Super Eleven Shake – Super Green Cleanse

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Early morning on Tuesday I took delivery of this parcel.  I’m trying out the Super Green Cleanse by Super Eleven Shake Ltd

First impressions.  Panic at the small size of the parcel!  Eek is that ALL I’m having for 3 days?

15 well packaged bottles with uber amounts of sellotape around the lid of each are in their own little compartments.  There’s a small amount of bubble wrap around the bottles.  Fortunately as this box is delivered by courier I suspect it hasn’t been out of their fridges for long and each bottle is just below room temperature.

Quickly decanted into the fridge (as per instructions):

IMG_6397There’s a leaflet in the box explaining what is in each bottle, when to drink and what to do for maximum results during the 3-day cleanse.

IMG_6431I’m quite sure ‘newbies’ to juices and cleansing would be horrified by the bland greenness of the juices and the ‘gunk’ at the bottom of each bottle.  However, for me, this lifts my spirits.  I’ve missed green juices and I’ve missed seeds!

Despite it being mid-morning, I’d only had hot water with lemon so far so decide to start the cleanse straight away.  My initial taste of the juices told me it was melon juice!  How odd… but super tasty.  Even with lots of vigorous shaking before opening the juice I’m aware that the seeds are gathered at the bottom of the bottle.  A little water added, another swirl of the bottle and I got them.  Obviously a little to learn about drinking this concoction but by the end of the 3 days I’ve mastered it.

Was I hungry during the cleanse?  Sometimes but I know it’s just in my head.  I managed to keep on top of drinking lots of water as well as the juices which helps.

Did I get congested?  The seeds and ‘gunk’ have helped with the fibre aspect of juicing too (TMI?).

Would I do it again?  Yes but not at full price.  Once again I used a Groupon offer so the 3-day Super Green Cleanse was £59.99 which works out at £4 a bottle.  The full price is £249.99 which works out at £16.66 a bottle.  I don’t see how this cost could be justified for 15 green juices no matter how the juice is extracted.

Does the Super Green Cleanse bottles last in the fridge?  Yes, there doesn’t seem to be any oxidising and the lids are securely taped down with layers of sellotape.

Would I recommend it?  Yes but only at an offer price.

I’ve loved this cleanse.  Probably partially because they were green drinks.  Overall I feel lighter, energised and have dropped several kilos.

Soulmatefood ‘Perfect Cleanse’ – My Results

‘Perfect Cleanse’ for 3-days.   Finished last night with a nighttime tea.  This ‘cleanse’ was only 5 small juices a day with lots of water.  I have completed the cleanse but now are craving sweet foods and breads.  Although some would argue that is due to my stating that I worried with all the fruit content that I would crave ‘bad foods’ and I’ve set myself up.  Maybe so… but I do!

I feel lighter but I don’t feel totally cleansed.  I’m a little surprised that the cost of the package (if I’d paid full price) is so much when in real terms it’s just 15 small juices.  Ok so it claims to be the ‘world’s first hypostatic cleanse’ but what does that really mean to me?

Was I hungry during the 3 days?  Yes.  Not only hungry but craving sweet foods.  I distracted myself with some tennis, pilates and DIY but can’t help but feel by just ‘suggesting’ lots of water that perhaps I needed more specific instructions or, as with the Juice & Cleanse detox, the addition of bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice which made me drink more water.  Simple yet it worked.

Did I get congested?  Yes and bloated.  Once again I took some digestive stimulator capsules but not much movement.

Do the juices last in the fridge? Yes.

Would I do it again? No. The majority of the juices were fruit based and I personally felt that the sweetness of the juices didn’t help me feel lighter, stimulate any detox and also left me craving for bad foods.

Would I recommend Soulmatefoods? At full price, No.  With an offer, maybe but to someone starting out on juicing that isn’t ready (mentally) to do a more vegetable based juicing regime.  I also felt the instructions and care were slightly less than I’d hope from a package that is trying to encourage people to continue with juicing and healthy eating.

I did note however that Soulmatefoods do a range of healthy food plans delivered to your door.  These look great and appear to be balanced menus perfect for a busy lifestyle.  They have a 6-day trial menu for £150 which looks good.  Have you tried them?  Or perhaps if you do, let me know what you think?

