Disclosure: I paid for this cleanse. Post contains affiliate links.
When I was still working a corporate job, I signed up for and spent three days on a Pressed Juicery Cleanse. I was interested in doing a detox and since they delivered to the office, I thought “SIGN ME UP! I don’t have to drive to West Hollywood or god forbid, Beverly Hills? Hell yeah!”
Note – this isn’t to lose weight. If you’re doing it to lose weight, you’re doing it wrong.
The one thing that concerned me was being cut off from coffee.
This is Pressed Juicery:
- LA-based home office with three founders
- cold-pressed juices (veggies, roots, fruits)
- delivered to your door (or you can get them shipped or pick them up yourself)
- different levels of cleanses to match your newbieness
I chose the first level – Cleanse 1. Day 1 was fine. You’ll see that all of my bottles were labeled since there were 20 of us doing it and fridge space was valuable. The bottles also come numbered, so that was way helpful to figure what was next. I felt hungry around lunch time, but had a bottle to stave off hunger. By the time I got home, I still had three bottles to down. I learned that I should have loaded up in the morning and late morning, and not try and “save” the bottles for later.
Lesson 1: Drink when you’re hungry.
The chlorophyll and aloe water bottles are extra. You get your 6 and then 2 more to hydrate throughout the day. Let me tell you – these two were not very tasty. It was hard to get through them. I had two leftover bottles because they were so hard to drink.
Lesson 2: Hydrate with aloe or chlorophyll waters throughout the day.
Day 2 was the worst. I felt crappy and hungry. I was tempted to grab a pancake somewhere and shovel it in my mouth. The Wife, however, pointed out that I only had 48 hours left. Good man, The Wife. Did I mention that these three days of cleansing were during weekdays?
Lesson 3: Plan this out on days when you don’t have a lot of work meetings.
Here’s a plus about Pressed Juicery: I was not a fan of one of the Greens I had ordered, so I called them and switched it up to something else, even though I only had one more day of cleanse left. In my experience, once you’re locked into a cleanse or order, businesses usually don’t let you change up your order. Pressed Juicery did. I changed a Green for another Green, and I switched my plain yummy almond milk to chocolate almond milk! There was no argument; they just switched it with no comment.
Big bonus points for them for doing this!
That evening, I had a meeting with a colleague and brought a bottle with me for dinner. (Ie. long day.) My colleague, well versed in cleansing, was nice enough to not order any food but a juice at the restaurant. (And that’s why I love her!)
Just so y’all know, by the end of Day 2, I wanted to punch someone. I felt hungrier than Day 1, and I was cranky. I’m sure people joke about brain power loss, but there wasn’t any of that because there was no time to lose brain cells. Work is work, and it was go go go all day. Again, I had leftover chlorophyll and aloe to drink that night, and I did what I could to finish them.
On Day 3, things were a bit different. I felt better. I still felt hungry around late morning – I realized I wasn’t pacing myself correctly. I should have drunk at least two bottles by 10am and two more by noon. Instead, I stretched them out too long.
Lesson 1 (again): Drink when hungry. Do not hoard the bottles.
On the next day post-cleanse, I took it easy with food. I did have egg whites and soyrizo and coffee. Pressed Juicery recommends you eat stuff like soup and simple food so your body gets used to solids again. For the next few days, I felt pretty good. I don’t know if that was a result of the cleanse, the placebo effect, or both. Either way, I’m glad I tried it. Did my body “reset?” I’m not sure.
One more thing about customer service: They mistakenly double-charged my credit card. I sent PJ an email detailing the order number and which corporate account I was with. Within a day, they responded back and reversed the charges. While I’d rather not be double-charged for anything, I’m satisfied with the way things went down through their customer service department.
Overall, my first juice cleanse experience was a positive one. I found my energy level to be relatively even, and I was more aware of what I was eating. My coffee intake is once a day, in the mornings. I’m conscious of whether or not I’ve had vegetables in my meals. Since the cleanse, I’ve been blending greens to make my own smoothies to keep up fruits and vegetables intake daily. I now own a Nutribullet and a Vitamix.
I found the cost to be fair for a three-day delivery. I would love to do this again, but I don’t think it is possible or healthy to do this while pregnant and/or nursing. Instead, I would consider drinking cold pressed juices as a complement to my meals, adding extra veggie juice to my diet this way.
There are arguments for both juicing and blending smoothies. It’s up to you what you think is best for you.
Juicing or Blending At Home
If you want to juice at home, I found a couple of machines that have high marks on Amazon. Funny but true, this Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer, White costs less than its black-and-silver twin. ($60 cheaper!) Then there’s the one (Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor) that Joe Cross used in the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. (You should stream this! I was amazed at Joe’s transformation and blown away by Phil’s story.) Pour your freshly pressed juice into glass bottles to take with you and you won’t have to deal with plastic.
Now if you’re not into juicing but want to start making smoothies, I’d recommend the Vitamix, the Blendtec, or less expensive Nutribullet! I like all three machines because they’re powerful and their blades are not sharp. I’ve watched the Ninja infomercials but beware that the blades are sharp when you take them out to wash.
Disclosure: I paid for this cleanse – no monies were exchanged. But this post does include some affiliate links.