Time for the "lovechild" of apple, beets, carrot, ginger and lemon with drink number 2; the Juice Bigalow. Containing much stronger flavors than the Juice-Tin Bieber, this 100 calorie concoction had an earthy, yet pleasant taste. I found myself feeling alert and lacking any craving for solid food.
While the first two drinks were enjoyably different, my least favorite out of the bunch was the Lucille Ball. This was solely based on my body having negative reactions to the mixture of lemon, cayenne, and maple syrup. Out of the three main ingredients the cayenne specifically did not sit well with my stomach and I unfortunately became sick due to this. My dislike was based on my own personal reaction and not because there was anything wrong with the drink itself.
*Personal note to self: cayenne is a no-no.
Hooray! The last juice of the bunch. Drink #5, the Punky Juice-Ster, was an unusual blend of matcha, almonds, chia, chlorophyll, and mint. Wacky, yet pretty good. I was glad that I saved this for last as it had more of a "desert" quality compared to the other flavors.
I would be lying if I didn't admit that I thought the Signature Salad would be full of leafy greens and vegetables. Instead, the box contained sweet potatoes, soba noodles, cucumbers, and a light dressing. The sweet potatoes, spot on. The noodles and dressing, not so much. Maybe it was just the unfamiliar taste of the meal or having an overwhelming craving for pizza, but my body was looking for something light and this was a heavy option after cutting out solids for majority of the day.
The day of the cleanse I found myself not as hungry as I thought I would be and enjoyed most of the juice flavors. It wasn't until the next day, however, that I felt some positive results. I woke up with 10x more energy, was flushing out toxins about every 40 minutes, and loss 3 lbs of water weight. As expected, it is hard to see any drastic results from a 1 day cleanse compared to a 3 day cleanse, but I was still pleased for a first time try (you get what you put into it, right?).
These 4 tips are what I took away from the experience: drink LOTS of water in between juices, keep your mind preoccupied so that you are less likely to think about food, do not worry about the scale, and listen to your body. It's natural for your body to feel a unfamiliar to the introduction of a liquid diet, however if something is actual wrong, like an ingredient that is making you physically sick, listen to your body. It's also important to understand that the cleanse is about feeling clean and nourishing your body, not about losing weight.
Would I do it again? Maybe.
If I was to try another juice cleanse I would be sure to pay closer attention to the ingredients and explore the different juice cleanses offered within the city. For now, I'm sticking to my nutritious whole meals!