So if you haven’t already heard about the Kaeng Raeng Cleanse, let me introduce you. It’s a vegan detox that’s based around 3 shakes a day and all the raw fruits & veggies you care to eat. The idea is that the three meal replacement shakes have all of your daily vitamins and protein for the day (15g per shake) with psyllium husks to keep you full, and dehydrated fruit for taste. (They have an informative video online on their website if you care to learn more!)
I ordered the Veteran package since I’m already vegan, and a pretty clean one at that. (The website has a quiz you can take to assist you in choosing which one is right for you. This one was actually not the one they recommended though! 🙂 ) My motivation to do the cleanse was curiosity from all the internet buzz in the vegan web community, as well as wanting to reset and keep off the weight I had just lost [due to stress and near fasting] so I thought this might be a good way to segue into eating again, especially because I was going back to high raw.
I chose the Glai Roong “Daybreak” flavor (Mango, peach, pineapple) as my first shake. I decided to use my blender and added water, a bit of almond milk, and a ripe banana. It was still pretty bland so I added a bit of ice and agave, and then it tasted good. I took a packet with me for lunch and headed out the door. At first I was trying not to drink it all at once, because I was worried that I’d be hungry too soon for the next one. The shake turned out to be way more filling than I thought it would be. It took me hours to actually finish the first shake. And this is what I found to be fairly consistent with drinking the shakes. Initially I’d start slurping it down greedily, and then slow down, and finish the other half over a long period. I also drank about 30 or 40 ounces of water after that since I had read that if you didn’t drink enough fluid, you could get constipated. (Not at all what’d you expect from a cleanse, right? These shakes don’t seem to move much!)
My lunch shake was Reuun “Joyful” (Strawberry, Raspberry, Pineapple). I blended it with 24 ounces of cold filtered water, which is the other way the shakes are marketed. They suggest either making them in the blender or shaking with 24-36 ounces of water, juice or non dairy milk. (They even sell a plastic bottle for this purpose with lines marked to where to fill to depending on the mixer.) This was definitely the WRONG flavor to do with straight water. Because they only use dehydrated fruit to “sweeten” the shakes, and this one was mostly berries, it was extraordinarily tart! So tart that I could not finish it, no matter how hard I tried. It was pretty bad, and since I was at work, all that was available for sweeteners were refined sugar or artificial chemicals (at a cancer center no less!), so I just drank as much as I could.
For snacks and dinner I had some dried fruit, carrots and apple. I was uncomfortable at yoga, and was still so full after that I couldn’t imagine drinking another shake, so I did not drink shake 3. I saved the rest of shake 2 for the morning shake. I tweeted about my day, and Kaeng Raeng tweeted back that it was good that I was listening to my body. They have a pretty attentive social media networker that is happy to give out help and encouragement.
On day 2, I decided to blend both of my shakes in the morning, and just leave the lunch one in the fridge until I was ready for it. This was good because I made sure both of them were palatable before I left the house. Again I used some fruit, almond milk and agave to jazz them up. So same thing here, lots of water and lots of shake. I know the idea is to make people feel full, so they don’t break the cleanse, but I was starting to realize I was pretty uncomfortable with being so full all day. I’m assuming it was the psyllium husks. Regardless, it made me feel sluggish and bloated, which unfortunately is the opposite of the intended reaction. I wanted to have raw food for dinner, but in the end it didn’t work out, so I had shake 3 instead. This time I tried the Juu Juu “Into the blue” (Blueberry, Blackberry, Banana) flavor. I made it in the blender in a similar fashion, but added some kale for a green smoothie. This way by far my favorite preparation! The Juu Juu is hands down, the best flavor. Probably because of the banana’s sweetness. I wasn’t able to finish the whole thing, however, and saved some for the morning shake.
On day 3 I repeated the process for my breakfast and lunch shake, but ended up eating a delicious raw food dinner out. At this point, I decided that I would just use the rest of the remaining shakes for bases for green smoothies for breakfast, which they worked really well for.
Clearly this cleanse was not for me. I don’t know about you, but I like being hungry between meals. It makes my meal more enjoyable. I also dislike feeling so full and bloated with fluid. I’ve been eating high raw since, and have kept the weight off. I think part of this is also the hot yoga I’ve been doing, as well as the ongoing stress, which hopefully has now slowed and begun to dissipate.
It was funny, because I was at my mom’s house one day after work, and I told them about my cleanse, and they said to me, “What are you cleansing?! What do you eat that’s not healthy?” to which I could only answer “Tortilla chips? I eat a lot of those!” Hah ; ) Because really, my mexican food addiction is the only thing that leads me to those wonderful baskets of warm chips that I love so much, but that’s pretty much it. So I guess I may have felt differently if I did feel like I needed to detox or lose weight.
All that being said, from what I’ve read, a lot of people have had a good experience with this product. So do some research if you think it could be right for you. I think I mostly bought it because I was so stressed out and the idea of not having to wonder what I was going to eat for 3 days, while maintaining proper nutrition, sounded pretty darn appealing.
The Cleanses range from $69.99 to $149.99 depending on the amount of days (3 or 6) and the level (Beginner, Veteran, Master) you choose. I got mine with a %15 discount coupon from Almost Vegan.