Pure Glow Juice Cleanse (3 Day Cleanse) Review

Thursday, 4 September 2014

I was contacted some weeks ago by the lovely Annette, one of the founders of Pure Glow Cleanse, to trial a 3 day juice cleanse. We decided it would be best to commence my cleanse after my trip to Melbourne which ended up being a Godsend because I had gotten sick there and had gained a good 2-3 kilos from indulging in all the sinful food! I was feeling sluggish, heavy and grouchy and a detox was well in order.

First of all, let me just say Annette is one of the nicest ladies I have dealt with online! She replied to all my emails super quickly and I felt so supported during the process. 

*I was supplied the juices for free, but I am not being paid to write this post and everything said is my honest opinion.

About Pure Glow Cleanses:
"When you’re taking care of your health, the radiance and energy burst forth into all other areas of your life – no height is unscalable, no dream is unreachable. You feel irresistible. The truth is, when your insides are glowing, you can take on the world.
And the best way to get your glow on? Infusing your body with nutritional goodness, in the form of fresh-off-the-press, nutritionist-approved, 100% delicious juices that pack a serious punch. And that’s not all. We want to make sure that our program gives you lasting results and isn’t just a quick fix. That’s why we support you every step of the way. That’s why we turn the whole process into a full-blown wellness experience. This is about getting your glow on for good!"- PGC website

This information really resonates with me as a health student and beauty blogger. To me, beauty is health. And health is not purely physical, there is also mental, emotional and spiritual components that are usually forgotten. The cleanse was not simply about delivering your juices and leaving you to it. I received daily emails with helpful tips and encouragement and felt so supported the whole way through what might have been an emotionally taxing journey.

A peek at my favourite drink of the cleanse!
So, why do a juice cleanse in the first place?
According to Pure Glow:
1. You'll kickstart a healthy lifestyle change
2. You'll get more energy
3. You'll get seriously glowing skin
4. You'll clean out the crap
5. You'll release excess weight

It is important to note that juice cleanses are not specifically intended for weight loss. 
Please read the whole article for more detailed information!

I have successfully completed the cleanse without slipping once. I thought it would be good to get the important questions out of the way first, so here goes:

1. Were you hungry?
Not at all! The juices are very large and in some cases I couldn't finish them and gave the leftovers to my friends to try. I did experience that 'empty' feeling in my intestines but at no point did my stomach rumble. I have heard some people say that they feel a real urge to chew something, but I didn't feel that at all.

2. Did you lose weight?
I didn't do the cleanse specifically to lose weight, but I went from 50kg to 47.5kg, back to my pre Melbourne weight! My stomach looks flatter and my face thinner. 

3. Did you experience any adverse effects?
Only a minor headache that I would rate 2/10 on the end of the first day and throughout the second day. My stomach also made gurgling digestive noises throughout (not hungry rumbles!).

4. Are you glowing?
I was skeptical, but I have to say 3 short days did see an improvement in my skin! I had a minor breakout (diet related from Melbourne) on one side of my chin when I started. After the first day, there was a decrease in redness and by the next day, all my pimples were practically gone. What is this sorcery!

3 day cleanse of supplied juices taken every 2 hours, supplemented with herbal teas and water.

The Menu
1. Sunrise Elixir (juice) - Lemon, Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Filtered Water
2. Glowing Greens (smoothie) - Kale, Cos, Cucumber, Celery, Green Apple, Pear, Avocado, Parsley, Lemon
3. Green Guru (juice) – Kale, Cos, Celery, Cucumber, Green Apple, Mint, Lemon
4. Good Karma (juice) - Carrot, Lemon, Green Apple, Ginger, Turmeric, Grapefruit
5. Buddha Juice (juice) - Cucumber, Green Apple, Mint, Lime
6. Chai Vanilla Dream (nut milk) - Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew, Medjool Date, Chai Spice, Vanilla, Filtered Water

If you live within the delivery zone, you can get your juices delivered to you bright and early on your first day. I even got a text telling me my delivery was right around the corner! Fantastic service. If you don't live within the zone you will have to pick your box up from their headquarters in North Perth.

I received a personally addressed envelope containing a sheet with tips and a place where you fill in your goals for the cleanse. They also included some funky straws and 3 herbal teas. 

