I’m sure by now you’ve heard of a juice cleanse, but what about a soup cleanse? Other than the age-old cabbage soup diet that sounds just ghastly, I hadn’t until PRESS* rolled out their new range.
About two years ago, I was really into my cleanses. Having started with a one-day cleanse, I pushed the boat out and bought a juicer, a bunch of organic produce, and drank my way through three days. In fact, you can read about my three-day juice cleanse and even try it for yourself. The experience was a really positive one, despite being quite a foodie – I learned the difference between mental cravings and physical hunger, made a bunch of tasty juices that I still drink to this day, and felt incredibly refreshed inside and out.
Well, I decided to give the new PRESS Nourish Cleanse* a try this time round, and they kindly gifted me the one-day set to try. The setting was slightly different, taking up my Saturday a few weekends ago, and there was no real reason to be cleansing other than as a way to feel refreshed. For some reason, I treat cleanses like I do haircuts; they’re perfect at the time of a big life change.
So, the cleanse itself… was good. The soups were tasty. The ‘leche‘ was delicious. But a word of warning: the juices were quite fiery, with a lot of ginger! Thankfully I like ginger and found myself looking forward to each stage, with the soups and cashew milk feeling like real treats.
Either way, I enjoyed the cleanse, and would recommend soups for anyone averse to only consuming juices. I felt lighter, enjoyed lounging around the flat (a real rarity!) I’m also now looking for soup recipes with cashew nut bases to continue a healthy eating spree inspired by this cleanse. The only thing I would like to see improved on is a cleanse that comes in glass bottles, to reduce on plastic waste.
3 Steps To Taking A Soup Cleanse
If you’d like to give a cleanse a go, I’d also recommend following my key tips…
1. Prepare Well
So, my first tip for cleansing, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, is to prepare a few days in advance. I’ve written this up previously in my Guide To Prepare For A Juice Cleanse, but the essential takeaway is to eat a diet of raw, plant-based foods between 24 to 48 hours before starting your cleanse. This will get your body used to the nutrients you’re going to receive and the lack of meat/dairy/eggs without taking away the fibre.
2. Stick To The Soup Cleanse Plan
Then, onto the cleanse itself. Set yourself a guide for the day. PRESS provides an example day plan in the pamphlet that comes with the cleanse. My recommendation is, at the very least, to follow the order in which the cleanse has been designed. On the Nourish cleanse, the soups aligned with meal times, and the juices were welcome blood-sugar pick-me-ups, so I could minimise my hunger and run my day like normal!
3. Have A Back-Up Plan
Whether you’ve gone on a cleanse before or not, I always recommend having a back up snack to hand for those moments of weakness. There’s nothing worse than feeling trapped with only a fridge of veggie juices… If you find yourself needing a little something extra, try a handful of unsalted cashew nuts. And remember, you can drink as much extra water and herbal tea as you want!
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