Finally my review is here! If you’ve been following me along on Facebook or Instagram, you’re probably aware that I recently did a juice cleanse. I wanted to share my experience with all of you, so here it goes:
Why I did a cleanse: I had been seeing juice cleanses all over the internet and was dying to try one. I work out nearly every day, but my eating habits certainly aren’t perfect and I had been feeling sort of off; I thought a juice cleanse might help balance my system and get back to normal. I chose Urban Remedy and did their Signature Cleanse which consists of drinking 6 organic vegan/GF juices per day.
Preparing for the cleanse: A few days before the cleanse you’re supposed to pretty much be vegan and caffeine-free. I stopped drinking coffee and ate a lot of fresh organic veggies, salads, fruit, and squash. I will admit that I had one of my blueberry muffins and eggs too. Oops! I couldn’t help it.
The juices arrived around 10am, but my morning was packed with meetings so I wasn’t really thinking about breakfast. I started with my first drink, and didn’t really care for it. It tasted like cucumber and parsley and I had a hard time drinking it so I ended up sipping on it all morning.
Two hours later, I still wasn’t that hungry but decided to drink Juice #2 and it was much easier to gulp down. I spent the rest of my afternoon working, and surprisingly didn’t feel hungry. I got the chills a couple of times, which I thought was weird but other than that no detox symptoms.
Later I drank Juice 3, and definitely didn’t care for it. It wasn’t pleasant tasting and I think it took me nearly an hour to gulp it down. By this time is was around 4:30pm and I wanted to work out. Again, I was not hungry… until I started working out. I did 45 minutes of circuit training and felt a couple hunger pains in my stomach. Immediately after my workout I drank Juice #4, which tasted like sweet carrot juice with a hint of ginger; it was pretty good and easy to drink! After that I made the mistake of turning on the Food Network and I got really hungry staring at the burgers being cooked on Bobby’s Throwdown. This was the point where I started craving an english muffin or an apple, but I was pretty determined not to eat so I had a glass of water. At this point I also noticed that I was pretty tired so perhaps that was a detox symptom.
Another hour later, I reached for Juice #5 and fell in LOVE; it was sweet, delicious, and full of raspberry flavor. I think it’s my favorite! I was hungry again after another hour but I waited a bit longer and drank Juice #6 around 8pm. It was creamy, sweet and smooth, and made me VERY full because of all the healthy fats from the cashews.
Wow. This isn’t that bad!
On Day #2 I woke up feeling pretty hungry and was excited to drink my juice! I knew that I was going to have to do some recipe testing, and I thought Day 2 was going to be horrible but it wasn’t at all! I spent about an hour drinking Juice #1 and working for the better part of the morning. I ventured down to the kitchen around 11am to start recipe testing, and knew it was going to be difficult to resist eating anything I was making. But I didn’t cheat! Like I said, I was excited at the idea of really cleansing my body especially since lately I’ve been feeling pretty weird.
I sipped on Juice #2 around 11:30am, and that went down within 20 minutes. About an hour later, I was hungry so I opened up Juice #3. In my opinion Juice #3 is the worst! It was extremely hard for me to drink and I couldn’t finish it all the way plus wasn’t that hungry anyway. Must have been all of the veggie juice keeping me full. I felt great!
Around 4pm I wanted to do a workout, but decided I was going to drink half of Juice #4 before I did anything crazy. I ended up doing 25 minutes of cardio/circuit training, 15 minutes of yoga, and 10 minutes of cardio again. I wasn’t hungry after, but I was extremely thirsty. After my workout I finished Juice #4 and took a shower. I had plenty of energy and felt absolutely fine. At this point, I was wishing that I could do the cleanse for a week, although I was still looking forward to a BIG salad and eggs for breakfast again.
This day I was actually excited to get to Juice #5, the raspberry chia seed shake. Mmmm my favorite! I gulped it down and got back on my computer to work for a few more hours and probably drank three more glasses of water. Around 8:30pm I got hungry again and I drank Juice #6. Again, it kept me full. Nights are always hard for me because I’m the type of person who likes to enjoy a snack before bed. Drinking lots of water seemed to help with any midnight snack cravings.
I stepped on the scale and was down 5 pounds. Whoa! And awesome!
This morning I didn’t want any of the green juice, but I plugged my nose and drank it down. I was starving ALL DAY. I’ve heard that the juice cleanse is supposed to get better, but for me it got worse. I had major cravings for a taco salad that just wouldn’t quit. Anyway I tried to forget about how hungry I was by drinking a lot of water — that helped a bit. I worked out right away in the morning and drank my juices accordingly to schedule. Basically I was just ready for the day to be over so that I could enjoy a taco salad. That night I ended up drinking two cups of herbal tea and going to bed early; I couldn’t wait to wake up the next morning and eat! I think I had a dream about mashed potatoes.
After the cleanse:
I lost 7 pounds in 3 days and feel GREAT! I had zero weird side effects and my skin is glowing.
For the next 3 days after your cleanse they explain that you should eat clean, so I tried to follow that by eating salads, fruits and veggies. I stayed away from dairy and gluten. I had a vegetarian taco salad. YUM.
So, would I do it again?
Absolutely! Next time I’m doing the cleanse for 5 days. I think it’s a great to jump start your weight loss or to just experiment with self-control and eating. It’s crazy how much time I spend cooking, so it was nice to step away from that. Also some of the juices are really delicious, and typically keep you pretty full. I worked out every day so I think that’s why I got extra hungry. Anyway I highly recommend it!
Head to Urban Remedy’s website to learn more about their juice cleanses and meals they offer!
