I Dream of Burgers: Raw Juice Guru Cleanse, Day 1

Last night, I had vivid dreams of hamburgers. Burgers Priest, to be exact.

I’ve never dreamt of food before, but I’m pretty sure it was 99% due to the fact that I haven’t had solid food in a full day and my helpful coworker ended our end-of-day conversation by helpfully asking me if I wanted a burger.

Burgers Priest - Priest and Vatican - Stephanie Fusco

The Priest + The Vatican

I’ll start off by addressing the elephant in the room: why do a juice cleanse? Well, since I’ve been following a paleo diet since January 1, I felt it was important to give my body a break from the meat. Since I’m not eating legumes, grains or dairy, 95% of my protein now comes from animals. Enter Raw Juice Guru. I’d heard a lot about Eliane and her raw juice cleanse through some other bloggers and was curious to give her cleanse a try. I’ve enjoyed some juices from Benourished before, but was curious to see what drinking freshly-pressed juices would do for me. Also – it was one of my Rock the Resolution promises! Check.

This is what one day on Eliane’s Raw Juice Guru juice feasting cleanse looks like:

Raw Juice Guru Cleanse Day 1 Review - Stephanie Fusco

Between the hours of 5 and 8 am, the 8 juices arrived at my door in a cute orange cooler. The pretty colours made me hopeful – the juices were full of promise. Planning to drink a juice every 2 hours or so, I packed 6 in my bag (4 large juices + 2 elixirs).

Yesterday I drank:

#1: Cucumber, Spinach, Lemon, Apple, Ginger (general detox)
#2: Carrot, Kale, Apple, Cranberry (vibrant skin)
#3: Spirulina, Apple
#4: Apple, lemon, cucumber, beet, kale, romaine, ginger (liver detox)
#5: watermelon, lemon
#6: chlorophyll
#7: apple, lemon, cucumber, beet, kale, ginger, romaine (liver detox)
#8: cucumber, spinach, lemon, apple, ginger (general detox)

I also enjoyed a chocolatey detox tea – yum! Such a needed treat.

Raw Juice Guru - Day 1 - STephanie Fusco - Review

The thing I found the most surprising throughout the day was how long it took me to finish each of the larger juices. At 500ml apiece, each took me about an hour to finish, sometimes longer. I found I needed some water in between as well. By the time I’d finished a juice, it was almost time for another. The juices themselves are fairly tasty. I enjoy vegetables, so the earthy taste of some didn’t bother me. The only ones I had trouble with were the elixirs.

Raw Juice Guru - Chlorophyll elixir - Stephanie Fusco

The elixirs are very concentrated and I needed to chase the chlorophyll one with water. Blech.

Surprisingly, I didn’t drink all of my juices yesterday. I got home around 7 from work and had the detox tea and a steaming hot shower and felt very full and satisfied. I did give my 7th juice a try, but only got through a third of it.

Juicing at work

Juicing at work

I got in a little light exercise as well.

Raw Juice Guru cleanup

I dropped one of the bottles (sorry, Eliane). It took about an hour to clean up. By the end of the glass picking, vacuuming and mopping, I was done for. I slept like a baby from 11 until about 7:30 this morning.

As far as side effects go, I did feel some hunger and some nausea. I felt nauseous just before bed (probably from drinking juice my body didn’t want/need) and also felt colder than usual throughout the day. This morning, I weighed myself as per usual and noticed that I had lost about 1.2 pounds.

I’m halfway through Juice 1, Day 2 now and am excited that there are some new juices on my list for the day. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update! Make sure to follow me + Raw Juice Guru on Twitter to stay posted on my progress throughout the day.

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  • ettuandyou

    Girl I’m scared of this but am going to try it anyway

    • @ettuandyou You can do it! Honestly, I had a phone call with Mike last night where I whined for the majority of it…but I’m still alive this AM 😉

  • I should mention that I dream about food regularly, so is it weird that I am a little proud to hear you dreamt of Burger’s Priest?! 
     
    I’ve never tied a cleanse because whenever I think “I can’t have ____”, it’s all I can think about!! It’s great to see the veggies and fruits in the juices, though! That would get me excited because I love veggies/fruit! 
     
    As for the nausea and if you ever feel like you’re lacking energy, I’d recommend you take a multi-vitamin if you don’t already!

    • @MariaAguilar Haha! Not at all. Let’s plan a date there 😉
      I find that it’s easy since I don’t have to think about food at all and I get home after my family has had dinner. I’ll be at an event tomorrow that I’m told will have lots of delicious food, so that may prove to be difficult.
       
      Thanks for the tips about the nausea/energy!

  • AbigailKeeso

    I’m so glad you are writing about this. It is something I’ve thought about trying but heard so many mixed messages about juice cleanses. How long is the entire cleanse?!

  • AbigailKeeso

    I’m so glad you are writing about this. It is something I’ve thought about trying but heard so many mixed messages about juice cleanses. How long is the entire cleanse?!

    • @AbigailKeeso I have heard mixed messages also, but I’m not hating it so far. I have a coworker who is very knowledgable about juicing and everything that goes along with it as well and she’s been counseling me through it. She even brought a book about it today, so I’ll let you know what I discover when I read it.
       
      The cleanse is 3 days, so tomorrow will be my last one. Hooray!

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  • Starting this on MONDAY 🙂

    • @Cooking Quidnunc Good luck! Please let me know how it goes 🙂