I’ve been meaning to eat healthier and gradually change our family’s diet to a more nutritious one, but somehow that has always been pushed to the back burner.
When Antidote contacted me about sponsoring their 3-Day juice cleanse, I was going to pass it up because I’ve been really busy and didn’t want to add too many reviews on my plate at the moment.
However I thought of #1, knowing that she regularly does her own cold-pressed juices. I showed her the website and her enthusiasm was greater than I expected. I agreed to it, on condition that she handled the photos.
Seeing how excited she was, I took a better look at their website.
During the period of juice cleansing, your digestive system will be given a rest, enabling your body to go into detox mode naturally while flooding it with vitamins and minerals that it needs to thrive. Your cells will focus on repairing other cells, tissues and organs, and eliminating foreign toxins and the natural metabolic wastes our body produces by itself.
Our Fresh Start programme helps to jumpstart our body, detoxify your cells and get rid of harmful toxins that have built up in our bodies over time.
Sounds like what I needed!
|Antidote Advanced Cleanse
#1 immediately chose the Fresh Start Level 3 cleanse, which is for those who have cleansed before and love the taste of greens.
The ingredients are clearly labeled at the back. For example,
Mont Blanc (Anti-inflammation): Apple, Jap Cucumber, Celery, Lemon.
Angel Falls (Liver cleanse): Carrot, Orange, Beet, Lemon, Ginger, Coconut oil, Rosemary.
I didn’t mention it to #2 and #3 as I thought they might be a little too young for this, at 16 and 14 respectively.
However, when they overheard our conversation they wanted in on it as well. I was rather sceptical and asked them if they really understood what we were doing.
Me: You wouldn’t be able to eat for 3 days you know. Just drink 6 bottles of juice throughout the day.
Teens: We know what a detox is, mum. Can? Please…
So, I ended up doing my first juice cleanse with my 3 teenagers!
|Antidote Intermediate Cleanse
|In preparation for the cleanse, we were given a list of what to eat more of and what to avoid to ease the body into the cleanse to avoid strong detox symptoms.
I was surprised that the 3 of them preferred to come home and have salad topped with grains like buckwheat and quinoa instead of grabbing fast food with their classmates on the way home from school.
I got into the swing of things and switched to healthy salads for breakfast instead of the usual bacon and eggs.
The 2 of them chose Fresh Start Level 2 cleanse, which is for those who eat a fair amount of green vegetables, but still want to achieve optimum health.
They brought their juices to school in cooler bags and several of their classmates tried it, and wanted to buy them as well, until they found out that one bottle of juice costs about $14.
|Antidote Beginner Cleanse
I chose Level 1 as I love my meat and all manner of “unhealthy” foods and decided not to overdo things. Notice the brighter colours of the juices as compared to Level 3, which has more vegetables.
The Fresh Start Level 1 is for those who are new to juice cleansing, or have not been eating enough greens over the years and arrant used to the taste of vegetables. This selection of juices are smoother and tastier, so that beginners will find them easier to drink.
I was a little apprehensive as to what I would do if I felt really hungry, and wondered if I would faint halfway as I went about my busy day.
Turns out, I was full consuming so much liquid that I didn’t feel all that hungry. Besides the 6 bottles of juices per day, we were encouraged to drink up to 3 litres of water everyday and decaf herbal tea to stay hydrated.
I checked in with the girls throughout the day, to see if they were feeling ok and reminded them to drink more water. We laughed about which juices were harder to drink and which ones were actually quite yummy.
|A la carte
So as not to leave the little ones out, the lovely people at Antidote sent over some juices for Kate and the other 2 kids to try.
It was refreshing to have cold juices ready in the fridge especially on a hot afternoon.
Kate liked all of it, but the other 2 preferred the Atlantic (energy boost) and K2 (promotes strong bones).
At the end of the 3 days, I felt such a sense of achievement. I DID IT! I’m glad it was a 3-day cleanse. I don’t think I could have held out much longer.
Juice cleansing is done by replacing your meals with bottles of organic, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices. Each bottle of cold-pressed juice you receive is made with approximately 1kg worth of organic fruits and vegetables that contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that aids in nourishment and detoxification.
Ah, that explains why the bottles are so expensive.
What we got out of the juice cleanse was not only resetting our system with a good flush, but we became more aware of what we were eating and have decided to replace our lunches with wholesome salads whenever possible.
I used to prepare salads for #1 quite a lot last year, but stopped as she was the only one eating it. Now that the 4 of us are committed to a healthier diet, I’m going to start whipping up salads again!
|Toss and go
- Do it together with family members or colleagues. The moral support really helps and it is way more fun.
- Avoid delicious smells. I visited a friend and her helper was cooking curry. That almost threw me off the detox!
- Ensure enough space in your fridge for the bottles.
- Have easy access to the toilet.
Save tip: Antidote is offering my dear readers a 15% off, coupon code MummyWee. Valid till 10 June 2016.
Happy juice cleansing!
Disclaimer: We were sponsored the juice cleanse programme by Antidote. All opinions are my own.
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