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The highs and lows of juicing in Phuket

You may have heard about the number of juice programmes that exist within society today, and especially involving many of your favourite celebrities.


By Dalia Hilmi

Friday 23 October 2015, 08:00AM


I have personally tried a few different ones, including a programme by UK juice master Jason Vale. However, I recently embarked upon another journey designed by a wholesome organic company right here in Phuket, Pura Organic. And I picked just the right time do carry it out: during the annual Vegetarian Festival.

I decided to complete six days, which included drinking seven different juices every two to three hours everyday for six days.

Juicing has fast become popular with the Western world and the Asian market has now joined the bandwagon. It is said to detoxify your body from all things toxic, which can include: air pollution, chemical absorption (anything from shampoo to laundry detergent to car exhaust and pesticides), radiations, and of course all the processed food loaded with GMOs, sugar, hydrogenated fats, alcohol and animal fats to name a few.

When you consume only juice, your system is flooded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help your body with to remove toxins, lower the risk of life-threatening diseases, strengthen your immune system and basically reboot your overall energy levels.

I have always been interested in challenging my body and mind and felt as though the juice programme as described by Pura Organic was right for me. It’s a great opportunity to see what your body can cope with. As well as the whole list of health benefits that come with it, I was intrigued to see if I would drop any pounds.

I’m also a big foodie at heart and am one of those people who constantly thinks about what they’re going to have for their next meal, so not having any solid food for six days seemed like an exciting challenge. Plus Pura Ogranic make it so easy for you, they deliver the daily organic juices right to your doorstep freshly squeezed from their farm, so you don’t even have the excuse of not making it yourself.

Now, indeed there are scores of reviews written by various juice enthusiasts all over the world, so what I will explain will be subject to my personal experiences and in no way a reflect what others may have experienced.

Day 1

Admittedly I had been out the night before, so I didn’t wake up feeling too fresh and honestly almost gave in before I had even started! I was seconds away from reaching for a snack from the cupboard, but alas I decided to be strong and opened my first juice: “Opening”, a combination of sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, pineapple, cucumber. It was actually quite nice and I took my time drinking it, knowing that it would be another two hours until I could delve into my next one.

Before I knew it, the day was over and I had completed day one.

Day 2

The feelings I had on this day were similar to those I felt the previous day and I even thought to myself, “This isn’t so bad, I don’t know why I was so worried!”

Day 3

New Paths Retreat

My first full day in the office on the programme. This was mainly tough due to the fact I had to watch all of my colleagues go out for lunch or eat in front me, while I sat in my chair and pretended to be satisfied with the bottles of juice sitting on my desk.

By around 5pm, I started to crash and was feeling very weak. By the time I got home from work, I was feeling really low in energy and I honestly thought I was going to faint. I was due to go to my Muay Thai class and knew that I had to have something to eat so that I could carry on. So truth be told, I cut up a quarter of an avocado and crushed some black pepper and organic lemon juice on to it and dug in. It was exactly what I needed and continued with the rest of the evening. If I was going to have an emergency plan then at least it was a superfood, full of antioxidants. 

Day 4

This was by far the worst day. When people say they don’t get hungry on the juice programmes, well I’m not entirely sure what planet they’re from. Because on this day, I couldn’t stop thinking about what meals I wanted and found myself “liking” every picture of food that I came across on social media; ironically something I would normally find quite annoying. I also developed some really strong and uncomfortable tummy pains, which experts claim is your body releasing all of the bad toxins and cravings. If that’s the case, then I worry about the number of toxins I was releasing because I was completely suffering that day!

Nausea, headaches, cravings, you name it, I felt it. I only managed three of seven juices on this day and saved the rest for later. I was so hungry but it became such a challenge to fight through it.

Day 5

Not too much to report on this day, I felt slightly better but I was still letting go of these said toxins. And by this day, I decided to indulge in drinking my favourite one, twice! For anyone that enjoys a Bloody Mary cocktail, then you’ll be in for a treat. This juice is called “Tomthai”, which is a mix of tomato, Thai basil, coconut oil, Himalayan sea salt and pepper. Delicious.

Day 6

It’s the final countdown! The last day had arrived and I could hardly believe it. I woke up feeling full of energy, brighter, lighter, and in really good spirits. It seems the benefits had finally caved through. I was feeling so good that I didn’t want to stop juicing. I was scared by the thought of eating again and my friends even said I looked better.

By the end of the six days, I was definitely a pro-juice girl. I recommend this to anyone that’s looking for a great detox programme, weight loss, or for anyone that’s up for a challenge. I have used this as inspiration to continue eating healthily and try and incorporate juicing into my diet at least twice a week. I enjoy eating a healthy balanced diet in general, but it’s great to feed yourself with more organic produce.

To anyone who wants to take part during the month of October, then they will receive a generous 10 per cent discount if they book with Pura Organic. Be sure to mention this article.

For more information check out PuraOrganic.org

 

 

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