Ritual Wellness Juice Cleanse (Review)

Ritual Wellness 3-Day Juice Cleanse (Review)I know—another juice cleanse. I’m spoiled. When I get the chance to review juice cleanses for the blog, it’s like being eight years old and opening up an American Girl Doll on Christmas morning (Samantha or Felicity, to be exact—I would not be that excited about Molly). As you all have I’m sure noticed by now, I love juicing. If I had the budget (or patience to make my own at home), I would absolutely do a three-day juice cleanse every month because I’ve never finished one without feeling amazing. This Ritual Wellness cleanse was no exception!

Ritual Wellness 3-Day Juice Cleanse: The Deets

Ritual Wellness 3-Day Juice Cleanse (Review)I did the Seasonal Reset 3-Day Cleanse, which consists of six juices per day: three green juices, a seasonal watermelon berry juice, a spicy lemonade, and a “dessert” nut-based juice to end the day feeling full and satisfied. They’re 100% organic and cold-pressed. In addition to the six juices in the Reset, I opted to add in Shred, two extra juices each day to be consumed before and after workouts. I’ll go into details on that a little later. With Shred each day, the 3-day cleanse would be $270 ($216 without). Ritual Wellness is California-based, but ships nationwide.

I loved all the juices! The “dessert” juice was thicker than ones I’ve tried in the past so you really end the day feeling satisfied. The first day, I was almost too full after drinking it (but couldn’t stop, it’s too flippin’ tasty). Here’s what you drink each day (not including Shred):

  • GREEN LEMON | Kale, romaine, spinach, celery, cucumber, green apple, lemon
  • WATERMELON BERRY | Watermelon, coconut, apple, strawberry, lime
  • GREEN GINGER | Kale, romaine, spinach, celery, cucumber, green apple, ginger
  • SPICY LEMONADE | Lemon, cayenne, raw agave
  • SWEET GREENS | Kale, romaine, spinach, celery, cucumber, green apple
  • CASHEW CRUNCH | Cashew, filtered water, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, raw agave

What Makes This Cleanse Different: Shred

Ritual Wellness 3-Day Juice Cleanse (Review)As I mentioned before, with Ritual Wellness, you have the option to add their Shred component to any cleanse. Shred is two extra juices, one to drink pre-workout and one post. I always workout during cleanses without an issue, but I was a little nervous this time around because I now teach spin, which requires a ton of energy for me. Taking spin classes is fine while juicing because you can just kinda sit in the back and pretend to turn up the resistance on your wheel if you’re tired (you know what I’m talking about, slackers!), but teaching is a whole other story. I felt a lot better about doing a cleanse knowing I’d have those extra juices each day.

PRE SHRED | The pre-workout Red Energy juice is beet, carrot, pear, apple and celery. If you like root veggies and beets, you’ll love it.

POST SHRED | The post-workout Almond Mylk juice is similar to the “dessert” juice in that it’s nut-based. Almonds, cinnamon, vanilla and raw agave—it’s heavenly. At 370 calories, it’s the most caloric of the juices, and really gives you that post-workout protein fuel you need.

My Experience

Ritual Wellness 3-Day Juice Cleanse (Review)I actually didn’t end up drinking all 8 juices on any of the three days. Without the Shred juices, the cleanse comes out to 900 calories a day which is, of course, less than what’d I consume if normally eating. With Shred, it’s 1,470 calories a day, which is probably right around what I’d normally eat, depending on the day*. It actually worked out great because I had some leftover juices and was able to turn my 3-day cleanse into a 3 ½ day cleanse! You might be thinking why would you want to torture yourself like that, but honestly, when you finish a cleanse, all you want is more juice! It sounds crazy, but you’ve reset your eating habits and your body craves more of the good stuff.

*Just to clarify since I’ve gotten a few comments/questions about that calorie intake: I just mean that a 1,500(ish)-calorie day is not abnormal for me if eating regularly, unlike a 900-calorie day, which would never happen outside of a juice cleanse. Some days, especially super active days, I definitely eat more than that (2,000 cal range if I had to estimate–I never count). 

DAY 1 | The first day, I just drank the 6 core juices (no Shred). I never feel a lack of energy on day one, so even though I took a class at Btone, I knew I’d be fine without the pre and post-workout juices. 

DAY 2 | On the second day, my boyfriend and I did a lunch break Barry’s Bootcamp class. I had just drank juice 3 (Green Ginger), so I didn’t feel the need to have the Pre-Shred, but I brought the Post-Shred with me in my cooler bag and was pumped to drink it after the workout—I needed it.

