What the heck is a Juice Cleanse and why on earth would someone go on one!?!
**DISCLAIMER - I am not a Nutritionist or health expert, this is a personal account of my juice cleanse** I was not paid or compensated in any way by Squeezed for this cleanse or review.
The number one question I got while on my juice cleanse is "Why?"
Reasons to go on a juice cleanse vary far and wide. My reason was to give my body another leg up on fighting cancer! I need my body to be in top fighting form to kick this stage 4 cancers butt! And while I eat healthy, an 80% plant based diet (I eat eggs, and the occasional cheese, I live in Texas Queso is a part of life) I also eat sugar. For those of you that know me you know I don't consume caffeine, I am hyper enough can you imagine me on Caffeine!!! But I would use sugar to give me a boost of energy every now and then.
Some other reasons can be needing to figure out a food allergy / sensitivity. Getting rid of that bloated tummy, head aches, fatigue. Eliminating un-healthy food habits and rebooting the body to desire a whole food plant based diet.
Here is a little Q&A I have put together:
What is a Juice Cleanse? It is exactly how it sounds. You consume only plant based juices and water for a period of time.
How long is a juice cleanse?
That depends on you. For the beginner try 1-4 days. For the more advanced 7+ days is recommended to to truly cleanse and re-boot your system.
Will this help with food allergy testing? Yes, you will be eliminating most common allergens from your diet. After the cleanse you can slowly reintroduce them to find what the culprit might be. However allergens such as Wheat gluten can stay in your gut for much longer than a juice cleanse. For that one you will have to be completely off gluten for months. The cleanse that I was on had an option for Cashew Milk. If you have a nut allergy you would opt out of the cashew milk.
Will I lose weight? Yes, most of which will be water weight. In order to truly lose weight you will need to continue with a healthy balanced diet and exercise after the cleanse. But this will help you kick start your weight loss and help develop healthy eating habits.
What juice cleanse should I do? This answers varies as much as your reasons for doing it in the first place. I chose to do Squeezed online. For me I loved the convenience that it was all prepared for me, I wouldn't have to figure anything out. Just open the fridge and grab my juice. I researched their site and what ingredients they use in each juice. They have 3 different options. Once you select how long you would like to juice for you have the option of selecting Squeezed (Higher fruit content in these juices, recommended for first timers), Super Squeezed (Higher vegetable content in these juices ie; less sugar) , and Spicy Squeezed (added peppers such as jalapeño that can boost your metabolism)
I chose the Super Squeezed as I have been juicing for a few years now. Also because I was wanting to really eliminate my sugar cravings. Because I am very active I also added the optional Cashew Milk. (It comes on 4 flavors. Coffee (I did not get this one so I don't know what it tastes like), Cacao (Think chocolate milk), Vanilla bean cinnamon (Tasted like cinnamon toast crunch) and Strawberry (pretty much tasted like cashew milk)
What are the Carbs, Calories, etc. of the juice?
Each juice is different, if you go to the squeezed online website and click on the A la Cart option you can see the ingredients for each juice. Then click on the Nutritional information and it will pull up everything you need to know!
How much do you drink? Each bottle contained 16oz of juice. I drank 5-6 per day. A breakfast juice, a snack juice, a lunch juice, another snack juice, and a dinner juice. Plus the cashew milk and the recommend 1 gallon of water per day. I am not going to lie it was really hard to get in that much fluid!!
Did you feel Hungry? Occasionally. It really wasn't too bad. As long as I stayed on top of drinking enough water and juices I was fine. If I waited too long in between my stomach started to hurt and I would get a slight headache. For some reason on day 6 there seemed to be food smells everywhere and they smelled AMAZING! So yes on day 6 I felt hungry but made it through!
Is it expensive? Let me start off by saying you do pay for convenience. That being said the 7 day cleanse is $315. Which breaks down to $45 a day. In my opinion it was a financial investment well worth it for my health. Also you can find coupon codes online to help lower the cost.
Would you do it again?
Absolutely! It was so worth it! Although Squeezed Online ships nationally they do have store fronts in Houston, Dallas, and a new location in Austin opening up in the Arboretum in August! I can't wait!
Do I have to be close to a bathroom at all times?
Some of the juices seem to go right through me, I was peeing like a champ all week!! The last thing you need is a bladder infection so while I didn't have to live in the bathroom it was good to know I had one near by.
Did you have Diarrhea all week?
No not at all. But expect the rainbow! In full disclosure there are 2 things you should be aware of. Some of the juices have beet juice, this will cause your bowel movements to turn red. You are not bleeding internally, You are not dying! Just detoxing. Also on day 1 and 5 of the cleanse you drink an activated charcoal juice. This will turn your bowel movements black. Again not dying I promise! Also on those days drink LOTS of water!!! Activated charcoal acts like a cleaning sponge in your body and will make you feel dehydrated pretty quickly if there is not enough water in your system.
What benefits did you experience?
More energy. A greater desire to eat healthy food. Less sugar cravings. A flatter stomach. And time. I know that seems weird but when all you have to do is grab your juice and drink you save a lot of time on meal prep and sitting down to eat a meal! Peace of mind that I was doing one more thing to fight against the cancer that has rudely invaded my body!
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If you have anymore questions feel free to send them my way. Also head on over to www.squeezedonline.com/Default.aspx they have a fantastic team there to answer any questions along with a FAQ page.
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My name is Michelle Kaley but I have many other names.....Daughter, Sister, Wife of 20 years to my High School Sweetheart, Mom to my 4 Beautiful Children, Ms. Michelle to my hundreds of Students, and as of 2016 Cancer Patient was added to the list.