Let me preface this by saying that I love food. I mean, I have an extensive list of foods that I hate but for the most part, I love food. I don’t like giving it up or restricting myself from eating certain things because food is meant to be enjoyed and savoured. It makes us HAPPY. Have you ever seen someone eating a burrito or nachos looking sad?? I didn’t think so. Food makes my world go round. I will admit though that ever since my marathon, I’ve given myself a big, fat free pass to eat like a quarterback. I did zero running for two weeks but ate as if I was training for an ultra. I’m not even exaggerating in the least.
I received an email a while back from Ashley at Cedar Juice asking me if I was interested in doing a cleanse. I’m not going to lie – I was really hesitant and a part of me felt like it was against what I believed in and practiced. Anytime a juice cleanse is brought up in conversation, I’m always the one to dismiss the idea and preach a balanced lifestyle. The other part of me became curious after exchanging emails with Ashley and I thought maybe it wasn’t a horrible idea. If I hated it then I could stop, right? If it reset my post-marathon body and made me feel amazing then that’s GREAT, right? I wanted to put myself up to the challenge just to see if I could do it.
Cedar Juice has a 1-day, 3-day or 5-day cleanse. I chose the 3-day option because 1 day didn’t seem challenging enough and 5 days sounded absurd. The 18 organic, cold-pressed juices (6 for each day) arrived at my door (in a box with ice packs) on Friday so that I had it in time for Monday (when I planned on starting the cleanse).
The juices are numbered and the idea is to drink them in order every 2-3 hours and if you feel like you’re going to die (slight exaggeration) then they suggest drinking veggie broth or eating green veggies.
*Note: I never received #3 in Tropic Kale. In my package, #1 and #3 were the same (Kale Made Good), as illustrated in the above photo.
I probably should have gone into the cleanse a bit more prepared. They suggest cutting out caffeine and processed foods in the days leading up to the cleanse but it was Halloween weekend and I had leftover candy soooo…yeah.
So, how did I do? How did I feel?
Drinking the juices at work was easy and I didn’t really think much about food. The trickiest part for me was being home and not eating. I usually raid my fridge and cupboards after work so not doing that was a bit of a challenge for me. I also started to crave something warm by the end of the day. I wanted a big plate of hot food!!
I had to pee ALL. THE. TIME. Along with the six juices, you’re supposed to drink water in between so it was like a constant flow of liquids all day. Other than that, I felt pretty good. I wasn’t as ravenous as I thought I’d be. The juices are substantial in size and I’d take my time sipping rather than chugging them. It seemed like it wasn’t very long in between juices. The first day was the hardest and I experienced some headaches, which I’m guessing were a symptom of food withdrawal.
According to the Cedar Juice website, you can expect the following benefits from a cleanse: more energy, better complexion, less bloating, clearer mind, and sounder sleep. I don’t know if three days is enough time to change your complexion so I can’t really speak about that…and a clear mind is almost impossible for me at the moment with everything that’s going on. What I can say is that I didn’t have my usual bloat for the three days I was on the cleanse. I can’t remember the last time I had a flat stomach from morning until night. I was also much more energetic than I thought I would be. I assumed I’d be tired and weak but turns out consuming a billion nutrients in the form of juice makes you feel awesome.
How did the juices taste?
I was not the biggest fan of Kale Made Good (juice #1 and #3). It’s veggie-heavy and has almost no sweetness to it so it wasn’t as easy to drink as the others. It’s not horrible – just probably at the bottom of my list in comparison to the others. The Pineapple Head (juice #2) was delicious – really sweet and tropical. I didn’t love Lemon’s Your Lucky Day (juice #4). I thought it would be sweet because it’s got coconut nectar in it..but it tasted like straight lemon juice to me – really sour!! Skip to the Beet (juice #5) was awesome and didn’t taste too “earthy”. The apple adds some sweetness and the ginger gives it a nice kick. I think Cracked It (juice #6) was my favourite. It’s perfectly creamy and sweet. I looked forward to it all day!
I’M EATING EVERYTHING. I’m glad I did this and I truly feel like I gave my body what it desperately needed after so many days of indulging. I feel refreshed and clean but at the same time, I’m SO ready for food. They suggest easing back into your “normal” diet slowly so I’m keeping things fairly light today but I have plans to go for Indian food tomorrow night. WOOHOO!
If anyone is interested in trying a 1, 3 or 5-day cleanse from Cedar Juice, you can use the promo code theathletarian10% to receive 10% off your order! 😀
Disclaimer: I was provided with a 3-day juice cleanse from Cedar Juice ($210 value) in exchange for an honest review.