My Roots Juice Detox Cleanse: A 5-Day Diary

Roots Juices Detox & Cleanse kit
Roots Juices Detox & Cleanse kit

I’d been wanting to do a quick detox when I discovered local juice line, Roots Juices, had a five-day, pre-packaged detox kit. I wasn’t looking for weight loss results, but a full-body cleanse that would flush me of all the garbage I’d be eating, let me reset my appetite, and help kick-start some better habits. I’ve done the Master Cleanse before, and in comparison, with it’s no-prep setup and nutritious ingredients (versus the Master Cleanse’s lemon, cayenne, and syrup concoction), the Roots Juices detox seemed like a more manageable alternative. Except for the cost.

Each day of the detox kit includes six juices and two waters and costs $50. That’s $250 for five days worth of product. Courtesy of Roots’ public relations teams, I was offered a three-day trial, free of charge. At first, I hesitated, especially in light of all the recent freebie talk. Then I checked my rear in the mirror. It needed a detox, and I’m a broke editor. I covered the last two days out of pocket, and having experienced the entire shebang now, I will probably shell out for the whole thing again in the future. After calculating the cost of the usual weekly expenses (one grocery store trip, one happy hour, one dinner out, multiple work lunches), it rounds out to nearly the price of this detox. Plus, after comparing it to the well known BluePrint Cleanse, a similar pre-packaged juice kit, Roots is a steal. BluePrint comes with six juices (no waters) and rings up at $325.

Overall, I’d say the cleanse was relativity easy. Although exercise was out of the question for me, I didn’t feel hungry, I did feel mostly energized throughout, and I absolutely took away from it what I wanted: I’m eating better, exercising steadily, and, as a bonus, a few pounds down. Below is my diary.

The juices were delivered the Sunday before I began my detox. You can get up to three days’ worth of product at a time, but some juices will last a little longer. They sure did look pretty, and I was feeling pretty stoked about getting started. But, of course, I had one more glass of wine.

The juice order goes like this:

Wake Up (carrot, apple, ginger, watermelon)
Refresh (cucumber, lime, mint, apple, ginger)
Lean & Fit (grapefruit, mint)
Go Green (kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, lemon)
Restore (beets, carrots, apple, aloe, ginger)
Health Nut Almond Milk (almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt, filtered water)
Aloe Vera H2O (aloe vera, water)
Chlorophyll H20 (chlorophyll, filtered water)

It’s recommended that you drink them every 2-3 hours.

I had a surprising number of people ask me, “Can you drink alcohol?” Brace yourself for the answer. No. You can’t detox if you’re putting poison back in.

8:00 am Wakeup carrot juice is first. I like carrots. I’ll probably like carrot juice.
8:15 am I do not like carrot juice.
8:30 am I’m a little nauseous. I’m not used to putting dense, liquified nutrients in my body right when I get up. Not finishing this last swig.
10:30 am Refresh is decent. Clean and light. I can do this.
12:00 pm The Lean & Fit grapefruit juice is delicious. I’m at Pot Belly watching coworkers eat sandwiches, and, surprisingly, I don’t feel hungry. I feel empowered.
2:00 pm The Go Green is a delightful surprise. It’s not thick or chunky and tastes like drinking celery.
3:00 pm A headache has arrived. No pain killers. Defeats the purpose of detoxing.
4:00 pm I’m drinking the beet juice. I’m used to my mom’s, which is sweetened with more apple, but this is doable. I’m thinking about food now. I’m not hungry. Just thinking about food.
6:00 pm I haven’t been drinking much water in between. I’m just not thirsty.
6:30 pm Next up, Health Nut Almond Milk. (sip) Wait. Is this real? (sip) This is dessert. Better than dessert. This is creamy, nutty, delicious sweet heaven in a bottle.
7:30 pm I’m squeezing in the last two bottles quickly so I can stop peeing so much and get some sleep. The aloe water tastes like… water.
8:30 pm The chlorophyll water tastes like water.
9:30 pm I can’t stop peeing.

8:00 am I am a little loopy this morning. In fact, my vision is a bit off.
8:15 am The carrot juice isn’t as bad.
8:20 am Okay. It’s still pretty bad. I’m leaving a sip behind.
11:17 am Amazingly, I’m still not hungry.
1:00 pm Everyone’s eating Chinese delivery for lunch, but I can totally handle it.
3:15pm I finished the Go Green 45 minutes ago, but I’ll admit, this Chinese food in here smells good.
4:00 pm The beet juice makes my nose flare. It’s not that I don’t like it. Just makes my nose flare.
5:30 pm I have the hiccups. Again.
8:45 pm I’m having food cravings, but I’m not necessarily hungry. My teeth are coated in a film. Ew.

