Yesterday I started my first ever 1-day juice cleanse. I wasn’t brave enough to commit to a 3-day, but I wanted to find out what all the buzz was about. I was also curious as to which camp I would fall into. Would I absolutely love it and feel great? Or would I hate every second of it? I had tasted several of Juice Nashville‘s juices and loved them, so I was really looking forward to it. My friend Beth over at Eat. Drink. Smile. had done the 3-day and loved it.
The timing was perfect. A few days before I started feeling just blah. My clothes were too tight (and these were my “roomy” clothes) and I was just downright uncomfortable. I had managed to escape my usual weight gain over the holidays and I guess I thought that made me immune to ever gaining an extra pound or two. Wrong! I’ve slowly let them creep on and it’s not making me happy. I know juicing isn’t just for weight loss, it’s supposed to make you feel awesome and give your body a recharge. I definitely needed a boost!
Instead of ordering the 1-day cleanse as packaged, I picked 5 bottles of juice that sounded good to me plus the almond milk. I am not a beet eater, so I didn’t want to bother with Whoa (kale, beets, apple, ginger). If it tasted like beets I’d hate it, and if I hated it, I’d blow the whole cleanse. I also skipped I Heart Carrots (nothing but carrots). All the bottles are 16 ounces of juice. I ordered:
Zing – cucumber, spinach, green apple, parsley – 140 calories
Snap – apple, carrot, ginger – 220 calories
Sing – kale, green apple, spinach, lemon – 220 calories
C Ya – orange, grapefruit, apple, ginger – 220 calories
Oh Yeah – kale, collard, apple, lemon – 180 calories
Almond Milk – almonds, filtered water
So, how’s it taste?
8:30 a.m. Woke up. I purposely chose a weekend day to try my first cleanse since I sleep later. My theory is that I’d be awake less hours than during the week, so by my calculations, I’d be drinking a juice every 2-3 hours. I started with Oh Yeah! It’s a green one and the one I was most unsure about because of the kale and collards. It was actually really good. It had a slight greens taste to it, but the apple made it sweet and the lemon was a nice touch to brighten it.
11:40 a.m. Time for juice #2! I picked Snap. It’s sweet and has a nice kick of ginger. I thought the ginger would be more subtle, but I liked how it was front and center. I waited a bit too long to drink a second juice. I had a meeting at 10 and brought water with me. I didn’t feel hungry at all until right at 11 and was wishing I had brought juice with me. I resisted the temptation of food at the meeting, which wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, but even on juice #2 I can tell that I would not enjoy a 3-day cleanse! I don’t think I have that kind of willpower no matter how delicious the juice!
12:20 p.m. Opened the Almond Milk and took two swigs. I drank about half of the Snap and it’s really, really sweet, so I wanted to taste something different. The almond milk is really good but thinner than what I drink from the grocery store. I can’t turn my brain off into wanting something to chew and something savory. I’m also going to the bathroom every 10 minutes. It’s A LOT of juice!
1:45 p.m. Drinking Zing, juice #3. I really like it. It’s heavy on the cucumber and I can taste the parsley, which I love. It’s incredibly fresh. I’m not enjoying the cleanse though. I feel light-headed and I’m wasting my Sunday thinking about food instead getting the laundry list of items I need to do off my list. I’m not hungry and my stomach isn’t growling, but I’m not satisfied.
2:04 p.m. Well, I cracked. I really wanted to push through it, but I could not drink any more juice. I couldn’t finish the Zing. Not because it didn’t taste good, but I needed something else. I heated up a small serving of leftover low-cal macaroni & cheese. Yep, I’m a wuss. I feel a million times better and it only took a few bites to finally feel full and satisfied. Plus I’m not dreading going to the grocery store now. Before my hiccup, I consumed a little over 400 calories, which isn’t bad, but could explain why I wasn’t feeling awesome.
3:45 p.m. Back from the grocery store. I had some prep to do for my lunches and snacks at work during the week. I mixed my leftover Zing and Almond Milk together and sipped on it while I was in the kitchen. It’s crazy good mixed together! I liked how it was a tad bit creamier. Thanks for this tip from Beth!
6:18 p.m. I’m officially off the cleanse. I made an awesome cold salad with brown rice and fresh veggies and had to taste it. Then I couldn’t resist having a small bowl for dinner. I’m washing it down with Sing. This one is my favorite of the three green ones. The lemon and green apple make it taste so good.
I’ve got C Ya left, but I think I’ll save that for later today. I’m a little bummed I couldn’t make it through the cleanse, but glad I didn’t spend my Sunday dreaming about food either! I didn’t lose any weight, and I could feel a headache coming on right before I went to bed. Thankfully it never turned in to a full blown one. So the juice cleanse wasn’t for me, but I got to try a bunch of the juices I had never had before and pretty much liked all of them. I’ve also had their Refresh and it is by far my favorite! I encourage you to try Juice Nashville. Their juices are amazing and they take such care in making them. Order online and have them delivered or pick them up at several locations. They’re also opening a store in the Gulch very soon.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Juice Nashville and purchased the juices on my own. All opinions are 100% my own, as always. I am not selling the product, nor will I receive any compensation for this post. I just enjoyed their juices and wanted to share my experience with the 1-day cleanse. I am not suggesting to do the cleanse and am not a medical professional. Please do your own research and seek medical advice, if necessary, before attempting your own cleanse.
I’ve done the 3-day cleanse and that final day was torture and I finally gave in and ate something that night. But I do the juices every day, usually breakfast and afternoon. I have my own juicer and make my own drinks. Glad to hear that it’s coming to the Nashville area. The Turnip Truck has a juice bar and at lunch when I’m wanting to get out of the office and not hit a fast food place, I go there.
Good for you doing 3 days! I think I have zero willpower when it comes to food, especially if it’s juice all day! I’m so excited for their store to open soon. I’ll have to check out the Turnip Truck, too!
Thanks for sharing your experience, Leah! Juice cleansing was something I gave lots of thought to, but I’ve just heard too much about the headaches, hungriness and general not-feeling-well-ness of it all. Besides, I don’t think I could give up real food for even a day… I love it too much. 😉 The juices sound delish though!
I really really wanted it to be awesome. I absolutely loved the juices, but I just couldn’t drink juices all day and nothing else. I just love food too much, too! 😉
Ha! I love the names they’re giving the drinks. Makes it more fun to drink 🙂 thanks for sharing your experience, I love reading about juicing and results. I love that you’re 100% real about it too instead of saying “I LOVED IT AND WILL DO IT FOREVER AND EVER!” lol!
I gotta be real! I was hoping I’d be in the “I love it” camp. I was somewhere in between. The juices are fab though. Drinking the C Ya right now and it’s incredible.
We just completed the three day cleanse…The Oh Yeah was my least favorite….It had a terrible after taste and smelled bad but tasted good.
The almond milk was good but I did mix it with some herbal tea which gave it different taste.
My favorite was actually the i heart carrots…it was so refreshing.
Juice Nashville was worth the money to jump start your body. I felt fine for the three days, the first day I felt a little funny but I got over it.
I did give my kids dirty looks as they sat across the table from me eating pizza while I ate beet juice…but I kept saying to myself it is only for 3 days and then your body will be clean and you can start you healthy eating 🙂 glad I stuck it out. Today is the first day after my cleanse and you would think I would be grabbing every piece of food I came across…nope…not really that interested 😉 best part I have been diet soda free for 5 days now and I dont want one…yay!