Suja Juice, 3-Day Cleanse

Suja Juice Delivered

Suja Juice Delivered

I’m a juicer.  I love the taste of fresh juice. I tend to think of myself as a mixologist when it comes to juicing (or rather a kitchen sink juicer to use up produce before they end up in the garbage).  I’ve owned a juicer for over 15 years and though I’ve taken long breaks between juicing, I’ve never considered my juicer in my kitchen graveyard.

What I love about juicing is the ability of control my ingredients.  Sugar, heat pasteurization, residual pesticides, additives and preservatives are things I would rather avoid in my juice.  I was thrilled when I discovered Suja Juice and their  3-day cleanse.

Juicing is a good thing, but processing and other factors can make a good thing not so good.  Home juicing can be inconvenient.  Most commercial juices are heat pasteurized which “cooks” the juices and destroys many of the good enzymes and phytonutrients.  According to the Suja website, their High Pressure Pascalization process retains all of the good stuff:

High Pressure Pascalization “HPP” uses high pressure instead of heat to inhibit microflora growth in fresh food and therefore naturally extend its shelf life. Unlike pasteurization, pascalization is an external process; the product itself is never touched. After the products are in their final packaging, our pressurizing method uses only evenly distributed pressure of cool water (44°F) to short circuit any potential harmful invaders, such as Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella, lactic acid bacteria, yeast and mold.

“Heat” or “flash” pasteurization, or other silly adjectives such as “lovingly” or “gently” pasteurized, results in a juice that is essentially cooked, which kills vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes. We do not now and never will, apply heat to our cold pressed juice. We don’t cook juice.

Suja juices are made from organic fruits and vegetables.  Their juices are non-GMO certified.

Here are my notes from my Suja Juice three day cleanse:

Why did you do this 3-day juice cleanse?  I did it after a long weekend in San Diego.  After traveling and eating I thought this was a great way to reset my digestive system.  I felt it would be nice to rid myself of the “heaviness” and “bloating” that comes from eating not so healthy foods.

Did you prepare for the cleanse?  No, the day after I returned I was drinking juice.

Did they taste good?  Yes, I loved them all especially the vanilla cloud at the end of the day.

Were you hungry? Surprisingly, no.  I drank plenty of water and herbal tea through the day but had no desire to eat food.

Did the juice, um, clean you out? Let’s just say that you won’t want to juice if you’re taking a road trip.  There are recommendations on the Suja website on how to prepare for your cleanse, I would highly recommend you include that in your cleanse.

Suja Juice in the refrigerator

Suja Juice in the refrigerator. Photo by Miranda Xsavier

Does Suja Juice need to be refrigerated?  Yes, keep ‘em cold.

Is it expensive?  The term “expensive” is a relative term.  A three day cleanse will run you about $160.  Note that there is no additional food to buy during the three days.

Did you eat anything during the three days?  Days one and two were just juice.  On the third day I started to cramp in my hands and arms and attributed that to lack of potassium.  I had half a banana but I could have easily done without it.

I want to lose weight, can this cleanse help me?  I did this cleanse to reset my metabolism and digestive system after a long weekend of gluttony.   My purpose was not weight loss, however I did lose 3 pounds.  If your intention is weight loss this cleanse can help you jump start your journey but the cleanse itself is not intended to be used on a long term basis.

Would you do it again?  Absolutely!

Where can I buy Suja Juice?  You can get Suja juice at your local Whole Foods Market or purchase through the link below.

Can you tell me more about the specific juices in the Suja Juice cleanse?  Here are photos and descriptions from the Suja website.

 

Suja Juice Drink 1st: GLOW Contains 2 apples, 6 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber, a handful of spinach, 3 collard leaves, 3 kales leaves and a sprig of mint

Suja Juice Drink 1st: GLOW Contains 2 apples, 6 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber, a handful of spinach, 3 collard leaves, 3 kale leaves and a sprig of mint.

Suja Juice Drink 2nd: FUEL Contains 9 carrots, 1 orange, 1 apple, slice of pineapple, 1/2 a lemon and an inch of turmeric.

Suja Juice Drink 2nd: FUEL Contains 9 carrots, 1 orange, 1 apple, slice of pineapple, 1/2 a lemon and an inch of turmeric.

