Given my recent discovery of how a high fruit and high carb diet affected my systemic candida infection (you can read my post here), I decided I needed to “reset” my body. A short juice cleanse felt like the right way to go, and after doing some research, I decided a mostly green juice cleanse with minimal sugar would be ideal for me to curb my fruity cravings and balance my internal pH.
There are tons of ways to do juice cleanses. I have a centrifugal juicer at home, as well as a Blendtec. But what I don’t have is a whole lot of time. So I decided to check out the juice bar that’s down the street from my office to see what they offer.
Why I picked Alkalicious Cold Pressed Juice Bar, located in Chesapeake, VA
First off, let me just say that I’ve visited this juice bar several times to pick up a juice or smoothie in the past few weeks since they’ve been in operations. I even brought some co-workers there. And they are in a super convenient location, very close to my office.
I’ve been to other juice bars around Hampton Roads, but this location is absolutely top of the line and here’s why.
- All their ingredients are organic, non-GMO, vegan, and delicious.
- The juices are fresh and cold-pressed, which means they will last several days in the fridge after purchase.
- They offer a highly customizable menu – if you don’t like or can’t have any ingredients or if you are looking to add extras just let them know and they will make your order to your liking.
- This is the most important reason. The owners, Lisa & Justin, are extremely friendly and very eager to get to know you. They don’t just take your order – they take genuine interest in your dietary needs and recommend menu items that will help you. They are very knowledgable about the health benefits of their products, so you can ask them tons of questions and they are happy to answer them. They treat every customer like a personal friend and patient. This isn’t just a business to them, it’s a lifestyle that offers physical and psychological healing. They even have a website dedicated to alkalinity and how it’s linked to preventing, treating, and even curing illness: http://www.alkalineus.com/home.html
So it was a no-brainer for me that this was the juice bar that I wanted to purchase a cleansing package from. I told Lisa and Justin a little bit about my struggles with candida, and they knew the exact remedy for me. A 3-day mostly green juice cleanse with low fruit/sugar. I also added a daily wheatgrass shot and 3 gallons of alkaline water. Because their store is so close to my work, we worked out an arrangement where I could pick up fresh juices every day after work to drink for the next day. So awesome! The package even included a neat cooler I got to keep, and an ice pack that they swapped out for me daily to keep my juices chilled while transporting.
I will say that the cleanse wasn’t cheap, but it was well worth it. My total for the 3-day cleanse was around $170. Each day I received 6 12-oz juices, flavors of my choice. I chose 2 Hydralicious, 2 Kalelicious, 1 Rise and Shine, and 1 Root Juice. They also included a cooler to tote my juices in, which was mine to keep, an ice pack to keep my juices chilled, and instructions on how to properly cleanse and transition back into eating normally. I also added a daily cold-pressed wheatgrass shot and gallon of 9.5 pH alkaline water at an additional cost.
The truth is, a good juice cleanse is going to cost you a pretty penny. I’ve done some online research and you can find 3-5 day juice cleanses that range anywhere from $75 to $300. But most of them are not as fresh, as they are shipped from different locations around the country. Also, they don’t offer a lot of menu customizations, and many of them contain too much sugar. Juice from the Raw has a similar 3-day cleanse for $185, that doesn’t include any additional items like wheatgrass shots or water. Good Cleansing has a daily cleanse that’s $76 per day, which adds up to well over $200 for a 3-day cleanse.
The difference I received at Alkalicious was the menu customization, freshness, care, attention, and genuine interest of the owners. Every day they asked me how I was doing and if I needed to make any changes. Even if there were other customers in the shop, they were never too busy to talk to me about my progress. Call me old-fashioned, but that level of customer service is worth the extra cost to me, especially when it comes to my health. I would gladly pay that much again.
I could have probably saved money juicing all the greens myself, but it would still have cost me quite a bit to buy POUNDS organic, non-GMO juicing greens. And it would have taken me probably an hour or two a day to yield 96 ounces of daily juice in my centrifugal juicer (not cold-pressed). Plus I didn’t have that many bottles or jars to store all the juice, and it would require quite the clean up afterwards.