Disclaimer: Urban Remedy sent me their juice cleanse to review and try for myself; however, my opinions are my always my own.
I love this review! It makes it sound so simple. I have been wanting to try a juice cleanse and review it for my readers for a WHILE but I loooove food and thought it would make me sort of sick? Or feel rundown? I’d imagine I would need a low impact couple of days to test it out. Glad to hear you liked it though 🙂
Interesting. I could manage three days, not sure about five 🙂 Did you notice whether the weight popped right back on with solid foods or did it stay off (or is it too soon to tell)?
I work out daily, so the cleanse really helped me to reevaluate my diet and eat clean foods and resist treats! The weight stayed off so far. 🙂
So glad it was worth it. I'm scared to heck that I will hate them. I want to do a cleanse though. I may just give it a try.
I LOVE THE POST!! So informative, helpful, honest, and I love the day by day and blow by blow account of what you were feeling on your hunger levels to your mood to your energy. I have never done anything like it but would love to. I’ve thought about it many times but just haven’t pulled the trigger. It’s wonderful that you had 0 weird side effects and nothing but good things to say about how you feel, overall, after the 3 days!
monique, thank-you for your day by day juice adventure. I would like to try this brand of juicing since you did so well on it. I went on their website and read all about it. they are organic and the product sounds great, healthy!!! I went to place an order and there was a spot for a coupon. that would be very $$$ helpful to know how to get one. any idea?? my budget is tight, but want to get a safe juice. the coupon would make it more possible to purchase. thanks! cindy
I’ll have to check in with Urban Remedy and get back to you. 🙂
thanks! looking forward to the coupon information! appreciate you chcecking for me. I really want to try this!
How much did it cost for a weeks worth of 6 a day?
This sounds really interesting! I’m glad it worked so well for you! I just got back from SXSW and I think i might need a detox, haha
I did a Blueprint juice cleanse in December and had pretty much the same experience as you did. Day 3 was the hardest and I couldn’t even suck down the cashew milk by the last day, as it tasted like chalk! On the first day, the green juice tasted good, but the following 2 days, I wanted to vomit when drinking it. I guess your tastebuds do change when you’re not eating food! I would like to try Urban Remedy though!
I’d love to try this as well as I’ve been feeling quite out of whack lately, but the $$$ is a bit of an issue. Some kind of coupon would be great!
I loved the review! You convinced me. I want to try it.
loved this and I want to try this cleanse right away!!!
But, I agree with a lot of people above… I went to purchase the 3 day cleanse and it was way too much money per day. Are there any ways to get other deals or coupons?!
I just ordered this for 5 days (the signature cleanse). I’m scared but so going to get myself to do this. I am worried about the taste of some of them, and hope I can get them down. My other concern is the low protein. I hope I wont have to add something to make this work for me. I did find when I googled a promo code “NJF” it saved me some ($30).
I've heard that the weight loss is temporary… Was it for you?
if you do something like this to lose weight and then go back to your old eating habits, then of course you will regain the weight. This is something to jumpstart your new healthy lifestyle
Thank you so much for your play by play Monique! Like the others who posted above I’ve talked about this and even heard from my coworkers of their experience (though they made their own juice) and my husband and I are both considering the potential great outcomes it could bring to our lives. We love to eat and love to enjoy drinking too which we realized would make it hard. However, the 3 day program seems much more manageable and even a bit more possible. I applaud your willpower as cravings are the worst!
Was this a splurge to commit to doing a cleanse like this? I was looking at the prices and it is a whooping $180 for three days!!!
starting today! My running partner has done this twice now and she swears by it. Just got my juice via Fed Ex. Still cold – packed with plenty of ice packs (I live in South Carolina so it had to travel a long way).
Catherine where did you order it from? I found it on joyus. Com with free shipping I wanted to order it but wanted to check with you… On urban remedy it was like 90 dollars to ship it.
i appreciate your review! one thing to remember is that the point of juice cleansing is to lessen the fiber intake and increase nutritional intake. In my opinion (as a long-time vegan and raw foodist), the adding of cashew milk with agave, cinnamon, etc at the end of the day, adding sea salt and oils and chia seeds to juices and making them into smoothies defeats the purpose of the cleanse. also in my opinion, the reason you were hungry is because 6, 16-oz juices per day isn’t enough calories. It’s not a lack of protein – each juice will have 6-7 g. if it has greens, etc. it’s a lack of carbohydrates that will cause an energy drain. It’s not detox on the first day. that’s not possible. 🙂 so next time, if you can, supplement with 2-6 more 16-oz juices from a local shop or make at home. i know it’s pricey to do many of these, believe me. you can also combine veggies + water in your vitamix and drain in a nutmilk bag. i don’t know your normal calorie intake. mine is usually 2,500-3,500, so i have to pack it in. it’s not supposed to be a fast, it’s supposed to be a FEAST. 🙂 i hope i’m not out of line, but the popularity of juicing and people monetizing it has really taken the basics out of line. benefits of consuming many raw, organic fruits and vegetables include the antiinflammatory properties, the vitamin and mineral intake, the hydration, the alkaline effect, the energy (provided you get enough cals), emotional/mood stabilization, better skin/healing your body can do with the right nutrients. i respect your being an omnivore, this is JUST with regard to a cleanse, not trying to lecture. 🙂
I was hoping somebody might be able to tell me if the cost is 59.99 for three days or is it per day?! I’d love to do this but I am a college student on a budget!
Did you keep the weight off?
Interesting article. I love to try that 3-day juice cleanse I have already checked their website. Your post was really helpful and the comments as well. Thanks, Mary
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