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Jan 27

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse Review

I eat a lot of protein.

 

It’s my thing.

For my goals, I need to eat all the protein.  It’s muscle fuel while I’m trying to build.  It’s also hard on the body to digest that much protein continuously (it’s been months and months of packing it in).  When Skinny Limits reached out and offered a 3-day juice cleanse for review I decided it was the perfect time to… well, be cleansed.

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse

Prep

You’re supposed to prepare yourself for a cleanse.  Skinny Limits suggests you cut out things like alcohol, caffeinated drinks, animal products, wheat, processed food, and sugar prior to starting.  I didn’t do that… but I typically don’t eat many processed foods.  They also say to drink a lot of water, which I do anyway.

I did begin the day as recommended with a mug of hot lemon water and cayenne.  I actually enjoyed that on these cold mornings!

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse

Taste

The juices were quite good!  Each one include 1-2 fruits, so they had a good level of sweetness.  Click here to see the Variety Juice Cleanse I tried.

My favorite was the Crescent Moon (cashew milk).  It was like dessert every night, so no surprise there.  I also loved the Pure and Simple green juice and the Scorpion Lemonade (with cayenne).  The only one I didn’t love was the Lotus (beet juice).  I do eat beets, but it was a lot.  All of them are far superior to soda.

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse

Activity

They say during the cleanse you should not exercise intensively.  I did a 30 minute incline walk one day.  Soccer the next.  Then I got bored and lifted on day 3.  Maybe not a good use of time – I didn’t last long and then I had to take a nap.  Whoops.

I made sure to do it during the week where I wouldn’t have a lot of down time.  I hoped work could occupy my mind enough to distract me from eating.  It did somewhat… I was insanely focused and productive on day 2.  That was the sweet spot – by day 3 I took wanted a nap.

Day 1

I started strong, but by 11am I was hungry.  I was also freezing all day.  I ate some grapes and almonds.  It was an emergency.  My reading material probably didn’t help:

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse

Energy-wise, I felt run down.  Everything was an effort.  I gave up and went to bed at 10:30p and slept 9 hours; this is unheard of for me, as I normally force myself to get into bed by 1a.

Day 2

I woke up refreshed after my 9 hour slumber.  I wasn’t starving, but 30 mins later the hunger pangs struck.  After the first juice I felt better, but only for an hour.  This may be TMI… but I was fully expecting to poo a lot.  I just had a typical morning #2.  Maybe I’m not toxic?

The rest of the day I spent hungry and cold.  I ate some more nuts and drank a kombucha.  I played soccer and was really, really exhausted.  Despite the cold, I turned my favorite juice – the “dessert” cashew milk – into ice cream by blending it with ice in my Vtiamix.  It was good!  I added additional cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger to make sure the ice didn’t water down the flavor too much.

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse

Day 3

The final countdown.  I almost gave in after the second juice.  BUT if I could make it 2 days, I knew I could finish the third.  I ate more almonds and chewed gum.  Still no major poos to report (you know you’re curious!).  My skin had some breakouts.  I read that breakouts are not uncommon as your body rids itself of toxins.  So, I suppose I was toxic.

Did I mention it was cold?

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse

19 degrees!!!

By that evening I had a headache and my stomach was growling.  I went to bed at 10… the sooner I slept, the sooner breakfast time would arrive!

 

Would I Do It Again?

Probably, but only a couple of times a year.  It wasn’t easy.  You shouldn’t do it while you’re training for something; you’re not going to feel like moving a whole lot.  If you’re recovering from an event or coming off a period of excess (holidays, vacations, etc), I think it’s a great thing to try.  Skinny Limits makes it really easy – the package is shipped the day before you start, and they detail which juice to drink when.

This should NOT be a thing you do to lose weight.  Juicing for 3 days isn’t going to magically make you reach your goals in that department.  In my opinion, it should be used as a tool to reset and to help your body heal.

Also, chewable food is marvelous.  They say to ease back in to solids, but I was so hungry after a day of lifting I ended the first day back with spinach pasta beef bolognese handmade by a friend.  There may have been a glass of wine (or 2) involved. ;)

handmade pasta

***

Being so clean and then fueling with homemade pasta did some good – I hit a PR on the flat bench chest press Sunday!

Would you ever try a juice cleanse?  For what purpose?

