[ This is gonna be a long, long long long ass post. Whoops. Too much verbal diarrhea recently! ]
Have you ever been a victim of “i’m dieting leh” friends who end up making you think twice about your choice of makan, or change your plans to suit their diet? I swear my friends were/are exacting revenge on me because I’m always the pickiest person in the group. #thankyougirlfriends
At the moment, my dear event buddy Yina Goh is on a #SlimCouture mission so she’s only subsisting on a diet of fish, chicken and cherry tomatoes – not even soup! *gasp* To be honest, I’ve gone on detox once before with Yina, but we were utterly defeated by the end of Day 1. In current slang, “I be die” if I could only eat these 3 things (which I usually don’t eat at all).
So it surprised all my friends (and even myself) when I decided to go on a juice detox the minute I returned from my holiday trip – which was mainly feasting in usa, walking, feasting in tokyo, walking much more… but seriously, you cannot escape CARBS in both locations – potatoes in USA, and Japanese RICE in Japan.
The reason for the detox was simple – not to lose weight, but to give my body a cleanse and restart all the metabolism rates and purge out all the toxins I’ve accumulated from my 15-day non-stop eat-eat-eat-eat-eat holiday. I don’t even have a weighing machine in my room, but I know my weight and size very well – I’m usually 46+ kg. Heng ah, not yet 47.
Before you think that’s very light… HELLO!!! I’M JUST 1.53m tall you know?!?!
People my height are usually 40-42kg, and at my lightest I was 40kg – when I met Yang, I was only 42k! *crying face*
Where was I? Oh yes, self-awareness about my own weight. Like I mentioned, I don’t have a weighing machine at home (I’m totally not obsessed with my weight at all) but I do get curious when I chance upon one and so happens that I weighed myself before, during and after the trip – 46.4 kg, 46.8 kg, 46.6 kg.
If you know me – I don’t exercise at all (much), and while I’ve managed to save myself from obesity because I don’t really like deep fried or oily food, I do snack quite a bit and I have a weakness for cakes (SO MUCH SUGAR) and instant noodles (ALL THAT SODIUM). I’m quite full of junk and in need of purging all that carbs…
I’ve put myself on a complex-carb menu whenever I can – been eating less white rice and less noodles, stopped binging on bread and been cooking for myself very often, which consists largely of mushrooms, greens, and brown-rice beehoon! And an egg to top it off. That has kept my energy levels under control – I am less lethargic and found it easier to concentrate.
Oh well, since I’m already on a journey to a healthier me… I thought I might as well give detox a try again – not like I have anyone to indulge in anything with since we’re ALL abstaining from carbs these days.
I went on a 3-day juice detox plan with hic’Juice – they delivered 18 bottles of juices to my home the night before I was supposed to start my detox, and they have to be kept refrigerated because they’re fresh and unpasteurized, and can only last 3 days.
This meant NO ESCAPE. Once it reaches my door I have to start my detox the next day and make sure that I go through with all 3 days of it! No pausing. No excuses!
The plan is simple. 6 bottles a day, 1 bottle every 2 hours.
To make it even easier for you, it’s numbered on the caps!
Before the cleanse, you should slowly condition your body so that it doesn’t go into shock. I made sure to cut down on my carbs, start eating more greens, and scheduled in my 3 days of cleanse on days that I have little or no engagements.
During the detox, you’re encouraged to start your day with a glass of lemon water to wake your body up, and then make sure that you keep yourself hydrated through out the whole day – drink plenty of water because this will help you to flush out all the toxins in your body! Sleep early, and give body a break from all your late nights!
By right, you should drink nothing but these juices and plain water for 3 whole days. But by left… of course I cannot la. I’m a hot food person and I fed myself some boiled veggies (Kailan and Broccoli!) through the day. T___T I’m sorry I’m weak like that.
After the detox, you’re supposed to treat your body kindly as it’ll be the cleanest it has ever been and in the best condition to absorb all the good stuff from your food – you can go back to your normal diet (but do it slowly), or start on a cleaner diet instead. It’s your choice to make, so why not go for the healthier one? (Erm, I had Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak T_____T I’m sorry again – but I’m only human and we all wanted to eat Nasi Lemak. I only ate half the rice though!!!)
hic’Juice even has a little guide to help you through the day if you’re confused about how to begin or have questions on how to survive the 3 days of juice detox. They’re also very friendly and will help you out with your questions if you email them!
And 3 days after my detox, I decided to weigh myself (borrowed my sister-in-law’s weighing machine) for the purpose of blogging it down (you know, for statistics, and also because I’m curious) and OH MY GOD. What is this!!!!
THE MACHINE READ: 44.6 KG.
I didn’t expect that, cos I actually cheated a little and snacked on boiled veggies and fruits through the detox (plus that sinful Nasi Lemak dinner, post detox!), but it sure was a surprise to me!
I don’t think you can lose fats that fast, but I think I definitely purged out a lot of… stuff. Bad stuff. From my body. *coughs*
I LOST WEIGHT!
2kg worth of, erm, nonsense, gone!
As you can see, yeah I was majorly pleased! Hehehe. I really didn’t expect losing weight because I’m doing this for the benefits of my health more than weight-loss, but this was most definitely a welcomed “side-effect”!
“Once your body is free from the task of digesting solid food and instead, receiving our organic ingredients that are easy to digest and filled with live enzymes and vitamins, your body will gently shed the stubborn toxins and excess weight. After 3 or 5 days on this clean and lean program, you will feel lighter and healthier as well as more balanced, lucid and vibrant!”
