July 7, 2015

Juice Fast by JUJU Cleanse

I wanted to give my digestive tract a rest, after my recent "food trip". I felt I needed to do a clean-up and a restart. So I decided to do a juice fast by JUJU cleanse.  Lately, I've been having their salads and drinks (surprisingly very palatable) at The Podium branch for some doses of healthy food.

JUJU cleanse involves fresh, raw, cold-pressed juices.  I read up about it, and found out that cold-pressed meant subjecting raw fruits and vegetables to high pressure, but no heat, to produce what is called HPP-- high pressure pasteurized. Compared to juice derived from centrifugal extractors which produce more heat and oxidation, cold-pressed juice preserves much of the fruit and vegetable enzymes and vitamins as it is exposed to a minimum of heat and air.  

The juices are pure liquid, no meat and no fiber.  My digestive system can take it easy for a day and just absorb nutrients. I will be running on mostly minerals and carbohydrates. Zero fats. And very little protein, which I was a bit apprehensive about.  

As it is my first try, their website suggests I have their introductory level one cleanse. And since I am a busy working mother with long days, I settled for a one-day cleanse duration to make sure I can stick to it. 

I had 500ml of juice every 2.5 hours, from 7:30am to 8:00 pm-- six rounds of juice drinks. I took the juices slowly on their scheduled time.   In between, I took in water and some hot mint tea.  I never felt hungry.  I didn't lose energy to work.  I wasn't tempted to eat other food. No headaches, no irritability.

What I endured though was feeling cold.  More specifically, I couldn't stand the air-conditioned environment at work.  This feeling started near noon time and it got worse towards the afternoon. What helped was when I walked around in the office, and when I went out for a brisk walk during lunch time.  But in the afternoon the "chills" came back.  

Since I was consuming less calories, I presume my body was not burning as much fuel as before to keep me warm.  Fasting slows down our metabolic rate, thus the difficulty to bear cold temperature. Less energy, less body heat. But it was tolerable, and was much easier when I stayed out of air-conditioned rooms for the rest of the evening.

It was a good rest of sorts.  The one-day pause made me eat lighter in the days afterwards. I just wasn't as hungry like before. Which must be good and healthy for me.

I'm having another mini-break next week. I will try the level two JUJU cleanse.

I will just remember to dress more warmly, and bring layers I can add.
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July 4, 2015

New and Old Favorites at Konbini Store

The Konbini salad is new!  With very generous mango, avocado, and crabstick, mixed with lettuce and cucumber strips, it's filling and very tasty. Good paired with the Super California roll which has grilled unagi and wasabi. I had it with a cold Suntory honey and lemon drink. 

The vegetable and fruit juices are back in stock. These are some of my personal picks. 

And having Japanese food at home is so much easier and more authentic with the sauces you can find in Konbini.  

Try these ready-to-eat appetizers-- mustard stalks, mushrooms, and mustard leaves.  They're healthy, nutritious and delicious. 

Meidi-ya 100% wagyu beef in a smart cup is ready-to-eat and very delicious. And the Soken corned beef is Kobe beef-in-a-can! People buy these by the boxes!

For breakfast, consider their new soy and fruit granola, and their rice and bran cereal choices. I chow them down mixed with cold milk, yogurt, and some honey.

This is a "hopia-like" biscuit made of baked sweet potato.  It's very tasty!

If you like cheese (I love nibbling on cheese), try the QBB smoked cheese. In spicy and regular variants. I'm looking forward to trying these with some wine.

I also love to nibble on these almonds for snacking, either with dried fish or coated with wasabi and cheese.  These are great finds, especially the boiled peanuts. 


Another healthy snack alternative: the dried fruit, in orange, apple-mango and peach. Handy to bring along too.

I saw some new biscuits-- coconut sable, sesame sable and 3-nut sable. They also again have my favorite wheat wafers. 

And this is the fresh kani kama. It comes with vinegar sauce. They bring this in hand-carried every Tuesday and Friday. Very very good!

Konbini Store is along Connecticut Street in Greenhills.
It's open Mondays to Wednesdays at 11am to 8pm, Thursdays to Sundays at 11am to 9pm. 

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