I recently tried out one of the latest detox crazes: a juice cleanse, this time from Punch Detox, a cleanse company started by two ladies in Hong Kong who discovered the wonders of juice cleansing after having children, and they’ve recently started business in Singapore.
There are three different levels of cleanses: Level 1 (which I did), Level 2 (a bit more hardcore with more green juices) and Level 3 (super super hardcore with three green juices instead of the fruit). If you’re a newbie, I’d go for Level 1, like I did.
I’ll admit, one of the things I loved about the cleanse is that I didn’t have to think about what to eat for three days – and no washing up – BIG bonus.
You’re juices are numbered from 1 through to 6, and you drink them at regular intervals that suit you. I’d start my first juice at 7 in the morning, and finish my last between 8 and 9pm on average when I got back from work.
My thoughts on the six juices:
1. Citrus Punch (Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne Pepper, Agave Nectar, Filtered Water) – yummy, refreshing and zingy. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I’m pretty sure this will put a spring in your step without the need for coffee!
2. Green Punch (Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Bitter Melon, Parsley, Spirulina, Green Apple) – this tasted surprisingly nice considering it’s virtually all greens – my favourite juice of the lot.
3. Red Punch (Beet, Carrot, Ginger, Orange, Goji Berry, Red Apple) – My favourite fruity juice, this is antioxidant rich with the beetroot and goji berry.
4. Fruit Punch (Pineapple, Lime, Watermelon, Acai Berry) – this one was a little too sweet for my liking, but refreshing – by this point of the day and after the red punch I would’ve preferred something a little ‘greener’.
5. GazPUNCHo (Tomato, Cucumber, Cilantro, Garlic, Sea Salt, Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, Cayenne Papper) – according to many reviews I read before doing this cleanse, this was a lot of people’s favourites, but for some reason I just wasn’t a fan, at all (blergh). I think it’s possibly the idea of drinking something savoury that was the killer? Upon advice, I tried putting this into a bowl and heated it up like a soup, but it still wasn’t my cup of tea. In the end, I left this out.
6. Nut Punch (Raw Cashew, Raw Almond, Cinnamon, Agave Nectar, Sea Salt, Filtered Water) – refreshing, filling and soothing, and perfect to drink when winding down in the evening.
How it felt:
After and throughout the cleanse, I definitely felt myself feeling progressively clearer headed, calmer at work and surprisingly – not hungry at all. Overall, I’d say the cleanse is definitely worth trying at least once – I made much healthier choices after food-wise, too. It was a pretty smooth ride for me, (to the shock of my SG friends, I’m not much of a foodie!) but it isn’t as easy for everyone. If you find yourself STARVING, grab an apple, some carrot sticks, or cook up a veggie stir fry – something to munch on, but sticking to fruit and veg will help you stay on track.
One three-day cleanse will set you back $330, which is, in my honest opinion, pretty pricey, but I would consider doing one again before a big event, I did feel ‘cleansed’ afterwards, both mentally and physically.
It’s important to note that you have to go into one of these with the right mindset – they are not for weight loss but rather for cleansing and giving your digestive system a break. I didn’t weigh myself before or after the cleanse because that wasn’t my priority, but I definitely felt ‘lighter’ and healthier.