Oooh and the all important question….

Did it work and results? As a ‘cleanse’ I’m not feeling it.  I did however lose another 1kg.

3 day ‘Perfect Cleanse’ from Soulmatefood

Late yesterday afternoon the courier arrived with a neatly packaged box from Soutmatefood.

SoulmatefoodBoxInside the insulated box are my juices for the next three days.  There was a icepack in teh centre of the juices however this had already melted.  The inside of the box wasn’t particularly cool – perhaps worthwhile getting the delivery in the morning, if possible – hopefully the juices will remain fresh for the 3-day juice cleanse.

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Instructions read (shake and drink juices every 2.5hrs with plenty of water) and juices were put away in the fridge ready for my start today.

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Once again I’m using a Groupon Offer to try Soulmatefood Perfect Cleanse.  Normal price is a whopping £195 but with the deal it’s £65 for the 3 day cleanse (+ £5 delivery).  Reducing each bottle of goodness from £13 to £4.33 each.

A quick summary of the cleanse:

The Soulmatefood Perfect Cleanse, the world’s first hypostatic cleanse has intense alkalising and anti-oxidising properties, giving your skin a healthy glow and your body packed full of vitamins. Our nutritionist has given us some great, insightful facts for each of our 6 steps!

1 – Carrot, Apple & Ginger
– 24% Vitamin B6 – essential for healthy red blood cell production
– Great source of beta-carotene, essential for healthy skin and immune function
2 – Cucumber, Kale, Broccoli, Celery, Lime, Lemon, Apple/Pear, Spinach and Avocado
– High in folate – essential for cell division and new cell production
– 59% of the RDA in Vitamin C
3 – Lemon, Cinnamon, Chilli and Ginger
– Chillies are a great source of antioxidants
– Ginger also has antibacterial properties which can aid immunity
4 – Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Beetroot, Lemon, Redcurrant, Kiwi and Orange
– 68% RDA Manganese
– Full of powerful antioxidants known as anthrocyanins
5 – Cucumber, Kale, Broccoli, Celery, Lime, Lemon, Pear, Spinach and Mint
– High in potassium – an essential electrolyte that helps regulate cell fluid and blood pressure
– 50% of the RDA in Vitamin C
6 – Soothing night time detox tea
– help aid digestion
– relaxing, soothing and comforting

PERFECT CLEANSE INSTRUCTIONS
DO refrigerate the juices immediately.
DO sip the five parts of your cleanse in order throughout the day alongside 5 glasses of water.
DO exercise lightly whilst on the cleanse.
DON’T drink coffee or alcohol whilst on the cleanse.
Enjoy your juices every two and a half hours and make sure you shake them well!

Some interesting ingredients and combinations however I’m concerned that the majority of the juicy content is fruit and therefore probably quite sweet.  I know that, for me, sweeter juicing means that I often crave ‘bad’ food types during and after a cleanse.  I’m also concerned that the bottles are 250ml each meaning a total of only 1.25 litres of nutrient based juices each day and a hankering for breads!

We will see.  Watch this space!

Pure Viva Cleanse – Results

I completed the 3-day juice cleanse yesterday evening.  I haven’t felt the same ‘clean’ feeling that I’ve felt with previous cleanses and find myself a little underwhelmed with this package.

Was I hungry during the 3 days? Yes.  I found having 6 juices a day a struggle.  I would have preferred less juices during the day but a larger volume in each ‘serving’.  Each bottle was only 330ml in volume, mostly sweet in taste and thinner juices than I’m used to.  This culminating in my going to the fridge more often (with 6 juices a day), feeling unsatiated and the sweetness leaving me with a craving for breads. This package, being just the juices with no instructions or timetable, meant I neglected to drink as much water as was probably required, I felt ‘clogged’ and I constantly craved food.  Usually at the end of a detox or juicing period I find that if I crave ‘food’ then it tends to be healthy options, fruit, salad or nuts.  The sweet taste of these juices has left me craving unhealthy options so I wonder if my body isn’t alkalised following this cleanse.

Did I get congested?  Yes.  Despite my taking digestive stimulator capsules in addition to the juices, there was little movement!  TMI?

Do the juices last in the fridge? Yes.  There was less separation of the juice content during the 3 days but a good shake before drinking is required.