8:00 am This carrot juice gets easier every day. It’s like my body wants it. I drank the whole thing.
10:15 am The Refresh went down easy as pie. Yum. Pie.
12:00 pm I recognize that the kitchen smells good, but I’m still not hungry. The grapefruit juice is quite a delight. And I don’t even really like grapefruit juice. I’m using a straw now to avoid tooth slime.
1:30 pm I’ve got a headache that just won’t quit.
4:15 pm My muscles are crampy.
4:45 pm This headache stinks. I’m feeling antsy to eat. I think I’m just bored. Ready for the almond milk.
5:15 pm I’m feeling a little weak between the headache and muscle aches. This must be the detox.
6:00 pm I love you, sweet almond milk.
6:30 pm The headache from hell continues. Is it bedtime yet?
8:30 pm Boyfriend is making tacos in the kitchen. I’m going to kill him.

8:00 am Phew. Headache’s gone.
3:00 pm Woah. The day has flown by. What am I going to eat when this is over?
7:00 pm It’s a tiny bit challenging knowing there are tubs of Tex Mex in the fridge. (Hello, queso!) Not sure I would really eat it if I was given permission, though. I feel too… clean.

8:57 am I slept in. Feelin’ good. One juice halfway down. Seven bottles to go.
12:30 pm I’ve been looking at raw and vegan recipes all day. I can’t wait to eat, but it’s out of excitement for the new foods I’m going to choose to eat, not hunger.
2:30 pm After bookmarking a handful of raw pesto and veggie recipes, the green drink isn’t as exciting, but it’s going down smoothly.
5:45 pm Aw, Health Nut Milk. I’m gonna miss you, friend.
9:30 pm Last water finished. Wait. The detox is over already?

Post Cleanse Diet
Roots Juices recommends following up your cleanse with three days of raw food eating to “slowly wake up your digestive system.” I did not do that exactly. I was too excited to get back in the kitchen.

Saturday following the cleanse, I ate a banana for breakfast, raw salad (with spinach, grapes, red onion, and olive oil and vinegar) for lunch, and a vegan dinner of black beans, lettuce, salsa, and avocado. Sunday I made a banana, almond milk, and cocoa powder smoothie for breakfast, a black bean salad for lunch, and added a tortilla to the salad for dinner. I even went nuts and added a tablespoon of Greek yogurt. (It tastes identical to sour cream to me.)

It’s been more than a week since I finished the cleanse, and I feel great. The cleanse gave me the opportunity to take a break from eating, reevaluate what I wanted my diet to look like, and gave me the time to plan some changes. The few pounds lost (four on Sunday, once I got back to eating) have given me the motivation to keep it up. Now, I’m eating mostly vegan with cheese used as a treat rather than a standard ingredient in every meal. (I’ve dropped an extra couple pounds from that, making me feel cleaner and leaner than I have in a while.)

A few pointers from yours truly:

1. Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste. A gooey layer around your teeth might make itself at home from all the swigging.

2. Drink through a straw. To prevent tooth slime, try sipping a few juices down with a straw.

3. Map out your strategy. The juices are meant to be consumed every 2-3 hours. Plan ahead by penciling in times you want to drink each juice. This way, you get them all in without having to cram at the end of the day.

4. Get an extra pen. You will be crossing a lot of things off your to-do list. It’s amazing how much extra time you have when you’re not thinking about/preparing/inhaling meals.

5. Grocery shop the day before you’re planning to begin eating again. You don’t want to wake up ready for your first meal only to realize you don’t have appropriate foods to eat. Take a couple hours on the last day of your cleanse to meal-plan for the week. Nothing ruins a diet fast than not having access to healthy foods when you’re hungry.

Feel free to ask me anything–I’ll be honest–and if you’re interested in doing a cleanse yourself, you can order online. It’s pretty simple. To sample a few juices individually, you can shop the selection at Beyond Pilates, Greenz at Equinox, Innergy Fitness, and a couple other places.

Update: I’ve already had a few questions, so I’m answering them here.

Q: Were you, um, running to bathroom all the time?
A: To relieve my bladder, yes. Otherwise, no.

Q: How were you not starving all the time?
A: After calculating the content of each juice, I discovered you’re still getting about 926 calories per day. I think the fact that you’re still ingesting nutrients, and often, alleviates that problem.