Do you perform better after a big carb-y meal?  It works 90% of the time for me, but I’m always surprised!

 

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  1. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I’m a chewer so I’m not sure I could hang with a cleanse. Maybe the summer would be better – id be freezing and tired if I did it now for sure!

    1. Laura

      Summer would have been a little easier than the polar vortex! :)

  2. Lee

    I like to chew my food. That’s why I hardly ever even make smoothies. (Well that and the cleaning the blender thing.) Though I’d be curious to taste the juices.

    1. Laura

      You’d love the cashew one! It’s even better as ice cream. ;)

  3. Jennifer F

    It would be really hard for me to do a juice cleanse. I say that, but I’ve never tried. I should. BTW, how many grams protein have you been eating a day, prior to cleanse?

    1. Laura

      I eat about 1.5x my body weight in grams of protein. A “normal” person who works out should have .75-1x.

  4. Carla

    maaan theyve asked me so many times.
    Im so tempted —and more so now :-)—and yet I know I couldnt last.

    1. Laura

      I questioned my ability, but I’m so bull-headed I wouldn’t let myself quit. LOL!

  5. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    Go you!! I tried one once… just once. I made it 1/2 a day.. I was MEAN and shaking!

  6. lindsay

    like i said before, i’ve had to do a cleanse for colonscopy and it was brutal not to eat for 36 hrs. And cooking for my husband just sucked. I wanted to eat with him. But, more power to ya! and whatever makes you feel good, right? I’d do that cleanse for a day, for sure! or just drink the juice haha

    1. Laura

      Right?! They juice was legit delish.

  7. Amanda @runtothefinish

    I agree the juices were really tasty. I don’t think I would do it for more than 1 day at a time and I actually think the lasting benefits for me would be better from doing it 1 day.

  8. Alex @ therunwithin

    props for you for lasting three whole days!

  9. Maureen

    I think I’d do a juice cleanse if I had the chance to sleep in and go to bed early. Does that make sense? Right now I am awake from 4:30am to 9pm, which is just too many hour to try and do a juice cleanse.

    1. Laura

      Perfect sense – I’ve never wanted to sleep so much in my life!

  10. Natasha

    I always think about doing these juice cleanses cuz they seem so trendy and stylish….like I’m too cool for food, so I am only gonna drink liquids lol.

    But then I think, well I’ll feel super tired and not be able to workout, so I am not sure what purpose that would serve.

    Although, I think that it would be good to do after a time of eating a lot of junk, I just think that it mayyy be a little extreme for me. I don’t do well when I get super hungry hahah! But I’m sure I’ll try one down the road, but since I’m in school and have to walk everywhere with a super heavy backpack, I’m not sure that I would be able to make it to my classes without passing out haha

    Have a great day!!

    1. Laura

      It is just a good way to clean yourself out and reset. It was a tough 3 days, but the energy I had after was unreal!

  11. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List

    i think i could do something like “hybrid” cleanse where you ate salad for dinner and juice in the morning. not sure about 3 days of only juice.

    1. Laura

      I just met someone who is doing that. I need to follow up and see if she thought it was effective.

  12. RavieNomNoms

    I am really not sure that I could do that. I would be like you and feel so rundown. Although maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if I dialed my workouts back, but man. It just sounds hard. Like you said, maybe as a “reset” after some fun filled holidays. Good for you girl! I don’t think I could have done it haha

  13. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I loved the cashew milk too! Great review… and I love that you talked about the weight loss aspect, it’s definitely not a quick fix but a good way to cleanse your body.

    1. Laura

      Someone asked me if I was doing it to lose weight – I was almost offended!

  14. Jody - Fit at 56

    I am so glad you did it & not me – well, I would never do it.. unless they offered my tons & tons of money to put me out of my probs with that. :) I just never had the need or want to do one. My personal feeling is if you are eating healthy & right with whole foods, veggies, protein, healthy fat, your bod will cleanse itself.. :) Plus I like to eat food too much! :)

  15. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    Nice job completely all 3 days despite how tired you were and how much you wanted to give up! That takes a lot of will power. I tried a juice cleanse and quit after one day. Frozen yogurt was my downfall. It always is :)

  16. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I’m not sure that I could do a juice cleanse – I’m the person who needs to add cereal as a smoothie topping so that I have something to crunch on. Power to you for finishing the cleanse!

