Three Day Juice Cleanse: Purify Cleanse

It’s hard to believe that it had been almost 6 months since my last cleanse.

Time flies when you’re eating plenty of sugary snacks and decadent treats.

Three Day Juice Cleanse: Purify Cleanse from Urban Remedy - averiecooks.com

As a desserts blogger and cookbook author, I am around sweets, desserts, treats, carbs, dough, chocolate, and everything fatty, rich, indulgent and decadent every single day.

I have at least 10 different kinds of unbaked frozen cookie dough, just waiting to be baked at a moment’s notice. My refrigerator is a holding tank for overnight dough that’s rising, and I have blondies, bars, brownies on the counter. I have a half dozen different flavors of peanut butter in cupboard. It goes on and on.

Do I eat everything I make? Yes, I do. Not in entirety, of course. Who could sit down to a pan of bars, a dozen cookies and a jar of peanut butter, daily.

I have a bite or two, or a piece or two, and what my family doesn’t want or need, off it goes to another home. Friends, neighbors, people at my daughter’s school, and even homeless people in my urban neighborhood are all recipients of my recipe testing.

But even using my bite-or-two approach, I still go through phases where I eat more sugar, junk, and overall crap than I need to or want to. I start feeling very blah overall. Moody, not sleeping well, my body doesn’t feel as clean, pure, and well-oiled as it should.

Enter the Purify Cleanse from Urban Remedy. I did this juice cleanse as a way to press the reset button, remind myself that I don’t need to have cookies every day, and be more mindful about taking those extra few bites of brownies that I really didn’t want, but were just there.

Although the Purify Cleanse is considered to be the next step up from the first cleanse I did, the Signature Cleanse, I found this cleanse to be easier and I enjoyed it more.

Reasons it seemed easier include simply liking the juices more. While I do like lemon to a point, lots of cleanses are really heavy-handed with it because it’s a great natural detoxer, but I get lemoned out, easily. The juices in the Purify cleanse seemed less lemon-centric, a big win.

The taste of juices prepared in this way are much, much different than the OJ you’d buy in a plastic gallon-sized container from the grocery store. They’re an acquired taste, and I knew what to expect, overall.

Juice 5, Beam, was the only one that threw me for a loop, and not in a bad way; just a wow, so unique way. Normally carrot-based juices are sweeter, but this one was almost savory. It also includes yams, burduck, and dandelion. It was almost like a cold soup. I wanted to put it in a bowl and crush some crackers over the top.

My favorite juice was a tie between Support, made with apple, fennel, cucumber, mint, ginger, and lemon. The apple-cucumber flavor was most pronounced, with a punch of ginger. I love these flavors, loved this juice, and could have lived off it alone.

The other favorite was the last juice of the day, Nourish. Anyone I’ve ever talked to who’s juiced on any kind of program, tends to love the last juice of the day. It’s the fattiest, creamiest, richest, sweetest, and with any luck, will fill you up and help you sleep like a baby.

Cashews, cinnamon, cardamom, plenty of vanilla, and nutmeg. Creamy, blissful, perfection.

I think this cleanse was also easier because the weather was warm, I naturally eat lighter anyway, and chugging cold juice for 3 days in the summer isn’t as jarring compared to the winter. I felt cold for most of the 3 days when I juiced in the winter (I feel cold most of the winter, regardless), but when it’s 90F out, it’s hard to stay cold. Juicing is easier for me when the weather is on my side.

Plus, I knew what to expect more and that I’d feel a gamut of emotions while doing it. Everything from I can do this, I am a rock star and I feel amazing, to 20 minutes later thinking I am nuts and am absolutely going to have to eat, and may gnaw off my arm shortly.

I went in giving myself permission to eat if I needed to, but I didn’t eat anything for the 3 days. I really wasn’t that hungry. I mean to a point yes, but it was manageable.

I drank about 4 ounces of coffee each day. Since my first first cleanse., I have largely weaned myself off coffee and can go for days without it, but when I am stressed or going through a challenging time, I just love a cup of coffee. The warmth, the boost, the caffeine, it’s my thing. So, I had a tiny amount each day. It helped me stay on track.

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My husband did this cleanse with me and he had a harder time with this one than with the first during front half, but by the second half, he was doing well. He was more hungry and weak the first half than he was on the first cleanse.

We both felt a little tired, headachey, dizzy, light-headed during parts, but it’s temporary and short-lived and 5 minutes later can be doing great.

I went on a couple power walks during the cleanse and had plenty of energy to do so.

Neither of us lost any weight; we didn’t plan to. Mathematically, it would seem hard. You’re still ingesting calories and it’s only 3 days. My opinion is that you’d have to juice for many, many days to lose real weight and not just water weight. To create a caloric deficit large enough to shed real weight would only happen over time.

