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Fast Before the Feast: 5-Day Pre-Christmas Cleanse

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Get ahead of the ‘January Detox’ trend and start your juice cleans today to make sure you look great and feel incredible in time for the holidays. We’ve spoken to James Norton, a health food entrepreneur and ex- professional rugby player who has designed a special five-day juice programme to help you get in shape in time for the holidays .

Q1: What is a Juice Detox?

With a juice diet, you’re giving your body a proper chance to flush out toxins from your organs and any residual undigested food from your digestion tract. As you’re flushing your system out with fresh veg juices, bursting with antioxidants and minerals your digestive system should be revitalised with fresh nutrients and vitamins to ensure that it will process food more efficiently going forward.

Q2: What are the benefits of a juice only diet?

The benefits of a successful juice diet completed for at least five days include improve condition of your skin, increased energy levels, weight loss, decreased craving for processed food.

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Q3: Are there any side effects?

Like any diet, the first few days are the most difficult, especially if your system isn’t used to regular veg juice consumption, so prepare yourself for a few bumps at the beginning. Common initial symptoms may include headaches, constipation, increased urinary regularity, increased irritability and sometimes a heighten feeling of the cold, especially during winter.

If you do lot of fitness training, it is recommended to scale the intensively of the training down slightly whilst on the diet, as your energy levels will initially be lower. Or you may try a protein shake, preferably with brown rice protein or hemp protein with water straight after training.

Q4: How do I prepare for the detox? 

To prepare it’s recommend that you cut back on caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, dairy products and artificial sugars for at least 1 week prior to the juice fast. Ideally you cut them back gradually in the days before the detox so they are completely eliminated from your diet by the time you begin.

Water, lemon water and herbal teas are also recommended – ideally you should be drinking about 2 litres of water a day alongside your juices. If you find the idea of not eating solid food for three days too difficult – we recommend eating some organic soups, eggs or high fibre cereal.

Q5: What is a daily meal plan?

This menu has been specifically tailored to ensure that your body receives an adequate amount of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, protein and carbs to see you through the day.

  1. Breakfast Boost:

Orange, Strawberries, Apple, Banana, Granola, Kiwi.

  1. Brunch Bonanza:

Apple, Ginger, Spinach, Lime, Beetroot, Orange.

  1. Green Glasthule Remix:

Celery, Cucumber, Ginger, Spinach, Lime, Kale, Avocado.

  1. Turbo Charge Smoothie:

Cucumber, Pineapple, Apple, Avocado, Spirulina, Spinach, Celery.

  1. Dinner Delight Deas:

Carrot, Broccoli, Orange, Apple, Spinach, Lime, Pineapple, Wheatgrass.

Q6: Where can I get the juices from?

To start your juice detox today visit the Punnet Health Store on Glasthule Road in Sandycover (Map)

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