Well, I really haven’t had any the past 2 days. I’ve had 2 bananas and a bell pepper, but that’s it. Allow me to explain….
I have been wanting to do a juice detox/cleanse for quite a long time. I do mini ones (and I mean MINI) where I do all raw juices or food for a day or two in order to reset my body after vacations or travels or anytime I feel I just haven’t been eating well.
When I made the decision to go gluten-free – and also to move even more into raw foods, I found I hit a stumbling block. Doing those two things have been more difficult for me than going vegan was. I love bread, and rice, and crackers, and pasta, and all the processed foods I KNOW are bad for me, but can’t seem to break away completely from. I decided that I’m a bit addicted to them…or just not creative enough to replace them from my diet.
I decided that a detox was the perfect avenue to break my dependence on cooked and gluten-rich foods. But that said – I don’t have the time, inclination, or fridge space to do a cleanse that would require me to do all the juicing. I needed a delivery service!
I think it was fate that Amber over at Almost Vegan is focusing on Juicy July, where she has been reviewing several companies who do just this (as well as posting some of her juice recipes!). Some sounded better than others, but the one that really stood out for me was Kaeng Raeng. This company offers 3 or 6 day juice detoxes at either the beginner, veteran, or master level. I did my research, and I felt that this product fit my needs the best. The juices come in freeze-dried packets, so they’re portable. I’m on the road a lot, so having to bring my juicer along with me just isn’t possible, and even if I made them all at home, I’d still have to lug bottles around with me. If I went with one of the other companies, they’d drop ship tons of bottles, and I have no room in my fridge. I think these two attributes were probably the single biggest sellers for me.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m pleased with the nutritional content too. So here’s the program – drink 3 pouches a day (and these make about 40 ounce servings each), and if hungry, snack on fresh fruits or veggies. I opted for the 6 day beginner program after I contacted them. I didn’t think 3 days were going to be enough, but I also have never done a real cleanse before and didn’t want to fool myself into doing something above beginner.
Today is day 2. I was worried about having a caffeine withdrawal headache, but was fine yesterday. I do have one today though (at least I think it’s from caffeine…but it could be just a side effect of my body purging toxins). My energy levels have been fine, and I haven’t been hungry. These juices take me about an hour to drink and I’ve just been blending them with water. There are options for using juice, non-dairy milks, or even making them like smoothies by adding fruit. I’ve decided that I have enough will power to have them as-is. So far, so good.
I did munch on a banana yesterday when I was in very long meetings, and a raw red bell pepper when I got home. Today I’ve had a banana too, between the morning juice and afternoon one.
My goal is to ease out of this cleanse and into a cleaner raw foods and (truly) gluten-free diet when I’m done. And if this is succesful, probably do a few times a year to keep my body functioning well.
I’m sorry, I won’t have any fun food pics for a few more days 🙂
After my run on Wednesday evening, my plan was to keep my workouts light due to the detox. I figured yoga, golf, and walks were about all I’d have the energy for.
Yesterday I decided to rest and just see how my body was adopting to everything. It wasn’t my original plan – I was at the pool with R, but it closed because of thunder. Which also killed mine and D’s plan to go smack some golf balls around. Oh well. Clearly I was meant to take it easy!
Today, despite my headache (which really isn’t that bad), I went for a run anyway. All in all, it wasn’t too bad. I was a bit slower than normal (which is saying something), but I finished the run feeling good. My only idiotic move was not bringing water with me for the hot afternoon, and that probably made my head hurt just a little bit more. I kept the run to 3 miles though, so I don’t think I dehydrated too badly!
The past few days have been pretty typical. Work and family time. It’s so weird (but nice) having everyone back home.
We’re going to tour some local golf and country clubs this weekend, and try to get in some golf practice. D has his next lesson tomorrow, and I know he’s excited about it!
So the only thing new for me is allergy shots! After my allergy testing a few weeks ago, my allergist and I decided to hold off on starting shots until I was mostly home. I call Wednesday, and went in for my first round.
I will be getting 3 shots per day for every 3-10 days for about 5 years. Here is what I had to say about it after….
I better be able to walk through a meadow growing every tree and grass on earth, breathing deeply of pollens and mold, all while rubbing a car on my face by the time this is over.
Until then, I should live in a bubble….