Ah, Jake’s two favorite words. ‘The Cleanse.’ It’s coming! Put a grinding halt to all social life! Ain’t that the truth. I’ve done this juice detox every year since 2010, for anywhere from 10-21 days depending on where we were living. HK life was NOT conducive to it: I had a massively hard time warding off invites to eat, drink, and be merry for much more than a week. This year I’m tackling 28 days. Crazy? Maybe. But much needed. And since I always get a lot of questions and have emailed out the cleanse ‘guidelines’ at least a dozen times over the years, I figured why not put the whole spiel up here. It is after all, part of our transition back to reality.
So what is this cleanse you ask? It isn’t ‘branded’ and you can’t find info about it on the web. An old coworker of mine shared the details with me. It’s pretty straightforward – only blended fruits and vegetables, no salt, no sugar, no additives of any kind. Let me guess what you’re thinking…
“Aren’t you always hungry??”
The juices are more like smoothies – ALOT of produce goes into each one so they are filling and no, you don’t starve on this cleanse. There’s no limit to how much ‘juice’ you have per day, as long as you wrap up your intake by about 7 pm.
“You’ve got to be so low on energy.”
There’s a list of recommended vitamins to take daily to keep energy levels up, and on some lucky days, I feel more revved up than I do off the cleanse. (Particularly Saturdays and Sundays which at the moment, are 100% hangover free.) That could also have to do with the fact that I get a silly amount of sleep since staying up late (as in, past 9) can be a struggle. Don’t know what that can be attributed it to but I fully embrace my 10-12 hour night sleeps.
“You’re not getting any protein!”
My normal diet is pretty high in protein and while this one is not, I never notice any kind of negative impact on the way I feel. You CAN however, have 2 tablespoons of unsalted nut butter when you do ‘light’ exercise. (No intense working out is allowed – bonus!!) You better believe I’m climbing on that treadmill every day just so I can sink my jaws into that peanut butter. Oh, and you can add sprirulina/protein powder to your drinks. I use Spirutein which I LOVE and have been hooked on since high school. Mixed with frozen fruit, it comes out like ice cream. (Humor me here…)
“Do you lose weight? It’s got to return with a vengeance once you start eating normally again!”
YES you do lose weight on this cleanse. (C’mon… I’m not even going to pretend the thought of that doesn’t motivate me to start this up each year.) In my case, it’s the ‘few’ extra pounds I put on towards the end of each year. I usually end up a few pounds under what I typically weigh, and then float back up to my usual number after I start eating normally again.
That’s the gist. Easy right? I’ll be honest….it’s not. You have to be mentally prepared and fully committed to sticking to it. Otherwise, the long road of not chewing, enduring the torture of smelling wonderful hot foods (especially AS you prepare them for your wonderful husband), and wild weekends will get to you. Luckily, by January, I feel SO ready for a drastic alternative to the gluttonous holiday season that I end up counting the days in excited anticipation of the famous cleanse.
Now, for my shopping list…