My Juice Revolution Detox Journey {Part 3}

So, I finished my Juice Revolution 5-day juice detox yesterday – YAY!  I am both happy and sad – happy, because I get to eat solid foods again; and sad, because I know how good this whole experience was for my body.

If you would like to read more about why I did this juice detox, then read {Part 1}.  If you would like to see what is included in the detox package and how the first 3 days went, then read {Part 2}.

Let’s first go over how the rest of my days went, shall we?

Day 4

I followed the same basic process as Day 1, 2 and 3 – started with my morning kick start drink consisting of warm / hot water and lemon juice.  Then at 9h00, I had my herbal tea and followed that up with my Ginger Shot (which is delicious by the way) at 9h55.  At 10h00 I had my first juice, which was a green juice and this one contained quite a few green veggies (you can click on the photo above to enlarge it).  Funny enough, though, it went down quite easily and I think that’s because my body was getting used to the taste and texture of the green juices.  I was kept quite busy with work, so the day fortunately flew by for me.  I had a very good night’s rest, on most nights during my detox, I was ‘lights out’ as soon as my head hit the pillow!

Day 5

Same process again, but none of the juices for the last day were green.  I had 2 red beetroot juices and 2 peculiar tasting ‘Pear & Parsnip’ juices.  Day 5 was also a very busy day for me, so it also went by quite fast.  I finished off my last day with a delicious Pukka herbal called ‘Love’ which contained organic rose, chamomile & lavender flowers.

A couple of add-ons to the list I mentioned in my previous post on the things I noticed during my juice detox:

♥  The inside of my mouth turned into a fuzzy monster – my tongue, teeth and the inside of my mouth in general felt fuzzy all the time.  I brushed my teeth about 4 times a day towards the end of my juice detox.

♥  I suffered from a couple of headaches during my detox (for reference, I hardly ever get headaches) but they didn’t last for very long.

♥  The sweaty episodes stopped after Day 2.

♥  The craving I had for salt & vinegar chips lasted throughout the 5 days BUT I probably only thought of the crisps once on Day 5.

♥  My sense of smell has been incredible, Neal cooked pan-fried mushrooms on Sunday night and only used a little bit of garlic but the smell was quite overwhelming for me.  It definitely whacked me in the face a couple of times!  Even normal, everyday food just smells amazing (even now that I’m done with the detox).

♥  During my detox I started to really appreciate the look, smell and general idea of food (any food, whether it’s a salad or a piece of steak).

♥  My cravings for junk food have not magically disappeared, I still like the idea of a good burger (but I might just stay away from the proper junky ones for a while longer).  Food is life, and I really can’t imagine my life only eating raw vegetables and fruit.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE fruit and vegetables (always have) but to only eat a certain type of food all day, every day – gets real old, real fast!

♥  I don’t suggest using the LUSH lip scrub whilst being on this detox, it takes serious balls of steel to not lick that scrub off your lips…  Fortunately, I do have balls of steel.   I stupidly applied the scrub to my lips on Day 1 and as I was about to lick my lips, I remembered, so immediately rinsed it off.  I didn’t use the scrub after that because that’s just asking for trouble!

♥  Keep busy during the day, but be mindful of the time – it really helps to keep your mind and body busy in order to not think about all the things you cannot have for the next couple of days.  But don’t forget to drink your juices at the specified times because your blood sugar levels will drop and you will feel lethargic.

Am I happy I did this juice detox?  Yes, I am – 1. it showed me that I can do anything I set my mind to; 2. my energy levels have increased and I have felt like being more productive during the days; and 3. I haven’t slept this well in quite a while.

Why start juicing?  Apart from the reasons I mentioned in my first blog post on why I personally did this detox, there are numerous health benefits linked to juicing as well.  Juicing boosts the immune system, helps with weight loss, decreases allergies, balances skin conditions, boosts shine and nourishment in the hair, increases energy, and helps with insomnia too.

Why do THIS juice detox?  Juicing is time-consuming (believe me, I know).  Washing, chopping, feeding and cleaning the juicer takes quite a bit of time out of your day (especially if you are thinking about doing a full-on juice detox where you will be consuming juices morning, afternoon and night).  Not only is it time-consuming but you also need quite a bit of space in your fridge to store all the fruit and veggies.  If you don’t own a juicer, you will have to go and buy one (their prices range from R 500 – R 4 000).  With Juice Revolution, EVERYTHING is done for you.  Your supplements are pre-packaged, the juices are frozen (or can be delivered fresh to your doorstep if you are based in Cape Town) and remember, Fiona already knows what types of juices you will need for each day during your juice fast.  Basically, all the research and labour has already been done for you.  Oh, and did I mention cleaning a juicer is a serious pain in the butt?!

