On Monday, I began a 3 day juice cleanse from The Ripe Stuff. It was my first since November! I’ve done a bunch of one and two day cleanses in between but never felt the need to do a full on 3 day like I did after traveling for a month and celebrating the 4th of July for 4 days straight. I wanted to do it because I was craving sugar and cheese like crazy and had been drinking a bit too much alcohol for my liking.

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The first time I did a cleanse, I did not allow myself to cheat at all except a piece of gum on two of the days. Now, I’m a little more lenient with myself having a 1/4 avocado, 10 raw unsalted almonds or cashews or 1/2 a cucumber after my last juice but at least 2 hours before bed. It helped me sleep better. I did the cocktail cleanse but swapped the almond milk for the cashew nut milk made with cinnamon, dates and agave. It was delicious. I also asked for one the new watermelon juices from the “beet the heat” summer cleanse and it was delicious! Since it’s a small company, you can make substitutions.

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So after the cleanse, you are supposed to eat a vegan diet. This something that I have yet to do post my cleanse experiences because I do them late in the week and struggle to do so without totally shifting my lifestyle. I was determined to do it this time! Technically, you’re supposed to do it before as well but hangover brunch at The Friendly Toast didn’t allow that to happen.

Vegan Meals After Cleanse

I started my day with a green smoothie made with Vega One Nutritional Shake, banana, kale, chia seeds, almond milk and ice. I had raw cashews as a snack (which probably was 2 or 3 servings… oops). For lunch, I bought a salad at Trader Joe’s that sounded like a winner for my post cleanse diet featuring quinoa, edamame, chickpeas, pumping seeds and cranberries. I don’t usually put cranberries on my salads because they always have added sugar and they are too tart for me but the convenience was worth it. I prefer raisins. I had another mid day Vega One shake with just almond and peanut butter in the afternoon. Before and after my spin class I had a few Honey Stinger chews. Dinner was a large raw salad with kale, avocado, black beans, raw pumpkin seeds, zucchini, summer squash and tomatoes. Dressing was a cilantro thang that I later realized had dairy in it…. vegan fail. It was so hot in my apartment, that I made vegan banana soft serve in the Blend Tech for the first time for dessert.

I was a hungry lady after juicing for 3 days. I lost a total of 3 pounds from start to finish, about 2 less than normal for me with juice cleansing. Not sure what to make of it. I didn’t do it for weight loss but still I usually have more than 3 pounds of water weight to lose. The new Tone It Up diet plan has a bunch of new juice and smoothie recipes. I think that the next time I want a quick detox, the 7 day slim down will be my top choice implemented with a few juices or smoothies for meals 1, 2 and 3. I really like not eating solid food for the first half of the day as it helps with my digestion after lacking proper nutrients and fiber to help things move swiftly along.

Have you tried a 3 day cleanse since I first mentioned them back in November? What did you think of yours and which one did you try?


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What I ate after my 3 day cleanse

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    • Sarah

      I was introduced to the owner in November last year and tried a 1 day with them and loved it. I’ve done a few 1 and 2 days with them and now I love their juices. I buy them sometimes at Recycle Studio after spin class too. For a cleanse, the owner drops them off at my house the night before I want to start which is sooooo much easier than waiting at home for a delivery truck to arrive within a window. It’s also a local company that does NOT pasteurize their juices like most nowadays do.

  • Lisa

    So jealous of your ability to stick to a juice cleanse! I did one yesterday--I drank 6 suja juices, which I bought at whole foods--and it was a serious struggle. I eat really healthy and eat gluten and dairy free, organic, etc on a daily basis and it was so hard! I ended up eating some almonds and quinoa around 8 pm! I was starving and had a pounding headache all day! I felt so shaky! Did you experience a similar experience your first time too? I’m not sure why it was so hard for me!! Any advice?! Thank you Sarah!

    • Sarah

      Hi Lisa,
      I did not experience that but I’m also not familiar with suja juices. If bought them at whole foods, most likely they were pasteurized which kills “many/most” <- this is debatable... of the good for you enzymes and bacteria, mine were not. You can probably buy those juices from the suja people directly and they won't be! The other thing is that, depending on your BMR you may NEED way more calories for your body to function. My BMR is around 1400 so when I have the cashews at night - it brings me to my bmr. If you have an active job and on your feet a lot or a lot of weight to lose, this may be why it's not healthy for you to do and why you feel that way. It's not for everyone of course. I love them though.

  • Dee

    Hi Sarah, I sent you an email a while back but it bounced back a few times. Would love to ask you some questions….if you don’t have time or desire, I understand. But If you can/want please email me. Thanks!

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