Scary things these juice cleanses, especially when you have never been a ‘juicer’. I was hesitant, yet curious at the same time. The best part about working at a massive wellness retailer, there are always fellow health buddies ready to rise to the challenge with you. Steph and I embarked on my first cleanse together, with the help of Orchard Juice Bar of course. We sit next to each other at work, making it a great buddy and support system. Okay I might be going overboard, it was only one day… but you don’t understand – I LOVE food and I LOVE to eat. Obviously before I started I did a fair amount of research on the viability of juice cleanses. Let’s start off by taking a look at some of the pros and cons of a juice cleanse:
Pros: Juices are a great way to consume concentrated amounts of vitamins and minerals. They are also automatically low in trans fatty acids and salt, making them a good and healthy way to eat your veggies. Water loss during a juice cleanse may result in reduced bloating and an overall lighter feeling. I think this is great for the short term as it may help to kick start a healthy eating pattern. I find that a detox is the perfect way to start a lifestyle change. It provides you with a burst of motivation to go forward and to reach attainable health goals. By cutting out refined foods during your juice cleanse, you may also find you have broken some nasty habbits such as late night eating and cravings for sugary, fat-laden foods.
Cons: Although the calories on a juice cleanse are restricted, the majority of calories are coming from carbs and sugar, found naturally in fruit and vegetables. Be wary that during a juice cleanse, you are consuming a much lower amount of protein, fibre and fat than generally required. Following a high carb, low protein, low fat and low fibre diet for a long period of time may cause dizziness, headaches, spikes in blood sugar, mood swings and fatigue. In order to juice in a healthy and sustainable way, I would suggest starting your day off with a green juice (no fruit) and continuing your day on a normal healthy food diet. Many vitamins are also fat-soluble, meaning that their absorption is enhanced when eaten with a healthy fat. Consuming a low fat diet over a long period of time is thought to interfere with nutrient absorption.
Why we chose Orchard Juice Bar: Orchard Juice Bar follow some great juicing practices that we thought crucial to our cleanse.
- Firstly, they use special juicers that have the ability to retain up to 5X the vitamins, minerals and enzymes compared to standard juicers. These juicers also add the fibre back into the juice. This is a very big PLUS for me as I was concerned at the loss of fibre having an effect on blood sugar levels.
- Secondly, I specifically enjoyed the design of the juice cleanse. Although there are fruits included, the juices are very heavily leaned towards vegetables and a limited fruit intake. There are so many commercial juicers out there that add heaps of apples to juices in order to bulk them up. This just provides the body with an excess of sugar and limited fibre (wrecks havock on blood sugar levels and weight) There is also a small amount of protein included in the form of nuts and superfoods.
- Thirdly, their produce is sourced at local markets or grown on their organic rooftop garden. No need to explain – the quality of the produce is key!
All in all, we settled on Orchard Juice Bar to start this new and exciting experiment. Steph and I decided to give you a mixed response, so as to make it both personal and objective at the same time. Read below to find out more about the benefits of each juice as well as our thought and feelings throughout the day. Steph has written about Juice 1, 3 and 5 and I have written about juices 2, 4 and 6.
Juice 1 (9am): Sunflower special.
Ingredients: Sunflower greens, celery, wheatgrass, lemon, apple, kale.
Let me start off by saying that in the beginning of my health journey I was always too hesitant to try green juice. I had one bad experience where I tasted a green juice and it was awful! So needless to say that when I had this sunflower greens in my hand I was very worried that I was going to have to chug it down. I opened it, looked inside cautiously and took a sip. I was completely surprised by how good it tasted! Yes it did have a “green/vegetable” taste but it was so pleasant. I was especially glad to be drinking this one when I realised that it had wheatgrass which is known as an effective healer because it literally contains all minerals known to man! Kale is another green goodie as it is known to be packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and is dense in an incredible amount on nutrients.
Juice 2 (11am): Dr. Ozzy’s Lemonade.
Ingredients: Organic lemon, apple, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper.
