dare to do the juju cleanse?
juju cleanse. yup, not jeje, juju. :) i first heard of it from my friend belle on twitter, after which i looked it up online..
why want to detox? i've been wanting to do some sort of detox cleanse for a long time now, because i love eating junk food! i love eating meals with lots of different seasonings. i do enjoy the occasional nights out. and i do eat healthy as much as i can, and exercise regularly, but feel like at 28, its time to go through a major detoxifying program.
why the juju cleanse? the retreat type facilities found in tagaytay or batangas are a bit expensive, and the master cleanse (lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper) is a bit too hard core for me. the juju cleanse was reasonably priced, and seemed easy enough for a beginner-at-cleanses like me to do.
which cleanse did i choose? i ordered my cleanse pack and it was delivered the day before i wanted to do the cleanse. i chose the level one, one-day program! there is a three-day program but i think that might be too hard core for me. i can't imagine not eating for three days!!!! i'll probably be so cranky and so sungit! haha. also, i chose to do the cleanse on a day i had no work.
each pack comes with six bottles. each bottle is filled with a veggie drink (that's just what i'd like to call it), and each drink has a different health benefit. take note, i am NOT a fan of veggie drinks. as in not. when other people say, "mmm, cucumber celery shake!", or "mmm, carrot apple shake!" i say, "yuck." i eat those as vegetables, but not as drinks. the only shake or juice i can take is watermelon or mango. so veggie drinks are a big deal for me!
you start off the day with a nice, hot cup of mint tea. and they provide the mint leaves too! i loooove hot tea so this was a treat for me. :p at this point of the day/cleanse, you gotta psych yourself for a whole day of not eating any solids! i think its really more psychological than physical hunger you have to battle.
you go through the day drinking one bottle at each designated time. i have to be honest and say i did not follow the times it said on the instructions (the first drink at 730AM is way too early for me! i'm still sleeping at that time! haha!) but i did space it out similarly through the day.
my honest assessment of each drink:
green - the yummiest of them all! its the green veggie drink that works on the alkaline levels in our bodies, the main post of the whole cleanse.
yellow orange - the spicy lemonade! i liked this one too. its exactly that, lemonade that's spicy! also works on alkaline levels and speeds up metabolism! (for those asking about the weight-loss effect of this program, i guess this helps achieve that. aside of course from the one whole day of not eating!)
red - honestly the most difficult one to drink! i am not a fan of beets, but the pineapple and carrot mixed into it helped the taste. i drank this straight up cause the guide said this works on cleaning my system!
yellow - a lot of people like this drink most, but since i'm not a fan of coconut (yes, probably one of the very few pinoys who doesn't eat or drink coconut, its very weird, i know) this intimidated me. its mixed with grapefruit and pineapple though which masks the coconut, and made it pretty yummy! this one replenishes electrolytes and boosts energy.
yellow green - the lemon salabat. i'm a salabat drinker for when my throat feels sore or i have a cough, so this one wasn't a struggle too. i opted to have this as a hot tea to end the day, instead of as a cold drink. at that point of the day my tummy needed something warm in it!
don't you get hungry through the day? actually, the six bottles are pretty big and i did feel full the whole day! kept on going to the bathroom to pee too, which i think is a good thing, and the point of the cleanse, to flush out all the toxins! so you do feel full, but you just can't stop thinking about food! as in throughout the day you will daydream of what food you wanna eat the next day. :p
do you recommend it? yes i do! for a non-veggie drink person like me, it was really, really tough, but at the end of the day i felt it was worth it. i even felt it was more worth it the day after! i felt healthy and i found myself drinking more water throughout the day. i think its something i want to do once or twice a year. i'm someone who doesn't believe in "don't eat this, it causes cancer," or "don't eat this, its bad for your cholesterol".. i honestly LOVE to eat and i won't stop myself from enjoying the wonderful food out there.. but! but. i do eat balanced meals, and i do exercise regularly, so all that, plus an occasional cleanse, should be enough. :)
any more tips? try doing it on a day when you don't have much work. also, try doing the cleanse along with someone else. it'll help if you feel like quitting and just grabbing a sandwich or a spoonful of rice! i want to thank jc for accompanying me in doing the cleanse. i realize its not a joke for a grown man with such an active lifestyle to not eat for one whole day, so thank you, i really appreciate it. :)
how to order the juju cleanse? visit their website at jujucleanse.com! you can also tweet them @jujucleanse or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. :)
more than any marketing ploy or cute packaging, the juju cleanse is just one way of reminding ourselves to take care of our bodies. whatever cleanse or diet or health regimen you have, its so important to remember that its not just about losing weight or being thin, its about being healthy. health is definitely wealth. :)