I've always been so curious about juice cleanses. Do they actually work? Will I really have more energy from drinking a bunch of vegetables? and most importantly- obviously -will I lose weight?
Here's my thoughts if you'd like to hear:
I bit the bullet yesterday and tried it. I went to Mend Juicery in the Riverwoods shopping center in Provo. It was that, or a more hipster place in downtown Provo called Ivie Juice Bar, which I've been to before and had the Acai bowls which are A+ (though overpriced). I went with Mend.
It was both horrible and wonderful.
You drink one juice every two hours starting at 8am, and on each alternate hour when you don't have a juice, you're supposed to drink 16oz plain water. No other food except that juice.
I was mildly full for about 20 min. Then, I got pretty hungry. I drank water, but it didn't help really. In total honesty, I did eat a quarter piece of bread with butter. Then, I just dealt with it till 10am till juice #2, which was a DELICIOUS TREAT compared to the above. It was orange, grapefruit, lemon, and ginger. I drank it while walking Ella to sleep in the stroller.
I was noticeably hungry throughout juice #3 (spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon-- didn't taste tooooo great, the celery flavor was strong) and then it was a bit better. After juice #3, it was weird, I felt full deep down in my stomach, but hungry on top, like when you eat a big salad for dinner, and you're full, but you could definitely go for some french fries still.
Ella's cheese crackers were looking better than they've ever looked. Juice #4 (carrot, orange, beet, cucumber, lime) was pretty tasty. A strong beet flavor, and beets, I like. I drank it in our driveway while Ella napped in the car seat.
I took an adult ballet class at Ballet West that night, and I was scared about the exercise, since all the juice. So, I switched up the order a bit, and drank juice 6 before ballet- it sounded more filling with cashews, dates, and cinnamon vs. the green vegetables of juice 5. And it was. And the cashews tasted pretty good.
The ballet class seriously felt amazing. I didn't feel hungry before, nor weak or anything. I've taken 2 other adult classes recently, and this one definitely felt the best. I felt a little stronger. I was so surprised.
When I got home, I had a lot of energy and an excellent mood. I cleaned the kitchen.
The next morning I had lost 2 lbs. Big whoop. But I'll take what I can get.