This was by FAR my favourite and I have been making it every morning since. The taste exploded in my mouth and as strange as it may sound, I could feel my cells soaking up the nutrients and lowering the acidity in my body. I have since adopted this into my morning routine, in order to start off the day on an alkaline note. Lemon and apple cider vinegar are both very alkalising foods which help to lower the acidity in our bodies, often caused by bad food choices. Cayenne pepper is a spice associated with the clearing of mucous and has anti-allergen, anti-fungal and immune-supporting functions. It also helps to produce saliva, required for digestion.
Juice 3 (1pm): The Panda.
Ingredients: Avocado, pineapple, lime, celery, cucumber, spirulina, apple, spinach, ginger.
After having such a pleasant experience with my first green juice this morning, I was happy to be having another! Although I will admit this Panda juice wasn’t as good as the Sunflower Greens. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t taste bad but I am not the biggest fan of avocado (shocking I know). It is something about the texture that puts me off so I think I am a bit biased when judging this juice. I did like the overall taste (thanks to the pineapple, lime and ginger) but overall the texture from the avocado came through. I don’t even know if that is possible or if it’s just a mental bloke but that’s just my opinion. What I did like about this juice was that it contained spirulina which is known as a superfood! It is packed with nutrients and all the other good stuff, as well as containing anti-cancer properties – yay! Another goodie in here was the ginger which has powerful medicinal properties.
Juice 4 (3pm): Beetroot Buzz.
Ingredients: Beetroot, cucumber, apple, lemon, mint.
I must say, I thought I would have been more hungry by the afternoon and possibly experience post-lunch dip but no…I was perfectly awake and energetic and soaring through the day. When I reached time for this juice, I wasn’t even waiting in anticipation or clawing at the fridge. I felt perfectly satisfied, yet excited to see what the next juice had to offer. The beetroot buzz is a delicious, healthy-tasting red juice that really hits the spot. There so many health benefits of beetroots – we should actually be including them into our everyday eating patterns. They supply the body with a wide range of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. This is combined again the alkalising effects of lemon in a perfectly formulated juice. All-in-all, a goodie!
Juice 5 (6pm): The Impala.
Ingredients: Cucumber, lemon, basil, aloe vera, green apple, pineapple.
Because The Impala sat in my fridge all day the juice separated which left the green part floating at the top and this brown murky colour at the bottom. Of course I know this is a natural process that happens but I still looked at it a minute too long before deciding to have it. I shook it up and took a sip and instantly knew it was by far my favourite juice from the entire day!! The combination of all the ingredients left the most refreshing aftertaste and the only fault that I had about this juice was that I didn’t get a bigger one – I just wanted more! This juice contained an unusual ingredient – basil – which is known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. My favourite ingredient in this juice? The aloe vera! It is packed with amino acids, vitamins, minerals, helps with detoxification, digestion and alkalises the body – win!
Juice 6 (8pm): Almond Milk.
Ingredients: Raw almonds, dates, coconut oil, vanilla and Himalayan salt.
I was looking forward to this rich, creamy juice all day. It was definitely rich and creamy although for me, a bit too rich. It may be because it was the end of the day or because I hadn’t been eating anything rich for the day. The reason I powered through is because I am confident that Orchard Juice Bar has developed an optimal juicing cleanse, and so this juice was necessary too. Don’t get me wrong, I have had feedback from others who absolutely love this one. Since this juice is a combination of almond milk and almonds, it has a relatively high fat and protein content while also being a source of magnesium, vitamin E, calcium and potassium. Don’t be scared off by my personal experience – everyone has different taste buds.
One thing I noticed is that as soon as I got home, I was thinking about food again. I am not sure if this is a habitual thing. When I get home I usually have a snack before getting on with my evening plans. Perhaps this has become a habit and is not actually hunger. Something I have taken note of and am trying to investigate further. So often we get into a routine and forget to stop and listen to our bodies. Remember that our body talks to us and we must respect it by listening. I’m happy to have learnt this valuable lesson during my cleanse. When I stopped and thought about it I realised I wasn’t hungry and so I continued my evening, not once thinking about food again. I went to bed and slept unbelievably well! I woke up feeling a bit groggy, which often happens to me when I sleep very deeply. I made sure that I ate very well the day after my cleanse, to support my body in it’s detoxing state.
Overall feelings: I want to do this again!!!
I hope that the information above is sufficient to guide you on your juicing adventure
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