*update at the very end*
Juice Plus vs. Juice Festiv’? That is the question :) Below is a review from real experience over the course of a year. If you’ve been a follower of my blog for any length of time, you would know that I am not the biggest fan of MLM style companies. I’ve always really struggled with the idea of a company charging so much more for a product, when there were alternatives out there without the big names, for far less. While I understand a portion of the sale is going to that person selling it, because they are the “store front” for that business, rather than the company giving a portion to say “publix” or “walmart.” I get that and it makes sense for the person selling to get a cut. In fact many of my friends sell for MLM and I could be nothing more than thrilled for them being able to provide for their family by doing so. Still…. my being the frugal, bargain loving shopper I am, I’m always looking for a cheaper alternative.
That is just who I am. I am a researcher… I am slightly OCD when it comes to buying things… and I read way to much. So when I decided to try Juice Plus, it was a jump for me. A close friend of mine (a mom of 9 who is honestly probably the healthiest person I know) sold Juice Plus and after her many many many post on instagram haha, I decided to give it a go.
This was last year.
At the time I was battling serious digestive issues. Depression. Anxiety. Fatigue. Breakouts. I knew I did not get the proper intake of vegetables or fruits in my diet. Even though I ate relatively well. I had tried other supplements (the typical ones you can find at most pharmacies), survived on colon cleanse supplements and occasionally laxatives. Something had to give. I knew that my body was not functioning the way it was suppose to and so I made a financial investment and signed up for my 1st shipment of Juice Plus Duo Blend.
I was on it for around 7 months and within the 1st 2 months I began to see changes. The changes DID NOT HAPPEN over night. It took a solid 6 weeks for me to really begin to see changes. In fact I got a bit impatient with how long it took for me to really notice change and almost requested a refund after just 1 month.
Then…For the 1st time in years. I’m talking a decade…. I was using the bathroom daily. Almost on schedule, without any issues at all. TMI :) – but a big deal for me. I still remember when my husband and I took a cruise to the Bahamas when we 1st got married. I went the entire 5 days cruise without using the bathroom. My bowels had major issues… and no matter how many fiber drinks Id drink. Gallons of water. Nothing would keep me regular. I tried it all.
Juice Plus gave me something I so greatly needed and I felt so much better.
A few other things it helped me with, if that isn’t enough as is… was my anxiety and depression tendencies almost completely went away. My skin cleared and rarely broke out. I wasn’t nearly as fatigued. Another thing I noticed was my allergies to dogs… Something I have battled since I was a child. We went to visit my Father in Law while I was on Juice Plus last year and for the 1st time ever, I was able to stay in his home for days visiting, with no reaction at all to his dogs. Prior trips to visit, I’d have to survive on benedryl and antihistamines.
Clearly Juice Plus was a great product.
I decided to stop purchasing it.
My husband was out of a job in Aug 2016… and our means to financially afford Juice Plus wasn’t there. We had to make cuts in the budget and that was one that had to go. I am a firm believer that if something causes financial debt or strain, you should not purchase it. So as much as I loved it, I was willing to get off it and try something else for a season.
This brings me to JUICE FESTIV. A cheaper alternative and comparable product to Juice Plus. So they claimed. I had read up on this prior to ever getting on Juice Plus, but ended up going with Juice Plus because of all their clinical research and published medical journals. Juice Festiv’ did not have those. So since at that time I could afford it, I went with the more expensive choice.
Out of a job though, I figured it was worth getting and would probably in the end be just like Juice Plus, just cheaper, because it wasn’t a MLM product.
I was wrong.
As much as I wanted to be right. My body and what happened over the course of 5 months was evidence that Juice Festiv’ is not the same as Juice Plus and did not work for me.
Within those 5 months on Juice Festiv my digestive issues reverted back to the way they were prior to being on Juice Plus. I would go days with the inability to use the bathroom. I battled bloating. Stomach cramps… I would then have to buy laxatives to help clear me out, resulting in days of feeling bad, hours on a toilet (almost always in the middle of the night, ugh) and having to put something synthetic and unnatural into my body, in order to make it do something it should be able to do on its own.
My face began to breakout worse than it ever has…. In fact, I cut my bangs back in order to hide the blemishes I got on my forehead… blemishes I didn’t battle when on Juice Plus. I was embarrassed.
My anxiety and depression both came back with a vengeance and I had to go on an anti-anxiety medicine for months in order to help me cope. I know some of my anxiety was related to the circumstance of life we were facing at the time… This is most defeintly not an anti-med post. There is a time and place for medicines that help with depression and anxiety. However I often wonder, had I stayed on Juice Plus during that hard season, would it have been different?
With the use of those meds my fatigue was terrible and I found myself needing naps daily to get through a day.
So to summarize and wrap this up….
In my opinion Juice Festiv’ is a waste of money…. and I saw no health benefits what so ever.
My husband is now employed (such a praise!). We are doing very well and in a position now where we can afford Juice Plus. It still takes “budgeting” it to afford it… but when my husband saw how bad my stomach was upset recently, he told me “Buy the Juice Plus, its worth it.”
So I did.
& this is where I am at today.
I hope to do updates here and on social media sharing my experiences and how Juice Plus helps get me back on track… I actually had signed up to be a REP for Juice Plus last year when I was originally on it. So I can sell Juice Plus if you are interested in purchasing it. No pressure though. This is just here to be informative and help people make a decision. A decision that I really do believe can help people. If you’d like more information on it feel free to email me or message me on facebook.
Id be glad to explain how the pricing works and how with every adult purchase of Juice Plus, you get a child free.
I am so excited to be back on Juice Plus!
Below are a couple videos that will help explain more what Juice Plus actually is. It is not a supplement. It is REAL FRUITS & VEGGIES in a capsule (or gummy).
& This video talks about the farmers who Juice Plus uses.
UPDATE: It has been a little over 4 months now since I went back onto Juice Plus after being on Juice Festiv’… and without fail, the Juice Plus is helping me TREMENDOUSLY… This small capsule full of real fruits and vegetables is a true blessing. Worth every penny. If you read my review and would like to show support and help our family in the process of helping your own, consider using me as your rep. for Juice Plus. I can sign you up and get you your child free as well. Also I have samples I can ship out if you are interested in trying them 1st… Just email me at fromdrea[at]gmail.com. Thanks so much and I hope that Juice Plus can be a blessing to your family and over all health as well.
Below is a new video I made talking about most of what is mentioned in the post… just on video :)