Suja Juice Drink 3rd:  PURIFY Contains 7 carrots, 1 apple, 2 celery stalks, a 1/4 of a cucumber, 1/2 a beet and 1/2 a lemon

Suja Juice Drink 3rd: PURIFY Contains 7 carrots, 1 apple, 2 celery stalks, a 1/4 of a cucumber, 1/2 a beet and 1/2 a lemon

Suja Juice Drink 4th: FIJI Contains 2 apples, 6 celery stalks, 1/2 of a cucumber, a handful of spinach, 3 collard greens, 3 kale leaves, a squeeze of lemon and a hint of ginger.

Suja Juice Drink 4th: FIJI Contains 2 apples, 6 celery stalks, 1/2 of a cucumber, a handful of spinach, 3 collard greens, 3 kale leaves, a squeeze of lemon and a hint of ginger.

Suja Juice Drink 5th: GREEN SUPREME Contains 2 apples, a bunch of kale and 1/2 a lemon.

Suja Juice Drink 5th: GREEN SUPREME Contains 2 apples, a bunch of kale and 1/2 a lemon.

Suja Juice Drink 6th: VANILLA CLOUD Contains 1/2 a coconut's meat, a spoonful of honey, 12 almonds, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg

Suja Juice Drink 6th: VANILLA CLOUD Contains 1/2 a coconut’s meat, a spoonful of honey, 12 almonds, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg

 

Disclosure: I was an attendee of the 2013 International Food Bloggers Conference. Attendees were provided with complimentary professional samples of the products mentioned. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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5 comments

  • Miranda
    November 10, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply

    I just finished my 3 day juice cleanse and feel so much better having done so. I also had overindulged in junk food — for the longest time honestly, and was encouraged to give this a try to “reset” my digestive system. I do feel cleaner, inside and out. And I feel less bloated- i didn’t realize that my body was in a state of constant inflammation. I started my cleanse on a Thursday and brought 4 bottles to work. I felt like I was drinking and peeing all morning long. And believe it or not, the juice was filling and I was not starving. I did feel pangs of hunger by 4pm and ate a few baby carrots, but by then it was time for the mid afternoon juice. I needed the bathroom badly that evening but it wasn’t crampy or anything overly uncomfortable. I also slept really deeply that night. The 2nd day, I found that I didn’t pee as much as I did the day before. I also found that I hardly had any hunger pangs. That night I didn’t sleep as deeply. The 3rd day, I was not as timely with my juices since my day wasn’t as structured with work. I felt a lot of energy however to run a mile nonstop (I’m just now getting back into working out). I did take an afternoon nap and ended up sleeping later than usual. Also my need to go to the bathroom was not as bad as the days before. During the cleanse i found myself with a clearer mind. For example, i never realized how much I obsessed about food – like what was i going to eat next. Here the guess work is removed since all the bottles are prepared and on the ready. Also it made me realize that my body does not need to be full to be satisfied. As well as realizing that something wholesome as fruit and vegetables is all it takes to feel better.
    Anyway, I encourage anyone who is interested to try it out. It may seem like a lot, but I think it’s a good jump start to a healthier habit, and that’s a priceless gift to give to ones self. You can also try a 1 day cleanse – and believe me, you will be cleaned out by the end of Day 1. ;)

  • Bryce O
    November 14, 2013 at 6:35 am | Reply

    I did this cleanse and feel so much better. I think I had a lot of inflammation from the foods I eat, but this cleanse re-started and re-booted my digestive system. The bloating is gone, and I lost a few inches from my waist.
    I’ve cut my am coffee, and still have good energy.
    I would do this again. I bought the juices at Whole Foods, but you can also order online through the link above.

    • Myrissa Yamashiro
      November 14, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply

      Bryce,
      Yes, I too noticed the bloating disappear. What a difference! Thank you for sharing your Suja Juice journey.
      -Myrissa

      • Bryce
        November 14, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply

        I thought that juicing this Suja product would leave me hungry….but actually I didn’t crave anything really. I would stay hydrated throughout the day drinking a 12oz glass of water after each Suja juice bottle. I did snack on day 3 on some raw cauliflower and avacados. After the 3 day cleanse I was not even hungry! Amazing.

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