My Juice Revolution Detox Journey {Part 2}

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.

Day 1

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).

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

For more information on the Juice Revolution Juice Detox packages, contact Fiona here and here.



  1. Charlene 12 January 2014 / 16:39

    I really don’t think I could do this. Huge admiration and respect for being able to do this :) All the best for the rest of it XXX

    • Luzanne 12 January 2014 / 22:52

      Haha! I’m sure you could do you it, if you set your mind to it, Charlene. :) If I can do it, anyone can do it – because I LOVE my food.

      Thank you for your kind words, you really made my day! :) xxx

  2. adajeannie 12 January 2014 / 17:24

    Well done Luzanne! so proud of you pushing through this. xx

    • Luzanne 12 January 2014 / 22:52

      Thank you, Ada! Your words of encouragement have really helped me! :)

  3. Zee Mohlapi 12 January 2014 / 20:18

    I take my hat off to you, Luzanne. I am not sure if I will be able to cope with the green juices. I look forward to your blog post on Wednesday, if it gets better then I basically just have to get past the first day and then it gets better?


    • Luzanne 12 January 2014 / 22:53

      Girrrl – you will be able to deal with the green juices, I promise. Just get past the first day and you’ll be absolutely fine! :)

  4. Ronel Marais 12 January 2014 / 20:54

    Your honesty is so refreshing, Luzanne! I’ve noticed some bloggers always just say positive things about trying out new things, but I can always rely on you to be completely honest in your reviews.

    I really love this about you. xxx Ronel

    • Luzanne 12 January 2014 / 22:57

      Thanks, Ronel. 😀 I myself only support bloggers who are 100% honest about their experiences with products, and that’s why I will always keep doing honest reviews. What’s the point in lying about something and making people go out and waste their hard-earned cash on it!? I could never live with myself…

      But so far so good, I really think this detox is worth it so far (even if it’s just to show someone how they could be feeling if they just made the decision to start living a healthier life).

  5. Lily 12 January 2014 / 21:17

    I love your honesty Luzanne! I am the type of person that wants to know EVERYTHING! So this is super helpful! I have been wanting to do some sort of detox, but I don’t know if I could do this one. I am not good with things that don’t taste good.

    I’m so glad you are feeling better, day 1 didn’t sound so good. Keep up the good work!!! :)

    • Luzanne 12 January 2014 / 23:01

      LOL, I gave Neal a couple of tasters of the green juices and he said they don’t taste thaaaaat bad (and he’s a total baby when it comes to weird-tasting-food). I did however, tell him to chug down a litre of the juice and he said: “Hhhmmmm…yeah, no thanks.” But again, he’s a total baby…us women are stronger in certain ways. 😀

      Thank you for your encouragement, Lily! xxx

  6. Em Cameron 12 January 2014 / 21:46

    This is so up my alley, I am always game for trying out new things! I have been meaning to do some research on juicing and a healthier lifestyle (I’m contemplating going on the Paleo diet) and these blog posts are exactly what I needed to read!

    I really appreciate your honesty but like you say, it’s only your mind playing tricks on you and I’m pretty sure anyone can do this. I will definitely get in contact with Fiona soon.

    Good luck with the remainder of your days but I’m sure you’ll nail it! xOx

    • Luzanne 12 January 2014 / 23:05

      I’ve also done some reading up on the Paleo diet, but not committing to any type of strict diet at the moment. I have been trying to eat less carbs (only eating sweet potatoes), less processed foods and drink a lot more water recently (before I started the detox) and I’ve been doing quite well with that.

      You are 100% correct – ANYONE can do this! Just get past Day 1 and it will be a lot easier from there. :)

      Thanks, Em! x

  7. Fiona 13 January 2014 / 00:58

    Luzanne, well done for staying the course…3 Day down, over half-way there! Stay focussed! You CAN DO THIS! You are going o be so chuffed with yourself when you wake up on Day 6 :)

    • Luzanne 13 January 2014 / 12:45

      Thanks for the encouragement, Fiona! :)

  8. Fiona - Juice Revolution 13 January 2014 / 02:09

    Hey Luzanne, I forgot to say – gulping the juice down is a BIG no-no. If anything is going to cause you to feel nauseas then that is it! Always ‘chew’ your juice, make sure to keep it in your mouth and allow the powerful enzymes in your saliva to make good contact with the juice. If you are drinking one that you are not enjoying rather take half an hour to drink it, one sip at a time than do the ‘down the hatch in 30 seconds’ approach!

    • Luzanne 13 January 2014 / 12:49

      Hi Fiona, I have been chewing all of the other juices (even the green ones) for the last couple of days. I knew that if I didn’t gulp that specific juice down, that I would not be able to finish it (and I really wanted to finish the juice). I was unfortunately already feeling nauseous after the second green juice I had that day (which I had tried to chew), and having the third one just increased that feeling.