DAY 3 | The last day was what I was nervous about: teaching spin on day 3 of a liquid diet. Eeek. I drank the Pre Shred half an hour before class as well as about 1/3 of the Post Shred just to be safe, and class went great! I did feel a little lightheaded afterwards, but I just drank the rest of my Post Shred, sat on the couch for a bit, and then was fine. Because I had added the Shred juices into the day, I ended up not drinking one of the green juices.

POST-CLEANSE | Because I had a green juice, two beet juices and a nut milk leftover, I extended the cleanse into the next day, drinking the juices and then in the afternoon adding in some fruit and a couple salads. It was the perfect ease back into normal eating!

As has been my experience with cleanses in the past, afterwards my skin was clearer (tons of nutrients + tons of water = radiant skin) and I had no cravings for junky and sugary foods—not even cake pops from Starbucks, to which I am literally addicted. In general, drinking enough water is something I really need to be better about, and the cleanse definitely got me on track with that (you drink water between each of your juices).

A big thanks to Ritual Wellness for three days of organic goodness—and a break from cooking and washing dishes! :)


15-Minute AMRAP Workout (30-Day Sweat Challenge)

15-Minute AMRAP Workout with hand weightsI’m teaming up with Sweaty Betty for today’s workout! SB is challenging you to amp up your fitness and nutrition this month by following along with their series of online workouts, recipes and mindfulness mini challenges and goals. I’m honored to have been asked to host today’s challenge, and in true P&I fashion, we’re doing a quick-but-intense workout.

Grab a set of 5-15lb dumbbells (or just use your bodyweight) and set aside 15 minutes of your day to try this bad boy out. Also be sure to follow Sweaty Betty on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram this month to catch all the other challenges (#SB30daysweat), and check out their Get Fit 4 Free page. I think a lot of people want to hit the “reset” button in September after a summer of traveling, celebrating, weddings, and BBQs, so SB’s 30-Day Sweat Challenge couldn’t have come at a better time.

15-Minute AMRAP Workout Challenge

Equipment I Used:

  • Two 8-lb dumbbells (optional—you can do this with just your bodyweight!)

Set a timer (or watch the clock) for 15 minutes. AMRAP stands for As Many Rounds/Reps As Possible, so your goal is to get through the following exercises as many times as you can before the timer goes off. Keep track of how many rounds you do, and then revisit the workout in a couple weeks or months and try to beat your time. It’s a great way to push yourself and track progress!

15-Minute AMRAP Workout with hand weights

  • 10 Burpee Jump Squats with Rows: This move is based on the traditional burpee. Holding dumbbells at your shoulders, feet hip-width apart, do three jump squats. On the last one, place your dumbbells on the ground in front of you and jump back into a plank position. Do a row with each arm, pulling your elbow straight up towards the ceiling. Jump your feet back up towards your hands, coming upright into squat position. That’s one rep. You’ll then start right back up with the jump squats. 3 jump squats + 1 plank row each arm = 1 rep.
  • 20 Leg Scissor Sit Ups: Start laying down on your back, a dumbbell held overhead. Engage your core, pressing your low back firmly into the ground and lifting your feet off the ground a couple inches. Try not to let the legs rest on the ground the entire time—make those abs work! From this starting position, do one toe touch with the weight to each foot: Scissor your legs, bringing one straight up, perpendicular to the ground, as you bring the weight up to meet it, crunching your abs and lifting your shoulder blades off the ground. Lower your torso back down as you switch legs (keeping them straight!) and repeat to the other toe. Finish by doing one slow situp, trying to keep your feet hovering off the ground as you bring the weight in front of you and lift your torso up and then slowly back down. That’s one rep. Your legs are going to want to lift up as you sit-up—fight it as best you can, trying to keep them hovering a couple inches to a foot off the ground. 1 leg scissor toe touch each foot + 1 slow sit up = 1 rep.
  • 10 (each leg) Curtsey Lunges to Side Lift: Start standing with feet hip distance apart, holding the weight at your chest. Step one foot behind the other, reaching out as far as you can while squatting down on the base leg (like a curtsey). As you come out of the lunge, kick the back foot up and out to the side, weight centered over the base leg. Bring it down and right back into the curtsey lunge.

