Juice cleanses have gained a lot of noise recently and I’ve been curious as to whether they live up to the hype, as I’m sure some of you are as well. CPRESS’ 48hour juice reset hopes to help flush out toxins from your digestive tract, reduce bloating, and put you on the path to “embracing a healthy and plant-based diet”. Given CPRESS’ reputation as the go-to guys for juice, I was excited to try their line-up!
The 2-day cleanse consists of 14 drinks – 2 Detox Waters, 1 Prime Number (carrot, pear, orange, pineapple, lemon, beet, ginger), 2 Green Therapies (apple, cucumber, celery, kale, romaine, parsley, lemon, ginger) , 2 Coconut Waters, 1 True Love (carrot, lime, ginger), 1 Charged Up (carrot, orange, pineapple, lemon, lime, turmeric), 1 Farmer’s Market (cucumber, celery, kale, romaine, parsley, lemon, ginger), 1 Green Harvest (cucumber, coconut water, celery, romaine, kale, spinach, lemon, ginger), 1 Turmeric Gold Booster, 1 Liver Flush Booster and 1 Almond Milk (with vanilla and pink salt, which was my favourite).
The juices are raw and cold-pressed, and everything arrives neatly packaged, ready for you to pop into the fridge and consume within three days – detox time.
The informative and easy-to-follow Cleanse Guide that CPRESS provide recommended that I not only mentally prepare, but also try cutting processed foods from my diet for the days leading up to the cleanse. I obliged, and on the day of my cleanse had already started to notice a slight shift in my energy levels as my diet had already been cleaned up.
The first day of the cleanse was, by far, the easier of the two. My first drink of the day was the detox water, with another drink to be consumed every 2-3 hours. Perhaps it was the excitement of doing the cleanse coupled with the excitement to try all of the new juices, but I did find myself pushing through more than expected. That being said, I would recommend doing the detox on a weekend or on days where you don’t have many obligations. Your energy levels are (understandably) going to be lower than usual – so make sure there isn’t too much activity expected of you.
However, while I had low energy throughout the day and my body felt significantly weaker, I did feel cleansed as all I was consuming was organic material. I ended the first day tired, ready for bed, but ultimately beginning to feel renewed.
Day 2 was harder. I woke up with low energy levels and felt sluggish throughout the morning. After the first few drinks, my palette began to repel the taste of juices and I craved solid food. Yes, I did feel cleaner as I was only putting “good” into my body. Yes, I did feel lighter, as I wasn’t bogged down by the heaviness of processed foods or sugars. But, did I miss actual foods…
By hour 40 I began to feel a bit faint – CPRESS do suggest that if you find it too hard to go on, then you shouldn’t push yourself and are recommended to have a soup or light plant-based meal to keep you going. I tried to push through, and made it (barely) to hour 48 having taken a few naps during the day.
Ultimately, I felt mentally accomplished and physically drained. But, as a result of not eating anything unhealthy for 48 hours, did feel like my system had been renewed.
It took me a while to regain my appetite and my first solid meal was a small plate of prawn noodles with greens. I have noticed that I’m a lot more conscious of my diet since the cleanse and the discipline it took to abstain from eating has also stayed with me and made me realise that I can, at any time, have the discipline to abstain from processed foods or refined sugars.
Should your health allow it, I would definitely recommend that you look into CPRESS’ cleanses – if not for the health benefits, then definitely for the delicious flavours that they have on offer.