Final day, yey! I felt so much better today than yesterday. I’m not sure if it was because I had a ‘juice high’ as Jason Vale calls it or it was simply in comparison to day 2. But I had a good day! There were 5 drinks on day 3 as opposed to 4 every other day. I may as well have won the lotto when I read this! Breakfast was the Juicemaster detox special – I really enjoyed this juice. It’s tasty and filling as you use avocado to thicken it up.
Lunch was the Beyond Detox and dinner was the Dreamy Detox. Dreamy detox is my least favourite; it is quite small and there is no yoghurt or avocado to add some fat and protein to make them more satisfying. You also got to have the H20 detox both mid-morning and afternoon which felt like the most amazing treat. Day 3 was by far the easiest day of the cleanse for me—probably because my body was getting used to drinking only juice. No headaches, not majorly hungry and no crankiness.
The day after the cleanse you are supposed to wake up feeling on top of the world. However I slept terribly so was tired which affected my buzz. I also think I ate a bit too much on day 4 – Jason Vale recommends a liquid breakfast, salad for lunch and some light protein and steamed fish for dinner. I ate all that but also some additional fruit, nuts etc. All good food but just a bit much and I felt bloated and swollen all day.
So would I do it again?
Overall, my juice cleanse was a positive experience, but I’m not sure it really did anything specific to my health. There are two main benefits for me. The first and most beneficial was it has made me aware of how much I snack between meals. We get copious amounts of free food at work and sometimes I feel I am grazing all day. And I’m a devil for tea and biscuits after dinner, especially since I gave up alcohol. My attitude is “if I can’t have a wine, I’m certainly having chocolate”. Sticking to such a strict program and not being allowed to snack has shown me I don’t really need them and it’s often just boredom. So whilst I will never be just 3 meals a day I feel it has raised my awareness on this. The second main benefit is I am hoping to introduce a breakfast smoothie every morning. Jason Vale said if you can just replace breakfast with a juice or smoothie 33% of your diet is now based on raw fruit and veg. That really resonated with me and I feel it’s doable.
Whilst I felt good for doing it, I didn’t feel amazing like I thought I might after a 3-day juice cleanse. I’m glad I tried it to see what it was all about but I don’t see myself doing another one anytime soon. I don’t think they are necessary for detoxing – your body does that naturally through the liver – and it’s more of a mental detox than physical. Also, if you are looking to shed a few pounds permanently, then a juice cleanse is not the answer. Drinking juice all day might help you to lose some water weight, according to many doctors but you might gain those pounds back post-cleanse when your body starts retaining calories from solid food again. However if I was someone who had a bad diet and was hoping to make long term changes or was coming back from a boozy / indulgent holiday etc something like this would be a nice kick start to eating well. If you are going to do one I would recommend this app. His coaching videos are great and the menu is designed to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. It’s great value.
Have a great day, Gilly. J