What is juicing?
By extracting juices from vegetables and fruits in their raw form, juicing can give the body quick access to all their nutritional benefits. This process is best for people who don’t already add fruits and vegetables to their diet so this might be one of the reasons why I might not have been an ideal candidate. However, I did promise to write about this and this is my experience.
Why I did it?
I’m anti-fad of any diet—except Paleo. That diet definitely works for me. However, the Paleo that I get on board with is actually foods that are close to what I grew up on in the Caribbean. I have strong opinions that foods are best with your genes that are unprocessed and close to clean as possible. Also, I believe in sustainable dieting where you can eat without going out of your way to change your lifestyle—unless you have allergies. So, I did this to be proven wrong, or right, or see if I learned something new. Read on…
Which did I choose?
How it went?
The box was delivered to my office in Chelsea. I didn’t think about how I would take it home unfortunately so I had to carry the 3 days worth (the last day is delivered during the 3rd day) with me on the train and walk another 1/2 mile to my door. So if you try this, please be aware that you might have to carry bottles of liquid, which can be heavier than you assume. I think it could have been about 25lbs which do get heavy if you’re carrying other bags.
Excavation day 0
Prior to Excavation day 1, I’ve been training for an ultramarathon. I do want to lose about 20 lbs total before my 50-mile ultramarathon. The weight is crucial because I don’t want to carry this weight for 50 miles. I altered my food and exercise regiment before this cleanse so the weightloss from this definitely didn’t come from just the cleanse (please make note of that).
Excavation day 1 (Saturday)
Excavation day 2 (Sunday)
Excavation day 3 (Monday)
I was so curious about how this would affect me at work. So I brought all 6 bottles with me. I didn’t become grumpy so that was a very good sign! The last day’s bottles were supposed to be delivered that day and the cut off was at 5:30PM so I was very surprised that I got it at 5:28PM (Believe me I was sort of excited about getting out of it a day early—definitely took discipline to get through this).
Excavation day 4 (Tuesday)
I weighed myself and realized that I dropped 12 lbs. It was definitely 12 lbs from all the steps that I took. However by this day I also realized that I hadn’t done a number 2 in 4 days! Then I read something super important: I should have taken a laxative. They suggested other things like colon cleanses but since I’ve never ever done one, again sorry for the tmi, I wasn’t going to start. Laxative was the proper alternative. If you really need to know: not much comes out.
Transitioning day 1 (Wednesday)
You pretty much feel like an empty vessel by this day and although you might think you could just start eating regularly again, you can’t. I had fruit and salad. The salad couldn’t include nuts. By this day, I had been craving nuts because I usually have almonds at my desk as a snack. I also met with a past coworker for dinner and although I was worried about the restrictions with my diet, I realized that I could have vegan options at the restaurant and be fine. The taste of the food was incredible! I had a salad, soup and vegan chocolate mousse.
Transitioning day 2 (Thursday)
I ran 6 miles in the morning—6 miles of freedom! I also included nuts! I was super excited about that. Then at work, since the client came in we were asked to come for drinks at the bar. There was no way that I was going to sabotage my process, so I had cranberry (fruit right?) and seltzer water. I have no idea about the authenticity of the juice and whether there were added sugars but I figured that’d be the best option. My energy levels were fine and I didn’t crave drinking.
Transitioning day 3 (Friday)
That day I had jury duty so I kept things light (had fruit and coffee to start the day). Then I settled on choosing sofritas for my lunch from Chipotle. I liked it so much that I decided to also have it for dinner. I called it carb loading. I had a scoop of ice-cream for dessert.
Transitioning day 4 (Saturday)
I woke up, had generation ucan as fuel (110 calories) ran 18 miles adding another serving (110 calories) then came back to have a bean meal I made with additional veggies and I added a sausage. Since I had torched over 2000 calories that day my body was craving calories so I had lots of water. I allowed myself hot chocolate with marshmallow as a cheat.
Transitioning day 5 (Sunday)
I weighed myself. I’m pretty much down about 10lbs (could be adding the 2 lbs from water weight). I have no idea how the upcoming weeks are going to be. I’ve heard that many people yoyo when they go on these. From the sketch above, that’s basically how I lost the weight. The key area was above my stomach (kind of wished it was my stomach haha). I had 1 mimosa at brunch and it’s funny how I didn’t crave having more. I also had smoked salmon instead of any real meat.
What I concluded?
- If you’re going to do juicing please do it the right way. I strongly believe that combining bad practices along with juicing doesn’t allow your body great benefits.
- This cleanse could help you jump-start your clean eating habits and 4 rigorous days probably isn’t necessary. By habit, when I stick strictly to Paleo, I get leaner in a manageable process but this does it very quickly. It’s worth it if you allow the time to slowly incorporate things back into your diet (I didn’t know I would need an extra 5 days to transition off). So I guess it would be perfect if you want to fit a dress for an event.
- Personally it wasn’t worth it for me to lose out on training to try this but I’m happy that I did to form an opinion.
- It’s costly and an alternative could be used for the average user (i. e. eat clean, eat clean, eat clean). The juices also aren’t very difficult to make, so I don’t see why making a few of these to replace a meal couldn’t be an option.
- Excavation was certainly perfect for me since I do fit the target: “I eat what I want, when I want it. I don’t consider choosing my food wisely, ‘missing out.’ My only rule is: If it doesn’t make me feel healthy and zaps my energy, I don’t eat it.”
I hope this review helped. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer!