THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and the winners were Jadie Jones, Melissa Cook and Sarah Cronin – congrats!
If you follow me on this blog (or any of my social media platforms) you will know that I like food. I am lucky to have a fairly healthy relationship with it, as far as these things go, and combine the odd treat with mostly healthy eating during the week. I’d seen other bloggers go on similar juice cleanses recently and thought it sounded like something great to do – and as luck would have it, Phil and Kelly from the Pressed Juice Co soon knocked on my door (like literally, as they are in the same office park).
Would I like to do a review of their One Day Winter Cleanse on my blog and give some cleanses away to my readers? Yes, yes, yes. But before I get to the giveaway part, this is how it went…
I usually start off the day with a strong cup of coffee. We wake up and after picking up Ben out of his bed the first thing we do is turn on the kettle. Sound familiar? So going on a juice cleanse would require that I skip this morning coffee ritual. Instead I had a mug of hot water with lemon and you know what? I actually felt better for it.
Next up, my 8am juice which was Pressed Green: Granny Smith apples, cucumber, spinach, kale, romaine, celery, ginger and lemon. It was delicious! And I wasn’t the only one who thought so, Ben demanded a few sips too.
Off to work I go and I felt completely full. Not a single hunger pang or headache or anything. Which is good as you’re not supposed to eat or drink anything (besides the juices) except lots and lots of water and herbal teas.
At about 9am I had the little Immune Booster shot: cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Shew-wee it was burny but definitely warmed me up from the inside out. At 10:30 I had Juice 2: Pressed Pink (ruby grapefruit and mint). It was quite bitter at the beginning but I soon got used to it.
Just before 1pm I started to get a bit hungry but I managed to hold out. Juice 3 was Hardcore Red: Cucumber, beetroot, spinach, kale, romaine, celery, mint and lemon. It has no fruit in it but the beetroot adds sweetness and I thought it tasted great (I must be hardcore. Or something).
I got home and then at 3pm it was time for Juice 4 which Kelly and Phil call your one “treat juice” of the day. And it certainly was. Pressed Pie tastes just like freshly baked apple pie – it’s like something out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory (in actual fact it has Pink Lady apples, Packham pears, sweet potato and cinnamon in it).
5pm approached and I started to feel a tiny bit peckish. So I took the dogs out the house for a walk and packed my 5th juice with me, which was actually not a juice, it was my Cashew nut milk. The milk from the soaked cashews is mixed with purified water, vanilla, agave nectar, cinnamon and Himalayan salt and it tastes pretty amazing. And how good for you does that sound? Very good, that’s what.
Now was the hard part. At 6pm I started to get quite hungry. But it was more in my mind than in my body I think. Food is a habit and it has certain rituals and emotions attached to it and my mind was used to rewarding myself around now with a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn. It was especially hard preparing the kids dinners and I must confess that I ate Ben’s leftover half fish finger without even thinking about it. Oops.
Eventually 7pm arrived and I could indulge in the last juice of the day which was Pressed Red: Carrot, beetroot, apple, mint and lemon. Afterwards I felt completely full but still hankering after a bit of food in my mind. So I had a cup of herbal tea and trundled off to bed early. I didn’t wake up once in the night with hunger pangs and felt really great when I woke up the next morning.
I thoroughly enjoyed doing the one day juice cleanse. It made me more thoughtful about what I eat and I felt completely energised and healthy afterwards. I loved the way an information card was provided with the cleanse, giving you tips and telling you exactly what to drink when. There were also cute little polka dot straws to sip your juices with and complimentary herbal teas, plus I loved the square juice bottles that I’ll be reusing.
I don’t know if I lost weight, as I don’t have a scale. But I think that if you are keen for a cleanse you should approach it as a health kick, as a way to reboot your body, rather than simply a weight loss plan (although that could be an added bonus). I’m planning on doing another one soon and possibly even attempting the 3 day cleanse before the December holidays.
It’s not all cleanses though. Picking up a pack of juices from the Pressed Juice Co is a great way of ensuring you get all the nutrients you need. Stick a batch in your freezer and then chug a defrosted one down every morning – that’s what I’m going to do anyway. You can order your own juice cleanse or batch of juices through their website.
Tips for cleansing:
- A day or two before the cleanse, try and limit alcohol intake as well as caffeine and sugar.
- Apparently while you’re juicing a lot of the toxins come out on your tongue, so carry your toothbrush and toothpaste around with you to keep bad breath at bay.
- If you are desperately hungry then eat something like a banana or an avocado, something in its natural state.
- Drink your juices as cold as possible and slowly too.
- Keep exercise moderate.
****Win 1 of 3 One-Day Cleanses from the Pressed Juice Co****************
Three lucky Joburg readers can each win a One Day cleanse from the Pressed Juice Co! All you need to do is comment below telling me why you’d like to do the cleanse!
Giveaway closes at noon on Tuesday 18 August 2015.
- You can only enter once.
- You must be a South African resident to enter and reside in Johannesburg.
- Winners will need to pick up their juices from three locations within Joburg.
- The winners’ names will be chosen randomly and announced on this blog and via Twitter.
- The winners will be contacted via email no later than Friday 21 August 2015.
GOOD LUCK! Here’s to health and feeling good as we edge closer to Spring.
Disclaimer: I was given a free one-day cleanse to review on this blog.