Hey guys,

If you follow me on instagram (@getfitchicks) or facebook (facebook.com/getfitchicks) you would know I have undertaken a 3 day juice cleanse from Sol Cleanse.

I decided to do the cleanse mainly because I have never done one before and wanted to see what it was all about. I thought, hey, if it releases all the built up toxins in my body that I may of have accumulated from lifestyle factors then great! Why not try it! I wanted to be able to show you my experience from a non bias point of view.

I did plenty of research first though, I didn’t want to jump straight into something that may harm my body or leave me feeling ill. I read many different articles and blogs about how a cleanse helps nurture your body, gets rid of that ‘blah’ feeling, helps skin, makes you look radiant and can give your body that extra boost of life etc etc etc.

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At this point I decided to contact Miriam from Sol Cleanseand ordered a Level 2 cleanse “Ready to Shine” for 3 days. Being optimistic I was ready to jump straight into it!  Miriam delivered the juices to me on freshly made on Monday afternoon, she was lovely and asked if I had any questions or concerns she could answer and let me know to contact her if I did.

This is what I was heading into:

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For 3 days I was to consume 6 juices. They can be in any order I like, though they recommend you start your morning with the metabolizer.  Throughout the process there were ups and downs, moments of euphoria were I felt amazing, and moments of major irritability. I documented how I felt throughout the cleaning process so I could share my experience with you all.

Before the cleanse I did some research and didn’t want my body to go into shock of just consuming 6 bottled juices a day. I made sure I got a good 8 hours sleep the night before I started so I wouldn’t feel tired the next day. Hoping my coffee cravings wouldn’t creep up on me the next day.

Day 1:

  • I woke up at 7am on the beautiful Gold Coast and drank my first metabolizer, pre conceptions made me cringe at drinking anything with cayenne pepper. BUT, as I was assured, it was actually delicious. The lemon takes over with a strong kick and the cayenne pepper is hardly tasted.
  • Afraid of feeling exhausted during the day, I didn’t want to work out during my cleanse, so I decided on a brisk morning walk along the beach.
  • I continued my juices in the order they were given to me as I wasn’t sure which one I favoured most yet.
  • Surprisingly they were all DELICIOUS! Coming into the afternoon I felt as though my energy levels started to slow down and get a little sluggish. Was it just 3:30 itis? Or was it the juices? I decided to listen to my body and have the juice next in line which was again surprisingly an amazing blend of Cashew milk, vanilla, stevia and filtered water. I really under estimated the taste of these juices!
  • After that I continued with uni work at home and felt pretty good! I was so proud I had lasted the day.
  • I nearly forgot my last juice before thinking about heading to bed and boy was I in for a surprise! They must save the BEST for last! This juice, more like a smoothie, was banana, spinach, chia seeds and filtered water.  I realised this was the go to “pick-me-up” juice if I had any bad cravings.

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Day 2:

  • WooHoo! Made it to day 2! I woke feeling fine, energetic and happy. I felt like I could do this forever. On rising I had my first metabolizer again, went for a brisk walk and drove back to Brisbane ready for a busy day.
  • By day 2 I worked out when to drink my juices and to consume them every 2 hours so I could finish my last one before going to bed and not nearly forgetting like the previous night.
  • I was so surprised at how much I loved the taste of them. Things I would never consider I now LOVED!
  • Spent the day with my mum and sister wedding dress shopping for my sister’s wedding. And boy was it hard. Being around food and seeing food everywhere was difficult. I didn’t think I was hungry until I saw it all. Day 1 was fine because I was secluded and able to not think about food.
  • It got to about 230pm and I was in serious craving of food. My mum and sister went for lunch while I went home to do some work. I decided to have my banana juice/smoothie as its thicker and more filling.
  • Note to self: do not go on social media sites while doing a juice cleanse. Well if you instagram is anything like mine, mainly FOOD, then don’t do it to yourself.
  • The euphoric feeling I had in the morning was gone, I was hungry, starving, HANGRY!
  • 4pm came along and I had to take mum grocery shopping. Uh oh! I grabbed some raw almonds and decided to snack on a handful hoping it would do the trick. It did… for a little.
  • The evening was sort of the same, hungry. But I had come this far I couldn’t give in now! I consumed my juices for the day, relaxed a little and was off to bed in hope it would cure the solid food cravings.

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Day 3:

  • LAST DAY! That was my thought when I woke up. Still enjoying my juices I woke up feeling rested and not hungry. As typical as it sounds my skin felt great, I felt great and ready for my last day. Had my morning juices, and counting down.
  • My third day went by quickly; I spent the majority of the day home doing assignments and work in the evening.
  • As it got later, I started to feel hungry again. Luckily I left the banana juice for later and it did the trick.

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I’m not going to lie. It’s a difficult experience. You need to have some sort of willpower! You also need to know to listen to your body. A juice cleanse may not be for everyone, you need to understand that. The second day for me was by far the hardest. The company I went with, Sol Cleanse, were fantastic. The juices were excellent, tasty and filling (at most points).

Ok so here a few things I picked up from my experience;

Pros;

  • I was so hydrated! Maybe that’s why my skin felt so amazing. But whenever I got hungry I made myself drink a bottle of water first before thinking about my next juice, I was drinking nearly double the water I would usually drink.
  • I found my love for green tea once again, maybe now I can substitute a coffee for tea instead! That’s progress right?
  • My sugar cravings have decreased, you will find that most bottled juices you will have are full of sugar – so sticking to these juices for the 3 days allowed me to reset my body.
  • Mentally I feel like I have reset my body and hope to continue this for coming weeks/months… hopefully for good.

Cons;

  • It’s expensive. If you go with a company who pre-makes cold pressed juices for your cleanse it can eat into your budget. Maybe you have a juicer and you can try doing it yourself. Recipes are easy to find and I am more than happy to help you think up some great, delicious recipes; just shoot me through an email!
  • I wouldn’t recommend doing strenuous exercise during the cleanse. I didn’t have enough energy and managed to go for light brisk walks in the morning, but my hot yoga was out and no training at the gym etc
  • Please don’t think of this as a weight loss solution, yes you may lose some water weight but this isn’t a permanent solution.  Like mentioned above, it’s to release toxins in your body and rest yourself.

In the end my juice clean was a positive experience. I feel a 3 day cleanse is a great duration, going into a longer cleanse may cause your body to react differently.

If you want to try it, let me know how you go. You can get a discount my using the code “Sol” at the Sol Cleanse checkout.

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Goodluck and I hope you enjoyed the post!

Eat Healthy, Live Happy & Get Fit

Xo j xo