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Calorie counting?  On each of the juice bottle labels are the nutritional facts of the content.  This includes the calorie count for each.  I was surprised that each bottle had 200-250 calories meaning that for a 6 juice day this worked out at approximately 1,300 calories.

 

Would I do it again? No.  I didn’t feel this pre-prepared juicing plan provide me with anything more than the juices which I could buy from Pret or similar outlet selling cold-pressed juices.   Although caveat to that would be that as this was an offer at £59 +delivery it may work out cheaper.

Would I recommend Pure Viva Cleanse? No.  I didn’t feel the overall service was great.  Ordering was cumbersome, my only phone contact disappointing and the juices were just juices ie no plan, instructions or information.

Oooh and the all important question….

Did it work and results? As a ‘cleanse’ probably not.  I don’t feel ‘lighter’ nor that wonderful ‘clear’ sense of being that I usually feel after 3 days of juicing.  I did however lose another 1.5kg.

Pure Viva Cleanse – 3 day Juice Cleanse

This morning saw the arrival of a new juice cleanse from Pure Viva Cleanse.  An offer from LivingSocial meant that the 3 day juice cleanse was reduced to £59 (normal value £99) together with a £10 delivery charge.

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 09.04.38The ordering process was a little cumbersome.  Firstly you are required to make your booking online via the website.  I would have then expected something further about arranging delivery but you’re left hanging with your account indicating that it is ‘on-hold’ but no further explanation.  FYI despite my order having been delivered this morning this order in my account remains ‘on-hold’.

I waited to see if the status would change or anyone would contact me – they now had my details in my account.  A few days later when nothing had changed, I telephoned the number on the website.  My call went through to a mobile and I felt was answered in an abrupt fashion.  I enquired about how to set up the delivery date and was quickly told to give this information and order number over the phone together with payment details for the £10 delivery cost.  When I asked about the ‘on-hold’ reference on the website being misleading I was told this was how the website worked.  Not great customer service for a first time sale.

Packaging – The juices are grouped into ‘daily’ heat-sealed plastic bags which are rammed into a chill bag.  The contents are only mildly cold and the bag barely able to close.  I’m also acutely aware that there are no instructions, leaflets or information within the package.

Viva CleanseThere are 6 juices a day, each in a 330ml bottle and numbered to make it easier.  In addition there is a bottle of ‘lemonade’.  I’m unsure if this is a separate drink or like other detox juicing programmes contains lemon juice for adding to the first hot or cold water of each day.

I have looked at the website for programme instructions, more particularly with reference to the ‘lemonade’ but feel the most informative programme instructions to be on the LivingSocial offer page.

It appears the lemonade is an additional drink and I will need to buy some fresh lemons for my morning water and lemon ‘wake-up’ drink.

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EssentialGreenJuiceJuice 1 – Essential Green (daily)
Kale, Cucumber, Apple, Celery, Lemon, Ginger

Enjoyable green juice.  Not too ‘green’ in flavours for those new to juicing!

 

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Juice 2 – Essential Red (daily)
Beet, Dandelion, Apple, Parsley, Lemon and Carrot

 

 

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Juice 3 – Garcinia Essential Berry Extract (daily)
Garcinia Cambogia, Acai Berries, Blueberries, Goli Berries, Raspberries, Green Coffee Extract

 

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Juice 4 – Energiser (daily)
E3 Live AE, Coconut Water, Pineapple, Mint, Ginger

 

 

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Juice 5 – Refresh Tonic (daily)
Romaine, Pear, Mint, Cabbage, Cucumber

 

 

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Juice 6 – Skin Deep (daily)
Strawberry, Kiwi, Lemon, Apple

 

 

LemonadeVivaCleanseJuice 7 – Lemonade (one per detox)
Lemon, Lime, Cayenne Pepper, Raw Agave

 

 

 

I’ll let you know how I’ve got on with this cleanse in a few days.

Juice & Cleanse …continued

Following on from my earlier post, the second part of each day consisted of the following juices:

3. Lunch – Cucumber, Watermelon, Mint, Lime
4. Dinner – Beetroot, Apple, Carrot, Turmeric
5. Supper – Celery, Cucumber, Lime

As per the instructions I interspersed the juices with lots of water, some with bicarbonate of soda and some glasses with psyllium husks.  I also had a bath with Epsom salts and wrapped up warm before going to bed to help the detox.

