I’m really sad my first juice cleanse is over. When I was contacted by Moms Meet to do a review of the Skinny Limits juice cleanse, I thought, “Hey, why not? Getting healthier is my part of my 2014 plan, after all.” So I signed on for the review with zero expectations whatsoever. Boy, was I surprised. Not only did I experience significant physical changes, but the cleanse changed the way I think about food and what the human body realistically needs to sustain itself. It left me yearning for more of those feelings and further knowledge.
Skinny Limits operates out of Austin, TX, so I received my big, refrigerated box via next day delivery. On the box was a giant sticker that said, “Refrigerate upon arrival.” The pamphlet inside the box stated, “Since our juice is highly perishable, you must start your cleanse the day after you receive your juice at the latest.” All of this information made me happy because foods/juices that last a long time contain additives, preservatives, fillers, etc. Foods/juices that literally demand the consumer eat/drink immediately must be pretty darn fresh, and I’m all about fresh when considering what’s healthy for my body.
Inside my box were eighteen bottles of juice, six for each of the three days. These cold-pressed juices contain a variety of ingredients including kale, spinach, cucumbers, celery, apples, cashews, lemon juice, parsley, and more. I thought they may taste gross, but they were actually delicious.
I was getting over a stomach virus, so I felt very sluggish in the morning. I was determined to start the cleanse, however, since I only had three days before the juices went bad. Interestingly, as I started drinking the juices, my stomach started feeling better as opposed to worse. I also gained more energy. In the past, I had eaten crackers or plain pasta when battling a stomach virus, so I thought the acidity in the fruits and vegetables may bring on the evil virus, but it did not. I think the juices replenished all of the nutrients expelled when I was sick. The first day felt like a success.
I woke up pretty hungry and was worried the angry voice in my stomach was a sign of the long day to come. I was feeling much better from the virus and did not like that I was going to be drinking my way through the day with no solid food. I decided to stop thinking about that and just drink my first juice. It settled my stomach, and I felt fine. It seemed that each time I got the slightest bit hungry, it was time for the next juice. I felt great the entire day and had more energy than I’d had in a very long time even though the day before I’d been heaving over the toilet. Weird.
Confession: I did eat some plain celery stalks and carrot sticks; this is permitted but not best practice for a juice cleanse. I just really felt like munching on something. I have a chewing fixation and chew gum all the time. Since sugar-filled or aspartame-laden gum was obviously not on the “permitted” list, I chewed on some foods that were.
Again, I felt hungry when I awoke, but once I drank the first juice, I felt great. I felt wonderful the entire day and was full of energy. I even ran over two miles and barely got out of breath. At times I would wonder why I felt so great even though I hadn’t eaten, but I kept reminding myself that though I had not eaten, per se, I was drinking nutrient-packed and extraordinarily healthy foods. A few times I munched on some celery and carrots and one time even ate 1/4 cup of organic, raw almonds. Like I said, the Skinny Limits website states this won’t ruin the cleanse, but it’s not best practice.
The most significant physical result was the amount of energy I had during the cleanse. I normally drink coffee all throughout the day to stay awake and maintain a certain energy level, but during the cleanse, I felt energetic, awake, and alert without all of that coffee.
I also lost eight pounds, and though I know some of this was water weight from all of the visitations to the bathroom, I feel like some of it was actual weight. For anyone trying to lose a little weight relatively quickly, a cleanse may be a good plan for you.
My exercise stamina was the same, if not higher. I thought that since I could not eat protein or carbohydrates, my energy and stamina would be diminished when exercising, but this also did not happen.
This cleanse completely opened my eyes. I realized that we have been conditioned to believe we need tons of food to sustain ourselves, when in actuality, we do not need much at all, if we’re selecting the right foods in the first place.
The whole concept of eating protein and carbohydrates to fuel exercise may just be a myth. I’ve decided that anyway. Perhaps if I was running a marathon, I may need some of those food groups, but for daily workouts, I do not need to force myself to eat them.
I’m all about juicing now. Whether I order the Skinny Limits cleanse again or buy a juicer and make my own juices at home, I will be juicing again. For instance, during the summer months when garden vegetables are readily available and extremely fresh, I may drink a juice for breakfast and lunch and then a regular meal for dinner.
By the third day, I’d gotten the hang of it and actually enjoyed it. It was kind of depressing when I opened the fridge and all of my juices were gone. Juicing is not something I had ever considered before, but now that I’ve experienced a cleanse, I’m hooked. Our bodies are amazing and are angered by all of the junk we put into them. If you’re ready to rid yourself of that junk or reprogram your body back to a healthier state, perhaps a juice cleanse is for you.
I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group, LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. As always, opinions are 100% my own.