As I mentioned last week, the kind folks over at Skinny Limits offered to send me their three-day juice cleanse to try. You’ve probably noticed by now that I’m a huge fan of juicing and have even done a couple at-home cleanses using my own juicer, so I was really excited to give Skinny Limits a try.
For the standard three-day cleanse, you drink six juices throughout the day:
- 3 Pure & Simple: This is your standard green juice, and packed with all the ingredients I include in my go-to morning juice at home—kale, cucumber, spinach, apple, parsley, celery and lemon.
- 1 Balance: This is the Pure & Simple plus ginger.
- 1 Scorpion Lemonade: This is like the Master Cleanse juice—it’s a kick in the mouth with the cayenne, but an excellent detoxifier! It’s made of lemons, agave, cayenne and filtered water.
- 1 Crescent Moon: You drink this one at the end of the day, and wowza is it delicious. Raw cashews, vanilla bean, cinnamon, agave and filtered water in this one.
Skinny Limits differentiates itself from some other bottled juices by not using High Pressure Processing. I’m no expert so I won’t even attempt at the details, but essentially, HPP is used to extend the shelf life of juice. It allows for consumers to scoop up bottled juice conveniently at their local grocery store, but some research has shown that the process also kills off good enzymes, nutrients and cells in the juice.
When you order the three-day cleanse, Skinny Limits overnights your freshly made juices in a refrigerated package, and you have to start it the day after its arrival at the latest. I waited for it to arrive last Wednesday morning and started right away.
In a word: awesome. I thought all the juices were delicious, and even on the last day, all tasted unbelievably fresh. I felt great throughout the cleanse, still had lots of energy to workout every day, de-bloated, and helped curb some of the cravings I’d been having lately (cheese, cheese, more cheese). That’s always my favorite part of doing a juice cleanse—it does wonders for me in getting rid of unhealthy cravings. It’s very true that the less you eat junk, the less you crave it, and juicing is my go-to for kickstarting that process. Out of curiosity, I weighed myself before and after, and I did lose a couple pounds, but that wasn’t a goal for me (obviously not complaining either though!).
Although I’ve done juice cleanses before, I’ve always made the juices myself—this is the first time I did a bottled one. Holy convenience, Batman! It was so nice not having to clean my juicer multiple times a day, and I loved being able to grab a bottle to go when I was heading out to work or run errands. While homemade juice cleanses are definitely cheaper, having Skinny Limits do all the work and send you the product made it a lot easier.
I didn’t cheat at all throughout the three days—probably in part because I’m a juicing veteran by now (Bragasaurus Rex in the house!), but also because I honestly wasn’t hungry except for a couple hours the second night. The Crescent Moon is such a delicious treat, that you end the day feeling satisfied. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know how highly I thought of this particular juice:
— Nicole Perry (@nicoleperr) January 27, 2014
Seriously, get on that gold mine before I do, Ben & Jerry’s. 🙂
The Skinny Limits Standard 3-Day Cleanse (the one I did) is $147, and if you want yours to include all organic ingredients, it’s an additional $11 a day (worth the added $33 if you ask me!). If you’re looking into juice cleanses, this one certainly gets my stamp of approval.
Have you ever done Skinny Limits or another delivered juice cleanse before?