Friday, May 22, 2015

Pressed Juices Cleanse - review and FAQ


Last week I did a 3-day Pressed Juices cleanse, my 3rd to date, so I thought it was time to share my thoughts on it, and answer some FAQ's .

My biggest concern when I first tried a juice cleanse was being hungry. To say I love to eat is an understatement.  Some people eat to live, I live to eat.  My first ever juice cleanse (by a company different to Pressed Juices) did not go that well, because by 10am I was obsessing over food and what I was going to eat.  Admittedly, I was just getting over a really bad flu, and it was in the middle of Winter.  Because of that, when I did my first PJ cleanse, I may have overcompensated, and tried choosing all the most nutrient-rich and filling juices and smoothies from the choices I was given (I love that we can choose our own juices/mylks/smoothies with Pressed Juices).  I needn't have worried about being hungry, quiet the opposite in fact, I was playing 'catch-ups' with all the juices I was meant to drink every 2-3 hours and was more full/satiated than on an ordinary day, seriously.

Therefore, the second time I did a Pressed Juices cleanse, I chose less-filling juices, but was still full.  This third time I did the same, but it was the first Pressed Juices cleanse I did in cold weather.  Still, I was not hungry once *whew*.

I believe the reason for that is the amount of nutrients/fruits/vegetables that go into each bottle of Pressed Juices, I recently found out that 1.5 kgs of vegetables and/or fruits goes into each one of them, I didn't realize it was that much! I love how great I feel at the end of a 3-day cleanse, I end up feeling purified, energized, mentally alert, and motivated to 'get back on track' and aim for healthier food choices (I still love my pizza and desserts, but I say it's all a matter of balance). After 3 days I always wish I had chosen to do the 5-day cleanse (maybe next time).  You can choose between basic, advanced and master, but I've only tried both advanced and master (master has one more green juice in place of an 'Earth' juice, and is for that extra inner cleanse).  My sister repeatedly told me how she could never go without 'eating', but consuming 6 kgs of natural produce in one day, even if in liquid form, provided me with more nutrients than I would get on any 'eating' day.



photo: mine.


What is a juice cleanse?

PJ cleanses have been formulated by Nutritionists to include a wide variety of fresh produce, focusing specifically on those plants traditionally praised for their ‘cleansing’ properties. Rich in essential plant micronutrients, each juice contains a different nutrient profile that nourishes your body and supports detoxification and healing.  In a PJ cleanse you drink 8 bottles per day (470ml each), consisting of over 6kg of fresh natural produce. The juices act as a meal replacement across each day, thereby giving your digestive system a rest whilst flooding your body with bioavailable nutrients. You don't consume any solid food, and also avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugary drinks and anything processed.

Why do a cleanse? 

 Whilst our body is designed to naturally and constantly detoxify, modern life has increased the load of toxins immensely. We are surrounded by pollution, chemicals, plastics, as well as alcohol, caffeine, medications and food preservatives. Our livers simply cannot keep up. Our sensitive organs and immune systems were never designed to put up with this assault, and thus we are left feeling sluggish, tired and stressed, having skin break outs, carrying excess weight, and having weakened immune system. 

Benefits of undergoing a juice cleanse:
  • Gives your digestive system a rest. 
  • Floods your system with nutrition.
  • Clears out stored toxins. 
  • Increased energy.
  • Rebooted immune system - I am hoping this is the reason I haven't fallen sick with the flu Lil' Brigs #1 has been battling the last week, am crossing my fingers my immune system holds strong.
  • Improved digestion.
  • Mental clarity & motivation - feeling good makes me motivated to continue feeling good and strive to eat better
  • Glowing Complexion - seriously, after my first PJ cleanse, I was staring at my skin in awe (I don't usually spend time looking at my skin, but I couldn't believe how smooth and glowing it was! I wish I had done a juice cleanse before my wedding all those years ago, I have never seen my skin as good as it is after a cleanse)
  • Ingrain long-term health habit - I think it also helps re-set our taste buds, with our sodium-laden foods, and taste for sugar
Tip:

One would think that drinking 8 x 470 ml of fluid a day would be plenty, but do drink lots of water throughout the day too.  I was surprisingly thirsty (even whilst drinking the extra water), which I took as a good sign as the toxins are being flushed from the body. This time round I made sure to have some herbal teas to warm my body (as drinking cold juices does tend to make you cold - even in summer).

Who shouldn't undergo a juice cleanse?

Due to restriction of protein and fat, as well as the fact that Pressed Juices have no added preservatives and are unpasteurized, a PJ Cleanse may not be suitable for everyone. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, individuals with compromised immune systems, some medical conditions or medications, as well as children and the elderly, are not advised to do a Cleanse. It is always best to check with a Nutritionist (including the helpful staff at Pressed Juices) if you are not sure.

I think I have included the answers to many questions I am frequently asked whenever I mention (on Instagram or to my friends & family) that I am on a Juice Cleanse.  But if you have any further questions, please feel free to drop a line, and I will try my best to answer it.



 

Happy Friday everyone!

xx




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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Balloons for Archie


I'm afraid this post does not contain your usual fluff of food or fashion.

Earlier this year, some dear friends of mine (whom I've known for well over a decade) received some devastating news that their beautiful 7 year old son Archie had been diagnosed with DSRCT, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer.  It is unfathomable to truly comprehend how difficult and painful this news must have been, but without fuss they pushed ahead to immediately procure the best treatment for their son, one of three beautiful, kind-hearted and vivacious siblings.

