Two Ladies. Two Days. 384 ounces of juice.

Emily Stock, Front Desk

AnnMarie Grohs, Owner & Instructor

Yep, a juice cleanse. We jumped on the wagon and tackled a 2 day cleanse from local juicer, Ginger Juice RVA. 

Emily enjoyed the holidays and a trip to Las Vegas—a lot. A couple of months into the New Year she decided her body needed a break.  She’s a mindful eater and very active and thinks of food as both fuel and a comfort. She had never done a juice cleanse before, so she saw it as a little culinary adventure.

AnnMarie has been asked whether she’s tried a juice cleans dozens of times. Tired of saying no, she decided to take one for the team. She was psyched to have something to write about for the new blog, but was still skeptical that juice would be enough to sustain her for two full days.

Emily: 

What was your expectation going into the cleanse?

I had read horror stories of people wanting to eat everything they encountered while on their cleanse. I’d heard complaints of side effects, including lightheadedness, migraines, fatigue, frustration, hunger pains, etc. I fully expected I would experience all of the above, mainly due to caffeine deprivation. Yeah, that’s right: no coffee while on a cleanse. Yikes. 

What did you love about doing the cleanse?

I loved not having to worry about what to cook for those two days. No dishes to clean. Physically speaking, I felt great throughout the entire experience. I was able to quit caffeinecold turkey and haven’t looked back. I slept better and woke up more refreshed. Plus, the product is delicious. It’s not overly sweet or terribly bitter. It balances the foundational ingredient of leafy greens with a hint of a fruit. And there’s a sweet “dessert” style juice if you have an end-of-the-day sweet tooth like me.

What was difficult about the cleanse?

Not eating solid food for two days is a mind game. It feels strange not chewing anything. I would get hungry mid-day, but I’d have a glass or two of water and feel fine. You really learn to differentiate actual hunger pains from stomach rumbles—and boredom. 

Could you fit this cleanse into your daily life?

Totally. After the holidays or a vacation, it’s a good reset. I would definitely recommend it for a juice virgin.

 

AnnMarie:

What was your expectation going into the cleanse?

I thought, “It’s two days. How hard can it really be?” Full disclosure: I did not read through the cleanse details from Ginger Juice prior to starting. Oops. I should have cut back/eliminated a few things for a few days leading up to the cleanse. And I did drink coffee. 

What did you love about doing the cleanse?

I suffer from a handful of food sensitivities. It’s frustrating. I haven’t been feeling 100% for a few months now and I was beginning to think something other than food was causing my issues. Oh, was I wrong. So wrong. I loved how I felt during the juice cleanse: all my irritations disappeared. This was a double-edged sword: I was thrilled to realize that I could resolve my issues by simply changing my diet, but—at the same time—frustrated that I hadn’t been paying enough attention to food and had been eating things my body did not like.

What was difficult about the cleanse?

To quote a very wise woman I know, “Not eating solid food for two days is a mind game.” Amen, sister. I wanted to chew something or dip something or sauté something. I was really hungry for two days. I did supplement twice -- which is allowed if you are a very active person—with some almonds and an apple. Being hungry but not being able to make a meal to suppress the hunger is really difficult. I was also really cold for two days, I couldn’t get warm no matter what I was wearing.

Could you fit this cleanse into your daily life?

Yes, with a little more planning as far as my workout routine goes and more realistic expectations, this is something I could do every four to five months to reset. The cost is something to take into account: it runs $50 to $65 per day.