Urban Remedy Juice Cleanse Review

by Danica on October 21, 2014

Warning: this is a long post, I have a lot to say!

I was recently give the opportunity to participate in a 3-day Juice Cleanse using the juices from Urban Remedy.  I accepted, excitedly, and give it a shot last week.  Here are my thoughts on the experience….

Why I decided to do the juice cleanse:

  • I get asked SO often – from family and friends, readers, and health coaching clients – about whether juice cleanses are beneficial or necessary.  I’m asked about if they’re healthy (since they’re all the rage in the media) and if I’d recommend doing them.  My answer to that is always a little complicated because there’s are a lot of factors that play into the decision, but mostly my answer is something along the lines of “No, it’s not necessary.  It’s best to start focusing on the foods you eat (the quality of them), drinking lots of water, exercising regularly, sleeping enough night, etc., which is what will make the most significant, lasting improvements in your health.
  • I wanted to prove a point, sort of….I’ve always felt juice cleanses fit into the category of “health fad” <–not in the greatest way either….In a way, I wanted to have an awesome experience with it and be proven wrong, and in a way, I wanted to show that doing a juice cleanse was unnecessary, unenjoyable, and not worth it…Believe it or not, I really went into this with an open mind!
  • I was given the opportunity to work with what’s probably the best of the best for juice cleanse companies: Urban Remedy.  There are a lot of other companies out there that I would not have gone ahead with.

Urban Remedy juice

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Why Urban Remedy was my top choice:

  • they use only 100% organic, raw ingredients
  • it’s fresh!  it wasn’t packaged up and sitting on a grocery store shelf for months before it got to me
  • it was delivered right to my door
  • I agree with their philosophy that food is healing (I just may apply that philosophy a little differently)
  • all of my juices were delivered cold, in glass bottles

Super Green Cleanse by Urban Remedy

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Urban Remedy juice cleanse instructions

How it works:

  • I received the 3-day cleanse, which included 18 bottles of juice, the night before day 1 of my cleanse.
    *I opted to do the Signature Cleanse, but was instead sent the Super Green Cleanse (shown above).  This was a little disappointing, as I wasn’t asked about the change, but it wasn’t too big of a deal…still juice, I figured ;)
  • It’s best to start the day off with a glass of (hot) lemon water.
  • You drink 6 juices each day at (roughly) 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm.
  • Only low-impact, relaxing exercise is recommended during the cleanse, including yoga, walking, and stretching.  Avoid strenuous and high-impact workouts like running, weight lifting, crossfit, HIIT training, etc.
  • “If you must eat…” Urban Remedy suggests organic, raw fruits and veggies or soaked nuts and seeds.

juice cleanse bottles from Urban Remedy

and now…

How it went for me…

Urban Remedy juice

Day 1:

  • I drank about 3 glasses of water (with drops of lemon essential oil) between 6:30am and 8:30am.
  • I drank my first juice around 8:30am because I simply couldn’t wait any longer.
  • My stomach growled again about 20 minutes after drinking that first juice.
  • I worked for a while (to distract myself from daydreaming about breakfast foods), and then drank juice #2 at 10:45am.
  • I tried to take my time with that 2nd juice, especially since I liked how it tasted, but by 11:15 (10 minutes after finishing it), I was hungry.
  • I wanted to workout, so I did 30 minutes of yoga.
  • Upon rolling up my yoga mat and reassembling the living room, I got super dizzy and had to sit down on the couch.  This was a major concern for me.
  • By this time it was about 12pm…I decided to shower and get ready for the day, which took like 15 minutes.
  • At 12:15pm, I wanted to eat get some more work done but couldn’t focus on anything – I seriously just kept thinking about food!!  I was also exhausted and wanted to sleep (aka no energy).
  • At 12:30pm, I cracked open juice #3.  I didn’t love the taste of this one, but I was so hungry that I drank it quickly.
  • By 1:15pm, I may or may not have said “F this”  (out loud, at home by myself), walked to the kitchen, and bit into an apple.  That, my friends, was a good decision.  I ate the whole apple and then helped myself to some leftover roasted sweet potato, which I dipped in peanut butter.
  • I had energy again!!  And I had to laugh at myself…Wow, Danica, you made it a whole 7 hours.
  • At this point in the day, my heart broke a little when I realized how terribly selfish and spoiled I was acting.  There are people out there, a lot of people, who don’t get to eat breakfast every morning, who don’t get food every day even.  And here I was, complaining about one little morning.  Talk about a reality check, huh?
  • I needed to make a decision about what I was going to do about this whole juice cleanse though because, obviously, I kind of just blew it.  But how I felt after eating was really my answer – I felt energetic, happier, and ready to tackle my to-do list.  I can’t spend 3 days laying around because I’m dizzy and tired and not eating any real food.  <–I’m certain most of you would say the same thing.
  • My decision: this juice was going to be an aid to my daily diet.  I was still going to avoid dairy, meats, and sugar (3 things I really don’t eat much of anyway, so that was fine), but I was most definitely going to eat.  This girl’s gotta eat, people.

carrots, broccoli, hummus - veggies- snack

So that’s just what I did for the remainder of those 3 days….I ate a bit less food than normal each day, and I drank a lot of nutrient-dense juice.  I was happy with this decision, and I felt great from the point I ate on Day 1 through the end of Day 3.

