Every now and then I feel the need to 'cleanse' inside and out.
So whilst January seems like the wrong time of the year to do this (it's dark and cold for a start) it also seems like the right time to do it (new year, new me cliché and all!).
This year I decided that I’d try the Plenish Juice Cleanse. I'll start by saying it's not a cheap cleanse, at £81 per day (I did take advantage of the 20% book before 31st Dec offer). However when you look into what cold press means and add organic produce to the mix I guess I can understand why they charge as much as they do.
• All the juice is cold pressed which means that each bottle contains kilos of leafy greens, vegetables and fruity goodness.
• Cold Pressing is a two-step process: first, the food goes through a grinder and then, goes through the hydraulic press. According to Plenish the process produces juice so fine and pulp-free, it can be absorbed into your blood stream to feed your cells within 10 to 15 minutes.
• Cold pressing uses pressure as opposed to speed and heat, which means more of the tasty goodness, remains in your juice. However this process is a lot slower and takes more time.
Whilst there are lots of people out there who don’t understand the concept of foregoing food for a juice cleanse I myself love it. For me it’s a quick way to press the re-set button and start with a clean slate (so to speak).
Cleanses give your digestive system and liver the rest they need in order to eliminate and get rid of all the toxins. Organic and raw green juices you consume will shift your body from acidic to an alkaline one, which will reduce inflammation and boost immunity and health.
Additionally by doing a juice cleanse which someone else has prepared and planned out eliminates all the pre-planning, shopping and stress!
Plenish have three different levels of cleanses you can pick from;
Having completed a NOSH cleanse last January I figured I’d be OK with the level 2 Clarity cleanse.
All juices were delivered on time and were very easy to sort through. They come with a booklet and a beautiful black glass straw - I love the straw!!!
The juices are clearly numbered from 1-6 (for each day) and the little booklet includes ideal times for you to drink your juices.
HOW DID I FEEL?
Well I felt very cold (I always do when I cleanse a normal side effect) the heating was cranked up and I had to add extra layers of clothing.
I didn’t exercise AT ALL throughout the cleanse as I just could not deal with that on top of just drinking juice so I took it easy.
I didn’t feel hungry at all; the juices tasted great and were easy to drink.
I did miss the social aspect of sitting and eating food with the family. Instead I’d cook their meals and then leave them to eat whilst I went for a nice bath. Having to watch them eat would have been torture!
I lost 5lbs but best of all I felt squeaky clean! I was sleeping better, felt more motivated to get on top of things I’d been procrastinating over for a while and when I finally did eat I wasn’t craving ‘naughty’ foods instead I planned menus to be healthy, plant based and full of good nutrition.
Would I do this cleanse again? YES YES YES
Other useful links
Plenish Cleanse (national)
NOSH Detox (national)
Honestly Healthy Food (national)
Raw to Door (national)
Detox Kitchen (London)
Balance Box (national)
Pure Package (national)
Feng Sushi (London)