Many generous friends asked how they could show their support with genuine impact, and after careful consideration, and with the family's blessings, a group of close friends created a Family Fun Day last Sunday, to raise funds to contribute towards medical expenses, which will very likely require overseas travel.

On Saturday, I threw a belated birthday party for Lil' Brigs #1 and #2, and in lieu of presents I said that instead, if anyone wished to join us in donating to raise funds for our little friend Archie's medical and travel expenses, that they could do so through THIS link.  I thought I would take the opportunity to share it here too.  Even if it is just $1, little drops of water make a mighty ocean.

A few steps are required:
- click on Donations Only tab
- input quantity of 1 in the donations field to go through to the actual donations page
- then type in amount to donate


 I also recently came across the video below for The Truth 365, whose goal is inform the public of the critical need for funding for paediatric cancer research, giving a voice to kids fighting cancer.  I am sure I am not the only one that gets teary on watching this video, and instead of feeling helpless, we can try to make a difference by raising public awareness and/or contributing to cancer research.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

xx




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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Gingham and fries before guys


I'm afraid I stole the title for my post from a comment left (not for me) under this photo I posted on Instagram last night:


It was too funny not to share.

Remember when I posted about this gingham ensemble from Zara a little while back? Well, I couldn't resist it nor these 'pony hair' flats in navy and blush...just like I can't resist McDonald's fries.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New in: Balenciaga Ceinture (cut-out) Boots


These Balenciaga cut-out boots have joined my Chloe Susanna's and Isabel Marant Dicker boots as my top 3 favourite boots, I'm in love and can't seem to get them off my feet:


Balenciaga ceinture boots available at Matchesfashion


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Instamonth - Farewell April, Hello May!


I know I am not the most consistent of bloggers, but I am a pretty consistent Instagrammer (where I update daily, which mirrors my Tumblr too), if you don't follow me on Instagram or Tumblr, thiis is some of what I got up to in April (a fun, fashion and food-filled month!):


Happy May 1st everyone!

TGIF! Any exciting plans for the weekend?


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MBFWA Day 1 Street Style - What I/we wore


Apologies for going MIA once again, it has been a hectic few week weeks, leading up to MBFWA, the week at the Australian Fashion Week itself, and then coming back to the little ones being on school holidays.

It was an action-packed but lovely week spent in Sydney for MBFWA with my sister Elisa (who also blogs at Jadorais), spent to-ing and fro-ing to shows, squeezing a bite to eat whenever we could, and laughing a lot at trying to snap pictures (I am hands down the most camera awkward/shy person ever, truly).

I will save 'What we saw' for a further post.  I am afraid I didn't get the chance/time to snap 'Street Style' shots like I did to previous fashion weeks, but took a few for day 1, so will share them with you here.

What I wore:


Dress: COS (a few seasons old), Cuffs and Collar: Etsy (cuffs from Etsy US and collar from Etsy UK), Bag: Chanel quilted Boy (some available at Real Real and Vestiaire Collective), Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana (available from Net a Porter and Bergdorf Goodman), Shoes: Aska Collection Harem loafers (I found them TTS - in case I get asked).
 Cuffs and Collar: Etsy (cuffs from Etsy US and collar from Etsy UK), Bag: Chanel quilted Boy (some available at Real Real and Vestiaire Collective), Sunglasses: Ray Ban Polarized folding Wayfarer, Shoes: Aska Collection Harem loafer, Headband: Assad Mounser
PS. Little Picture from when I visited the Chanel Couture Ateliers in Paris
Please excuse my goldfish expression.  I stumbled on this picture of myself by accident, and had no idea I was being photographed, haha.  Photo by Jamie Cho (Sydney-based photographer). Love my Sarah Frances Kuhn camera strap which has served me well quite a few years now.
 Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana (available from Net a Porter and Bergdorf Goodman)
 Which way again?
 The best thing about this year's MBFWA was attending it with my sister Elisa (of Jadorais)
Day 1 we managed to squeeze a little lunch between shows, yay.

What they wore:

My sister Elisa, blogger for Jadorais:
Blouse: Daniel Avakian (whose show we watched later that day), Clutch: West Elm (lent this to her, and loved the pop of colour it added to the outfit), Boots: Alexander McQueen (love! A few seasons old I'm afraid), Leather shorts: Blessed are the Meek, Leather Coat: Alk'aemi (I have loved this Perth-based label for over a decade!)

 Elisa and I are fans of Kerrie Hess's beautiful work, so I just had to snap this picture, she was a vision in this beautiful outfit.
Absolutely adored Carmen Hamilton's (of The Chronicles of Her) pyjama stripes by Bassike, and am trying very hard to resist this Balenciaga tote (and the smaller crossbody version too - somebody please stop me! Or not)

Met this beauty, fellow Ministry of Talent (and former Adelaidean) blogger of 'Friend in Fashion' Jasmin Howell in a gorgeous Macgraw ensemble I just loved (we saw their show that day, and I'm already coveting way too many pieces).
The one and only Christine Centenera, by the time I decided to go for it and try for a picture I was a little late, but ah well...

All pictures taken by me (except for the ones I'm in, of course, those were taken by my sister Elisa)

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