It’s no secret that I love juice. Nor is it a secret that I’ve attempted several times to do juice cleanses – twice in 2013 I think – and I never lasted more than a day. I start off strong then get a major case of hanger (hunger/anger), eventually caving in once I see everyone else eating. Well that was 2013, and 2014 is a whole new ball game! With all the craziness of the holidays, my birthday, and the traveling I’ve been doing in the early part of this year, I began feeling sluggish and unbalanced. The solution? A juice cleanse of course – and this time, sticking with it. I’ve been a huge fan of The Juice LA since they opened last year in Atwater Village. I can honestly say that The Juice creates the most delicious juices in all of LA, which is quite a bold statement, especially with juice bars popping up literally on every corner these days. What really sets The Juice apart is their dedication to freshness + quality, using only organic produce, and cold pressing them daily. Oh, and can we talk about their flavors? My favorite is their #12 which is a combo of red cabbage, apple and lemon. I had no idea that you could or should juice red cabbage!
Now onto the #thejuicelachallange – I ended up choosing to do the 3-day decrease cleanse – a three day process of elimination as they describe it. What really made the difference with The Juice was understanding what each of the 6 juices I drank daily was doing for my body. They go into depth on their website which is incredibly informative. Each morning at 8 am, I started off with their #11 which helps get rid of excess water in the body. Oh, the power of the tiny cranberry. Next up is the #12 (my favorite) which is the last of the sweeter juices. During the middle of the day and early afternoon come the #3, #4 and #7 which are full of greens… and ginger. That triple ginger is extra spicy = extra good for you. The day finally ends with an almond milk, sweetened with vanilla and dates – the perfect treat after a day of cleansing which also nourishes.
Day 1: Pretty mellow and easy. Perhaps it was the excitement of trying something new? I was really excited for the almond milk, then went to bed early to avoid any food temptations.
Day 2: Things got a little difficult, and also really got to know my bathroom. Let’s just say that the green juices got my body to “eliminate” things I didn’t even knew were in my body. Went to Umami Burger to meetup with friends and didn’t eat. Can you believe it?
Day 3: Last day! I was feeling lighter and actually began craving the juices! Spent a little less time in the bathroom compared to Day 2 but still lots of movement. Full disclosure: after a day of thrifting + hunting with Chris, I ended up having a veggie burger just after my 5th juice.
So I did it! Even though at the very end I did end up eating, I’m actually looking forward to trying out a 5-day cleanse before summer comes around. The one thing I really took away from this experience was a new knowledge of what certain foods do for me. Since my cleanse I’ve been trying to incorporate more of the following foods in my daily/weekly diet:
Kale – High in fiber and filled with antioxidants, detoxing the body.
Red Cabbage – Abundant in Vitamin E, it boosts the immune system’s ability to produce more antibodies, promoting DNA repair.
Lemon – Aids in digestion + liver cleansing, enhances the immune system + fights infection.
Ginger – Promotes digestion, detoxifies and boots the immune system.
Dates – High in fiber, regulates bowel movements.
Note: One thing I didn’t discover until after doing my cleanse was this great guide with tips for cleansing success + raw recipes from co-founder Liz Halpern. I can’t wait to try the green soup!
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*This post has been a partnership with The Juice LA, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. They really do have the best juice around!