South Block Cafe Juice Cleanse
Nathan and I decided to try a 3-day juice cleanse to help jumpstart our healthy eating habits that had been lost to busy-ness and fast(er) food. We thought it would be a good idea to cleanse our bodies of the toxins that had been building up. Normally, she’d use something like glutathione detox to do this, but we wanted to try something different. Hence, the juice cleanse!
We picked up our juices at South Block Cafe, located in Arlington, VA, the day before we were to start our cleanse. There are many ways to get your hands on some juices. We bought ours, whilst some of our other friends prefer to make theirs themselves. They purchased themselves a juicer after reading an online review from Juice Buff and now create their own fruit juices. It’s completely up to you how you get your juices for the cleanse!
We each had a box with our name on it, filled with 18-juices that were to become our food for the next 3-days. Each day we would drink 6 juices, in order:
Day 1: I was very excited to start my first day. I grabbed juice #1 and drank it on my way to meet my sister for a 3-mile run. It was probably not the best idea to drink this before my run because my stomach started to rumble in the middle. But I ended up ok and finished my run strong. The afternoon went fine. I went to a trampoline park and had lots of energy. I even went with my family to lunch at Cafe Rio and drank my juice while they ate. Everything was great! Until….Juice 5….I took one sip of Juice 5 and knew there would be a problem. I am NOT a fan of beets! It’s not that I dislike the bee…I really want to like it because I know it is so healthy for you, but the taste and aftertaste of it does something to me. Nevertheless, I grabbed a straw and drank the juice.
That’s when the fun began. It could have been the beet juice, it could have been too much exercise and not enough water, or it could have been the mass exodus of all the toxins in my body. Mostly likely it was a combination of all of that, but I got a really bad migraine, had the chills, and felt nauseous. I tried to drink Juice 6, but only could finish half of it before I couldn’t take it anymore and promptly fell asleep.
After my adventure with Day 1, I was interested with what Day 2 would bring. I felt better that morning and started off my day with a glass of water and then Juice 1. I went boating with my family and some friends. I brought along Juices 2-4 and kept them in the cooler while enjoying a day on and in the water. I had some cravings for real food while my family was eating sandwiches, but I drank my juice and water, and I survived Everything was going pretty well until we headed home and my family decided to stop at Chick-fil-a and eat in the car. I had to suffer through 45 hungry minutes of smelling delicious waffle fries. I ended up not getting home until after 10pm and knew I would not be able to drink 2 juices before I needed to go to bed, so I finished my half of Juice 6 from the night before. (I was also pretty apprehensive of drinking Juice 5, so I didn’t feel too bad skipping it!)
I woke up hungry on Day 3 (probably because I skipped 1.5 juices) and drank my water and Juice 1. I went about my day and drank my juices and was fine. Then at about 4, I decided to drink my Beet Juice out of order to get it over with. I had a 5k race that evening and did not want to be drinking it too close to my run because I did not know how my body would react. I drank it (still not my favorite) and was ok. Success. I then drank Juice 4 right before my race and did awesome. Success. After my race I celebrated with Juice 6.
The day after my juice cleanse I was naughty and went and ate Indian food. My brain beat out my body and I NEEDED to eat something delicious. Luckily my body reacted ok and I didn’t get sick. That evening I finished my last two juices that I had skipped from the day before. The beet juice was still interesting, but I could tolerate it a bit better.
My thoughts on the juices:
Juice 1: I’m not a fan of cucumber so I thought this juice had a bit too much. But it was still pretty good. And healthy!
Juice 2: Very sweet and delicious. My 2nd favorite.
Juice 3: Another green juice with cucumber. Similar to Juice 1
Juice 4: Really weird with the cayenne pepper taste. Not anything I am used to. Nathan loved this one.
Juice 5: Definitely my least favorite juice. Personal preference, though…just can’t get my taste buds to like beets! Though, it definitely was a lot easier to drink each time, so you get used to the taste a little bit.
Juice 6: Tastes like a cinnamon roll! Very good!
Overall, I am glad that I had the opportunity to do this juice cleanse. Because of certain circumstances I had to skip some juices or go out of order, but I did finish and I felt healthy for doing so! Since I have finished, I am trying to eat cleaner and have been drinking green smoothies for breakfast each morning. I would certainly recommend South Block Cafe juices for anyone who is interested in a juice cleanse!
*I was in no way compensated for this review. As always, all opinions are my own!*
For those in the Virginia, DC, Maryland area – Amir, the owner of South Block Cafe, is offering one of my readers a FREE 3-day juice cleanse! You can enter the Rafflecopter below!
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*Winner will be chosen on August 5!*