Beauty On The Inside: 3 Day Juice Fast Results

As promised, I’m back for a progress report after the 3 day juice fast.

I have to say, this is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. With the exception of the pizza craving incident on Day 2, I didn’t have any issues. There’s so much juice to drink that I was never hungry (or thirsty, for that matter). And because there’s so much water in each of fruits and veggies that are juiced, I didn’t drink much water during this fast. But I was never dehydrated, and my insides were scrubbed completely clean.

By the end of Day 3, I had so much energy… it was unreal. My workouts were amazing, and I felt ‘up’ all the time. I got less sleep, but I was never sleepy. I was waking up an hour or so earlier than my normal rise time, and I would wake up ready to take on the day.

My skin cleared up beautifully. I had 3 pimples after Day 1… they disappeared completely by Day 2. People kept asking me if I changed my skin care or makeup. Seriously. It was insane.

Physically, I lost 4 pounds. I lost half and inch on my waist, and a full inch on my hips.

My favorite juices were Fantasize (#1) and Indulge (#6). I liked Energize, but not so MUCH of it (three bottles). Replenish (#3) was by far the worst for me. It was thick and sweet, and the beet aftertaste was just too much for me. I didn’t like it at all.

Otherwise, it’s a fantastic fast. I had a really good time doing this, and I really want to do it again. Apparently, you can do this fast as part of regular maintenance, or whenever you feel sluggish or run down, and just need to ‘reset’ your body.

Put me down as a fan. I’m definitely doing this again.

Beauty On The Inside: The Three Day Juice Fast

I really want a slice of pizza right now.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to ‘detox’ physically, mentally and spiritually. I’ve been taking each endeavor one day at a time.

Now, I’m still recovering from the effects of too many Glutathione shots (my skin will never forgive me), so I decided to clean out the old pipes the old fashioned way: with juice.

Here in Los Angeles, it seems like there’s a juice bar on every corner… and everyone is claiming to change your life with just one swig of their mystery elixir. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t wasting my time (or my money), so I did a little research.

I hit up some of the majors (BluePrint and the newly formed/celebrity driven GLO Bio)… and for about 300+ they’ll promise to change you from the inside out. I looked for lesser (read: cheaper) known companies, and found Pressed Juicery… but there’s so much controversy about the fact that it’s not 100% organic and ‘when’ they press their juices (they are pressed off site), that I passed it by.

Then I found The Real Juice:

The first thing that got my attention was the process. The juices are 100% organic, cold pressed (never heated) and unpasturized. The second thing that got my attention was the size. Each bottle is 16 ounces (not 8 ounces like some of the others). The third thing that got my attention was the price.

I caught a fantastic deal on Gilt.com and got a 3 day cleanse (which I’m told is the most practical… more effective than a one day cleanse and not as excessive as a five day cleanse) for little more than $100. And the best part about The Real Juice… is the owner. Shila is quick to respond by phone or email, and offers unlimited support while you cleanse.

So I told her I would chronicle my journey, and she says she’s happy to answer any questions for the blog or the magazine as needed.

I chose the second level cleanse, because I’m no stranger to juicing. But, I’ve never done a complete fast in this fashion, so this extreme cleansing process is new to me. The difference between a first level and second level cleanse, is the amount of ‘green’ juice that you have to drink. For me, it’s 3 bottles a day.
They arrived on my doorstep with more freezer packs than one will ever need, and a lovely little freezer bag to carry the juices with me when I travel.

The first day was pretty easy. It’s a LOT of juice — and you drink a bottle every couple of hours. I was not hungry… not once. In fact, I couldn’t finish all of the bottles. I did polish off the last bottle this morning during yoga. My energy level hasn’t changed, and I’m still not hungry.

I’m now at the end of Day 2. Today was a little more difficult. I really did NOT want to drink any more of the green juice after about a bottle an a half (there is still a bottle and a half in the fridge as I type this. I will likely polish off half a bottle before bed and leave the other for tomorrow when I work out.

I’m still not hungry. I’m not thirsty either. I’m not… anything. I have absolutely no appetite. But I do want some pizza. At this point,  I think it’s more of a texture thing.

There is the wonderful side effect of an utterly flat belly, a few pounds and maybe half an inch… but I’ll wait until after Day 3 for a full assessment.

So far, so good. I’ll report back when it’s done!