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My Glow juice cleanse experience

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After I got back from a two-week vacation in Greece, which involved lots of pastries and wine, my digestive system needed some TLC. I had read a lot about detoxes and the Glow juice cleanse in particular and was curious to try the experience. I chose the Glow brand first because the juices are organic but also because they are a Montreal based company. Plus, I have to admit that their cute packaging didn’t hurt either.

Glow juices Day 1
There was of course a very physical aspect to the cleanse, but there was also a psychological side that I hadn’t really expected to encounter.

The physical experience

I did the two-day cleanse. On the first day, I woke up hungry as I always do. I had my first juice, the Sun Dose. I felt refreshed and energized but my tummy was still a bit rumbly. A couple of hours later, I took the Cacao Elixir before my lunch hour yoga session. I was wondering how my body would react to exercise given that I only had juice in my system and I was happy to see that it went really well.

I felt strong and powered through the class with ease. The only difference was that I felt a little light-headed when I stood up but nothing dramatic. I continued with the juices for the rest of the day feeling great although a tad peckish.

For the second day, I have a confession to make. I caved and had a small bowl of plain oatmeal for breakfast. I felt quite hungry when I woke up and was afraid I wouldn’t have enough energy to do all I had set out for. I decided to take it easy from a physical activity point of view and skip yoga and just went for a nice walk to the market.

When I got back home I realized that I could have totally gone to my class, as my energy level was the same as usual. Because you are drinking a juice every 2-3 hours throughout the day you are giving your body enough fuel to sustain it. I’ll be honest though, food was constantly on my mind but I think is normal for this type of experience and especially for me since I am someone who eats frequently.

The psychological experience

The most interesting part of the cleanse was observing my own behaviour and thoughts. When I first got up and didn’t have to make breakfast (which can be quite a process for this healthy foodie) I was excited by all the time I would be saving since I didn’t have any meals to prepare or dishes to wash.

Later that day, things got a little more intense. I had some financial stuff to take care of and almost as soon as I thought about starting this task I wanted to head to the fridge. Hum, that’s interesting. I wasn’t actually hungrier than a few minutes ago. It was the anxiety that surfaced because of thinking of money that made me want to take comfort in food.

This also happened in the evening when I was alone and kind of bored. I started to realize that we often numb our feelings (loneliness, sadness, anger, stress) with food. As soon as we feel a sense of discomfort we want to move out of that space and an easy way to do that is to grab something to eat.

This cleanse also taught me that when you go without something even for a short period, it really makes you appreciate it when it comes back into your life. Because it’s so plentiful in our part of the world, we take food for granted. We get hungry, we just open the fridge and grab what we want.

And finally, I enjoyed this experience because it not only gave my digestive system a much needed break but it also allowed me to do a reset with my eating habits. Lately, I had been snacking more than usual partly because I now work from home and have easy access to food but also because I am in a new phase of my life which involves some financial insecurity. I had been eating my emotions when I started feeling a bit scared or anxious.

Now that I have had the discipline to push through those moments, I have gained confidence and found ways to deal with whatever surfaces. I also love this type of health challenge because it helps me set a very clear goal and I get a great sense of satisfaction when I respect the promise I made to myself at the start of the process.

All in all, I would recommend to those who have been curious to try a cleanse to give it a go. Glow made the experience easy with home delivery, detailed instructions and numbered bottles but they also make it fun with tasty juices in their cute, colourful packaging. Here is a recap of the juices in my order of preference:
1- Cacao Elixir
2- Sun Dose
3- Berry Boost
4- Dream Infusion
5- Green Cure
6- Vibrant Prescription

Glow juice #1 Sun Dose: water, pineapple, mango, lemon, aloe vera and ginger.

Glow juice #1 Sun Dose: water, pineapple, mango, lemon, aloe vera and ginger.

Glow Juice #2 Cacao Elixir: water, banana, almonds, cacao, shelled hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil and maca.

Glow Juice #2 Cacao Elixir: water, banana, almonds, cacao, shelled hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil and maca.

Glow juice #3 The Green Cure: water, spinach, avocado, apple, cucumber, lime, hemp seeds, parsley, spirulina and chlorella.

