All juiced up

Monday, 27 May 2013 | Tags: , , , , ,

I just finished The Juice Cleanse by The Juice Truck, a local company that makes cold-pressed juices and delivers them right to your door. $200 for 21 juices. And before you say "for that money, you should make your own juices", I say, know thyself. I will only stick to this plan if I buck up ahead of time.

This three day cleanse is designed to be a “gentle flush of your system. It normalizes digestion and helps regulate hormones, remove impurities from your colon and supports your liver.”

I picked this particular cleanse because the juices sounded tasty.  Plus, at approximately 1700 calories a day, it’s no starvation diet.  

Nutritionist Nina Hirvi from Copeman Healthcare Centre says that we all cleanse our bodies with regular trips to the loo.  But a cleanse “can psychologically “reset” your thermostat. Physiologically, nothing will happen in three days.  And nothing bad will happen either, i.e. it’s a low health risk.”

That’s exactly what I’m looking for.  Since wine, cheese, and candy have become my mainstays, I’m in.  I need a kick in the healthy pants.


7 am: Coffee.  I begin the cleanse by falling off the wagon.  If I don’t get caffeine, someone will get hurt. I vow to limit myself to one cup a day.

8 am: My first juice is The Digestive.  Cucumber, parsley, spinach, celery, apple and lemon. Tasty.  It’s more watery than I expected, less smoothie like.

10 am: Second juice, The Base.  Yummy. Kale, cucumber, celery, pear, lemon and ginger.  I have to have two of these a day. It’s light and refreshing.

11:30 am: I want a cookie.

2:30 pm: One 475 ml juice every two hours or so is a lot of liquid.  I have to go pee, again.

4 pm: Just got back from the gym.  I had more energy than I expected.  But it is only day one.

6 pm: Dinner consists of Protein Milk. It looks creamy and it’s the most calorie dense juice on the list.  570 calories and 42 grams of fat. Tastes a bit chalky.


8:30 pm: Time for The Sleep Tonic. Pear, romaine and mint. Supposed to help me sleep like a baby.  After the protein milk, at least I’m not a cranky baby.



8am: Same lineup of juices for today.  I can make it through if I don’t spend too much time working from home, too close to the fridge.

11:20 am: Frailty thy name is Kristina!  I break down and have my second coffee. Apparently I can cut booze, sugar, and solids.  Coffee is my Achilles heel. 

12:30 pm: I get to have a small bag of chia seeds with the third juice of each day.  (For fiber, apparently.) I’ve never been so excited to eat tiny black specks.


2:17 pm: Gobble up five cherry tomatoes. It’s a “sanctioned” cheat as starving first time cleansers can have fruits and veggies.  Hirvi says juices have a higher glycemic index than solids, which mean sugar spikes.  It also removes some of the nutrients.  All that said, I’ve never consumed so many fruits and vegetables in one day, liquid or not.

3:38 pm: If I give you say, my dog, will you give me an almond? I’m feeling a touch light-headed. Can’t wait for my 4 pm juice.

8:30 pm: Happily, I’m not hungry anymore, probably because the more filling juices come at the end of the day. I’m usually an evening snacker but now I don’t feel the need.



8:42 am: I’m over the hump day, yay! I definitely feel lighter in some way.  Oh wait, it’s because I don’t have any real food in me!

1:13 pm: Today is going pretty well, probably because I’m busy and spending less time thinking about food. Plus, I know it’s almost over. 

3:30 pm: My stomach is bored.

8:00 pm: Just one juice left and a few hours before bed.  I can make it!



Food, glorious food!


I do feel lighter, in body and spirit. I have dropped a few pounds, though I’ll likely gain them back quickly.  While day two was tough, overall, it was doable.  Hirvi reminds me that just cutting out the alcohol, dairy, and sugar for three days can achieve similar results. 

And that’s one thing this process has inspired me to do, to eat more healthfully, at least for the near future.




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  • Logan McKeown

    I watched a movie called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead about an Aussie who decided to go on a 60 day juice cleanse. Lost almost 100 lbs…of course, he was only drinking liquid the whole time. It was definitely interesting to see what he goes through and how he inspires other people, but not something I think I would want to do lol.

  • Kristina Matisic

    Wow, 60 days?? I can’t imagine it. I just miss chewing and solid foods too much!

  • disqus_6TegG1nJzQ

    Good for you! Don’t know if I could do this one tho…have allergies to some of the fruit, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! I have cleansed before and found it beneficial but very hard to stick to. Do you know that some experts recommend cleansing 2-3 x’s a year! That’s a scary thought!

  • Chef Mike in Burlington ON

    Why the hell would either one of you beautiful size 4’s waste your time, money and enjoyment of real food when both of you are slim and fit now ?? And what real science says a cleanse “can psychologically “reset” your thermostat?? She needs to show some me some science before I’d waste a second on this…

  • Kristina Matisic

    Hi Chef Mike. According to nutritionist Nina Hirvi (and most other health professionals) cleansing is unnecessary, a healthy body does that just fine. Regardless, cleansing seems to be a bit of a fad right now. I wanted to try one to see what the fuss is about. My focus was on my personal journey and I’m definitely not selling or advocating cleanses for others. And though I’m not a size four, thanks for thinking so!

    • Chef Mike in Burlington ON

      Ok, then you’re a comfy size 6…but seriously, these never ending fad diets and trends do the general population a very serious disservice, it teaches us that we can eat crap and not exercise, but if we only buy this $29.99 book, it’ll all be better…
      Here’s a fad diet for you, I call it the “Chef Mike Diet”, lots of fresh or frozen veggies, fresh fish 3x a week, easy on the alcohol, light on the hard liquor, lots of whole grains, lean beef 2x a week, easy on the dairy, moderate exercise and lots of sleep…I’ll give you a deal, only $24.99…

  • Rhonda

    Kristina…I am certain many of your viewers have thought about doing this form of cleanse/detox. I think this is another example of the service you provide your viewers where you test various recipes, beauty regimens and items of interest that create market noise like these cleanses. Kudos to you for trying it and passing along your feedback and details of the process. Awesome job.