I've been pretty clear about my views on juice cleanses publicly (in The Knot and on Huffington Post Weddings) for a long time now. I give all sides of the story...but I have yet to do a truth bomb, totally real blog post on what it's like to go through one from my nutrition expert point of view. I know many of my brides are interested in them so I needed to totally commit and go through the full three day juice cleanse myself (my ultimate max I'm okay with) .
When Virginia based Fruitive reached out to me to test their three day cleanse I said yes. Well, that's a half truth. At first I automatically said no. After realizing I may need to open my mind a little to understand the benefits of a 'hard reset' my clients sometimes need, I went for it. And then panicked. The next day when I was sent my pre-cleanse protocol I sat at my desk thinking "What the heck did I get myself into?". 'Protocol' was so medical. So colonoscopy. But when I read into it, I realized I did support what Fruitive was suggesting. It's actually how I pretty much eat every day! Pre-cleanse was just a 'back to whole foods' clean eating way of life. Except when I got to the part about no coffee, no dairy, no meat, no alcohol and I'm like wait...what the eff?! Admittedly I didn't follow the no coffee rule. And here's why: I love coffee, I enjoy it, it's part of my daily ritual. And to get rid of it wasn't something I wanted to do. I also wanted to make sure everything I experienced during the cleanse was purely related to the cleanse itself and not caffeine withdrawal. Too many changed variables means an experiment with questionable results.
To kick things off, I did appreciate the other directions they sent for the pre-cleanse. They recommended avoiding social activities (that's just baiting you to not do it and be mad at yourself) and to give yourself a relaxing weekend. Except I couldn't opt out of weekend plans because I was food styling a party. And that's just the perfect example of what not to be doing during a cleanse.