My 3-day juice cleanse experience

I met the lovely people from Beauty Cleanse a while back at an event. They shared their juice cleansing process, the benefits and I got to try some of their juices. They got me interested in the whole juice cleansing idea, but I felt like I wasn’t ready to embark and commit to a cleanse then. 
Fast forward to last week, the idea of doing a juice detox came back to me again. I’ve been binge eating for weeks and my body felt overloaded. I was mentally sluggish and physically drained. With a wedding coming up at the end of the year, I felt like I couldn’t continue my unhealthy lifestyle. I wanted to ‘reboot’ and ‘re-start’ my body and re-think my lifestyle habits. Coincidentally, Beauty Cleanse contacted me about their loyalty programme, Beauty and Belle and offered to start me on the programme with a 3-Day Juice Cleanse.

Feeling quite ready to commit to 3 whole days of having just juice this time, I accepted the ‘challenge’. To be honest, I wasn’t sure at all if I could go through with it because I’m the sorta girl who loves her food, a lot.

Juice cleansing aside, here’s the fun part of doing a juice cleanse with Beauty Cleanse. Their loyalty programme, Beauty and Belle is a year long membership that consists of 3 comprehensive cleanse plans + special discounts and exclusive passes to yoga, zumba, pilates, pole dancing classes, and aesthetics and spa treatments. This holistic platform helps you extend beyond your juice cleanse programmes to incorporate a healthier spiritual, mental and physical lifestyle for yourself. Looking through the Beauty and Belle Playbook, I’m most tempted to try out the pilates class. There’s 1 x complimentary class every month!


The Playbook consists of 3 Wellness Journeys for you to embark on, each designed to achieve a specific wellness objective while having fun throughout. Best part: You get a reward after completing each journey! Beauty and Belle offers rewards such as cash and travel vouchers. 

The whole idea behind Beauty and Belle is about feeling good inside out. Extending beyond eating healthy and exercising, there are activities in there that requires you to spend quality time with your family and activities that encourage you to relax and spend quality me-time. Such activities include cook-outs and baking sessions with your family and organising a girls’ day out with your BFFs. I really like this holistic approach to wellness!  

So, the night before my cleanse was supposed to start, the cold pressed juices arrived fresh at my doorstep. And to ready myself to stick it through the cleanse, I pulled out of and didn’t make any appointments for meals with friends. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to just sit and watch people eat while I drank my juice.    
Day 1
I started the day with a glass of warm water with fresh lemon and followed with my first bottle of juice. I mixed half of the juice with the Colosan powder mix according to instructions, waited for 30mins and finished up the remaining juice with the other supplements provided. I received packets of a Green Superfoods powder and Spirulina, Flaxseed Oil, liver support and Acai Berry supplement tablets.
I continued about my day as usual, working and going for meetings. I think it helped that I was really busy that day, but it did take all my willpower to not think of food. I followed Beauty Cleanse’s Cleanse Tip of the Day #1 to Always stay hydrated during your cleanse. Keep herbal tea, water, lemon water, coconut water or ginger drink by your side all day to ensure your body is nice and balanced. Studies often indicate that all those times when we feel hungry, it is actually our brain trying to tell us that we are thirsty.”   
Everytime I felt hungry or craved for something, I drank the juices (6 bottles is really way more than enough for me) and drank lots of water. It also helped that my friends around me and Jon were really supportive. They rallied with me along the way and Jon kept food out of my sight (eating meals earlier before I got home and everything), just so I wouldn’t be tempted.
Looking back as I write this blogpost now, Day 1 was the hardest for me. I felt lethargic and all I really wanted to do was eat a hot meal.
Day 2
I repeated the morning routine and felt much fresher on this day. Day 2 was also the day where I went to the toilet, a lot. I assume that this is a sign of the juices working and the body going into cleansing mode. 
Surprisingly, it got much easier for me on this day and I stopped craving for food. I even tempted myself by thinking about the sweets and chocolates in my fridge, but I didn’t feel like having any. Overall, I felt mentally more alert despite not having my usual caffeine routine and was secretly liking the fact that I didn’t need the hassle of thinking about and buying food to feed myself. It was so easy to just reach for a bottle of juice to fill myself up. 
By nighttime, I already knew that I was going to be able to complete the cleanse and that felt like a mini victory to me. I celebrated by thinking about what I was going to eat when I broke my juice fast and went to bed happy, haha.
Day 3
I woke up feeling the most benefits of the cleanse on Day 3. My skin looked a lot clearer and brighter naturally. This was amazing for me as I didn’t particularly use any different or extra skincare products, nor did I pay extra attention to take care of it. I’ve long suspected that my bad diet habits were the cause of some of my skin issues like pore clogging and dullness. The sluggishness and ‘fog in my head’ that I’ve been experiencing for weeks before cleared and lifted. I felt energetic and mentally alert. I was raring to go and was enthusiastic about completing the cleanse programme. 
Having ‘just juice’ through the day didn’t bother me and when I reached the last bottle of juice, it almost felt like a 3-day juice cleanse was too short. 
Verdict
Completing what I thought would be an impossible task for me is very gratifying and this in some ways acts as a boost to my own confidence. As the cliche goes, you can do all things when you set your mind on it. The benefits that came along the 3-day cleanse was a definite boon. I experienced first hand what eating healthy could do for myself and my body and I’m definitely going to use this cleanse to kick-start a healthier diet habit. 
Having supportive family and friends helped me stick through my plan and I also found it immensely helpful for Beauty Cleanse to email me cleansing tips everyday. I also loved having their Beauty Cleanse Advisor check in on my every now and then. I could clear any doubts I had about the cleanse anytime and knowing that there was an expert that I could lean on and ask questions definitely helped me through the cleansing process.
Disclaimer: I was gifted the set of 3-Day cleanse from Beauty Cleanse. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Beauty Cleanse’s.  

