Alright, so I’ve been eating pretty poorly these past few months, and with my insanely busy schedule this quarter, I haven’t had as much time to exercise. And yes, it shows. So last time I was at Costco, I was a bit intrigued when I saw a $16 3-day juice cleanse in the refrigerated section. After looking it up online and reading a few reviews, I decided I might as well give it a go– after all, $16 is pretty ridiculously cheap for a juice cleanse that you buy pre-made, and I figured it would be a simple way to kickstart eating healthy again.
The cleanse is made by Sambazon, which is a brand most people know for their acai juice products. (Cleanse link) As far as I know, you can only buy the cleanse juice set at Costco.
The package comes with three juices and a small booklet with meal suggestions. According to the booklet, you are supposed to drink 10oz of each juice once a day, in addition to small vegan meals. So yeah, it’s not really a true juice fast. However, many people online stuck to just the juice for the three days and skipped any solid meals. I decided to drink just the juice, and eat additional fruits (apples) or a few almonds if I was totally hungry.
So, day 1 was off to a good start. The first juice is essentially a cayenne pepper lemonade, and it’s surprisingly really good. Amazingly, it also kept me fuller than I expected. The juice for lunch was a kale cucumber blend, also not bad. A few hours after lunch, I was still hungry though, so I had half an apple. The third juice is almost like a chocolate soymilk– it’s got nuts in it, and is slightly sweet. I had that around 5, before heading off to work. At work, I managed to hold off eating, but did have a bit of borscht during my dinner break (I figured it was better than dumplings). So, day 1 wasn’t ideal, but it could’ve gone worse.
Day 2 was when things went downhill. I was hungry, all day. All food sounded good. I did the juice at breakfast, and the juice at lunch. And then I had work, which is when the problems started. I brought my third juice with me and intended to have it during my dinner break. Then, my boss offered me some chocolate. Then, I had some potato dumplings, and carrot salad. Juice cleanse? What juice cleanse?
Oh yeah, and I grabbed a muffin on the way home.
Day 3 is today, and I’ve yet to touch my juices. I did, however, have a breakfast of chicken pho, followed by some cinnamon alphabet cookies. So, I think it’s safe to say I failed the juice cleanse. Which is pretty pathetic, since it was only for three days. I’ll drink the rest of the juice tomorrow, but I’m a failure nonetheless.
So here’s what I learned from this:
1. My schedule is too busy right now.
2. I have developed awful cravings for bad foods.
3. Loosing weight is a long process and there shouldn’t be a quick fix.
On the plus side, the juices tasted great. I needed to do this during a time where I had less obligations/access to real food at work. Who knows, maybe I’ll try again in a few weeks. In the meantime, I should probably just start eating better. Baby steps…