This time last week, I was on day one of a 3-day juice cleanse — my first EVER juice cleanse!
I thought I would share my experience in case you’re thinking of doing one, and for myself, because I’m planning to do another one in a month and it would be nice to have something to look back on 🙂
What ‘Brand’ of Juice Cleanse did you do?
I did a juice cleanse from Squeezed.com. I heard about them years ago on a radio show “Johnjay and Rich” and they always talked about how good the juices were. I checked it out and thought it was affordable. I also have a friend who said it was the best tasting juice cleanse she’d done.
They have a few different cleanses, and I did the 3-Day Super Squeezed Cleanse and made it spicy, which swaps a watermelon juice for a cayenne pineapple juice each day.
How did you choose the number of days for a juice cleanse?
With Squeezed, you could choose anything from a one-day to a 7-day cleanse! I went for a 3-day partly because that is the usual number of days I hear about from someone doing a juice cleanse. I also read that three days is enough for your body to tell a difference and to FEEL it. I didn’t think one or two days would be enough.
What days did you complete the juice cleanse?
I did my cleanse on a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I work from home, so it was easy for me to have the juices handy and have easy access to the bathroom. I will admit it was hard to keep myself away from snacks, but I would rather do it on a weekday than on a weekend.
How was the juice cleanse, by day?
I went into it thinking that day one would be the easiest since I’d be excited. I was prepared for day two to be the toughest. Instead, day one was the most difficult, and it got easier from there. I eat a mostly vegan diet (meaning, at home, I eat vegan unless I really feel like my body needs something outside of that. When I travel or go out to eat, I sometimes have fish or cheese).
My plant-based diet made this cleanse, overall, easier than I expected. I wasn’t really hungry, and didn’t have any side effects other than just being kind of bored (I usually cook every day) and having to pee a lot! At the end of day one, I was craving anything salty — I really wanted chips!
Did you eat or drink anything other than juice?
The juice cleanse I did was 5 juices each day + a cashew milk per day. You can choose your boundaries, but I allowed myself to drink black coffee and water in addition to the juices and cashew milk. I had 0 food.
On the first day, I put some of the cashew milk into my coffee, but after that, I just drank it black. I didn’t drink all five juices ever — but drank water when I needed a break from the juice.
What was your first meal after the juice cleanse?
On Thursday, I actually still had coffee and a leftover juice in the morning! I was really nervous to eat actual food, but I ordered a salad with no dressing from Cava for lunch. It was just greens, roasted veggies, and some falafel. I ate every bit of it and felt so sleepy afterward.
I didn’t eat anything else that day and have just been trying to follow my appetite ever since.
What is your plan for after a juice cleanse?
Squeezed.com sent me some ideas on what to do after the cleanse. One of them was to continue with juicing (as a meal replacement) and have one “regular” meal each day. I liked this idea at first, but after looking at the calories in the juices and the cashew milk, I feel like it’s more calories than I would consume regularly — minus the fiber.
So, I am opting to eat as clean as possible, sticking to my plant-based diet for now. I do plan on completing another 3-day juice cleanse in one month (around mid-June). I really liked the taste of the Squeezed.com juices and it’s SO convenient (the juices were delivered same-day to my doorstep), but I’m tempted to try other cleanses now, just to see what’s out there.
Please note that none of this was sponsored by Squeezed.com in any way — I chose it on my own and paid for it. Once I made an account though, I got a referral code, that gets you $5 off your order – here’s my link!
Have you ever done a juice cleanse??
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