This weekend, I embarked on the Suja 3-day juice cleanse. I’ve completed three days of non-stop juicing once before, but this time I opted to order the juice instead of making it myself. Purchasing the juices was definitely more my style for the following reasons:
- I wasn’t slaving away making six juices a day. (Not to mention spending 20 minutes cleaning out our juicer every single time.)
- The juices tasted better than the ones I made myself.
- Every last ingredient was certified organic and non-GMO. The juices were also cold pressed, which mean they were more nutrient-dense than my homemade versions.
- I had an extremely packed weekend schedule, and the pre-bottled juices were perfect for being on-the-go.
- Because the cleanse was so damn expensive, I managed to muster the motivation to see it through to the end…if only to get my money’s worth.
- I avoided completely destroying my kitchen and living room in an ill-fated attempt to blend cashew milk.
Overall the cleanse went really well, and I highly recommend Suja’s products. Their cleanse was about forty dollars less than the infamous BluePrint Cleanse, and seemed to offer a better variety of flavors and ingredients. Also? All 18 juices shipped for free with my Amazon Prime account.
But let’s keep it real…the cleanse wasn’t all sunshine and roses. The morning of the very first day may have been the toughest. I woke up with a pounding headache and growling stomach. I just wanted to eat something. This lead to the first cheat: my daily two cups of coffee.
I justified my rule-bending by reminding myself that I was doing this less for the actual cleansing, and more to kickstart some weight loss. While caffeine is a “no-no” in the cleansing world, it wouldn’t add to my daily calorie count, so I decided to indulge. I felt better with the first sip, instantly deciding to allow myself two cups during each morning of the cleanse. When juicing in -10 degree weather, such exceptions are a necessity. (The coffee was also a lifesaver as I ended up going out to eat twice with friends. Having a hot cup of joe to sip on made forgoing all the tasty food much less painful.)
The following 48-hours of juicing went surprisingly smoothly. Despite a highly active schedule (which included filming my Body Pump audition video) I felt light, energized, and not at all hungry!
Until I got to the end of day three.
I’ll let a text message conversation from last night explain my other…um…”cheat”.
Okay…let me explain five things real quick:
- The donkey rides are completely irrelevant to this blog post, but I thought that part was worth leaving in.
- You know those paper thin pieces of “bread” they serve at restaurants that are really just delicious shreds of fried cheese? THAT is what these dog treats taste like. Only saltier. And when you’re in the midst of a juice cleanse, extra salty bites of cheese bread is just what the doctor ordered.
- Each treat is gluten-free, and just three calories. (And I only had
fourtwelve of them!)
- Now that I’m off the cleanse and less hungry, I tried them again to see if they tasted as good. And they did. I stand by my love for this high quality snack product.
- I will not be able to offer my friends the treats as appetizers after all; Jolie, Penny and myself devoured every last one of them.
Have I convinced you yet?
You can buy them on Amazon! (Just saying.)
And that, blog friends, is 600 words on why I should probably never do a juice cleanse again.
(At least just not when there’s an ample supply of “Cheese Please” in the pantry…)