With a snow day yesterday, I finally had some time to recap the juice cleanse I did last week! Skinny Limits is an Austin-based company that offers juice cleanses from 1-10 days in length. I was most impressed by the company because all the juices are completely natural, cold-pressed, and raw. This past year I've fallen in love with fresh juices and pick them up as snacks, meal supplements, or when they are on sale at Whole Foods! I see a juicer purchase in my future, but I was always skeptical of actually doing a juice cleanse. I love food and am pretty much always hungry-I'm not one of those people that sometimes just "forgets to eat". Also juice cleanses are pretty pricey, so buying one will probably make you stick to it to get your money's worth. Skinny Limits 3 day cleanse was actually pretty reasonable compared to other juice cleanses I've seen at $149.
The juices: Many juice cleanses companies claim to be raw but the juices actually have gone through pasteurization or processing like HP processing which doesn't use heat but kills the living cells in the juice. That's why Skinny Limits isn't something you'll see stocked in a store. I also liked how it's literally just juice, without me buying a juicer, fruits and vegetables, and doing it myself. You know it's fresh because they all have expiration dates on the labels too!
The variety juice cleanse included 6 juices (16 oz bottles) for each of the 3 days. The juices arrived in a refrigerated package and are very perishable because they are completely unprocessed so you must start the cleanse within one day of receipt.
- Pure & Simple: Kale, Cucumber, Spinach, Apple, Parsley, Celery, Lemon.
- Balance: Kale, Cucumber, Spinach, Apple, Parsley, Celery, Lemon, Ginger.
- Scorpion Lemonade: Lemons, Agave Nectar, Cayenne, Filtered Water.
- Crescent Moon: Raw cashews, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon, Agave Nectar, Filtered Water.
- Green Firefly: Kale, Cucumber, Spinach, Apple, Parsley, Celery, Lemon, Pineapple.
- Lotus: Beet, Carrot, Spinach, Apple, Lemon, Ginger.
Taste: Skinny Limits has standard, variety, tropical, and custom juice cleanse options. I chose the variety juice cleanse because I figured there's no way I'd survive without keeping it interesting! First of all the juices taste amazing. They do taste really fresh and have no particulates or gunk that needs to be shaken up. The "greens taste" is balanced well with other ingredients such as apples and lemon. I also particularly liked how the ginger in the Balance and Lotus juices was not overpowering or off-putting. The Lotus beet and carrot juice tasted nice and sweet after drinking mostly green juices during the day. The Scorpion Lemonade took some getting used to with its tart lemon flavor and the spiciness from the cayenne. As with many juice cleanses, the yummy nighttime Crescent Moon was amazing. I'd tried a similar drink that I'd picked up at Whole Foods so I knew I was in for a treat. That tasted kind of like a thick and creamy chai latte due to the cashew milk, vanilla, and cinnamon flavors.
How it Works:
Skinny Limits sends a little information pamphlet that comes with the juices. It says to start each day with a hot lemon water and then have a juice every 2 1/2-3 hours, with your last one being about 2 hours before you go to bed. They also recommend drinking each juice within 5 minutes and not trying to stretch the time you spend drinking it. There is an approved list of foods if you get hungry too.
How I felt overall: Skinny Limits says that the juice cleanse is not about losing weight but rather to heal your gut and regain some energy and clarity. I ended up losing 3 pounds on the cleanse, which I know is just water weight. It's still surprisingly to know that I was carrying around that much bloat though! I definitely was not as hungry as I thought I was going to be and loved that I was giving my body lots of greens and fruits. Every time I started to get hungry it was almost time for another juice so the timing worked out nicely.
I didn't experience any possible detox symptoms such as headaches but did feel lightheaded when I tried to workout. Light exercise only is recommended during the cleanse. When I went to crossfit on days 2 & 3 I had to eat an apple with a couple tablespoons of almond butter or a handful of almonds. I definitely was feeling kind of hazy and weak during my workouts so next time I'd probably just do some light stretching or rest the whole time as I did the first day of the cleanse. You are also supposed to eat lightly for a few days after the cleanse. The next day I ate an almond butter and jam sandwich for lunch along with a lettuce-wrapped burger and a couple of beers for dinner. I had some digestive issues for a couple days after the cleanse ended, probably because of the influx of solid food.
|Sweet note and pamphlet from Skinny Limits|
Have you ever done a juice cleanse? What is your favorite juice or smoothie recipe?