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This cooler cleanse review gives you a breakdown of my thoughts and feelings through a 3 day juice cleanse. The ups, the downs and the everything in between!

Bag and bottles dry high res

Have you ever juiced before? Last week was my first time and I’m not gonna lie – it wasn’t at all like I expected.  I have seen my boss juice many times, but I have never taken the plunge – until last week.  I reached out to the great people at Cooler Cleanse and was able to try out a three day juice cleanse. 

The process is pretty simple. The day you start your cleanse you are sent eighteen bottles of fresh pressed raw vegetable and fruit juice.  You consume six bottles a day in the order they are labeled. You are consuming a caloric intake of less than 1,200 daily calories and are to consume no solid food or beverages besides water or herbal tea.

The bottles of juice need to be consumed within three days and need to remain refrigerated.  Simple. Right?

Now that the details are explained lets take a look at how my three days on the cleanse went.

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Day One:

Bottle One: Sweet Green Juice – My first thoughts about this juice was that I was pleasantly surprised!  I was scared that because the juice was green it was going to taste like grass.  Not at all. The apples in the juice bring a nice sweetness.

Ingredients: kale, spinach, parsley, watercress, apple

Bottle Two: Pineapple Ginger Juice – This was hands down one of my favorite juices! The pineapple was sweet and the ginger added a nice little burn in the back of the throat.  I’m pretty sure I could drink a bottle of this juice everyday of my life.

Ingredients: pineapple, ginger

Bottle Three: Essential Green Juice – This juice is definitely more heavy on the “green” flavor but I found myself not minding it so much. I liked to serve it over ice to make it go down easier.

Ingredients: cucumber, celery, dandelion greens, watercress, spinach, parsley, kale, pear, lemon, ginger

Bottle Four: Young Coconut Water – This was the best coconut water I have ever tasted! I’m big a coconut water drinker and have never tasted a brand that is as flavorful and coconutty (that’s a word…right?) as Cooler Cleanse.  I thought it actually tasted like the coconuts were roasted.

Ingredients: young coconut water

Bottle Five: Essential Red Juice – I had no problem with this juice. I’m a huge fan of beets so I really enjoyed the subtle earthy flavor and mild sweetness.

Ingredients: carrot, beet, apple, lemon

Bottle Six: Brazil Nut Milk – All day long I was looking forward to the nut milk.  I was craving the creamy and protein packed juice. The milk had a very nutty flavor and was a nice end to the day.

Ingredients: raw Brazil nuts, dates, filtered water

Feelings: I was really pumped to do the cleanse so I was still flying high by the end of the day.  I had resisted all urges to consume solid food (even though I made brownies!) and I felt like a trooper.  I even resisted the urge to lick the batter of the brownies. Which, lets face it, is more of an accomplishment than actually resisting to eat the cooked brownies. The only downside of the day was a massive headache that hit me at night – perhaps lack of caffeine or sugars?  I drank a large glass of water, went to bed and woke up on day two feeling fine!

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Day Two:

Bottle One: Sweet Green Juice – Woke up. Still liked the juice.  Good start to the day!

Ingredients: kale, spinach, parsley, watercress, apple

Bottle Two: Watermelon Lime Juice – I really liked the flavor of this juice. I had a thought that it would be even better with a drop or two of tequila. However, I resisted the urge and drank it the way it was intended Smile

Ingredients: watermelon, lime

Bottle Three: Essential Green Juice – This day the juice was a little harder to get down but I honestly think it was because I had no experience drinking green juice before. It was a definite shock to my system!

Ingredients: cucumber, celery, dandelion greens, watercress, spinach, parsley, kale, pear, lemon, ginger

Bottle Four: Spicy Lemonade – I really looked forward to trying this bottle.  It sounded like such an interesting combination. I am happy to report I really enjoyed the flavor! It had a fresh lemonade flavor (which I was worried about because I’m not a fan of bottled lemonade) and the little hint of burning cayenne added a nice spice to my day.

Ingredients: lemon, lime, cayenne pepper, raw agave, filtered water

Bottle Five: Essential Red Juice – Still diggin’ the beets. Let Mr.NN try a sip of the juice. He found it gross. Then proceeded to eat chicken wings in front of me. Jerk.

Ingredients: carrot, beet, apple, lemon

Bottle Six: Almond Milk –  Oh yeah! This was a treat for the end of day two! The flavor was out of this world. It has a lovely hint of vanilla that kept me coming back for more. It reminded me of a melted milk shake. I was very sad when the bottle was empty.

Ingredients: raw almonds, vanilla bean, dates, filtered water

Feelings: Day two was a bit harder than day one. I woke up pumped but by the end of the day I wanted pasta. I was starting to miss the ritual of eating and act of chewing. I never felt hungry but still wanted to eat. I even called my fiancée two times telling him I thought I was going to crack. Luckily he talked me off the ledge and I ended up drinking more water and going to bed early.

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Day Three:

Bottle One: Sweet Greens Juice – The flavor was still delicious and that addition of apple was really genius.

Ingredients: kale, spinach, parsley, watercress, apple

Bottle Two: Grapefruit Mint Juice – I wasn’t so sure about this juice before I tried it.  I love grapefruit. I love mint. But together? Luckily it wasn’t too bad.  It had such a great fresh grapefruit flavor.

Ingredients: grapefruit, mint

Bottle Three: Essential Green Juice – I’m not going to lie. By day three I was was over this juice.  I knew it was healthy for me so I drank it up and chased it with a big bottle of water.