6am – wake up and drink 16 oz alkaline water with squeeze of fresh lemon
7am – 1 fresh or cold-pressed wheatgrass shot, followed by 1 tbsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
8am – Rise and Shine juice
9am – 8 oz alkaline water
10am – Hydralicious green juice
11am – 8 oz alkaline water
12pm – Hydralicious green juice
1pm – 8 oz alkaline water
2pm – Root Juice
3pm – 8 oz alkaline water or dandelion root tea
4pm – Kalelicious green juice
5pm – 8 oz alkaline water or dandelion root tea
6pm – Kalelicious green juice
7pm – Saline enema (you can buy them from your local drugstore) + 8 oz pure coconut water to replenish electrolytes
8pm – Epsom salt bath with peppermint or lavender essential oil for relaxation and detoxification
9pm – 8 oz alkaline water or dandelion root tea + daily probiotics
10pm – sleep
The keys to a successful juice cleanses:
- Daily enemas are a MUST. I know it’s weird, but since you are not consuming fiber and your body is detoxifying rapidly, you must find a way to eliminate the toxins. Enemas help you cleanse and expel waste from your colon, drawing out the toxins. If you don’t do a daily enema, and you are toxic, you will feel like absolute crap. Pun definitely intended.
- Daily probiotics are a MUST. I wish that someone had told me this when I’ve done cleanses before. You are literally washing out your intestines, wiping away all the bad bacteria, yeast, and parasites. But you are also wiping away a lot of the good bacteria that fights those yucky microbes. So you must replenish your gut with the good bacteria through a daily probiotic. This will help you balance your pH, improve your immunity, and get your body to an alkaline state.
- LOW STRESS. You can’t effectively cleanse your colon without also reducing your stress. Some people say that it’s best to do a cleanse over the weekend, but I prefer a workweek because it helps me to stay busy. What you have to be careful of is your mindfulness and reaction to stressors in your life. Try to approach situations that would normally be stressful with a renewed sense of clarity and mindfulness. Tell yourself, “my past self would have been stressed by this stimulus, but my present self is going to react calmly and logically instead.”
- Drink only mineral, filtered, or alkaline (best) water. And drink a lot of it!!! At least 64 oz per day. No tap water.
- Coming OFF of the cleanse is just as important as cleansing!! Don’t overload your body with toxins immediately after cleansing – instead it’s best to eat low-sodium, low-sugar organic and non-GMO vegetable soups until you are ready to eat raw salads and fruit. After a couple days you can start to incorporate grain, beans and nuts back into your diet.
After 3 days of drinking green juices and performing daily enemas, I lost 5 lbs and felt AMAZING. Like, seriously amazing. Now it’s been 2 weeks and I’ve kicked my caffeine addiction 100%. I didn’t even need the caffeine, as my energy from the greens was through the roof! I only drink herbal teas now, and I feel like I can sleep better at night without caffeine having its lasting affects on me.
After this feeling of sustained and incredible energy, I vowed to drink a green juice every day with plain oatmeal for breakfast. The greens make me feel so much better than coffee ever did, and absolutely no crash in the afternoon and no interrupted sleep patterns! I have been purchasing various low-sugar, cold-pressed green juices from Whole Foods when I do my weekly grocery shopping. Yes they are a pricey, but if I add up what I used to spend on coffee and breakfast foods, the green juices actually cost me less.
During my cleanse, and for the first week after, I had ZERO sugar cravings. Now, life has crept back in and I find that the sugar cravings appear occasionally. But what I realize now is that if I indulge the cravings, they will never go away. They’ll just be even more ferocious the next day. So I am trying my hardest to ignore them and instead drinking herbal tea or a vegan protein shake.
If you are thinking about doing a cleanse, a HIGHLY recommend visiting Alkalicious Cold-Pressed Juice Bar if you are in the Hampton Roads area. You can visit their website and check them out on Facebook for more information.
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