At the beginning of April, I had the pleasure of doing the Refresh Cleanse by Total Cleanse. I chose to do the 3 Day Refresh Cleanse to help boost my immune system and my energy levels. Coming off a brutal Canadian winter, I felt like my body was lagging. Another reason I committed to doing a 3 Day Juice Cleanse was to help start this month on the right track; focusing on consuming even more fresh vegetables and fruits.
What do you think of when you hear the word juice cleanse?
For many people, the idea of living solely off juice for a day, or a few days, sounds absurd and unfeasible. I understand that completely. I’ve done a cleanse/detox several times over the past ten years and each time I make the commitment, I’m immediately met with self-doubt and fear that I will be starving!
One of the ways that I overcome that feeling of defeat is to journal how I feel before and during. Most of the time, it’s our mind that keeps us from achieving what our body can do. It’s the same thing when it comes to physical exercise – often times, our brain is saying: “I can’t, I can’t” – and we give up before we even try.
For this 3 Day Refresh Juice Cleanse, I used the same tools that have helped me accomplish my cleanses in the past. I took a page from my own advice, which I wrote about in The 3 Day Jump Start Smoothie Detox that I created, and I took this juice cleanse day by day with lots of self-love.
During a detox, you also take the time to give your whole body and mind some extra TLC. Maybe that means booking a day off from work and making it a three-day weekend. Maybe it means creating an at-home spa for yourself. Maybe it means journaling for 3 days straight and getting rid of some mind clutter. Maybe it means sleeping in, waking up slowly, sipping tea in bed until noon and reading a good book. Perhaps all of the above. The point is to give your system a rest, reboot, especially if you haven’t been eating healthy, rejuvenate and jump-start your body; filling it with supercharged fuel and energy.
When I was searching for a company that created cold-pressed juices to support a juice cleanse, I discovered Total Cleanse. Total Cleanse is a juice cleanse delivery service made here in Canada. The brand was developed by Rebecca Malen with the purpose of providing consumers with a unique variety of fresh, high quality cleanses that will not only aid in detoxifying your body but also contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
I really appreciate how they have several cleanse options to meet your different desires and goals, and that their service takes the guess-work out of cleansing. Sometimes you have the time to dedicate to planning, grocery shopping, and juicing – and sometimes you don’t!! You want to simplify things and have some help meeting your goal. I can testify that having the juices all ready for me was the best feeling ever. There they were, all lined up in the fridge just waiting for their turn to be enjoyed.
To prepare for the cleanse, a few days before I began focusing my diet on fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. This helped transition into the juice cleanse and was easier on my system. The Refresh Cleanse is loaded with anti oxidants and that was my main focus – loading and fuelling my body with a ton of nutrients. As I did the cleanse, I didn’t feel lethargic or any withdrawals, even though I wasn’t drinking my usual cup(s) of coffee. I felt nourished, energized, and infused with vitality with each juice I drank – seriously!
Did you get hungry?
Yes, I did. Not during the day, but by 6pm I would start to feel the pangs for something solid to eat. It was at this time that I would re-shift my thoughts. I wrote in my journal, listened to soft music, and did gentle yoga. I also went to bed earlier than I would have, because it helped me through that uncomfortable feeling. Even so, I wouldn’t wake up in the morning ravenous – I would wake up excited for the second, and then third day. I would have a glass of water first thing and then shortly after my first juice. Let me tell you, when you have that morning juice you just feel it hit your body! It’s like your body responds to the nutrients and just gets going.
The Refresh Cleanse by Total Cleanse includes six daily juices: 3 Green Energy, 1 Very Berry, and 2 Lemonade. The Very Berry is the fourth juice of the day and it’s like an afternoon pick-me up! Your body responds to the sweetness of the juice and all those anti oxidants rushing through it. I LOVED drinking mine everyday at around 4 pm. It definitely felt like a little treat.
All of the juices taste really good; they go down easily and enjoyably. I liked sipping on mine and really tasting the flavour.
During the cleanse, I was able to still do my daily workout, make meals for my family, and take care of my children. I felt strong and energized. I took extra time to write, to meditate (even in short bursts), to reflect, and to be thankful for this body that I was taking care of and that has been taking care of me.
At the end of my 3 Day Juice Cleanse, I felt empowered to continue on my journey of healthy living; mind, body, and soul. I felt like I got the extra intake of vitamins and nutrients that my body needed, and also the welcomed time off from eating grains and meat. I felt the natural desire to stock our fridge with more greens and my cravings for salads and green smoothies became stronger!
Overall, I felt awesome!
What can you expect from the Refresh Cleanse?
The Refresh Cleanse is a midway cleanse that is loaded with antioxidants from all of the fresh berries in the Very Berry Juice which is included in this cleanse. The berry juice is consumed in the middle of your day so it gives you a real burst of energy that some of us need. As I mentioned above, The Refresh Cleanse includes six juices per day and your caloric intake is just under 1100 calories per day which is enough to keep you feeling refreshed all day. You can choose to do your cleanse from 1 day to 7 days, the length of time is up to you.
Total Cleanse offers 4 different juice cleanse programs, as well as creating your own. You can find out which one is right for you here.
If you are looking to boost your immune system, jump-start your energy levels, encourage your weightloss, and enjoy the benefits of a juice cleanse, than hop on over to totalcleanse.ca to see all of the options available to you. If you are in the Toronto area, you can drop by the Total Cleanse boutique at 1080 Dovercourt Rd and even test some of their delicious cold-press juices before you do your cleanse.
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Total Cleanse, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Total Cleanse.