Anyone ever just feel like “bleh” and know that they need to hit refresh? Well, that was us and we turned to Suja for a three day cleanse. Overall, we both loved it and felt so much better. Read on to hear what we liked, what was most challenging and if we’d do it again.
What motivated you to do the cleanse?
- H: I feel like I often get into this cycle of eating “mostly well.” I’ll pack a healthy lunch, but then still reach for the treats laid out at the office. Once you fall into this routine, it’s hard to break the habit! So a good, clean “reset” seemed like it might do the trick.
- A: I’ve always believed in eating healthy 80% of the time, and never resisting your cravings. But, I have definitely been noticing that my energy levels go down after a big plate of cheese or lots of bread and wanted a clean start and more energy!
What was the hardest thing to give up? Which day was the hardest?
- H: Caffeine. 100%. I didn’t realize how big of an impact it had on me! Not only my energy levels, but also just how “sharp” I was in general. I’m sure if I had stuck it out and eliminated caffeine for longer I would have gotten over this — but I’ll be honest, I’m back to my usual coffee-drinking habits post-cleanse.
- A: Caffeine was also the hardest thing for me to give up. The headaches on day one were SO intense. Day two was even really hard. By Monday, I felt fine and was able to focus so much more. Before the cleanse, I had been drinking two to three cups of coffee a day, even on the weekends. I actually waited another week after the cleanse was over to introduce coffee back into my morning routine. I treated myself to a Starbucks last Friday and even had a hard time finishing my Grande!
How was meal prep?
- H: Meal prep was so easy. I do already prep my meals every Sunday (making breakfasts and lunches for the work week), so I just used that time to make the recipes provided. And the recipes were delicious! Ashley and I joked all week that we would be reusing the recipes…just doubling them.
- A: Suja made it really easy to meal prep. They gave two different meal options and in the meal prep booklet, and provided grocery lists depending on whatever one made the most sense for your lifestyle. The great thing is that you can even mix and match recipes. They were all really easy to make and so delicious!
Would you do it again?
- H: Yes! It’s short, simple and left me feeling great.
- A: Definitely, I felt amazing after and would love to do it like every other month.
What was your favorite and least favorite thing about the cleanse?
- H: I’ve tried a few other cleanses that were juice only, and those gave me horrendous headaches and made me pretty cranky. So the fact that this one included light meals helped so much. Least favorite? Having to find a replacement for coffee in my morning routine. I found that hot water with lemon or mint tea can do (close to) the trick.
- A: My favorite thing was the fact that all the meals and juices were actually so good, and it made a huge impact on my energy level throughout the week. I felt so much better, and was able to focus way more easily. The most difficult thing was having to say no to social outings. It’s definitely a tough thing to do if you have to eat out (for work, birthday outings, etc.), but totally doable.
Most tempting moment?
- H: I stopped by a bar for a friend’s birthday and to watch a basketball game, so of course, was surrounded by bar food and drinks…and birthday cake. That took some serious willpower to pass up while still celebrating with the group.
- A: We had a bunch of people traveling to Seattle for work, so there was one night where we bounced around from bar to restaurant to bar. I ended up ordering sparkling water with lime just to have a drink in hand, but it was really, really tempting.
Key takeaways? Tips for someone else looking to do a cleanse?
- H: Do it with a friend! Having someone else to ask questions, vent to and most importantly, hold you accountable was so helpful. And plus, it gives you an excuse to go for a celebratory meal together!
- A: Find something that works for you. For us, all juice cleanses are really challenging, leave us feeling cranky and then we aren’t able to focus on the benefits as much. Find something you can do 100% and really commit to it. And, don’t be afraid to ease into it! We cut sugar, caffeine and alcohol four days before and once day one of the cleanse rolled around, we were able to focus on the food and juices and our bodies were already partially adjusted.