Some of you know that I finished my first juice cleanse last week! I've gotten a lot of questions about my experience, so I thought I'd share it with y'all!
After reading all about juice cleansing for weeks, I finally decided to give it a try. I convinced my friend Ana to join the madness with me, and after choosing a beginner's cleanse from local Roots Juices, we placed our orders and braced ourselves.
Going in, I really had no idea what to expect. I don't juice at home. I'd never done any kind of cleanse or "pre-cleanse" before. I'm a generally healthy eater, but I knew this would be a completely different experience. Would I be hungry (or hangry... same thing for me, really) all the time? How would my body react? Will I have any energy?
I decided to choose Roots for my cleanse for a few reasons. I've read a lot about how to juice cleanse at home, but it wasn't a realistic option for me since I'm at school all day long. I needed something more convenient. Also, being new to cleansing, I really wanted some guidance. Roots is local to me, so I knew the juices would be super fresh. And with free delivery, and seriously the BEST customer service ever (they are so easy to get in touch with, and answered a million questions I had!), it was a no-brainer.
For the few days leading up to the juices, I cut out caffeine, alcohol, meat, dairy, and gluten. I also drank TONS of water. Although there's different information out there about how to eat before a juice cleanse, I will say that, for me, this was very helpful. It eased my body into it, and I think it also mentally prepared me.
The first 2 days drinking the juices were actually SO much easier than I thought they would be! I wasn't hungry at all and actually felt really full from all the liquid I was drinking! I had tons of energy and was sleeping so much better than I normally do (some of you know I'm a pretty terrible sleeper). I liked all of the juices a lot (the Health Nut Almond Milk is seriously like a vanilla milkshake) except for one called Restore (a beet/ginger blend). That one was tough for me, even though I love beets! However, it's totally personal preference, because my husband tried it and LOVED it.
Day 3 was the hardest for me; I woke up with a monster headache and felt dizzy. However, I was expecting this! One of the Roots employees had told me that the third day is when toxins are really starting to leave your body, and that a headache, nausea or dizziness are normal. Your body is releasing all of its junk, so you're going to feel that. The good news, though, is that that means the cleanse is working! By the end of Day 3 I felt fine, and during Day 4 and 5 I felt great again (minus an unwelcome pimple on my forehead... again, it's the detox...wah wah wah).
By the end of Day 5, I was full of energy and just felt healthy. I went back to a vegan, gluten free diet for the three days following the juices, and gradually introduced "regular" food back into my diet. I haven't had meat yet, but that hasn't really been intentional; it's just how I've been eating. This post-cleanse is super important so that your digestive system can slowly "wake up." In other words, don't celebrate the end of your cleanse with a cheeseburger. :)
So would I do it again? Absolutely! I would love to try to do one of their 1-day cleanses regularly, maybe monthly. I haven't quite figured out a plan yet, but I do know that I'm hooked and will definitely be returning!
If you have any questions about juice cleansing, you can request a more detailed "How to Cleanse" PDF from Roots here or visit them on Facebook.
Or, feel free to ask questions in the comments or email me if you have a question about my experience. I am no expert, but I would love to tell you whatever you need to know about my experience! I had one million questions before I began my cleanse, so I would LOVE to share anything with y'all.
If you have been thinking about doing a juice cleanse, I would definitely recommend giving it a try!
Disclaimer: Roots helped me with this post by providing their company photographs, but I was not compensated to write anything favorable, and all opinions are one billion percent my own!