5-Day Catalyst Juice Cleanse

This very nice folks at Catalyst Juice, a local Philadelphia juice cleanse and juice/raw cleanse company, contacted me to see if I’d like to try and review one of their freshly-made juice cleanses for you. I’d admit that I’ve been eating a bit too much dairy, and white bread (and their super-spawn, pizza) lately, so I welcomed the opportunity to make a clean break with some of my depressive winter eating habits. Catalyst provides a 3, 4, or 5-day juice cleanse, made in Philadelphia. You can pick-up that juice at one of three Philadelphia-area locations, or have the juice delivered for an extra charge.

I started with a phone consultation with Jen, one of Catalyst’s owners, about cleanse expectations – a standard service for customers. While I didn’t eat vegan or raw in the week leading up to the cleanse as they suggest, I don’t eat meat and have a mostly healthy diet, so I hoped for an easy transition. I eagerly awaited my juices, which were delivered to my door at 6:30pm Monday evening. Just three days of juice arrived – the rest will be made fresh on the second juicing of the week and delivered Thursday.

The Catalyst system offers 6 juices a day, and all the water and herbal tea you can drink (goodbye, sweet coffee). They suggest that you have juice every two hours throughout the day. My schedule looks like this:

10 AM #1 Green Juice: cucumber, celery, apple, parsley, spinach, lime, lemon, ginger
12PM #2 Spicy Lemonaid: lemon, cayenne, agave
2PM #3 Carrot Ginger: carrot, apple, celery, lemon, lime
4PM #4 Beet Juice: beet, apple, lemon, lime
6PM #5 Green Juice: see above
8PM #6 Cashew Milk: cashew, agave, cinnamon, vanilla

So, how’s it going? Well. One of my biggest problems is that I work in which I am constantly surrounded by food, preparing food, buying food, planning menus, and ordering food. I walked into the office today to the smell of fresh brewed coffee, gorgeous tropical fruit platters, and fresh bagels, muffins and pastries. Ooof. I had my green juice, and passed.

Mid-morning was a little difficult for me, but the #2 had enough cayenne (and sweetness) to power me through my body pump class. Around 3pm I was really hungry again, but in not too long the #4 came through. By the time I made it home from evening acupuncture, I was ready for the dinner juice, but surprisingly not as hungry as I had been 45 minutes later.

Hungry / not-as-hungry seems to be a pattern. I recognize that I’m hungry, I wait awhile longer to have a juice, and then I’m not that hungry in the end, or its at least manageable. Certainly a change from the mindless graze and munch that I do most days. By the time I got into bed to watch an episode of Dexter, that number #6 juice – all sweet and fatty tasting like melted ice cream, was a real treat. Day one down. I’ll keep you updated.