The best juice-cleanses in London, 2023
Juice-cleanses and the clean-up eating plans might just be the re-boot you need right now
Juice cleanses have come a long way from the 90s. Thankfully they're easier than ever with no scrubbing of the 10-piece juicer and muddy tufts of kale - you can even pick up health shots from Marks & Spencer and très healthy-looking green liquids at Pret. But it's the delivery options that are super-interesting with balanced programmes of soups, juices and plant-based smoothies that have made them a do-able choice in a busy person's life.
I saw the superficial evidence of how good juices were back in the 2000s when I worked with the fabulous Elizabeth Hurley. A few days after NYE and every crew member in that NYC studio was jaded, spotty, and sporting the fattest post-Christmas hangover. Hurley, on the other hand, wasn't. She was raving about the virtues of what keeps her trim and glowy and, spoiler alert, it wasn't roast turkey and all the trimmings.
She was guzzling warm water and watercress soup. Around that time, there was a slew of celebrities grinding, blending, and downing presses with a plethora of greens, beets and wheatgrass-charged powders, clean soups and master cleanses and the like, before swimsuit shoots and catwalk shows – all looking glowier than ever.
It's precisely that which has inspired the millions to juice-cleanse.
However, there are also as many followers as doubters, and quite rightly so. The body detoxes itself, and it’s proven that quick fixes do not work – only long-term commitments to cleaner living, healthier eating strategies and adding some movement to your life is what will make the real, sustainable difference.
So, if weight loss is your end-game goal, then a 'juice cleanse' is not perhaps the plan for you.
However, if you do feel like you need a reset in your thinking, have a fresh start in upping your vegetable and fruit game, and also reap the benefits when it comes to your skin and gut microbiome, it could just be the quick fix in a long-term healthy eating plan that you might need.
Talking with Stephanie Morgan, founder of Raw & Juicy, she makes a very valid point: 'Did you know that as many as 50% of people are dehydrated? Cold-pressed juices help replenish hydration levels, flushing out even more toxins to make your detox even more effective. In addition, making a conscious decision to drink more water throughout the day, especially when you are on a juice-cleanse, will yield even greater results and ensure that your skin is glowing with hydration.'
Encouraging your five-plus-a-day for the busy, on-the-fly person can be a struggle. The survey also revealed that 25% felt they were too busy to make fresh juice, and 19% cited the hassle of cleaning their juicer. So, if you fall into the camp of needing a reset but feel like you don't have the time – here are the best juice-cleanses in London that will arrive fresh at your door, already prepared and absolutely no washing-up required. Just don’t jump on the junk-food bandwagon when it’s over. As with most things, balance is everything.
These aren't the sugar-filled juices you'd find in the supermarket. Instead, these recipes have been created under the guidance of a team of nutritionists; ingredients are 100% organic, nutrient-rich, vegetable-based and cold-pressed – so you know the goodness is locked in.
One of the most accessible ranges will arrive with your Ocado and Amazon deliveries. It offers regimented plans for the beginner or more advanced and is bolstered by some great immunity shots and natural plant-based and nut milks.
Plenish, from £45 per day – click here
You can look at the organic farm – a COSMOS Natural approved supplier where the kale and veggies are sourced, and all the juices last a few weeks in the fridge or can be frozen – so you can keep them until you're ready.
Plus, to keep up the good work, you can look at Hannah Sillitoe's Radiant book, by a dedicated skincare expert and psoriasis survivor, who has plenty of dermis-friendly advice, recipes and tips to keep skin glowing.
Hannah Sillitoe, three days from £114 – click here
Raw & Juicy is used by people like Stella McCartney, Dr Barbara Sturm and Jo Malone, and this snazzy juice company based in Dulwich has a multitude of dedicated followers. The customised juice-cleanse programs are a fully supported regimen with cold-pressed organic goodies. And even better, there's a cute café now so you can sip on-site if you are in the Dulwich area.
There's also One-to-One Support – a 60-minute pre-cleanse consultation that includes:
Customised juice-cleanses to suit your dietary and lifestyle requirements.
Personalised delivery schedule
Phone/Video cleanse/post-cleanse support.
Complementary therapies booking service.
So, your very own personal programme coordinator will be available to you 24 hours a day to advise and support you during your juice-cleanse.
Raw & Juicy, from £60 per day – click here
Exalt Life has been designed by leading dietitian Ro Huntriss, to help you reset while staying fit and healthy and also with protein power will help to keep sugar levels stable.
Each of the high protein smoothies provide all nine essential amino acids, a range of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and all three macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats).
The three-phase release of the protein can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer with a sustained protein release over seven hours to stave off hunger and cravings means you are more likely to stick to it.
Exalt Life – click here
Then get yourself on the list for Rosemary Ferguson's Nutritional Plan.
Rosemary Ferguson, the British model turned nutritionist and wellness advocate, has worked with numerous high-profile clients, including celebrities and fashion industry insiders.
Ferguson's approach to nutrition emphasises the importance of whole foods, plant-based diets, and the avoidance of processed and artificial ingredients. She advocates for a mindful approach to eating and incorporates aspects of mindfulness and self-care into her wellness philosophy.
This plan is designed to stimulate your metabolism, give your digestive system a bit of a break, increase your energy levels and consume an array of vitamins and minerals. One benefit of these five days is that it will really highlight where you can make your diet more nutrient dense and how often you go for the less than ideal food choice.
The five days are split up with one to two days of eating three nutrient-dense meals, a juice and shake using a mixture of superfood powders. This will be followed by day three where you will have a mixture of soups, smoothies, juices and shake.
Then on days four to five you’ll consume three nutrient-dense meals, juice, a snack and shake. Alongside this there will be supplement protocol of probiotics, saccharomyces boulardii and 2000mg of vitamin C to help your gut, digestive system and immune function.
The bottom line is that Ferguson will equip you with the tools you need to help you find balance ahead of the summer season.
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