From Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Millie Mackintosh, for months now we’ve been bombarded with photos of super-slim and super-toned celebs sipping on green juices, orange juices, purple juices, raw juices – made of solely fruit and vegetables with no added nasties. We’ve seen the post-gym sweaty selfies accompanied by juice and the ‘ladies who lunch’ (or brunch) food layout photos (usually either around the SW3 postcode Chelsea area or ‘downtown LA’) accompanied by juice. So what are we to make of all these rainbow colours; these so-called magic liquids?
There is a lot to be said for juicing. I’m no expert but I know that its liquid form means the nutrients are absorbed into the blood over twice as fast as the vitamins and minerals from solid foods. It’s a sure-fire way to get all those essential nutrients into your body (and of course the bonus ones provided by the extensive range of superfood add-ins available these days). And you have to admit, juices are very … pretty. Well, they are aren’t they?
It’s one thing incorporating juices into your diet, whether that be daily or even once a week – they’re good for you, I’d recommend it. But it’s quite another thing to embark on a juice ‘cleanse’ (ie drinking juice and only juice for a predetermined period of time – goodbye coffee, goodbye hot chocolate). Oh and one other thing – no solid foods. None at all. Not even a crumb. A good idea? A controversial one for sure. Anyway, overwhelmed by all the hype surrounding these cleanses and having actually received one as a gift for my birthday (thankfully only a 24-hour one), I decided to give it a go.
The B.fresh juices I tested were as raw as they could possibly be, made only of fresh fruit and vegetables and bursting with vitamins. Though some listed only 3 or 4 ingredients, each juice was surprisingly filling – and by surprisingly I actually mean very filling. I know liquid can fill you up anyway but I was relieved when throughout the day, I didn’t experience any unpleasant side effects such as hunger pangs, headaches or nausea as I had previously read about. If I’m being totally honest, some of them didn’t taste that great. I’m a huge fan of green smoothies (I add spirulina to my homemade ones) but the green juices were a little tougher to swallow; bitter with a peculiar aftertaste – maybe what I’d expect grass to taste like? Not particularly enjoyable anyway. However, the carrot-based juices were delicious and although I’m not usually a fan of orange juice, the combination of the two ingredients was sweet and satisfying and I found myself to be disappointed when I’d finished them.
The cleanse was do-able. 100% do-able. It gave me natural energy and I didn’t once feel sluggish or tired which I often do when I eat “normally” as I snack on unhealthy things, often processed because of the ease of accessibility. But I didn’t really abide by the ‘rules’ of the cleanse. It was early evening when I had my first solid food, not because I was hungry but because I wanted solid food, something to bite, chew and sink my teeth into. It was an apple, a delicious crisp Pink Lady that I definitely didn’t regret. But then once I’d had that, I told myself it was harmless to snack a bit more and then without realising, I’d consumed a dozen rice cakes slathered in peanut butter and a few small chocolate bars. Not ideal. At first I felt like I’d failed (“Just one day you had to do this, Beth”) but then I realised that actually, the liquid life isn’t for me. Sure, it would have helped to detox and revive my body but I managed 3/4 of the day and I’ll be sure to experiment with juices again in the future. But a liquid-based diet? That’s really not my style.
So to conclude? I’m glad I gave it a go, I really am. Proud of myself even. But so what if I wasn’t “strict” enough? It was an experience, one that I doubt I’ll have again. That’s because I believe in balance, in moderation (which to me means spooning a whole jar of nut butter in one night is okay – sometimes). Juicing is great alongside a healthy and balanced diet but personally, I don’t think it works as a supplement for food. Juices lack key nutrients that your body needs to function optimally so as long as you account for those missing nutrients elsewhere in your diet, you’ll be the epitome of health.
What do you guys think about juice cleanses and have you ever tried one yourself?
Love, Beth xo.
Please note that the opinions in this post are entirely my own and based on my own personal experience. I acknowledge that attitudes towards juicing are highly subjective and also greatly varied.