Today was my third and last day of the juice cleanse, courtesy of The Healthy Juice Company. I woke up bright and early again to find my lovely juices waiting for me on the doorstep. This is getting exciting and I know I will miss this routine tomorrow. First of all, let me say that I woke up feeling incredible! I started my day with tons of energy, no hunger, no craving for coffee at all and my skin looking brighter than usual. If one day you decide to embark on a juice fast, please try to stay strong on day 2 (I think this is the hardest by far) because the way you will feel on day 3 makes it all worth it. It is almost a feeling of euphoria that makes you want to smile!
So, after the first drink of the day, the delicious ‘sunshine’ in a mug and the school run I decided to go to the gym. During a cleanse, exercise is important but usually it is advisable to choose a gentle form of exercise like yoga, swimming, or walking. I might be crazy but I was feeling fantastic so I went for my regular body pump session. Did I use my regular weights? Ok, I went a bit lighter on some tracks but I did well and continued to feel wonderful for the whole day! Having said this, I am not advising you to go out there and do a hardcore gym workout during a juice fast. You must always listen to your body and do what works for you. I just want to share my own experience.
I also met up with my client, Mrs Vassiliki Spyropoulou, who gave me an update on her progresses. Day 2 was also the hardest for her but today she was feeling great. She looked radiant and she told me she felt lighter and her jeans were very baggy too. This is us, proud to be showing a very healthy glow!
I have also lost some weight. This is most likely to be just water because fresh juices have high content of potassium which helps cleanse out excess sodium that causes water retention. As previously explained this weight can be easily put back on while normal eating resumes. However, the initial weight loss, combined with the increased energy, could be very important for people who decide to do a juice cleanse in order to jump start a new healthy eating programme.
The highlight of my day was once again the lunchtime nut milk. This time it was a tasty blend of almond milk, cashew milk, dates, milk thistle seeds, Brazil nuts, cacao, raw virgin coconut oil, cinnamon, chia seeds and pink Himalayan salt. Rich, creamy and simply delicious. This is the one Vassiliki is holding in the picture above while I was still drinking a blend of beetroot, orange, fennel, and cucumber.
My least favorite drink during the cleanse has been the last drink of the day, the ‘Gentle green’ which contains some aloe vera. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of aloe vera so I did not enjoy this juice. Overall, I could not be happier with this experience and I think The Healthy Juice Company is delivering fantastic high quality products and a unique personal service. My only negative feedback to them, and I am being extremely picky, would be about this juice. I wonder if there is a way to make it taste better.
The day is coming to an end and I am still feeling good. From tomorrow I will need to introduce solid foods slowly to avoid shocking my digestive system. I am planning to start with some smoothies, warm soups and some raw vegetables. There is always time to introduce some ‘toxins’ later on (it is party season, right?) but at the moment I want to maximize the cleanse benefits.
I also would like to point out that this is not a sponsored post. I am not paid by anyone to test products or to express my ideas. I genuinely love this company and I would not hesitate to recommend their products to my clients and friends.
Please remember that, although adding a few juices to your overall healthy eating is generally ok for most people, a juice cleanse is not for everyone. Check with your doctor or registered nutritional therapist before you decide to embark on a juice fast, especially if you are diabetic, underweight, pregnant, have chronic heart disease, low blood pressure or cancer.
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