Let me first say that I came off this cleanse feeling amazing. I was very skeptical that a cleanse could help jumpstart my system. I was tired, lethargic, depressed and empty… but what this cleanse did for me, I am wanting to shout from the rooftops about how great I feel and how crisp my mind has become.
Here are the answers to your burning questions!
Yes and no. I was asked this question so frequently on Instagram, and I tried to be honest while going through them. So yes, most of the juices were tasty. Some of them I just had to power through and be glad when they were done. But here’s the deal, as we’ve all learned from our mothers – not everything that is good for you tastes good!
Jus by Julie does a fantastic job of pairing their greens with fruit – like kale with pineapple and apples. They also do a great job of having both options – lots of fruit or lots of greens, or you can find a happy medium. Now being on the other side, I miss my Sweet Spin starting me off in the mornings. I’m super stoked to try the new juices in their line up: Green Fuel and Pineapple Bliss, they sound seriously yummy.
Many years ago I had to go on a low iodine diet (no dairy, fish, bread, soy or eggs… kill me now), and one of the things I learned during that period is that food is fuel. When I was tired or running out of steam, normally I could eat something and it would increase my energy level. The same is true while cleansing.
My body was so used to consuming junk that about midway through the second day I started getting tired around 10am and 2pm. While I would normally bop down to Starbucks or reach for something sugary, this time I was forced to consume another Jus and surprisingly my energy level would instantly pick back up. The difference is that in this instance my body was burning good fuel instead of bad fuel, and it left me feeling energized for much longer rather than the inevitable sugar crash (and ultimate self loathing) that would come after consuming half a bag of Werther’s carmels.
That’s right party people. I lost 7lbs and 2” in 3 days. I could actually button my skinny jeans, and not just use a belt to cover the open button hole (hello post baby life! And no judging, you’ve done it too). Now I will be honest, I’m sure that was mostly water weight and bloat from all the crap I had been devouring. Salt has a way of making your body retain water, and when you don’t drink the amount of water you need your body retains it for fear of dehydration.
As I was filling my body with good, raw, organic juice; I was getting rid of the bad stuff my body had been holding onto.
Hear me out, I’m not saying you will have the kind of results I did that is not a guarantee by any means! But you will give your body a chance to get healthy, and start detoxing from the horrible things we consume on the regular.
Are you ready to get real? Ok… hang on, numbers 4 & 5 are not pretty…
- You will fart
I believe this goes hand in hand with #3. Part of the reason I was able to button my jeans? I wasn’t bloated! And how do you get rid of bloat? You fart (at least in my experience). Also, you’re consuming greens – greens also make you fart. So alas, pretty ladies… you cleanse, you will fart. Sorry. Just keeping it real!
- Icky poop (skip this if you don’t want to know)
Ok, there I said it, but seriously I wish someone had warned me about this!
“Do a cleanse they said, it will be fun they said.”
$h*t gets real about 24 hours in. I went from constipated to definitely not, to not even realizing I had expelled anything other than pee by 60 hours in. It was green, it was small, it was a bit scary. However, this was a clue that the cleanse was working! Gross, I know… but c’mon we all do it, so just get over that I actually wrote about it.
So this is where I think Jus by Julie needs to reconsider their structure. There are 2 juices in their 3 day cleanse line up that I was scared to death of receiving… Choco-nana and Green Radiance. Why? Because they contain coconut. I have a mild allergy to coconut (hello, tree nut), and while it is the latest craze (put it on your face, in your tea, in your hair, on your butt) I cannot consume large quantities of it.
I placed my order and emailed their customer service with a simple request to please help me avoid these 2 juices, their response was as follows:
“Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accommodate JÙS swaps on pre set cleanses! I sincerely apologize for that.
Thats why we created the “build a cleanse” option!
If you would like to place a specific order, please visit us at www.jusbyJulie.com and place your order from the ‘Build a cleanse’ tab to customize your very own cleanse.”
But here’s the problem – the build your own cleanse is more than twice as much as a pre-set if you do 3 days ($45/day or $70 Groupon for 3 days). Luckily, I did not receive the choco-nana and only 1 green radiance, which I sipped over a period of 90 minutes and only had a mild reaction.
The bottom line is that I loved this cleanse, and it was a perfect way to start creating new habits. Now I haven’t exactly continued on the 100% healthy and organic path since I ended the cleanse, but I will tell you this:
I’m drinking more green tea from Starbucks than caramel brulee
I’ve kept the 7lbs off (so far)
I’m drinking more water than I ever have
I’m making better food choices
I’m setting limits for myself, and keeping them
I’m consuming less caffeine and more greens
I now have a favorite drink at Clean Juice
All of these are small things, that have added up to a pretty remarkable lifestyle change within the last 2 weeks. I felt so amazing and motivated coming off the cleanse that I wanted to continue feeling that way! So here’s to continued growth and trying to manage a healthy lifestyle on the fly with a full time family and full time job.
Here’s the great thing… Jus by Julie is doing an amazing Black Friday special. You get a 3 day cleanse, 12 booster shots, a free tote AND free shipping for $90 (normally $200). Just navigate to their 3 day cleanse page, add it to your cart and enter “BFNOW” in the promo code section. And after that… head on over to Groupon, buy another cleanse to use in January and get your new year started off right!