Nosh Super Green Vegetable Cleanse Review

Sunday, 8 February 2015
Recently, I was forced to accept that it was almost February and my 'New Years' healthy lifestyle still hadn't started. I was still skipping meals in favour of 'low fat' snacks, eating far too much refined sugar and then wondering why my skin was breaking out like crazy. I wasn't getting any nutrients, so I was lacking in energy and then craving sugary foods for an energy boost - it was a cycle that I had to break before any new diet plan was going to work. Back in 2013, I blogged about the Nosh 3 Day Juice Fast. Having nothing but healthy juices for 3 days had been hard but it really helped to kick start my diet. After looking on line and re-reading my old review, I decided to go for it again. I knew it was going to be hard, but hoped this would be the game-changer.

Nosh Detox Review

Nosh give a personal customer service - you fill in a form on line, then they phone you to discuss what results you're looking for and what program would work best for you. I was looking for something to kick start a new healthy lifestyle, and to beat my junk food cravings and was recommended the Nosh Super Green Vegetable Cleanse*. I booked in a delivery date for the following week and the parcel arrived on Tuesday evening. Inside were 12 green juices, 4 lemon & ginger tonic waters and a timetable telling me when to drink each juice. 

8.30 am : Lemon & Ginger Tonic
11.30 am : No. 1 'The Rehydrator' (spinach, avocado, mango, apple)
1.30 pm : No. 2 'The Eliminator'(kale, celery, banana, mandarin)
4.30 pm : No. 3 'The Healer' (broccoli, parsley, avocado, peach)
8.30 pm: No. 4 'The Rejuvenator' (courgette, pineapple, mint)

Nosh Detox Review

I was working early all week so I'd have my first drink at my desk on schedule at 8.30am. This tasted like lemon and ginger water - was I too optimistic to think it would be like fizzy ginger beer? Probably. I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried 'The Rehydrator' - spinach, avocado, mango and apple actually tasted quite good. 

I was never hungry before it was time to have my second juice at 1.30pm. The timetable works really well, and you only feel real hunger, until an hour, at most, before you're due another.  What I did notice, was that at certain times of the day I'd have really strong cravings. This made me really stop and think - do I normally distinguish between genuine hunger and cravings? Or do I just think food, eat food? I also started to recognise the difference between hunger and thirst. Nosh encourage you to drink a lot of water during detox. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, and can lead to us craving foods that have a lot of moisture in them. I noticed that a big pint of water really energised me in the afternoons and that I need to start doing that more often.

Nosh Detox Review

The only time I struggled to drink the juices was at 4.30pm each day when it was time for No. 3 'The Healer'. I absolutely detest broccoli, and that's all I could taste in this juice. Luckily, it was cold from the fridge so I could gulp it down quickly with the taste only hitting me at the end. Honestly though, it tasted horrendous. 

My toughest time was on the evening of day two. I'd had a dull headache throughout the day which I put down to sugar or caffeine withdrawals. I was genuinely debating whether to quit, especially when it got to broccoli o'clock. I kept thinking 'do I really need to do this?' but deep down I knew I didn't want to quit. I was staring at the bottle, debating whether to drink it or give up,  when I spotted this written on the front:

'Change is inevitable; suffering optional. So the quicker you embrace any concept, good or bad, the faster you can release it and move on' 

I wanted to do this otherwise I wouldn't have started. I knew if I gave up, I'd blame any diet failure on the fact I hadn't completed my detox properly. I'd started now, and it was difficult, but I couldn't give up. It's just 3 days out of my whole life, after all. Mind over matter. And I was already beginning to learn a lot about the way I eat. 

Nosh Detox Review

The excitement of it ending kept me going through day 3, until I started feeling unwell about 9pm. My bones were aching, I had a temperature and knew I'd caught the virus that was going around my family. Three hours short of the finish line, I had to eat something to prepare my stomach for lots of cold and flu tablets. I had one of Andy's protein pancakes, washed it down with cough medicine and paracetamol and went to bed.

So now onto the big question .. did it work?

My main goal of the detox was to reset my relationship with food, kick my bad habits and kick start a new healthy lifestyle. The detox made me learn some valuable lessons and for that reason alone, it was worth it. 

1. Recognising real hunger: I snack so often that I rarely feel proper hunger. I felt real hunger at times and it was then that I found myself craving a proper meal like chicken, vegetables etc. Feeling real hunger made me recognise when it with purely psychological cravings or even thirst. I also realised that real hunger is good, and makes me want a proper meal instead of continuously snacking on empty calories like Snack-a-jacks.

