Couple of weeks ago shortly before Ramadan I was offered to try out a detox package from Essentially UAE (link HERE).
I had never tried a full on detox before but reading health and fitness articles on a daily basis I was well educated on what to expect. I consider myself on the health conscious side of things but I really felt my digestive system needed a bit of TLC.
Being a hardcore green juice lover I opted for the 3rd degree of detox which is the Transformation Pro Cleanse.
This is what Essentially say about the Pro Cleanse:
”Our most intense level of Essentially Cleanses!
Transformation is designed to flood your body with chlorophyll, restore your alkaline balance, and seriously rest your insides. If you eat mostly a vegetarian diet, are a regular exerciser and have tried a few cleansing programs before, this one is for you.
Heavily vegetable based for maximum results, Transformation takes you deeper; it digs down to a cellular level, and leaves you feeling brand new.”
The evening before the cleanse the juices for all 3 days of the detox arrived at my door step. I realized that I would be carrying them around with me on shoots etc but luckily I have a portable cooler bag (a must for clean eaters). If you don’t own one and are planning an Essentially detox however you may have to invest in one.
Ideally I would have wanted to have a few quiet days off for me to fully enjoy the cleanse; days filled with rest and mild exercise such as long walks on the beach. That never really happens for me however so instead of wearing white flowy jammies and practicing hand stands on the beach I had to throw on something shiny and work on a 3 day campaign shoot.
The hard part when fasting is navigating through social situations I find – and so was the case with my cleanse. Had I been home alone with no temptation in sight I would have been fine with nothing but juice but now surrounded by naughty on set catering I found myself manically craving things I don’t even like such as greasy pastas and supermarket croissants. I did power through the 3 days however with mild deviations from the liquid only diet; I drank a bowl of miso and had a few avocado slices as an addition to my dinner. (All of the below permitted as per the guidelines sent out by the lovely Essentially team).
Now to my verdict: what do I REALLY think about the detox?
The pros and cons of detox are widely written about and the benefits versus risks involved are often debated amongst health professionals. By no means do I consider myself one so my opinion is my own and may not apply to any of you out there. Did I notice miraculous results? Not really – that may however be because I live a rather clean lifestyle as is (no caffein, alcohol, nicotine and limited refined sugar etc etc) so perhaps there was not a lot for me to detox from as such?
I did however THOROUGHLY enjoy the taste of the juices (the cashew nut milk may have been one of the tastiest things I have ever tried and I tried to recreate the recipe at home, with various results). The green juice despite it lack of sweetners was really enjoyable and the cayenne pepper detox liquid was tangy and sweet at the same time in a way that was all kinds of pleasant.
I genuinely recommend that you try the detox package if you feel that your healthy living needs a jump start. Perhaps your taste buds are used to one too many cupcakes and you can’t get of caffeine? If you feel like you need to reset your system this is the plan for you. I myself will opt for their supplement packages which basically means the above liquids in addition to my daily regime. I also secretly hope that the individual beverages will soon be sold in supermarkets etc – I get very annoyed when the juice stalls in the malls in Dubai try to sell ice cream based fruit cocktails and market them as ”healthy”.
Looking at the lovely founders of Essentially I can’t help but think that they are the best ambassadeurs for the brand; healthy looking, glowing and clearly passionate about what they do. THAT in combination with more green juice is the recipe for a good life me thinks. 😉