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  • I have to say this was hilarious to read — i LOVE the Master Cleanse — which runs me about 100 bucks (with the cost of water, lemons and real Maple Syrup from Vermont) I love the feeling of the detox – but the day after usually went straight to vegetarian with a little fish and maybe goat cheese – but not cow dairy. Don’t think I like the Root Juice idea…think it would tempt me to eat real food – but whatever works to keep you “lean and mean” — great story. AB, CBS DFW

  • joslyn

    I’m inspired. Crap. Now I am going to have to do a cleanse too. I’m not a afraid.

    Well I’m a little afraid…

  • mlh

    Ok– you said anything— be honest.

    Did it make you have to spend more time in the ladies room and how did it work– well, with a boyfriend? Do ya’ll live together?

    I am afraid of doing a cleanse and then being all bloated and, sorry, gassy with all those fresh fruits and juices.

    Thanks. 🙂

  • Susan

    Seriously considering this. But mainly I’m just hungry after reading. I’m guessing you can’t eat Mi Cocina? Dang.

  • Raya Ramsey

    @mlh, Surprisingly, everything was completely normal. No stomach problems or bad aftermath. I worked full days without feeling uncomfortable in the least. And no emergency bathroom situations.

  • Raya Ramsey

    @Adrienne, I really like the Master Cleanse, too. But, I’m an intense exerciser, and I didn’t want to have as much downtime between the last day of the cleanse and the first day of a hard workout. The nutrients of the fruit and veggie juices kept me feeling more nourished.

    I worried that the taste of the juices would make me want food, too, but it didn’t. And actually, the MC lemonade is sweeter than most of these.

    And I too couldn’t give up goat cheese.

    Either way, thanks for reading!

  • Rachel Fresquez

    Haha this was great, your voice is always such a pleasure to read, Raya. I’ve been contemplating doing a cleanse/detox for a while now… just haven’t know which one to do. I had no idea it was so expensive! You have definitely inspired me though.. so we’ll see.

  • Raya Ramsey

    @Susan, no Mi Cocina, but I think you’ll be shocked at how little hunger you feel.

    @Rachel, thanks. It is a little pricey, but again, calculate your usual expenses that involve any food or drink during the course of the week, and I bet it’s pretty close.

  • Michelle Saunders

    I loved reading this, Raya! I’m glad to hear you had such a good experience with your juice detox. While I’ve never done a whole detox/juice fast per se, I juice daily and drink green smoothies and it’s incredible to me how much energy you have and how full you feel! I’ve found that replacing one meal a day (usually breakfast) with a juice is pretty easy to do…if you invest in a juicer you can make your favorite type for a fraction of the cost!

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  • I have been thinking of a juice cleanse but I have been thinking how light headed I would be.

    Thats a pretty pricey kit. I will try it out though. I have been wanting to do a cleanse. I am not about that master cleanse life.

  • Laura

    Raya, you are too funny! It sounds like a great cleanse.

  • sabrina

    HiLARious recounting. It’s still too much for me to afford right now, but I hope to try making my own drinks like that at some point.

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  • Juice cleanse is definitely a good thing for the health purpose in this hectic life schedule of people. But a good and original product is very important in my opinion.

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  • Meshel

    how many pounds did you shed?

  • Raya Ramsey

    @Meshel, I lost about 7-8 pounds initially, but once I started eating again, it came out to about 4 pounds that truly stayed gone so long as I was eating clean.

  • Mac

    this was very helpful many thanks. I want an answer concerning something. there’s a new exercise program which has been pretty widely used. i’ve been doingalot of research about it and it seems that this is a really great training course. lots of people are saying it’s a very good regime. I too have been working with it now for 3 weeks and i think i got to agree with everyone. here’s a review i seen into it. what is your opinion of it? review should i remain on this workout because it’s doing incredibly well.

  • Roni

    what are the serving sizes per veggie, fruit, roots, and nuts?

  • amber

    Raya – did you workout during the week of the cleanse? I do vinyasa yoga 3.5 hours weekly and cardio 5Xweekly as my base the add on weights 2-3 days. Do you think I should cut back when I start this?

  • Raya Ramsey

    @Amber, I didn’t work out at all. I think it’s different for everyone, so you might be able to. At the very least, you could start slow and see how you feel. I didn’t feel like I had enough strength for real exercise, but I know plenty of people who do yoga during cleanses.

  • Amber

    thanks Raya…one more question. which cleanse did you do?

  • Mary

    I m ganna start this weekend just one question left! Can I eat my healthy choice foods?