1. Sunrise Elixir- Personally my least favorite and the hardest to get through. I am a lemon lover (I can eat slices of 'em) and I found this very strong! It's very watery, sour and certainly does taste like a 'kickstart your morning' drink. Drinking it ice cold makes it harder to drink and some mornings it took around 45 minutes of sipping to finish this. 

2. Glowing Greens- is the only smoothie of the bunch and it has a nice thick texture that's a bit gritty and somewhat chewable. I could just picture my intestines being cleaned out! I quite liked this one as it was super satisfying and was not too sweet. 

3. Green Guru- I'm not sure why none of my Green Guru jars were numbered. To me this tasted similar to number 5, Buddha Juice. This one was sweet and punchy with that yummy green apple sour taste that made my mouth water. However, at this particular stage of each day I felt really full and thus had trouble finishing it on all 3 days. 

4. Good Karma- when I juice at home, I always choose ingredients similar to this which explains why it was one of my favorites! I'm a sucker for carrot and ginger together- I love that spice! The grapefruit added an interesting bitter taste that prevented this one from being too sweet. I thought of this as my afternoon treat and looked forward to having this juice every day!

5. Buddha Juice- felt strange to be having at dinner time as it is again, slightly sour and sweet. For some reason I expected something more smoothie like. I did enjoy it although again, I had trouble finishing this one due to the time of the day. You might think I'm crazy for not being able to finish my juices but I guess I don't have a very big stomach? 

6. Chai Vanilla Dream- My favourite! I love love love chai lattes (with soy milk) and I looked forward to this nut milk every night. After the first night where I drank it cold, I shot an email over to the PGC girls asking whether it's ok to heat it up and received a reply mere hours later saying yes! I heated it gently on the stove and my goodness, it was heavenly. I wish I could have one every day. 

I took some advice from the girls on day 2 and had a wonderfully relaxing pink bubble bath to destress and try to forget that my third trimester starts the next week...

I came off the cleanse gently as suggested and had my usual meals of congee (Chinese rice porridge) and roasted vegetables the day after. At lunch time I actually began craving a juice! I didn't experience any stomach aches or headaches from coming off my juice diet. 2 days later I have found that I do not get as hungry as I used to!

Final Thoughts

From the middle of the first day, all the way through to the end of the cleanse, I felt a definite difference in myself, especially compared to my post-Melbourne slump. I felt so awake and alert and I swear I was seeing everything more clearly and with brighter colours *trippy*. My breakout had cleared up and I just felt happier. Again, I was not hungry at any point (although I have read other girls' reviews that say otherwise) so that may have explained why I was so happy, especially as I was expecting to be hungry. I also loved that I was able to keep up my karate training, which can be rather gruelling, throughout the cleanse without any negative effects except needing to go to the toilet more often. 

What I received was so much more than what I expected. Pure Glow honestly exceeded my expectations in terms of customer service, support and products (those free straws and teas!). For me, the whole experience was so easy breezy and the abundant health I can literally feel brewing inside has surprised me. 

So far the only negative thing I can say about my experience is the mild headache I had for 1 and a half days. That being said, I normally subsist on a minimalist diet of congee, roasted vegetables and vegetable noodle soups plus I do not drink coffee or alcohol. So perhaps I adapted to the juices better than some?

Another negative is that Pure Glow doesn't have a return system for their jars (yet!). 18 jars is a lot and I felt bad throwing them away so I found a solution! 

What to do with you?
On the 3rd day of the cleanse Yanto and I took a trip down to Bunnings and scoured their selection of indoor plants and came home with 4 new babies! We chose hardy plants that did not need much sunlight and repotted them into my used jars. The potting mix is to be fertilised regularly and kept moist, not wet, which is why we placed lots of drainage pebbles at the bottom of the jars. 

All 4 jars now live on top of my wardrobe and it makes me so happy when I see them. If they survive we are going to fill more jars with life and place them around the house. 

If you live in Perth, and are in need of a little boost, I highly recommend you check out Pure Glow Cleanses! Prices are:

1 day cleanse- $75
3 day cleanse- $195

Yes, it is expensive but I will leave you to do your research/read testimonials to decide for yourself whether a cleanse is for you.

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse?

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