I just finished doing a three day combination of a Raw Food Cleanse / Juice Feasting Cleanse through RawJuiceGuru.com.
I did it because the concept intrigued with the added bonus that I'm cynical about doing any kind of cleanse. I feel we can get what we need in our day to day diet by watching what we eat and don’t really believe in cleanses. I’m typically a fairly good eater, getting in my 8 to 10 veggies and fruits almost every day and my fridge is always loaded with a rainbow of colours. What I really wanted to know is if I would feel a difference. But I was also concerned. I’m training for a triathlon and quite frankly, didn’t want the raw food cleanse to interfere with my training program.
Eliane Seyfaie, who is the creator of RawJuiceGuru.com, felt the program would enhance my training and had me send over the workouts I would be doing for the three days I would be doing the cleanse as well as any other ailments I currently have (including headaches, PMS, hormones, inflammation, and/or pains), concerns and or goals, so she could customize my plan.
Note 1: I wrote about the process as I was going through it but am posting it all at once.
Note 2: I’m doing the 3-day cleanse for free. As is standard with me I let the PR person know that if I did not like the program I wouldn’t write about it. I only ever write about something if I can stand behind it. Sending me a product or allowing me to use a service for free never guarantees a review.
Day One: Raw Food Cleanse (this option is a combination of juices and salads):
A cooler full of fresh juice and salad arrived at my door before 7:00am. The juice is freshly made each morning using a three hydraulic press juicer and deliveries are made daily between 4:00am and 9:00am. If you need an evening delivery, that can also be arranged. The juices and salads are numbered so you know which order to drink/eat them and Eliane told me I should be eating/drinking them every 90 minutes.
Day one included:
Detox tea which I can have anytime during the day.
Juice 1: Romaine, dandelion, cucumber, celery, lemon, apple, ginger
Juice 2: Carrot, celery, parsley, cilantro, ginger, lemon
Juice 3: Aloe vera (drink with glass of water)
Salad 1: Zucchini pasta
Juice 5: Watermelon, lemon
Juice 6: Chlorophyll (drink with glass of water)
Salad 2: Beet carrot
Juice 8: Romaine, dandelion, cucumber, celery, lemon, apple, ginger
Today I had boot camp (45 minutes) and an hour incline speed training on the treadmill. I was quite skeptical that having only juice before boot camp (Juice 1 at 7:00am and Juice 2 at 8:30am) wouldn’t affect my workout but much to my surprise, I had the same energy level as usual. I did my treadmill training one hour after having the zucchini pasta with the same result (and this was a particularly tough workout). But throughout the day I’ve had a feeling of low-grade hunger. Not starving, more a constant feeling of not being completely satisfied.
I will say that about 15 minutes after my second juice of the morning my intestines had a bit of a ‘cleaning out.’ Suffice it to say, my stomach is definitely less bloated.
I was exhausted by 8:30pm and went to bed at 9:00pm. Slept like a log last night only waking once and falling back to sleep right away. Usually I wake up at about 4:00am and toss and turn until I get out of bed at 7:00am.