THE buzzer of my flat rang it's shrill prolonged drone.
"Hello?" I answered.
"Nosh," grunted the voice on the other end of the telecom.
"Excuse me?!" I retorted, with a uncontrollable air of English sensibly.
I buzzed, as realization dawned on me, but could not help but feel a slight sense of relief, as though I had escaped some brush with a pervy headteacher.
On opening the door, my fears were pleasantly put to rest as two black gift bags were handed over, complete with green ribbon. The first bag held a small box containing herbal teas, a bottle of castor oil, a tub of 'nux vom' pills (I wonder whether these are to prevent you throwing up the juice) and an array of scented, herbal bath salts. Inside the bag was also some unusual purple foil-wrapped q balls, to keep you going when things get tough. The second bag contained four juices - all of the following day's meals. Although I was understandably apprehensive about the prospect of completely overturning my usual eating habits, Nosh's beautiful presentation and thoughtful extras really gave me that kick up the backside I needed.
The diet: spill the beans
"What you put into your mouth determines your quality of life. It decides whether you will be healthy, energetic, pregnant, clever, focused and a whole host of other things that impact on your day-to-day life," Geeta Sidhu Robb, creator of Nosh Detox.
Geeta's three-day juice detox diet helps to flush out the bad toxins that have built up in your body. Each smoothie contains minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and chlorophyll. Superfoods such as goji and açai berries help compensate for modern day bodies’ lack of efficiency at absorbing nutrients form food, caused by eating processed and over-cultivated foods.
I also tried Nosh ABC (Alkalise, Balance and Cleanse) Diet, a mostly liquid diet, with a solid evening meal.
The menu: gourmet or gloop-ay?
It's hard to say whether I enjoyed the diet as juicing is juicing, it's never going to be decribed as indulgent, but as far as they go, this one is the tastiest and most well-thought out plan I've come accross.
Juice fast schedule:
7:30am - hot water with ginger, lemon, honey. One teaspoon of Castor Oil followed by coffee or green tea.
8:15am - water
9:30am - herbal tea of the day
11am - smoothie one
1:30pm - smoothie two
4:30pm - smoothie three
8pm - smoothie four
Bedtime - how water with lemon
The second three days, I followed the ABC diet, a typical day was as follows:
Breakfast - breakfast smoothie
Mid-morning - Elsie's special smoothie
Lunch - cream of courgette soup
Afternoon snack - fruit smoothie
Dinner - chickpea curry with brown rice
The packaging: mum's been to Whole Foods or shameful Sainsbury's Basics?
Delivered fresh every evening and 100% recyclable.
The difficulty factor: Cheat-free breeze or desparation pizza on speedial?
There's no point beating around the bush, by day three, juices taste utterly disgusting. They're not, by any means, but sticking with it can get tough.
The price: Stinking rich stilton or budget brie?
More like gorgonzola:
However, if you do have money to burn and realise that spending it on your health is a worthwhile expense, then Nosh DOES really work and is an extremely convenient solution.
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