Friday, April 19, 2013

my 5-day roots juice cleanse



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!

14 comments:

  1. Good to know about that 3rd day. That doesn't sound like fun at all, but at least the rest of it makes up for that one day! :)

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    1. It was SO worth a few hours of not feeling great. It helped me to know the reason why I wasn't feeling good - and knowing that in the long run, that meant good things for my body!

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  2. I'm thinking of doing a juice cleanse, too. Just put it off because juicers are so expensive! Good to know about day 3 being the hardest in case I do decided to do it!

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    1. The expense is definitely a factor! Doing it at home certainly cuts down on the cost, but for me the convenience was key because of my schedule. Let me know if you do decide to do it -- would love to hear about your experience! Have a great weekend Ashley!

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  3. Congrats on your cleanse, Marie! 5 days is a long time to not chew a morsel of food! I know after 3, I was ready! I give you major props!!! on 5 days. It wasn't for me to do 5. I never set out to, and by day 3, I was so ready to just eat! I had a harder time on days 1 and 2, and by day 3 I was doing well, but still, good to end on a high note. The ginger/beet juice - that was my fave one on Urban Remedy (also with carrot, apples, along w/ the ginger and beets...loved that thing!) Thanks for this post and so happy you're feeling awesome and it went so well for you!

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    1. Thanks so much Averie!! Your encouragement before/during/after really helped me! And on the ginger/beet-- it's definitely just preference! My husband loved it and even wanted me to get more when I was finished with the cleanse! Don't know why I didn't like that one because when it comes to actual EATING, I love beets AND ginger, but oh well! Thanks again for your sweet cheerleading along the way - I think encouragement is key! :)

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  4. So glad to hear of a success story with a juice cleanse. I'm sure it wasn't easy but I'll bet you're glad you stuck with it! The juices sound delish!

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    1. Thanks Georgia! Yes, was so happy to stick with it and really see the benefits. And the juices really are SO great - didn't mention it in the post, but there is a grapefruit/mint one (called lean & fit) that is absolutely delicious! I would drink that every day!

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  5. dang girl. I tried doing just fruits and veggie diet for 2 days and absolutely hated it however i do enjoy regular freshly pressed juices in the morning. so glad you had positive experience with it :)

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