Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! In this post, I will be sharing all of the details about my experience with JJ Smith’s 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse, including my before and after results as well as a little bit of post-cleanse reflection. So let’s get started!
On October 1, myself and a support group of friends started a 10-day green smoothie cleanse adapted from the book 10 day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith. Now, I bet you’re wondering, well what exactly is this cleanse and what are the benefits? I’m glad you asked. Let me give you a quick run down. Essentially, this cleanse is a 10-day detox program in which you drink green smoothies consisting of fruits and veggies three times a day with specially formulated recipes to detox your body over the course of the ten day period. The cleanse exists in two versions: full and modified.
- With the full cleanse, you drink your green smoothie (12-16 oz) for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus 64+ oz of water, a detox tea in the morning and a digestive tea at night. In addition to this, you can snack on any fruits, veggies, unsweetened PB, hard boiled eggs and raw, unsalted nuts/seeds of your choice in between meals. You avoid refined sugar, meat, milk, cheese, liquor, beer, coffee, soda, processed foods, fried foods, etc.
- With the modified cleanse, you drink two green smoothies each day for breakfast and lunch and then have a healthy meal for dinner. The same snack, water, tea and foods to avoid regimen from the full cleanse apply to the modified cleanse with the exception of meat. The rule for the modified cleanse is to avoid red meat specifically, not all meat.
That was just a very brief overview of the cleanse, just to give you an idea of what exactly I was getting myself into. More detailed info can be found in the book.
There are several benefits to detoxing your body, both physical and mental. Here’s just a few of the main ones:
- weight loss (jumpstart and maintenance)
- increased energy
- aids internal organs in toxin removal, thereby giving them a rest
- strengthens immune system
- freshens breath
- clears skin
- improves focus and mental clarity
- healthier hair
- slows signs of aging
You really can’t go wrong with a detox, so long as it is done properly.
Now that you know a little bit more about the cleanse itself, I’m going to tell you why I even decided to do it in the first place.
I purchased this book back in 2016 as a suggestion from my mom over Thanksgiving break. Long story short, my mom, sister and I had decided together that would start the cleanse the Monday after Thanksgiving as it was the holidays, everybody was eating good (probably too good), so it seemed like the perfect time to detox and reset. So I bought my copy of the book, went grocery shopping, I was down for the cause! Fast forward…by day 3, I was out of the game. I just couldn’t deal with the hunger and ended up giving into my cravings. In hindsight, I wasn’t ready mentally for a challenge such as this and I also wasn’t taking it seriously. I didn’t want it bad enough. Fast forward to about a year later, I attempted the cleanse again, kind of a switching between full and modified, and I made it to day 6 before quitting. So I made a little bit farther. I was able to make it over the halfway hump, but still didn’t finish…
…which brings me to the present.
This time around, I decided to attempt the cleanse for two main reasons: 1) I needed a break from food and 2) I needed a reset. I had been experiencing several signs of needing to detox over the past couple of months (see image below) such as fatigue, poor sleeping habits, brain fog/trouble focusing and really just feeling BLAH overall. I knew this cleanse was exactly what my body needed. I felt that this time around was going to be different because not only was I in a different mindset, but I had also solicited a support group to join me on this journey to help keep me accountable. I had set a personal goal to go AT LEAST the first five days on the full cleanse and then switch to the modified cleanse for the last five days. Regardless, I wanted to go ten days.
I’m going to quickly recap and highlight some events throughout my journey and then get to the part that I’m sure you’re all waiting for, my results! Keep reading, it’s coming, I promise : )
Let’s start with day 1. I was just about as eager as anyone starting something new lol I had gotten my groceries, prepped everything and was feeling good about my first day of smoothies. Then day 2 came, and I had a legit breakdown. Yes, day 2 and I was already ready to be done. My bf talked some sense into my crybaby a** and I got myself together. What kept me going was that I REFUSED to let this time be like the other times. I was on a mission. Around day 4, I was really struggling with hunger. I wasn’t even necessarily craving bad foods, I just longed for a feeling of satisfaction after a meal. I just wanted something hot and solid to be completely honest. But still, I pressed on.
Day 5 is when things took a turn for the worst. Every Friday, we have departmental TA meetings and our TA coordinator brings lunch. Now, up until now I hadn’t really been tempted (at least not by things I wanted) because I was keeping to myself, drinking my smoothies, and minding my own business but I KNEW Friday, the halfway point, in addition to TA meeting was going to be a struggle (on top of the fact that our coordinator be throwin’ down in the kitchen). I was crossing my fingers that he’d bring something I didn’t like that way it’d be easier for me to refuse, but of course, that was not the case. Long story short, I stayed true to the cleanse and sipped on my smoothie during the lunch meeting BUT I did end up taking a plate to go and inhaled, I mean IN-HALED, that food and didn’t even feel guilty about it. My justification was, “well I said I was switching to the modified version after Day 5”, but I will just say that the meal was far from clean and also included a piece of red velvet cake *don’t judge*. Anyway, rather than letting that be the end, I owned up to my mistake, accepted it and moved forward by getting right back on my smoothies.
