By Olivia Kappler | Photograph by Michael Fornataro
When people hear the words “juice cleanse,” the views are ultimately mixed. To form an educated and experienced opinion on the process, several of us at WHIRL Magazine decided to embark upon the long — although very short — journey that is a juice cleanse. We did a three-day program with Fresh From The Farm Juices, which gave us six organic, cold-pressed juices plus one shot of ginger and one shot of wheatgrass per day. The program also invited us to complement the juices with two sweat sessions at Haute Sauna Studio. As a very athletic 21-year-old woman with a pretty regular diet (plus the occasional cheat day every now and then!), I was curious to see how the cleanse would affect me. Here’s how it all went down:
10 a.m. — I have consumed my shot of ginger, and 15 minutes later, the first juice of the day: Limey Green. The ginger shot had a spicy kick to it and almost came right back up as it went down. But the first juice helped get rid of the aftertaste.
5 p.m. — So far, I have had one shot, four juices, and a glass of water with rock salt, and I feel exhausted. My body is moving very slowly, my head is pounding, and all I want is a burger.
9 p.m. — I have completed Day 1 of the cleanse and I feel accomplished, but also very tired. My body did not have enough energy to go to the gym, and it was very difficult for me to focus on my schoolwork.
“I felt great pretty much all day, never hungry, nor tired. Some of the juices were not my favorite, but I chugged them down.” — Jaime Mullen, Sales Director
“Just call me ‘Day 1 and Done.’ I couldn’t make it past the first day, let alone three. After making it through one ginger shot, one wheatgrass shot, and four of the juices, I began to feel nauseous.” — Matthew Hacke, Associate Editor
10 a.m. — Today, I woke up with a lot more energy and am not too hungry. I didn’t have any cravings and wasn’t dreading the rest of the day.
5 p.m. — I am a little hungry, but it’s nothing that can’t be controlled with a bottle of water and a few almonds (which this cleanse allowed). I am starting to feel tired and somewhat weak, but still not nearly as bad as Day 1.
9 p.m. — After my last two juices, I feel a lot more energized and don’t have any cravings. Despite my boost of energy, I was still able to fall asleep right away.
“My headaches are gone, but I just felt very tired. It reminded me of when I had mono freshman year of college. I just felt out of it with little energy.” — Maggie McCauley, Editorial Assistant
10 a.m. — This ginger shot doesn’t really ever get easier. Today, I feel tired and excited for the end of the day. I’m not very hungry, thank goodness, but I am having some cravings for very odd things like Italian dressing or edamame.
5 p.m. — I don’t have many cravings, I’m just straight up hungry. To curb this, I had a handful of almonds, which helped! I did my first sweat session at Haute Sauna Studio and loved it. When I went in, the juices had me a tad bloated. But after laying in the infrared sauna bed for 30 minutes, that was completely gone. Plus, I felt as though I had just done some pretty high-intensity cardio.(Bonus!)
9 p.m. — My energy for the day has run out and I am ready to hit the hay! I am so happy that I made it to the end of this cleanse, and I am ready to eat solid (but nutritious) foods again!
“I didn’t get my normal 3 p.m. sugar craving and that is what I wanted to happen throughout this experience.” — Aubray Onderik, Digital Marketing Coordinator
DAY 1 POST-CLEANSE
Today, I woke up with a lot of energy and was ready to make healthy choices throughout the day! The day after the cleanse, Fresh From The Farm Juices recommends to stay away from dairy and start off with a wholesome and light breakfast. They also provide post-cleanse juices, which are delicious — very fruity and pleasant. Throughout the day, I have not lost my energy and didn’t rely on my daily dose of coffee to kick-start my day! I stayed away from dairy, had some oatmeal and a banana, and I feel very light and energetic. As a result, I think the juice cleanse was rough but did ultimately make a difference in the choices I make food-wise and the amount of energy I had. Almost everyone at WHIRL agrees it was a positive experience; however, we would’ve liked to try more protein-based and fruit-centric juices. If you’re interested in trying a juice cleanse yourself, do your research to find what kind of juices are the best fit for your body. Fresh From The Farm Juices and Haute Sauna Studio have different cleanses you can try, along with different sweat packages that will make your body feel more wholesome and healthy!
Here are the juices/shots we drank every day for this cleanse:
Limey Green (spinach, kale, apple, carrot, lime, cilantro)
Restless Red (beet, apple, carrot, lemon, parsley, ginger)
G2 (spinach, kale, apple, celery, turmeric, lemon)
G3 (cucumber, zucchini, kale, pea shoots, apple, watercress)
The Healer (kale, pear, ginger, wheatgrass)
G1 (mixed greens, chard, kale, pear, wheatgrass)
Black & Yellow (pineapple, orange, blackberry, lavender)
Fortified Orange (orange, lemon, ginger, flax)