Today I had juice for lunch (and breakfast and dinner…)

My meal for the next 3 days - 24 oz. of juice

My breakfast, lunch, & dinner for the next 3 days

So I just started a 3 day combination juice/raw cleanse. Considering all the junk and alcohol I consume, I’ve always wanted to do a cleanse to detox my system (and maybe even shred a few pounds). Of course, the idea of a diet consisting of solely juice is kind of scary, especially for someone who loves food as much as me. Luckily, I found a cleanse called Kaeng Raeng through an online deal from my favorite health-digest Vital Juice where you can eat all the raw veggies and fruit you want to supplement the juice, which means I won’t be a hungry irritable bitch for the next 3 days. I actually purchased a 6 day cleanse, but I chose to split it in half since, let’s face it, the weekend is coming up, I’m reuniting with some of my favorite girls from NYU (chinitas, whattup), and alcohol is unfortunately not cleanse-approved.

3 Packets from Kaeng Raeng's Veteran Cleanse

3 Packets from Kaeng Raeng’s Veteran Cleanse

In any case, I’m 1/3 of the way through my cleanse and it actually hasn’t been bad at all. The Kaeng Raeng cleanse consists of pouches of freeze-dried, pulverized fruit, pictured here, that each contain “more than a full serving of fruit and fiber, 15g of lean non-gmo protein, 2 billion live probiotic cultures, essential amino acids, and daily vitamins”. You just mix the pouch into water or juice, or you can blend it with raw fruit and ice to make a smoothie. I think I’ll probably try out the latter option tomorrow since to be quite frank, freeze-dried, pulverized fruit isn’t the tastiest thing ever, but I think some fresh strawberries and kiwi should make it awesome.

Regardless, the juice version has been surprisingly filling – I’ve only had a handful of baby carrots aside from the juice. I’ve even had enough energy to do 20 minutes on the elliptical. At one point in the afternoon, I thought I was feeling light-headed, but then I realized I was just melting outside in this goddamn heat wave. Hopefully I last through the next 2 days and reap all the benefits Kaeng Raeng claims, which include jump-starting weight loss, removing toxins, improving digestive health, bolstering immunity, relieving bloating, reducing cravings, and even enhancing skin and hair quality. It would certainly be a good way to kick off my training for Warrior Dash in August (more on that in another blog post).

So here’s to no meat, seafood, grilled vegetables, basically everything until Friday. Wish me luck!

Edit – 7/13/11: I’m now on the second day of my cleanse, and I already feel great. I made a smoothie out of their reunn (strawberry, raspberry, pineapple) flavor, blending it with ice, frozen strawberries, and fresh kiwi and it was delicious. I’m still full and it’s been 4 hours. While I do get small cravings for carbs, right now I’m surviving and I should make it through tomorrow.