I did a juice cleanse!
Running a fitness blog has its perks like getting samples of healthy foods! Recently, I’ve tried a one-day raw, organic juice cleanse from Urban Remedy, a small business from San Rafael, CA. Although I love making green smoothies (my favorite combines avocado, grapes, pears, broccoli, and spinach), I’ve never thought about undertaking a liquid cleanse. But, hey, if a trendy brand wants to give me a full-day’s supply of meals and snacks, I may as well try it. If worse comes to worst, I’ll just supplement with solid food. I decided on Urban Remedy’s Signature Cleanse for a single day. This consisted of six individually packaged juices which are suggested to be spaced two hours apart. Urban Remedy prefers cleansing with just their juices, but suggests eating raw vegetables and drinking water if you feel hungry. How did it go? Would I do it again? Keep on reading to find out!
Why did I do it?
I was curious. It sounded like a challenge. Also, I wanted to form an opinion about the popular trend backed by personal experience. A lot of my readers ask about cleanses and I’d feel more empowered to talk about the subject if I had some experience. Also, the juices sounded delicious!
Did I have any doubts?
Yes! I was scared that I’d get hungry and have trouble focusing. I oftentimes get “hangry,” meaning hungry and angry. I thought I might lose my patience, fail to exercise, or binge on solid food after the cleanse. I also didn’t want to haul around jars of perishable juice all day.
What did I drink?
All six drinks were tasty and fresh.
- Brainiac: Celery, cucumber, parsley, spinach, and lemon
- Time Machine: Acai, lemon juice, cayenne, water and stevia
- Flush: Cucumber, ginger, lemon and mint juice apple
- After Party: Beet root, carrot, ginger, apple and lemon
- Warrior: Chia seeds, raspberries, and stevia
- Relax: Cashew milk with vanilla and cinnamon
These are pressed drinks with no added sugar. Stevia is a natural calorie-free sweetener. All six totaled to about 1100 calories, which is under the lowest calorie recommendation for people aiming to lose weight (1200 for women, 1400 for a man). Honestly, a single day cleanse will not hurt you. Heck, it may even help some of us de-bloat after a week of eating salty Panda Express and Carmelina’s. However, it’s not enough nutrition for a healthy, sustainable diet. I would think twice about committing to a cleanse for longer than 3 days.
As for the juices themselves, they were all good, but my favorites were the “After Party” and the “Relax.” The root vegetable and ginger combination created a spicy-sweet taste. The “Relax” was a smooth cashew milk similar to a richer and nuttier Horchata. It’s also the only drink with a significant amount of protein.
How did I feel?
Because I drank the juices every 2 hours, I rarely felt hungry. Sometimes, I didn’t even finish my current drink before it was time to have my next one. Each drink is 12 oz so you’re drinking a lot of liquid which stretches your stomach and makes you feel full.
The only time I felt uncomfortable was after my first juice of the day. I drank the “Brainiac” during lecture and there couldn’t be a worse name for it. This is a 90 calorie vegetable juice with only some vitamins and natural sugars. I was pretty hungry, missed my hearty bowl of oatmeal, and had a hard time concentrating. I suggest that Urban Remedy pack their breakfast drink with more protein and fiber.
However, by the time I was at juice #6, I was full and satisfied! My 1-day cleanse was rather fun because I had something new to try every couple hours.
What were the effects?
The next day, I lost 2 lbs (of water weight) which I gained back after a day of normal eating. My jaw was more relaxed because I hadn’t chewed anything for a day. I have jaw pain from TMJ. I actually woke up the next day pretty energized and motivated to eat healthy, simple, and fresh foods. My initial worries did not become reality. I felt satiated for the most part, so I didn’t gorge on solid food or turn “hangry”. Overall, I went through a typical day in medical school fine, and even had energy to do a short run.
Would I do it again?
Well, Urban Remedy is expensive. A one day supply of juices is $60.00 plus shipping. So I definitely will not buy this for myself. However, I would consider doing something similar if I ever get into an unhealthy eating rut or need to quickly get rid of bloating after days of consuming salty foods. Also, I think eating more soups and liquid foods would help me manage my TMJ better. I’m glad I did it and survived to tell the tale.
Have you ever done a juice cleanse? Did it change you in any way (effects, mindset, habits)? Let me know!