Getting Peeled. My 3-day Juice Cleanse.

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At the start of 2013, I wanted to set a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish but focus on the action that leads to the goal rather than the goal itself. 

One goal was to become healthier. There are quite a few action items that will get me healthier that are more cardio and race related (hint: ½ marathon) but there was also one on there that seemed interested: Juice Cleanse. 

It sounds fun and challenging and it’s supposed to do things like “scape your colon” or “flush out your system” and “cleanse your palette”… oooh, exciting, huh? 

Then I saw a Groupon for a 3 Day, EXCITING and TASTY Cleanse from this cool looking, hippy spot called Peeled. You can check out the Peeled 3 Day Juice Cleanse for yourself. 

Why not? New Year, new things to spice life up. I jumped on it and bought myself and Julie the cleanse. The experience was so fun, I thought I’d write about it. Your welcome. 

7:30 AM. Green Lantern – (Romaine, Spinach, Cucumber, Parsley, Celery, Lemon, Ginger and Green Apples)

Here it was, the first sip of the juice cleanse. I wanted to consume it in the car on the way to work but thought the juice might spill on my shirt so I decided to wait until I went to work. The excitement was building up inside, this was going to be much better than the previous cleanse. Then I took the sip and it tasted like grass. After the first sip I realized that this cleanse was not going to be as exciting as I had thought. I pictured a bunch of Jamba Juice shakes bubbling over with tangy and sweet crushed berries flowing into my mouth, while the happiest song is remixed by an animated hippo and I was spinning wide circles laughing at the sky in pure joy. 

This turned out to be very much like getting face planted into the ground. After a little bit, it started tasting better and going down smoothly – maybe it was just the disappointment I was tasting at first. 

10 AM: Haute Lemonade – (water, lemons, cayenne, raw agave, organic maple syrup, sea salt)  

All I can say is that this is by far the best juice on the cleanse. Once I sipped into it I pictured a slow motion pillow fight from a better than best friend that I haven’t seen in two lifetimes… we were obviously this song was playing the background. 

12 PM: Maroon Five –  (beets, carrots, apples, lemons, ginger) 

I was looking forward to this one all day! The bright red one! The beacon of hope! Then I took a gulp and immediately wanted to throw it back up over the two gentlemen I was having lunch with. 


It honestly was the most disgusting thing I’ve eaten in my life. I pushed through it but it took me much longer than it was supposed to. It set me back a few hours but I pushed through it. 

4:30 PM: Green Lantern –

again. Ugh. It was much better than the Dragon piss that I drank before but still was not in a bit refreshing. This cleanse is killing me. It gets a little better toward the end but it’s still not good. 

6:30 PM: Maroon Five – 

I actually only took four juice boxes to work so I didn’t remember the line up. When I opened the fridge I was shocked to discover my old enemy of 12 PM, the Maroon Five. The only way I could actually stand this stuff was to suck it down quickly with a straw while holding my nose.


It was a tough thing to do but it was more enjoyable than drinking it normally. The only disgusting thing was when I was finished and had to un-pinch my nose and get socked in the face with the after taste of beats, dirt and shit that slammed my taste buds like an out of control truck. 


8:30 PM – Cashew Milk 

I don’t know if my expectations were just so low after my second bout with the Devil’s Blood drink but this was good stuff. It coated my throat (which was a little raw from some of the spices) and was a pleasant drink. It was a great way to end the night and after I was right about to quit the cleanse, I was renewed with a sense of hope that I could do this another two days. 

In the end, the cleanse was a big pain in the ass. One thing I’ve noticed afterward is how sharp and on the ball I’ve been at work and at home. It was quite unexpected because I thought it would be mostly make me feel better physically but it also made me feel better mentally. This is probably the best part of the cleanse. I love to feel good physically (ended up losing 4 lbs) but the mental clarity that came along with just changing your diet is really incredible. 


Maybe you are what you eat after all. 

Author: Tim Yandel

I'm Tim. I live in Cole Valley, San Francisco with my wife, Julie, and two daughters Addie and Audra. I tend to write a bunch about leading Sales teams, since that's what I've been doing since 2006. I'm particularly drawn to the psychology of selling, whether that be how people buy things or sell things, it's fascinating how decision-making is centered into the core of who you are as a person. I enjoy cultivating a culture centered around mastery of your craft and a genuine passion for winning together. Outside of professional learnings, I enjoy listening to epic sci-fi and fantasy books while I run long distances to decompress and obsessed with watching my two girls grow. For a good ice breaker, ask me about my Golden Retriever and my Bernese Mountain Dog.

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