DIY Juice Cleanse Frequently Asked Questions

DIY Juice Cleanse Frequently Asked Questions

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. 🙂
~Steph  x

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