Lucie Loves… Health & Wellbeing // Karis takes on a juice cleanse challenge to beat the bloat
After eating my way through Sri Lanka for 2 weeks it was time for a detox (there seems to be a pattern with my posts - extreme hedonism followed by monk-like moderation).
I was kindly sent a 3 day juice cleanse by NutriSeed – a young startup company, whose ethos is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone – ‘healthy is not just for the wealthy’. They are able to do this by selling healthy food and juices at wholesale prices, making them up to 50% more competitive that the high street.
How do you prepare for a juice cleanse?
One thing you have to prepare yourself for when you begin a cleanse is having an answer to the question ‘why?!’. Because you will get asked it. ALOT. My answer: I was doing it because this was a strict way of controlling only good things going into my body. I work best with strict guidelines – I’m an all or nothing kind of girl.
What are the possible side effects of a juice cleanse?
Although many of my colleagues were somewhat sceptical when my delivery came - I was excited to start my cleanse, albeit a little nervous after ready the side effects listed:
fatigue, headaches, hyperglycaemia, constipation, acne, increased body odour!
Luckily, I didn’t suffer any such side effects. In fact, I felt pretty good!
What’s in the juices?
The cleanse consisted of 5 juices:
1. Clarity - carrot, apple, mint, maca
2. Neon - mineral water, lemon, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup
3. Queen of California - broccoli, Romaine Lettuce, celery, pear, chia seeds, cucumber
4. Another Kind of Green - cucumber, kale, apple, spirulina, parsley
5. Wildfire - beetroot, celery, Apple, goji berries
What was the juice cleanse like?
The juices on the whole were really nice; the blend of fruit and veg was a plus, for me, as I’m not sure I would have managed a full-on veg cleanse.
However, I didn’t think much of Neon – a blend of lemon, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and maple syrup – flavours that I think should never go together – no matter what Beyonce says!
How do you do a juice cleanse?
I had my first juice at around 10am on Monday and then staggered them throughout the day. And, amazingly, I wasn’t hungry! Instead of sitting down and eating lunch, I left the office and did some retail therapy. Normally, I have the post lunch slump - where I’m tired and grumpy and contemplate my life choices. But I didn’t feel tired at all, my energy levels were consistent all day. I didn’t have excess energy, but I definitely wasn’t short of it either. And it only got easier after the first day. Win!
What are the benefits of doing a juice cleanse?
The best thing about the cleanse was the realisation that my body doesn’t need as much food as I put into it. It is known that I am a big eater, and what with free fruit on offer around the office – there’s probably not an hour of the day that I don’t go without some sort of food. I think a lot of the time I eat because I’m bored, but knowing I couldn’t eat meant that I wasn’t hungry.
It was a revelation that I could survive on less than 500 calories a day and not be hungry, tired or a total bitch! However, to counter this – it made me realise how much joy I get from food.
How can I do a juice cleanse myself?
The Nutriseed ordering process couldn’t be simpler. You order the cleanse online and it gets delivered on a Thursday between 9 and 1pm. The three day juice cleanse is now on offer at £59.99, whilst other cleanses on the market are at least double the price – for example Plenish’s 3 day cleanse is £178, and Raw & Juicy’s starts at £225.
Juice cleanse discount code
Living up to their ethos - the NutriSeed team has kindly given me a discount code to receive 10% off any order, to redeem just enter LUCIE10 at the checkout.
Words ~ Karis // Photos ~ Nutriseed