I have been wanting to do a cleanse for a while and have been researching different cleanses online. A few of my co-workers did a Pressed Juicery cleanse a few months back and had nothing but great things to say about it, so I decided what the heck…let’s try it out.
My boyfriend also wanted to do a cleanse so I thought it would be easier for the both of us to do it at the same time, just so we can encourage each other and not tempt each other by eating. He did a water cleanse (which is ABSOLUTELY CRAZY in my opinion) and I did the juicing cleanse through Pressed Juicery.
We started the cleanse on Monday 8/18 (we had our last meal on 8/17 around 9pm) and we ended our cleanse on Wednesday 8/20 11:59pm (we ate at 12AM). That means we fasted a full 72 hours (a little more if you include the fact that we had our last bite to eat at 9pm the day before).
Pressed Juicery offers 3 types of cleanses, each one ranging in the calorie intake. Cleanse 1 is recommended for first-timers and this is the one that I did. You can also choose to do your cleanse for 1, 3 or 5 days. I decided to do the 3 day cleanse for my first time. I went to the Pressed Juicery store in San Francisco the Sunday prior to my cleanse. I would recommend bringing a small cooler with you when picking up your cleanse, that way all your bottles stay nice and cold.
The 3-day Cleanse 1 came with a total of 24 bottles, total of 8 bottles per day. Cleanse 1 comes with 2 greens, 2 roots, 1 citrus, 1 signature, a chlorophyll h20 and an aloe vera h20. You drink this combination of drinks each day for the duration of your cleanse. Each category has a few different flavor combinations that you can choose from. For example, your have to chose 2 different flavors of greens. The shop has 7 different flavors of greens you can choose from, each being different. They also allow you to sample different flavors at the store, so you can taste it before choosing it for your cleanse. They give you the chlorophyll h20 to drink throughout the day. This is supposed to provide you with energy. The aloe vera h20 is given to you to take at night, before bed. This water helps your digestive tract. They also number each of your drinks so you know the order in which you are supposed to drink them in.
Here is what I chose for my cleanse and the order in which I drank them-
greens 3: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger
roots 3: beet apple, lemon, ginger
roots 4: carrot, apple, ginger
citrus 4: cucumber, pineapple, lemon, coconut, h20 aloe vera
greens 4: cucumber, celery, watercress, lemon, ginger, cayenne
chocolate almond: almond, dates, cacao, sea salt, and filtered water
aloe vera h20
chlorophyll h20 – consume throughout the day.
Okay, so I am all set Sunday night. I decide to bring my mini cooler to work in order to have my drinks handy and cold at all times. You’re supposed to drink a bottle every 2 hours and also drink 6 bottles of water throughout the day.
Monday morning arrives and I start my first drink at 9AM, to my surprise I didn’t finish it until 10:45AM. I really miscalculated how long it takes to finish one bottle. For some reason I was thinking “okay…I’ll take my first drink at 9AM and then my 2nd one at 11AM and so forth…” but in reality I didn’t finish my first one until close to 11AM. I would say that I did learn my lesson. By the end of the day I had to finish 3 bottles before bed, which was a bit overwhelming. I am happy to say that on this day I felt good, not hungry, actually very satisfied.
Tuesday, I woke up feeling great. I wasn’t hungry and was actually looking forward to drinking the juices today. I already knew how each bottle tasted like and I was just ready to get it going. I stayed more on track on this day and drank the bottles at good intervals in order to not need to gulp down a few bottles before bed like the night before. On this day I wasn’t hungry at all until I got home from work. Around 5PM I started really craving food. I don’t know what it is…I started dreaming about chips, burgers, etc. I showered and that seem to help the hunger pains. I did fall asleep really early this night. I’m pretty sure it is because of the smaller amount of calories being consumed, but needless to say I slept really good.
Wednesday I woke up so-so. I was feeling great in the fact that yes, it’s finally the last day of the cleanse, but I also was a bit grumpy. I really, really missed food, but I was determined to get through the day. I didn’t talk much at work and really tried to stay focused by keeping myself busy. I was really tired and desperately wanted a nap on this day. The hardest part was when I got home, around dinnertime I got hungry, but showered and again, like the day before, showering helped a lot. I slept early again that night.
One thing I forgot to mention is that for all 3 days…you pee A LOT! I peed at least every hour and sometimes every 30 minutes until it was time for bed.
Needless to say, I FINISHED the cleanse and I am very happy that I did it. It was challenging, but I would have to say that it was well worth it. The next few days after the cleanse, you are supposed to eat light and eat soups, fruits and vegetables. I am happy to say that I do think my stomach shrunk a bit. I got full really fast and I also noticed that my skin was much more radiant that usual. Most importantly, I felt awesome, maybe that was in part because I was now eating, but I think it was because of the cleanse itself.
I love Pressed Juicery and would do this cleanse or one of the other cleanses again. Cleanses aren’t cheap, but then again eating healthy isn’t either. You just have to decide for yourself whether or not you are worth the investment, and yes you are worth itJ A big, huge plus is that the juices are actually good! I loved the ones that I picked out especially the chocolate almond signature drink. I could seriously drink that all day. I am planning to do another cleanse in November and hope to do one every 6 months thereafter.
Pressed Juicery has several stores in the Bay Area and in the Los Angeles area and you can pick up your cleanse there. For individuals that aren’t near a Pressed Juicery location, don’t worry you can order your cleanse online and they will ship all the bottles directly to your home. Check out the website – http://www.pressedjuicery.com
Now, just to give you a few notes before ending this rather long post. If you are wondering if I lost weight, yes I did. I lost 6 pounds in 3 days, but the cleanse is not made to lose weight. You will instantly gain back the weight you lost once you start eating again. The cleanse is essentially a reset. If you want to diet or change your eating habits, a cleanse is a great way to jumpstart that. Also, the cleanse will help your hair, nails and skin and I also think it helps you focus and get you mentally on track (as far as eating habits go).
Have any of you tried a cleanse?! I would love to hear your thoughts.
<3 Krista Theresa