If you follow me on twitter or instagram, you might know that Jake and I have been doing a juice cleanse over the past 5 days. We followed Jason Vale’s (the self-titled Juicemaster) 5lbs in 5 Days programme after I watched his documentary recently and was quite impressed by his concept. Amongst other things, the book promises a weight loss of 5lbs, improved skin, higher energy levels and and overall better health. I’ve thought quite a bit about how to structure this post, and ultimately decided to structure it into pros and cons to keep some sort of coherence. Otherwise it would have been quite a crazy post. So without further ado, here we go:Cons:
The price – Christ on a bike. The book itself retails at £7.99, which really isn’t too bad at all, but that’s where the affordability ends. We had to buy a juicer (well, we didn’t have to, we wanted to), and although that was something we wanted to buy anyway and not a purchase specific to the programme, it’s still quite expensive. We got the Heston Blumenthal one and absolutely love it, but it set us back £140.00, which is not to be sneezed at. On top of that, the produce we bought for the 5 day programme cost us £50.00 for two people, so overall, we’re already at £200.00+. Of course, if we do it again, we’ll only have to buy the fruit and vegetables, meaning that it’s still more affordable than going with a pre-made cleanse.
The energy – I can honestly say that I have never felt this exhausted. I managed to work out three times, doing ballet once and toning twice and going very easy on myself each time. I was shattered afterwards. Jake felt the same. Overall, we didn’t have much energy and really struggled through the days. I’ve been off work since last Thursday, but I don’t think I’d have gotten through it if I’d been working full days as usual.
The hunger – I haven’t actually been that hungry, but I’ve really struggled in the evenings, since that’s when I usually have my main meal. This also led me to sleep really badly, although Jason claims that sleeping will be better than usual.
The cold – we seriously froze throughout the cleanse. Enough said.
Weight loss – this is an obvious one. Jake lost well over the 5lbs and I lost just under, so I can’t complain! We’ll see how long it lasts, although we’re both committed to monitoring our weight and making healthy choices to avoid a yoyo effect.
Digestion – I have an iffy stomach at the best of times and always feel bloated and unsettled. I’ve had no problems with that whatsoever during the cleanse and am hoping that, once my stomach adjusts to solids again, it’ll be a bit easier.
The juices – we definitely got enough vitamins over the past few days, and I feel like I’ve been given quite a boost, especially now that I’ve eaten and the cold and faint feelings have gone. I also think my hair is shinier, but that might be my shampoo. Or I’m delusional. Who knows. The juices themselves we absolutely delicious. I’m definitely going to be incorporating them into my routine, and I’m hoping to do a bit more juicing in general. Nothing beats freshly juiced apple juice!
The feeling – I definitely feel light and healthy. Although I started eating again at the end of day five rather than waiting until the next morning (I just couldn’t cope anymore), I somehow feel ‘cleansed’ for want of a better word. I did feel a bit unwell after my first meal, which may have been because I stupidly ate chocolate truffles. But that feeling quickly settled and I now feel like everything is functioning a bit better. We’ll see how long the feeling sticks around.
Overall, I would definitely do this again, but I think that I would only go for three days. Five days seemed to be a bit much, especially if you’re working or have an active lifestyle. I definitely feel better and healthier, although I can’t say for sure if that’s a placebo effect or not. I don’t really care if I’m honest, since I’m enjoying the feeling. So, a juice cleanse? Definitely. 5 or more days? Never again.
Have you ever done a juice cleanse? What did you think? Was it worth it?
Please note that this blog post reflects only my personal experiences with the juice cleanse. From what I’ve gathered on the internet, people react very differently to them. If you’re thinking about doing something similar, please don’t consider this an expert report. I am merely sharing my own views and can in no way replace the advice of a healthcare professional.