On top of all that, my pants were also looser, I could work better, and Peiling remarked that I look skinnier each time she sees me *blush* why thank you! Hehehe. I really slept like a baby after I drank Nut Milk – it’s my favorite drink of all and I look forward to it every night as a “desert” drink.
Here are 3 drinks which i reacted most towards:
Lemon n Spice – REFRESHING. This was nice in the middle of the day when you feel a little sleepy – just nice to wake you up!
Kaleidscope – I do not like this… but it’s a green juice, which means it has the most nutrients. Well, not liking 1/6 juices in the pack isn’t that bad, because…
Nut Milk – because there’s always Nut Milk to look forward to at the end of the day! hic’Juice suggest that you chew your juices like you would chew food, but really this was the most chewable drink of all! I really love it to bits and I wish all 6 juices were Nut Milk – I think I can survive on purely just that, hahaha.
I know anyone can get juices anywhere, and you may even think that ah, you’ll just churn out your own juice. Yah, of course you can, but let me tell you the few reasons why I chose hic’Juice for my detox plan… and justify the hefty price tag.
1. My friend tried it before and told me it’s not bad. And it is not bad at all!
Eve was on the detox diet before I was, and she was trying it out. I did ask her if it’s nice and she said there’s some she doesn’t like at all, but it was on the overall a do-able detox drink.
I was like whut?? *couldn’t imagine* And when I saw the ingredients listed on the drink + smelt it, I understood. Cucumber, Celery, Kale, Spinach. All the green stuff mixed with juices – it can be a little “raw” tasting at times, but just sip your way through it and you’ll get through it fast enough! I did enjoy quite a few drinks, of course! I especially loved Nut Milk. In fact I’m crazy about it and I wish hicJuice sold them loosely so that I can purchase them any time I wanted!
2. The nutritionist is someone I actually know.
Know as in she knows me, too. Not the know – I also know who is Miranda Kerr lah, but she doesn’t know me.
(P.S. I hate it when people use that word to mislead people into thinking that X is friends with Y by saying “X knows Y”)
The advising nutritionist, Dr. Doreen Tan, is actually the BFF’s mother. I respect my friend’s mum a lot, and she is my go-to person for a lot of health/dietary related problems.
This is what gave me 100% confidence to go ahead with this, because this meant that it’s not any quack company trying to sell weight-loss solutions – hic’Juice promotes living a healthy lifestyle, and does not make empty promises!
3. They are 100% organic, fresh, cold-pressed juices!
“Ha, cold-press? Simi lai eh? I just put into my blender and make juice, lor. Same same.”
NO IT’S NOT THE SAME.
hic’Juices are fresh, and unpasturized.
I did a quick google search, and an article from Huffington post was top on the list, listing the differences between cold-pressed juicers and centrifugal juicers.
Basically, cold-press juicers gives you the maximum benefits from the juices because some of the enzymes are not destroyed while juicing, which is what happens when you use a centrifugal juicer – those juicers generate heat, which destroys most of the enzymes and nutrients, especially from leafy greens. Centrifugal juicers are also unable to process nuts like most cold pressers can.
Cold-pressers tend to be very quiet as they crush the fruit instead, and you also get more juice out of the selected ingredients than using a normal juicer!
This is why a cold presser is much more expensive than a normal one, too.
hic’Juice has a whole page of reading for you to do if you’re keen on reading up on all the benefits – go on, click here and spend some time educating yourself. I’m sure it’ll make you go “Ohhhhhh…” after reading it!
They come in glass bottles.
hic’Juice is environmentally and socially responsible, so instead of plastic, their juices come in glass bottles which I LOVE. I’ve been hooked onto using glass bottles to store my water (no plastic or funny taste!) and the square shape of the bottle meant that it fits really well into my car’s cup holding space (mine’s square!) and doesn’t knock around as much as my Voss bottle does! Whew.
Some people also use it to keep chilli. Hey, whatever rocks your boat… as long as you don’t throw them away just like that. You can also return them to hic’Juice, if you don’t wanna keep them! ; )
Now after reading all these, you’ll probably be asking… How much is it?
I know the price can be a little shocking at $308 for a 3-day reboot (3 x 6 bottles (500ml each)). Prices vary, depending on the detox level you’re choosing (number of green juices will determine how much it is due to material cost) – But you can also opt for a 1-day option (6 bottles), which is just $108! ; )
Alternatively, they also offer 6 pack juices, which come in a few different combinations at just $98!
You can choose to replace your usual coffee with this healthier alternative, or just supplement your meals with it. I love Relax – because it has Nut Milk! ; p
All juices will be pressed on the day you receive it, in 500ml packaging!
If you’re keen, do email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website for more information (they have loads of it!). If you’d like to purchase it, here’s a little something to sweeten up the deal for you – quote “Evonnz” for a little discount*! And please, enjoy Nut Milk for me! ; D
Discount = 10% off 3-Day Reboot + Free Delivery!
hic’Juice has announced on their Instagram that they’ll be at PasarBella this weekend, and I am STOKED! I wanted to drop by PasarBella this Friday but guess I’m gonna reschedule it to the weekend instead XD
I’m gonna head down to get myself a few days’ worth of NUT MILK. (Sorry if you’re sick of hearing me say that hahaha). Whoop whoop, this weekend sounds great already!
P.S. – I’ve been updating on my Dayre too – with more daily random happenings that don’t really belong anywhere! I really like this app – it does have potential to revolutionize the entire blogging scene, doncha think? ; ) No matter who the publisher is… from the bottom of my heart – it’s a good job done! Please carry on improving the app!