Each day is the same throughout the detox.  5 juices, lots of water with psyllium husks, bicarbonate of soda and a lemon shot first thing.  Before your morning shower you use the body brush to wake up the lymphatic system and at night a bath in Epsom salts.

The part of the instructions that I neglected to follow was not to overexert or play competitive sport during the detox.  Many of you will know my obsession with playing tennis when the sun shines and this week is no exception.  I’m also redecorating so between tennis matches performed my own Bikram yoga going up and down a ladder with a paintbrush in this ridiculous summer heat.

I did have a headache during day 2 of the cleanse but wonder if despite the pints of liquid and water that I was drinking, due to the heat and exertion, I was simply dehydrated. As I’ve not had caffeine or a normal diet for quite some time (mostly juicing) I don’t think it was a withdrawal.

The juices are all delicious.  I’ve enjoyed trying combinations that I don’t usually juice and I’ve surprised myself liking grapefruit and turmeric!

Was I hungry during the 3 days?  No albeit full of liquid.  Generally I tend to make thicker juices than those on the detox so mentally I felt ‘hungry’.  But reminding myself it’s only 3 days and getting prepared mentally for a detox helps.

Is the Psyllium Husk enough to keep the bowel moving?  (Possibly TMI)  By the middle of day 2 I felt I needed to take a couple of digestive stimulator capsules, but everyone is different.

Do the juices last in the fridge?  Yes for the 3 day detox however they do separate a little more each day.  I found that I would need to vigorously shake each bottle more as the detox went on.

Would I do it again?  Definitely.

Would I recommend Juice & Cleanse?   Yes.  Easy website to discover plan options, simple ordering process, well thought out and prepared plans, fast delivery of well packaged juices and plan content together with a wonderful personal service.

Oooh and the all important question….

Did it work? Is my Tummy Trimmer?

During the detox I lost 6.5lbs or 3kg and YES my tummy is trimmer!

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As you know I’m very familiar with juicing now and happy to create my own juices or follow a Juicemaster plan.  However I wondered what the pre-prepared juices were really like and if this might be a solution when I’m busy or working again.  I’m keen to continue with the juicing as the many health benefits are obvious to me… the migraine headaches that had plagued my life for the past 2.5 years have still not returned, I’ve lost weight, I’ve a heap more energy and most of all feel lighter in body and mind.

So early this morning a courier arrived with some pre-prepared juices and a cleanse plan from Juice & Cleanse.   The juices were well packed in chill-packs to keep it cool.

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IMG_5980Half way through Day 1 and loving the new flavours.  I started my day with a lemon shot in cold water (a great start to any day and usually I will have hot water with a hefty slice of lemon).   Then I followed this with a glass of water with psyllium husks.  This has to be drunk quickly as it turns a bit gloopy but is extremely beneficial during a cleanse to keep the ‘system’ going!  I’m also drinking lots of water with a small amount of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in it.

This morning’s juices were also new flavour combinations for me and both were delicious.

1. Breakfast
Orange, Grapefruit, Cayenne Pepper

2. Mid Morning
Cabbage, Carrot, Ginger, Apple

Will keep you posted.

Mammogram time

You’ll remember I recently went for my six monthly scans which are all part of the follow up regimen following my diagnosis with malignant phyllodes and DCIS.  You may also remember that they had ‘forgotten’ to book my annual mammogram.  I’ve had some truly frustrating phone calls and several tears whilst trying to ‘remind’ the team what was agreed as a good regimen to monitor my health.

My appointment letter was received a few days ago and today I went into the RMH for my mammogram.  Unlike when I was there a few weeks ago, the clinic was virtually empty and I was seen immediately.  It’s crazy when I think about me having to chase and WANT a mammogram.  They’re usually painful and as my breasts get more lumpy with age and scar tissue they are becoming even more painful.  The mammographer was kind and tried to be as quick as possible but needed to take quite a few scans covering lots of tissue and angles.  Part of me wishes I didn’t need to do them at all as the pain is so bad (today was truly dreadful) but I also know that these are the best way to identify changes and see any Phyllodes appear.

