Juice cleanse day 3: amazing energy and glowing skin!

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!

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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.

Thank you for following me on this juicing adventure. If you have any questions please post them on my FB page.

 

Juice cleanse Day 2: the juice fast continues!

Today was my second day of the juice cleanse. I woke up at 6.00 am and the juice box was already on my door step. I think I could get used to this! Today the juices were different from yesterday and I really like this because you get to experience new flavours and have no time to get bored! Another thumb up for The Healthy Juice Company!

I was not hungry on waking up but I had a headache. The warm cup of ‘sunshine’ went down well, just like yesterday. I had a busy schedule for the morning but I decided to go for a 30 minutes’ walk to see if the fresh air could clear my head. I felt a bit better afterwards but, to be honest, still not great. I know I should have taken a bit of extra time off to rest and go for a nap but this was not possible so I went on with juice number 2, the ‘Gloriously green’.  This is a delicious mix of cucumber, pear, celery, wheatgrass, coriander, lemon, spinach, broccoli, kale and chlorella. Yes, all of these wonderful nutrients in a 480ml bottle. I have juiced before and I thought I knew a thing or two about green juices, well let me tell you this is the best green juice I have ever tasted!  Incredibly refreshing, tasty and packed with nutrients.

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The highlight of the day was my lunchtime drink which was a wonderful nut milk. This time it was a blend of hazelnut and almond milk with milk thistle, seeds, dates, Brazil nuts, raw virgin coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt. This is a powerful mix of goodness and also very filling. After this my headache started to clear too which was great. I spent the rest of the day decorating the Christmas tree with my daughter and my mum who is spending a couple of weeks here with us in London. Mum, who is Italian and a fantastic cook, is also amazed that I have not been tempted by all her cooking (yes she always cooks for us when she is here) and that I am in a very good mood despite the lack of snacking. Did I ever mention this?  I am a ‘grazer’ and although I snack on healthy foods, I truly believe that I could do with eating less sometimes. For me an important ‘side effect’ of this cleanse has been the fact that I have learnt more about my own eating habits and how sometimes I also use food for reasons that have little to do with hunger. There you have it, nutritionists are not perfect either!

In the afternoon I had a visit from a princess (my daughter obviously!) who declared this was going to be her drink because ‘Princesses like juices too, you know mamma!’ She managed to drink almost half of it by the time I could claim it back. She was surprised when I told her the juice was made of carrot, fennel, pear, celery, lime, lemon, ginger, cardamom and clover and no, not orange despite the colour!

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To end my second day on this wonderful journey of juicing and self discovery, I took a long relaxing bath with Epsom salts. They contain sulphur and magnesium which are vital for detoxification. I know I am going to sleep well tonight even if I am not as tired as last night. It is almost 9.00 pm right now and, by the way, I am still not hungry!

I can’t wait to see the wonderful variety of juices that will be on my doorstep tomorrow. Stay tuned for more and if you have any questions on juicing or on my experience please post them on my FB page.  Thank you and happy juicing!

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.

 

At Stella Nutrition is time for a juice cleanse!

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I have been given an amazing opportunity to try a 3 day juice cleanse from the awesome The Healthy Juice Company.  For three days, each morning they will deliver directly to my doorstep (before 6 am!) a box with a whole day supply of cold pressed, organic, raw, fresh and tasty juices. This means that I get to experience the advantages of a juice fast without having to do all the hard work of buying the fruit/veggies, juicing and washing up! Yes, being a nutritional therapist has some advantages sometimes! I also like to try different diets and products before I recommend them to clients. Although we are all unique and we might react differently to various things, I think it is important for me to experience potential challenges that clients might come across while embarking on a new eating plan, so I can fully support them.

This time my challenge is a juice cleanse which means that I will be consuming only juices for 3 days. Obviously I can also drink unlimited amounts of water and herbal teas but no chewing foods! I have tried water only fasts and juice fasts before but only for a maximum of 2 days so I am curious to see if I can push myself a little further this time. Thanks to the extreme generosity of The Healthy Juice Company I also get to offer this amazing 3 day cleanse to one of my clients. I choose a lady in good health who just wants to increase her energy levels and who loves a challenge! I will be reporting on her experience too as we are doing the cleanse at the same time.

Before I tell you about how my first day went, let’s see why and if you should consider a juice fast.

The main reason for doing a juice cleanse is not weight loss like many people might think, (yes, you will lose some weight but this can easily be put back on when you start eating normally again) but for detoxing, increasing energy levels and vitality. During a juice fast your digestive system gets a rest but you are still introducing lots of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, amino acids) and live enzymes for optimal health. The high water content of the juices helps to hydrate the body and clear waste too. Toxins which have built up over time will also be released. The results? You can expect increased energy levels, clearer/glowing skin, better resistance to infections (colds and flu), improved mental clarity/focus and better sleep.  Isn’t this remarkable?

You are probably wondering about any side effects or if you are going to be starving at all! To help with any potential side effects or withdrawal symptoms it is better to start cutting down or removing the following foods 2 or 3 days (ideally a week) before starting on the cleanse:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Gluten (such as wheat, barley, rye and spelt)
  • Trans and hydrogenated fats (found in most processed foods and cakes, biscuits, deep fried foods)
  • Refined carbohydrates (sweets, pizza, pasta, white breads and processed meals)
  • Red and processed meats
  • Salt
  • Dairy foods (especially milk and cheese. Yogurt is usually more easily tolerated)
  • All fizzy sugary drinks

Regarding hunger, in actual fact with these nutrients packed delicious juices you are not starving your body at all. You are probably giving your body even more nutrients than usual. Also hunger can be more emotional than physical as sometimes we put food in our mouths just out of habit or boredom and not because we are really hungry. We should all be more mindful when it comes to eating and listen to our body before reaching for foods.

Please note that if you suffer from any chronic conditions you should not embark on any detoxification programme without being followed by a health professional like a registered nutritional therapist or a naturopath.

So, how did I get on?

DAY 1

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I was up at 6.20 am and, as promised, the precious box was waiting for me on my doorstep. A lovely card to let me know that the juices arrived was put through my letter box. This was a lovely touch! The juices come in glass bottles which need to be rinsed and left outside at the end of the day to be picked up by the driver again. In the box you will also find some paper straws lined with beewax. These are provided so you remember to sip your juices slowly and also to protect your teeth enamel.

The first juice was not a real juice but a lovely mixture of lemon, ginger, turmeric, golden linseeds, coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt and black pepper which needs to be mixed to warm water before drinking. As stated by The Healthy Juice Company, this is simply ‘sunshine’ in a mug and a great way to start the day. Surprisingly I did not miss my usual morning coffee!

I drank the first juice of the day at around 10.00. This was a green wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll which is oxygen for the cells and highly detoxifying. It tasted very refreshing.  The next juice (at around 12.00) was very fruity and simply delicious. I was busy during the morning and did not feel hungry at all.

My lunch was a fantastic and very filling nut milk. This was my favorite drink of the day as it tasted very indulgent. Around mid-afternoon I noticed my tongue was a bit coated and I was slightly lightheaded but this is very normal during the initial phases of any detox process. While writing right now (7.00 pm) I am sipping my last juice of the day. This is a very light drink with some aloe vera to calm and restore. I am feeling a bit tired and I am sure I will sleep well tonight.

Overall today has been a breeze and I can’t wait to see what juices will be waiting on my doorstep tomorrow morning!

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.

Wish me well and if you have any questions about juicing fell free to ask here on my FB page. Remember to like my page and keep following the blog for more updates on the next exciting days ahead.