So I’m halfway through my Juice Revolution 5-day juice detox, and things are going well. Day 1 was a very difficult day for me, but more on that a bit later. To read more about why I decided to do this juice detox, check out this blog post here. Before I really get into this blog post, I just want to say that I am going to be 100% honest (as I always am with reviews) but remember my body is very different to yours, so you might have a different experience to me if you decide to do something like this.
First I’d like to show you what is included in the juice detox pack (whether you do the 3-day, 5-day or 7-day), only the quantities and juice recipes might change for the different packages. In my 5-day juice detox package I received the following:
♥ Juice Revolution informational file containing your drinking schedule for the next 5 days, tips for successfully completing the detox & recommended healthy foods and drinks after you have completed the juice detox (pictured in first photo above).
♥ 5 Supplement sachets containing Barley Green, Acidophilus and Spirulina supplements.
♥ 10 Packets of Pukka herbal teas – 5 to drink each morning (1 per day) and 5 to drink at night (1 per day).
♥ 5 Ginger shots to drink in the morning containing apple & ginger.
♥ 20 Juices of various flavours – all juices are marked with a ‘Day 1/2/3/4’ and ‘Juice 1/2/3/4’ on top of the cap.
♥ Motivational email sent every morning explaining what your body is going through and what juice you can look forward to on that specific day.
I kept a diary of how I felt (and am feeling) each day, to ensure that I don’t forget anything.
I started Day 1 with loads of excitement and hope, I knew I had to consume 4 green juices on the first day so I tried to mentally prepare myself for that. I had my kick start drink when I woke up (which consists of hot water and the juice of half a lemon) and followed that up with my first herbal tea (no sugar or honey to be added). I then had my Ginger Shot and was pleasantly surprised with the taste, it was sweet and zingy (I really enjoyed it!).
Then at 10h00 I had my first green juice with the supplements – it was an acquired taste but nothing I couldn’t handle. This specific juice contains a bit of apple and pineapple juice, but to be honest, I couldn’t really taste it. The taste of this one was tart and sour at the same time but I couldn’t really taste a definitive green vegetable in this one.
At 13h00 I had my first ‘Natural Energiser’ green juice and to be honest, this one was a struggle for me. I finished it but I was not looking forward to the second one I had to drink at 16h00. The taste of this one was very green for me and gave me quite a bit of gas (too much info but I’m sure at least 1 of you guys would like to know how this whole process REALLY went).
When 16h00 came, I started with the green juice and took huge gulps just to get it down. I got halfway and decided to rest for a couple of minutes before I started drinking again because I could feel the juice sitting quite high up in my chest. After about 15 minutes I started drinking again to finish the juice and when I finished it, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. This feeling was quickly replaced by nausea and I literally had to run for the bathroom. I managed to make it in time but unfortunately couldn’t keep the juice down. I was sweaty and exhausted at this stage of the game, so decided to take a bath (which helped).
At 19h00 I had my last green juice for the day & tried to not think about the fact that I had just gotten sick 2 hours before. The ONLY thing that helped me get the juice down was sniffing Neal’s (my husband) stir fry. I know it sounds totally weird and counter-productive in a sense but every time I took a gulp of the juice, I would immediately take a huge whiff of the stir fry because it took the bitter aftertaste away. This is the only time I have sniffed ‘normal food’ so far.
I finished my day with the herbal tea and immediately went to bed (I got at least 8 hours of sleep that night).
I followed the same basic process during the second day, the only things that changed were the juices. I had to consume 2 green juices and 2 red juices. I started Day 2 feeling energised and ready for my first green juice (and it was surprisingly not that bad). The 2 green juices contained quite a bit of green veggies (you can see on the labels) plus broccoli, which made me burp quite a bit during the day (I feel like you guys don’t really want to know about my burping, hey? But I want this blog post to be as informative as possible). I was pleasantly surprised by the 2 red juices (they contained beetroot), they were sweet and refreshing.
I had quite a bit of energy during my second day of the detox, definitely more energy than I had on Day 1.
Same process again but today I get to drink 2 green juices and 2 smoothies, I started with a smoothie and it was DELICIOUS! Mixed berries, apples, bananas, yogurt and seeds – I really enjoyed this smoothie. I am feeling a lot better about drinking the green juices and it kind of feels like it’s just part of my day. They are still an acquired taste but they are going down a lot faster and easier. I feel more energised today but this comes in phases, I still have times during the day when I have no energy but they are few and far between.
I am allowed to make use of a ‘Hunger SOS card’ today, where I can eat an avocado, banana or small handful of cherries – but I honestly don’t feel the need to eat anything.
Here is what I have noticed the past few days:
♥ Surprisingly the juices are quite filling, I don’t feel hungry throughout the day at all (but I do have a specific craving).
♥ As mentioned above, I get energy spurts where I do productive things around the house but I also still have energy lows.
♥ I experienced sweaty episodes on Day 1 and Day 2, but this is just my body getting rid of all the toxins.
♥ I am craving salt & vinegar crisps (which is weird because I NEVER eat S&V crisps) – it was on my mind for basically the whole day on Day 1 but I am not thinking about it that often anymore.
♥ Cravings = just my mind playing tricks on me because it wants something it knows it can’t have (what a naughty little monster!).
♥ I was feeling quite despondent about the juice detox on Day 1 (after I got sick) but I am feeling really hopeful and happy as the days progress.
♥ I weighed myself after Day 2 and I have lost 1 kg – as mentioned in my previous blog post, I am not doing this to lose weight but I thought it might be interesting to some of you guys.
I’ll be doing my final blog post on my juice detox this coming Wednesday (the day after I finish my 5-day juice detox) where I’ll be discussing the benefits of juicing, pricing etc.
You can click on the photos above to enlarge them to see what ingredients the juices contain.