Next stop is my appointment with the sarcoma team (and I presume a new consultant) for the results of the ultrasound, chest x-ray and now mammogram.  Only a few more sleepless nights…

Regular scans

You listen to me every 6 months talk about the follow up scans, the scanxiety and the results.

Well it’s that time again.  It explains why I’m more than a little antsy too.  No matter whether I’m thinking about it or not, somewhere in the depths of my brain is a little voice saying ‘maybe this time’.  With every twinge or pain that I get in my boobs (and believe me I get a lot) or my back, I wonder if it’s related.  I still get shooting pains which apparently is from the surgery and when I’ve previously discussed the pain with the consultants, I’m told that perhaps this is ‘normal’ for me.  But what IS normal?  How can I differentiate what would have been there anyway and what is because of the surgeries or phyllodes?

I digress but perhaps you might understand why I get anxious.  So last Friday I trotted along to the Royal Marsden.  Appointment card, request for a chest x-ray and letters making and changing my ultrasound appointment firmly in my hand.  I hadn’t received a mammogram appointment letter but presumed that this would be booked in when I got there and that the letter hadn’t yet arrived – previous experience of my receiving the appointment letter after the appointment had taken place fresh in mind!

The waiting room for ultrasound is full but we’re seen quickly.  I’m greeted by my usual lovely sonographer and introduced to a trainee sonographer who is due to qualify into the Marsden in a few months.  I mention that I’ve not received a mammogram appointment.  The trainee does the first exam.  It’s painful as she goes over lumps and bumps (I presume scar tissue) and on occasion stops to have a closer examination of areas.  It’s a little off-putting watching her face as she thinks she see something and hasn’t quite mastered the poker face yet – I guess that’s part of her training.  Then my usual sonographer takes over and they discuss their findings – “usual ‘oddness’, scar tissue and lobular neoplasia” but nothing unusual for me and apparently nothing to worry about.  I’m reminded that I should follow up for a mammogram appointment today.

Next stop chest x-ray.  This is such a quick procedure.  Stand in front of a black panel and breathe.  All done.  I was keen to get this x-ray today.  I’ve had a weird ‘catch’ in my breath and occasional wheezing of late… I’m hoping it relates to the virus I had a few months ago and nothing more sinister.

Now to head to the Outpatients Reception to see if I can find out about the missing mammogram.  I’m given a telephone number for a sarcoma CNS.  I call internally to discover the team are all in an MDT meeting.  Disappointed I head off and leave the Marsden.

I’ll get my results from my consultant at the next appointment which is in 5 weeks time.  It’s ridiculous that the results appointment is so long after the scans – more scanxiety!

Yesterday however I managed to speak to the sarcoma CNS.  She wasn’t sure why I hadn’t had a mammogram appointment and went away to check.  My consultant has now left the Marsden and apparently I’m now under a different consultant but my mammograms are under the breast cancer team.  WHY???

According to whomever she spoke with, I don’t need mammograms in my followup and that an ultrasound and chest x-ray is enough.  Aggggggh the agreed followup was for annual mammogram and six monthly ultrasounds and chest x-rays because Phyllodes doesn’t always show up on ultrasound until it’s grown bigger.  I explained this as calmly as I could… and then promptly burst into tears when I hung up the phone.

The Marsden are great.  They’re a centre for excellence for sarcoma.  BUT I’m waiting for an appointment that actually goes according to plan.  A time when I don’t have to run around the hospital chasing up something or booking in to a different location or calling up to find out what’s going on.  Truly I’m not sure but assume that within the hospital they have a multitude of non-communicating IT systems.  If only the realised the anxiety that these inefficiencies caused to their patients and carers.  I know I’m not the only this happens to as am often having my ear bashed in the waiting room listening to someone else’s anxiety.

So I guess I’ll have to wait for the sarcoma CNS to call me back.  And then wait for the mammogram appointment.  Or perhaps wait until my consultant appointment in July for the results of the ultrasound and chest x-ray.  Discuss with the consultant in July about my having a mammogram, get that booked in, turn up for another appointment and then have to have a further consultant appointment for the result.  Just as well I’m not in full-time employment with all these days off.

I wonder who my new consultant is?