    1. Laura

      I am the same way -hence the almond, gum, and ice cream juice. Textures are a big deal to me.

  17. Yoojin

    thank you for sharing your experience! especially the TMI’s ;)
    everyone knows they all wonder! hahaha

    1. Laura

      LOL! Thank you. :)

  18. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    SCREWWWWWWWWWWWW THAT like a handyman screws nails into a wall! NEVER EVER EVER EVER will I do that! Haven’t I mentioned before that I live to EAT! lol

    1. Laura

      I live to eat too, but I enjoy a little experimentation. #twss

  19. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Nope, no cleanses for me. I love to chew my food and well, I eat so many fruits and vegetables anyway, I don’t see how it would be that different.

    Congrats on the PR! You’re a beast!

  20. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I’ve never done a cleanse and am not sure I would. I don’t even find smoothies satisfying. I like to chew my food!

    1. Laura

      Haha – that’s why all my smoothies are made into ice cream!

  21. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!

    Interesting! I was curious to see what they recommended as far as activity goes for the days you’re on the cleanse. i figured it would be minimal! I can’t imagine working out on little to no food! As for me, I don’t think I’d do a cleanse. I love juice, don’t get me wrong! But at this time I don’t really feel the need to detox and juice cleanses just seem so restrictive to me. If I got hungry while doing one, I wouldn’t want to feel guilty for eating something. Depriving my body of it’s needs is my least favorite feeling!

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us though!

    1. Laura

      It’s weird… I felt hungry but not deprived. That doesn’t seem to make sense, I know… but I did feel l was nourished.

  22. Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers

    I love chewing! (and drinking wine) I wonder how toxic I am… hmm… actually, I don’t wanna know. #ignoranceisbliss

  23. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    I totally had the cold thing too when cleansing!! I was freezing all day.
    And I always went straight back to big meals lol – cause that was what I was dreaming about all the time during the cleanse!! ;-)

    1. Laura

      I don’t know how people ease back in! Or go more than 3 days. Whoa.

  24. Jess

    I did one about a year ago as a sort of experiment/ restart and it wss hard at the time. But I found for months after my sweet tooth was gone, which was a amajor win for me!

    1. Laura

      Did you find you had more energy after? That surprised me!

  25. Choc Chip Uru

    I am a chewer, so juice cleanses would be very difficult, but you are amazing to give it a try and review :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  26. Kim

    Interesting that you were cold the entire 3 days – that is pretty much enough for me to not want to try it since I’m cold all the time anyway!!!
    And I always thought that a cleanse was just a form of drinking laxatives but fortunately it doesn’t sound like the case at all.

    1. Laura

      If I do it again, it will be in the summer! ;)

  27. Laura @ Live, Run, Sparkle

    I tried the Isagenix 9-day cleanse about a year & a half ago. It is protein-type shakes you have 2x a day (breakfast & dinner) and then you eat a clean meal for lunch (ie. salad). It really did work and I lost 9 lbs on it but obviously you gain it back once you start eating normally again. It helped me shed a few lbs before my cousin’s wedding where I was a bridesmaid, but I probably wouldn’t do it for weightloss again since diet & exercise is the only real way to go.

    1. Laura

      I know someone who did that! She has lupus though… was hoping it would help with her joint pain. I don’t think it did…

  28. Eating 4 Balance

    I would certainly do a juice cleanse. Solid food doesn’t do well with me anyways so I think having a few days of just liquid would actually be great for my digestion and make me feel tons better!

    What’s funny is that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen someone actually follow the prescribed “ease back in” phase after a juice cleanse. I’m not harping on you, because like I said, I don’t think 99% of people do it. But, it also makes me wonder how much better someone could feel if they followed it step by step all the way through.

    1. Laura

      I actually did feel great after – my energy level was crazy high for a week. Even now I still feel like I’m digesting and sleeping better.

  29. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I thought you would have pooped a lot too – interesting that it wasn’t the case. I always say I want to try a cleanse, but I still am not sure. Great to read your experience though!

  30. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    Congrats on sticking it out Laura! I am not sure I could do a whole 3 day fast – maybe a one day – and I would be starving for breakfast the next day. Other than oats, am not big into carbs, but I could eat a stack of oat pancakes or a dozen oatmeal cookies or a basket of oatmeal muffins anytime :)

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Definitely with you on the oatmeal cookies!!!

