Friday, November 29, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Suja Juice 3 Day Cleanse

So I’m going to be upfront an honest with you right now – I hate celery.  I have hated it since the beginning of time, even having the uncanny ability of being able to detect celery salt in recipes (thanks for passing along this trait to me Gramps!).   So why did I decide to do a juice cleanse where ½ of the juices contain copious amounts of celery?  1) Because I know celery is good for me and wanted to experience the cleanse in all it’s glory 2) Because I honestly didn’t realize just how much celery I would be consuming until after I agreed to review this cleanse.   Do I still hate celery after completing this cleanse?  You bet I do.  Now, onto the review:

I’m the type of person that really likes new beginnings.  New Year’s day is the ultimate new beginning, being the day that most people start eating healthier (myself included) and break old habits.  I have been wanting to eating healthier for awhile now, and I knew that if I didn’t start before the holidays, I would overindulge, knowing I was about to start a healthier eating regime as soon as the holidays were over.  For me this cleanse is the start of a new, healthier chapter. When Suja offered to send me an entire 3 day supply of their juices, I knew this would be just the kick start I needed.

So what did I think of the flavours?


Glow – This one tasted A LOT like celery. I was hoping the fruit juices would mask the taste, but all I could taste was my vegetable nemesis.  I didn't mind it so much on the second day (it's a nice light, refreshing juice) but on day 1 it was a bit of a shock to my usually celery free taste buds.

Fuel – This one was absolutely delicious.  I really looked forward to this juice on the second and third day!  I stopped by my office for a bit and one of my co-worker’s tried a taste - she thought it was delicious as well.   It was by far my favourite of the veggie juices, and I would definitely buy this one again.

Purify – This juice was definitely the earthiest tasting of them all. Having only recently discovered that I don't actually hate beets as much as I though I did,  I wasn't sure how I would feel about this juice.  I  didn't mind it though, and I even found myself craving it after I finished the cleanse.  This is also the drink that you get to have around lunchtime, and since it kind of reminded me of soup (borscht), it almost felt like I was having a real meal.  

Fuji – I was really looking forward to this one because I love fuji apples.  Once again though, the 6 stalks of celery in it completely took over my tastebuds.  I let a friend of mine try all of the juices and she said that this one was her favourite.  If you don't hate all things celery like I do, then you will probably think that this one is delightful.

Green Supreme – I was incredibly relived to see that this green drink didn’t in fact have any celery in it (whew!).  It reminded me of the wheatgrass shots I get at Boosterjuice (I don't really like the taste of them, but I know they are good for me so I power through).  I love kale when it’s steamed, or made into a chip (although in all fairness pretty much anything tastes great when it's made into a chip), but I'm not a huge fan of it in smoothies or juices.  This drink did make me feel really great though, so I would probably drink it just for the health benefits alone. 

Vanilla Cloud – This one was a pure cloud of deliciousness at the end of each night.  It’s extremely dessert like, and I love how thick the coconut made it.  The second I opened it I got a huge blast of  cinnamon and nutmeg goodness.  It also contains areola cherry and camu camu putting it entirely in a league of it's own.  I would seriously drink this one every single day.  



A few people expressed concern that I wasn't eating anything for the duration of this cleanse, and they were worried I wouldn't be getting enough nutrients.  On the contrary, I consumed more fruit and veggies each day than you could possibly imagine! Here’s all the fruit and veggies an entire days worth of juices contained: 

9 apples, 14 stalks of celery, 3/4 of a cucumber, 2 handfuls spinach, 3 collard greens, 3 bunches kale, 3 lemons, 16 carrots, an orange, 1/2 pineapple, 1/2 beet, 1/2 coconut, 12 almonds, 1 tsp areola cherry, 1 tsp honey, a spring of mint, a pinch each of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, camu camu, and turmeric.   

As you can see, I still consumed a ton of goodness totalling just under 1,200 calories.

The pureness of the ingredients in the juice were also really great - nothing but pure fruit, vegetable goodness.


Now, onto the cleanse itself!

Day 1
Cravings:  Coffee, carbs, something warm… chewing in general
Cheats: a handful of almonds (around dinnertime I started feeling sick and headachy - I had to teach a 2 hour class this evening so I had about 12 almonds or so just to be safe). 
Water: 6 - 8 oz servings
Comments: I felt pretty hungry around mid afternoon - I think better preparation for the cleanse would have made the transition much easier - next time I will be preparing 2-3 days in advance (which Suja recommends) rather than having pizza for supper the night before starting a juice cleanse (ya, I did that).

Day 2
Down 1.3 lbs
Cravings: peanut butter, protein 
Cheats: a tbsp of peanut butter around 11:30pm.  I couldn't sleep and felt like I really needed protein. 
Water: 6 - 8 oz servings
Comments:  I felt incredibly energized and not all too hungry.  I missed eating though.  The juices were a bit harder to swallow and a few of them even made me gag (I'm looking at you Glow and Fuji).  I was behind a juice pretty much all day (had my breakfast juice at around 10:00 am instead of first thing in the morning.  I ended up drinking Fuji and Green Supreme pretty close together just so I would fit all the juices in. It was cold and snowy out and I was craving something warm so I drank hot water all day instead of coffee - I think this really helped with the hunger.  This wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, and after awhile I didn't even miss coffee.  

Day 3
Down 4.7 lbs
Cravings: Cauliflower, quinoa
Cheats: N/A
Water: 4 - 8 oz servings
Comments: I had a good amount of energy and was incredibly productive this day.  I ended up finishing a bunch of projects I had been putting off - my mind felt clearer.  Even though I watched Marc eat all day since it was Saturday and we were both home, I didn't feel hungry until dinnertime.  After savouring my last Vanilla Cloud, I felt satisfied. 


