If you had told me that I would do a detox or cleanse, I would have chuckled louder than Santa Clause on Christmas Eve (with my “bowl full of jelly” post prego belly!). BUT, I’m at the mercy of the fabulous Erica from Knocked-Up Fit to help me get this baby weight off. So to start things off last week, she asked me to do a 3 day cleanse with Ritual Cleanse (Do you hear the “Ho, Ho, Ho-ing!”?!?)
Although I was game, I was also a little nervous….but a quick Google search brought up a 5 star Yelp Review.
I really couldn’t argue with that. So last Monday the 100% organic veggie & fruit drinks arrived and my blinders went up to all other food….
I wont lie and say it was easy. I had been told not to eat candy, or drink alcohol, and to start eating more veggies a few days prior…..however the few days prior landed on Hub’s birthday weekend and we had a dinner everyday for 3 days already planned. I didn’t have more than 1 glass of wine at each dinner, and I did have dessert at each, but I would not say the weekend was an all out eating fest.
Monday started out normal….
Picked up the drinks (they were delivered to the gym as part of a regular delivery)…
Drink #1 = down ~ a green drink that surprisingly tasted amazing! (as green drinks go….)
Drink #2 = down ~ a seasonal Pomegranate combination…one of my favorites and I’m sure would be good with vodka (just sayin’…..)
Drink #3 = down ~ a green drink again, but a little tougher the second time.
Drink #4 = 1/2 way down ~ a very good spicy lemonade that my husband said he would drink everyday….but this is where the day started to get fuzzy for me. I was never able to go further than 1/2 of this drink. I felt as though the most massive stomach flu and hangover had taken over my body. Nothing freaky happening other than feeling bad….but by 5:00 Hubs took over with the kids and I passed out on the sofa for an hour and a half. Definitely feeling better when I woke up, but no more detox drinks that day.
Tuesday was much better though! My head did start to hurt again around 3:00 but I was able to power through and get to #5 (another green drink) and #6 (definitely one of my favorites!! A cashew drink that I could easily drink in place of dinner, and I’m a foodie. Honestly, if you could buy the drinks separately, I would buy this and drink it everyday for the next 12 weeks!)
(12/20/10 Update ~ Just heard from Ritual Cleanse that you CAN buy the drinks separately starting January 1, 2011!! Definitely do a full cleanse first, but yea for single drinks after!!)
And Wednesday was no problem. I usually struggled with the #4 and #5 drinks, simply because of the volume I was drinking, but the two things that remained constant:
- The drinks all tasted amazing! I couldn’t get over how fresh and real they tasted. With each sip I could pick out the distinct taste of a specific ingredient.
- I was NEVER hungry.
Another benefit to this cleanse is being able to still workout. They offer 2 extra drinks called “Shred” and they were my third and fourth favorite drinks. Very tasty! And they allowed me to keep up a workout of sprints and Pilates during the 3 day Cleanse.
I think what I loved about doing the cleanse is the thought that I was truly “Resetting” my body to start this new healthier living and workout plan. For an honest description, it was like having a clogged bathroom drain, pouring down a jug of Liquid Plumber and having the pipes function perfectly after wards. Nothing “gross” involved. Though I’m pretty sure I’ve drilled home what “potty” means to my 2 little girls that will start potty training the week after Christmas. Between juice drinks, water, and green tea we made the trek to the potty a few times for moms bladder!
NOW the part you all really want to know….
How much weight did I lose doing a detox and drinking nothing but juice? Everyone’s results will be different. I lost 3 lbs.
But the 3lbs weren’t really the most exciting part to me. The big news for me was that with the 3 day cleanse and working out every day, I lost 3 inches from my belly measurement!!!
Let me say that again….
3 INCHES DISAPPEARED FROM MY POST PREGO BELLY!
AS IN NO LONGER THERE!!!
So if you ask me if I would recommend Ritual Cleanse? YES
Would I do it again? YES
Would I do 5 days next time? YES
Would I dread the green drink? YES (But let’s also remember I don’t even love salads….)
But would I look forward to the other drinks? YES
(Am I thankful not to ever worry about detoxing from drugs of any kind? A huge HECK YES!)
It’s expensive but I think the health rewards and benefits are worth it! Ritual Cleanse is offering readers a 10% discount to get your New Year health off to a good start, and I would definitely recommend! Use promo code “FAVeverything” at checkout. The code is good until January 31, 2011.
Have a great week and drink your veggies and fruits!