  31. Court Star @ StarSystemzFitness

    I LOVE Juice cleanses, I just signed up for one + it always helps me jumpstart my healthy ways although I am pretty good at doing so it kinda gives me more motivation! When I move back to the states I will have to check out Skinny Limits! Lots of love!

  32. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen

    Thank you for your honest review!!

    I have been contemplating a juice cleanse for quite sometime, and actually looking into Skinny Limits! I am almost at the end of completing the Whole 30 (cleaning eating with no dairy, gluten, added sugar, and minimal chemicals) so I feel like this is a good time to hit the juice.

    Did you compare this brand to others? Just curious!

    1. Laura

      I’ve done an Arden’s Gardens 2-day cleanse before too. They only have 1 juice you drink – the variety made it easier!

  33. Parita @ myinnershakti

    I’ve never tried a juice cleanse and don’t really think I will any time soon (but never say never!). I do, however, like to drink whole juices (blended together in my Blendtec vs. a juicer) regularly. It just makes you feel a tad bit healthier!

  34. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    Thanks for sharing your experience! I always, always get cold when I haven’t had enough to eat – it’s the worst feeling and you just CAN’T warm up no matter what! Thank you also for sharing that this isn’t meant for weight loss – I think the combination of the Master Cleanse (crazy, in my opinion) with all the marketing of various cleanse companies has made people believe that everyone will drop 100 pounds just from doing a 2-day cleanse. Um … no. BUT … I am very interested in doing one just to try the experience and reset my body after my marathon in a few weeks. I’m definitely consuming more sugar than I’d like and definitely using marathon training as an excuse so I think it may be a good reset after that!

    1. Laura

      I think this would be a great thing to do after a big event – especially one that is so taxing on your body and requires a diet different that your “normal.”

  35. janet @ the taste space

    Eek, you make this sound like you were on a water fast, Laura. Hope you eat real food soon! :)

  36. Dawn

    Lol. Why is it that we read or watch things that are counterproductive to what we are trying to accomplish?

    1. Laura

      Seriously. I don’t know what possessed me.

  37. Taylor @ LiftingRevolution

    Nice job lady for sucking it up and finishing! I did the same thing the last time I did a cleanse… cashew milk ice cream! It helped a lot! Now time for fish and booze! :)

    1. Laura

      And real ice cream! ;)

  38. Hannah

    Yeah……. no.

  39. Mary @ Fit and Fed

    Yup, I know the feeling of getting cold because you did not have enough to eat…. difficult. You did it, and you were sensible to get some solid food when you needed it. I’m thinking something like this might be good when you (us over-50′s, anyway) have to do a colonoscopy prep— you have to be on low-fiber foods for 3 days and clear fluids the last day, this could work and be better than the usual suggestions.

    1. Laura

      That’s what Lindsay Cotter said! She had to do that and most definitely isn’t over 50. ;)

  40. Mary (A Merry Life)

    So interesting! I’ve never done a juice cleanse but I find myself fascinated with them lately. Thanks for sharing an honest review!

  41. Elena

    Great recap- I have been wanting to try a cleanse for a while but have never pulled the trigger. (Love the reading choice-I can see why that might not have helped!)

    1. Laura

      I think it’s a worthwhile experiment. But maybe when it’s warmer outside. ;)

  42. purelytwins

    way to stick through it girl, we know juice cleanses are tough!

    we have done them in the past. For us right now we like to have a juice daily and enjoy other foods too!

    1. Laura

      You guys always have such impressive discipline! I’d like to do an elimination one day…

  43. Heather @ girlyeverafter

    Get it girl! I’m intimidated by cleanses. I tried a two day once and totally failed, but need to try it again because I love the idea of a “reset”. If you’re still having breakouts come see me and I’ll give you a facial! I”ll give you one anyway because they’re awesome!!!

    1. Laura

      Yessss! I need to call you! And we need to hang out again soon. Miss you!

  44. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Love your honesty! Like I told you before, I admire your persistence, dedication, and ok, I’ll go there, craziness for taking this on! Now, can I have a bottle of that cashew stuff to pour into my bowl of cereal? ;)

    1. Laura

      Brilliant idea!!! I bet we can recreate that. What about using it in a a cereal protein bar?!

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