15-Minute AMRAP Workout with hand weights

WEARING | leggings: c/o Sweaty Betty // tank: Lululemon // sneakers: Puma

The leggings I’m wearing in this workout are actually a pair of Sweaty Bettys that I turned inside-out (as you can tell by the label on my butt haha). They’re clearly not meant to be worn like this (here’s what they look like the right way), but I love the contrast seams, and, as an added bonus, it allows me to wear them twice as long before washing them. It’s a lazy girl’s dream.

How many rounds/reps of this workout can you get through in 15 minutes?


What’s Currently in My Gym Bag

What's in my gym bagDisclosure: This #AwesomelyActive post was sponsored by Tampax® Pearl® Active™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR, all opinions are my own.

Don’t worry, male readers, this post may be sponsored by a tampon company, but it doesn’t involve intricate period details or require you to go buy a box of them for your girlfriend. :) On a side note, why do most guys find that so embarrassing?? It’s not like the cashier is going to think they’re for you…

Anyway, while I don’t go to a traditional gym, I’m always running around between different studios (to both teach and take classes), and keep a bag with the essentials in it ready to go. Since I don’t have an office job and pretty much wear gym clothes 24/7, I only carry around a small bag and don’t have to worry about showering or packing a change of clothes. What’s inside changes with the season and my fitness routine, but if I were to dump out my gym bag right now, here’s what you’d see:

Spin Shoes | About a year ago, I bought a pair of spin/indoor cycling shoes, and it was the best purchase ever. They’re made with hard soles and clip into the pedals on the bike (versus strapping your sneakers into a pedal cage), and if you take indoor cycling classes frequently, they’re totally worth the purchase. 

Tampax® Pearl® Active™ | You’d think that by age 26, I’d have mastered this whole period thing, but I still manage to be surprised by it every month. Most gyms and fitness studios will have tampons in the bathroom, but I just feel better knowing I have a few on me. I love this tweet from Chrissy Teigen on the topic (she is hilarious to follow on Twitter, FYI):

I’ve always preferred Tampax® Pearl® because the applicator is so much more comfortable than cardboard, and Tampax® Pearl® Active™ is great because it has a SlenderFit™ applicator that’s 20% slimmer. And I never worry about them while working out because of the absorbent Backup Braid™ and FormFit™ protection (the way they expand)—no leaks!


Grippy Studio Socks | Although I prefer to take Lagree Fitness classes barefoot, I typically wear grippy socks while teaching. That way I can demonstrate moves on the machines, and have something on while I’m walking around the wood floors during class.

Interval Timer | For the Tone ‘n Torch class I teach once a week at Btone (half Lagree Fitness, half HIIT), I frequently use an interval timer. Because I have a couple, I now just leave one in my gym bag at all times so I don’t risk forgetting it. 

Headphones | Not only do I NEED music if I’m going to go for a run, but now that I teach spin, which is so heavily dependant on the playlist, I like to constantly be listening to and searching for new tunes—walking to and from class, while I write, running errands, etc.

Pen & Paper | All the workouts I post to P&I start as little scribbles on a piece of paper. I’ll write down an idea for a workout (maybe I’m bored sitting on the T or do a killer exercise combo in a class that I want to remember to recreate), and then try it out next time I feel like working out at home. When I’m done, I’ll jot down little notes, maybe make a couple adjustments to things I didn’t like, and then save the piece of paper for when I’m ready to shoot and write up a blog post for it.

I also like having a pen & paper around for when I hear a song I like for spin class—I’ll jot down the name and something like “hill song—heavy 8ct jumps with seated push during the chorus” so I can remember to go back to it. Basically, I have scraps of paper littering my gym bag, apartment, car—everything.

Hair Ties & Head Bands | I’m sure this one isn’t surprising—so necessary when you have long hair! Nothing is worse than getting to the gym and realizing you don’t have a hair tie with you. I’ve resorted to rubber bands and even a shoelace one time to try and keep the mane in place and it’s no fun.

Water Bottle | Plastic water bottles are, like, so 1995. Invest in a quality, BPA-free water bottle and you’ll get years of life out of it while doing your small part to reduce waste. I’ve had the one pictured since college!

Wow, I can’t believe I got through an entire post sponsored by Tampax® Pearl® Active™ without quoting Mean Girls (you know the quote I’m referring to). Teaming up with them was a no-brainer—I already had this exact tampon in my gym bag before they sent me a box!—and Tampax® was a pleasure to work with. Just had to end with that because they were beyond accommodating through the rough few weeks I had at the end of August, and it was so appreciated.

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Now your turn: What’s currently in your gym bag?