I tried doing a 3day detox with Juice Jab. Tried is the operative word. I failed.
But let me tell you all about it. Juice Jab is a local company that makes wonderful fresh juices and delivers them to you for purposes of detox or cleansing. They use a special grind and press method using a triturator-hydraulic press juicer. From their website – “Our juicing process slowly and gently extracts the natural vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes, and other vital elements found in the fruits and vegetables – this gives an extremely fine quality and flavor which is unequaled by any other method of juice extraction.” True enough, all the juices taste amazing.
You have choice between Mild (replacing one meal with 2 bottles of juice for 3 days), Moderate (replace 2 meals with 4 bottles of juice for 3 days) and Strong (replacing all 3 meals with 6 bottles of juice for 3 days). The kind people of Juice Jab suggested I start with Mild or Medium. But since I’m not new to detox – I’ve tried half a day at The Farm and a 24 hour gall stone flush detox – I figured what’s 3 days of just juice and no solids. So I went for it.
Skipping breakfast was tough. But it was really just a psychological battle. I hardly eat big breakfasts. But the thing I can’t live without is coffee – my one cup of espresso in the morning. So that alone caused mental anguish. Haha.
I didn’t experience hunger but I missed eating. The juices fill you up enough. It got tough when I had to let Stella eat her lunch without me while I had my third and fourth bottles at my desk. By mid afternoon I started to feel cold and a bit of tingling in my skin. Then I dozed off for a complete hour. I figured it was my body’s reaction to missing caffeine. I only woke up because I had to pee. (You pee all day). And then I had a cracking headache.
Here’s the breaking point. I had to cut the ribbon at ManilART last night. I had my 5th and 6th bottles before going to the event. While I was there, I kept seeing cocktail food being passed around. I broke at the site of baby sandwiches. So that ended my juice fast. Haha.
I just decided that at this point in my life, detox is not what I need. I really need to exercise and sweat more. I live a pretty healthy life food-wise – I eat everything in moderation. I hardly eat junk food and desserts. I don’t smoke and I avoid smoky places. I drink very little – red wine and an occasional good beer. What I need is to relax, clear my mind, breathe better, sweat and release whatever stress is stuck in me. So this means going back to the treadmill and finding a good yoga place.
As for juicing, I love the idea. I’d like to keep it as part of my regular diet. I’ve owned a juicer for over a decade, but only used it twice because of the mess. But I think I’d like to get back into it. I love the service of Juice Jab. I’m thinking perhaps Mild or Moderate is what I should be doing. Strong is for the ones who really want to do it for a reason. The only way I would have survived Strong is if Patrick did it with me too. It’s hard doing it alone. It’s best done with a partner so you can encourage each other. He actually tempted me with Terry’s Paella by afternoon. OMG. Bad.
So today is Day 2. I ended my suffering. I had a cappucino and full breakfast this morning. But the thing is, I still have 12 bottles in my fridge. So I decided to continue the process using the Moderate system. Since I already had my much deserved and wanted breakfast, I’m skipping lunch and dinner and replacing them with 4 juices instead. Then the other 2 bottles a day, Patrick will drink for fun.
Again, great juices! Amazing flavours. I recommend trying the Moderate jab first. Do this if you feel you need to detox – like after a long period of eating too much too well (after a vacation) or a weekend of partying hard. It’s good for the body.