The Honestly Healthy cleanses or detox programmes are favourites to the likes of Victoria Beckham, Mel C and Millie Mackintosh and the cleanses are definitely not ‘as cheap as chips’, so chips have always won in my house…
This is a tale of a ‘real’ life person (ME) embarking on a 6 day soup and smoothie cleanse with the Honestly Healthy fridge fill service. This is my honest review and experience whilst on the cleanse and I hope it helps anyone who is thinking of starting a similar detox programme or cleanse.
I feel like I should add that I knew that I wanted to share my journey on the blog, but I did not necessarily know or plan a format etc. However during my 6 detox days I kept a diary of how my day went, how I felt, I listed my struggles, my highs and lows and I noted any observations I had throughout the days. Once I finished the cleanse and read back over my notes I decided that they were so ‘straight to the point’ and funny that I would simply share them here, completely un-edited for a seriously honest, Honestly Healthy review.
What have I done ? It’s Saturday and I deserve coffee and to eat all the things at the frikking farmers markets. Husband decides Chinese sticky back ribs are an appropriate solo meal whilst I drink soup. All dishes taste surprisingly delicious. Never feel hungry. Have an intense caffeine cold turkey headache. Take a nap whilst the boys swim and once Max goes to bed I have a bath, binge watch AHS and go to bed before 10pm. Get up to pee three times in the night, reminded of pregnancy days.
I can’t believe I got through a day. Woop, woop. Oh god, waking up and realising I have 5 more days to go… All dishes super tasty and filling until the next one. Niggle of a headache today. Family round which is a huge test of will power for me. They had ice cream and coffee. I didn’t. Feeling smug. Have never wished for next week so bad. Husband cooked chilli tonight whilst I boiled soup and I internalised swear words, but the man has to eat!
My joints hurt…am I dying? Had an awful nights sleep, but that was probably due to the 10 hours I had the previous night. Longing to chew. Went on Pinterest. Big mistake. Pinned all the food. Lost followers. Wondering why I thought I could do 6 days instead of 3. Realise I’m dumb. Smell coffee. Ok so I went back on Pinterest to look at food and found lots of fitness and positivity quotes. Feeling motivated. I’m back in the game and sipping some kind of carrot juice…lunch soup is delicious! I cracked and ate a few raisins. Failed! Dinner soup looks suspicious, tastes amazing and super filling. Not craving dessert/sugar. Run out of cleanse food and await delivery for the next 3 days. My fridge looks less Sci Fi without the containers.
Had an ok nights sleep and feel good. More energy than the previous days and jeans feel looser. Awaiting to hear when my delivery for the next 3 days will turn up and wondering if peanut butter on toast will do in the interim? That and a frothy cappuccino? Make my own veg, fruit smoothie instead as I’m hungry and cannot wait till 11am because I have been up with a toddler since 7am! Skin looks clearer, which is amazing as I have had a lot of hormonal skin problems, but then again I’ve gone H.A.M with the Clearasil so who knows?! And I’m drinking so much water. Went to the park with mini Max and could hardly keep up, either he’s going through a growth spurt or I’m seriously low in energy? Just remembered I have full 3 days of play dates so need to bake… Chose to bake banana muffins. Torture. Using all my resolve not to go off plan. I’d like to read how Posh Spice does this with such ease! Fennel & pear soup for dinner, get me.
Woke up this morning, feeling fine! Had a great nights sleep and this might be the first day I haven’t had a headache… Big woop. Husband has somehow smuggled in some Cadbury Twirl bars and thinks he has hidden them. Honestly why did I not decide to cleanse whilst he’s away on business? Again, dumb. Not craving the Twirl though…lifechanging! Max offered me some hummus that I had to pretend to eat… Torture. Seriously tired of sipping, but amazing for not slipping on my programme. I think this cleanse is making me rhyme. God, I’m cool. Decided I hate the smoothies and love the soups. One more day to go. Headache before bed, but I just watched the Kimye wedding so it could of been my brain cells screaming at me to sort my shizz out. One more day.
D-Day! The last day. Thank heavens. Waiting for the eureka “oh I only eat bee pollen now” moment. When is it coming? My colon has decided to start it’s own cleanse. (Know what I’m saying?) Every juice and soup tastes more delicious knowing it’s the last time I will be gulping it. Felt incredibly tired today and realised I’ve taken more baths in the last week than in the last year…if anything this cleanse has made me relax! Eating my last soup and reflecting on the past six days I can’t help, but feel like I’ve hit a reset button. A button I’m motivated to keep shiny and new.
This past week has showed me where I’ve been going wrong with my diet and the detox has made me so much more aware of what I’m putting into my body and for that I am grateful. I think that I am self aware, but by doing something as drastic as a cleanse with a menu and all my food laid out for me, well I found myself feeling more accountable and the difference between what I wanted and what I actually needed was suddenly far clearer than before.
Start weight : 62.6kg
End weight : 60.6kg
- Things I hated: Caffeine withdrawal headaches, feeling tired and low of energy, husband eating and cooking (mans gotta eat), eating a meal with no sense of ‘occasion’. Bad sleep.
- Things I loved: Drinking more water, better skin, better digestion, flatter tummy, weight loss, good sleep.
- Honestly Healthy offer a ‘fridge fill’ service that is delivered straight to your door. This was only previously offered if you had a London postcode, but HH now offer this service nationwide! Go.
- There are many different cleansing options to choose from and you can select to do a 3 day cleanse or a 6 day cleanse. you can choose to just give your system a kick start or if you’re tough enough you can dive straight into the ‘deep cleanse’.
- To check out all the plans and cleansing options, click here: http://honestlyhealthyfood.com/plans/
I hope this helps anyone who is interested in the cleanse and feel free to send me questions via email or simply by leaving me a comment below. I will try and reply as soon as I can.