating healthy has never come easily to me, so having my “meals” planned out for me sounds like a great jumpstart to being healthy!

  36. Posted November 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM | Permalink

    Looking for a new start on my new me.. I have heard great things about juicing and living in ATX we have some healthy options for healthy living styles. I would love to try this out to search out the NEW ME begining.

  37. Elizabeth
    Posted November 29, 2014 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    I’m interested in trying the 3 day juice cleanse to get a jump start on weight loss and hopefully to help get rid of some of my junk food cravings. I admire that you actually gave up caffeine for 3 days, I can’t imagine doing that! I plan to stick to the juice cleanse except that I’ll probably have some green tea with it.

  38. Laura
    Posted November 29, 2014 at 11:14 PM | Permalink

    This cleanse might be a perfect way to begin my new way of eating right and living a healthier lifestyle. I would love to win!

  39. Posted February 5, 2017 at 11:40 PM | Permalink

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  40. Posted March 20, 2017 at 3:18 AM | Permalink

    真是时光荏苒!

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