Sunday, July 8, 2012

RITUAL CLEANSE


If you've been following my blog, Twitter or Instagram, then you're aware of my love for food. My motto is that life's too short to watch what you eat. With that being said, I'm eating my words because I decided to try a juice cleanse for the very first time and deny myself of all the foods I love... for 3 days. Please keep in mind that my intention was never to lose weight, but to cleanse, detox and rid my body of the toxins it had been exposed to on a daily basis.

Enter Ritual Cleanse. I opted for their "Reset" program which is a 3 day juice cleanse consisting of 6 bottles/day - 3 veggie juices (spinach, celery, kale, romaine, cucumber, green apple), 1 pineapple/mango fruit juice, a traditional lemon juice with cayenne pepper and a cashew/cinnamon/nutmeg/vanilla concoction. These 6 juices provided the same nutrients as 15 lbs of fruits and vegetables and offered enough variety so that I didn't go insane. The juices are 100% organic and the ingredients are grown by local farmers.

To prepare myself in transitioning to strict liquid diet, Ritual Cleanse emailed me instructions on how to prepare my body. I prepped my stomach by cutting off caffeine a few days before and ate only fruits and vegetables the day before. On the morning of the first day of my cleanse, I woke up to find the fresh juices stepping on my doorstep. It included some ice packs and a smaller tote so I could pack the bottles and take them to work with me.

The biggest challenge that I faced was consuming this much liquid for 3 days straight. Not only did I drink 6 bottles of juice, but also drank a glass of water in between each bottle as well as a cup of hot water with lemon in the morning and at night before going to bed. That's nearly 20 cups of water a day! Yes, this caused my bladder to go into overdrive and a good portion of my time was spent in the restroom. I have to admit my first day was the hardest, especially around dinner time. I missed chewing and going through the motion of eating, not necessarily the hunger pains. They did provide a list of cheat foods if needed. Because the juices were spread out every 2 hours, I didn't feel the need to eat any solid food since my next bottle wasn't too far away. I liked how the bottles alternated between veggie and fruit. I wasn't a fan of the vegetable juices and always had something to look forward to after drinking those. My favorites were bottle #2 (think fruity and tropical) and #5 (lemonade with a spicy kick). Bottle #6 had a thicker consistency which really filled me up and held me over until the next morning.

Along with the intangible results of feeling healthier, I've noticed a difference in my skin - no breakouts and a more noticeable glow. And for those who are curious about weight loss, I only lost 1.5 lbs at the end of my cleanse, but lost an additional 2 lbs since then. Since the cleanse, my appetite has become smaller and even considered becoming a vegetarian for a split second. No worries though, I'm back to being a foodie, just in smaller portions and with more fresh fruits and vegetables mixed into my diet.

Giving up solid foods for 3 days is no walk in the park, but Ritual Cleanse made everything easy. With their delivery system, instructions and having the bottles numbered, it really made my life easier not having to worry about what to eat for my next meal. I would definitely recommend the Ritual Cleanse program to those that are looking to cleanse their body and/or looking to change their eating habits. If you have any questions, free free to ask me via Twitter or email.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting about your experience, Crystal! I was super curious about how it went.

    xo, alison*elle

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  2. Wow, this sounds like a great "ritual"! I especially enjoyed reading about the long term benefits it had for you, makes me want to go on one of these real soon! =) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. i was waiting to read about this. kudos to you!!! i don't know if i could do it, but i would like to try. i'm afraid of the weight loss though. that's the last thing i need right now. maybe one day, but in the meantime i'm living by your motto "life's too short to watch what you eat"

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  4. I would love to do a cleanse. I wonder, would you include the cost?

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    1. oops sorry! it's $80 a day which may sound steep at first but worth it in my opinion.

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  5. I remember hearing about this a while ago and I was contemplating on doing it because of my poor digestive system. I really think I'll give this a go!

    Michelle
    www.michelleesque.com

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  6. you did it! goodstuff crys :) yahhh i definitely saw the biggest change in my skin when I did a cleanse, and if it were up to my skin, I would be on a cleanse 24/7, but my appetite says otherwise. I can't deny my love for fried foods...
    the good life: eat well, sleep well and poop well (no joke).

    ♥ Diana
    inspiration-elle{dot}com

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  7. love this look. i have that same bag!

    xx
    Monroe Steele

    Fashion Steele NYC

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