Urban Remedy’s juices are truly awesome, and I think they’re a great company.

Maybe I didn’t prep for the cleanse well enough or maybe it’s simply because my metabolism is functionally the way it should…either way, a juice cleanse just isn’t for me.  I think it might be okay for some people, but do I think it’s necessary?  No, I don’t.  That being said, I do think juice is an awesome addition to a healthy diet.

salad!

My general thoughts on Juice Cleanses:

  • If you’re going to do a juice cleanse, you need to prepare your body in the days leading up to it and in the days that follow it.  Otherwise your digestive system will be all sorts of messed up.
  • The quality of the juice absolutely matters.
  • Do not take doing something like this lightly – consider your schedule and what you need to have energy for, know that your days may be compromised because you won’t know how your body will react until you’re actually in the thick of it.
  • Our bodies are made to eat food, real food, wholesome food.
  • Juice is nutrient-dense and beneficial for us!  I just believe that it’s a part of a healthy diet, more like a supplement, it’s not all that we need.  Why?  Because our bodies need fiber, protein, and fat!  While there will be some fiber in juice, it doesn’t fulfill all the requirements our bodies have.
  • Juice cleanses aren’t sustainable ways of living.  So what you eat on a daily basis, for the majority of your meals, is what really truly matters most for your health – both short-term and long-term.
  • A juice cleanse does not erase all of the crap we’ve eaten before it – it’s not a forgiveness of sins, so to speak – but it can help aid in getting toxins out of the body…note: eating whole, organic foods can do this as well.
  • There are people I know who intentionally go without eating for a lot of their day – I can’t even imagine how miserable that would feel.  Our bodies need real food to function properly!

I’m not here to tell you whether or not you should do a juice cleanse, but I want you to know my honest opinion.
So in short:

Juicing is an awesome way to get a lot of nutrients into your body, and it’s a wonderful component of a healthy diet.
Urban Remedy is a company that creates the best quality juices.
Whole, organic food is optimal for the health of our bodies.

**I received 18 bottles of juice from Urban Remedy in exchange for this post.  I’m so grateful they gave me this opportunity!  All opinions, if you couldn’t tell, are 100% my own.  No other compensation was received.**
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Have you ever done a juice cleanse?
What do you think of cleanses?
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scenes from the weekend 10.20.14

by Danica on October 20, 2014

 

Friday

Jesse & Zida - reading

I love how Zida just made herself comfortable on Jesse like that :)

Tacubaya menu

Jesse - Tacubaya - Mexican food - date night - friday dinner

Mexican food for dinner at Tacubaya

over night autumn crockpot oats - breakfast prep

I threw this Autumn Overnight Oats in the crockpot to have for breakfast on Saturday morning – it turned out well!

Saturday

3-mile run with Jesse - Saturday morning

3-miler with jesse

Cheeseboard pizza

we hit up Cheeseboard for lunch….throwing out my “dairy-free eating” was worth it for this deliciousness.

Bay Street Shopping in Emeryville

spent all afternoon walking around and shopping in Emeryville

barnes and noble shopping - books - reading

blurry bookstore pic of the two-story Barnes & Noble (unsurprisingly, we spent a lot of time there)

orange tree

If we ever live in a house and have a yard out here in CA, I’m requesting an orange tree right now.
(yes, I creepily took this through a fence – it’s located inside a bicycling courtyard place – we spotted it while out and I just thought it was cool – orange trees definitely don’t exist in MN)

danica & jesse - saturday night - walk - california

evening walk with my little family

sunset over san francisco bay - east bay

Sunday

I woke up around 5am to a phone call from my Grandma.  She called to tell me that my Grandpa had passed away earlier that morning.

Needless to say, I couldn’t sleep after that….my brother called and I talked to him for a couple of minutes….and then I just cozied up on the couch with Zida, kind of reading my book, but mostly just thinking about and praying for all of my family back home.

breakfast and the shaytards

I had breakfast “with” the Shaytards – they’re always good for making me feel better.

And the rest of the day was pretty laid back.  I was on the phone a lot and overall just mentally exhausted.

Zida sleeping

Whenever you’re stressed, sad, frustrated, or overwhelmed, go for a run.  I swear it’ll feel SO good.  
Even if tears start flowing during the run, you’ll feel better and just thankful after the whole deal.

2-mile fast paced run

I also had my aunt on my mind during this run – she was running a marathon while I was running this puny little  2-miler.  It was the same race Jesse and I were supposed to run the half marathon in, before we knew we were moving.  
She did awesome by the way – she always does – so proud of her.

berkeley bay sunshine

Jesse, Zida, and I did go to a nearby park for a couple hours in the afternoon though.  We just laid on a blanket in the sunshine, reading our books, and relaxing.  It was just what we needed.

Zida - the cutest dog in the world

Zida’s the cutest, yes?

And that was my weekend in a nutshell.

Tell me about yours – I want to hear something happy your weekend included.

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