Enroute to Fit & Fabulosity with Amore Fitness!

If you’ve been following my Instagram feeds (@thepinkflaregirl), you’ll notice that I’ve adopted a more ‘fit & fab’ lifestyle of late. I’ve started working out at Amore Fitness with a Personal Trainer (*gasp!!) and have been trying to attend their fitness classes on top of my 2x weekly work-out sessions. 3 cheers for me! 😀 
This post is more an introduction to Amore, my first meeting with my personal trainer and a little insight of first introductory meetings for first-timers at Amore.
Here’s what went down during my 1st fitness assessment/work-out session with my very very gorgeous and inspiring Personal Trainer, Nani. 
Singapore’s leading fitness and spa service provider, Amore has got 16 fitness and spa clubs strategically located island-wide. My location of choice is Bugis Junction because it’s located nearest to where I live. I know I’ll be so much more motivated to go because it’s near home. My word of advice is to choose an exercise venue closest to your work/home…so you’ll never have any excuses for yourself.
First, I had to fill up a Health/Medical Questionnaire. 
Here’s Nani, my Personal Trainer going through the questionnaire with me and understanding my current lifestyle, health, fitness goals, etc. She also talked me through what to expect from the trainings and the various type of fitness classes available.  

Taking my weight and body composition (fat vs muscle) analysis. I was almost afraid to step on this machine for the fat analysis!
Body composition analysis in-progress.
 And here are my results.
Weight: 44.7kg
Skeletal Muscular Mass: 17.3kg
Body Fat Mass: 11.8 kg
BMI: 17.5 
Percent Body Fat: 26.5%
I was under the normal range for every category except….Body Fat Mass and Percent Body Fat (I hovered towards the high side!!)! Geez, the results were brutally honest. Slightly sheepish, I swore to change all these in 3 months.    
Fitness Test

First thing I had to do was hold on to a clicker/metronome device and step up and down to the beat. I think I was closing my eyes because I was tired already?? 
Nani, demonstrating the right posture for the next bit of the fitness test – push ups. She did them effortlessly of course. 

 My turn!

Haha, here’s me caught on camera struggling (and Nani being very encouraging)! I can’t remember how many push-ups I managed, but I’m sure it wasn’t many. Arm strength is obviously not my core. 
Hard work…and it’s only the fitness test?!
Sit-ups were next, and here’s Nani demonstrating once again. It’s so important to have someone show and help you with your posture when you’re exercising so you won’t hurt yourself!

 Getting my flexibility tested.

 Results chart.

Having my results analyzed. Yes, they all ranged from average to poor. 😦 ….as expected!
Nani and I talked through my fitness goals – I wanted to get a lot more lean and toned, and to increase my stamina and strength. 
With clear goals set, we embarked on our first fitness session together. This was me on the treadmill warming up before we hit the weights and static exercises. 

Argh…I can do this!
I’ve since attended 4 personal training classes and 1 fitness class from this 1st fitness analysis/training session. Below are more pictures of what we usually do in a typical PT session. 20 mins run on the treadmill to start for warm-up, followed by weights and static exercises with lots of stretching in between. Nani has been completely awesome; encouraging and always there to lead and guide. 
Working on the back and arm muscles.

Stretching.

Squats.
I’ve also been recording my daily food intake. This really helps me eat cleaner and not binge on snacks so much (which I love). I feel really guilty these days to list on paper: fries, chips, sweets and all the bad stuff! 
This is my goal in 3 months. Ooh those abs. Nani says, yes it’s possible!
GO me! 
Here’s a peek inside a fitness class. 

Amore has 8 Signature classes: BellyBlitz®, BodBlitz®, BollyBlitz®, CardioBlitz®, CardioLatino®, FunkBlitz®, StepBlitz® and StretchFit®.

I’ve only attended the StretchFit® class so far and I love it. It combines stretching exercises with some core work-outs and focuses a lot on breathing. With the soothing music played during class, it really relaxes me after a long day at work. 


Before I end my post, here’s sharing with you details of this really interesting event that Amore is holding for women only. I found out about this event from a pamphlet I picked up and love how this event is for celebrating women. An array of Amore’s signature classes will be carried out. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!


Here are details for the event:

Date: 9th November 2013

Time: 9:00am – 9.00pm

Venue: Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza

For more details, visit any Amore Fitness outlets, call 6733 7333 or visit www.amorewomensdayout.com to sign up now. Go for it ladies!


P/S Registration closes 13 October 2013 and it’s for ladies above the age of 16 only.




(This is Nani, my PT and Amore’s poster girl by the way!)


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