Last week I tried something new: a juice cleanse. The 3-day Nekter Juice Cleanse, to be exact. We’ve talked about juice cleanses here on the blog before, and it’s definitely something I’ve considered doing for a long time now, so I was really excited to take on this challenge. Here I’ll share my experience with the cleanse, and how it helped or affected me overall! Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? Which one? Let us know your thoughts, we would love to hear!
The 3-day Nekter Juice Cleanse came with the above 6 juices, to be drank in order from left to right each day. I was excited to get started, because the juices looked and sounded amazing. But, I was met with a challenge right off the bat. I’m a big coffee drinker – I drink at least 2 large coffees per day, and usually more (especially on a work day). I also have a bad habit of skipping breakfast. I think over the years I’ve conditioned my stomach to reject anything other than coffee before noon. So, drinking this first green drink in the morning turned out to be a bit of a challenge. I just wasn’t used to ingesting that sort of thing early in the morning. It tastes great, don’t get me wrong, but my body felt a little bit confused.
After getting through drink number 1, drink number 2 was a breeze! I love this drink – it’s refreshing, and the cayenne pepper gives it a nice kick. I would drink this even if I wasn’t on a cleanse! I was most nervous about drink number 3. The color is what made me uneasy – however, it tasted far better than it looked and I was relieved. I knew I would love drink number 4, and I was right – it was definitely my favorite! Very similar to number 2, but with the addition of beets that give it a lovely magenta color.
I started the cleanse on a Thursday, meaning I was at work while I was doing this. I started to notice late in the afternoon that my mind was wandering and I was having a really hard time concentrating. I’m not sure if it was due to hunger, because I didn’t feel hungry at that point, or lack of caffeine. Either way, by the time I went home for the day I was feeling a little bit light-headed. Co-workers who have done the cleanse kept telling me to drink a lot of water so I made sure to chug a big glass when I got home before opening up drink number 5. I will confess – I didn’t make it all the way through this drink. My body seemed to be rejecting any more liquid. I took a little break and then tried the final juice of the day. This doesn’t even really seem like a juice – almost more like milk, and it’s delicious. A perfect way to end a day of the cleanse, and it definitely helped settle my stomach.
On day two, I woke up feeling good. I had gone to bed pretty early and woke up feeling well rested and with a good amount of energy. The first green juice even went down easy! I felt like I had hit my stride, and this would be a breeze. Drink number 2 was delicious again, and then came drink number 3… and I hit the wall. Not a massive wall, but a small one. My body was telling me that it just didn’t want to drink this juice. The cleanse came with instructions telling you that you can eat certain foods like almonds during the cleanse, so I hurried next door to our cafe who luckily sell them. The almonds did the trick, and made the juice go down easier. I felt another burst of energy around mid-afternoon, and my hope was restored that I would make it through this. I went home and finished the remaining drinks, and went to bed feeling good.
On the final day the headache kicked in. I woke up feeling slightly out of it, but still not terribly hungry. But an hour or two into the day and I felt a migraine coming on – most likely due to lack of caffeine. I allowed myself a cup of coffee – mostly because it was a beautiful day and I didn’t want to waste it away lying in bed. One of the biggest learnings from this experience has been to choose carefully what days you do a cleanse. I did Thursday – Saturday, which probably wasn’t ideal. I think I would have preferred to do it earlier in the week. I would absolutely try it again though. I actually grew pretty fond of a few of the juices, and I’ve definitely noticed myself eating healthier ever since. I’ve heard many people say this of a cleanse – that it makes you very conscious of everything you put into your body. It’s true. And for me, that is one of the most important learnings. I think this has helped me realize even more, the importance of treating your body well – especially when it comes to how you nourish it.
Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? Let us know in the comments, we would love to hear about it!