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January 24, 2014

#Sponsored Skinny Limits 3-Day Juice Cleanse Review #momsmeet


Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetsSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. 
Skinny Limits 3 Day Cleanse (One Days Worth)
Skinny Limits 3 Day Cleanse (One Days Worth)



I grew up in Seattle during the beginnings of the juice craze. There were juice bars on as many corners as coffee shops in the neighborhood I lived in. Granted I lived in a young urban neighborhood that prided itself on being healthy and full of natural food stores and farmer's markets. I had my first taste of wheat grass juice (which I'm still not a huge fan of) before I was a teenager. In high-school my mom bought a juicer and I made fresh juice most mornings before school and the various sports activities I was involved in (swimming and dance and later marathons). I normally would also have a small amount of almonds butter or eggs and would feel great until lunch. Then I moved and went to through school and left my juicer behind. I went through a couple of years where my eating habits weren't as great as I would have liked until I got pneumonia a couple of years back. It was a quick wake up call that my potassium was low and I needed to start thinking of my health first not as a last priority (as moms I think a lot of us do this all the time-the kids come first and our needs are often an after thought). So I transformed my eating habits, more vegetables, less sugar and after finding out I have Celiac disease I gave up gluten. The changes were drastic. I felt better, more energy, less crabbiness and an overall sense of better well being. However, it's still a 95 percent of the time deal. I do my best to eat healthy, but I'm human and have the days where I forget to eat until noon or eat a gluten free brownie for breakfast.

Since I grow up around juicing, but haven't done much of it (with the exception of smoothies) for a long time I was intrigued when I was given the opportunity by Skinny Limits and  Moms Meet to try a 3 Day Juice Cleanse.

So what exactly is a 3 Day Juice Cleanse? For 3 days you drink six 16oz juices. The juices are cold-pressed and contain fresh produce (nearly 50 pounds worth). The standard 3-day juice cleanse kit includes 18 bottles of juices total, in varying flavors and fruit/vegetable combinations. Skinny Limits juices are completely natural and raw, made without pasteurization or processing. Plus they are vegan and gluten-free. The retail price of a 3-day Skinny Limits juice cleanse (18, 16oz bottles) is $147.

The four juices that I tried as part of my cleanse were: Pure and Simple, Balance, Scorpion Lemonade, and Crescent Moon. You drink three Pure and Simple juices a day, one Balance, one Scorpion Lemonade and end the day with one Crescent Moon. Here is a break down and pictures of each of the juices:

Skinny Limits Pure and Simple Raw Juice
Skinny Limits Pure and Simple Raw Juice

The Pure and Simple juice contains the following: kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, and lemon. This is the juice that you drink the most during the cleanse, three times a day.

Skinny Limits Balance Raw Juice
Skinny Limits Balance Raw Juice

The Balance juice has the following ingredients: kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, lemon, and ginger. This juice is drank once a day in the morning.

Skinny Limits Scorpion Lemonade
Skinny Limits Scorpion Lemonade 

The Scorpion Lemonade juice contains the following ingredients: lemonade: Lemons, agave nectar, cayenne, and filtered water. It is drank once a day.

Skinny Limits Crescent Moon
Skinny Limits Crescent Moon 

The Crescent Moon juice has the following ingredients: raw cashews, vanilla bean, cinnamon, agave nectar, coconut oil, himalayan sea salt, and filtered water. This juice is the last juice consumed in the evening.

