This past week I took part in a personal experiment that will forever change the way I look at food. Raw Fairies, the UK’s first raw foods delivery service, offered me a chance to review their mini cleanse. I thought it couldn’t be more perfectly timed as I am headed to Antigua at the end of this week and was in dire straits thinking of slipping into a bikini and actually appearing in public! Shock horror, n’est-ce pas? So I jumped at the chance to eat healthy for a week in preparation for my big journey to the islands! I honestly had no idea what I was in for or what to expect for results.
It’s important that I start this review by saying the following. I finished my mini cleanse yesterday, on a Friday. As I sit here attempting to compose a review of my experience, I am seven pounds lighter, I have flawless skin and have more energy than I’ve had in years. For the past 48 hours everyone I have seen has commented on how I look like I’ve had 100 hours of catch up sleep and my boyfriend tells me the whites of my eyes are so bright they are almost blinding. I am also sitting here, legs crossed, wearing my skinny jeans (as my stomach is flatter than it has ever been before). These are all results that dream diets are made of. Only I would hesitate to call what I’ve done, in the past five days, a “diet.” This was truly a cleanse through and through. It was one of the toughest things I have ever done, yet also the most rewarding.
I began the Raw Fairies mini cleanse on Monday morning with a delivery from their food service. Every morning, for the next four days, I would come to expect a delivery of raw foods at around 8am. On the first day I was given instructions on how to proceed throughout the week with a detailed schedule of timings of what to eat and when throughout the day. This also came with a menu of supplements. I would be taking 18 pills a day along with my strict diet of raw solid foods and juices. The combination of all the supplements, foods and juices, would make me a new woman in five days. This was not a result they promised but this is a result that I know now to expect.
So I made it through day one. My days typically looked something like this:
Wake Up – Hot water with a slice of lemon
9:00 am – Cleansing lemonade drink with cayenne pepper and aloe vera
9:30 am – Breakfast smoothie (always my favourite part of the day as these were absolutely delicious)
10:30 am – Mid Morning Green Juice, which was a combination of Cucumber, Broccoli, Apple, Celery, Courgette, Lime and Spinach
12:30pm – Lunch, which was usually a salad with a yummy balsamic dressing
3:30pm – Mid afternoon juice
7:00pm – Supper, which varied from Hawaiian Pizza on 2 seed onion bread to Beetroot and Carrot Cakes
The only true variation in this routine was on Wednesday when my diet was only juice and no solid foods. On this day my diet looked like this…
No two days were the same and I won’t lie to you when I say that not even one day was easy. I am beginning to see why supermodels can be such angry and horrible creatures if this is the diet they are forced to live with day in and day out! I would be a miserable individual. My cravings for diet coke and coffee were enough to make any grown man cry. But I had agreed to do this diet as a review and come hell or high water I wasn’t giving up.
When I finished day one I had such an incredible sense of accomplishment. I know that sounds horribly cheesy but I felt I’d won a battle with my self and my terrible cravings which I would come to find are the reason I suffer fatigue, blemishes and swelling.
The Raw Fairies Cleanse does exactly what it says on the tin. This cleanse brings your body back to the state it wishes to be in. I’ve never treated my body so well in the 31 years I’ve been living on this planet and right now my body would hug me back if it could to thank me for detoxing. It’s clear I needed it.
I will say this, dear reader. The Raw Fairies Cleanse is a wonderful investment in yourself. It’s a way to learn more than you ever thought possible about your body and the diet it truly craves in order to perform at its peak! It lasts five days but the lessons learned last infinitely longer. This is not a program that is meant to be undertaken for the long term but it is a cleanse that can be safely performed quarterly or even monthly if you have the will power to do so. The total cost for a five day cleanse with Raw Fairies is £295. This is a cost that not only covers your daily meal program but also the guidance and support of the Raw Fairies. I received daily checks from the lovely crew to make sure I was doing ok and to reassure me that they are there to help, by phone or email, with any queries I might have at any time. That was definitely an immense help to me throughout the week.
Raw Fairies were kind enough to share the recipe for one of my favourite smoothies with FFG readers curious about the diet. I will be making this a part of my daily regime for the summer months!
Raw Fairies’ Summer Fruit Smoothie
For 2 people:
1/2 cup of seasonal berries (e.g. strawberries, raspberries or blackberries)
2 cups of water
1 orange, juiced
1 tablespoon of goji berries
Blend all of the ingredients until perfectly smooth and serve immediately.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Raw Fairies for giving allowing me to review a service I am proud to recommend to others.