Did this detox help increase my energy levels?  Yes, it did – I have definitely felt a change in the amount of energy I have during the day.  I’m not bouncing off the walls, like an Energizer Bunny, but the change has been noticeable.  I usually don’t eat very regularly during the day (I skip breakfast most days), so I will make a conscious effort to start eating smaller meals more regularly during the day – that will also help with my blood sugar levels and energy.

Will I start juicing at home?  Yes, I will.  We already own an Oscar D900 juicer (which we paid a pretty penny for) and although we juice every now and again, it’s not often enough to really see / feel a difference.  I probably will not be making any green juices for a while, though, I’ve had enough to last me a good amount of time.

What is the price of the 5-day detox?  The price for the detox I did is R 1200 plus a delivery cost.  For the pricing of the other packages, please get in contact with Fiona here.

Have I had that salt & vinegar potato crisps?  Not yet…  After doing something like this, you actually don’t want to stuff your face with processed junk food, not because you don’t crave it anymore (I still do), but because you’ve worked so hard to complete the juice detox, you don’t want to go out and spoil what you have accomplished (does that make sense?).

Did I lose weight?  I weighed myself this morning, and I lost 2,5kg on the dot!

All in all, I’d say this was a really good experience for me and I’m happy I completed the Juice Revolution 5-day juice detox.



  1. 15 January 2014 / 19:41

    Luzanne, CONGRATULATIONS for completing the 5 Day Detox! You have done what many people never get past thinking about!

    I would like to thank you for taking the time and trouble to write such thorough feedback. As many people have also already commented your honesty is so welcome and appreciated.

    Thank for allowing Juice Revolution to be a part of your detox journey. I hope that you will use your momentum to embrace juicing as part of your daily life for many years to come.

    Juice on! 🙂

    • Luzanne
      16 January 2014 / 08:30

      Thanks, Fiona! 🙂

      It’s been quite an experience – a good one, that’s for sure. 😀

  2. Zee Mohlapi
    15 January 2014 / 21:02

    WELL DONE, Luzanne! I had faith in you but also wondered over the weekend if I wuld be able to do it…

    I need to convince the bf to do this with me, but will contact Fiona for sho!

    • Luzanne
      16 January 2014 / 08:29

      Definitely give it a go, maybe suggest the 3-day detox to your boyfriend? That shouldn’t be too hectic. 🙂

  3. 16 January 2014 / 00:35

    Congratulations Luzanne, well done!! I knew you could do it! I really enjoyed reading your daily routines and troubles/feedback you had during your 5 days of this detox!


    • Luzanne
      16 January 2014 / 08:28

      Thank you, Lily, after that green juice on the first day, I wasn’t sure I would push through but I’m so glad I did! xxx

  4. Stephanie
    16 January 2014 / 01:32

    CONGRATS!!! in the words of Dora the Explorer —–YOU DID IT lol (sorry my son watches Dora hahahah

    • Luzanne
      16 January 2014 / 08:27

      Thanks, Steph!

      Haha! Loved that! 😀

  5. Lauren Henderson
    16 January 2014 / 07:12

    You did it, Luzanne! It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it?

    Juice Revolution is called Juice Master here in Oz, I’ve done the 5-day detox a couple of times and you are right: It does get easier as the days go on. PLUS, it’s way easier second and third time around!

    I’ve really enjoyed reading these blog posts, comparing them to my experiences. Your honesty is inspiring, other bloggers should take notes from you.


    • Luzanne
      16 January 2014 / 08:26

      It does feel amazing, Lauren – I must say, I have a newfound spring in my step!

      That’s interesting, I wonder why they changed the name? You’re a proper trooper if you’ve done the detoxes a couple of times already – wow!

      Thank you for your kind words, it really means a lot to me. x

  6. Ronel Marais
    16 January 2014 / 07:26

    Haha, loved the part about the Lush lip scrub and whether you had the chippies!

    I am definitely going to give this juice detox a try, especially after the festive season.

    Thank you for taking the time to write these detailed posts, L, I know it must take time.

    Ronel x

    • Luzanne
      16 January 2014 / 08:25

      Great! Let me know how the detox goes, Ronel! I’m interested to hear everyone’s experiences… 🙂 x

  7. Tjoppie
    16 January 2014 / 10:05

    Like I said before, I’m proud of you for succeeding. Actually, I knew you would succeed, since you have lots of determination!

  8. adajeannie
    19 January 2014 / 07:47

    Well done Luzanne! Proud of you. I knew you could do it 🙂 You inspire us


    • Luzanne
      20 January 2014 / 07:57

      Thank you so much. Ada! x

  9. Melisha
    18 September 2014 / 14:45

    Wow i am so going to start juice fasting soon, my mind,body and soul need this. Also i am doing it for weight loss reasons. Good on you for completing the fast 🙂

    • Luzanne
      19 September 2014 / 09:17

      This juice detox was a wonderful experience – not as easy as most people might think it would be, but a great experience nonetheless! 🙂

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