Healthy eating is something I’ve always struggled with. As a child I would hardly eat any vegetables, throwing tantrums over greens while my younger sister ate literally anything that was put in front of her. As I got older, concerned friends started to worry I was genuinely at risk of contracting scurvy, so I reluctantly started to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into my diet. I’m much better now, although I’m still pretty rubbish with the green ones. Everyone was completely taken aback, therefore, when I decided to take local juicery Press London up on their offer of a three day cleanse: 72 hours of cold-pressed juices designed to flush away the crap and kick-start any weight-loss regime. For three days I consumed nothing but juice; no food, no caffeine, no Diet Coke and no booze. And here’s how I got on:
Press London have two outlets in London, a stand-alone store in Soho and a concession in Selfridges, but for your cleanse they’ll deliver everything to your door. A three-day cleanse costs £132, which seems steep until you realise it’s the cost of about three meals out, and you’ll definitely drop a few pounds instantaneously. I lost 5.5lbs and also 2.5 inches around my waist; I am writing this a week later in a pair of jeans that previously didn’t fit. You can also save 10% with the discount code EMILYLOVESPRESS10.
What flavours are the juices?
It varies on the tier you take. Tier 1, which I did, has more fruity, milky drinks, whereas the really hardcore Tier 3 is pretty much back-to-back green juices. Those were the ones I really hated, but for lots of people they’re the nicest ones!
How often do you drink a juice?
You get eight bottles totalling 3.5 litres a day, so you generally start a new one every couple of hours. I’m a sipper rather than a guzzler, so I was drinking something pretty much throughout.
Do you get hungry?
You don’t really feel hunger because there’s so much going into your stomach, but you will crave solid food. And it does feel weird not to chew for a few days.
What else can you eat or drink?
Basically nothing. You can have water and non-caffeinated tea, and that’s it.
What happens to your, uh, digestive process?
It’s actually fine – I was genuinely terrified of having some sort of incident at work, but actually nothing awful happens at all. You do wee a lot though.
You can find Press London at 6 Denman Street, W1D 7HD, or in Selfridges, Oxford Street. Alternatively, view their cleanse options online at www.press-london.com.
Author: Emily Gibson
Emily is an urban adventurer, blogger and
glutton foodie on an epic quest to uncover the best things to eat, drink and do in London. She lives in East London and loves ceviche, cycling and magic shows. Lifelong nemeses include beetroot, beards and wine served in tumblers.