I love food, always have and always will. This made me a little anxious at the thought of consuming nothing by juice for five days. Looking for the right time was tricky, but I recently had my wisdom teeth out so was not able to eat a lot of solid food anyway and I wanted to cleanse my body of all the medications and lack of food I had over that two week period. I decided it would be a good challenge for myself and great for my body to do the five day cleanse rather than the three day cleanse, as I never really ease into anything. This is Miranda Kerr’s cleanse of choice so I figured if it’s good enough for her, what have I got to lose.
Lucky You Cleanse is an Australian-based, cold pressed juice company. What they do is make raw, fresh, unpasteurized juice accessible to everyone. I have known the founder, Heidy Jameel, for a few years now and she is often drinking green juice. I’d often wondered about it, as it looks so good for you, but I was unsure of how it would taste. I am pleased to report these juices taste amazing, and the cleanse includes six nutritionally dense juices and one morning elixir packed into jars and delivered in your very own LYC cooler bag with instructions on how to start eliminating toxins from your body.
If you are like me and have never considered a cleanse before or do not know a lot about what they are and why do them, here’s what you need to know. The quick answer is that toxins are all around us and we accumulate these toxins over a period of time and eventually our bodies succumb, in the form of sinus issues, low energy, poor skin quality and the like. We need to eliminate these built up toxins regularly- that’s where Lucky You steps in.
The cleanse removes the toxic debris and helps you to feel clear, light and full of energy. I felt physically and mentally rejuvenated, lost three kilos over the five day period, had clearer skin and very restful sleep. I found this cleanse to be a terrific experience and one I’ll be hoping to do each year to re-set my body.
Was I hungry each day? Well, the answer is yes. I was at various times during the day, but it did not bother me. I ‘m usually so afraid of being hungry and carry snacks with me all the time. I have realised that I can function while being hungry and it’s not the end of the world. I used to tell my family I was hangry (so hungry I was angry) or even my six-year old decided that I would get shangry (sad-hungry-angry). I also fell such a sense of achievement after the five day cleanse and so much healthier, it’s worth being a little hungry.
So what’s included in the daily menu –
Green Smoothie: mango, spinach, kale, silverbeet, banana and alkaline h2o
Green B: fresh pressed cos lettuce, celery, silverbeet, parsley, cucumber, kale, coriander, spinach, lemon and green apple
Spicy Lemonade: fresh pressed lemon, green apple, alkaline h2o, agave, celtic sea salt and cayenne pepper
Red: fresh pressed beetroot, spinach, kale, silverbeet, cos lettuce, parsley, apple and lemon
Green A: fresh pressed parsley, celery, silverbeet, cos lettuce, cucumber, kale, spinach, coriander and lemon
Cashew Nut Mylk: raw cashew nuts, medjool dates and alkaline h2o
The Cashew Nut Mylk is delicious and I’d love to have a few of these in the fridge as low-calorie snacks. I also loved the green smoothie each morning and the red afternoon juice.
I have taken a few of the cleanse steps to implement in my daily routine, such as starting each day with warm water and lemon which gives me energy before I exercise. I also drink a lot of peppermint tea each day between meals rather than regular tea with milk.
My final comment is to be prepared for the number of toilet stops you need to make on a daily basis with so much water, tea and juice. Being a very busy person, out at parks with the kids, walking everywhere and in many meetings a day, I found that I had to time my juice intake to when I was able to take toilet breaks.
The LYC One Day Juice Cleanse costs $75 and is the perfect pre or post-Christmas experience and makes a terrific gift for a loved one.