Well I’m finally back from my vacation to rural France. I’d love to say I feel lighter and more refreshed but group family holidays tend to involve a lot of work and a lot over-indulgence! The diet starts, er, today.
It must be the good weather, but everyone seems to be talking about juice cleanses these days. I love the idea behind a juice cleanse – they’re simple (just drink liquid), they work (drop a few pounds) and don’t involve any cooking (hurrah!). What’s not to love?
Before I left to go on holidays at the end of May I did a quick three-day juice detox with Pure Green, a Dublin-based vegetable juice delivery service. Pure Green specialise in cold-pressed juices, made fresh every day.
With Irish celeb fans including Laura Whitmore, Amy Huberman and Yvonne Keating, I decided to give their Signature Three-Day Cleanse a try. The cleanse consists of four raw juices (500ml) a day for three days along with water and is designed for those who have zero time to juice a ton of veggies all day! It’s not cheap however – at €75 for three days, it leaves a sizeable dent in the pocket. But if you have a big event coming up such as a wedding or holiday and need to drop a few pounds fast, it’s definitely worth doing. Here’s my diary from the time.
I’m so excited about starting my juice cleanse, I accidentally have a cup of tea whilst waiting for my delivery (oops!). As the morning stretches on, my enthusiasm wanes slightly – where is the delivery man? He finally shows up at 12pm and I pounce on my first juice of the day – Ginger Tonic. This is delicious! A blend of carrot, apple, ginger and lemon, I’m rather disappointed when I’ve glugged it all back. I pack up my remaining three juices and head off to the office for the evening.
First-day optimism buoys me on. This is easy! I can do this! However, passing the bakery and coffee shop next to the office, I feel my first real pang of regret (read: hunger) and wonder what the hell I’ve signed up for. The next eight hours are spent in a grumpy, caffeine-free fog. I resentfully slurp my green juices at my desk and think of my thigh gap.
I wake up with a pounding headache which continues all day. I’m a serious caffeine junkie so I’m finding this very difficult. Pure Green recommend cutting back on caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, dairy and sugar in the days before the cleanse to lessen your withdrawal symptoms. I start the day with the EnerJuice – a surprisingly satisfying green juice made from spinach, apple, celery, cucumber, lime, pineapple, and avocado.
Work is uber stressful and relentless and by lunchtime, I’m flagging. After my lunch of Super Juice (my least favourite combination of kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, wheatgrass, and parsley), I give in and have an apple and a banana (solid fruit and veg are allowed if desperate!). The day drags on and I finally fall into bed teary, weary but definitely lighter.
I feel giddy today – it could be the lack of solid food or the fact that it’s my final day on the cleanse! The morning juice is the easiest – I’m usually pushed for time, so it’s convenient to grab an EnerJuice and go. For lunch, I have the Liquid Lunch, a tasty combination of spinach, cucumber, avocado, apple, pineapple, spirulina, lime, and wheatgrass. Things are going great… until I pass that bakery temptress wafting her sweet, chocolatey goodies in front of me. I wander in and bask in the naughtiness, then buy a black coffee. I know! I know! But boy, was it the best cup of Java to pass my cleansed lips.
For dinner, I enjoy the UpBeet juice – my favourite of all the juices. Made with beetroot, courgette, broccoli, carrots, celery, kale, spinach, ginger, lemon, cucumber, apple and parsley, it covers all your fruit and veggies needs! I finish the cleanse with the least palatable Super Juice – and I’m done. Solid food here I come!
Was it worth it?
A resounding yes! I lost three to four pounds on the cleanse, felt lighter and less bloated. I also cut my caffeine habit to one quality shop-bought coffee in the following days and manage to give the vino a miss until the hols in order to really reap the benefits of the cleanse. I would definitely do it again.