Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge Wrap Up

Yesterday was my final day of the Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge and I felt better than I did on Day 2 (Wednesday). I was delivered a modified cleanse that incorporated raw food (salads) into it and it really made a difference.

Juice 1
Romaine, spinach, parsley, lemon cucumber, apple
Juice 2
Orange, grapefruit, lemon
Juice 3
Wheatgrass, pineapple
Salad 1
Kale, Pear, Sesame Seeds & lemon juice
Juice 4
Carrot, beet, apple, lemon
Juice 5
Pineapple, coconut water
Juice 6
Pineapple, wheatgrass
Salad 2
Zucchini, carrot, poppy seeds and pesto dressing

The juices were sweeter than the previous ones, which I enjoyed more. The salads were fairly plain but good and it was a lot of food (yay!)

I didn’t feel as tired or lethargic as the previous day but I still had a bit of a headache. Around 2pm pm I crashed, felt dizzy and hungry so I decided to skip ahead and eat my second salad. It was good and helped but around 330pm I crashed again and was hungry and dizzy so I went out and got a banana and a hard boiled egg. This seemed to set me straight and I drank my last two juices and had a great evening.

I weighed myself this morning and I’m at 107 lbs. Not a huge difference but I wasn’t hoping to lose any weight.

I’m glad that I tried the  Juice & Raw Food Cleanse. It was a great learning experience and I think I will incorporate more raw juice into my diet. It definitely gave me a different perspective on clean eating and though I love my pasta and my sandwiches on bread I’m going to try and be more conscious of what I eat!

Thank you to the team at Raw Juice Guru for providing me with the opportunity. It was definitely an interesting and memorable experience.

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Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge – Post 5

Yesterday I felt terrible. I had a headache since the previous afternoon, was lethargic, couldn’t concentrate on work, had a stomach ache and was overall a miserable person. I wrote to the Raw Juice Guru‘s to tell them I thought I might have to stop the cleanse and they told me that it was too strong for me and that I needed to eat raw food (fruits and veggies) to supplement.

I ended up leaving work at 4pm and went home. I ate a banana and some raw peanuts and then napped with Finn and Harley for a couple of hours until Jason came home. I ate more peanuts for dinner had some mashed potatoes and raw carrots and then went to bed.

Today they sent me my final day of cleanse juice and switched me up to the Raw Food Cleanse, which looks absolutely delicious and I’m really excited about. I now have 4 large juices to drink, 2 wheatgrass & pineapple shots and 2 big raw salads to eat.

The lesson to get out of this is do your research and listen to your body. I know quite a few people who are on a cleanse right now – from 3, 5 and 10 days. I spoke to a bunch of people about how I felt yesterday and some encouraged me to stick with it and some said to stop it and eat.

The right thing to do was to call the experts – in this case the Raw Juice Guru’s – and let them know what was going on with me so they can adjust what kind of cleanse I’m on. I believe that because I’m a vegetarian (and have been for about 10 years) I don’t have any of the meat toxins of a regular diet, so the cleanse was not the right one for me to do. [UPDATE: Being vegetarian is not accurate and you can see the info from the Raw Juice Guru themselves BELOW] I am disappointed that I had 2 days of not feeling well and not being productive at work. But live and learn right? Thankfully there is an expert there to guide me along the way.

So on a positive note I do feel less bloated today and will weight myself first thing tomorrow. I was 108lbs at the start – I honestly doubt that I lost weight and I don’t really need to. The goal for this was to jump start myself into a healthier routine.

Stay tuned for the final wrap up!

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Here is the email from the Raw Juice Guru explaining a bit more about my reaction to the cleanse.

You being vegetarian had nothing to do with how your body reacted to the cleanse… Some people’s bodies can’t handle a straight juice cleanse, it’s too strong for them. So what we would do is incorporate raw food to make it easier for you.

The reason why the cleanse was too strong for you even though your juices were very fruity, is that you have a lot of built up toxins and sludge and your body is working extra hard to remove them… So we scale it back for the client. This is why we tailor the cleanses and deliver daily so we can track people’s progress and how they feel.‎ You being vegetarian for last 10 years does not mean your healthy. Toxins are not only in meat. They are also in fish, dairy, cheese, processed food, alcohol, coffee, energy drinks and let’s not forget stress…

…We don’t know how a person will react to a cleanse. And that’s why we keep track and ask questions. You didn’t feel well half way into day 1, so I kept an eye out for you. Made your day 2 juices a little more sweeter to see if that will help. And it didn’t, you said that you felt worse. So that’s when I put the brakes and said okay go have some raw food, fruits and veggies. And tomorrow we will include raw food for you…

Also…peanuts are extremely toxic and mashed potatoes are not raw [so they weren’t the right things to eat]

Thank you for the clarification Raw Juice Guru. This really helped and I am looking forward to my raw salads!

Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge – Post 4

Ok. So I’m on to Juice 4 for today and I have to be completely honest. I feel like crap. I’m tired and lethargic, have a bad headache, am really grumpy and I’m really hungry. I went out for a walk at lunch and bought some raw veggies to eat (2 pieces of red pepper, 3 pieces of cut up cauliflower). This cleanse is definitely harder than I thought and I’m struggling with whether or not to keep going. I’m going to suck it up and continue but it is a real challenge.

Juice 3
Wheatgrass pineapple

 

Juice 4
Beet, lemon, spinach, celery, cucumber, coconut water, apple

Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge – Post 3

So last night I cheated on my cleanse at about 10pm. I picked my brother up from school and we came home to a delicious meal made by Jason. I had a couple bites of mashed potatoes and a handful of raw peanuts, because I was super hungry. I’m not sure if it wrecked my cleanse but man I felt good after eating!

Today I woke up feeling pretty groggy and lethargic and have had a headache since yesterday afternoon. I went out to grab my fresh, cold-pressed organic juices for the day and had Juice #1 (Celery, cucumber, lemon, kale, parsley, cilantro, romaine,  apple) while I got ready. I’m very surprised that I haven’t been a fan of the green juices thus far. I usually go for the green juice when I buy it in the store, but it’s always very sweet and fruity. So far the green juices are very hearty, fresh and vegetabley.

I got in to work in time for a client call and then started on Juice #2 (Honeydew, cantaloupe). This was my favourite juice so far and it was delicious. Definitely a juice I would make myself.

I’ve still got a headache but it’s fading and I’ve got a super busy day today so keep this juiced up girl in your thoughts!

Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge – Post 2

I’m on juice #5 of the day and it’s 2:45pm so my usual “go get another tea” time. Overall I’m feeling pretty good. I have had to pee fairly often because I’m drinking juice and lots of water. I just got the first twinge of a headache, so hopefully it doesn’t turn into a full blown headache. I am craving a big, juicy, veggie burger and maybe some chocolate and almonds…

This is real juice though, no sugar added and you can literally taste all of the fruits & veggies it was made with. The taste was not at all what I expected, coming from drinking the “Fruit Smoothies” you get a the grocery store. I keep expecting a sweet, fruity drink but it’s very healthy tasting – not gross at all, just fresh and good for you 🙂

Here’s what I’ve had so far today:

Juice 1
Spinach, parsley, kale, lemon cucumber, apple, celery
Juice 2
Lemon, filtered water, cayenne pepper, raw coconut nectar
Juice 3
Wheatgrass, pineapple
Juice 4
Celery, carrot, lemon, ginger, beet, pear
Juice 5
Watermelon celery, lemon