I’d like to think that I’m a healthy person—healthy in the sense that I live an active lifestyle (despite having asthma, allergic rhinitis, and vertigo) and my food intake is pretty balanced. Of course, being a food lover, I tend to indulge every once in a while. Fine, I tend to indulge all the time. I enjoy sticks of isaw, I don’t care how much bone marrow and tapa fat I consume in one sitting, and I can’t get enough of my caffeine and sweets!
But at times, I do get conscious about what I eat—especially on days I feel bloated and sluggish. I ask myself whether I’m really becoming what I eat, so I try to incorporate more fish, vegetables, and fruits in my diet. My go-to lunches in the office are either fruit bowls from Family Mart or San Marino Tuna Paella, just to make up for all the times I went for a Double Cheeseburger from McDonald’s or Fun Shots from KFC.
I first heard about the juice cleansing diet from Modern Family, and then again from Anne Curtis. (Haha!) I’ve seen and read so many articles about it, and even tried researching on recipes that I could try to do at home. But what posed as challenges were looking for the specific ingredients and actually having the time to make them. So I chose to look for a juicing company that could provide the juices for me already, and I ended up discovering Juice Jab, who’s juice cleansing recipes and programs really piqued my interest.
Juice Jab juices come with a cooling travel bag and reusable ice packs to keep the juices cool while you’re on the go. As soon as the juices were delivered, I kept them all in our refrigerator. I only packed the juices I needed the morning before I left for work. Then when I got to the office, I stored them in our office’s refrigerator.
Juice Jab offers three programs—the Mild, the Moderate, and the Strong Kits. The Mild requires replacing one meal a day for three days. The Moderate requires replacing two meals for three days. And the Strong requires replacing all three meals for three days. Mild and Moderate restricts you to eating only fruits and (uncooked) vegetables during meal times.
Each reusable bottle is 500 ml. I kept all the empty ones and washed them, and I plan to return them because I read each bottle is Php10 off my next juice cleanse.
I opted to go for the Moderate Kit, which includes the Gold Strike (lemon, honey, cayenne pepper, and water), the Emerald Punch (celery, ginger, pineapple, and spinach), the Amber Power (carrot, ginger, and apple), and the Ruby Hook (beet, carrot, and cucumber). (To know more about the benefits of each fruit or ingredient, you can read the very informative site of Juice Jab here.) I’ll be honest and say that it was a huge, huge challenge for me, especially during the second day when the first day was over and I still had one more day to go.
So I’ve decided to compile a few tips on how you can survive the juice cleansing diet with Juice Jab should you choose to go for it anytime soon. It won’t guarantee that you’ll lose weight, but it will definitely detoxify your body and cleanse your digestive system from all the not-so-healthy food you consume.
1. Schedule it properly.
Juice Jab delivers all the juices a day before you decide to do your cleanse. So make sure you schedule it properly. I scheduled my cleanse from Monday to Wednesday, where I had to report to work. I realized later on that it wasn’t such a good idea because I lacked energy and I felt very sleepy. (You can’t drink coffee during your cleanse!) I think it would have been better if I scheduled it on a disc-free weekend, so that every time I felt hungry or sleepy, I could just go to sleep or lay down and read a book to keep me distracted. I couldn’t completely stay away from solid food, so I bought my fruits from Family Mart and drank water every time I got hungry.
2. Stay away from any physical activity.
I chose not to train first to conserve my energy for the three days. I also slept early to really rest up. What I noticed was that I’d be full of energy in the morning but I started feeling really lethargic towards the afternoon. So by the time I got home, I’d be super sleepy.
3. Drink lots of water.
Of the four juices, my favorite was the Gold Strike (even though there was a slight spicy kick to it due to the cayenne). My least favorite was the Emerald Punch, but this is because I’m not a big fan of celery and the celery flavor was really strong. So to wash off the taste, I’d drink a lot of water in between gulps. The Amber Power was also something I had an easy time drinking, because I’m fond of carrot juice. Ruby Hook is semi-sweet, and turned my lips pink! I guess it really varies, depending on your taste or preference. Make sure to always have a bathroom in your area because you’ll be peeing a lot!
4. Chug it.
The juices taste best when they’re cold. If there are certain juices you don’t favor (like how I am with the Emerald Punch), chug it down instead. You’ll feel really full and bloated afterwards, but I noticed that it took away my cravings for solid food. It was only after an hour again that I started to get hungry, but by this time, I had enough space in my tummy to drink the second bottle.
5. It’s all in the mind.
More than the physical difficulties of going through a juice cleanse, your mental toughness gets challenged as well. Don’t let the hunger or exhaustion get to you! Motivate yourself that it’s only for three days. Smile and laugh a lot (as cheesy as it sounds). On my second day, when it seemed like the life was getting sucked out of my eyes, my colleagues asked me why I was doing this to myself. And to answer their question, it wasn’t because I wanted to lose weight. The objective was really to feel better about myself by feeling clean and healthy on the inside. Sure, it helped flatten my tummy a bit. But the idea that I’ve cleansed my digestive system (and doing it regularly on a monthly basis) is an investment I’m doing for myself in the long run.
I really think cleansing is something I’ll be thanking myself for one day. And if you think that juice cleansing will work for you, visit Juice Jab at www.juicejab.com to get to know more about their kits and programs! If you have any questions you’d like to ask, you can always comment below or message the Greta’s Junkyard’s Facebook page here.
How to Survive a Juice Cleansing Diet with Juice Jab