It’s taken me quite a while to tell you about the Nosh Juice Cleanse! Like most people I jumped on the post Christmas ‘detox’ band wagon and signed up to do a juice cleanse at the end of January. I got an amazing special offer price so I thought hey, why not! The cleanse involved drinking 5 juices a day at specified times and nothing else. So, it’s always better to clear your social calendar if you’re planning on doing a juice cleanse, as going out would have been unbearable! I’ve always wanted to try a juice cleanse but the timing never seemed right. But, the end of January when no one was going out? Perfect! Or that’s what I thought. January is cold, and drinking cold juice for five days is pretty darn hard, le’ me tell ya!
I’m pretty healthy in general and didn’t think I would find the cleanse too hard but oh boy, it was tough. Read more about my juicy journey below!
Started off well. The first juice tasted really refreshing as it was a lemony flavour to detox the liver. You have to drink 5 juices at specified times throughout the day, which I actually found really easy to do. All the juices tasted delicious and were really filling. I started to really miss crunching food though and actually found myself jealous of my chihuahuas crunching on their doggy biscuits. To stop myself literally feeling freezing, I added in a cheeky green tea and Japanese popcorn tea (which I’m sure was cheating) into the mix. The tea really did save me though!
Was actually tougher than day one. I felt quite light headed and it was difficult to concentrate. I found myself making really stupid mistakes at work and all I could think about was eating food. I was actually shocked at how hard I was finding it, drinking just juice. My stomach felt weirdly full but at the same time, hungry. A very strange sensation indeed!
I actually went out to The Electric cinema in the evening which I found quite difficult, as there’s always people eating and crunching and drinking. Oh dear. I sat and sipped my smoothie. It was rough. Hunger really was setting in and the freezing January cold just made it that much harder. I was starting to feel quite dizzy and wasn’t sure if I could make it until the end.
So, I had decided to stick with the cleanse for the full 5 days, but the juices didn’t defrost in time! Being a kitchen dunce I had put them in the fridge but didn’t realize that they needed to be left out ( not refrigerated) to defrost. Error. Still I was actually pretty relieved as I was just so cold and craving real food and missed having a social life!
The cleanse was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I think it would be much easier to do in the warmer months of the year. I lost around 5 pounds and to my surprise actually kept it off for a good month! Truly shocking, as I always thought you would just gain the weight back right after a juice cleanse. My skin looked clearer, less blotchy and flake free – which is an incredible result for me! The cleanse made me realise I rush my food – often gobbling it up while standing in the kitchen. I don’t even make it to the table a lot of the time. Not good. It also made me realize I need to drink SO much more water. I’m not sure I had all the feelings of ‘tons of energy’ like other people claim they have during and after these types of cleanses – but the other results made it all worth while.
Would you do it again?
Yes definitely – but next time when it’s warmer outside!