When Skinny Limits reached out to me asking if I’d like to try a three day juice cleanse for review on the blog, I thought HELLLLZZZZ NAH.
I eat a lot. All the time. It’s not some gigantic secret that I’m head over heels in love with food. The thought of drinking juice for one entire day, let alone three, made me miserable. But then I reread the email and thought about it for a minute or three. How could I turn down an opportunity to try these fabulous juices? I maaaay have eaten one too many chocolate melting cakes on the cruise; so it probably would feel good to reboot. I’ve never been one to do any sort of “cleanse” and as you know, I’m a big believer in making healthy eating a lifestyle. That said, I thought this would be a great opportunity to do an honest review of something that I’m pretty skeptical about.
Because I have a bunch of readers to report back to, I knew I’d feel obligated to follow through. I wanted to be accountable. So basically, writing about it on the blog forced me to do it and forced me to be completely honest. Let me also say that I’m going through something difficult in my personal life that has lessened by appetite lately, making this experience a bit easier. So how does it really feel to only drink juice all day? Do you really get headaches and nausea and want to dive off a cliff head first into a pile of cheeseburgers?
Let’s find out.
First, let’s chat a little about Skinny Limits. They’re a small company based out of Austin, Texas that provides raw, cold-pressed juices. They offer a number of cleanses ranging from a three day beginner variety cleanse (which I did) to a seven day pro green juice cleanse. WOWZA. You can either choose a one day cleanse that includes six 16oz juices ($49), a three day cleanse that includes 18 juices ($147), a 5 day cleanse ($245) and even a 10 day cleanse ($490). They don’t use any high pressure processing or pasteurization; so the juices are super fresh and must be consumed within a couple days of receiving the refrigerated package.
I love how Skinny Limits’ stresses that their cleanses aren’t about weight loss. They’re about resetting your body and finding your own path to clean eating and plant-based living. They also offer a raw food and juice cleanse which I think would be all kinds of fabulous.
I committed to starting the cleanse last Friday. I was planning on trying to get through one day and then eating some real food along with the juices for the next day. Basically, I was going to take it day by day and see what my body could handle. I woke up at 10am on Friday and drank my first Pure and Simple juice. (The juices must be consumed in a certain order). It was a mix of apple, cucumber, celery, kale spinach, lemon and parsley. How did it taste? Great. It looks super green, but tastes nice and sweet from the apples. I’ve juiced at home before, so I wasn’t shocked by the slight earthy taste. Overall, they’re totally palatable and even enjoyable to drink (as long as you set aside the thought that you won’t be eating real food for a while).
Then an hour later my sister came over and started eating a big bowl of my mom’s homemade minestrone soup. And I’m going to be completely honest with you. I caved. I caved SO fast. I thought what the hell, I’ll just do this cleanse tomorrow. I’m feeling sad and today I want to eat. I want to eat real food. Sue me. So I ate normal food for the rest of the day and committed to doing the cleanse for real tomorrow.
Then came Saturday. I woke up later than I would have liked to, around 10:45am. I never sleep that late, but of course on the day when I’m supposed to be drinking hot lemon water in the morning I sleep till noon. Great. I drank my first juice (Balance) and felt totally fine. This one contains apple, cucumber, celery, kale, parsley, lemon and ginger. Let me reiterate that I’ve been having some trouble in my personal life, so I was feeling sad and I didn’t have as strong of an appetite as I usually do. I think this really helped me get through.
Since I woke up late, I had to drink the juices close together to fit in all six juices. So a couple hours later, I tried Lotus, a blend of beet, carrot, spinach, apple, lemon and ginger. The first sip was super earthy from the beet, but as I kept sipping away I really began to love it. Such a gorgeous color, too! After this juice, I started feeling hungry. I felt full from the liquid, but still craving food.
I kept up with the juices as scheduled. The hardest part was the evening. The last juice I drank was Crescent Moon, made of raw cashews, agave, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut oil and water. It was freaking AMAZING. It tasted like a milkshake. Perfectly sweet and smooth, creamy, dreamy heaven. I would drink these just for the hell of it any day of the week. This one isn’t technically a juice of course, since it doesn’t contain any fruits or veggies. This bag boy has 300 calories and 19 grams of fat to keep your tummy pleased before bed.
Before bed, I still had a headache (who knows if that was from the juicing, PMS, etc.) and I wanted some real food. I decided to have some sliced cucumbers and carrots, which are approved by Skinny Limits to eat during the cleanse. I read Orange is the New Black and then slept for a loooooong time.
I happily completed one day of the juice cleanse, not three. A three day juice cleanse would most definitely turn me into hangry betch monster. I’m planning on drinking some more of the juices over the next two days along with plenty of normal food. I must say that overall, I really enjoyed the juices. The Crescent Moon was nothing short of perfection; but I also really enjoyed Balance, Pure and Simple and Lotus. Even though the juices were tasty, I decided that juice cleanses certainly are not for me. I’m some one who looks forward to my lunch before I’ve even finished breakfast. I love eating, and when I’m not eating, it’s all I can think about. I also don’t have the self control to only drink juice for more than a day. I definitely like drinking fresh fruit and vegetables juice and I think it’s a wonderful addition to any diet. That said, juicing is quite expensive. When it’s all said and done, I feel super lucky to have had the opportunity to try all these fabulous fresh juices.
So tell me–have you ever tried a juice cleanse? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Skinny Limits provided me with a three day juice cleanse to review. I was not compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.