Updated: May 1, 2020
I've heard about juicing for years, curious about the benefits but not interested in feeling starving and giving up food. Two weeks into 2019 and I have decided today was the day to try this. I went into Pressed Juicery® last night and bought the Cleanse 1, the beginner cleanse. The lady at Pressed described this cleanse as the highest in calories making it easier to not feel hungry, and the most "tasteful". As a picky-eater, this was for sure the way to go. This cleanse came with 6 drinks, and since I signed up as a member, I got 2 free shots and bought two of their premium waters. I was instructed to drink the juices every 2 hours, the waters throughout the day, and the shots whenever I felt like it.
Juices: Vanilla Almond, Chocolate Almond, Greens 2, Greens 3, Roots 2, Citrus 2
Shots: Probiotic Shot, Elderberry Shot
Water: Lemon Cayenne H2O
11:30 — I started off the day with Vanilla Almond (almond, dates, vanilla, sea salt). This drink was pretty good to start off with. At this point, I have very low expectations for this cleanse. I'm not a huge fan of vanilla flavor to start off with, but it wasn't bad. I became full off the first drink so my day started off pretty good. I'd rate the flavor a 6/10.
2:00 — Next up was Greens 2 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon). I'm not gonna lie, I'm scared of green juices. On that note, I loved this drink. There's no doubt that I will be going back and being this juice just for fun. This drink gets a solid 9/10. It tastes a little green but the lemon overpowers it and I really liked it. Soon after, I tried the Probiotic shot (apple, lemon, ginger, red cabbage, probiotic). It was really tasty. If you struggle with ginger, this might not be for you but I really enjoyed it, 9/10.
4:00 — This next one had me terrified, Roots 2 (carrot, kale, romaine, spinach, parsley, apple, lemon, ginger). I've never liked carrots, and this was the first ingredient listed. I took a sip and I was scared. I made the past drinks last about 30 minutes because they were tasty and I wanted to keep the fun going... NOPE. This was was to be drank all the way through. I enjoy ginger so I tried to focus on the ginger portion. I rate this drink a 5/10 simply for the reason that if you told me I could drink this day every day in return for a many health benefits, I probably would. I also tried the Lemon Cayenne H2O and it was good, nothing exciting. It just tasted like lemon water, couldn't taste the cayenne... probably a 6/10. Nothing special.
6:30 — At this point, I had been hungry for the last 45 minutes but I was out of the house and didn't grab an extra juice. Good news was, the next drink was Citrus 2 (apple, pineapple, lemon, mint), and it was the only drink I've had before, and I loved it. When I was finally back home, I grabbed my drink and relaxed in front of the TV, taking my time with this drink since it's delicious. This drink gets a 10/10. You taste the pineapple and there's a mint lemonade backtaste.
8:15 — I started getting hungry just around the time it was for me to eat so that was a good thing. The next drink was Green 3 which is just like Green 2 but with ginger (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger). I liked it but the ginger was a little kick in the drink, making it not as sweet as Greens 2 did. I would rate this one a 6/10. I liked the sweetness of the prior version but the ginger allowed me to feel full once again pretty fast. I also finished up with the Elderberry Shot (honey, elderberry, lemon, cinnamon, cloves) and I find the taste confusing. It tastes like weird honey but I'd drink it again. I'd rate it a 7-8/10. I'm a little indecisive on this one. I also drank my last Lemon Cayenne H2O throughout the rest of the night.
10:00 — The last drink of the day was Chocolate Almond (almond, dates, cacao, sea salt). I wasn't that hungry until I started drinking it and the taste shift form a 7 to an 8/10. It was the good way to end the night, filling and sweet. If I customized this drink, I would probably add more chocolate flavoring and more sea salt for a better contrast.
If we look at the ratings for the drinks part of Cleanse 1, this cleanse got a solid 7.3/10, way higher than I was expecting. I came in thinking I would struggled through each drink (minus Citrus 2) but I was really happy with this experience. I never felt too hungry; I felt good and energized throughout the day. I heard some get headaches from juicing, totally normal, but I didn't. I went to bed not feeling hungry and felt great throughout the next few days. Overall I really enjoyed this experience and I have decided to do this cleanse biweekly, allowing me to progressively see the benefits as well.
Cleanses help with the removal of toxins from the inside of the body, and therefore in the future, I hope to see clearer skin and becoming less fatigued overall, both of which are common benefits of the cleanse.
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