      I usually take about 30 minutes to an hour to finish a juice, I have found that helps to keep the cravings at bay. :)

    • Luzanne 13 January 2014 / 12:51

      Thank you for the links, Jess. :) I am going to read those articles right now!

    • Luzanne 13 January 2014 / 12:49

      Thank you, Cassidy! 😀 xxx

  9. Chicara 13 January 2014 / 11:35

    Good job friend! Very impressed and proud of your determination. The finish line is almost in sight. :) x

    Love the brutal honesty. One of the best things about your blog.

    • Luzanne 13 January 2014 / 12:50

      Thanks so much for encouraging me, Chicara! I must say, I am looking forward to having a delicious salad on Wednesday! 😉

  10. Tjoppie 13 January 2014 / 11:47

    I’m really so proud of your determination to see this through! You go girl! Great post!Have you decided on how you are going to celebrate your achievement after the five days’ detox?

    • Luzanne 13 January 2014 / 12:51

      Thanks, Mom! :) I am going to have a huge bowl of crunchy salad with some chicken or salmon! x

  11. Jackie 13 January 2014 / 13:01

    Im starting the 7 day juice detox next week. A little nervous :)

    • Luzanne 13 January 2014 / 14:20

      Good luck, Jackie! I am holding thumbs for you but know you will do well! :)

  12. Fiona - Juice Revolution 13 January 2014 / 20:41

    I would just like to respond to the comment posted by Jess earlier this morning. There is much debate out there about the oxalic acid contained in raw leafy greens and therefore present in many green juices and smoothies. The critical thing that one has to understand regarding this issue is whether the oxalic acid is ORGANIC (live, raw) or INORGANIC (cooked, processed).

    Please do yourself a favour and read this excerpt from Dr Norman W Walker’s (the famous advocate of raw foods and juicing who lived to 99) book Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices What’s Missing in your Body:

    “We have in previous chapters, covered this important question of organic versus inorganic atoms in our food. It is very vital to stress this matter in regard to oxalic acid. When the food is raw, whether whole or in the form of juice, every atom in such food is vital ORGANIC and is replete with enzymes. Therefore, the oxalic acid in our raw vegetables and their juices is organic, and as such is not only beneficial but essential for the physiological functions of the body.

    The oxalic acid in cooked and processed foods, however, is definitely dead or INORGANIC’, and as such is both pernicious and destructive. Oxalic acid readily combines with calcium. If these are both organic, the result is a beneficial constructive combination, as the former helps the digestive assimilation of the latter, at the same time stimulating the peristaltic functions in the body.

    When the oxalic acid has become INORGANIC by cooking or processing the foods that contain it, then this acid forms an interlocking compound with the calcium even combining with the calcium in other foods eaten during the same meal, destroying the nourishing value of both. This results in such a serious deficiency of calcium that it has been known to cause decomposition of the bones. This is the reason I never eat cooked or canned spinach.

    As to the oxalic acid itself, when converted into an inorganic acid by cooking or processing the food, it often results in causing inorganic oxalic acid crystals to form in the kidneys.”

    Dr. N.W. Walker D.Sc.. Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices (Kindle Locations 776-780). Kindle Edition.

    • Luzanne 13 January 2014 / 21:01

      Thanks for clearing that up, Fiona. Does that mean we shouldn’t cook any green vegetables?

      I love cooked spinach, asparagus, broccoli and green beans…can’t imagine my life without it (I steam most of my veggies though). :)

  13. Fiona - Juice Revolution 14 January 2014 / 00:54

    Personally I have no problem with eating a reasonable amount of cooked greens, lightly steamed. You should only avoid cooked greens if you suffer from a condition that requires oxalate restriction but these conditions are extremely rare.

    I do think one must be careful not to drink litres and litres of smoothies that have been made in powerful high speed blenders. The question is with all the heat and friction created by the blender, is the oxalic acid still in the healthy organic form? The same goes for juicing if you use a centrifugal juicer that turns at 20,000 rpms. At Juice Revolution we ONLY use an Angel Juicer to extract our juice. It turns at an incredibly slow 80 rpms – the same speed at which you chew and there is very little heat and friction. Yes it adds mega hours onto our process but we wouldn’t have it any other way :)

    • Luzanne 14 January 2014 / 17:58

      Ok cool, thank you for your reply.

      We have the Oscar DA900 Juicer, which isn’t centrifugal, so I’m happy with that! :)

  14. Neal 15 January 2014 / 08:57

    Wow, very informative and honest post. I’m proud of you for finishing it!

    PS – I didn’t know girls got gas? :)

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