November 01 2011
Spa Junkie is undergoing a three-day Radiance juice cleanse.
I’ve cancelled all my plans, and am sitting at home feeling sorry for myself. Nothing to do but surf the internet. It seems that juice fasting, like most alternative therapies, has its fans and its critics. Most doctors will tell you it’s a waste of money and that you would do better to eat the real thing raw; fans of the method, however, believe that while someone is fasting, less energy is expended on the digestion of foods, leaving more energy available for the rest of the body to expel the normal byproducts of metabolism, which they call “toxins”.
A large portion of juice fasters believe that abstaining from solid food allows the body to recover and heal itself from damage and fatigue caused by the relentless stress of digestion. But the medical world largely concurs that the concept of “detox” is a marketing myth rather than a physiological entity. The idea that an avalanche of vitamins, minerals and laxatives taken over a two-to-seven-day period can have a long-lasting benefit for the body, they think, is questionable.
THURSDAY; LAST DAY
Juice and capsules for breakfast. I’ve made it to elevenses but an invite to Nobu for lunch seals my fate. I give a rebel yell: “I’m done, done, done.”
THE BOTTOM LINE
This deprivation is as much a psychological battle as it is a physical one. The idea of being able to abstain and stick to a fast is definitely a mental reward, and I would recommend that you approach it as such. Once a month for a day, or once a year for a few days, I think, is not a bad idea. But substituting meals puts your body into starvation mode and the first thing to be burnt is your lean muscle mass, not your belly fat. This reduces your metabolism, which is totally counterproductive if weight loss and long-term weight management happen to be your goal.
Personally, I feel there are definite benefits to be had from a juice cleanse. My skin has improved, my eyes are a lot sparklier and I dropped 1.4kg in just under three days. But I can’t sleep when I am hungry, so the double deprivation has left me looking tired.
My thoughts on Radiance? It was simple. Juices arrived on time and were well packaged, with the information given taking the thinking out of the process. And generally, the owner Claire was quick to respond to my questions. But for me, it’s not a (vegetable) patch on the Blue Print Cleanse, New York’s number-one juice-cleanse company, whose juices are more like mocktails. They also have delicious, healthy meals for people on the go which you can include in the programme.
Is Radiance worth the money? I’m not so sure. Next time, I’ll buy my own juicer before turning to a juice service. It means it’s fresh on demand. Besides, add a splash of vodka to freshly juiced orange and grapefruit and… triple sec, anyone? Do it again this year? LITBS – Life Is Too Bloody Short.
Spa Junkie pays for all her own travel, treatments and accommodation.