Progress Update: The juice cleanse is going well, albeit making a few modifications (see below).
Background: My body has never handled sugar or a big influx of carbs very well. Ever since I was a kid, I would get sick within minutes of eating a donut and usually vomit it all up. Too bad. I really do love donuts. They just don’t love me back.
Modification: Since I usually consume about 50g crabs per day, drinking 40-60g in one go was making me feel out of my head. So instead of waking up and having a green juice first thing, I had what I was craving – my nut milk. I am used to starting my day off with a hunk of protein and fat, so the switch-up worked beautifully. No feeling lightheaded, no sugar high, no crappy nausea. (After all, contrary to popular cleansing dogma, those are not “detox” symptoms – that’s a blood sugar issue.) Plus, the nut milk stimulated – shall we say – a super awesome emptying of the intestines. Weeee! The milk kept me full for about 4 hours, whereupon I went for my green juice. I had a red juice 2 hours after that, skipped the lemonade, and wasn’t hungry at all the rest of the evening. I felt energized and great and woke up on my own at 6 this morning. That. Never. Happens.
The green juice has been delicious and satisfying. For the first time in months, I have not craved chocolate or sugar. Consider how much more amazing that is when I tell you I am about to have Aunt Flo over. What? No pre-period chocolate binges? Nope. I haven’t even fantasized about it. High-five to self. So overall I am super pleased and my juice bonanza has been accomplishing exactly what I wanted – clear thinking, more glowy skin, energy upon waking, sleeping like a baby, and resetting my taste buds.
On to the questions I’ve been getting via email and messages. There are some great questions in the previous DIY Juice Cleanse post comments, too.
Can I drink my juices and milk in different orders?
Yes. I pulled that juice order from Blueprint Cleanse, not a scientifically tested regimen. The thought is to drink the green juice first to encourage an “immediate” absorption of nutrients and provide a nice boost of energy. The thing is, our intestines absorb nutrients in different stages, and it still takes a few hours. It’s not instantaneous, even though there’s no fiber. Now, say if you drank your nut milk first (like I did). Keep in mind that nut milk contains slower digesting protein and fat, so if you attempted to drink a green juice soon after, you may not get all the benefit (though some of the fat soluble vitamins like A, D, and K would have a better time getting absorbed).
What is beet kvass and why is it in the red juice?
I don’t like straight beets very much. But beet kvass? LOVE. It’s a traditional fermented beverage, and I grew up drinking that and slurping borscht with my grandma. Kvass has probiotics, and because I am not taking any supplements on this “cleanse,” I have to get my good bacteria in somewhere (and I can’t eat my usual 1/2 cup sauerkraut). The solution? Pop 2 ounces of unpasteurised beet kvass in the juice.
Can I eat?
Well, considering this is a juice-only bonanza, the answer would normally be no. If you’re feeling light headed, nauseous, “sugar high,” etc. check out the modification I made for myself and give that a try. (No, feeling light headed and nauseous is NOT a sign of detox. It’s a reaction to either a spike or dip in blood sugar, not your body getting magically and instantaneously flooded by nutrients and subsequently suffering an instant detox.) If that doesn’t work, there is no harm in eating vegetables. Another option: instead of running your ingredients through a juicer, put them in a blender and make smoothies. You’ll use less produce that way and get lots of fiber to help pull water into your intestines and shoo waste products out.
Why is there cayenne in the lemonade and can I leave it out?
Yes, you can leave it out. In fact, if you have eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, or any other autoimmune disorder or a diagnosed gluten intolerance or Celiac, leave the cayenne out of your lemonade. The reason is that cayenne contains capsaicin, an alkaloid and irritant to mammalian tissues. Cayenne is there for stimulating bowel movements, as it irritates the intestinal walls. This is safe for people who do not have compromised immune systems and chronic low-level inflammation, but as I said above, if you have any of those conditions, omit the cayenne. Another way of making sure you poop is simply drinking aloe vera juice (I use Lily of the Desert) or a gentle herbal laxative tea from Traditional Medicinals or Yogi Tea.
Have a question? Let me know.