2. Appreciating food: This follows on from number one. Food tastes much better when you're actually hungry, as opposed to constantly snacking for the sake of it. I want to have proper meals every day and I want to make them good. Why have a tasteless low-calorie soup followed by cardboard flavour low-calorie snacks in the afternoon, when I can have a big, healthy lunch that keeps me full until dinner? 

3. Will Power: I'd convinced myself recently that I just don't have will power. If I wanted sweets, I'd have sweets. This detox has taught me that I do have will power and it took a lot of it to get me through this. I'll remember this if I ever feel like I need to have something bad - I don't need to do anything, it's always a choice.

4. Sleep: I was in bed for 10.30pm every night of the detox. I'd wake up feeling bright and alert the next day when usually, I  struggle to get up, fight with my alarm clock then find myself eating for an energy boost mid-morning. At night time, I snack on sugary things that keep me awake until midnight and the nasty cycle continues. I say it a lot - but a good sleep solves so many problems and my 10.30 bed time is here to stay.

Nosh Detox Review

My overall aim was much bigger than short-term weight loss, but during my detox I lost 4.5 pounds within 3 days. I expect to put 1 or 2 back in the next week as I start to have food in my stomach again, but it's a good thing all the same. My stomach feels flatter  and my skin has even started to clear up too. Despite still battling a virus this weekend, I've continued to eat healthily and have actually been craving vegetables. My body finally remembers how good they make me feel - which was exactly what I was aiming for. 

Would I recommend it?

Let's face it, these programmes are expensive. For my first detox, I got a deal through Groupon and paid £69. For this one, I was lucky enough to get it free of charge since I was reviewing it on here (this was after I approached Nosh - I was going to do it anyway). Would I pay full price at £240 for three days? Probably not. But the good thing is, you don't need to. Nosh regularly have offers through Groupon, Wowcher, etc where you can get the 3 or 5 day program for £69-£99. I'd definitely pay again if it was through one of these deals.

Of course you can make your own at home, and this is something I'm going to try too, but personally, having a set program, timetable and pre-made juices really helped me to push through it. If you're thinking of trying a detox, I'd recommend a set program like this for your first time and then trying out your own afterwards.

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So that's the longest post I've ever written but I really hope you find it helpful if you're thinking of detoxing too. There's a lot of negativity around detoxes and there's no denying that some are total fads - detox teas, I'm looking at you! But if you have any questions at all - let me know in the comments and I'll answer them asap!

Would you ever do a juice detox program?

xox

p.s only 5 days left to enter my Marc Jacobs perfume giveaway!

* This isn't a sponsored post, but Nosh kindly provided this juice program without charge, for the purpose of reviewing it on my blog.  All thoughts are my own, as always! 
7 comments on "Nosh Super Green Vegetable Cleanse Review "
  1. Good on you Eilidh, I don't think I would have this much will power. I could do with a wee detox after all the hot chocs, cakes and dinners I ate on my holiday. xx

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    1. Thanks Linsay! Your holiday looked amazing! xxx

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  2. Ever since trying the whole 'Bootea' detox, I've been put off detoxes! It made me ill and I just feel like you need real food for a reason in your body! Do you think your illness may have been brought on my the detox?
    alicekatex ♥

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    1. Aw I totally agree with the Bootea thing - I was the exact same! The thing with those detoxes are that they're basically just an overpriced laxative in a tea, they don't add anything at all to your body and they just aim to purge everything out. With this one, it's all about filling your body with loads of healthy fruit and veg and for those 3 days I definitely had more nutrition that I'd normally have in a week! Nah the virus had went from my sister to my nephew to me this week so I know it wasn't connected.xx

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  3. I really love the sound of this and have only done one juice detox before but if this was on offer I would snap it up like a shot. I actually love the taste of all vegetable and fruit juices, but agree with the second day being so much harder than the first, the headaches are horrendous but my god after it's like so rejeuvenating and when you go back to normal food I think it makes you feel more conscious about your choices xxx


    Blonde Of Carbs


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    1. Yeah Jessica it really does! It's been 4 days now and I haven't been craving anything sweet at all so it's been easy to keep eating healthily. Even though it was hard it was defo worth it xx

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  4. Well done on not giving up! I think detoxing your body is a great idea, but I find these juice cleanses are slightly extreme and you pay a whole lot for something that you could easily recreate at home, like you say. I don't think I'd ever want to just drink juices for 3 days straight, let alone 5, but I do incorporate them into my daily routine and I definitely notice a difference in how I feel when I up my intake!

    Alice Grace Beauty

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