Glow juice #3 The Green Cure: water, spinach, avocado, apple, cucumber, lime, hemp seeds, parsley, spirulina and chlorella.

Glow juice #4 Berry Boost: water, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, lime, goji berries, and acai.

Glow juice #4 Berry Boost: water, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, lime, goji berries, and acai.

Glow juice #5 Vibrant Prescription: water, tomato, apple, carrot, celery, hemp seeds, beet, basil, apple cider, vinegar, cayenne.

Glow juice #5 Vibrant Prescription: water, tomato, apple, carrot, celery, hemp seeds, beet, basil, apple cider, vinegar, cayenne.

Glow juice #6 Dream Infusion: water, banana, almonds, chia seeds, Brazil nuts, cinnamon.

Glow juice #6 Dream Infusion: water, banana, almonds, chia seeds, Brazil nuts, cinnamon.

Challenge completed!

Challenge completed!

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9 Responses to My Glow juice cleanse experience

  1. Julie April 15, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    Hi! I liked your Blog on the Glow cleanse! I wish I could say my experience was as enriching as yours. I unfortunately had a really bad cleanse, migraines and I felt like I had a bout with gastro. I am wondering if may be I did not do it properly an that´s why I had a bad reaction. Good for you for making it past! :)

    • redfairy April 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

      Hi Julianna!
      What cleanse did you do and for how many days? Did you have detailed indications to follow? I’m not going to pretend I am an expert on cleanses but my impression is that the cleaner you were already eating before the cleanse, the less “side effects” (like migraines) you will feel. In the preparation pamphlet I received, they indicated I was to eliminate certain foods 2 days before the cleanse (dairy, gluten, coffee, processed foods, alcohol) but I already don’t include those in my diet so it was a smoother transition for me maybe. Did you go from drinking coffee to not drinking any during your cleanse? I know that is often a major culprit. Because cafeine is addictive, when you go off it, you go into withdrawal which can cause different symptoms especially headaches. As for the “gastro”, I was wondering if that would happen to me. I have a very sensitive tummy and it reacts quickly and quite intensely to what I put in it. I had no problems at all in this regard during the cleanse. Once again, I feel like because I was already eating “clean” my body just took in the juices and wasn’t in shock. That is just my two cents. ;)

  2. Julianna April 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Thank you! I did a one day cleanse, and I am also vegan so I didn’t really have to eliminate much except the Gluten but Bingo, I eliminated everything except coffee… I need it to survive. I think I’ll do the cleanse again, only this time not have any coffee the day before. :)

    • redfairy April 16, 2014 at 12:39 am #

      I think that’s a great idea. Eliminating coffee will probably help especially with the “gastro” effect you experienced. Caffeine is a stimulant and “makes you go” so if you cut that out during the cleanse your digestive system will probably be calmer. :)

  3. Eugenia April 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    So I’m supposed to do the 2-day cleanse starting this coming Monday, and I’m really looking forward to it, especially after reading of your experience! As I’m Greek, Easter usually means a mega eating festival, so that’s yet another good reason for a cleanse after that, but in my case it will be even more crucial; I’ll be having a tooth extracted tomorrow (started some much needed reconstructive work on my teeth – yuck!) and something tells me that the only sustenance I’ll be able to tolerate will be in the form of liquids! So triple yay!

    • redfairy April 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

      Just a note that you are supposed to start eliminating a bunch of foods (fatty, starchy, refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol) from your diet 2 days before your cleanse when you are doing the 2 day cleanse (You are doing Glow, right?). It says this in the pamphlet you receive. Maybe have a major oink fest the day before your cleanse isn’t the best idea… Sorry! Just thought I would give you fairwarning. ;)

  4. Eugenia April 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Turns out that not only did I not get my tooth extracted that day (due to an infection in the area) but I didn’t go wild at Easter – in fact, I actually eliminated tons of stuff without even realizing that I had to (no pamphlet was sent to me, unfortunately). So I actually began the cleanse today with a clear conscience! And yes, it’s the same brand you reviewed!

    • redfairy April 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

      That’s great! I think the transition will be easier since you took it easy on the food in the previous days to the cleanse. :) Enjoy the experience and let me know how it’s going!

  5. Genevieve Colmer February 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    testing

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