Good morning! Happy Friday!
Wednesday I completed the JUS by Julie Juice Cleanse. I’ve been considering doing a one day juice cleanse for a while now, so when I saw this one pop up on RueLaLa with a good deal and awesome reviews, I went for it!
There are options for a 1, 3, or 7 day cleanse. Since I was a first timer, I thought starting out with the one day would be best. After I received my offer code from RueLaLa, I went to the JUS by Julie website and picked the day I’d like my juice to arrive. It is suggested that you have the juice delivered the day before you plan to start the cleanse. There was a lot of useful information on the website for newbie cleansers as well!
The juices arrived in a lightweight insulated cooler. The juices are sent frozen, so by the time they got to me, they were still about halfway frozen. The pamphlet inside said to leave the juices at room temperature for 2-3 hours until defrosted, then refrigerate.
The bottles are numbered in the order they’re meant to be drank in, and are also labeled with complete ingredients (very minimal!) and nutrition information. It made it very easy to follow.
I drank the first one within an hour of waking, and planned to drink them 2-3 hours apart, as suggested. It is a juice cleanse, but the instructions said that if needed, you could eat a moderate amount of raw or steamed vegetables, and/ or egg whites. I planned to try doing just the juice and see how it goes!
I did have 2 cups of black coffee, also ok’d by the cleanse. It just made it a little more bearable for me!
I got ready and went to work like normal, where I drank juices #2-4 spread out throughout the day. During the first part of the day, I felt pretty good. I had to make a conscious effort NOT to eat since I tend to be a (usually healthy) snacker, but it wasn’t too bad at all.
Towards the end of the workday, however, I noticed that I started to feel hungry and extra irritable. I made sure to drink plenty of water during the day which helped some, but by the time I got home from work I knew I needed a little something. I ended up making a couple of egg whites scrambled with spinach when I got home, and although it was a very light meal I felt a lot better! Right after I ate, I drank juice #5 which ended up being my favorite! Banana + peanut butter + water…. Yum!
I did not go to the gym on this day. The website says that if you feel up to it, you can work out, but that it is really suggested that you take this day to relax. I rolled out my yoga mat on my living room floor and did some stretching and light core exercises before making it a date with Netflix night!
I drank the last juice around 8:30 PM, relaxed a little longer, and went to bed early. I slept well that night, and even made it to the gym Thursday morning for a pre-work workout!
Thursday morning I did wake up with a slight hangover type of headache, but after drinking lots of water (okay, and a bit of caffeine) it went away. I felt like I had slightly less than normal energy during my Thursday morning workout, but I was okay with that. I did notice on Thursday that my stomach looked and felt slimmer and more toned than normal, I’m assuming a bit of normal bloat went away which is what I was hoping for! I am leaving for vacation today, so the cleanse perfect to do before a week of indulging!
I think that I would do a one day cleanse again, probably in January after the holidays to jump start getting back to healthy eating! JUS by Julie definitely made the whole process easy, even for a first timer!