Last month the folks at Schkinny Maninny sent me a three day juice cleanse to try, which sounded like a great way to give the body a break while flushing out toxins and nasties.
The three or five day cold-pressed cleanses contain fresh fruit and vegetables which give you a hit of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and raw enzymes, juiced up so they are easy to digest. Deliveries are available in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
The day before my cleanse started three foam eskies arrived, each containing an information card and six bottles – five cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices and one raw nut milk smoothie – all a generously sized 600ml.
Each day you receive a motivational email which is great for keeping you on track. On the first day I was relieved to learn that you don’t have to drink ALL the juice in each bottle because that (plus the water you need to drink in between) is a quite a lot to get through, and all that liquid means you are peeing, a LOT.
If you’re one of those people who, when you buy juice, you pick the one that includes all the pulp, then you’ll like these juices as they are quite bitsy. This is an important factor as people can be really divided on the pulp / no pulp preference.
My favourites were:
- Schkinny Pine Grapple – pineapple, carrot, celery, ginger, apple
- Schkinny Vego Mego – beetroot, celery, lemon, spinach, ginger
- Schkinny Sleep Well – almonds, brazil nuts, water, cinnamon, medjool dates
As with the juice cleanse I did last year, I tried to stick to a schedule. The times that worked for me were 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm. The good news is that I wasn’t at all hungry (in fact when it was time for the next juice I was saying ‘Dang, already!’ to myself) but I did get nasty headaches and was quite tired by the afternoons. As this is my second attempt at a juice cleanse, I’ve come to realise that I either need to be better prepared beforehand or opt for a different way to flush out the system.
In hindsight (isn’t it a wonderful thing?) it probably wasn’t the smartest idea for me to do a cleanse at the end of a low FODMAP diet as I had just spent five weeks not being allowed a lot of the fruits and vegetables that are in the juices. Big amounts of those fruit and veg must have been a shock to the system. Perhaps that attributed to the headaches and tiredness – I may have felt differently had I been better prepared.
Schkinny Maninny have a variety of three and five day cleanse options. Next time I would go for the low fruit juice and soup option as I think having a couple of hot meals each day (lunch and dinner) would mix it up and make it more interesting and a little easier to get through.
What are your experiences with juice cleanses – do you find them helpful?
vegeTARAian received a three day Schkinny Maninny juice cleanse for editorial consideration.