For the reminder of the cleanse, I did well. I ate hard boiled eggs and incorporated those into canned chicken in water mixed with mustard and some vegan mayo to make ‘chicken salad’. When I tell y’all that chicken salad tasted like heaven, whew! lol It was definitely a lifesaver. Toward the end of the cleanse, I started to get more lax because I was so close to finishing and also because I think I was just over it mentally. I still did my smoothies and tea routine, but I slipped one BBQ pringle and ate some ginger snap cookies around day 9. It could have definitely been worse and I was proud of myself for not going totally off the deep end, but nonetheless it was still cheating. The closer it got to the end, the more I was realizing that cutting these things out of my diet cold turkey (while that is the entire point of a detox) just wasn’t working for me at the time. Or maybe it was that I didn’t have enough will power to MAKE it work for me. I tend to have a hard time depriving myself of things with no real reason, if that makes sense. Although the cleanse says I’m not supposed to have cookies, the cleanse itself is optional and I’m the only one making myself adhere to said rules so I technically can have the cookie simply by just letting myself eat it. But then I’d have to live with that decision on my conscience. Do you follow me and my crazy logic? lol
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…RESULTS!
Below are before (top) and after (bottom) images of my weight as well as before (left) and after (right) of my measurements. *DISCLAIMER*: I decided to take my weight on day 8 because my cycle was starting soon and I didn’t want my insane period bloat to skew the results lol In total, I lost 3.5 lbs over the course of 8 days and saw slight changes in my calves, waist and bust. I have never been a super scale obsessed person. I mean, I had to go out and buy a battery specifically for this cleanse because it had been sitting for that long. I definitely am more of a believer in non-scale victories and health over weight, but I will say that I am happy that I decided to weigh myself just as a way to track progress for formality’s sake. It did make me happy to see the number on the scale go down, but even before stepping on that scale on day 8, I was already starting to FEEL the results, which to me was even more satisfying. I felt lighter, had more energy and was noticing that I was starting to look slimmer. My results were not drastic and I didn’t expect them to be. I wasn’t in this for a quick fix massive weight loss in 10 days because that’s just not healthy nor is it sustainable. My results, however, were realistic, natural and felt/seen from both outside AND inside, which is exactly what I had hoped for. That being said, although my ten days were less than perfect, I am still very satisfied with my outcome.
Now that it’s over, what did you learn?
Another great question : ) Here are my main takeaways from this experience:
- I learned that I need to work on will power and perseverance. I need to stop being so quick to give up when the task at hand isn’t something I have to do. It’s such a terrible mindset to have. I need to keep the bigger picture in mind when I am being challenged to keep me motivated and to not allow myself to get tripped up over the small things. In this case, my overall health and the purpose of this cleanse is more important than giving into temporary cravings. This realization applies to more aspects of my life than just this cleanse.
- I learned that I am my worst enemy when it comes to self-control. If there’s no real reason for me not to have something, chances are I’m gonna let myself have it. But I shouldn’t wait for a reason to motivated to make a change, that’s how things get ignored and end up out of hand in the first place. It shouldn’t take for the doctor to tell me to lose weight or that I have diabetes to have a reason to stick to a 10-day detox (I know that’s an extreme example and it’s easier said than done, but I hope you get where I’m coming from).
- I learned that I can’t expect perfection all the time. What’s most important is that I keep going. If I quit something every time it wasn’t perfect, I would never finish a lot of things.
Last question, would you ever do it again?
To be 100% honest, I don’t know that I will ever do the full cleanse again, at least not any time soon. It got too hard not eating after a while and crunching on celery and apples just was not cutting it. It was getting to the point where I just wanted a whiff of my bf’s food when he would eat around me. You’d think that smelling it would just be torturing myself, but it was honestly satisfying and I was proud of myself for smelling it but still not allowing myself to have any. It’s strange, I know lol. Completely depriving myself is what drove me to binge, which thankfully only really happened once on day 5. I never fully acted on my urges otherwise. A lot of the time, I wasn’t even physically hungry. I only wanted food simply because I knew I couldn’t have it, which made me sort of start to obsess over it and that was just a bit much for me. I truly believe that it’s all in the mind, but until I can learn to better control that, I think the modified version of the cleanse suits me best. Maybe I can grow to a point where I will be able to undertake the full cleanse but as of now, I think the modified version will be more manageable and sustainable and ultimately, I am still very much satisfied with the results of the 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse experience and proud myself for completing the 10 days. I feel great and am even back working out on a more consistent basis!
Welp, that’s all folks! Thank you so much for reading this post and supporting my blog. I hope that sharing my thoughts, strengths, downfalls and outcomes from this experience was helpful and inspiring in some way and I encourage you to try a cleanse or detox, especially if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed in the graphic above. The benefits are endless. Give it your best shot and know that if you mess up, you can still keep going. What works for me may not work for you, or it might work even better! My mom completed the full cleanse about a month ago and lost 12 POUNDS! So that just goes to show you how different our bodies are and how much results can vary. Always remember that health and fitness journeys are a lifestyle change, which means it doesn’t happen overnight. If you are interested in JJ Smith’s book, it is available for purchase on Amazon, just click here.
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