I kept a secret from you a few weeks ago.
I did a three day juice cleanse compliments of Skinny Limits in Austin, Texas. I didn’t blog about it while I was doing the cleanse because I wanted to wait until it was over to share my thoughts and experiences.
The first thing you may be wondering is why I did it. I had several people comment, “you already eat really healthy…what do you have to cleanse?” The main reason was to have a personal experience to share with my students, clients and readers. I get asked about “cleansing” all the time and you guys know that my philosophy is work hard, eat well and enjoy life so I shy away from crazy diets, fasts and cleanses.
Some of the stated benefits of juice cleansing include the following…
– Giving your digestive system a “break”
– Increased energy
– Reduced inflammation in the skin and body overall
– Release toxins
– Identify food patterns and habits
– Break stimulant use
– Reduced bloating
I was intrigued to try the cleanse.
Skinny Limits has several locations in Austin where they serve raw foods and juices. They also sell their juice cleanses online and your entire cleanse is shipped overnight. Mine was to arrive by 10:30 a.m. and I was instructed to start the cleanse that day or the day after for optimal juice freshness. I wanted to get the show on the road so I sipped hot tea and waited for the delivery. The shipment arrived a little after 11 and I was ready to dive in! They came cold, fresh and packed on dry ice.
I selected the Variety Cleanse which included six juices per day with a mix of green juices, a lemonade drink, a red beet based drink and a cashew nut milk. They will customize this for you if you have special needs or preferences. The bottles were numbered to tell me what order to drink them in.
Let’s get to my thoughts and experiences. Overall, I had a positive experience. First, I want to say that I LOVED the Skinny Limits juices. They were so tasty and I actually looked forward to drinking them. There was no choking it down! If they were here in Charlotte I would stop by and pick up a juice regularly. The green juices were awesome and my favorite was the green firefly. The only juice that I didn’t care for was the lemonade. It just didn’t do it for me. The beet juice was great but y’all know my affinity towards anything beet so that’s no surprise. The cashew milk was a godsend at night to give you an extra burst of calories and substance. It almost felt milkshake like after drinking the other juices all day.
The first day was smooth sailing because I was excited to try the cleanse. Dinner time was a little weird because was a little lost with what to do with myself but I sat on the couch, drank my cashew milk drink and went to bed.
Things got real on day two. I was hungry. I did not have the experience of “not being hungry” on a juice cleanse that many people talk about. I never felt deprived because I was always drinking a juice or drinking hot tea but I was hungry. I also got a serious coated tongue which is one of the sings that your body releasing toxins. It was kind of gross. I think one of the things that helped me get through the cleanse was that I was doing my normal day to day activities so I didn’t have a lot of time to sit around and think about it or be bored. I carried my juices around with me to training appointments, meetings and teaching and I was fine.
I ran into a little problem that evening. I did the juice cleanse the week before Christmas and it was bad timing. I had a holiday get together with friends so I had a glass of wine and a salad. I felt TERRIBLE the next morning. I am sure it was more due to the wine than the salad but I had a headache and my stomach was killing me. Cheating on the cleanse was NO BUENO!
By day three I was so in the groove of the cleanse (well, after I got over my cleanse cheat hangover) that it felt easy. I was still a little hungry so I did eat some avocado, carrots and a couple bites of cheese at night but overall I felt really energized and happy.
The craziest thing is that I woke up on day four when the cleanse was supposed to be over and had juice again for breakfast. I felt so great! I slowly worked my way back into soup and salad for lunch and then assimilated back to the real world of eating very quickly thanks to the Christmas holiday.
Lots of overall thoughts to share…
Many asked if I exercised on the cleanse. I practiced yoga every day but that was the extent of it. I felt really strong and good. No weakness or run down feeling. I feel like I could have run or done CrossFit but I wanted to play it safe and not get too crazy with the calorie burning.
I was really lucky to experience minimal withdrawal symptoms. I had NO problem not drinking coffee during the cleanse and it actually helped me cut back in general with my coffee consumption. I didn’t really have any headaches, lethargy, sickness, cravings, etc.
I was hungry on the cleanse. When I drank a juice I felt satiated, especially following Skinny Limit’s guidance that you should drink the juices within 5-10 minutes and not nurse them. But given that I’m on my feet most of the day for my job, it wasn’t enough to sustain me…but I was fine for three days.
I am VERY HABITUAL about food. I loved that the juice cleanse shook that up and made me see how routined I am. It really gave me more of a look at intuitive eating and hunger versus “it’s time for lunch” or “I’m bored, I need a snack” hunger. It also taught me that I can live without coffee and caffeine…I have cut back so much since the cleanse!
Also, I didn’t drink enough water on the cleanse. I was so over drinking in general that I just couldn’t. Even still, I was constantly in the bathroom during the cleanse. It’s a lot of liquid!
Would I do it again?
Yes, 100% absolutely…but with this modification: I would eat a little something each night for dinner…broth based soup, salad, veggies, etc. I really needed it.
Would I recommend it to others?
Yes. If you are needing a “reset button” this is a good one. I will always promote clean eating and exercise over everything else but I was surprised by how great the cleanse was for me. It is NOT a way to crash diet or lose weight. While I did lose a couple pounds on the cleanse, it was all water weight and came right back within days. It’s really more about getting back to the basics. I truly did feel great during and after it. Here is a list of the FAQs that they receive that will give you an overview of common questions.
How to order?
Skinny Limits offers pretty competitive pricing and a three day cleanse is just $147. If you use the code “FreeCoolerBag” at check out they will also give you a free portable cooler. They ship overnight in the U.S.
Let me know if you have questions about juice cleansing or Skinny Limits. I loved the company, the juices and the experience!