When I go on an extended vacation, typically that means eating
most all of my meals at restaurants. It’s one of my favorite ways to get familiar with a city and on my latest trip to San Francisco, I ate ice cream donut sandwiches and plates of fresh pasta for eleven days straight.
I spare no calories and eat all the things. I like to think that if I’m walking 10-15 miles per day, I’ve earned it, but eating at restaurants 24/7 takes a toll on your body. Towards the end of a trip, have you ever felt so lethargic the thought of eating another bite makes you sick to your stomach? That’s typically what happens to me on day seven, and it continues for a few days after I’m back at home and eating like a normal human being, I call it a post vacation food coma.
Sometimes you need to hit reset, and recently I embarked on an interesting food “adventure” — a juice cleanse. After experiencing a post vacation food coma for a few days, I decided I needed to do something. So after doing some research, I ordered my first ever juice cleanse from Richmond’s only cold-pressed juicery, Ginger Juice, and it was just what I needed.
Wait, what you did a juice cleanse?
After I decided that I wanted to do the cleanse, I enlisted the support of one of my coworkers and we both placed our level one, one-day cleanse orders. If you are a first time juice cleanser I totally recommend finding a teammate who can
suffer be healthier with you and keep you accountable. Our one-day cleanse included six juices, which we picked up from Ginger Juice’s retail location in the Village Shopping Center at 8 a.m. on the first day of our cleanse.
You can opt to do a one, two or three day juice cleanse, and each day you are given six juices to drink throughout the day. All the juices are made with fruits and vegetables and honestly I was surprised by the fact that I didn’t feel like I was starving, I guess that’s what happens when you are drinking a ton of liquids.
My two favorite juices were the Glitzy made with apple, pear and pineapple (which you drink between lunch and dinner) and the Glee made with almonds, alkaline water, local honey and cinnamon (which you drink before bed). I could certainly see myself drinking these on a regular basis. The Golden — carrot, orange and grapefruit — was the most surprising, I thought I was going to hate the strong carrot flavor, but the juice was balanced and refreshing.
During your cleanse you can eat three things if you get so hangry you lose your willpower — raw almonds, apples and cucumbers. I stocked up on almonds just in case I got a headache, because doing a juice cleanse is not an excuse for not doing your work.
Now, I’ll be honest with you and say that Ginger Juice isn’t cheap at $55 + tax for a one day cleanse, $103 + tax for a two day cleanse and $152 for a three day cleanse. You can also pick up single juices, priced between $5.99 and $10.50 depending on size and variety.
Overall the experience was an enjoyable one, and while I can’t say this is a miracle cure that will help you lose five pound overnight — and I didn’t expect it to be — I did finally kick my post vacation food coma. If you are interested in doing your first juice cleanse, you can order online, just make sure you place your order at least 48 hours in advance. Depending on demand, certain days can fill up quickly so if you’re ready to take the plunge don’t wait until the last minute to order. Ginger Juice cleanses can be picked up from the Village Shopping Center location.
If cleanses aren’t your thing but you want to get the nutrients of 2.5 pounds of fruits and vegetables in a 16 ounce bottle, you can always purchase juice individually at one of Ginger Juice’s three retail locations or at South of the James Farmers Market. I know I’ll be heading back soon to finally try the Gleeful, which is made with almonds, purified water, local honey, cinnamon, cold-brewed coffee and sea salt. Interested in doing a juice cleanse? Leave your questions in the comments below.