Hello Friday! Work starts after lunch hours today, so I am still in my PJs, comfortably nestled at home, spending some quality time with myself :)
I embarked on a 3-Day Juice Cleanse with hic'Juice two days ago, and it is my last day today! I thought it's useful to blog my experience for anyone who is interested, and also for my own keepsake purpose - I'm not a eat clean or health freak, opposite to that though, I am very much of a glutton and sucker for good food, so it's quite a feat when I have to go on a liquid diet for three days!
So let's start with the Pre-Cleanse
By right you should be cutting down on your carbs, processed food, sugar and caffeine intake three days prior to the cleanse. I did that, quite dramatically I'd say! Hehe, and for that I am very proud of myself. We don't want to shock our body with no solid food intake (all your nasi lemak, mee siam, skinny mocha, etc..) for three days, so that step was VERY important, or not, the most important, I'd say. When the day inches closer, like a day prior to the cleanse, it's all about eating raw greens and fruits ONLY.
I did cheat a little, I admit, hehe. I started to eliminate all cooked food intake on the day before my cleanse. Actually, I was still eating my usual two days prior... Hehe oops.
. This was what we had during the mister's birthday at Spuds & Aprons. I only got the chance to post it now after transferring the photos into my macbook, hehe. And I just had to share it cos the colours are soooo vivid, makes the food extra delicious :)
Okay, this what what I ate last Saturday (my cleanse starts on the following Wednesday). That's four days prior, ha ha. I basically gave myself reason to cheat for one last time and fwaaaaahhh it's the best decision made, NO REGRETS :) We were around the area, hungry and looking for food, so there we went. I went to curry heaven for twenty minutes, excuse me please. This plate of sinful goodness was also my last carb intake until today! That's a good 5 days of carb-less diet already!
A day prior to starting the cleanse, I survived on bananas and sugar-free muesli bars. I ate two huge ass bananas and two of those nut & fruit muesli bars, and drank a lot of water (and juices, haha from the kitchen), to curb my hunger. I didn't managed to pack salad for meals that day, and my office neighbourhood has completely ZERO places selling that kind of stuff, so... That's my alternative.
(On a completely different note, the photo is taken at the office! It is indeed very rare to see offices with their walls painted pastel pink, purple and blue. Hehe lucky enough to be working in an environment with my favourite pastels!)
I do not think it's really bad if you do not eat purely raw greens and fruits the whole day, you really just have to listen to what your body wants, and what it's telling you. I'm more concern about keeping my mood positive and happy, so I will enjoy the cleanse! Rather than stuff myself with so much of raw greens just for the sake of doing so.
Then it was cleanse Day-1
I had no meetings or errands to run that day, so it was a stay-in office day for me, which was good. I do not have to worry about my juices being not chilled when I drink them, and neither do I have to carry a cooler bag with me everywhere I went, heh, I'm super concerned about being fuss-free whenever I am out. So that made Day-1 simple! I won't try to review every drink, but I will just share whatever photos I managed to capture during my cleanse.
First drink of the day - Popeye Smoothie! Easily the most palatable drink out of ALL the juices hic'Juice does. For me, at least. It tastes very much like banana smoothie with all the extra goodness from Spinach, Red Dragonfruit, Ionized Water and Pineapple. I love it! It's also the first drink for Day-2. Keeps you filled up for a kick start to the day!
I had my second drink almost two hours later, and I wasn't even hungry by then. I drank a lot of water during the window period (which is important to help flush all the toxins out), before starting on 4 Carats. Okay, I had to admit, my taste buds didn't like the taste of this cos of the Celery and Cucumber. These two greens have such refreshing, yet distinct taste, that doesn't blend in well! I was never a celery fan in my life, ever. I pick celery out from my food, that kind of person you know. So I had to learn to love this drink with every sip I took, lol. That said, I took longer to finish this, probably close to an hour? Ha ha, I tried my best...
As usual, drank super A LOT of water during the window period, and made countless times to the toilet. During lunch time, my toilet count was at 4, that's just three hours into the cleanse btw, ha. I guess it's normal, and it's good :) So what you see in the above photo was after lunch, when I finished my third bottle - Cool as a.. IT HAS CELERY AND CUCUMBER AGAIN SO NAWWWWWWWWW :< Struggled alitte, but not as much as the previous 4 Carats cos of Lemon! Lemon kinda makes the taste of those two greeniemeenie less distinct.
After I took that photo, I was grinning with joy HA HA. I actually survived half of my day with no food already. But okay lah, considering that majority of my past years in work and school all had irregular lunch hours, I thought I would be able to survive with no solid food as long as no cravings kicked in, heh.
Lemon n' Spice was the fourth drink. This drink... "Kicked" my stomach. "Kicked" in a way, I meant it kinda jolted my stomach when I first drank it. I already know that this is a spicy drink from all the know-hear, but it obviously wasn't the kind of spicy I expected, ha. Underestimated the power of Cayenne Pepper there, oops. But I heard with the addition of Cayenne Pepper, it helps to burn calories! SO GO GO, drink it all up hehe. It wasn't that bad after awhile, it's just spicy, which got much easier to accept after drinking it for awhile. No weird greeniemeenie, so this makes a pretty palatable drink with an extra kick ;)
I had internal meetings afterwards, so I skipped taking photos of the fifth drink, which was Kale Tales. FAVOURITE TOOOOO! Love, love, love Kale. This superveggie is soooo yummy as a juice, hehe.
Last drink of the day was Nut Milk! Another very palatable drink, which is also VERY comforting to end off the day with :) Always loved how Vanilla makes anything much more... lovable, hee. I let the mister try a sip of this, and he hated it, lol. I guess taste preferences really differ between genders? Hah. The slightly grainy texture of Nut Milk also makes it really nice to chew before to swallow! Yummmmmmmy.
Well... Just selfies with Nut Milk ;)Day-2
was SO MUCH MORE easier! I think after a day of drinking juices, my taste buds have generally accepted the weird/exotic tastes it was introduced to, so I didn't have any problem with any juices the whole day!
No photos of individual juices cos most of them are similar, with the exception of Green Lemonade and Pure Coconut Water :)
I have to emphasize on Green Lemonade. I have no idea why, even after reading the list of ingredients, I LOVE IT. I was quite disgusted when I first saw it, but it was love at first taste, ha ha. Must be the Kale!! Hehe. Okay lah, please don't be turned off by green juices when you see them. They may look really gross, but don't judge and label them until you try it for yourself! Speaking from experience here, ahhhhhhhmmmm. This makes to the list of juices I will buy after my cleanse!
Sorry, not sorry, but am going to end this very long and wordy post.... Here. That's me and the mister enjoying our drinks - my Nut Milk, and his Espresso Frappe. I have no reasons to be jealous cos I have a healthier and more delicious drink in my hands, hoho.
I slept really well for the past two days too! It's the kind whereby you knock out all the waaaaaay until your alarm rings the next morning, shiokkkkk ;) And if you are wondering about my after-effects, I haven't took my weight, but I definitely feel more lean! I made enough toilet trips to rid all the excess water and toxins in my body, ha ha. So... YAY. Gonna work on my flabby arms and tummmmy!
Updates on Day-3 this weekend perhaps. Till then xx