The most important things I gained were a resetting of the bad habits that can creep up, and a reminder to eat more fruits, vegetables, and real food, and less sweets. It gave my body a chance to rest and detox from sugar, sweets, and treats while giving me increased mental and emotional clarity.

I cannot say enough great things about cleansing in general, and Urban Remedy is great, highly recommended, and truly a top-shelf company.

Every day we got motivational emails telling us what to expect that day and to basically stay strong, you’re doing great, and in the  moment, that’s so appreciated. The juices taste great, and the people that work there if you have questions are helpful and supportive.

I loved this cleanse, and how I felt afterward, and my husband did, too. To the point that he said he wants to do it 4 times a year, once a quarter. I agree and am totally on board and ready for the next one.

Have you ever done a juice cleanse or juice fast? Any interest?

What do you do when you feel like you need to press the reset button? What helps you get back or stay on track?

This post was written to share our experiences on the cleanse. In no way am I am expert on juicing, and this is not intended as medical advice. I am not telling you to juice or not to juice and am unable to answer detailed medical questions about if I think juicing would be a good idea for you. Do your own homework and research.

   

48 Responses to “Three Day Juice Cleanse: Purify Cleanse”

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    cquek — September 13, 2013 at 3:28 am

    so many great flavours… i want to try all of them

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 13, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I am so eager to try Urban Remedy! I’m a Suja fan as you know, but after your description of Beam, I’m intrigued. Support sounds a lot like Fiji – my favorite Suja variety. I’ve never seen Urban Remedy over here on the East coast, but now I’ll check for it. Am dying for a nice cleanse as I finish up this cookbook Averie. I’m sure you can imagine. I just feel so rundown, ache-y, and stressed. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 3:42 am

      I have never tried Suja but I will say I love love Urban Remedy. The beam juice – very NOT what I was expecting with a juice. It was like a dinner/soup/juice in one. Very filling, too. Which was nice b/c at that hour, that’s dinnertime, and need something with some heft to do the trick! And yes, post cookbook shoots, all you want to do is juice! Girl if I could afford it, I swear I’d juice even more. I really love how I feel!

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    Paula — September 13, 2013 at 4:02 am

    I have given this some thought and might give it a try in a few weeks. I need to do some pre-planning so the delivery will work out right. I’ll have the house to myself for a few days with some time off work, so I think mentally it will be a little easier. I won’t have to cook and can busy myself with my hobbies and projects. I have also tossed around the idea of making them myself, but for that much juice, I’d just rather purchase a ready to go program and use the time to do whatever I want. And no.6 does look delicious!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 4:05 am

      For your first time, I highly rec going with a turnkey program. This one is awesome, there are a few others that get decent reviews. But trying to do it all yourself AND just physically warehousing that much produce to juice, and then not knowing, well did I add enough xyz, should it be like this, you just don’t need the hassle. Plus, you will be a little tired, fatigued, and the last thing you will want to be doing is actually juicing the juice…or standing in the kitchen. Just get out of it :) Either have your hubs GONE so you’re not tempted to eat/cook for him, or have him home, but under strict orders to be your total rock and sounding board when the going gets tough and that he’s on his own for his own meals! :)

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    Jamie @ lifelovelemons — September 13, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Ohhh I’ve been dying to try a juice cleanse but I’m nervous! You make it sound so easy!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 8:56 am

      It’s very do-able and if you want to try it, go for it!

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    Madison — September 13, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I do really want to try a juice cleanse and have not yet. They just seem so $$$ (or atleast the ones I want to try). However, I think they are great to really renew and refresh you.

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    Melanie@carmelmoments.com — September 13, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I’ve never done a juice fast. I get mixed reviews about them. Some experts saying that it’s not good for you. Most the nutrients are lost when the fruits and veggies are juiced.
    But I’d still like to try it some day. I’m wondering if I would feel the dizziness too When I tried to cut most carbs awhile back I was too exhausted to make it through the day so I had to add some back in.
    Thanks for all the info about it. It helps to be more informed before starting.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Juicing experts would vehemently disagree that most nutrients are lost when fruits/veg are juiced; on the contrary, they would say that the most essential nutrients are preserved which is why juicing is such a powerful healing tool: you are just getting the most essential components! I am not an expert on it but do agree with that aspect of it all.

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    Laura Dembowski — September 13, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Really interesting to read about your cleanse! I have never done one and am not sure I ever would, but I see the appeal. When I need to reset I just try to eat healthy, which I’ve been doing more of lately. Sometimes all the sweets just don’t sound good. Now that’s something I never thought I’d say before I started blogging!