On day 3 I had the brilliant idea of combining my two favourite juices (Vanilla Cloud and Fuel)  I was going for a "creamsicle" kind of flavour, but what it ended up tasting like was pure deliciousness - it was like carrot cake in a glass!  I wish I would have thought of this on Day 1 but better late than never, right? 



A few observations along the way... 

It was nice not having to make breakfast or worrying about packing a lunch.

I had a lot of energy, especially on the 2nd and 3rd days.  I felt healthy.  I had that “clean” full feeling like when you eat sushi for dinner instead of pizza.

I’ve always struggled with acne, even in my twenties.  This cleanse made my skin look a lot better – and it gave my normally pigment challenged face a nice healthy glow. 

I lost 5 pounds in 3 days. Great motivation to continue eating healthy after the cleanse.

Overall conclusion
Would I do the cleanse again?  Absolutely.  I would try and be better prepared for it first though, and I would definitely try swapping out the celery juice next time (watermelon strawberry looks delightful!).  I think I’ll try doing another cleanse after the holidays – it will also be great for summertime when all I’m craving are cool drinks!  I would absolutely recommend this cleanse to my friends, the health benefits alone made it worth it! 

Disclaimer: Suja sent me this cleanse to try, though all opinions are completely my own. 

Giveaway
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46 comments:

  1. oh I would love to try this! The vanilla cloud sounds so yummy!!

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  2. Vanilla Cloud looks delicious!!

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  3. I would love to try this! I would love to try the Vanilla Cloud flavor the most!

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    1. I would drink one of these every single day if I could!

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  4. I would love to try this cleanse, I too have struggled with bad skin since teen age-hood! That would be the best results for me :-)

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    1. I would try it again just for that benefit alone!

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    2. do you know of anywhere we can get it in Canada other than their website?

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  5. The fuel looks delicious! I would love to try this, I'm feeling so run down lately and I know it's my eating. I have been thinking about trying a cleanse myself for a bit. Thanks for the breakdown.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I was starting to feel run down myself too - I had a ton of energy after finishing the cleanse - it was exactly what I needed.

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  6. These seem to be full of nothing but healthy ingredients. I would love to try this!

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  7. Fuel looks amazing!

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  8. I've been interested in doing a cleanse for a while now but have been overwhelmed with all the different products available. This product looks great and I'd love to give it a try. All the flavours sound interesting but I'm most curious to try the Fiji.

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    1. I'm really glad I tried the cleanse - it made me feel great!

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  9. Thanks for a great review. I really want to try the cleanse now!

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  10. Sure, why not. :) A cleanse might be a good thing.

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    1. It made me feel so great! I am definitely going to cleanse again after the holidays!

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  11. Tamela Passantino HillDecember 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    After the holiday eating I did.. a cleanse is just what I need. Thank you kindly for offering this contest and I wish you a peaceful day!

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    1. I hear you! I'm going to be trying one again in the new year for sure!

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  12. The honey cinnamon nutmeg sounds good for the season :)

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  13. Coconut Almond sounds really good! I love both flavors and having them together sounds like a bonus.

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  14. You can't order Suji in Canada :( how can we get it in Jasper?

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    1. You are correct - Suja Juice doesn't normally ship to Canada due to high shipping fees for the consumer (they are looking at better international shipping options in the new year though, so check back on their website in a couple of months). In the meantime you can still enter this contest as it's open to both US and Canada and the shipping is included in the prize. ;) I'll be reviewing and giving away some great Canadian products (juices included) in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to check back for your chance to win!

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  15. Um This all sounds Delicious! I will def be trying this!!

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    1. Thinking this would be the perfect thing to try this time of year, I work retail and am absolutely exhausted maybe this would give me the energy to get through those final stretch!

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  16. That vanilla cloud sounds good - some of the others I would nearly have to hold my nose to drink them (celery - ugh!)
    So - I just started my cleansing today - beer & tomato juice...hahaha
    GG

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  17. Vanilla cloud but also the one with beets, I love beets!

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  18. Laura McKenzie-SotoDecember 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    These juices look really tasty. Thank you for your review, celery isn't my favorite either, but I'd be willing to try these. I have been looking for some way to jumpstart a healthier way of eating. Even if I don't win, I am really looking forward to trying some out. :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment! This was exactly the jumpstart I needed. So far, so good...

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  19. I'm a big fan of Purify. The carrot + turmeric + sweetness is delicious!

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    1. Me too! Try mixing it with Vanilla Cloud sometime - carrot cake in a glass!

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  20. I'm obsessed with Suja Glow! Just tried Purify today and love. Would love to access the other flavors!

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  21. obsessed w SUJA juice and would love to try the Purify w the Vanilla Cloud! I blend half the Vanilla Cloud w ice in a blender and make a "smoothie" - also lasts 2 days : )

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  22. I would love to try this, I have been tring to get healthier and have lost 30 lbs, but have kind of fallen off the wagon. What makes it even sadder is I was driving the wagon,and now my sisters have not been doing well either. Would love this, would like to see how I do without spending the money :)
    Sarah
    sellis@morgantonps.org

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  23. This cleanse sounds great!! I think the Fuel one looks the tastiest then the vanilla cloud. You are so lucky they let you try it for free! That's wonderful. Thanks for the great read. I'd love to win the chance to try it too!

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  24. I loved reading you review. They all sound great--since I don't mind the taste of celery. The pictures make the drinks look very tasty too.
    I went online to order them and they want $8.99 each plus shipping! As wonderful as they look and I know all the ingredients are very healthy, I can't justify that amount of money they want. Bummer!

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  25. I'm SO upset I missed this. I LOVE them! YUM!! I love juicing!

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