Many thanks to Greenleaf for sponsoring my juice cleanse. As always, all opinions are my own.
The start of a new year is always a time for hitting refresh and forming new habits. This time around, I decided to detox with a Greenleaf juice cleanse before ringing in the new year. Just trying to get ahead of the game, ya know?
Greenleaf Juice Cleanse
Greenleaf Juice was kind enough to sponsor a 3-day juice cleanse with five bottles of cold-pressed, organic juice and one bottle of house-made cashew milk per day. I opted for pickup from the nearest Greenleaf location, and let me just say that hauling 18 bottles of juice home on crowded public transit was certainly an interesting experience.
The cleanse started with the signature Greenleaf juice, my go to when I visit their locations, before moving on to other green juices, then refreshing fruity blends, and finally the cashew milk at the end. It was my first time trying their cashew milk, and I think I’m in loooove. The hints of maple syrup, nutmeg, and cinnamon sure are yummy. If a full day juice cleanse isn’t the right fit for you, they also offer partial cleanses with fewer bottles and juice subscriptions.
As a vegan, I chow down on plenty of veggies and fruits, but holiday indulgences had caught up with me. I wasn’t feeling my best, and my hope was that that hitting reset would do me some good. On top of that, 2018 had been an emotional roller coaster ride, and I believed that simplifying what I put into my body could bring more clarity and focus.
I’ve done detox meal plans before, but have never tried a juice cleanse so this was a new adventure. I had planned on taking it easy at home and catching up on some reading, but instead, I had to deal with a leaky roof during the cleanse (ugh, that was the universe’s Christmas gift to me). It was been more stressful than I would have liked for a detox period, but I still managed to make the most of it.
When I started the cleanse, I figured out pretty quickly that just drinking the juices was not going fly for me. I have an incredibly high metabolism, and my body was not happy on a strictly liquid diet. Instead of being upset at myself for cheating, I had a small serving of organic quinoa and steamed kale. I’m glad I listened to my body because that little snack each afternoon/evening made a big difference.
When I wanted a warm beverage, I opted for some soothing herbal tea. By the second morning, I was feeling alert, energetic, and highly productive (despite my latest bout of insomnia). Normally I need a strong cup of tea to wake me up in the mornings, but I haven’t had any caffeine in days.
We often eat because people around us are eating or the clock says it’s mealtime, but we’re not actually hungry. A cleanse is a lesson in listening to your body and nourishing it accordingly. I’m feeling more aware of my body’s response to what I eat/drink, and I plan to get back on a smoothie/juice a day routine to continue the benefits of the cleanse.
Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? Would you ever give it a try? I’d love to hear your experience in the comments below. Cheers!
Note: This post is in collaboration with Greenleaf. I received a 3-day Greenleaf juice cleanse. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own.