Ingredients: cucumber, celery, dandelion greens, watercress, spinach, parsley, kale, pear, lemon, ginger

Bottle Four: Young Coconut Water – Yes! Another bottle young coconut water. No complains about this sucker. I just need to know where I can get a big bottle I can drink all week long…

Ingredients: young coconut water

Bottle Five: Essential Red Juice – Love me some beets! Even on day three.

Ingredients: carrot, beet, apple, lemon

Bottle Six: Spicy Hemp Milk – Delicious! Very heavy on the cinnamon flavor. I even gave a sip to the kid and she loved it! You know it’s good if a 10 year old kid wants to steal your drink.

Ingredients: raw hemp seeds, dates, cinnamon, ginger, filtered water

Final Feelings: I made it I made it! Three whole days without eating solid food!!! This is something I never thought I could accomplish. I’m not even kidding when I say that. I love food and I love eating.

The best part about the whole experience is what I learned about my body in those three days.  First thing I learned was that I don’t need to stuff myself with food to be satiated. This is a constant problem I have. I eat until I actually feel full. Then I generally have little to no energy for the rest of the evening. I didn’t have this problem while on the cleanse. I kept a nice steady intake (every two hours) of juice (calories!) and never once felt as though I was starving or lightheaded.

I had to spend the last day in NYC so I had to take my juices along with me. I kept them in a little cooler bag that came with my juices. While I wasn’t psyched about carrying around all the juice it honestly wasn’t that bad.  I even got to hang out with Tara of Chip Chip Hooray while in the city.  She also witnessed me tripping on the sidewalk and laying on the ground like an injured seal. Luckily the juice was saved!

I think I would definitely do a Cooler cleanse again.  I had my moments where I felt like cracking but I made it. And I loved the way I felt! I felt refreshed, happy and the extra intake of water was awesome for my body.  Since the cleanse I have been drinking lots more water and my body is loving me for it!

One of the biggest things I learned was how I feel about food. My relationship to food. I’m a mindless eater. I eat when I’m bored, I eat when I’m sad, I eat when I’m happy….you get the pattern.  When I couldn’t fill my voids with food I actually had to stop and think about why I wanted to eat. Was I really hungry? Did I really need to eat? Some of the times my body was just craving water.  Some of the times I was going through someone emotional and needed to find a different way of dealing with my problem.  I still haven’t found the perfect outlet for my stress but I can assure you that food is not the best option.

After the cleanse: I’m still feeling good but still need to ask myself “am I really hungry?” before eating.  I give credit to the people who understand their body. My water consumption is up and that does help a lot with my constant hunger.  The next thing I’m hoping of working on is learning a new skill to keep my hand busy while I watch tv at night. A lot of eating goes on while watching tv and maybe if I keep my hands busy (knititng, crochet, etc) I won’t feel that temptation so badly. Also, if you are interested, the first food I ate after the cleanse is pictured above. It was amazing.

Who doesn’t love blueberries, prosciutto and brie cheese?

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Also a quick note from Cooler Cleanse about who should and should not cleanse:

At Cooler Cleanse we like to avoid “shoulds”. But we think anyone who lives in New York City, and the modern world at large, is a candidate for cleansing. Everyone, from health nuts to party animals, is affected by toxins in the air, water, food and environment. Almost everyone is fatigued by stress and the pace of life.

Note: Certain people shouldn’t cleanse. Pregnant and breast-feeding mothers can add fresh-pressed juices to a balanced, whole-food diet to enjoy extra nutrition and energy, but should never restrict solid food intake. If you are diabetic, if you are being treated for, or have just recovered from a serious illness, or if you are taking prescription medication for heart disease, check with your doctor before beginning a juice cleanse. Cleansing can alter the concentration of medication in the blood. We recommend that diabetics cleanse under the supervision of an experienced healthcare practitioner. Children under the age of 18 should not cleanse.

Disclosure: This cleanse was supplied to my by Cooler Cleanse for no charge. However, as always all opinion are 100% my own.

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happy wheels

Thursday 24th of September 2015

I need this! I’ve wanted to do a juice cleanse forever but can’t justify spending the money. Never juiced before but I so want to try it. The essential green juice sounds amazing!

Nissan

Thursday 26th of January 2012

I tried CoolerCleanse before, but did not use the nut milks. The Brazil Nut is something I must try...also on my cleanse there was no coconut water so this time around it's a drink I would like to include. You can buy the juices at any Juice Generation in NYC and save the shipping costs--but of course then you don't get the "cool" cooler bag! N

Vanessa

Monday 23rd of January 2012

I liked your FB Page My name is Vanessa Mentor

keri

Monday 23rd of January 2012

My husband is a personal trainer and ironman triathlete. He is always telling his clients to juice. He juices two times a day at least. I own two businesses and have two small children. I really want to juice but I always run out of time and think I will do it tomorrow. I would love the opportunity to try this company and have it all at my finger tips. I am most excited about trying all the nut milks. I have bought a few at the health food store ...they are ok. However, after reading your descriptions, I am very excited to try them from cooler cleanse. cheers, Keri

Jessica

Monday 23rd of January 2012

My favorite smoothie "recipe" is super easy. Two bananas, half a can of pineapple (in real juice, but I prefer fresh during the summer!), a splash of OJ and some ice. I have it for breakfast almost every day!