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — September 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I go through the same thing, even though I’m pretty good at just having a little, when I make a bunch of recipes in one day I feel so overloaded and weary by the end of the day. Yesterday I had cheese stuffed soft pretzels, creme brulee, cookies, and cheese dip. Ugh. so today I’m just eating fruit, vegetables and coffee. And, let’s be honest, probably some wine later ;)

    I’ve never done a cleanse but it actually sounds nice!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Every single blogger who I know who’s written a book or even just blogs, there are points when you’re just grateful to NOT have all that food around. Your day yesterday – sounds delicious for a minute, but then, the reality of someone who’s been there, done that – set in, and I know one pays the price the next day. At least I do! Good call on your day today and what your approach is :)

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    Tom T. — September 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I did own a juicer (sadly I broke it) and made what sounds very similar juices to some of these described. However, I never just had juice. Usually used the juice as a substitute for breakfast. I have heard mixed reviews on ‘cleanses’ so am a little hesitant to try.
    Clean eating and drinking a lot of water usually helps me reset.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Juicers break so easily! Many cannot seem to really handle the load that juicing puts on them! Clean eating and water, yes to that!

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    ashley - baker by nature — September 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Hmmm… a cleanse sounds very intriguing! Especially in our line of work haha. Happy weekend, friend :)

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    melanie — September 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I just did a juice fast a few months ago, and my husband and I are planning to do another one soon – we have a great juicer, so we make our own. It can be hard, but you do tend to feel pretty good – lighter somehow, and your body feels cleaner and moves easier. I think this fast we will do mostly juice and then a big salad (all veggies) for one meal, just because you can REALLY get sick of juice after a few days, and it’s nice to chew something!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — September 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I have never tried a juice cleanse before. It definitely sounds interesting! Happy Friday, Averie!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    More power to the people who can go days without eating food! I could never do it, but if I did, this seems like a good brand with delicious flavors. Great job, Averie!

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    Demetria @ Mom Zest — September 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve never attempted a juice cleanse before, but it makes so much sense. Of course, your photo is beautiful and very enticing, so of course I’m going to think of Urban Remedy as I plan for when I should begin the cleanse.
    Thanks for this post!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      I love their program and thanks for the compliments on my post!

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    Katie — September 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, these flavors sound awesome! Almost makes me want to break out my juicer! My friend is starting to juice daily and is loving it. I should send her this link to give her some flavor ideas.

    And dandelion….I just got my littler dropper bottle and WOW. It has made a WORLD of a difference. I am officially a convert.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      As we have discussed, this was a miracle for me and came at an excellent time. Really helped me!

      And my dand extract. So annoyed with Amazon. I need to get Prime. I’ve been waiting a good…3-4 weeks now for that!!! ugh

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — September 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Loving this! I’m absolutely doing this. I loved my experience with Urban Remedy the first time! :) This cleanse looks yum.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      I actually loved this cleanse more, Monique! First of all, it was just easier for me, for all the reasons I laid out. And then the juices themselves seemed more enjoyable – less just ‘green’ and/or lemony, with much more character and depth of flavors. You will LOVE this one!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I wish I could do cleanses like this, but I have yet to find a green juice that I can stomach! These do sound yummy!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      The thing is that the juices, while some are pretty ‘green’, others are not at all. They’re lemony, gingery, and have a really different flavor profile than just green. But it’s all very natural and earthy tasting. You have to be ready for that :)

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    Michele Sparrow — September 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Those look like great juices, Averie! So great that you did it for three days and that you have weaned yourself to just 4 oz of coffee per day, if you have it at all. Good for you! Do you feel like you truly detoxed a lot of the sugar out of your system? How about edema? Do you notice that you shed some water weight? I like the look of the last juice, the cashew one! YUMMY! So filling and creamy looking. It is so great that Scott did that with you as well. I love how you two are such a team. Bravo!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Well it’s NOTHING like what you do – which is beyond words :)

      Water weight – hard to say, overall I would say probably not.

      Truly detoxed lots of sugar – no. Because there’s always another cake to bake :)

      But I feel like there was and is great benefit – it’s a major reset button for me and so even if the effects/changes are not massively ‘deep’ at a super deep level and maybe not super long term like what you’re doing, it still matters and is still really helpful for me if that makes sense! Basically I look at them as can’t possibly hurt, and could possibly help a ton!

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      • Michele Sparrow replied: — September 13th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        Absolutely! You are doing your body a great benefit. As you say, sometimes just moving away from the sugary treats for a couple of days helps to reset your palate for craving better foods. :-)

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    Lucy @ Bake Play Smile — September 14, 2013 at 2:02 am

    This looks really good. I have done a juice cleanse once before, but I really like the look of this one! Thanks :-)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 14th, 2013 at 3:21 am

      That’s great you’ve done one!

