As you may or may not know, I love cold-pressed juices almost as much as I love good chocolate. Therefore, I wanted to do a juice cleanse for about 2 or 3 years already, however, it seemed to never fit into my schedule because of uni, work or traveling. Now during quarantine though, I had to think about it again and found this would be the perfect time to do this little experiment. Additionally, although I’m not religious, I thought it would be appropriate to do it during Lent, right before Easter.
I did the cleanse with the juices from Kale&Me (not sponsored) as I’ve heard only good things about them. Kale&Me offers 3-day, 5-day and 7-day juice cleanses as well as celery and shot treatments. Since I’ve never done a juice cleanse before, I decided to do the 3-day cleanse which consists of 6 different high-quality cold-pressed juices each day. During the cleanse you shouldn’t eat any solid food as well as liquids that contain calories, caffeine or alcohol. If you smoke, it’s also advisable to try not to during these days, although it’s probably hard.
To clarify it from the beginning, the purpose of a juice cleanse is not to lose weight. You naturally do lose a little bit of weight during the process, because you don’t eat anything during that time, but that’s just a side-effect and not the point of a cleanse.
A juice cleanse is a great way to prepare your body for a dietary change, e.g. if you want to start eating plant-based. I didn’t want to change my whole diet, but I was eating lots of bread, pasta and sugar during the weeks before the cleanse and wanted to start eating fresher and overall healthier again. My main reason why I wanted to do a juice cleanse was that I really like mental challenges from time to time. And yes, it certainly was more of a mental challenge than a physical one.
All in all, though, it has been surprisingly easy. The juices were all really yummy and I stuck to the not eating rule and didn’t even feel hungry most of the time. I also didn’t have any bad cravings, just appetite, especially when I saw pictures of food on the Internet or if my family was eating. It was interesting to recognize how often I usually eat, although I’m not even hungry.
On the last day of my juice cleanse I had a slightly sore throat, which could have been a coincidence but it didn’t feel like a cold, so I guess it was some sort of a detox effect. Nonetheless, I still felt well overall and also worked out on the first and last day of the cleanse.
A nice side-effect of not eating for three days was that I had lots of recipe ideas for the upcoming days after the juice cleanse, which was great because I felt quite uninspired about lunch and dinner dishes before, especially healthy ones.
In sum, it was an interesting experience and I will definitely do a second juice cleanse at some point – maybe even for 5 days.