So I know you are all wondering what my results were, here is my breakdown:

Pros:

  • I loved the Scorpion Lemonade juice. The combination of tart and spicy was perfect for me. I am a huge fan of spicy foods and adding lemon into the equation was delicious. This is something that I would purchase at the store (wish it was available here). It was so me! 
  • The Crescent Moon juice was a nice way to end the day. Since it was the highest juice in terms of fats and protein it made it easier to go to sleep with a full feeling stomach. 
  • If you drink the juices on a schedule of every 2-3 hours they are satisfying and each serves it's purpose at the time of the day you drink it. 
  • You think a lot about food during the cleanse. If you are trying to jump start a healthier eating plan or going vegan this might be a way to transition in. You definitely think a lot about your eating habits when you are only drinking juice for three days. 
Cons: 
  • I was hungry! I know that people claim that when they are on a juice cleanse they are never hungry. They must live on another planet than me. I was starving. I normally eat a lot of calories everyday. I exercise a lot during the week and snack throughout the day. Not eating made me hungry, not a little bit, but a lot. 
  • I had a horrible migraine the entire second day. It was bad, I was sick to my stomach and sensitive to light. 
  • I think I am the only person that has ever done a juice cleanse that gained weight. That's right I gained a pound and a half. Not sure how that works. I did lose it again within a week, but I was not one of those people that lost 10 pounds. I don't necessarily see this as a con, but just something to be aware of. 
Overall, I thought the juices were great. My favorite was the Scorpion Lemonade. If the juice was available locally I would buy it occasionally. I have to be honest, I stopped the juice cleanse half of the way into the third day. My blood pressure dropped and my sugar crashed (I checked both at home-I have kits for both). I decided that I needed to eat in order to have both of them come back to normal levels. For the majority of people this would never be a problem, I just am always sensitive to changes in diet. 

I did think a lot about food on the cleanse. Since I was thinking about food so often I was able to notice a few habits that I could work on. I have a tendency to not eat vegetables at breakfast. After the cleanse I started adding spinach to my smoothies in the morning. I feel better and I am glad that I made the change. 

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Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? Did it work for you? 

14 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to try a cleanse, but this one is WAY too expensive. Holy smokes.

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    1. I did one at home when I was younger. The problem is that the produce costs a lot, 50 pounds of produce is a lot of money even if you buy it yourself :)

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  2. I can see why you gained. How many calories the juice per serving? Let's say it is 170 calories and you had 12 servings a day, that's 2040 calories a day.

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    1. I looked it up it's a little over 900 calories a day. I eat more calories than most people about 2500 a day and stay at 120 pounds. That being said I also never seem to sit down and have my dad's very high metabolism :) I think my problem was that my body just retained way too much eater during the cleanse. It took me about 3 days for the bloat to go away and for my weight to get back to normal.

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  3. I never eat veggies for breakfast either, and really didn't even think of it until you said that (light bulb on over here). Spinach in a smoothie is a great idea.

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    1. Spinach in smoothies is awesome! It's my new thing, I love it :)

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  4. The only lure to juicing is a kick-start. Your body has a certain rrythmn and hum. This kind of diet for a 3-days would be a shock to the system. I would enjoy the juices and could maybe do a lunch or dinner but, I need to eat not drink my food.

    This was great post. Thasnk for sharing your results with us.

    Velva

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    1. It definitely is a shock to the system. It would be a nice kick start though to a new diet or to a vegan lifestyle since those would both be major changes to your system anyway. I agree though that I like to eat my food too :)

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  5. I have heard a lot about these cleanses and I personally can't do it. I tried it once and just like you I was starving so I gave up. Don't think I'll be able to do this at all and the price for this is too much for me anyway.

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    1. I agree, I was pretty hungry :) It did help me think about some of my bad food habits though and I have since changed them, so that part was definitely a positive!

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  6. Thanks for the review. I have heard all about the cleanings but never tried it myself. Thanks for being honest about the cons. I have always wanted to try it but I have been afraid of being hungry.

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    1. I was definitely hungry :) It was a good way though to figure out my food triggers and things that I needed to change in my diet!

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  7. Juicing is the diet fad in here,too. Thanks for this review. Have been thinking of doing it. The pounds you gain may be water retention. I guess its not for everyone.
    Have a great day!

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    1. I think it was water retention too :) I lost the weight after a couple of days, but I didn't see the 10 pounds of weight loss that a lot of other people have. It did help me think about my eating habits though!

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