Taking you through my journey of Juice Cleansing
Age: 20 going on 21
Diet: I eat A LOT of junk food and I love eating, I practically live to eat and I take my food very seriously. I do not take much caffeine or alcohol.
When I first told my friends and family that I was going to go on a 2-day Juice Cleanse, they looked at me as if I was crazy and started commenting on how I would not survive 1 day without food, let alone 2. Don’t get me wrong, I did not start this diet to lose weight, I read many reviews online about how Juice Cleansing helps to detox and give you nice skin, so I decided to give it a shot!
Just a short introduction on what a Juice Cleanse is:
Juice cleansing is a fasting method which helps to detox, in which a person consumes ONLY fruits and vegetable juices to obtain nutrition. That being said, they should refrain from food consumption. Juice Cleansing helps to rebalance the body, oxygenate, rest your digestive system, rehydrate the system and create better eating habits.
I did my research online and decided to go with luckyyoucleanse, a Singapore-based Juice Cleansing company. I ordered it online and they delivered the juices straight to my doorstep the evening before the start day!
The 2-day cleanse includes 12 bottles of juices (2 of each) with an ice cooler bag so you can bring your juices around and keep them cool. The juices actually look a lot worse than they taste, most of them were pretty yummy.
SMOOTHIE – Alkaline water, Spinach, Mango, Berry, Banana
GREEN B JUICE – Green Apple, Cucumber, Celery, Spinach,Silverbeet, Cos Lettuce, Parsley, Lemon
SPICY LEMONADE – Lemon, Green Apple, Stevia, Celtic Sea Salt and Cayenne Pepper
RED – Beetroot, Spinach, Kale, Silverbeet, Cos Lettuce, Parsley, Celery, Cucumber, Apple and Lemon
GREEN A JUICE – Celery, Silverbeet, Cucumber, Kale, Spinach, Cos Lettuce, Coriander, Parsley and Lemon
CASHEW NUT MYLK – Raw Cashews and Medjool Dates
I woke up bright and early at 7am and had my first bottle, I was still optimistic about the rest of the day thinking that it would be easy. I drank the rest of my juices at the stipulated time and was feeling refreshed. This lasted until about 6pm, when hunger really hit me, it also did not help that I was surrounded by food and I still had a long night ahead. My day ended at about 12am, and slept the moment I got home so I would stop thinking about my empty stomach.
For the second day I decided to start a little later so that I could have my last juice later and avoid the hunger pangs at night. Overall, the second day was much easier as compared to the first day, because I sipped on my juices instead of gulping them down and I took longer breaks in between each bottle so my juices lasted me longer throughout the day.
The next day I thought I would wake up at 6am and rush to the kitchen to get some delicious food, but instead I slept in till 9am which was great! Had a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and cherry tomatoes with toast.
I felt quite good after the whole juice fast, and I felt a lot healthier and more comfortable in my own skin. Personally, I think that it was relatively easy for me because I do not have a habit of drinking coffee or alcohol. One point to note is that I had to keep visiting the restroom every 20-30 minutes because I was consuming a lot of fluid. I did not lose much weight but this program is not for weight loss but is designed to make you feel better and healthier.
If you are looking to do a juice fast, here are some tips:
Try and clear your schedule for the period of your Juice Cleansing (i.e. Try and keep your schedule short and light)
Cut down on your caffeine and alcohol intake leading up toward the cleanse
Be prepared to resist the temptation of food!
Chew on your juices and do not gulp them down or you will bloat easily.
I know that after the cleanse you would be dying to get food, but remember not to binge!
Here are a few popular Juice Cleansing companies in Singapore:
If not, here is a link that will help you with a DIY Juice Cleanse: http://fabfitfun.com/the-diy-juice-cleanse
Good luck with your cleanse! :-)
Written by Denise Chan
Denise is the General Manager of SportSanitySG who writes and edits articles for the website. She is currently studying in Singapore Management University. As an avid fan of sports, she is actively seeking to write inspiring and informative articles for the sporting community.