Get Juiced

Something I’ve been entirely intrigued about, but not entirely sold on lately is the juice cleanse. I’ve been wanting to try one out for a while, but the timing was never right. I either had plans, an event, was in the middle of marathon training… the list could go on. Most of the larger juicing companies are located in New York or LA, and I wasn’t into the idea of getting fresh-pressed juice overnighted to me. (That being said, I hear awesome things about Cooler Cleanse and Blueprint Cleanse in NYC and Pressed Juicery in LA).

Then I found out that a juice cleansing company, Juice To You, opened a location (Juice Shop) on Union Street. While at the beach last weekend a friend was downing a juice from the Juice Shop and I asked her about it. She’d cleansed before and highly recommended it.

Consider my curiosity officially peaked.

I’ve seen the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and I (shamefully) shell out $7 a few times a week for a 16oz fresh-pressed green juice from Plant, so I wasn’t a stranger to the idea of juicing. The idea of juice cleansing however was something I hadn’t tried.

And I really, really wanted to.

So last night I pulled the trigger. My stomach has been up in arms with the gluten as of late, so why not cleanse it all out? Remove all the toxins and all the crap, and see how it makes me feel?

Enter Juice to You – a San Francisco/Marin company with an outpost on Union Street (across from Lululemon… workout clothes and a fresh-pressed juice = win win win).

The company was started after their co-founder, Charlie Gulick was diagnosed with a rare liver disease after traveling in Central America. He was told he would eventually have to have a liver transplant. After many unsuccessful surgeries in attempt to manage his disease, he came across a world-renowned health institute where he took a holistic approach to his health. Charlie was placed on a strict regiment of juices, raw and vegan foods and treatments. He returned to the Bay Area and continued to maintain his new lifestyle. Charlie transformed his health and regained his strength, symptom free. Upon his return from the institute his family became his greatest support and they too benefited from his transformation. Drinking fresh organic juices daily was Charlie’s protocol for his health. It’s been six years and Charlie has not stepped foot into an operating room. While still monitoring his health, he has more energy than ever and feels great.

All information from Juice To You

I started to research.

Juicing

We provide the most nutrient rich cold-pressed juice possible. Using our hydraulic press, which gently extracts the juice right from the pulp, we maximize taste and nutritional value. Compared to other methods of juice extraction, pressed juice has a much higher nutritional content and is exposed to minimal oxidation, so the nutrients do not break down as rapidly. We are proud to use state of the art technology to provide the highest quality and best tasting juice.

We believe there are many benefits to drinking juice, from the tangible to the intangible. When you start your day with a glass of fresh juice, rather than sugary cereal, your whole outlook changes. You’re more mindful of what you eat, and how you feel, throughout the entire day.

Beyond the intangibles, possible benefits of drinking juice include:

  • Sharpens mental clarity
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves digestive function
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Restores organ function
  • Normalizes body weight
  • Improves sleeping patterns
  • Balances pH levels
  • Reduces aches & pains
  • Clears complexion
  • Improves circulation
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Balances blood-sugar levels.
  • Cleanses colon

Cleansing

Juice cleanses give the body a break from food, while removing toxins and providing your body with the proper nutrients it needs to achieve and maintain optimal health.

Our cleanses are designed to clean your system in a safe and gentle way as you continue your daily routine. We have carefully selected four different levels of cleanses, consisting of six pints of juice and two elixirs daily. In order to experience the benefits of the cleanse, we recommend to stay away from solid foods while cleansing.

An ideal time to cleanse is after holidays or stressful periods in your life, times when we often over-indulge in unhealthy foods, alcohol, and habits. The change of seasons (spring and fall) is also an ideal time to cleanse. Most people will cleanse whenever they experience signs of over-acidity in the body, which may include chronic fatigue, headaches, insomnia, depression, allergies, aches & pains, digestive problems, unhealthy skin and a weakened immune system.

And I’m sold.

I was extremely impressed with the level of detail the company provides to it’s customers. Their juice ingredient list is exactly the type of information I love to pore over, and exactly the veggies, fruits, and ingredients I use in my own kitchen.

My 3-Day Intermediate Juice Cleanse includes each of the following per day:

  • 16 oz Alpha Green
  • 16 oz Lemon-aid
  • 16 oz Beta Green
  • 16 oz Coconut Water
  • 16 oz Deep Green
  • 16 oz Almond Drink
  • 4 oz Aloe
  • 2 oz E3 Live
They equal roughly ~1200 calories a day, but the kicker is that none of these calories are wasted or empty. They’re all chock-full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
I stopped by after Pilates yesterday, shelled out $9 (you get $2 back for returning their eco-friendly and re-useable glass bottles) for the A+ Deep Green and immediately knew I was making the right choice. This juice was amazing. Sorry Plant, they just owned you.
For a texture freak like myself it was smooth, it was cold, it was refreshing, and best of all, it was filling. I officially couldn’t wait.

My 3-day Juice Cleanse starts in about 10 minutes (with the handdelivery of my juices, I’m so swanky, I know) and I am so curious and intrigued about how it will make me feel.

Daily updates, information about each juice, and a post-cleanse recap to follow! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Get Juiced

  1. Ohh I’ll have to make a stop by their store soon and try the juice! My family has gotten really into juicing lately and we make green juices multiple times a week! They are so tasty and refreshing! I don’t think I could do a juice cleanse due to the fact that I’m so migraine prone and I’ve heard they can trigger them, but I am intrigued! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  2. seriously where have i been? you’re doing a cleanse-thats awesome! ive never done a cleanse of any kind…it totally intimidates me especially just juice cleanses. sounds like you’re doing great though ill have to look into it for after pregnancy!

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