One of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite, places to eat in Northern Virginia is South Block. I was introduced to South Block a few years ago and I use every drive to Virginia as an excuse to stop by South Block. The owner, Amir, thinks I’m kidding, but I would open a store in Montgomery County in a heart beat!
A few weeks ago I stopped by South Block in Clarendon and heard about their new store opening in Falls Church. As a former Falls Church resident, I was thrilled! The new shop has a full expresso bar and an absolutely amazing nitro cold brew on tap from Stumptown Coffee in addition to their smoothies, cold press juices, and healthy meals.
Their cold press juices are absolutely amazing and I love how refreshed and renewed I feel after drinking them. When South Block invited me to take on their 3 day South Block Juice cleanse, I couldn’t pass it up, but I’ll admit, I was nervous. Just juice for 3 days? That’s extreme and far from the life I’m trying to live… but then I did my research.
Coming off of a 6 day business trip, I knew I needed a kickstart. A juice cleanse would give me a chance to flush out the toxins in my body, to jump start my return home, and help me to reduce my cravings for sugar, processed foods, and caffeine. I followed the juice cleanse guide and decided to start the cleanse Sunday after my trip.
Drink 1 — Detox – cucumber + apple + kale + spinach + celery + parsley + lemon + ginger
Drink 2 — Glow – pineapple + apple + fennel + aloe + lemon + mint
Drink 3 — Easy Greens – apple + celery + spinach + parsley + lemon
Drink 4 — Cure – pineapple + carrot + lemon + cayenne + turmeric + ginger
Drink 5 — Renew – carrot + apple + beet + kale + lemon + ginger
Drink 6 — Caveman Mylk – cashews + H20 + vanilla + cinnamon + dates + pink himalayan sea salt
My least favorite drink was probably Renew, but I think it was more about the time of day I had to drink it (5PMish) and my desire to eat a full meal. Drinking carrot, apple, and beet juice was not necessarily at the top of my list each day at 5PM.
Day 1 was a pretty good day! I think I made day 1 tougher than it needed to be because I went on a 4 mile run early that morning. I was super hungry before I had even touched my first juice. As the cleanse recommends you space out your juices every 2 hours, I drank a bottle of juice at 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM, 7PM, and 9PM. I was really hungry by 5PM, but it was great having 2 more juices to drink before bed. I didn’t have any negative symptoms during day 1 and ended the day feeling pretty good (and pretty hungry).
Day 2 was really difficult. The excitement of day 1 had worn off, I was incredibly sleepy, and I started developing headaches from caffeine withdrawals. I also had my first drink at 7AM, which meant I had to either space out my drinks or be content with drinking my last juice at 5PM. I ended up spacing out my drinks, but boy was it hard. I drank a LOT of water on Tuesday just to space things out. By late afternoon I had a pretty good headache and was really hungry. I’ll admit that I started thinking, “What the heck am I doing?”, but then I tried to focus on what the symptoms were products of. My body was probably freaking out because I wasn’t pumping it with sugar and caffeine… not a bad thing! I had to trust the cleanse and let my system figure itself out.
I woke up yesterday morning, Day 3, and felt amazing! My headache was gone and I felt so much more in control of my body. I drank a juice at 9AM, 11AM, 2PM, 4PM, 6PM, and 10PM. I even had football practice last night and ended the day feeling great. I had no headaches during day 3 and felt incredibly energized.
I’m really, really proud of myself for doing the 3 Day South Block Juice Cleanse and for allowing my body to detox. The past 3 days have given me time to think about the foods I’m putting in my body and how they affect me. I’m hesitant to dive back into caffeine consumption and want to use this jumpstart as a way to move away from processed foods.
If you’re interested in doing the 3 Day South Block Juice Cleanse, use the promo code fallschurch to save $10.