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