Last week I tried my first juice cleanse. I actually won this collection of Garden of Flavor juices through a giveaway on I Heart Cleveland. I’d been wanting to try Garden of Flavor for a while, so I was super excited for the opportunity. I eat pretty well normally, but I’m no super woman. I like sugar and I like pizza. So I loved the idea of flushing all the junk out of my system.
Garden of Flavor is a Cleveland-based company that makes juices that are raw and organic, with nothing extra added at all. Their juice cleanse consists of six bottles of juice consumed in order every 2 to 2.5 hours throughout the day. I started around 8 a.m., and actually wrote out a schedule for myself so I didn’t get too off track throughout the day. They recommended starting in the morning with some warm lemon water. I don’t drink coffee, so the lemon water was a great start. I might never drink plain water again!
The first juice of the day was Goji Pineapple and it was delicious. It was sweet and fruity, with a surprising zip from ginger. Yay! Lemon water! Pineapple juice! I was doing great. I was so going to kick this juice cleanse’s butt!
A couple hours later, I moved on to juice #2, Cucumber Fresh. Well. Here’s where you should know a little something about me. I’m picky. I don’t think I’m a terribly picky eater, but I just have a hard time making myself drink something that I don’t love. I don’t drink coffee or tea because I don’t like the taste. I think beer is gross. I can’t even drink emergen-c when I’m sick because yuck. Pretty much I’m a horrible candidate for a juice cleanse and probably should have known that ahead of time. So. The Cucumber Fresh tastes like a salad. It’s really crisp and fresh and cucumbery… if you like that kind of thing it’s probably awesome. I tried. I made a valiant effort. But by around noon I felt gross. I was hungry. My hands were shaking. My head was pounding.
I ate a little bowl of blueberries, since soft fruit is a good supplement if you get hungry during a juice cleanse, and moved on to juice #3 to see if I liked it better than #2. Nope. It was another green drink that tasted like salad, and by this point I was super hungry and super grumpy. I gave up. I guess green juices aren’t for me. And now we know. I really thought I’d last longer, but at a certain point I wanted real food and I wanted it now.
Pizza for dinner. Ahhhh. At least there was salad on my pizza, right?
I drank the rest of the non-green juices over the weekend, and they were so good. Oh well. I’m just bad at this. Clearly I have no discipline and I’m a huge baby. But I’m glad I tried, and I was super impressed with the quality of the Garden of Flavor juices. Even if I’m not cut out for an all-day cleanse or even a green drink here and there, I like the idea of incorporating more (fruity) juice into my regular day, maybe instead of an afternoon snack or alongside my breakfast. I will definitely be picking up some of my favorite Garden of Flavor varieties at Heinens.
Ok, so have you ever done a juice cleanse? I’d love to know how it went. Feel free to shame me completely with all of your success stories, haha! — Kerry
(P.S. This post is not sponsored, so all opinions — and failures — are my own.)
4 thoughts on “I am a juice cleanse failure”
I’m a picky eater, you’re a picky drinker. It all works out in the end!
I can honestly relate to the green juice thing. I haven’t tried these, but I got a juicer and tried a cucumber-celery-kale-apple juice or something similar (I forget the exact things we put in it) and it wasn’t terrible but I definitely couldn’t drink the whole glass. I think I’ll stick to adding my spinach and/or kale to my smoothies… that way I don’t even taste it haha.
Haha, exactly! When we juice at home, we sometimes “hide” green things in yummy fruity things.
Carrot and apple juice is my favorite juice! Add whatever greens you want but carrot and apple is the best starting base.