The awesome people at JUS by Julie included a complimentary one-day juice cleanse ($50) and a bottle of probiotic cold brew coffee ($8) in the first Rakuten Bonus Box of 2016. I was one of the lucky bloggers chosen to receive the box, and I was so excited about this cleanse. I wanted to share my experience doing a one-day juice cleanse. If you’re up for a juice cleanse, now is the time! Order now and get 25% off, plus free shipping, with code STPADDYJUS (expires March 20, 2016).
I ordered online, where I was able to schedule a delivery date. I chose the first available date, which was about a week from the time I placed my order. My juices arrived packed in a box with cooling materials (an ice pack and insulation). When they landed on my doorstep late in the day, they were no longer cold, to no fault of the JUS by Julie people; the package had been sitting on a UPS truck since 6am. Although the juices are perishable and need to be kept refrigerated, mine were absolutely fine. I popped them in the fridge as soon as I unpacked them.
The one-day cleanse consisted of six juices, which were to be consumed at intervals throughout the day (around 2-3 hours apart), finishing the last juice no later than two hours before bedtime. The juices are numbered, so you know the order in which to drink them.
The morning of the cleanse, I was amped up and ready to start. First up was Sweet Spin, a combination of kale, spinach, pineapple, mango, and banana. It tasted slightly sweet, and was on the thick side. As far as green juices go (which can be pretty nasty), this one tasted great.
Mid-morning was Spicy Pomegranate, which (surprisingly!) ended up being my favorite juice of the day. It was a mix of pomegranate, lemon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and water. I normally don’t like anything spicy, and this definitely had a kick to it, but all of the flavors tasted so good together. It was light, fruity, and I drank it quickly, even though I had to let my mouth cool off a little between sips. It was so refreshing and flavorful…this is one I would drink on a normal basis if I could.
Dr. Green was another green juice, infused with ginger. I don’t like ginger. This drink was really hard for me to get down because the ginger taste was overwhelming to me. If you like ginger, this shouldn’t be a problem. This served as my lunch, and it was my least favorite of all the drinks.
Read how the rest of the day went after the jump.
The day of the cleanse we had an afternoon work party for a colleague. There were tons of treats, and because I was surrounded by all the smells and sights of delicious food, cravings hit hard. I was still drinking Dr. Green (it took me awhile to get through it!), so I chugged it to quell the cravings.
My late afternoon drink was Chia Berry. This was good, but a bit tart–like straight up strawberries. The chia seeds gave it heft, so it took a little longer to drink. This tasted good, and was really refreshing on an unseasonably warm day.
Dinner was PB&JUS, which was like a dessert. At this point, it was around 6pm and I was dragging. I’d started going to the bathroom around 10am, and felt like I didn’t stop after that. I was so, so hungry at this point, and just wanted real food. I got a little cranky but slowly sipped the juice, which killed my hunger. This juice was delicious, and felt substantial; another favorite of the cleanse. My husband took a sip and said it tasted like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. (He then proceeded to take a few more sips.) After I finished, I headed to the gym.
I take a high-intensity Zumba class every night, and starting out, I just didn’t have the energy. I felt full, like there was a lot of liquid sloshing around in my stomach, yet hungry. I wasn’t able to put my usual effort into the workout. About halfway through the hour-long class, I got a burst of energy and was able to power through at my usual level of intensity.
My last drink of the day was X-treme Greens. Again, as far as green juices go, this was tasty. Lime was the prominent flavor, and really masked any unpleasant taste from the spinach & kale. Again, the hemp seeds gave it a thickness that was easy to drink but made it feel more like a meal.
So here’s my take on the cleanse. All of these juices were blended, which means the green and the seeded juices were a little thicker, and took longer to drink. I felt like I was drinking all day long (because I was). I had an insane boost of energy in the morning, which faded slowly throughout the day, then came back around 7:30pm. Surprisingly, I really wasn’t hungry throughout the day until dinnertime; at other points throughout the day, when I was hungry, I drank a juice and felt full. I went to the bathroom a lot more than usual throughout the day, which caused some discomfort. You can’t do this cleanse the day you’re embarking on a road trip or anything–you definitely need to stay close to a bathroom. The next day I woke up feeling refreshed and light, and my pants were a little looser. I would definitely recommend this cleanse to anyone who wants to hit the reset button on their insides, give their digestive system a break, and flush out built-up toxins. JUS by Julie offers one-, three-, and five-day juice cleanses, as well as individual bottles.
I started the morning after the cleanse with the Vanilla Probiotic Cold Brew. It was so good — like, as good as coffeehouse cold brew. I put a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk in it because it was strong, and it was an awesome way to start the day.
If you haven’t done a juice cleanse, I definitely recommend this one. If you’ve never tried JUS by Julie juices, give them a whirl! They’re healthy and delicious.
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