There’s just something about the start of a new year isn’t there? The kind of something that has you approach a 3 day juice cleanse with the same enthusiasm as a toddler in a swing park. Thank goodness there’s at least some point of the year when we unequivocally crave health and inner beauty… Actually I won’t lie, I’m pretty healthy – meals are usually around 60% veg but then there are the macarons and the hot chocolates and, oh, right, there was the big ‘C’ aka Christmas. That’ll do it. A 3 day cleanse? No food? Just pure, botanical, natural juice? Sign. Me. Up.
I wanted to keep it local, after all, if we’re going to get on this kinda train we don’t really want our all natural juice travelling hundreds of miles – we want it pressed straight into our mouths (more of less). Enter Juice Garden. I had the pleasure to meet Emmanuel, ex pro footballer and founder – he knows a thing or two about nutrition, a store in town and now one on Byres Road – he must be onto something. Well, yes, as it turns out, he is.
I road tested the 3 Day Cleanse, heck, I even dragged the husband along for the ride. And you know what? It wasn’t so rough. 6 juices a day keep you pretty busy and that Unbeetable, that guy was the business – he was earthy and sweet and pure and I could drink him every day. I could swim in a big ol’ bowl of that purple stuff. The juices are a good mix of green, sweet and even savoury and they’re packed full of all the vitamins your post Christmas body is dreaming of. Now I know that quitting solid food might not be for everyone but I can honestly say, and the husband would agree, we weren’t hungry. Not once. Well maybe once… but then we had a juice and all was right in the world. And taking those 3 days off gives your body a well earned rest to let you stock up on some 2015 energy. We all could use some of that.
So were they tasty? Three I loved, two I didn’t mind and then there was one nasty little guy but I supped him down every day. The husband gave a similar verdict but his nasty one was the beet (Say what? Unbeetable was my main man!). Each to their own I guess.
And the results? Flat tummies. Christmas bloat gone, disappeared, banished. I’ve not had a flat tummy since I got Malaysian food poisoning – trust me when I say I’d take the juice cleanse any day. I lost a few pounds and 3cm around my tummy and the husband can boast a huge 7lb loss – now that’s not why we did it but that’s not a bad side effect either. We slept like babies (the kind of babies that sleep all night long, I need to clarify the saying… some of my friends have babies and they tell me the ugly truth). I felt really quite normal throughout but it was just the healthy kick up the ass we needed to really cut out the cr*p and get back on the healthy train.
Would I do it again? Ask me again next January, ha! I missed cooking, I missed eating (although I did enjoy the extra free time – hello mid week cinema trip, haven’t seen you in many moons). But 1 day, for sure. And subbing in some extra juices just for a vitamin kick, 100% yes please.
Want to join me? You can take 10% off any of the Juice Garden cleanse packages by using the code THANKFIFI – just drop them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. My 3 day cleanse package is £95 (£84.50 for you) which blows those far flung London cleanses right out the water on price. Really, why not? I’ll put this in the same category as working out – I always go by the mantra that I have never regretted a workout and I don’t regret the cleanse either, not for a moment. What do you think? Would you give it a shot?