I felt the strongest urge to do a detox the last few weeks, and Vegan Cuts had discount offer for Kaeng Raeng products, so I jumped on it. I have fasted before, but I wouldn't say I've done a cleanse, so I appreciate the idea of a pre-made mix that has all the nutrition packed into it for me. Plus? Vegan, non-GMO soy, recycled packaging, local ingredients, etc. This is not meant to be a fast. You are encouraged to drink the three servings per day in any order or combination, and then supplement your drinks with a raw, vegan diet (per the box). I recall the web site saying raw fruits and vegetables, which is different from everything a raw, vegan diet can be, so I am sticking with just raw fruits and vegetables if I feel the need to crunch on something.
You are supposed to use 24-32oz of water/liquid with each pack, but the cup that came with my inversion blender only holds about 25-26oz, so I will fill it to 20oz, blend, then top it off with ice to get to 24oz. They tell you repeatedly to drink lots of water during the detox, and you do need to. I find myself very thirsty by the early morning hours when waking up.
7am: Glai Roong "Daybreak" (mango, peach, pineapple) with 1 small banana and 20oz water. This combination was delicious. The banana gave it a lovely consistency somewhere between a watery smoothie and full-on smoothie.
11am: Reunn "Joyful" (strawberry, raspberry, pineapple) with 1/2 cup OG blueberries and 20oz water. The flavor was okay. I definitely missed the creaminess the banana added.
6pm: Juu Juu "Into the Blue" (blueberry, blackberry, banana) with 1 small banana and 20oz water. It was the end of the first day, so I was craving anything other than my beverage, but it was good.
Throughout the day I probably drank only another liter of water. I should probably drink closer to 2-3 liters. I snacked on some OG baby carrots in the evening.
7am: Reunn "Joyful" (strawberry, raspberry, pineapple) with 1 small banana and 20oz water. Nothing wrong with this combination.
11am: Glai Roong "Daybreak" (mango, peach, pineapple) with 1/2 cup OG blueberries and 20oz water. This combination was okay. Adding a water-dense fruit is probably not the best option.
6pm: Juu Juu "Into the Blue" (blueberry, blackberry, banana) with 6oz unsweetened almond milk and 20oz water. The almond milk was not a good addition. I will stick to water from now on. I had to really work to finish this one.
I was down 1-lb the morning of Day 2. Losing weight is not my main goal, but to feel better. I do believe I have become much more in tune with my body's signals since becoming vegan. That doesn't mean I always listen, but I do hear them now. I don't recall if I was able to get in closer to 2 liters of water this day. I had some OG mixed greens with one half of a (soon to go bad) OG avocado, 1 cup OG broccoli, and a handful of baby carrots at dinner time.
7am: Juu Juu "Into the Blue" (blueberry, blackberry, banana) with 1 small banana and 20oz water. Good combination.
12pm: Glai Roong "Daybreak" (mango, peach, pineapple) with 1 small banana and 20oz of water plus lots of ice. Just what I needed after a quick trip to the gym on this hot day.
5pm: Reunn "Joyful" (strawberry, raspberry, pineapple) with 1 small banana and 20oz of water. Snacked on some baby carrots and 0.05lb of raw pine nuts at home.
I was down 2-lbs the morning of Day 3. I feel really good. No strong cravings. The funny thing is if you read up on detox symptoms, in theory, I should be feeling like crap as toxins are being released, but for the most part I feel fine. I am curious to see how that changes over the next 24-hours since I am only two days in, going into my third. I definitely drank a ton more water Day 3. Sadly, the expansion party at the co-op is tonight as well as an invite out to the Blind Pig, but my willpower is strong so I will abstain from the alcohol and just snack on any raw fruits and vegetables, if available. (No problems at the Blind Pig and had a few bites of fresh fruit at the co-op party.)
9am: Reunn "Joyful" (strawberry, raspberry, pineapple) with 1 small banana and 20oz of water.
3pm: Glai Roong "Daybreak" (mango, peach, pineapple) with 6-8 slices of frozen peach and 20oz of water.
6pm: Juu Juu "Into the Blue" (blueberry, blackberry, banana) with 1 small banana and 20oz of water.
No weight loss on the scale the morning of Day 4, but that's okay. I am still feeling really good. I went to the gym yesterday for a quick 20 minute bike ride over lunch and some weights and yoga stretching. It was a long day yesterday with lots of events to go to after work, so I am not at all surprised at the lack of loss. Hence the late start to my day as well. It was 80F and muggy by 8am, and 99F with the heat index by noon. I should have gotten up at 6am for a jog. Finished the OG greens and OG broccoli with 1/4 OG avocado in between morning and lunch smoothies before they went bad. Definitely had lots of water today. Snacked on a few baby carrots.
9am: Juu Juu "Into the Blue" (blueberry, blackberry, banana) with 1 small banana and 20oz of water.
1pm: Reunn "Joyful" (strawberry, raspberry, pineapple) with 1 small banana and 20oz of water.
6pm: Glai Roong "Daybreak" (mango, peach, pineapple) with 1 medium banana and 20oz of water.
Down 2-lbs this morning. Late last night I noticed the inside of my right bicep felt bumpy along with my forearm, but more so on my bicep, and not perceivable on my left arm. It reminded me of the allergic reactions I have had in the past to mango, but I didn't notice it until 9pm or so, and I had the mango smoothie in the late afternoon. It's possible it was that smoothie. The frozen peaches were not OG. Each smoothie is made with real fruit, so in theory every batch can be different, so even though I've had better luck with OG mango, there is no guarantee it wasn't the mango that set off the reaction. I am doubtful since the first three days were fine, but I will keep an eye out for another reaction. The bumps are mostly gone and never got as red or hot as they have in the past. I did take an antihistamine. Snacked on some baby carrots around noon and the other 0.05-lb pine nuts (They are expensive!), some more OG baby carrots, and another 1/4 of the OG avocado in the evening. Other than the random apparent allergic reaction, I still feel great. I can't say I've felt poorly at all with the exception of the cravings the first day or so.
7am: Reunn "Joyful" (strawberry, raspberry, pineapple) with 1 medium banana and 20oz of water.
No weight loss the morning of Day 6, in fact, I gained 1-lb. I attribute this to the pine nuts and avocado. ;-) (Plus, even though I felt like I drank a ton of water, perhaps I didn't get as much as I thought.) I am still having an allergic reaction to something, and the similarities to my reactions to non-OG mango make me believe it is the mango in the smoothies. Perhaps it just took 4-5 days to take effect since mango is one ingredient among many? I think I am going to save the last two smoothies for a day when I feel the need to replace a meal. Starting at lunch today I will return to eating something other than the detox drinks.
Overall, this was a pleasant and easy detox/cleanse. Not bad for my first experience. The funny part of supplementing the drink was how it felt like effort to get through a small salad. While my brain is sending excited signals at the thought of eating something solid, cooked, or made from a grain, I don't feel like I have been deprived, and I do feel healthier. I would recommend Kaeng Raeng to those wanting to reboot their digestive system. They have a quiz to help you find the best product for you (3-day, 6-day, beginner, veteran or master). I think I started reaping the benefits around the end of Day 3, so it was important that I go the six days. I think this is due to the fact that I have been vegan for three years and therefore was already used to a pretty high fiber, raw-leaning lifestyle.
I think lunch is going to be overnight oats with OG blueberries. Yum. Exciting.