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    Loretta — September 14, 2013 at 4:41 am

    I’m still nursing so I haven’t done a juice cleanse in a few years. But my hubby recently did one and I’d have some along with my regular meals. They sure were delicious, but we make our own juice and although I really love our juicer, it would be so much easier to try a pre-made one at some point.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 14th, 2013 at 4:42 am

      what juicer do you have? I wish I loved mine!

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      • Loretta replied: — September 14th, 2013 at 5:16 am

        Hurom is the brand and it’s not ‘too’ expensive, and not the biggest pain in the butt to clean. Seems to do a good job on extracting the juice as well!

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 14th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

          I have always wondered if a Hurom would serve me well. Good to know you know really like yours. I have a Breville and the cleanup is atrocious – to the point I dont even juice!

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    Tahnycooks — September 14, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I have done the ultimate reset by beachbody in April. I think I will give this one a try next! Thanks for the info!

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    Sarah — September 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    The thing that surprised me about Urban Remedy was how “thin” some of the drinks were. I erroneously went into the cleanse (somehow) with a smoothie mentality. Because of that, I was actually disappointed with my cleanse experience. Mostly my fault, I know.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 15th, 2013 at 12:15 am

      Juicing and smoothies are two totally separate things and as juices go, Urban Remedy’s are pretty darn thick some of them, which is nice to feel fuller. But no juice will ever be a smoothie. Yes, big difference!

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    Candice — September 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    When I saw the subject of the e-mail, I was excited as I thought you’d be sharing a juicing recipe. I’ve been thinking of doing a 3 day juice cleanse, but buying juices outside can get quite pricey. I recently started juicing at home, but I’m looking for more recipes.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 15th, 2013 at 12:14 am

      There are soooooo many cookbooks/books dedicated to juice recipes and/or online. Google! or Amazon for a cheap book! Tons of choices!

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    Valerie — September 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Yeah, I think it’s about time for a nice cleansing. As soon as I start craving sorbet, and raspberries – anything that’s light and refreshing, I know my body is trying to tell me something.

    Thanks for the review!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 15th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      You’ll have to let me know what cleanse you do and how you like it! Didn’t know you were into it!

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — September 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I’ve never done a juice cleanse but I’ve always been tempted. I wouldn’t do it for more than a few days (the three day ones seem just right) just because I wouldn’t want to do any metabolic damage. But currently, when I need to reset, I go back to basics for a few days to reset my palate and my body: no salt, no sweetener, basic whole foods like oatmeal and a piece of fruit or some baked chicken and blanched veggies for meals. It gets me off of the nibbling and makes me focus on flavors when I’m going back to eating “normally” afterwards.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 16th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Your approach is a solid one, no sugar, no salt, whole foods, basic stuff and then when you do go back to more normal eating, it’s easier to appreciate everything :)

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    Jackie @ Marin mama cooks — September 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Just so you know girl, your cleanse inspired me to do a mini cleanse of my own this week. The family and I are taking the week off from eating any meat and I tried to take the week off from coffee, but I gave up after 2 days as I was so tired! It was the wrong week to take a break from coffee as I had to work hot lunch at both the kids schools Monday and Tuesday and it just wiped me out. Talk about back to school chaos! :) I have limited myself to one cup in the morning, so that’s a start.
    Anyway, I will work up to a cleanse one of these days. I think I will need to do it on a Monday thru Wednesday. My kids are in activities those nights, so I could just do sandwiches and take out! I hope you’re loving your new casa! xoxo, Jackie

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 18th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Funny you should say this. Glad I inspired you. A reader/friend of mine who’s doing a water fast inspired me to fast for 24 hours. I didnt try and didnt set out to. But at 6pm when I realized I hadnt had anything to eat or drink other than water, I fasted with her and wrote to tell her. It was super easy for me b/c it was just one of those ‘not hungry’ days. As opposed to when I did my 1st cleanse, I was having those random ‘eat your arm off’ kind of ebbs and flows that happen every so often.

      Going off coffee cold turkey is hard. And I find that if I go 2-4 days without a drop, by that 3rd/4th day, I am tired. Like a deep fatigue. I guess it’s all the caffeine getting out of my system :) Back to school week is NOT an easy week to do a cleanse. But when you do it, it’s not really going to matter days of week if you explain to your family what’s going on and that dinners will be low key – or let John take them for pizza, etc. one night, dinner at a friend’s the next, and you cook for one. Done :)

      Bravo Jackie. So proud of you!!!!

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    Primary Cookies — September 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for posting about this! I have always been nervous about juice cleanses, and am always happy to read more info!

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