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.
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.
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.