It sounds lovely. It looks good. It tastes appetizing. But does it feel great and work miracles? I had done my homework – read every word on Raw Pressery’s website and even sampled the sampler – but this question remained unanswered. I was still intrigued, when I signed up for the daunting three-day cleanse, for which six juices are delivered each morning, with labels identifying at what time of day they need to be consumed. This is how I felt during each of the days and then, after.
Even after being on a raw fruit and vegetable diet for three days leading up to the three-day juice cleanse, Day 1 makes you realise how horribly you really eat. Indiscipline and weekend debauchery catches up with you in the most torturous ways. While slight nausea and headache are “normal” side effects of this detox, I also began to feel faint and low on energy (and almost regretful) about putting myself through it. You see, I had to skip an impromptu team lunch at The Pantry.
But I’m not a quitter. I felt infinitely better and lighter the next morning – and this gave me reason to continue. Though, I did skip my morning run despite feeling energetic because, seriously, who wants to feel like shit two days in a row. Despite the healthy shock my body went through the previous day, it seemed to have forgiven me by Day 2. In return, I flushed away any ill feelings and misgivings I’d had and distracted myself by making a list of all the foods I was already craving! Stuffed chicken and mashed potatoes, anyone?
The good thing about being on a liquid diet is that your body stops retaining water, it consumes the most basic nutrients and since you’re not stuffing your face like you normally do, you feel lighter. A light walk in the morning and post-dinner lead to just the effects you desire, but few things do more than seeing a real difference: a leaner body. By the end of Day 3, I had lost 2 kilos in under a week!
Let me start off by telling you it’s really not as hard as it sounds – though it isn’t for the faint hearted, as I learned, so take a one-day cleanse if that suits you better. Of course, it’s important to eat solid food but the cleanse does do you some good. A small but steady step towards glowing skin, trimmer frame and a giant leap in confidence. What’s not to love?