February 28, 2014

JUICE CRAFTERS MASTER CLEANSE: REVIEW



This was the first time I tried a cleanse.  It's all the craze now and I wanted to see what the hype was about.  I planned on doing it after the holidays (i.e., binge eating), but that didn't happen.  Oh well, better late than never, right?

I know that there are lots of recipes out there that allow you to juice yourself as a DIY cleanse.  But I knew that I would be too lazy to do it myself (oh, the irony).  So I opted to have someone else do it for me and went with Juice Crafters based on the recommendation of a friend.  I did the Master Cleanse which is basically a 3-day cleanse for beginners.  I started on a Saturday, thinking that it would be easier to do on the weekend rather than at work, but I think it was actually harder.   It seemed like I was around tempting food all weekend long and it took a lot of restraint on my part not to eat.

Ok, so the details on the cleanse.  You drink eight, 16-oz bottles a day, about every 2-hours, in the order written on the card: (1) Greenest; (2) Cleaner; (3) Rootier; (4) Alkaline Tonic; (5) Cleaner (again); (6) Cleanse Guru; (7) Almond Nut Milk; and (8) Aloe Vera H20.

GREENEST

Greenest is a mix of spinach, kale, romaine, cucumber, parsley, celery, lemon, apple and ginger.  I surprisingly liked this one despite all the veggies in it.  The benefits of the bottle are listed on the side (apologies for some of these photos, they're blurry, I know).

CLEANER

Cleaner is pineapple, apple and mint.  This was my favorite one, so I didn't mind having to drink it twice a day.

ROOTIER

Rootier is beet, apple, lemon and ginger.  As the name implies, it does have a "rooty" taste to it.  But it isn't bad.

ALKALINE TONIC

 Alkaline Tonic: apple, lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper.  I actually liked the slight kick of the cayenne pepper.

CLEANSE GURU

Cleanse Guru: cucumber, pineapple, coconut water.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with this one, but I just wasn't that excited about it.

ALMOND NUT MILK

Almond Nut Milk contains almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt and water.  I thought this was going to be my favorite one, but I wasn't that crazy about this one, either.

ALOE VERA H20

Aloe Vera H20: pure aloe vera and filtered water.  Honestly, it mostly tasted like water to me.

Overall, I appreciated that none of the juices were gross, because I was bracing myself for that; they're actually pretty good and I didn't have any issues stomaching them.

I did have a slight headache on Day 2, and felt a little "foggy" on Day 3.  I didn't feel like I needed water in between the bottles until Day 3 (maybe that was my mistake to begin with).

Now for the real reason people voluntarily choose to forego food for 3 days: the results.  After Day 1, I lost 1.4 pounds.  After Day 2, I lost 1.7 pounds, and after Day 3, I lost another .5 pounds, for a total of 3.6 pounds.  According to Juice Crafters' website, the main purpose of juicing isn't to lose weight, but to basically feel your best.  I certainly didn't mind seeing the number on the scale continue to decrease, even if it is mostly water weight.

Aside from the "weight loss," I do feel like I'm making wiser food choices, and don't feel the urge to binge eat.  I also haven't been tempted by sweets (my ultimate weakness)... at least, not yet.

So would I do it again?  They don't recommend juicing more than once a month, but I don't think I'll be planning on a March cleanse.  It's something I may do every so often, say, every 6 months.  But I may try a DIY cleanse next time.  Any recommendations?

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4 comments

  1. i am so glad that it went well for you since i am starting mine now and though actually really excited, still a little nervous. i posted a link to the one i am doing in my post today; it is a DIY of the popular blueprintcleanse and it is costing me about $55 plus the juicer which i found for $30!

    xo mk
    thegoldhattedlover.blogspot.com

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    1. The cost is awesome! And where did you find your juicer? I need one. Can't wait to read about your experience

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  2. This cleanse sounds interesting! The flavors are different! If you want to try one where you make your own juice, try the Dr. Oz cleanse. You also eat one meal a day with that one which prevents that light headedness that you were talking about. But the pre-made juices are so convenient!

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    1. I'll take a look at the Dr. Oz one- the fact that you can eat is awesome. It took A LOT of self-control on my part to not eat.

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